Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.77/5
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Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 03-01-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,185
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
344
pDev:
9.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Amber with some red hues, semi-hazed. Head off white and decently lumpy. Great lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, banana, and cloves. Light on the funk. Brown sugar with a faint toasty malt.

T- A little more malt, some toast and bread. Subtle banana and spices/clove.

M- Body is fairly light. Smooth with a spice-dry finish.

O- Not bad. Expecting more funk, but some good yeast character. Kind of a Belgian-Hefeweizen hybrid.

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Photo of jkblr
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb April 2018 poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 5.6% ABV. The beer pours somewhat bright copper in color with off white head that filled 2/3s of the glass and barely settled. It will be 10 minutes before I can pour the rest in the glass. Aroma is wood, lemon, faint banana and spice. Taste is rather subdued with pineapple and light citrus notes. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, sharp to the tongue with heavy carbonation and very dry. There is no hop presence or bitterness to speak of with the dryness cancelling any malt sweetness that survived the Brett. Overall, good.

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Photo of DruC4
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcotom
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color.

Overall: This beer has big fruity aromas from the yeast and mostly banana smell. Taste starts out sweet with lots of Belgian yeast character before turning dry and lightly bitter. Nice Stuff! Better than average beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glowing orange, amber with a 1" white head. Good retention @ 1/4".
Funk, spice, sweet malt and honey.
Fruit, ripe, phenolic, clove-y spiciness.
Med-high carbonation, dry finish.
Enjoyable beer overall as part of the variety pack.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 4/15/18
L- hazy peach with a huge fluffy white head
S- real nice funky aroma, sweet malt as well
T- sweet malt followed by funky pineapple
F- medium bodied, with a tingly dry carbonated feel
Overall a great rendition of New Belgium's original Fat Tire

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My New Belgium horizontal that I am conducting as part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is beginning to wind down. I was at the FGBS last evening for a New Belgium Etch-a-Glass Night & my sometimes trivia partner, Sister Disco, won a bicycle! I began this home stretch with a revisitation of good ol' Fat Tire Amber Ale to kind of set a baseline as this series is predicated on that beer. The remaining five (5), including this one, are all variations on that theme on collaboration with other breweries, in this case, Allagash Brewing Company.

From the bottle: "Who wants the funk? Our New England friends at Allagash brought it, taking Fat Tire back to its Belgian roots with a De Dolle House Belgian yeast strain that adds classic pear, banana and spice to Fat Tire's malty goodness. They then bottle-conditioned the beer with Brettanomyces Allagagensis for an extra spicy finish. Get your funk on."

I am SO happy with my etched NB glass! It reads "Bro. Woody drinks New Belgium beer!" & I am getting it seasoned nicely since its creation last night. I have been doing gentle pours followed by in-glass swirls of late anyway, but when the beer is identified as "bottle-conditioned", then I doubly careful to decant the beer off of the lees. It was a successful pour, in that it retained its clarity + I did not have to do anything to it in the glass as it formed a bubbly, frothy, two fingers of tawny head of its own accord, followed by great retention that eventually left nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a Brett presence, but it was held in check by a banana-like fruity sweetness. This should be interesting! Mouthfeel was medium, but highly effervescent. Man, the scrubbing quality really opened up my taste buds & kind of tickled my sinuses. Ha ha. An amusing little beer. The taste was funky, but not the in-yo'-face, straight-up street fightin' funk that can be overwhelming. Here, I got light pear and big banana to go along with the barnyard funk as well as sharp cheesiness, that had I known it was coming, I would have laid in some nice cheese & crackers for the occasion. My friend, Breanna, goes by Bre, but I call her Mayor Brie McCheese & she has developed a taste for Brie. I might have gone with a soft, sharp Bleu with this one. Finish was dry, but not vinous like some Brett-driven beers that I have drank lately. Instead, it had a greater funkiness than vintners generally want in their wines, but for a beer, it was very tasty & refreshing. My glass is getting seasoned nicely.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, some funk, tart, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy, funky, tart. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fisherbray
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really terrific Brett beer, works as a great introduction to the unique taste of brettanomyces soured beer. I'm not a huge "Fat Tire" fan (it's OK...) but this beer ain't your grandpa's (or your dad's) Fat Tire. Smooth mellow with an evident brett aroma and taste. Fell in love with this beer--after having it on tap at Whole Foods. TRY IT!!!

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gerred
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip appears clear copper with yellowish stained head 3 fingers strong that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma has some clove/pepper yeastiness along with tropical brett, leather and earth.

Taste is dry and funky with apple meets pear and a dusty earth/grain quality. Slightly herbal and bitter.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Its a unique spin but I think the looks and nose are the best attributes.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rebrown221
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gshak
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kostritzer goblet, at fridge temperature.
A - Pours orange with sediments, generating a pillowy white head with 3 fingers' width. Dissipates very slowly into a small ring, with great staying power. Spotty lacing observed.
S - Clove, lemon peels and wet hay.
T - Clove is predominantly felt along with the bitterness of citrus (lemon and orange rinds). Very faint sweetness noticed. Reminiscent of a saison in that it brings forth flavors of wet straw and spice.
M - Medium with lively carbonation.
O - A decent saison. Worth sampling a bottle.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 344 ratings