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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
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle opened by Overlord at the motel of broken dreams.

A: Yellow orange with a diminutive white head.

S: Lactic and earthy with pronounced notes of cheese and leather. Brackish and musty, with earth and barnyard characteristics. Fruit is reminiscent of lemon.

T: Tart and salty immediately with evident leather. The beer has a moderate lactic sourness with some lemon and apple. There's a light citric acidity with an acetic element in the terminus.

M: Lower medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: This is very drinkable and damn enjoyable. I think a higher level of carbonation would do the beer much credit.

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Photo of xraided81
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of beerdweeb
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with yeast and all, I like the yeast. The color of fou foune - warm glowing midnight sun. Zero head, only a single baby geyser releasing bubbles periodically from the center.

S: Well yeah... sour. I quaffed quite a bit trying to pick out specific fruits and could not. Seems pretty light and neutral. Peach if I had to guess.

T: Layers of varying sourness. Still seems pretty young and thin. I also get some pickled vinegar sourness in there unfortunately and this is also what seems to be the lingering impression.

M: Low carbonation as expected from the pour. The sourness doesn't seem to accumulate and take away from the drinkability (+). The thinness also seems to contribute to this (-).

O: Looking to lay a bunch down and try no sooner than once yearly until its to my peak preference. This has got to have a long cellar life and I'd think it could sour more.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of youradhere
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Clear yellow pour with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Pleasantly funky nose, pineapple and barnyard, light graininess, lactic and citrus sourness. Palate has a really nice lemon sourness, light lacto, pineapple fruitiness. It's sweeter than I'd like, however. Light body, not much carbonation at this point; hopefully that aspect improves. Nice finish, lactic with a little lingering oak. Pretty good stuff, hopefully age will improve it.

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Photo of VAbdoyan
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of XR250rdr
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of biggied
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of pperez38
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a very thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: all kinds of fruit aroma like apple, pineapple, and citrus orange with nice bretty funky barnyard character, and hints of acidity; great nose.

T: the pineapple apple character carried onto the palate alongside the bretty funky flavor, a bit of citrus, slight oaky vanilla notes, and mild sour bite.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, bretty funky, oaky, citrusy, and slight sour finish.

O: it was a pretty solid attempt at a gueuze with a nice fruit forward flavor and was easy to drink. More please!!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Slightly hazed light golden orange with very little visible carbonation--almost none. There is a whisper of a white head, but then it's gone instantly. This leaves the glass clean and a touch oily on its way down.

The aroma truly shines, even before this beer is poured the aroma is spilling out from the bottleneck. The aroma is quite fruity (peaches, orange, and lemon) and also extremely funky with just a hint of sulfur at the beginning of each whiff. There's a stinging sourness throughout as well, bring it on! Just about perfect.

The flavor too is quite nice--the funky yeast plays a larger role than in the aroma, as the lemon and peach elements take a back seat. The funk is fabulous though! This is quite sour as well from sip to swallow. Nicely balanced, though awesomely funky.

The major detractor to this beer is its mouthfeel. It's lifeless, there's almost no carbonation here whatsoever.

With better carbonation, I think this beer has the elements to be phenomenal. But the mouthfeel is such an important element in a beer's success, that ultimately, this one just doesn't quite cut it.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-peach color and no head to speak of.

Nice bright tart nose with nice bright fruity notes of peach, nectarine, pear, mango and lemon peel.

Nice flavor and fairly good balance. Bright fresh flavor and again Alot of the same fresh light fruity notes like the nose. Starts a bit tart but finishes smoothly.

Light bodied mouth with low carb.

Overall my favorite Geuze I've had so far. A style I'm not a big fan of. But this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy orange yellow with a minimal white head. Below average retention, no lace. A fair amount of floaties are in the beer.

S: Peaches, apricot, honey, light amount of wildflowers.

T: Lots of lemon, has some good complex fruit flavours, big stone fruit on the finish. Light note of pineapple juice in there as well. Not really traditional gueuze flavours, no one will mistake this for Belgian, but an enjoyable effort.

