Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road
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Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road
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Belgian Gueuze
3.95 | pDev: 12.41%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 234
Photo of PHBoiler
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light blonde body. Minimal carb at this point. Some hints of oak and white grape on the front end. Acidity is muted and drinks slightly like a cider. Balanced and interesting.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glowing yellow, lots of tiny bubbles, brand new white head, 1/2" range. Aroma was lemon, green apple, wood.

Taste, some variation in bottles, mainly the carbonation, not so much the taste, more lemon, wheat, apple to it. Good, light bodied. Kinda clean, but then again for something described as gueuze like, you'd prolly wanna see more complex funkiness to it. This is kinda simplistic, yet enjoyable lemon fizz notes.

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Photo of cvm4
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a semi-opaque straw body with a hint of orange. No head to speak of as the carbonation bubbles dissipated quickly.

S - Tart aroma of green apples along with some vinegar and funk.

T - Tart vinegar with light oak that transitions into pears and funk. Some acidity on the backend, but not a huge amount.

F - Light bodied and little to no carbonation. Has a wet then mild dry ending.

O - Interesting beer that has held up well. Not overly complex or mind boggling. I think it is starting to get past its prime.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%

Sent to me as an extra from I forget who. Poured to my Cantillon glass on November 1, 2014. Pours clear golden color with just a small bit of white bubbles on top but plenty lacing the glass down low. Really nice funky tart aroma of honey, pears, green apples, a little vinegar, some wheat malt. Reminds me a bit of a sweet jonge lambic. Flavor is funky tart vinegar that fades into sweet fruits like pears and apples, and finishes with oight lightly oaky honey sweetness. Just a bit of acidity lingering on the palate. A bit on the flat side unfortunately. Light plus body. Overall this was an interesting take on a Gueuze that doesn’t have the dusty dryness I generally expect from the style. Hurt a bit by the low carbonation but otherwise perfectly drinkable and decent sour beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled March 2012
After popping the cap, I get a distinct smell of apricots. A vigorous pour into my large Triple Karmeliet yields a quickly disappearing, initially one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice gold color with amber accents that shows a hint of haze and a bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely lactic and a touch like grapefruit or lemons when smelled directly, though indirectly I still get scents of apricots or perhaps even some peach blossom notes. The nose definitely has a floral, flower nectar like character to it, and this morphs into a sort of pear cider like note the more I explore the aroma. There is perhaps a touch of oxidized grain / malt character to the nose and when you really start to dig some funky, phenolic notes that are akin to cured plastic and a touch of cracker like malt become just noticeable. Actually the cracker like grain aromas becomes fairly noticeable now that I have placed it. As the beer warms up a touch of acetic character becomes noticeable as well.

Lightly carbonated for something vaguely representative of a Gueuze, but it still has some prickly to the texture. A solid up front lactic character morphs into a fruity tasting acidity that finishes somewhat akin to pear cider. The body certainly has a viscous quality to it that keeps it from being watery, but it really seems to be want to coupled with an effervescent carbonation that just isn’t here. The cider like character is a pretty major contributor to the flavor and it really seems to need something else here to balance it out. Despite being aged in a barrel, this has very subtle wood influences, which is perfectly inline with something that is trying to be Lambic like; the wood perhaps accentuates the pale, hay-like, toasted character here and it perhaps provides a touch of astringency in the finish, but it is really quite subtle over all.

This is an interesting experiment, a couple years ago I would have evaluated this much differently, but there are now enough American attempts at something like this that this seems quite a bit lackluster in comparison; compared directly to a Lambic, it is even more lackluster, or perhaps simplistic is a better descriptor. It definitely could use quite a bit more carbonation in my mind, as this would make this a much more aromatic beer and the extra carbonation would help to liven up the texture. In addition the funk character really seems to be a bit lacking and this plays up the cidery touches of oxidation that play a fairly prominent role in this beer; nicely enough the oxidation at this point boosts the overall perception of fruit in this beer, but it seems a touch out of place. I do like that the oak / wood character plays an almost non-existent role here (as it should in a Gueuze / Lambic type beer). Despite being a bit overly critical of this beer, I am enjoying this. I love that the Bruery took the chance to recreate this beer, and I completely understand how hard of an undertaking this was; I really wish that I had been able to try Al’s original attempt as I would guess what I am currently drinking is quite different (and like I said this is understandably so).

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Photo of Sarlacc83
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Beautiful golden color with zero head and some moderate bubbles. Looks flat and dull out of the bottle.

