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Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

349 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 349
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 88
Gots: 116 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FosterJM on 02-03-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +19%

kjkinsey, May 31, 2012
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.

womencantsail, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

GRG1313, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -20.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +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.

TMoney2591, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.1/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

largadeer, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JAHMUR, May 13, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +5.8%

SocalKicks, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

MasterSki, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

drabmuh, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

oline73, May 25, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
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.

Mora2000, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rochefort10nh, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Feb 04, 2012
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Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.