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Provisions Series: Mother FunkerProvisions Series: Mother 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:
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Added by FosterJM on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with almost no foam at all, just a quick rising of bubbles at the finish of the poor which quickly dissipated and left just a ring around the surface. The aroma has some nice funk to it. Lots of sour apple and lemon with a mouthwatering sourness. I can't wait to try it. Ooofa, i was expecting it to be sour, but the sour apple and lemon hit you hard with a touch of vinegar, you can pick up the oak as well. Its a light beer to drink, a bit low on carbonation. I'd say one glass would be enough at a time, and i'm looking forward to having this again, i'll just make sure to share it with some friends.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a thin layer of bubbly white head atop. The head fades down very quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is full of tons of funk and sourness with some oak, lemon, acidity, peach, green apple, and lactic acid.

T - Starts off with some strong tartness and acidic lemon and lactic acid with some light oak and tart green apple. Through the middle, more sourness and funkiness comes through with some peach, vanilla, and more tart green apple flavor. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, lots of tartness, sourness, and funk, with some lemon and light fruits.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Feels smooth with an acidic, sour, and tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sourness, tartness, and funkiness are all really big and bold in this beer, and I really like that.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ElkSherpa’s the man for sharing this motherfunkin’ funk monster.
The bottle has a warning which might as well read: not for the faint of heart. This is a wild ale for those who like sour beers in the way that a triple IPA is hoppy and bitter for those who love hops. It takes mouthpukering sour/tartness and turns it up to 11.

This pours a cloudy blonde with a hazy spiral of foam. The tartness dominates all other sensory perceptions. (Well, smell and taste. I didn’t dip my finger in the glass. Nor did I hold it up to my ears to listen to it/) At first I pick up some green apples on the nose, with something akin to what I can best describe as sour vanilla. It’s not quite buttery, it’s not quite butterscotch, but it is intense. In fact, this whole beer is pure intensity. The flavor doesn’t disappoint in that regard. It’s intense (like the life of a repo man) with a singular focus (like a robotic killing machine sent from the future). Pure soured/tartness, like an edible Vitamin C tabled turned into beer form. Oh, I loved it and the conversation we had over this one. But if you’re not into the style this isn’t for you.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Just about a finger of white, short-lived head and no lacing.

3.5 S: Oh boy, this has some pucker to it. Tons of lactic acid and a good amount of acetic as well. Peachy fruitiness along with some lemon and apple. Actually, this has some apple cider vinegar notes to it. Underneath all the acid is a musty rotting wood-type funkiness.

4.0 T: Yep, very acidic, but still quite pleasant. Apple cider vinegar, balsalmic vinegar, peach, lemon apricot, and pear. Lots of tangy lactic acid as well - tons really. A bit of musty funk too, but nothing compared to the acid. Some tannic-free oakiness to finish.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit lower carbonation than I'd prefer. This isn't very spritzy or creamy. Pucker filled aftertaste.

3.5 D: This is one sour ass beer. I forsee much time spent on the pot tomorrow. Still, very tasty. I like the vinegary notes.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with no head and no lacing. Seems like an unblended limbic.

Smell is of sour apples, vinegar, brett medicinal character, lemons, and some oak mixed in as well.

This is very sour...not oppressive, but it's a sour beer. Has the major hit of sour apples and lemons with the vinegar mixed in at the beginning. Moves into a fruity and tart brett character that finishes a bit sweet with a nice oak character. Its a clean sweep off the palate with a good bit of acidity.

With no carbonation, its a bit thick for the style.

