Mother Funker
The Bruery

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Wild Ale
3.87 | pDev: 16.8%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy shit. The aging on this bottle mellowed out the super sour aspect everyone seems to be talking about. Aged, this bring a the lemon upfront with the lemonface.

Aug 29, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes out a vibrant yellow with a full on inch of white head on the top. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma hit massive levels (Upland) of sourness, behind that was a small amount of oak and funk. So much lemon though.

Taste, eee gad if this isn't one of the most acidic and sour battery acid (Upland) kinds of beers around. Drop this and a kiwi lambic together and watch your stomach erupt like in that Aliens movie.

Its far from complex, lots of acidic lemon leads. Not overly funky, but its there, same with the oak. Otherwise, its interesting and still a fun drink. Just bring your friends and antacids.

Jul 18, 2016
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dgilks from Australia

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden colour with no head. Okay.

Moderately funky with tons of earthy character and then some goat. Interesting sweetness and fermented stone fruit notes.

Massively tart. Epic sourness. Interesting kumquat and citrus. Really like this.

Thin and fizzy. Nice. Pops on the palate.

Really nice beer. Massive awesome sourness. Great beer.

Jan 18, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brief head atop a clear yellow body. Nothing left after a bit.

Smell - Orange citrus. Intense acidity. Slightly acetic. Funky.

Taste - Really sour. Citrusy. Sharp funk cheesy flavor

Mouthfeel - Immensely sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Not complex or interesting.

Oct 20, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I have a song from the movie "Domino" in my head... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sour-ass lemon zest backed by a strong contingent of straight-up funk. The taste brings in more of the same, the acidity buoyed by what seems like a slight addition of vinegar in the back. Damn, this be some funky, sour madness right here! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, stick finish. Overall, a very nice, heavily pucker-inducing sour. I think I was expecting a bit more in the way of Brett-y funk, but this was pretty enjoyable regardless.

Sep 03, 2013
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Justin_Neff from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a tangerine orange body - almost fluorescent. A few big, fizzy bubbles, but no head whatsoever. A bit of cloud and murkiness to it.

S: Loads and loads of sweet tarts and funk upfront. Strong oak underlying the funk. Definitely some sweet citrus in there, but it's hard to smell anything over the yeasty funk - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I'm sure that is what they were going for.

T: Lip-puckering tart all the way through. Leaves a lingering sour like a warhead gives you on your tongue. There's a subtle hint of orange juice, and even lemonade hidden in there. Oak is present but not overbearing at all - could have faded with age, but it could use a bit more presence to balance the mega tart.

M: Light body. Heavy carbonation. Prickly.

O: Probably past it's optimal age, but a solid sour. With more oak character it would've been a really good brew, however the lack of balance left a bit of a vinegar taste in the finish. That being said, I know I'm being a bit over-critical, as it was still a very nicely done beer.

Aug 30, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had really high hopes for this, as ive heard many people with respectable palates assert that this is the sourest beer of them all. the granddaddy. well, first of all, it isn't. second of all, its not very good and was probably discontinued for a reason. it pours a pale hazy yellow color, watery looking, with only a small layer of white fizz. the aroma burns my nose from the acid, and smells like little else but acid and a touch of lemon. the flavor is akin to salt and vinegar potato chips, with all the sour being concentrated on the tip of the tongue, not that whole mouth sour like some of the better examples of the style. there is some mild fruit, and a whole lot of malt vinegar, this beer is a real miss for me. its almost caustic in the mouth, burning my tongue and drying my teeth. there is very little redeeming about it really, aside from being a novelty. its not even that sour, its just a weird, sort of misdirected sour, and it just doesn't work, not even in small doses. good carbonation and a really light body, but this is not drinkable by any standard. overall a letdown for me for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is that I expect everything from the bruery to be amazingly good, and this is so pedestrian. not sure if there is much of this around anymore, but if you find it, skip it.

Apr 29, 2013
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RoninTK3 from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again GRG1313!

A - Yellow/gold with no head. A slight bit of murk, but pretty transparent.

S - Funk and some tartness. A hint of lemon. I don't get a ton of aroma from this.

T - Very sour with quite a bit of funkiness. Very acidic with lots of lemon, grapes, sour apple, and tangerine. Maybe a bit of pineapple. A hint of saltiness in the aftertaste. This is definitely sour, but not unbearably so. I didn't get a lot of vinegar like others have mentioned. Maybe it has mellowed out a bit, but I think this is an excellent sour.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very acidic.

