Provisions Series: Mother Funker | The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Mother FunkerProvisions Series: Mother Funker
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
380
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
18.26%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
118
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worthy of a review not just to help it get graded but because it's a really good beer and a must try from a California brewer.

Pours a bright and appealing golden yellow color with a small off-white head that fades quickly but very true to style.

The nose is huge assertive acidic sour with big citrus/lemon, white wine and hints of grapes, a funky undertone but with that nice funky tart sour nose which is inviting....you think you know what's coming!

Mouthfeel is super tart, fresh, citric and puckery. (Is puckery a word?) - but you know what I mean. This one has you salivating from the acidic mouth albeit a nice acidic mouth with layers of character. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and just about perfect with food. This one invites food.

Flavors follow the nose and gives what's expected and more - super tart/sour, acidic, with assertive flavors of lemon, tart green apples, white/green grapes, and wine vinegar. The sour is calling out to be consumed with food and I suspect would be amazing with a meal and almost too sour by itself in any quantity.

The beer is tart with sweet and sour and will gain in complexity with a bit of age. This is a "sour sour," be warned. However, it holds it's own with the best of Belgium and is one to try.

I find that it gets better and better as it gets some air. Just about perfect after around 10-15 minutes in the glass. Nice job guys.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for this one!

Pours a murky light golden yellow with a really tiny beige head that quickly settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty sour and funky with some grain and woody aromas. A mouth watering vinegar note comes out more as the beer warms. Taste is pretty intense with sour, tart, and funky flavors including grain, wood, and vinegar flavors. There is a pretty intense mouth puckering sourness with each sip. Unfortunately, this beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour beer but the carbonation issue is a bit disappointing in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with only a slight layer of carbonation that goes away completely.

Smell: This is one sour smelling beer. Tart lemon notes along with some mineral like funk. Definitely getting some white vinegar as well.

Taste: Just as sour as the smell indicated. Lemon and white vinegar tartness, this one burns a bit on the way down. The funk level isn't very high, but the sourness level is off the chart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with not enough carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is really sour, heart burn inducing in fact. I enjoyed the taste, but the mouthfeel was rather underwhelming.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty pale yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sour and vinegar notes with light funky ester. Taste is rather sour with quiet a bit of acidic notes and some vinegar notes can also be detected. Light funky notes are more or less interesting. Body is about average with low carbonation. I thought this one was lacking complexity and came out more as a one-dimensional acidic and sour beer with limited funky notes.

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Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear pale blond topped by a thin, bubbly head that disappears fast.

Smell: A ton of acetone and acetic acid, stomach bile, cheap chardonnay and apple cider vinegar. Smells pretty awful.

Palate: Harsh, burning acidity. Largely acetic, though there are lactic notes here as well. Acetone, buttery chardonnay, white vinegar. Curiously sweet despite the savage acidity. Carbonation is medium-low, par for the course for Bruery sours. This wasn't enjoyable at all.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light yellow-grain color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose starts out troubling. There's some lemon and plenty of acetic acid; far more of the latter than I would like. The flavor has all sorts of acetic acid with some lemon pucker. Can't say I'm a fan. In fact, it's hard to get through much. Light body and loads and loads of sourness. I hope this was a bad bottle, as the acetic character here was way, way too much to handle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an egg yolk yellow with a very unusual ghost-like, pale white-ish, large bubbled head which fades to the rim as it sits and warms.

N: Big tannic oak up front, sour, some floral notes along with lemons, funk and grass/fresh hay.

T: Wow - which comes first? Punch then pucker or pucker then punch? Could be a tie. Oaky tannins, sour vinegar, acetic acid. Straight arrow pointedly tart with a lemony finish and mildly throat clenching.

M: Fairly low carbonation and aside from the astringency, this is lite bodied. Sour + tart goes in circles.

O: Mostly just lovely. With some age, what will this be like? Hmmm.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a pale golden color with just a trace amount of a head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a sharp, tart, sourness to it with some moderate but noticeable acidic qualities to it. Sour lemon and musty basement both play a large role in the flavor profile. A good amount of tart, crisp fruits are there as well. It's definitely sharp and sour, but I'm really liking it.

The taste shows a little more of the tart, crisp, slightly sweet fruits up front. It quickly turns to a sharp, moderately acidic, dry, mouth puckering sourness in the finish. I get a little bit of a musty quality to it, which I don't think I get enough of in most American Wilds. Sour grape, apple and oak with a little vinegar are more things that come to mind as I'm drinking it.

The mouthfeel is a little light and watery at times and the carbonation feels a little under done for the style. The lack of any head whatsoever also doesn't help here.

Overall it was a very sour and sharp beer, but I liked it. It was bold and in your face, but managed to bring in a lot of tart, fruity and musty flavors to compliment the sourness. Not as refined and balanced as some of the best Belgian versions, but I thought it was a pretty solid American Wild effort. Maybe there is some bottle variation, but I definitely didn't find this as harsh as a lot of the reviews claim.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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