Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk AleFat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 9.23%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
346
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  75
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by deebo:
Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Chickenhawk9932
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold with an off white head with good retention and nice lacing.

In the nose is banana, yeast, malt, and musty earth.

Taste up front is banana with a strong clove spicy hit. It has a very high carbonation. It has a slight biscuity malt middle and finishes with a earthy, bitter herb hop.

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Photo of dditto2
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a great level of retention fading slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a banana and coriander smell mixed with a decent showing of a grassiness. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of citrus mixed with clove and yeast as well as a hint of a toasted bready smell and touch of herb.

Taste – The taste begins with a toasted bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a sour green apple upfront. The sourness increases a little bit as the taste advances while a bit of sweetness of citrus and banana comes to the tongue. While the fruitiness increases initially, it later fades all while some yeast and tons of spice of clove and coriander come to the tongue. Some grass and herb come at the very end, leaving one with a lightly soured funk amber taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is quite nice and makes for an easy drinking funk ale.

Overall – A fairly decent funk ale. Unlike the others of the friends of fat that I have had (hoppy, sour green apple, and wild), this is one I would not necessarily want to join the regular lineup of NB beers. That said it certainly is worth a try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden-amber color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- fruity esters of banana and pear up front, followed by notes of clove, basement must, earthy funk, phenols

T-Fruity banana and overripe pear flavors up front, followed by a big hit of clove and spicy peppery yeast. Mid-palate brings a sweetness that carries the spicy yeast, finishing with some musty earthy notes. Just a hint of barnyard funk on the linger with intertwines with the light sweetness of the base amber ale

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- a funked up amber? I had my droughts, but the spicy and earthiness of the yeast works well with the light sweetness of the base beer

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE acquired as part of a variety box.

Overflows upon opening, indicating obvious overcarbonation.

White frothy head. Translucent vibrant copper colour body. Head retention is good - ~12 minutes.

Aroma suggests funkiness, green apple, and pale malts. Hay. Pear. Biscuity brettanomyces yeast. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste follows the indications of the aroma. Green apple is prominent alongside brettanomyces-induced funkiness.

Texture is slightly dry and slightly coarse. Medium-bodied, somewhat refreshing, a bit soft, and well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, it's a drinkable enjoyable brew but comes up short overall in terms of the style - especially given it's coming from breweries as justifiably renowned as Allagash and New Belgium. Not a brew I'd buy again, but competent.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

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Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leave it to Allagash to take one of the least complex craft beers out there and amp up the complexity of flavors: there's way more fruit, some barnyard funk, and some grassy dry hay flavors to balance the subtle caramel and bread flavors. Well done!

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Photo of deonreds
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stella77artois
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a foamy, creamy smooth, off-white head. Aromas of apricot, berry esters, banana, clove, and a bready backbone. Smells like a fruity banana bread. Flavors are banana forward, with a more subtle blend of spice to follow, including clove, coriander, and cinnamon. Subtle yeasty esters here and there, but muted compared to the nose. The body is light and creamy, with a subtle effervesced edge at the end. The aftertaste is more of the banana bread character. Light, slightly effervesced finish, with a solid linger of spices and subtle yeasty funk. Tasty beer.

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Photo of videofrog
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average,,,,very little funk or sour

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Photo of DruC4
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmjivi221
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried the Fat Funk at the Tap House in Oswego, IL. It poured a clear amber with white head that left a nice lace. The scent had Belgian yeast and floral tones. The taste followed suit....with a spice kicker. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try if you're a Belgian fan.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjcamm
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBishopco
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of onlymurderers
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gshak
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Fat Tire And Friends Fat Funk Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 346 ratings