Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery

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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 119 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FosterJM on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for this one!

Pours a murky light golden yellow with a really tiny beige head that quickly settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty sour and funky with some grain and woody aromas. A mouth watering vinegar note comes out more as the beer warms. Taste is pretty intense with sour, tart, and funky flavors including grain, wood, and vinegar flavors. There is a pretty intense mouth puckering sourness with each sip. Unfortunately, this beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour beer but the carbonation issue is a bit disappointing in my opinion.

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worthy of a review not just to help it get graded but because it's a really good beer and a must try from a California brewer.

Pours a bright and appealing golden yellow color with a small off-white head that fades quickly but very true to style.

The nose is huge assertive acidic sour with big citrus/lemon, white wine and hints of grapes, a funky undertone but with that nice funky tart sour nose which is inviting....you think you know what's coming!

Mouthfeel is super tart, fresh, citric and puckery. (Is puckery a word?) - but you know what I mean. This one has you salivating from the acidic mouth albeit a nice acidic mouth with layers of character. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and just about perfect with food. This one invites food.

Flavors follow the nose and gives what's expected and more - super tart/sour, acidic, with assertive flavors of lemon, tart green apples, white/green grapes, and wine vinegar. The sour is calling out to be consumed with food and I suspect would be amazing with a meal and almost too sour by itself in any quantity.

The beer is tart with sweet and sour and will gain in complexity with a bit of age. This is a "sour sour," be warned. However, it holds it's own with the best of Belgium and is one to try.

I find that it gets better and better as it gets some air. Just about perfect after around 10-15 minutes in the glass. Nice job guys.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light yellow-grain color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose starts out troubling. There's some lemon and plenty of acetic acid; far more of the latter than I would like. The flavor has all sorts of acetic acid with some lemon pucker. Can't say I'm a fan. In fact, it's hard to get through much. Light body and loads and loads of sourness. I hope this was a bad bottle, as the acetic character here was way, way too much to handle.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had really high hopes for this, as ive heard many people with respectable palates assert that this is the sourest beer of them all. the granddaddy. well, first of all, it isn't. second of all, its not very good and was probably discontinued for a reason. it pours a pale hazy yellow color, watery looking, with only a small layer of white fizz. the aroma burns my nose from the acid, and smells like little else but acid and a touch of lemon. the flavor is akin to salt and vinegar potato chips, with all the sour being concentrated on the tip of the tongue, not that whole mouth sour like some of the better examples of the style. there is some mild fruit, and a whole lot of malt vinegar, this beer is a real miss for me. its almost caustic in the mouth, burning my tongue and drying my teeth. there is very little redeeming about it really, aside from being a novelty. its not even that sour, its just a weird, sort of misdirected sour, and it just doesn't work, not even in small doses. good carbonation and a really light body, but this is not drinkable by any standard. overall a letdown for me for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is that I expect everything from the bruery to be amazingly good, and this is so pedestrian. not sure if there is much of this around anymore, but if you find it, skip it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty pale yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sour and vinegar notes with light funky ester. Taste is rather sour with quiet a bit of acidic notes and some vinegar notes can also be detected. Light funky notes are more or less interesting. Body is about average with low carbonation. I thought this one was lacking complexity and came out more as a one-dimensional acidic and sour beer with limited funky notes.

Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear pale blond topped by a thin, bubbly head that disappears fast.

Smell: A ton of acetone and acetic acid, stomach bile, cheap chardonnay and apple cider vinegar. Smells pretty awful.

Palate: Harsh, burning acidity. Largely acetic, though there are lactic notes here as well. Acetone, buttery chardonnay, white vinegar. Curiously sweet despite the savage acidity. Carbonation is medium-low, par for the course for Bruery sours. This wasn't enjoyable at all.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden color. Jesus is this beer sour. Intensely lactic and some acetic qualities to it as well. A bit of grass along with straw and lemon zest. Not much in the way of fruit, pretty much just sour. The flavor is nice, but it is a bit hard to drink much of. Heavy on the lemon, very heavy, in fact. Like the nose, lots of lactic sourness and a bit of acetic/white vinegar character. Just a hint of sweetness along with a touch of oak.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an egg yolk yellow with a very unusual ghost-like, pale white-ish, large bubbled head which fades to the rim as it sits and warms.

N: Big tannic oak up front, sour, some floral notes along with lemons, funk and grass/fresh hay.

T: Wow - which comes first? Punch then pucker or pucker then punch? Could be a tie. Oaky tannins, sour vinegar, acetic acid. Straight arrow pointedly tart with a lemony finish and mildly throat clenching.

