Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road | The Bruery

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Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road
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Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jIsh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Thanks to orangesol for sharing this...enjoyed from a cervoise.

The color is sunny golden with thick haze and tiny bead with spots of lace clinging. The smell is fruity, lemony and slightly floral with some nice sour esters from the wild yeast and other funky organisms. The odor is sour but a nice woody presence augments it. The feel is good with dry, slightly sour tinge and fruity acidity with a moderately high amount of carbonation and subtle tannic/acidic tinge with spicy accent and toasted finish.

The GFA is a somewhat lactic sour flavor with tangy and dry aspect from the start. There is a lemony and kumquat flavor with subtle tropical note giving a little complexity as the woody note seems to provide a gentle earthy, yet faint spice in the background. This is a tasty beer with slight green quality and tangy taste from the yeast, perhaps some wheat too.

Overall I liked this a lot it is good and would probably benefit from a little age - the acidity is not over the top and the gentle tropical sweetness in the mix makes it pretty high in drinkability

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle thanks to BigTomZ. This one was poured into my petit Duvel tulip.

Grand Funk Aleroad pours super cloudy, with a color that bounces between orange and tangerine, depending on just how well lit it is. Maybe a finger of fizzy white foam comes together at the top of the glass, but it quickly and cleanly disappears. Later pours introduce noticeable pieces of sediment into the beer. The nose is very nice, chock full of peaches, lemon zest, and that unmistakable brett funk. All of the aromas are present in roughly equal measure. The flavor starts off with some stone fruit sweetness, still predominantly peach here. The citric lemon note is highlighted here by a light tartness that wasn't present in the nose. A potent barnyard funk provides the close. Overall the mouthfeel is a little too slick, though I'm not sure whether I'd chalk it up to too full of a body or not enough carbonation. Regardless, GFAR is a solid attempt at a Gueze style beer, and I'm going to try and get my hands on some more to age for a while, because I think it could turn into something great.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Opened 1/3/2012

A: Hazy golden yellow body. No signs of a head.
S: Funky, lemon-citric nose, with strong hints of oak and leather.
T: The taste is quite a fall off compared to the nose. Rather one-note with a funky cheesy-oak. Strong lactic sourness. The citric notes all but disappeared.
M: Medium bodied, a tad under-carbonated and somewhat sticky on the palate.
O: An interesting take on the gueuze by the Bruery. It’s nice to see that they tried to do this right with the three batches and the blending. Ultimately, it’s not an elite gueuze, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml purchased from the Reserve Society. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, very bright and hazy, quick dissipating white head, some bubbles here and there, almost flat.

S - Solid funky aroma, light to medium levels of tart/sour notes, slight sweetness in there as well. Perahps some citrus notes in there too.

T - More of the same from the nose. Nice tartness, light sour, some fruity citrus sweetness. Super-easy to drink and very enjoyable.

M - Light, almost flat, refreshing, semi-dry finish.

O - This one really surprised me. It's just a very easy-drinking Wild that I could drink all day long. The sour/tart notes are there enough to enjoy without fatiguing my palate. Give it a try!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A tale of two pours: the first is gorgeous, a perfectly clear sunglow yellow; the second a hazy apricot riddled with chunky yeast. In both a vigorous pour begets some airy white bubbles that pop away within seconds.

Funky! Starts with a respectable amount of hay, followed by white vinegar, green apple and lemon. A touch of tropical fruit, maybe pineapple or peach, adds sweetness, as does honey.

Lemon and lemon peel emerge in the flavor along with vinous oak. Barnyard funk is subdued, but vinegar tartness isn’t — this thing is sour. However, there’s a fruity sweetness that balances things out nicely. An apple cider note also makes things a little more interesting.

Nearly flat. Carbonation is just a subtle, tingly suggestion. Tartness is fairly big, but doesn’t have the enamel-ripping power of, say, Cantillon’s gueze. Nice, medium body.

Grand Funk Aleroad won’t give Belgian gueuze brewers pause -- it lacks the complex funk and major tartness that makes the style what it is. That said, I like it. My other bottles will be hanging out for a year or two to allow the tartness to develop.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a stale looking pale marigold orange with no head at all, no bubbles.

S: Aroma of funky green apple, sweet pear and a dosing of sweet malt

T: Tons of green apple up front, fruity funkified Riesling grapes with some age. This tastes eerily similar to my 3278 Wild Ales from Wyeast strains - this is a good thing. Plenty of straw , hay, brett and lacto all combined. This is where 3278 shines in showing all of these profiles.

M: Very light in mouthfeel, light on the carb. Very similar to other experiences I have had with this yeast strain even though this is from East Coast Labs.

O: I enjoy the taste for sure. I do not know that it has met my expectations because I have a cellar full of sours that are better than this that I brewed myself. That said , it is still very enjoyable, just no fresh peach flavors like my homebrew wild 3278 strain Peach Wild.

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

1008th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

App- A clear apple juice orange/yellow with a bit of gold mixed in. No head, no bubbles or cling behind it.

Smell- A very juice like nose. Has alot of oaky leather behind it. A small touch of funk with with a little bit of sweet behind it. You could say a little damp with some earthy leaves.

Taste- I must say I really did expect more from this one. A little above average but not much more. Very juicy with a lot of citrus. Tempered fruits from apple and pear. Had a seemingly large of oaky malt behind it w/o a balance.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low medium carbontion. Lacked a prickly carbonation to make this shine. I would think more bubbles would make this one pop a bit more.

Drink- Damn I so wanted this to be more than what it was. I wanted that dry, funky, hay, barn, dampness. Its much like just a fruity malty beer. I probably wont spring for a 2nd bottle of this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of billshmeinke
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reiew from notes.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.
Clear golden, honey like color. Almost, no head. No head or lacing left behind. 2.5
Quite a nose. Hay, funk, tart acidity, lactic sourness. Nice floral notes as well. Smells great. 3.5
Tastes of lactic sourness, hints of some acetic sourness, nice round oaky/tannic/vanilla notes. 4
Mouth feel is full, only slightly carbonated. Round and super well balanced. 3
Should be more carbonated, and I’d like a bit more tartness. Otherwise the roundness and smoothness are quite nice. 4

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Photo of Verecund
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

December 12, 2011.

Slightly hazy, pale yellow. Just about flat. The second pour does yield a short-lived quarter-finger head.

Very pleasing nose. Salty peach, lemon, pineapple funk, some lactic acidity and soft vinegar.

Lightly sour; salty and watery; some of the same fruit notes found on the nose (lemon, pineapple, peach). Vanilla oak on the finish. Despite having many of the same elements, it's not really altogether similar to gueuze.

Medium-light in body, but flat and virtually lifeless. Very quaffable, nonetheless.

A little restrained, a little salty, lightly fruity. The nose shines, but the flavor is a little watery for me. Like others, I'm hoping this improves with age, but it's very easy-drinking already.

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Batch #50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 234 ratings