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Mother Funker | The Bruery

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Mother FunkerMother Funker

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was courtesy of kstrickler. Thanks Kyle!

Mother Funker pours a cloudy tarnished gold in color with only a slight lacing around the glass. By appearance it could be mistaken for a Belgian lambic. The nose is perfectly acidic. It features just a touch of fruit with plenty of acetic sour and a light brett finish. The flavors are spot on. It hits your tongue with instant sour, reminiscent of a Belgian made gueuze. It makes your tastebuds take notice. It's definitely more sour than Russian River's standard lineup, and more acidic. It has great flavor. It drinks dry and medium in body for the style. Overall this is a fine beer and definitely worth seeking out. I know I'll be looking for more.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of stakem
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cheers and a big thanks to Brett for sending this to me. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter, the brew appears a clear light golden yellow color. A vigorous pour down the middle of the glass produces a half finger of white bubbles that quickly fade. There is no lacing effect and a violent swirl hardly revives some bubbles out of solution.

The smell of this brew includes acetone, apple cider vinegar, some lemony essence, fruit, alcohol and funk. The warmer it gets, the more a bit of earth comes out but the major character to this brew's aroma is a mixture of nail polish remover coupled with apple cider vinegar. When looking past the scent of the vinegar, a bit of a fruity character with more focus on apple skins comes forward but it is faint.

The taste is wild. Very acidic and funky. Unfortunately, this is the type of sour that I don't really dig. It is heavy on the apple cider vinegar and nail polish remover. After a couple of sips, I was running for some food to try and help me get through the glass. An hour later, my glass is still half full. The flavor is very acidic but lacks any depth to it. A straight pour of apple cider and nail polish remover with the faintest hint of barrel presence across the back is what this brew is in a nutshell.

Unfortunately, in a sea of bruery creations I love. This one is a flop. If they were going for a light/shallow extremely sour brew that completely lacks complexity, they nailed it. I however could hardly finish my glass and am happy to have someone to share the rest of the bottle with. While I am happy I have another one of these to revisit down the road, I am not that eager to see what happens. Currently is is thin and fizzy with the carbonation. Luckily the 6% alcohol is fairly well hidden behind the acidity. If you are in the mood for minor touch of fruit and straight sour pain, seek this one out.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden color. Jesus is this beer sour. Intensely lactic and some acetic qualities to it as well. A bit of grass along with straw and lemon zest. Not much in the way of fruit, pretty much just sour. The flavor is nice, but it is a bit hard to drink much of. Heavy on the lemon, very heavy, in fact. Like the nose, lots of lactic sourness and a bit of acetic/white vinegar character. Just a hint of sweetness along with a touch of oak.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 comments...as 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.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by spycow I think? Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam dissipates to nothing. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - I've had this beer before, but this bottle was better than I remembered. There's still insane acetobacter and nostril-singing tartness but the nail polish has subsided a fair bit.

T - Taste has a bit more depth, with lemon and fierce vinegar flavors supplemented by some stone fruits. There's still a touch of glue and nail polish present, but there's actual flavor this time.

M - Super acidity, dry, and puckering, with very low carbonation. Body is medium-light and seems sufficient for 6%.

D - This has definitely improved, but it's still far to sour and acidic to drink in any appreciable quantity. A bit of carbonation spritz would go a long way here.

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Mother Funker from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 381 ratings