I picked up a bottle of Brewery Vivant's Nothing But The Funk a couple weeks ago at Brewery Vivant. I've tried the cranberry and blood orange version and I thought I should try the base beer, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a teku.
A- The label looks nice, it has a nice clean look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color that took on more of a slightly golden orange color when held to the light and it had a finger and half worth of bubbly and slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a fruity aroma being the first to show up and imparts some fruity lemon, citrus rind, apple juice and a little bit of stonefruit like aroma with the lemons sticking out the most. Up next comes the funky yeast which is on the slightly lighter side of medium and it imparts some typical brett like aromas with some barnyard, horse blanket and wet straw like aromas showing up that are on the lighter side. Up next comes a little bit of candied aroma that goes into the malts which impart a pale malt, doughy, lightly grainy, bready and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a good aroma, the fruitiness works nice with the funk.
T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little more balanced and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the lemons till sticking out the most. Up next the funky yeast and it shows up just a little more than it did in the aroma and it imparts all the same aspects and it's followed by a higher amount of medium sourness and that goes into a little bit of a candied flavor that gives it a little bit of a sweet art taste. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time they are just a little lighter. On the finish there's some lingering sourness with a fruity, funky and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it has just enough funk to it and it goes well with the fruit sour flavors.
M- A little smooth, a little crisp, right on the edge of being overly sour, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a good example of the style, it was pretty true to style with that good balance that I always seem to find in some of the better example of the style and it lived up to it's name. This beer has nice drinkability, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, anymore than that and the sourness might start to waar one me. What I like the most about this beer is the balance and that lived up top it's name, to me those were the highlights. What I liked the least about this beer is the mouthfeel I wish it was just slightly less sour and that would make it a little more smoother and drinkable. I would buy this beer again and I recommend it for anybody looking for a good american made example of the style. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I ended up linking it more than the cranberry and blood orange version. It's not a favorite Vivant beer, but it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty and well balanced sour ale, keep up the hard work.