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Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery

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very good

362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 86
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
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 EgadBananas
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small bubbly head, admittedly forced. Some bubbles streaming on the side. Head dissipated quickly and the carbonation seemed to fizzle out fast.

Aroma was sour, acidic, lactic, slightly woody. There's not really much of a funk, just sour.

Taste followed the smell: sour, acid, oak, lactic acid. It's the sour notes nicely, but again, there's no funk to it, so it just assaults the palate without rewarding it.

It goes from slightly bubbly, to flat and flaccid. It's rough.

It's got it's moments, but it's really just an unbalanced assault of sour.

Photo of FishPondManager
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Rado
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Gatch
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with a white head. Builds and fades quickly.

S: Funk, sour, barn...big nose.

T: By far the funkiest beer I've had to date. So sour, tart, and funky!

M: Smooth, sweet, and tasty.

O: I'm glad I didn't look at the average score of this beer before purchasing because I might have overlooked it. It was fantastic so ignore the score if you like super sour brews.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SummitVA
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of dumptruck81
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of Overlord, much appreciated. Pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small white head. No lacing and poor retention...not too uncommon on a sour though.

I can smell this bitch from a mile away...sour as funk. Wow; clean and tart, mouthwateringly so. I haven’t smelled anything like this since I had a Captain Lawrence Barrel Select at least a year ago.

It profiles the tartness perfectly; nothing else gets in the way. The sourness is just so impressively clean. Like SweeTarts dissolved in pickle juice. One-dimensional for sure, but in a very delicious way. I love it...super light malts, salty sourness and puckering tartness. Yummy yummy yummy.

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of OtisCampbell
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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.

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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

Photo of stxSS07
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of gpleiss
1/5  rDev -73.5%

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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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.

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.

Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.