N: Acetone, lemon zest, and whine wine vinegar. Grapefruit rind and some cheese. Oak.

T: Moderately sour with more of the vinegar. Not particularly complex.

M: Dense and lacking in carbonation. Needs a light body.

O: Not wonderful. Lacks complexity and there isn’t a whole lot to say about it, unfortunately. I know their wilds are better than this.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip.

Unfiltered browned yellow, with some chunks of yeast. Only a wee bit of head and lacing. Nose is relatively malty, some oak, lemon and tart citrus, mild spice character but the fruity notes are quite nice. Taste has again a really nice malt profile, citrus character, mild oak and tartness is quite gentle. Medium body, medium low carbonation. A beautiful beer, easily consumed with enough complexity to keep me entertained.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery snifter. Poured a golden yellow-orange that had a minimal white head that subsided to none quickly. Maintain minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, tart, fruit, acetic acid, wood, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, vinegar, fruit, wood, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Based on the name I was seriously expecting to be completely overwhelmed by funk. However what I found was a rather acidic offering. This was a pretty nice thing though if you ask my palate. I was able to easily crush the full bottle of this. Nice job on this one.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enormous waftng geuze aroma, pleasant. Yellow bodied, lots of yeast chunks, of course particularly at the last sample. Smooth mouthfeel. The potential tartness, which increases by sample, is well malted, so that drinkability is very good. A very good geuze.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to capra12 for this one. 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Cap comes off layered with a thick, orange-yellow scum. Beer pours a coarse, 1 finger white head that collapses quickly. Beer is an attractive, clear orange-yellow. Lacing is non0existent. No real legs either. Pretty blah.

Nose is light vinegar, fresh lemon, mellow sour peaches. Some light soapiness mixed in for good measure. Not the most aromatic. Not offensively bad but nothing stands out either.

Opens tart lemon and peach. Some sweet citrus, passion fruit and starfruit towards the middle with a rather sweet, fruity finish. Aftertaste is a slight funk with a touch of tropical fruit. Almost completely missing the funkiness of a typical gueuze as well as the big tartness. Too sweet for the style also.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and sparkling going down. Finishes soft with a lingering, mellow aftertaste. Wish this one was a big drier and not as oily. Still decent though.

To characterize this as a gueuze is doing it a disservice as it doesn't compare to the Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin and even Hansenns and Lindemanns of the gueuze world. The funk component is almost completely missing from the nose and flavor and the feel just doesn't excite the palate. A decent beer overall but in the style, its way overmatched by its Belgian brethren.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to duff27 for the share! Thanks duff!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken 01/03/13.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with no head.

Smell: lemon sourness, maybe a hint of dusty funk. Nose is farily bright and fresh.

Taste: lemons, oranges, and light green apple. hints of earthiness, a touch of dusty funk. The beer has a sweet wheat aftertaste that was a little weird, but not off putting. Maybe best described as honey and wheat.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. easy drinking and a little flat.

Overall: This was a tasty beer, but the beer was almost flat. I dont really think this was a Gueuze, I would say closer to, but quite a Berlinner wiess bier. Its kind of an "inbetweener beer" that does really fit into one beer style, but could be close with a few different beer styles.

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost no head, bubbles as a collar. Yellow colored body.

Tart lemony aroma. Clean, fresh.

Clean on the tongue. Easy drinking somehow? Almost has a sweet finish to it. Lemons. 2.0 on the sour scale.

Little carbonation, still a medium mouthfeel.

Confusing but overall a good beer. The no head/carbonation didn't do to much damage. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Saucer Sam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a few white bubbles. The aroma has a good bit of leathery funk to it, as well as some lemon notes and a bit of wheat. The flavor is similar. The funk notes are fairly strong, but I also get some tart, acidic lemon character. There is also a bit of leather, as well as some biscuit and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely flat with a mostly clear golden brown body with some suspended material. Smells of slightly acidic fruit, with quite a bit of pear. A bit of funk, but pretty light on that aspect. Taste has a nice tartness and slightly sweet fruitiness, with almost no funk presence at all. Actually tastes pretty good, but really lacks the complexity and funk that I look for in a gueuze. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a combination of sweet and tart. Overall, this is actually a pretty easy drinking tasty beer, but as a gueuze it falls way short. Still enjoyable though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer appears an apricot hue with minimal head that rapidly fades to nothing. The aroma offers apricots, funk. Smells acetic. The flavor is a lesser Fou' Foune. I wonder if any apricots were used in the brewing process? Gueuze character with some stone fruits, a touch of lemon, wild yeast. I expected the finish to be lactic, acetic, and slightly harsh, but there is no bite at all. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of aasher
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

Gueuze for a Remedy.

