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Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Mother FunkerProvisions Series: Mother Funker

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BA SCORE
85
very good

349 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

OtisCampbell, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle split with some peeps at Northdown Cafe & Bar.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, fizzy white head, spotty lace.

S - Light nail polish, lemons, huge sharp tartness. Not very "funky", just straight up sharp sour/tart notes that destroy my nostrils.

T - More nail polish, citrus, lemon peel, sharp tart/sour notes, vinegar, lots of acetone. This beer has a huge "pucker-factor"...almost too much. Finish is lemon and vinegar sourness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, lemon tart finish.

O - This beer is far from being balanced like I've previously read. Huge acetone, vinegar, nail polish mixed with a huge lemon sourness. If you're not a fan of acetone, avoid this beer. I thought it was okay, but not anywhere near awesome and/or great...lower in the pack of Bruery sours (which are then lower then most of my other favorite American Wilds). Meh.

Sean9689, Jun 06, 2012
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 AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +19%

AleWatcher, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +19%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 6.1.12.

A - Pours a cloudy tangerine orange with a few large white bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Sour lemon, orange, and wood. Very acidic and vinegar-like as it warms.

T - Super sour citrus. My palate is toasted after this one.

D - Lower carbonation and a lighter body. Super, super, super sour.

O - Good, but so sour it is hard to taste anything after a few sips.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of stxSS07
4.5/5  rDev +19%

stxSS07, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of gpleiss
1/5  rDev -73.5%

gpleiss, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
1.13/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thank you, Devin.

Fucking putrid shit, more nail polish remover than I was expecting, less white wine vinegar than I was expecting, bracing, harsh acidity with no redeemable qualities, I have no idea what they were thinking. Apple cider vinegar. This would make a decent salad dressing if not for the acetone.The only think that makes this beer not a 1.0 is the existence of Trinity's Old Growth. Fucking awful, avoid this.

DefenCorps, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +19%

kjkinsey, May 31, 2012
Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale, straw golden color with good clarity but not crystal clear. No real head ever forms...only a thin and fizzy skim coat that disappears instantly in a soda-like rush of bubbles and leaves behind a thin collar on the glass...no lacing is seen.

S - Fruity with citrusy oranges and lemons, hints of limes. Overall tart and sour on the nose with decent funk intensity that is earthy and a bit horsey, but missing a bit of the barnyardy aspects I'd expect.

T - Funky and earthy...mildly sour and a bit puckering, but more funk than sour. Very fruity, lemon-lime citrus, tangerines, grapey/winey, a bit of wood.

M - Starts off a bit on the sweet side and gradually moves towards tart/sour with a distinct SweetTart candy-like flavor. Fruitiness stays from start to finish highlighting the citrusy aspects of the beer. Carbonation is on the low side barely causing the slightest tingle on the tongue. Body is light.

O - Overall, a good wild ale but really can only be thought of as one of the crowd. Solid but not spectacular...does most things well, but nothing is there to let this stand apart from the numerous other quality offerings out there now. Worth trying.

portia99, May 29, 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
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4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for the bottle Shane!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice bone dry funk with acidic lemon, orange, and subtle lactic bits of oak.

(T)- A big acidic kick up front. Flows into some awesome sour lemon/orange citrus. A really nice up front oaky funk; not quite lactic, but close.

(M)- A good carbonation level; a tad higher than expected, but it fits well with the overall profile of the beer. Good fruits and acidic sourness. Great subtle barrel character.

(D)- I like the sourness level of this. Not too strong to rip the enamel off my teeth, but sour enough to really thoroughly enjoy it. A great take on the style and one of the better american made sours that I have seen that is pretty close to smelling and tasting like a gueuze.

sweemzander, May 24, 2012
Photo of Rudy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Rudy, May 23, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

sgoro, May 22, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev +5.8%

monitorpop, May 20, 2012
Photo of archey
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

archey, May 19, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mother Funker

Poured into my Bruery tulip, as is proper.

Another wine-like sour from the Bruery, this one looks pretty flat when poured into the glass. The liquid’s a pretty, light golden hue, but a small number of tiny bubbles is the only hint of carbonation.

Woo! The aroma isn’t super funky, but it’s powerfully acidic. White vinegar blends with white grape, green apple, pear and vinous oak. There’s just enough fruity, chardonnay sweetness to smooth the bacteria’s rough edges.

Funkier in the flavor, with hints of hay and horse peeking out, but the tartness is still king. The front is fruity, full of white grapes and apple cider, while the swallow delivers a huge blast of vinegar.

The body’s a little big for my tastes, and the near lack of carbonation doesn’t help things. The combination makes the beer heavy, and paired with the massive, heartburn-causing tartness, it’s actually a chore to choke down. A bit of bubbles would do wonders to lighten and liven things up.

Mother Funker, this is sour. I made the mistake of opening a bottle on my own and I’ll likely pay the price with heartburn. Do yourself a favor and share this intensely flavored wild ale with some other people.

Phelps, May 18, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JAHMUR, May 13, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my Bruery trustee Cory!

Pours yellow with minimal bubbles and zero head. No lace, kinda plain.

Strong, funky aroma of sour fruits warns your stomach of the impending acidity. Saliva pools in my mouth as I await each sip.

I hope you like your sours sour, because this is among the most sour of any I've tasted. Extremely acetic, but also quite intensely fruity. So although this has the clobber-you-over-the-head-with-sourness aspect to it, there's also plenty of funk and flavor alongside.

I love this beer, but I'll be the first to admit its complete lack of balance. The tartness and acidity in Mother Funker is intense and highly polarizing: if you dislike ulcer-inducing acidity, steer clear! This is one of my favorite sours, but it's not for the faint of heart :)

brystmar, May 13, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

oldp0rt, May 13, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

imperialking, May 11, 2012
Photo of Domeshot14
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Domeshot14, May 08, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip. Both courtesy of TheSevenDuffs.

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon pie yellow color with fizzy soda like head that is short lived. Lacing is spotty.

S- Ummm my mouth just watered. Sour, sour, sour. Lemons and a slight vinegar. Grapes, grape skins, apples, apple skins, slight grass and a spicy note from I'm assuming the yeast. The oak really melds things together. This is a masterpiece and my mouth won't stop watering with every sniff.

T- Here we go! Holy hell! This beer is F****N sour! First sip put me in heartburn hell. Gotta go get a Zantac... Okay, back. Right off the bat is a onslaught of vinegar and lemon. The funk is pinged to an 11 with just copious amounts of wet hay and barnyard. Slightly sweet with a quick finish.

M- Cheek numbing sour, good carbonation.

O- The label warns the consumer about this beer. This beer is balls to the wall, "don't be a sissy or we'll laugh at you" "What's wrong? Feel like crying?" type of beer. You can't prepare yourself for this beer even if you tried, and I love it lol.

korguy123, May 06, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy yellow with a minimal head.

S: Sour. That is pretty much it.

T: Amazing sour. There is intense sour from the yeast. There is also a subtle sweetness present as well.

M: Very carbonated and fills the mouth well.

O: A very good beer. This beer is on par with Russian River's Sanctification.

jvillefan, May 05, 2012
Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.