M: Fairly low carbonation and aside from the astringency, this is lite bodied. Sour + tart goes in circles.

O: Mostly just lovely. With some age, what will this be like? Hmmm.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I have a song from the movie "Domino" in my head... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sour-ass lemon zest backed by a strong contingent of straight-up funk. The taste brings in more of the same, the acidity buoyed by what seems like a slight addition of vinegar in the back. Damn, this be some funky, sour madness right here! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, stick finish. Overall, a very nice, heavily pucker-inducing sour. I think I was expecting a bit more in the way of Brett-y funk, but this was pretty enjoyable regardless.

Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with only a slight layer of carbonation that goes away completely.

Smell: This is one sour smelling beer. Tart lemon notes along with some mineral like funk. Definitely getting some white vinegar as well.

Taste: Just as sour as the smell indicated. Lemon and white vinegar tartness, this one burns a bit on the way down. The funk level isn't very high, but the sourness level is off the chart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with not enough carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is really sour, heart burn inducing in fact. I enjoyed the taste, but the mouthfeel was rather underwhelming.

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with standard Bruery-branded pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 6.00% ABV confirmed. "Sour blonde ale aged in oak barrels." Expectations are high; The Bruery tends to produce pretty good sours and I've heard this one is too sour for most - which is exactly what I'm looking for.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a rather thin milky white head of okay thickness and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing if any as the head recedes. Not particularly vibrant. About what you'd expect for a blonde ale, but it does leave something to be desired.

Sm: White wine, pear, oak, heavy lacto yeast, cidre, fresh pressed apple juice, and pale malts. The aroma is fresh and delightful; the juicy apple and pear fruit notes are a highlight. Very evocative. One of the finer aromas I've encountered in a while; certainly special. A moderate strength aroma. I don't detect any alcohol.

T: Too sour? Nah. Too acidic? Perhaps. Delightful juicy apple and pear notes. Watermelon. White vinegar. A heavy dose of lacto beats you over the head on the climax and lingers powerfully through the third act and finish, even bleeding into the aftertaste. Cidery - in the fine French cidre sense, not in the strongbow sense. Juicy and clean. An oak tone runs throughout, lending a guiding refined character. Sourness is substantial but not intolerable; it's puckerworthy but I get most of the sourness on the back of my tongue, not up front. It's got nice body but comes off a bit simple for a sour. I do think it's well balanced, but there isn't a whole lot going on here. A bit of spice hits in the third act - that's unexpected and well-executed. A nice clove twang. Quite the lacto bomb.

Mf: Nicely dry - again, like a cidre. Yet still juicy, especially on the open. Sharp and biting; it's an assertive aggressive texture. Acidic as all hell. I wouldn't dare call it refreshing, but it's pleasant. Carbonation is perfect. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: You couldn't quaff it, but most sour lovers will have no trouble finishing the bottle. I know I won't, but it'll take a while. Drinkability isn't particularly high. No alcohol comes through. I'd definitely have it again. A solid sour from The Bruery, but I don't understand the complaints about it being too sour. Have the complainers had Cascade Kriek? I do think it's overpriced, but it's certainly worth trying once. I'm glad I gave this one a go.

Low B

Would pair very well with a sharp cheese.

Photo of MasterSki
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by spycow I think? Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam dissipates to nothing. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - I've had this beer before, but this bottle was better than I remembered. There's still insane acetobacter and nostril-singing tartness but the nail polish has subsided a fair bit.

T - Taste has a bit more depth, with lemon and fierce vinegar flavors supplemented by some stone fruits. There's still a touch of glue and nail polish present, but there's actual flavor this time.

M - Super acidity, dry, and puckering, with very low carbonation. Body is medium-light and seems sufficient for 6%.

D - This has definitely improved, but it's still far to sour and acidic to drink in any appreciable quantity. A bit of carbonation spritz would go a long way here.

Photo of mdfb79
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a few bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a murky bright orange-yellow color with a few white bubbles of head and low to moderate carbonation. I poured this one very aggressively as I heard about the carbonation issues, but still couldn't get much head at all.

s - Smells of vinegar, tart apples, sour apple cider, light oak, some funk, earthy notes, light citrus, and some fruity malts. Much better than I was expecting; I actually like the nose quite a bit. A tiny bit of funk but a ton of sour fruits, especially apple, which works really well.

t - Tastes of vinegar, very acedic, extremely tart apples and fruity malts, very soured apple cider, light oak, sour lemons, and lightly of what I imagine nail polish remover tastes like. Insanely sour taste… a bit too sour. A major step down from the nose.

m - Light, think body and low carbonation. The beer is nearly flat which is disappointing, and again a ton of vinegar/acedic notes.