Overall, its good- I dare say on par with cantillon unblended lambic.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a few bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a murky bright orange-yellow color with a few white bubbles of head and low to moderate carbonation. I poured this one very aggressively as I heard about the carbonation issues, but still couldn't get much head at all.

s - Smells of vinegar, tart apples, sour apple cider, light oak, some funk, earthy notes, light citrus, and some fruity malts. Much better than I was expecting; I actually like the nose quite a bit. A tiny bit of funk but a ton of sour fruits, especially apple, which works really well.

t - Tastes of vinegar, very acedic, extremely tart apples and fruity malts, very soured apple cider, light oak, sour lemons, and lightly of what I imagine nail polish remover tastes like. Insanely sour taste… a bit too sour. A major step down from the nose.

m - Light, think body and low carbonation. The beer is nearly flat which is disappointing, and again a ton of vinegar/acedic notes.

o - Overall I must say this beer is better than I was expecting based on some of the reviews and based on what I heard from friends, but that still doesn't make it a good beer. I actually liked the nose of this one a lot, as it has a ton of sour fruits and some light funk to it. Unfortunately the taste is just too much...super sour and vinegary, past the point of being enjoyable; felt like it was like they just tried to make it taste as sour as they could. I liked the color of the beer too, but the lack fo carbonation hurts it quite a bit too in the mouthfeel. A sour with a really nice nose and an average taste, as the sourness just makes it too much to handle. A little less in the taste and this one could have been a winner. Tough to get through a glass of this one and I have half a bomber left. Would recommend sharing a bottle.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2



A: The color of watered down apple juice with a fleeting bubbly white head.

S: Smells like apple cider vinegar with a light cheesiness and notes of earth. There's a little stone fruit in there with some lemon as well. There's just a little oak. This smells pretty nice.

T: The flavor has a lot of white and apple cider vinegar with a strong acetic acidity. Fruit reminds me of apricot and lemon. There's a light cheesiness and a little oak. The finish is intensely acetic with lighter citric notes and lingering fruit. Taste-wise this is pretty good, but the acetic acidity is detrimental.

M: I've been really disappointed with the carbonation levels on the Bruery's sours. How hard is it to condition a 6% sour? It shouldn't be at all difficult, but their sours are consistently low in carbonation and the beers suffer for it. This beer is all but flat, heavy, and lifeless, when it should be effervescent and lifting off the palate. I can't help but think the low carbonation is intentional, and if that's the case I really don't understand the reasoning behind it.

Overall: Far too acetic to be enjoyable. 4 ounces is more than enough. Props to The Bruery for recognizing the beer's faults and selling it at a lower price than their other sour beers. We're going to use the remaining 15 ounces to make salad dressing later this week.

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Photo of jbuddle
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, a bit lifeless and flat golden yellow. No head, very little carbonation. The smell is probably the best attribute - unripe apples, apple cider vinegar, acetone, acetic acid. Now I like sours a lot, but I wasn't ready for this. An onslaught of over the top brutal sour. It's kind of like that time you thought it was a good idea to take a big bite of crab apple. Pretty one dimensional, don't get much oak, just a hint of lemony citrus in there but it's hard to pick out much after the sourness and acetone rip you up.

If they set out to make a painfully sour brew, then bravo, but it's more or less pure acidity. Although the lack of much carbonation seems like a flaw, I can't even imagine how much more intense the sour would be with the usual 3 to 4 volumes of c02.

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Photo of stakem
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
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 Brew33
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me start this review by saying I love sour beers and I think the Bruery has one of the better sour programs in the US. That being said, this was a major miss.

It pours a bright yellow with very little carbonation. An aggressive pour yielded NO head at all and just a few bubbles. The aroma was down right sour. Acetic, lactic, lemony, with a strong hit of Acetone.

Not even the aroma could prepare me for the flavor. It was a sour mess. Acetone dominates. This was like an experiment gone bad. I love my sours to be be just that but this was unbelievable. Just sour, puckering, bitter, nail polish remover. It was actually painful to drink.

The mouthfeel was thin and lifeless. Tough to get down and really didn't help my enjoyment out.

A rare miss for the Bruery. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crappy carbonation, no lacing, no stickiness. Foggy hazy honey.

Bright lemon, acetic, hugely volatile, some great organic solvent power.

Giant bright acetic acid. Tart, very tart. Oppressive. Nail polish power. It has citrus sweetness to help balance the acidity, but it quickly fades leaving an organic sharp tongue numbing strength.

Bright, numbing, crisp opening, volatile, sticky flavors, citric and acetic.