Really enjoying this one. I couldn't drink a ton of it, but I'd certainly have it again. Went into it cautiously with some of the complaints on here, but I think this is an excellent sour.

Mar 24, 2013
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared a 750ml bottle with RoninTK3. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

Appearance- Clear golden yellow with zero head and zero activity in the glass.

Smell- Lemon, white grapes, apple cider, yeasty must, mild oak. Quite pleasurable.

Taste- White wine (sauvignon blanc), pears, apples, sparkling grape juice, must, vanilla oakines, limestone. Quite acidic, but not as aggressive as past reviews.

Mouthfeel- Very light, not very carbonated, acidic, crisp.

Overall- Is this beer acidic? Yes. It is overly sour and aggressive? Not in my opinion. Polarizing reviews, but I do enjoy this one.

Mar 24, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with standard Bruery-branded pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 6.00% ABV confirmed. "Sour blonde ale aged in oak barrels." Expectations are high; The Bruery tends to produce pretty good sours and I've heard this one is too sour for most - which is exactly what I'm looking for.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a rather thin milky white head of okay thickness and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing if any as the head recedes. Not particularly vibrant. About what you'd expect for a blonde ale, but it does leave something to be desired.

Sm: White wine, pear, oak, heavy lacto yeast, cidre, fresh pressed apple juice, and pale malts. The aroma is fresh and delightful; the juicy apple and pear fruit notes are a highlight. Very evocative. One of the finer aromas I've encountered in a while; certainly special. A moderate strength aroma. I don't detect any alcohol.

T: Too sour? Nah. Too acidic? Perhaps. Delightful juicy apple and pear notes. Watermelon. White vinegar. A heavy dose of lacto beats you over the head on the climax and lingers powerfully through the third act and finish, even bleeding into the aftertaste. Cidery - in the fine French cidre sense, not in the strongbow sense. Juicy and clean. An oak tone runs throughout, lending a guiding refined character. Sourness is substantial but not intolerable; it's puckerworthy but I get most of the sourness on the back of my tongue, not up front. It's got nice body but comes off a bit simple for a sour. I do think it's well balanced, but there isn't a whole lot going on here. A bit of spice hits in the third act - that's unexpected and well-executed. A nice clove twang. Quite the lacto bomb.

Mf: Nicely dry - again, like a cidre. Yet still juicy, especially on the open. Sharp and biting; it's an assertive aggressive texture. Acidic as all hell. I wouldn't dare call it refreshing, but it's pleasant. Carbonation is perfect. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: You couldn't quaff it, but most sour lovers will have no trouble finishing the bottle. I know I won't, but it'll take a while. Drinkability isn't particularly high. No alcohol comes through. I'd definitely have it again. A solid sour from The Bruery, but I don't understand the complaints about it being too sour. Have the complainers had Cascade Kriek? I do think it's overpriced, but it's certainly worth trying once. I'm glad I gave this one a go.

Low B

Would pair very well with a sharp cheese.

Feb 19, 2013
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ADZA from Australia

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A massive thanks to MrKennedy for this as would not be possible otherwise and it pours a dirty orange cordial colour with a one finger head and some nice lacing on the outer,the smell is sour white grapes,a slight mustiness,peaches,citrus and funk,on mouthfeel wow its sweet and sour all at once with minimal carbonation and a quite a full body it definately takes a little getting used to thats for sure and first up i get alot of sweet tastes like peaches,oranges,lollies and then a big hit of mouth puckering sour apples,watermelon,lemon sherbet and finished like a candy apple,overall its alright but its abit out there from sweet to sour in one mouthfull and i think the mouthfeel could be a tad lighter with maybe just a little bit more carbonation cheers.

Feb 16, 2013
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4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden yellow. No head at all. Looks like a glass of apple juice. Yum.

S: Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar. Apple juice. Pears. Strawberries. Apple rinds. Sour cherries. Hay. Vanilla. Granny Smith Apples.

T: Sour pears. Pear vinegar. Bananas. Sour apples. Sour strawberries. Cherries. Vinegary. This is super funky sour, but in the most delicious way possible. Absolutely delicious. I can taste this in my nose.

