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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road | The Bruery

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
233
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
90
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 233
Photo of Rutager
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -5.5%
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 +1.6%
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 -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter.

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 -17.2%
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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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for grabbing this one for me! Poured into a chalice. The color is clear and golden. There is just about no head, only a few bubbles around the rim of the glass.

The aroma has some lemongrass tartness with some rubbery notes.

The taste starts out like a tame wild single, with some musty funk. The finish is more gueuze-like with a tart lemon-rind finish. There is some rubberyness in the flavor. The aftertaste leaves some grassiness.

This is light bodied with soft carbonation.

I like this one. Doesn't quite live up to my expectations as it doesn't quite scratch the gueuze itch, but it's a good wild.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.12. Thanks Bobby.

A - Pours a clear bright orange with a few large white bubbles that are gone almost instantly.

S - Funk, green apples and some white grapes.

T - Slight funk, mild gree apple again and grapes.

D - Lower carbonation with a very thin body.

O - Smooth and easy drinking. I was expecting a bit more of a funk punch, pretty mild.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a thin layer of frothy white head. The head fades down pretty quickly leaving behind very little lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sourness, funk, green apple and other light fruits, lemon, and some oak.

T - Starts off with some sharp sourness and funk with some acidic lemon and some green apple tartness. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of vanilla, other light fruit sweetness and some more funk and wild yeasts. The finish is a mix of sourness, funk, light acidity, lemon, vanilla, and oak.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the tartness and sourness of this one. Nice balance and complexity from start to end.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour, tart, and funky aromas with slight vinegar notes. Taste is the same and is very tart and funky. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze that is pretty tasty.

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Photo of jsanford
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold with big soapy bubbles that fade to a still-looking beer.
Smell - Big, funky aromas of lemon juice, green apples, cheese, and oak barrels. Nice and earthy, but definitely lacking the complexity of the Belgians.
Taste - Similar to the nose, lots of tart green apple and lemon juice with a touch of oak, a good amount of cheese, and some overall "funk". Flavors is all in the front of the palate, though, this as no finish, almost like it falls off a cliff.
Mouthfeel - Very crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation.
Overall - A cool experiment that results in a decent Gueuze. While certainly lacking the complexity of the masters, this was pretty young. Wish I had a second bottle to age.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark straw with lots of bubbles and a thin wispy white head with a bit of lacing.

Some funk to the aroma. Musty bleu cheese with some apple pear and lemon and a touch of brett.

Taste is a pretty close replica of nose. Not overwhelmingly sour, but there is sourness there. A little bit of that funky earthiness and more bleu cheese along with an apple fruit tartness. Not bad, but not terribly complex and the flavors clash at times.

Light on the mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Middle of the road sour. Nothing outright bad about it, but it didn't really do too much for me either. Just sort of meh.

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Photo of Treebs
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle served in a Jacobin tulip. Split with BA danielnovak3.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a light tangerine body. There are some floaties in there though. A thin head white head forms on the pour and redeces quickly to nothing.

S: Light oaky sweetness with some tart apple skin, some cherry and some funk.

T: Mildly tart fruity esters are up front with a slight sourness to them on the finish. Woody oak with some vanilla sweetness is there on the finish, but nothing really jumps out of the glass or lasts too long on the palate.

M: Light bodied with lower than average carbonation. Slightly tannic on the finish, but the flavors do not last long.

O: This just wasn't all there for me. It need some more carbonation and longer lasting flavors. It wasn't bad, but it was slightly lackluster.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. At the time of this review, this is the #31 beer on the "Top Beers - Gueuze" list on beeradvocate.com

Beer is yellow, really hazy, undercarbonated for sure, big bubbles, no head, very murky, no retention no lacing. An aggressive pour forms a head for a few seconds but swirling does nothing.

Aroma is sweet, acetic, succinic, lactic, oak, a lot of lactic, cheese.