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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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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 axeman9182
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, courtesy of my trustee JRSD. This one was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Mother Funker pours a bright lemon yellow, with a little bit of haze. A little bit of airy white foam briefly comes together, but it's beginning to fade even as I'm finishing the pour. Head retention and lacing are both abysmal, but that's not a huge deal for the style. The nose is highlighted by tart granny smith apples and some vinous white wine notes. The flavor adds some citrusy lemon peel to the potent apples, and there's a definite, tropical fruit and earthy funk presence as well. The wine-y acidity of the beer is quite potent, and it takes a few sips to acclimate my palate. After that though, the various flavors that pop up are all impressively vibrant. The body is very light, with a suitably bubbly carbonation level. Mother Funker is just about as intensely sour as The Bruery promised, and it's definitely a sipper of a beer (I spent a couple hours on my bottle), but behind all the tartness is one of the more rewarding American brewed sours I've had.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and no head to speak of which left absolutely no lacing sticking to t glass.

S: lots of citrus upfront on the nose with acidic, vinegar, some brett, and apple character but with aomeoaky woodiness as well.

T: wow!!! super sour punch that wrecked my mouth on impact that included apples, citrus some vanilla from the barrel, a little oakiness, adicic notes and brett character.

M: the brew was medium in body with absolutely no carbonation which had a slight sweet, mild fruity, oaky, bretty, acidic, very sour, and slight dry finish.

O: it was definitely worth all the money spent and have to say it was probably the most sour beer I have tasted from the bruery thus yet. Great job!!!

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Photo of waltersrj
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage

Pour: Golden honey yellow/orange with a small and effervescent white head. Slightly cloudy.

Nose: Lemon, granny smith green apple, white vinegar, acetone (like nail polish), some funk and white grape, and must.

Taste: Strongly tart, very vinegary, green apple, slight funk, drying oak, lemon, and white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Slightly drying, well carbonated.

Overall: A decent sour, very tart but one dimensional. Not bad, split it for sure!

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Photo of kevanb
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery Provisions Series: Mother Funker

According to The Bruery, this is the most sour beer they've ever made, aged for 2 years in oak barrels. The beer has a wonderful light honey color, hints of orange and mango like colors come through. The beer has a few bubbles when poured but no head with any staying power although a bubble or two remains along the edge of the glass. The beer does have a nice cloudiness one would expect from a wild ale that allows just enough to light to pass through. The aroma is very funky, lots of crisp white grapes plays with some sweet oakiness but a very powerful sour funk that is borderline vinegary takes over at the finish. The flavors follow the nose quite well, lots of sour white grapes and tart green apples bring a nice crispness while some sweetness and earthiness from the oak try to mellow out the almost overwhelming tartness. The finish is a bit sugary and sweet while remaining very dry, some vinegar is present along with some puckering citrus flavors. The body is nice, quite carbonated, not uncommon for the style, but still has a nice smoothness that isn't overly bubbly or sharp.

Verdict: A decent sour from the Bruery, it's a bit one dimensional in that it is just overly tart and sour. The flavors that come through the sourness are nice, and the body is nice, but it's really for someone who wants to get a huge sour kick.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Very flat pour, golden, slightly cloudy, no head. Minimal carbonation on display. Very sour, with vinegar and acetone notes. Not much aroma, just a general sharpness. Acetone tempered as it warmed up. Not very impressed with this one.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Nick!
A: Pours a slightly cloudy lemon yellow with no trace of head or lace.
S: Smells of the super funk. I get notes of piss, hay, horse ass, fart, sweat, crap….and a hint of lemon. Beer is dry smelling and slightly acidic.
T: Very very tart. Flavors are dry, oaky, citrusy and clean. I get big notes of acetone in the finish alongside a strange sweetness.
M: Dry but smooth and clean except for a hint of harsh acetone burn. This got much better as it hit room temp.
O: Despite the rough edges and kinda nasty nose, this wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to drink. This isn’t something I would want more than a few ounces of at a time though. Thanks again shortysdude285!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a flute

A: Pours a very hazy light golden color with extremely active carbonation, but not much head build up or retention. Not bad.

