Mother Funker | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by FosterJM on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer provided through starrdogg, thanks Matt!

The beer pours a nice hazy orange to gold color with a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is all lacto, pretty much but it also has a really nice light fruit sourness, like really sour cherries and grapes maybe. I really like the smell actually.

The taste is definitely sour, but not enamel stripping. Has a good lacto presence and some fruity notes too, love the second sour wave that hits after the beer has been swolled already. Vinegar notes for sure, apple cider vinegar maybe. Nice.

The feel is wicked sour, but a decent feel and depth.

I really like this, I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I tend to go for bigger flavors though, so I can see how maybe this could be too intense for some....

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Photo of Auracom
2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Another RS bottle. 4-5 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on July 14th, 2012.

A - Absolutely flat, peach-colored brew here. No head, retention, or lacing, much akin to Oui Oui.

S - Super pungent lemon-lime and white wine vinegar notes. Almost a chemical solvent near the back that's rather unappealing

T - Straight lemon juice and vinegar. That's it.

M - Light body, carbonation is actually quite appropriate, dry finish.

D - Can't get much more single-note for a sour. Very tough to finish even the 6 oz. pour I started with, so the majority of the bottle went to waste. Would not revisit.

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Photo of WillCarrera
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear light golden color, produces a wisp of white head that quickly dissipates, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of vinegar and funk, also some oak and a sharp cheesy aroma along with some acetone, not very pleasant.

T- Gross, the dominant flavor is a repulsive acetic tartness and lemony citrus, there's actually a lot of sweetness hidden beneath the tartness. Has some oak and funk as well as a bit of cheesiness.

M- Medium-bodied, dry, very acidic feel.

O- Far more acetic than I would like, I really like sour beers but the problem isn't that this beer is too sour, the problem is that it's just a horrible and unbalanced vinegar onslaught, definitely the least enjoyable beer I've had from the Bruery, this is pretty gross stuff.

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Photo of Mposha
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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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Photo of roblund
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chugalug06
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed yellow with lots of orange. Very little white bubbly head.

Major tropical notes: Toasted coconut, pineapple, lemon, and orange. Tart nose on this brew... Lots of malt vinegar.

Spot on sour ale. Very light and refreshing. Creamy, wet, and heavily carbonated. Brilliant sour lemon, apple, and pineapple. No heat, but it'll hit you like a brick.

One of the best sours i've ever had. Very fruity and unique. Creamy and well diverse in flavor. Highly recommended

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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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Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, sour, tart, lemon rine, and subtle earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, vinegar, tart, lemon, lemon rine, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Based on the name of this one I was really expecting a huge funk character to happen here. I was a little let down by this fact, but I was very happy with what I found in both the aroma and flavor. I do have a feeling I will be needing to go to the dentist have my teeth replaced after this bottle though. Definitely a must try for any sour/tart fan out there.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Nightrain87
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small bubbly head, admittedly forced. Some bubbles streaming on the side. Head dissipated quickly and the carbonation seemed to fizzle out fast.

Aroma was sour, acidic, lactic, slightly woody. There's not really much of a funk, just sour.

Taste followed the smell: sour, acid, oak, lactic acid. It's the sour notes nicely, but again, there's no funk to it, so it just assaults the palate without rewarding it.

It goes from slightly bubbly, to flat and flaccid. It's rough.

It's got it's moments, but it's really just an unbalanced assault of sour.

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Photo of FishPondManager
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Rado
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gatch
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with a white head. Builds and fades quickly.

S: Funk, sour, barn...big nose.

T: By far the funkiest beer I've had to date. So sour, tart, and funky!

M: Smooth, sweet, and tasty.

O: I'm glad I didn't look at the average score of this beer before purchasing because I might have overlooked it. It was fantastic so ignore the score if you like super sour brews.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Mother Funker from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 380 ratings