Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy) - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy)Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy)

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 53
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured on tap into a snifter at Churchkey DC as part of DC beer week. Listed as Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Muy Bonita.

Deep walnut brown, surprising to maintain just a hint of brown cause it is quite dark. Simple tan collar, and some spotted lacing while drinking.

The bouquet on this beer is nuts. A great example of making the barrel give the spirit life. Huge notes of soft and warm apple brandy, large cinnamon, and can you believe there is even pie crust on this thing? Nutmeg, a hint of roasted coffee slightly. Like a piece of fresh baked apple pie, warm and inviting. Insane. Only thing is that it tends to not remind me of beer.

The palate brings the accolades. Much from hinted nose bringing flavors of coffee, and of course apple pie. Sweet nutmeg and cinnamon spices are all over this thing. Starts off with a milk and creamy texture, almost giving some vanilla sweetness on the finish. Crusty dough on the palate to match. Mouthfeel starts off impressive, but gets into much stronger sweetness and fizzy quality. An odd sense of cola aftertaste comes out as the body gets much lighter oddly.

Yikes this thing is downright some other creation. Really impressive, but the mouthfeel strangely gives way to other flavors. What a bizarre and intriguing beer, if that is what this even is? My only minor complaint it hardly reminds me of beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled and released July 2014.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, apple pie, cinnamon, clove, and apple brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, cinnamon apple, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great apple and cinnamon qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split this with JLindros, great trade here! Review #1800

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown nearly porter like hue with a thin head that faded quickly leave nice wisps.

S - Aromas of massive vanilla, both barrel and bean, cinnamon subtle but clear and present, oatmeal crumble, awesome apple brandy. Not boozy at all! The combos almost give it a chai note. Apples are there but subtle.

T - Wow. This is awesome. Hard to break this one down. Apple crisp in a glass, apple pie filling, loads of vanilla, oatmeal crumble that's been splashed with some apple brandy.Toss is incredible, clearly an awesome beer from funky Buddha. Incredible. This is up there for greatest funky Buddha beer I've ever had...only thing better was French toast. The brown ale is the perfect base. Super smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer is just incredibly great. Phenomenal execution, great apple pie notes, vanilla, crumble, brandy, awesome nose and taste. This is easily one of the best funky Buddha beers I've had, also possibly top five beers I've actually had. Holy crap!

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at ChurchKey for 2014 DCBW.

A: Pours coffee black with a half finger of light brown head; good lacing and very good retention. (4.25)

S: Cinnamon-baked apple, like every apple cinnamon breakfast cereal you’ve ever had. Some red wine, though not much of the base beer. Decently appealing, though. (4.25)

T: Loads of apple and cinnamon, a decent dose of red wine/boozy brandy. Moderate sweetness carries through and sticks around on the palate for quite a while. Kind of a Coke float aspect (cola and vanilla) as it warms. (4.25)

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Nice and velvety texture. (4.5)

O: Nice flavors which are pretty well integrated. But the sweetness and novelty factor limit how much of this I could reasonably drink and still enjoy. This displays essentially none of the base beer. (4)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Nice white head. Thick collar and some wisps.

Smell - Apples. Lots of cinnamon and other apple pie spices. Light oak, but it's tough to distinguish the barrel from the flavor of the beer. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Sweet up front. Candied apple. Caramel. Lots of spices. A little oak. Vanilla. Really spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's very sweet. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation

Overall - It's very sweet, but very good.

Photo of Kevincredible
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Exploded on opening. Could smell the sour infection and later taste it in a small sip of it as well. Full drain pour.

Photo of CruisaC
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Really worried about this one after all the reviews. Got the thick wax off, popped the cap, and.....whew, no sulfury/terrible smell.

Was that a little sour on the nose? Hard to say, could be the apple Brandy barrel, maybe I'm just being a little over critical.

Taste was very interesting. I'm getting a little cinnamon, some apple, then the brandy finish

It's a little thin for my liking. Maybe a stout or a BW would hold up these flavors better? Hard to say. Still enjoyable and frankly I was just glad it wasn't an infected mess.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2/5  rDev -50.2%

Absolute wreck. Infected and lost half the bottle when it exploded 3 feet in the air upon breaking the cap seal. Remaining beer wasn't the worst thing i have had, but tasted like nothing but cinnamon and rotting apples.

Photo of MCDuhamel
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Gusher. Nose is sulphuric, sour apple and cinnamon stick. Overpowering and quite off-putting. Lists of cinnamon, sour apple, some vanilla and some alcohol heat. No sign of wood. Pours a very dark brown with a huge amount of soapy foam. Spicing is too heavy handed for me, but it's the aroma that did this one in.

Photo of hopswap1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tasted great but had to dock the rating based on the fart smell.

Photo of jlindros
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud.

Light fizzy small head, super dark almost black beer.

Nose is crazy awesome, apple pie city, caramelized apples, tons of brown sugar, cinnamon, baking spices, apple crisp crumble, do much vanilla with fresh vanilla and barrel notes, spices chai apple tea, apple brandy and a mild caramel sweet candy malt base, chai really explodes.

Taste is also awesome, phenomenal! So much apple crisp, apple pie, cinnamon, caramel, oatmeal crumble, toasted oatmeal, Apple brandy, fresh apple, candied apple, etc. Nice vanilla too, fresh and barrel vanilla, so much apple crisp crumble. Mild bitter tannin from cooked apple skin, etc. So delicious. Finish lingers a mild tannic apple skin, more apple crisp oatmeal crumble and apple brandy, vanilla, etc.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent carb, chewy like, no real booze.

Overall ridiculously awesome.