S: Lots of lemons and white wine, I also get some musty barnyard aromas. Very gueuze-like, but the sour intensity is quite high. I also get a nice floral aroma. This is a nice, complex aroma.

T: Extremely acidic, a very juicy acidity. This is almost like biting into a fruit that is a mixture of an orange and a lemon, maybe a bit guava-like. It also kind of reminds me of sour mix for mixed drinks. Unfortunately, the funky complexities that I got in the aroma are either not present or are completely outweighed by the juicy sourness of the beer. I wish the beer was a bit more dry, too.

M: A bit on the thick side for a sour blonde with low carbonation.

O: This beer is very sour and unfortunately not overly complex in the flavor. The aroma was very promising and this beer was certainly not bad, but the taste did not match up to the aroma.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a small head and little retention or lacing.

Smells like lactic acid that had a little lemon added to it.

Holy Cow this is INSANELY SOUR. A little lemon and citrus up front and then the enamel on my teeth was gone. This is the Spinal Tap of sour beers. Fairly one dimensional with notes of sour, sour, extreme sour and more sour. Finishes very dry and puckers the tongue well after it's swallowed.

Low to medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I like extreme beers and I like extreme sourness. This may have been my limit. I certainly enjoyed it, but it is not balanced at all and definitely something I glad I split several ways. I'm going to go eat a bottle of tums now.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It looked good, then I smelled and tasted it. I have to agree fully with Craytonic, way too sour and one dimensional. I mean, I get the point of the beer, but it's not even that funky compared to the sourness of the beer.

This beer tastes like a lemon that was pulverized via grating over a rough, raw oak plank.

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Photo of craytonic
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: yellow peach with little carbonation

Aroma: very sharp and sour, lots of acid and a touch of wheat / lemongrass

Taste: Tastes like acid, incredibly sour. Not particularly pleasant as it lacks character or dimension

Mouthfeel: thin, lacking in carbonation, but very sharp

Overall: outside of proof of how sour a beer can be there is no reason to consume this one. No complexity, depth, funk, etc. Perhaps the best argument that turning sour to 11 does not a good beer make; everything that is wrong with the "extreme" beer movement. I think if you try to be objective about the judging criteria it is below-average in almost every way; frankly I feel generous.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to Chris (Cavery) for this beer.

Appearance – Pours a beautiful hazy bright golden color into my Bruery Snifter. After a vigorous pour there was very little head to speak of that dissipates almost immediately leaving zero lacing.

Smell – Lots of funk, lemon zest, green apple, massive acidic sourness, oak, and vinegar.

Taste – More like Mother Pucker. Huge acidic notes and white vinegar. This is palate destroying and holy cow tart. Lemon and green apple, barnyard funk, and oak. Not very complex; rather one sided. But one thing cannot be reiterated other than this is sour.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Not the best sour in the world, but man if you want a sour fix get yourself one of these. Have one left to see how it will age. I’ll need some Tums tonight!

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Photo of ShanePB
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to smarcoly for sending this one my way. I opened it and shared with a friend on his birthday since him and I are always looking for the most sour beer we can find. Notes transcribed from footage.

750 ml bottle
Served into a chalice

A: Semi-hazy golden yellow color with a thin and fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. No lace or retention at all, though not so atypical considering the style.

S: Lemon, hay, funk, white vinegar, citrus and plenty of oak/barrel notes. There's a lot going on here and wow you can tell this is going to be pretty damn tart.

T: Initial wash of sweet citrus that doesn't really seem very sour at all coats the palate. As soon as it hits the back palate and you swallow, a rush of tart/sour covers your mouth. It even makes the back of your jaw tingle, super sour and I love it. Plenty of lemon, orange and the oak comes through more in the finish to dry things out. Talk about enamel-ripping.

M: Lower carbonation than I expected but not flat at all. I prefer my sours to have high carbonation to break things up. Perhaps this could use a little more conditioning in the bottle but it's not bad.

Aside from the mouth feel, this beer was simply stellar. Like the back of the bottle says, this is NOT one for a sour newbie. I love seeking out the most sour beers I can get and this certainly sits high atop the pile. Tasty and so damn sour.

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Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
3.67 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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