o - Overall I must say this beer is better than I was expecting based on some of the reviews and based on what I heard from friends, but that still doesn't make it a good beer. I actually liked the nose of this one a lot, as it has a ton of sour fruits and some light funk to it. Unfortunately the taste is just too much...super sour and vinegary, past the point of being enjoyable; felt like it was like they just tried to make it taste as sour as they could. I liked the color of the beer too, but the lack fo carbonation hurts it quite a bit too in the mouthfeel. A sour with a really nice nose and an average taste, as the sourness just makes it too much to handle. A little less in the taste and this one could have been a winner. Tough to get through a glass of this one and I have half a bomber left. Would recommend sharing a bottle.

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Beer is yellow, hazy, almost still, low carbonation, almost no head, no lacing.

Aroma is sharp, sweet, cheese and acetone and acetic acid.

Beer is thin and bright, dry and solventy on the finish. Lemon and sweet up front, while I think there is some acetobacter character in this beer it hasn't taken over, drinkable but really pushing it on the sour scale.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SaucerSam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of lemon and funk notes, as well as some light biscuit malt. The flavor is similar and is very sour. I get some strong lemon and orange citrus notes, but there is also a good bit of funk and some vinegar. Very acetic overall. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of stakem
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cheers and a big thanks to Brett for sending this to me. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter, the brew appears a clear light golden yellow color. A vigorous pour down the middle of the glass produces a half finger of white bubbles that quickly fade. There is no lacing effect and a violent swirl hardly revives some bubbles out of solution.

The smell of this brew includes acetone, apple cider vinegar, some lemony essence, fruit, alcohol and funk. The warmer it gets, the more a bit of earth comes out but the major character to this brew's aroma is a mixture of nail polish remover coupled with apple cider vinegar. When looking past the scent of the vinegar, a bit of a fruity character with more focus on apple skins comes forward but it is faint.

The taste is wild. Very acidic and funky. Unfortunately, this is the type of sour that I don't really dig. It is heavy on the apple cider vinegar and nail polish remover. After a couple of sips, I was running for some food to try and help me get through the glass. An hour later, my glass is still half full. The flavor is very acidic but lacks any depth to it. A straight pour of apple cider and nail polish remover with the faintest hint of barrel presence across the back is what this brew is in a nutshell.

Unfortunately, in a sea of bruery creations I love. This one is a flop. If they were going for a light/shallow extremely sour brew that completely lacks complexity, they nailed it. I however could hardly finish my glass and am happy to have someone to share the rest of the bottle with. While I am happy I have another one of these to revisit down the road, I am not that eager to see what happens. Currently is is thin and fizzy with the carbonation. Luckily the 6% alcohol is fairly well hidden behind the acidity. If you are in the mood for minor touch of fruit and straight sour pain, seek this one out.

Photo of ShanePB
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to smarcoly for sending this one my way. I opened it and shared with a friend on his birthday since him and I are always looking for the most sour beer we can find. Notes transcribed from footage.

750 ml bottle
Served into a chalice

A: Semi-hazy golden yellow color with a thin and fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. No lace or retention at all, though not so atypical considering the style.

S: Lemon, hay, funk, white vinegar, citrus and plenty of oak/barrel notes. There's a lot going on here and wow you can tell this is going to be pretty damn tart.

T: Initial wash of sweet citrus that doesn't really seem very sour at all coats the palate. As soon as it hits the back palate and you swallow, a rush of tart/sour covers your mouth. It even makes the back of your jaw tingle, super sour and I love it. Plenty of lemon, orange and the oak comes through more in the finish to dry things out. Talk about enamel-ripping.

M: Lower carbonation than I expected but not flat at all. I prefer my sours to have high carbonation to break things up. Perhaps this could use a little more conditioning in the bottle but it's not bad.

Aside from the mouth feel, this beer was simply stellar. Like the back of the bottle says, this is NOT one for a sour newbie. I love seeking out the most sour beers I can get and this certainly sits high atop the pile. Tasty and so damn sour.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. I heard this beer was pretty bad, but I am going into this with neutrality.

The beer is hazy yellow with a small, white head. The aroma is intensely sour, with an ample presence of wild bacteria. Oh yeah. My sadistic palate gets excited for beers like this. The flavor is extremely tart and sour, with a bit of nail polish and vinegar. Not nearly as offensive as it may sound. This is a palate attacking brew though. Only so much one man can take. Lip smacking, tart, acetic, gueuze-like. A challenging beer, and certainly best in small doses, or over a prolonged period. Happy to have tried it.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a fizzy white head. Goes away quick, no lace.