M: Crisp and clean. Very thin, but there is a delicious coat on the tongue.

O: You may not be able to drink this all night, BUT I would drink this every night if I could!

thanks redliner8!!!

Jan 13, 2013
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Rutager from Canada

3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Provisions last May. Was bummed to hear today that they are shutting the place down.

Appearance. Pours yellow-gold with barely a skim of head.

Smell. Funky old wood and some sour light fruit ...maybe green grapes? A little hit of white vinegar as well.

Taste. Very sour, but not as bad as I was expecting from the way everyone whines about this one ;-P There's some apple cider vinegar, very light funk and a bit of wood, some light fruits like apples, maybe even a bit of peach, but they're drowned out by the sourness.

Mouthfeel. This is where this beer suffers most. Fairly thin body with almost no carbonation.

Overall. More carbonation would have really perked this beer up a little. Tasted fine for me, but I do like me some sour. Glad I only picked up the one bottle.

Jan 08, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

2.34/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in a trade. I shouldn't have. 750ml bottle into a Lost Abbey teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours some light bubbles. Beer is an attractive goldenrod. No lace and thin legs. No good. Looks near flat except for some bubbles around the side of the glass.

Nose is pungent vinegar and lemon. Very acidic and pretty aromatic. Average.

Opens vinegar tartness. Some lemon acidity and more vinegar at the end. There's a very faint tropical pineapple going on somewhere but its mostly covered by the vinegar. Acidic finish with a sour aftertaste. Very one dimensional and that dimension's not too great.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick and rather dull in the mouth. Filmy and dry going down. Aggressive finish with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty average again.

This isn't very good. I wouldn't have it again. Very one dimensional and instead of tasting funky and full of character, this just seems like a project gone wrong that they decided to bottle anyway. Overwhelming vinegar isn't what I'm looking for from my Wild Ales.

Dec 05, 2012
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Etan from Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml received in a trade last year. Into a snifter.

A: Light straw-colored body, no head.

S. Old hay funk, mild tropical brett, piercing acetic sourness, lactic notes.

T. Very sour. Lots of vinegary acid, heavy lemon, lactic in the finish.

M. Flat, light-bodied.

O: Lack of carbonation and the overly heavy acetic character doom this one to a low rating.

Dec 04, 2012
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spicelab from Australia

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared at a tasting.

Cloudy pineapple with a modest white head.

Aromas and flavours are a blend of lemon sorbet, pineapple sorbet, mango sorbet and sherbety sour granny-smith apples.

Feel is syrupy on entry, ultimately giving way to a proper ripping tartness.

Wow. This is done really well. Appears to have polarised people a bit, but I felt it was a fairly straightforward, well contained and plenty satisfying sour assault.

Dec 04, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SaucerSam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of lemon and funk notes, as well as some light biscuit malt. The flavor is similar and is very sour. I get some strong lemon and orange citrus notes, but there is also a good bit of funk and some vinegar. Very acetic overall. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Nov 09, 2012
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claspada from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white soapy head which leaves some spotty lacing as is recedes.

Aromas begin with plenty of lemon and some acetic acid. As it warms you some more generic funky esters.

The tastes begin with with sour lemon and a strong vinegar presence. As it warms the former flavors are supplemented by some sweeter stone fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with lower than expected carbonation. Finish is pretty darn sour as expected.

Overall this is a nice sour beer but fairly one dimensional right now. Tons of acidic acid and lemon juice flavors with minimal funk for a beer called Mother Funker. Probably should have saved this for a couple of years to see where it would have gone. A bit too sweet and juicy right now.

Nov 03, 2012
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sitarist from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another blind review, via the blind bif 7.

Pours slightly hazy, pale blonde in color. Hard pour yields no head, just a few bubbles that retreat to a pin, thin ring. Really no lacing, just a few spots that slide back into the drink(Almost looks like bourbon legs).(4.0)

WoW! Funky, tart, fruity aroma. Sour fruits(lime, lemon, sour apple), white wine, the feet that stomped the grapes(funk), wood, and vinegar. A nice balanced funky blast to my nostrils.

This is one tasty beer. Sour, fades into a wonderful long lasting finish. Lemons, limes, & vinegar slowly fade to cider, and an oaky white wine then back to a mild citric tease at the end. One of the best tasting sours that I've ever had!

