Provisions Series: Mother Funker | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by FosterJM on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
380
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
37.87%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
117
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 380
Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joel66
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jp7161
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

A bright, glowing, clear, vibrant golden yellow color with a quickly forming, though small off-white head that eventually falls down to a thin film and leaves dots of stick down the glass. Looks thin, but perfectly appropriate.

The aroma is powerful, with lots of acidic sourness leaping out of the glass, big notes of lemon, white grapes and white wine, a slight hint of funk, and decent oak character, especially as the beer fully warms to room temperature.

This is a powerfully sour, acidic, wild ale, with big flavors of lemon, oak, white wine and white grapes, and vinegar present throughout. Hugely sour from start to finish. Simple, and not nearly as complex as some other wilds, but almost as sour as they come. As the back of the bottle simply states, "Not for the sour beer newbie!"

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Not nearly as complex as the best sours in the world, but this is still a fantastically interesting beer--and yes, folks, its sour! This is what I was hoping this beer would taste like, and I'll happily drink this anytime.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of kslsc400
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of JosephThompson
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tylermains
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of andrew8626
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of joshwith
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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