Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 03-01-2016

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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by Kettle1:
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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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 Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dditto2
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good. Dark golden, light amber color, light foamy white head. Smells like spicy pear. Tastes spicy and fruity. The spiciness is from the special yeast I guess, similar to grains of paradise but, unique. Feels med. bodied with light carbonation. Overall it is a very good beer I will prob drink again, unique and very drinkable. First out of the variety pack and first of the style I think.

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Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, tons of heady efferescence that is huge bubbled, sticky and white. Light amber color and clear. Aroma is big time banana esters and a peppery spice, got a bit of that characteristic bready fat tire malt but much more subdued. Reminds me of a malty saison. Taste is on par with the aroma, a funky saison-like version of fat tire. Saison mouthfeel with a lingering funky Brett-like finish. As it warms some of the brett funk appears. Overall, one of my preferred of the fat tire collaborations. Worth a drink.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a moderate to heavy amount of tiny sediment. There's an inch of creamy beige head on top. The aroma is a combination of sweet honey to biscuity malt and sweet Belgian yeast. The taste is a very sweet honey biscuity malt forward flavor with sweet to lightly vinous Belgian yeast. The mouth is very dry and crisp.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours hazy copper amber over a 3" persistent white foam cap that is refreshed by continual streams of bubbles rapidly rising from the bottom of the glass. Aromas rising from the glass include hints of wet horseblanket and over ripe fruit, citrus, pear, pepper, light grains and hops. It has a lemony tart palate with biscuit, light fruit, pear, spices and herbs, lightly sweet malts, and a mild to moderate finishing bitterness. The bitterness, tartness, light funk and mild sweetness all balance. Fat Funk ale has an exquisite luscious texture with a medium body and mild creaminess that really makes this beer.

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Photo of juicebox
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a deep gold or Amber hue with a beautiful fluffy had that leaves a decent bit of lacing throughout the drink. Smell is a little lighter than I'd like, but it's a small bit of grassiness and Brett. Nice smells just not in abundance. Taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell bit of the same qualities along with a slight hop character that pairs nicely with the Brett and it ends ever so slightly tart. Feel is smooth and fluffy in the mouth, unexpected but nice. Overall, very solid but hard to pin an exact style or a comparison. I dig it though, a lot!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DCHritz
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, part of the mixed 12-pack of these Fat Tire-based collaboration brews, this one with Allagash Brewing, who apparently 'brought the funk'.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of splattered chunky lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of banana, pear, and underripe pineapple fruitiness, some earthy, musty funk, a gentle muddled spiciness, bready caramel malt, and a soft leafy and dried hay hop bitterness. The taste is more banana and melon-like fruit character, musty barnyard funk, chewed out bubblegum, some clove and black pepper dust spice, lightly toasted and bready caramel malt, and an ethereal earthy, leafy, and weedy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite intense in its over-bred, bottle conditioned frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as that increasingly sour funky note is hardly forgiving, as such. It finishes off-dry, the base Fat Tire malt not to be denied.

Overall, I gotta say, the funk was indeed delivered, M. Brett doing his usual thing, although the elevated carbonation was not much fun during the pour, nor for my stomach afterwards. Ah well - fans of this kind of stuff will certainly like this, and the rest of us will of course just move on.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours hazy and brilliant amber in color with a rocky, off-white two-finger head. Great retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds that builds up around the edge of the glass. Strong lacing, coating the whole glass in layers of sheets and chunks.

Smell - Banana, clove spice and a hint of apple. Faint, toasty malt.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Flavors are fair with notes of banana and light spice notes upfront. Toasty, biscuity malt rises up mid-taste, and helps to deliver a finish that is more faint Fat Tire than it is belgian funk.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low carbonation. Easy drinker, but a bit watery in the finish.

Overall - I had this straight out of the bottle last night and it drank very much like your classic hefeweizen. Doing the review from out of a glass, and the taste isn't quite as hefe-like, instead more hybrid and not as flavorful with weakened Fat Tire qualities peeking through more. Frankly, I preferred it straight from the bottle more.

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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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Appearance: This collab with the respected Allagash Brewery pours a dense and cloudy, thick and foamy off-white, with a heavy cloud of lace.

Aroma: Funky facto indeed! Brett yeastiness and a hint of sour fruit. Not bad.

Taste: Fruit, and the funk, for sure. Hints of sour apple, raisin, and some spice. Solid brew, and one I’d have no problem revisiting.

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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