Light to medium body, slightly carbonated, acidic. Awesome long finish.

One of the best sours that I have tasted. Its aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel complement each other. The way its flavors fade from tart, to mild, then back to tart again; it simply just blows my mind.

Oct 28, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear darker straw hue with a fuzzy thin head that faded quickly to leave a super thin halo and thats it.

S - Aromas of musty lemons and vinegar. Pretty much it.

T - So, initially I take a sip and go "hmm, well, wtf. thats not nearly as sour as everyone i-OH SHIT!". haha. Yeah, this is a puckerer. Lemon flesh, peel, candied lemons, musty dancing back and forth in this. Goddamn does The Bruery know how to make a good sour. The vinegar is not too overbearing. I get the batter acid this is so, so damn acidic. Outstanding with nice white wine barrel notes.

M - Flemmy, mouth puckeringly sour with this one. Super thin and lowly carbonated, but with this much acidity would carbonation really be a good thing?

O - Overall this beer gets a chuckle out of me. Super sour flavours but that was pretty much it. Appearance and nose were average, and I suppose as much as I liked the taste it is abit one dimensional. Still, I enjoyed it.

Oct 21, 2012
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Arbitrator from California

1.5/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared at a tasting.

A: Pours a clear, blond body with a very short-lived off-white cap.

S: Acetone, vinegar, bile/vomit, white wine, green apples. I'm trying to be kind here, but whoever thought this was an acceptable beer worthy of being released under their brand should be fired.

T: This is dominated by vinegar with a little bit of lactic acid that is almost an afterthought. White wine is noticeable, as are green apples, a touch of oak, and maybe some vanilla. Again, the vinegar rules over all.

M: Low-medium carbonation. Terrible mouthfeel; it's harsh, burning, unbearably acidic.

O: This is battery acid.

Oct 19, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very yellow, nice big 1" of white head on it, worries about lack of carbonation are dispelled. Aroma of oak, massive lemony sourness, and definitely funky, but not the wet dog funky. Enjoyable.

Taste, puckering. Plenty of lemon acidity and vigor (not vinegar). The oak is there in sizeable form. The oak makes this dry, stone ground mustard like acidity interplay or something, but as a guy who loves mustard, bring it on! Doesn't really bring any fruit other than lemon into the flavor equation. Relatively light body, into which a souring steroid mechanism exists. Gobs of acetic acid, which I think works pretty well. This beer is going to be challenging to a lot of people. I like it, and it keeps getting better.

I've had 3 bottles of this so far. Melding the experience from both into one review, subsequent bottles will yield an edited review/score. The first bottle was on the low end carbonation wise, the next two really picked up

Sep 27, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously opened during Philly beer week at Capone's.

The beer pours a waxy, honen gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. As I had been warned, the nose is just outrageous, showcasing considerable sour funk, mustard, lime and horsesweat. Talk about Brett overload! On the palate, the beer is bettter, as I get lime, honey, grape and cherry flavors, that marry well with the sour funk. The sour is completely over the top, which is pretty much what I expected. Mouthfeel is long and lingering, with sour, sour finish. An interesting, unusual beer, but obviously, the sour funk is just a bit much in this one.

Sep 20, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. I heard this beer was pretty bad, but I am going into this with neutrality.

The beer is hazy yellow with a small, white head. The aroma is intensely sour, with an ample presence of wild bacteria. Oh yeah. My sadistic palate gets excited for beers like this. The flavor is extremely tart and sour, with a bit of nail polish and vinegar. Not nearly as offensive as it may sound. This is a palate attacking brew though. Only so much one man can take. Lip smacking, tart, acetic, gueuze-like. A challenging beer, and certainly best in small doses, or over a prolonged period. Happy to have tried it.

Aug 29, 2012
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pmarlowe from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A: Pours like an orangeish white wine, very minimal head, just some large bubbles in a ring. Good clarity.

S: Acetic acid and some nice toasted oak barrel, some lemon and floral notes.

T: Lots of sourness up front, covering lemon and a little raw oak. Not a lot of complexity, unfortunately, and the sourness is high and sometimes unbelievably high. Fatiguing to drink more than a taster of this.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Not particularly refreshing.

O: Too sour for my taste, with not enough actual flavor. Nose is pretty good though.

Aug 23, 2012
Mother Funker from The Bruery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 381 ratings