This one pours a flat bright gold with very little carbonation or activity. The nose smells like a slightly sour pear juice. It almost has some cucumber to it as well. The flavors are light and sour, slightly watery. Again it has sour pear to it. I like it. It's too lit but this is like the lager of Gueuze/sours. It is simple and kind of plain but has nice flavor. It is as sessionable as a non Berliner sour could be. It's a decent beer, but no Gueuze.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From ridglens/HayesEz. Split with a couple of the tasting group and my wife. 750ml into wine stemware.

Certainly better as it warms. Honey and funk in the nose. Molted hay.

Flavor is very fruity, very little wood, very little sour. Nice pepper notes, but there is undeniable sweetness. I equate that light sugar smack at the end with honey, but that could also be from the nose.

I don't know if this is just style but mouthfeel on Gueuze has really been hitting the spot lately. This is crisp and clean at the finish. Nice level of cabonation.

Having just had Resurgum last night, this wasn't to the level and suffers in this review.


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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks jon for bringing this one along.

a - transparent yellow with small head.

s - nice citric blast.

t - great gueuze with good citrus.

m - easy drinker

o - overall super under rated in my opinion. i've had this one before and loved it then and love it now.

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Photo of brystmar
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jon!

Straw & golden body, minimal head. Mild citrus, funky aroma. Taste has more funk and sourness, though the lacto dominates and there's a serious lack of acidity. Tastes kinda like white grape juice, and unfortunately won't improve much since the yeast is dead. Exactly how I remember it ~8 months ago.

Decent, not good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a miniscule head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of tart citrus, lemons and oranges with a bit of funk. Taste is citric tart up front with lots of lemons and green apples. A bit of oak tannin and vanilla pop in for a second then, there's a nice candy sweetness that does a great job balancing the tart. Sweet and sour linger on the palette long after each sip. Medium body with moderate level of carbonation and a sugary tart mouthfeel. That is a nice sour beer, it could use a few more bubbles but damn that's tasty.

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Photo of Rutager
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed May 13, 2012

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-gold with just some large bubbles for a head that fades to a thin white ring.

Smell. Sweet apple juice, tart light fruits with some nice funk and a little wood.

Taste. Sour light fruits and lemon, some tartness, a little funk and a bit of wood.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice version of the gueuze. Fruity and light with some nice flavours.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a honey color; very cloudy with hardly any carbonation and no head or lacing

Smell: Cheesy, cidery, lemony, funky and tart but with a hint of underlying toffee

Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with layers of green apple, stone fruit and lemon along with just a hint of toffee that develops in the middle; cheesy funk arrives at mid-palate and builds, after the swallow, to complement the other elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; flat but somewhat puckery

Overall: A beer dearly in need of carbonation but otherwise an interesting and complex geuze

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Scott for sending this my way!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a very small white fizzy head upon pouring that is gone in an instant. No lacing at all.

S: Nice stone fruit aromas, some peach and a little apricot, some green apple as well. There is a little bit of tartness and a slight funk as well.

T: A good bit of lemon and a little tart green apple. There is a slight mineraly taste and a little bit of oak.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit more carbonation/bubbles I think would have helped a little bit.

O: A solid gueuze, not quite as good as some of the Belgian offerings, but easy drinking. I think a bit more carbonation really would have improved this one.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a cloudy straw/golden color with no head or trace of lace.
S: Big notes of vinegar, golden fruits and straw. Tart smelling and gueuzey.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of golden fruits, straw, a touch of acetone and sharp vinegar. It’s not as tart as I was expecting though. Other flavors include lemon peel, peach and fruit skins/tannins.
M: A very greasy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Body is heavy and viscous.
O: I wish it had a few more bubbles but the flavors were pretty good in this one. Nothing spectacular but refreshing enough.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Andy for cracking this one. Poured into a chalice. This one pours with a clear golden color with just a little bit of white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

The aroma gives of a musty aroma that reminds me of an aged cheese with cellar funk and some hints of lemon and green apples. The pallet is somewhat tart up front with some a bit of a sweeter edge than I would prefer. A little bit light on the flavors with notes of lemon zest and must.

The body is light with soft carbonation. Overall this one is drinkable but not the best in it's class by any means. This enjoyable but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 234 ratings