Fünke Hop Farm | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Fünke Hop FarmFünke Hop Farm

Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with oats and wheat, and fermented out with two strains of saison yeast. It spends about six to nine months in an assortment of barrels-Petite Sirah, Grenache, Chardonnay-while being fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and a house yeast culture from their in-house solera system. It's then blended with an all-Brett beer that's barrel-aged separately, bringing in more tropical and guava notes. Oh, and it's dry-hopped at 1.5 pounds per barrel with Simcoe, Nelson, and Citra.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 69
Photo of LostCoastTom
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed by this beer. It was well balanced with the sour, yeast and hops. Not too much of anything but enough to leave a great impression. I drank it a few days ago so this is from memory but wanted to report that if you see the Sudwerk Funke Hop Farm, but it. If you like the farmhouse, Saison, style beers you will like it.

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Photo of amano_h
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poor man's version of Casey Brewing and Blending's "Brett Loves Citra." Subdued oak. Leathery funk. Earthy hops. Bright tart citrus. (lemon, orange, etc.). Bright berries. White wine-like vinous qualities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

T: Sour gummy worms. Tart citrus. Restrained earthy bitterness. Subtle cheesecloth. Bright berries. White grape. Rock sugar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
M: Medium-light bodied. Moderate prickly carbonation. Slightly sticky. Dry-ish finish.
O: Dry-hopped. Wine barrel-aged. Bottle-conditioned. "Sour Saison." Sufficiently complex but not too intense to scare away inexperienced drinkers. A good gateway beer to the insanity that is the craft beer scene of today.⠀

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Photo of -blast-tyrant-
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loved this one so much. Great head, great smell. The hops aree balanced well with the funk. Enjoyed the entire bottle all to myself, wouldn't think of sharing it. It blew away my expectations. Would drink again!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1: I'm a wild ale, lambic, gueuze and sour nut. These are my favorites. Truth be known, this is a really good, balanced, flavorful American example and perhaps even a gateway beer for those that don't like sours.

Not as assertive or acidic as some, and not as bold and "in your face" as many, this is still well rounded, fruity, earthy, tart and sufficiently acidic for those that like wild ales/sours and yet still very approachable for those that don't.

Nice effort.

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Photo of bluehende
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice sour. Sour is pretty intense on the taste side with the nose being slightly funky. Had from a bomber sharing with a few people. One of the better sours I have had.

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Photo of Tommo
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very very nice. Exactly what this should be, nice and hoppy, not bitter at all, very decent amount of sour. Very hazy in appearance but definitely does not detract from beer. Would buy again

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose along with hints of wine from the barrel aging process as well as some funk from the brett.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of gooseberries from the Nelson Sauvin hops
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a pleasant amount of sourness along with interesting aromas and flavors from the hops. It is extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mr-jj
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Poured into a tulip from a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy orange color with a bath bubbles white head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is very unique. Strong citrus flavors mix with lots of Belgium yeasts. Almost smells like a Belgian IPA, but there is a definite sourness that tells me its something different. Flavor is really nice - very tart and citric- almost like lemon juice - but with lots of bright fruit and just a touch of bitterness. It's a very unique and tasty beer. Body is medium with lots of carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of rdickey
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The bottle has a handwritten “Batch No. 2” on the label, which is pretty cool. When I pop the cap, the beer bubbles slowly out of the top of the bottle, prompting me to pour it – a cloudy, slightly orange-tinted gold – into my tulip. A fine off-white one-finger head drops more quickly than I expected given the behavior on opening, leaving no lacing.

Smell: In a word, powerful and unique. Ok, two words. Massive citrus hops aromas – grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange – come first in a way that screams “West Coast IPA”. They are then surrounded, though, by sour cherries and other aromas that almost feel Flemish. It’s entirely intriguing; I’m not sure I’ve ever smelled a beer quite like this one.

Taste: This is really quite a beer. In my first sip, the order from the nose is reversed, and it bites like a traditional sour ale, with a big acidic burst. It’s not overpowering, though, and what happens next is excellent. The hops float in unannounced and bring the citrus to the party; the bitterness arrives as well, but it’s very restrained and feels almost like a solid floor for the rest of the beer to sit on. It ends with a very slight vinous note, probably as a result of the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied; there’s obviously a lot going on here, but it basically floats in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer to savor, not due to its heaviness or high ABV but due to its complexity. It’s quite drinkable, but take some time to get to know the beer; it will be worth it.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch #2 of this brew.
A: Pours a hazy dark lemon yellow with a fair amount of carbonation jets producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head with decent retention. No lacing.
S: Love the nose on this one! Fairly fruit forward at first with soft citrus, peach, melon, and mango. Hints of passion fruit and lime. White pepper, earthy brett, white wine, and dry cracker malt. Complex, fruity, and just lovely.
T: Wow! This one hits you all at once with tart lactobacillus, earthy-sour brett, and white wine notes. Once you get through all that, the tropical fruit notes hit with lime, passion fruit, and mango as well as grapefruit, orange, peach, and melon. Hints of red berries and oak too. Dry cracker malt emerges just before and into the finish.
M: Light-medium body and feel...drinks true to ABV. Sour and tart up front, turning toward tropical sweetness mid-way through, and finishes more with a dry vinous quality.
D: You can tell a lot of thought went into the creation of this complex brew. The amazing thing is that the end result worked out as well as it did! This one was a real treat...seek it out if you can! Would pair well with a lighter meal.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. The label is awesome. I'm not sure why, but it really is asthetically pleasing. The beer is quite a sight as well. Pours a super-turbid, bright apricot color. Fluffed white head. Aroma rocks. Pineapple, assorted fruits that quickly lead me to their Bretty origins, some green hops and a suitable sweetness that seems fruity in its own right. Flavor is also studly. Apparently this nifty little treat rested in some wine barrels. Honestly, I would never had guessed that. It must just meld into the complexity of the beer. Pineapple, band-aid, loads of fruity/tangy Brett, tropical fruit that is hoppy and different from the fruit-derived Brett flavors. Very fun to drink. Creamy body, lighter bitterness. Lingering flavor. After reading how awesome the background of this beer is, I now know why it tastes so flashy. Three of my favorite hops are in here as well as an eclectic wine barrel aging process. Yeah, I never heard of this beer before I tried it... but I was destined to enjoy it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's tasting.

Batch no. 1.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, funk, fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, citrus juice, fruit, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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