S: Nice notes of apricot and peach, stone fruit, hit of tangerine at the end.

T: Big amount of acetic acid upfront, a similar flavour to what I've found in a lot of The Bruery sours. Lemon, peach, assorted fruit, though this is not a fruit-forward sour by any means. Heavy influence from the acid.

M: Medium-bodied, medium high acidity, they say this is The Bruery's sourest beer and I believe it, but its certainly not to the point of some Cantillon or Hanssens lambics.

O: A solid sour beer for sure, actually quite good. I don't think it's amazing, but a fan of strong sour beer should enjoy this.

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a pale golden color with just a trace amount of a head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a sharp, tart, sourness to it with some moderate but noticeable acidic qualities to it. Sour lemon and musty basement both play a large role in the flavor profile. A good amount of tart, crisp fruits are there as well. It's definitely sharp and sour, but I'm really liking it.

The taste shows a little more of the tart, crisp, slightly sweet fruits up front. It quickly turns to a sharp, moderately acidic, dry, mouth puckering sourness in the finish. I get a little bit of a musty quality to it, which I don't think I get enough of in most American Wilds. Sour grape, apple and oak with a little vinegar are more things that come to mind as I'm drinking it.

The mouthfeel is a little light and watery at times and the carbonation feels a little under done for the style. The lack of any head whatsoever also doesn't help here.

Overall it was a very sour and sharp beer, but I liked it. It was bold and in your face, but managed to bring in a lot of tart, fruity and musty flavors to compliment the sourness. Not as refined and balanced as some of the best Belgian versions, but I thought it was a pretty solid American Wild effort. Maybe there is some bottle variation, but I definitely didn't find this as harsh as a lot of the reviews claim.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brief head atop a clear yellow body. Nothing left after a bit.

Smell - Orange citrus. Intense acidity. Slightly acetic. Funky.

Taste - Really sour. Citrusy. Sharp funk cheesy flavor

Mouthfeel - Immensely sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Not complex or interesting.

Photo of HopHead84
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

4/1/2012

Snifter

A: The color of watered down apple juice with a fleeting bubbly white head.

S: Smells like apple cider vinegar with a light cheesiness and notes of earth. There's a little stone fruit in there with some lemon as well. There's just a little oak. This smells pretty nice.

T: The flavor has a lot of white and apple cider vinegar with a strong acetic acidity. Fruit reminds me of apricot and lemon. There's a light cheesiness and a little oak. The finish is intensely acetic with lighter citric notes and lingering fruit. Taste-wise this is pretty good, but the acetic acidity is detrimental.

M: I've been really disappointed with the carbonation levels on the Bruery's sours. How hard is it to condition a 6% sour? It shouldn't be at all difficult, but their sours are consistently low in carbonation and the beers suffer for it. This beer is all but flat, heavy, and lifeless, when it should be effervescent and lifting off the palate. I can't help but think the low carbonation is intentional, and if that's the case I really don't understand the reasoning behind it.

Overall: Far too acetic to be enjoyable. 4 ounces is more than enough. Props to The Bruery for recognizing the beer's faults and selling it at a lower price than their other sour beers. We're going to use the remaining 15 ounces to make salad dressing later this week.

Photo of John_M
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously opened during Philly beer week at Capone's.

The beer pours a waxy, honen gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. As I had been warned, the nose is just outrageous, showcasing considerable sour funk, mustard, lime and horsesweat. Talk about Brett overload! On the palate, the beer is bettter, as I get lime, honey, grape and cherry flavors, that marry well with the sour funk. The sour is completely over the top, which is pretty much what I expected. Mouthfeel is long and lingering, with sour, sour finish. An interesting, unusual beer, but obviously, the sour funk is just a bit much in this one.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smattering of bubbles that attempt to form a bone white head but fail miserably. The smell is tart and funky as promised. Hints of lemons light grape and lots of cherries mixed with a bit of oaky vanilla and bits of wet horse. The flavor up front is kind of mild with some vanilla and cherries starting off the ride. This quickly fades to a salty earthy funkiness. Then we start to ease into the acid and that builds for a good long time until the lactic and citric are burning holes in my stomach. Long lingering salty lemony cherry tartness leaves my mouth salivating long after every sip. This is a pretty decent beer, but it definitely could use a few more bubbles.

Photo of kscaldef
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Very flat pour, golden, slightly cloudy, no head. Minimal carbonation on display. Very sour, with vinegar and acetone notes. Not much aroma, just a general sharpness. Acetone tempered as it warmed up. Not very impressed with this one.

3,2,3,3,2.5

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Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
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