M: Medium acidity, light hints of acetic. Light-bodied with a mild, crisp carbonation.

O: It's good, it's not really good unfortunately which makes it a bit of a disappointment because of the price. An interesting beer to age I would think though.

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Photo of nycwinter
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from a tulip manufactured in October of 2008 by Chilean laborers conscripted to toil in the African Congo by Chinese overseers. The glass is mainly formed from deposits located in Lesotho. Drabmuh's name is emblazoned upon it.

Whoa, where'd the peach come from? I had Mrs. Overlord try a sip, to see what she thought, and she mentioned the same thing that struck me about this beer: sour, unripe quasi-sweet peaches.

Pours a very, very light golden yellow. Nice white foam topping, though it doesn't last long. Beer could use more bubbles.

Smells like peaches, unripe pears, a bit of ... I don't know ... apple peel, some very, very muted funk/barnyard notes, and a bit of ... I don't know ... kind of oak-y wine-i-ness.

Taste is very fruit forward. Surprised there's no fruit in this. The aforementioned peaches, pears (the apple notes vanish), a nice biting sour zing, and the funk which is so light in the nose is also pretty light in the flavor. Could maybe use a month or so to develop a bit of musty funkiness. Then again, I am just struck by the peach notes. Oak/wood is a nice contrast.

This is a very, very light beer. Not much carbonation, not much ... heft ... to it. Not a flavor bomb though it has a good medley of somewhat unexpected notes.

Going to get some more.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost-clear golden color with some bubbles but absolutely no head. Scent is extremely funky. Love the smell on this. Smells very sour with lovely lemon aromas and some oak. Taste is...wow...kinda disappointing. Not a bad beer in any way... but much less sour then I was anticipating. A bit underwhelming in a way. Somewhat watery. Nice flavors...but just a bit too watery for me. Mouthfeel is light with no carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. Overall, not nearly as good as I was expecting. It is a good beer to get people into sours. If it weren't so watery, I would absolutely love this beer, as the flavors are spot on.

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Photo of Goldstar81
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant yellow with tons of miniscule bubbles all around, pristine white virgin like head to it, good lacing. Tart aroma, lemony, green apple.

Plenty sour taste, more lemon, light body, nice carbonation makes it so easy to drink. Grassy and peachy. No barnyard funkishness.

This one is going to be a prime contender for aging, really see only a diminished role for the lemon and green apple as it puckers up even more from what is a considerable amount to begin with.

Another total winner of a sour from the Bruery. This will sell out fast at Provisions. Like tart of darkness fast (damn I hope they make that beer again).

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden/straw color, pours very thin white head that fades instantly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: barnyard funk, citrus, earthy, lemon, grapefruit, acidic, white wine, brett.

Taste: Barnyard funk, brett, sour apples, pear, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, acidic, tart, white wine, apple cider.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, light carbonation, slightly acidic, a bit tart, crisp, zesty.

Overall: A very tasty gueuze. The carbonation is a bit low as is the sour level. Nonetheless, drinkability is high. Hopefully this beer will improve with bottle aging.

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Photo of Lane1
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of drink1121
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow. Little-no head.
S- Light funk/tart in the nose. I get lemon peel, pear and apple as well. There is a slight barnyard in the background.
T- Nothing really is dominating here. I get a little tropical fruit, lemon and tart apple.
M- On the fuller body side of things for the style. Pretty slippery on the tongue as well.
This has great potential. Its pretty green right now, but I really think this has the chance to be something special in a year or two. That is why I went 4.5 over the 4.0 overall.

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

Appearance: Straw-yellow with a small white head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk.

Taste: Citrus and some slight funk. The sourness is fairly muted, more of a slight tartness.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste profile is good but I would prefer the sour be turned up a notch or two. I plan on sitting on a couple to see if time kicks up the intensity of the sour.

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