Beer is light in body and bright on the palate, a seriously drinkable beer. It is tart and sour without overwhelming. The lactic creaminess and cheesiness comes through a lot. Not my favorite sour from them but a good one.

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Photo of tewaris
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Frank!

Bright lemon-orange color with poor clarity and a really fizzy head that disappeared within seconds. Most Gueuze have poor head retention in my short experience, but the head on this one was exceptionally quick to leave. While it could only be a cosmetic issue, others agreed that the beer became "flat" really fast, and it did affect the mouthfeel adversely.

Aroma is medium armpit funk and strong acid. Not reminiscent of Belgian examples in my opinion, but not bad either. Tastes funky and lemony with strong sourness that was quick to saturate my palate. Some fruity overtones here and there. Finishes clean but not as dry feeling as it could have been if the carbonation wasn't amiss.

Overall, I enjoyed it regardless of it's shortcomings.

2, 3, 4, 3, 4

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut lemons, peaches, oak, leather and some funky cheese. Not as funky as I was expecting it to be, more fruity really.

T - Starts off with a bright lemon zest twang quickly giving way to hints of funky cheese, peaches, oak and some wet leather. A touch of spice develops as it sits in the glass. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time. Not the typical gueuze but still pretty solid none the less.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Quite the tart feel leaving the pallet dried out after each sip.

O - For being this young I really enjoyed this one. I am glad I have a few more of these in the cellar. Can't wait to see how this one develops over the next few years.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light hazy yellow pour with a tightly packed head that fizzes out to nothing. Looks legit.

Pear and apple cider identified right off the bat in the aroma. Subtle brett funk.

Cidery tart flavor. Slight vinegar. Touch of lemon. Subtle, light, not much to say about it, but it's an easy beer to put away. Sort of disappointing given the man behind this beer.

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Photo of craytonic
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden peach yellow with an enormous soft-drink fizzy head
Smell: Cheese and bananas, weird funky combo
Taste: Similar with the cheese and bananas, it was a bit off. Very light and a bit delicate.
Moutfeel: Aggressive carbonation with a light body
Overall: Very light with an odd funk, maybe a very slight gym sock element. Would not classify it as a gueuze and would not try it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by craytonic. Served in a Cantillon tumbler.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a good fizzy white head and a bit in the way of lace. The nose is quite cheesy and brings a good dosage of funk to go with that. Low-to-moderate acidity. I really dig the cheesiness.

The flavor pulls back and loses some of the funk that was so promising in the nose. Some lemon and citrus and lactic sourness throughout the finish. Light body and a nice, dry finish. Solid beer. I'm excited to see how this one develops.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit of a golden yellow, with some haze in it. little to not head

very dominant on the lemon and oak. lots of tartness through out. very vivid and bright. i really enjoyed the scent.

taste is similar however a bit more muted. nice light sourness but with an added sweetness through out.

very light carbonation, which is really hurting the flavor i think. taste comes off flat because of it. nothing pops out.

overall though, a tasty gueuze that i would happily drink again.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orangesol for sharing one of these at a recent tasting. Poured into a taster glass, the brew appears a haze straw yellow color with a slim white frothy lacing for a cap. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass and a light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution.

The smell of this brew is cheesy enough that I wrote cheese as a descriptor 3 times. There is some funk mingled with lemony rinds and a solid herbal component. This brew smells quite earthy to me and almost a bit dirty as it warns up and breaths.

The taste is lemony with a minor fruit to rindy oil component. Stinky cheese is present along with herbs and funk. As it warns up, more citrus zest flavoring comes out and mingles with the tartness throughout. Not a bad offering by any means, just unique and a bit different from the norm.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It had a light oily feel to it that almost cools the mouth with a lasting cling. The coolness is almost menthol like which is interesting and increases the ease of drinkability. A good arrangement of flavor an worth trying if you have the chance. My only complaint is that this seems a little one-noted and not as complex as you would expect for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of callmemickey
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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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