Photo of drewone
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Way too much spices going on, not a balanced beer. Thanks WowCoolMan for sharing.

Photo of oregonskibum
2.25/5  rDev -44%

This smells terrible! Like used diapers with a side of poo. One of the worst beer aromas in recent history. Taste was slightly better, but too much cinnamon and the apple brandy barrels are lost in the mess. Very disappointing.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

On draft, pours a dark brown, hues of dark red, good carbonation.

The smell is sweet, lots of brown sugar, apple, caramel, candied sugar. The barrel is super present, apples, oak, and you can smell the alcohol. The flavor is really smooth, sweet up front, with a little salt. Apples, caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. The carbonation is a bit weaker on the mouth, but this is still one delicious beer. I am not a brandy fan, but the base pulls together so many good qualities that is hard not to enjoy it for what it is. Would love to have it again.

Photo of orangesol
1.96/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Absolutely terrible. Gushed all over the place when it was opened. Smells like a wet fart mixed with some of the intended aromas. Taste is very infected and thats the end of it. Poured the rest down the drain, sort of like they should have done.

Photo of darehulk112
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Smelled terrible, the taste was decent. The smell though...just discomforting.

Photo of drmcleod10
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ohhhh my. One of the worst "craft" beers I've ever had. This bottle exploded when we opened it and shat all over the place.

Tons of disgusting floaties, ugly foamy pour

S - Smell was pure cinnamon farts and baby diapers. The worst smelling beer that I have happened upon

T - Taste if you plugged your nose was manageable

F - ughh baddddddd

O - Will never trade for this until they brew a batch that is not infected. This was a drain pour for everyone

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle form the first bottling in July 2014

A - Smooth brown appearance, it's got some legs... no complaints

S - This is the only downgrade, everything about this beer is outstanding... but I get some kind of funky apple smell, no cinnamon, vanilla, or other...

T - Just unlike I've any beer I've ever had... massive apple cinnamon up front, with vanilla coming on lightly at the end

M - Creamy, rich smooth

O - Just an outstanding beer, one of the most interesting that I've ever had. I'm so glad I got 2 bottles so I'll have the chance to enjoy this again...

Edited: Opened a second bottle on 9/5/14. Massive gusher, awful nose, smelled of odd sulfur and eggs... honestly the taste was still fine, and really was similar to before, but the nosed was horrid

It's hard to rate this beer, since my first experience was so good, but the second experience was not. Hopefully this is fixed in the future by the brewery...

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown pour, only a small head uptop. Nothing special. Looking like a brown ale.

Smell is so good. Apple pie for days. Apples, cinnamon, small amount of vanilla but it's all balanced pretty well. I can smell the crust! So good.

More of the same on the taste. Huge apple cinnamon right up front. Cinnamon is pretty strong, luckily I like cinnamon. It's a little boozy at the end. Cinnamon apple combo is strong, no sign of vanilla yet, but I also just poured it. Maybe after a few minutes it'll come out. Some small barrel characteristics, most likely where the booze is coming from. Think apple jacks for the aftertaste. A little sweet, but I thought It would be worse. I'm glad it's a little more tame and not cloying.

Mouthfeel is more on the thin side, not much carbonation at all. Little bit dry at the end.

I thought this was gonna be delicious. It turned out to be even better. Not overly sweet but just enough to really nail the apple jacks beer that I never knew I wanted so badly.

Photo of Beer4B
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sewage smell was actually surprisingly faint - meaning I was expecting a nose-full of poop when we opened it but it was much less egregious.

The taste was quite fantastic though - really like a warm apple pie. It's too bad this was infected...I'd love to get more!

Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Generously shared by Adam at the Swamp Head release. Thanks! Pours brown with a little khaki head on top. Aroma of cinnamon, booze, nuts, and apples. Flavor follows closely with sweet apple pie filling, some vanilla, some brandy booze, definite cinnamon and apple here, and some nuttiness. It is sweet, but somehow not way overly sweet and relatively balanced out by the spices. Medium plus plus body for a brown ale with medium carbonation. Good stuff. I wish I hadn’t had a bad experience (sick) with apple pie a few years ago, otherwise I would be head over heels for this.

Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours highly carbonated. Almost like a gusher. Color is very dark. Brown, though there is still a touch of translucency. Aroma is treanot overly pleasant. Smells like fermentation or a compost pile. Not good. Taste is sweet and syrupy. Molasses, brown sugar and shit like that. Tree bark. Treacle. Medium bodied. Overcarbonated. Cloyingly sweet.

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Burnt poop smell. Tastes good though.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Gusher- The beer pours a dark brown with a loose tan head that fades without lacing. The nose is unique, some gingery cinnamon, almost apple jax like, and apple brandy. The taste is a chaotic mix of spices, apple, and wood with a big brown ale malt backbone trying to pull things together. It has a slightly rough, overly carbonated mouthfeel that finishes bitter with some wood & spiced apple. This is a unique beer, but I would have liked a smoother mouthfeel with more body and less edges.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Gold waxed bomber opened at 45 degrees. Huge gush of foam allowed to settle over 10 minutes. Lost approximately 4oz of brew.

Caramel, opaque elixir, thin, tan head, minimal lacing.

Heavy aroma of cinnamon and sour apples with a hint of vinegar. The combination is a bit pungent and certainly obscures any of the barrel or vanilla.

Combination of the apples (not as sour) and brandy with the ever present cinnamon background. A touch of vinegar aftertaste.

Medium body, a bit oily.

A decent brew, but not up to expectations. The aroma is certainly off (described by a friend's wife as the smell of a "hair perm") and contributes to the taste and lower score.

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Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy) from Funky Buddha Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.