Funk'd Blanc
Night Shift Brewing

Funk'd BlancFunk'd Blanc
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American Wild Ale
4.15 | pDev: 6.75%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Funk'd BlancFunk'd Blanc
Notes: 100% Brett-fermented ale aged in white wine barrels.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 78
Photo of AirBob
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One finger of fluffy white head. Excellent lacing. Translucent/hazy, golden body. The nose is dominated by tart lemon, white grape, and white wine. As the beer warms, some oakiness and brett funk becomes more defined. A bit of pepper and musty basement underlying. Taste is not as assertive as I anticipated - aged has integrated the flavors well. Starts with sweet white grape which quickly melds with freshly squeezed lemon and pineapple - very fruity to start. The depth of the brett begins to emerge in the middle of the mouth, including musty basement and horse blanket. Reminds me a bit of the rind of a cellared hard cheese. Finishes slightly sweet and dry with some buttery oakiness. Prickly in the back of the throat. The musty, basement/aged cheese rind notes linger. Mouthfeel is full bodied for the style with a slightly dry and prickly finish. Mild carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This looks like a really interesting beer. Been waiting for a good time to do it, a chilly Sunday afternoon during the pats game sounds good.

Pours a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice messy lacing, very clear golden yellow color.

Nose brings plenty of Brett, a little barnyard funk, just a touch of horseblanket, some tropical pineapple notes, bright effervescent and citrusy, with nice vinous musty notes and fruity crisp white wine, mild saison toasted grain and malty note, light saison spices.

Taste starts sweet, sweeter than I thought, a semi sweet white wine, fruity and vinous, and a little tartness, a tart lemony flavor, then Brett, just a little funk but a nice Brett flavor, into tropical notes, with a little pineapple like, citrus and a little musty, fluffy effervescent, and a little buttery oak on the back end. Finish is a little sticky and flemmy, more tart lemony funk, little Brett funk and bready notes, as well as white wine.

Mouth is med bod, a little sticky sweet and flemmy, nice effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, a decent Brett beer with mild wine and barrel notes, actually more wine than I expected, a sweet white fruity wine, with nice tart lemon and tropical pineapple notes, pretty nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright clear gold color with a solid white lacing ring.

S - Very light floral, subtle white grapes, some very delicate floral aroma.

T - White grapes with a wine-like chardonnay dryness.

M - Full medium body with no carbonation, slightly greasy feel with

O - Glad to have tried. Will pass next time unfortunately. :o(

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a stemmed vase, the beer is a bright, vibrant, hazy, orange-gold coloring with a sparse, filmy, white head. Aromas of tart white grape, sour Brett notes, lemon sweet notes, subtle floral and herbal highlights, and a toasted grain backbone. Flavors are white grape must forward, tart and dry, with a subtle chardonnay dry sweet character, subtle citrus highlights, and hints of herbal notes. Very robust flavor profiles on a smooth, heavy body. The aftertaste is citrus, white grape, heavily sour, and with a bready backbone. The finish is smooth, dry, and crisp, with an incredibly sour and tart linger long after the beer has cleared the palate. Good beer.

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Photo of M_chav
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky yellow/orange with a full inch of foamy head resting on top. almost completely clean and transparent.
oh yes, smell reminds me of one of my all time favorites, Temptation. good amount of funky brett mixed with brett, this is going to be good.
wow, more juice than originally expected, good white wine I would guess possibly chardonnay barrels. lots of lemon/lime flavors, some deeper flavored fruits as well and lots of bubbly wine barrel flavor, really well done beer. could drink this all day.
Loving this mouthfeel, way too drinkable for the high abv... lots of delicate fruit and wine flavors keep my wanting more. exceptional finish. I want another bottle for sure!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled: 3/2015.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, white wine, funk, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle into Night Shift Reserve Society stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luxurious, 1.5 finger foamy white head with decent retention. Beer is a crystal clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. A really awesome looking beer.

Nose is pineapple, citrus, a prominent, cobweb funk and a touch of barnyard and hay. Surprisingly funky. Nice.

Opens citrus, pineapple and papaya pulp. Juicy with some cobweb and foamy Brett funk. Some accented spice and florals. Ends with a funky spice, peppercorn and hay. Finishes with a huge Brett presence. Same aftertaste. Big Brett throughout. This is pretty nice.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down funky, dry and slightly puckering. Finishes accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Nightshift beers tend to be pretty straight to the point and Funk'd Blanc is no different. Exactly what you'd expect from the description on the bottle. Big Brett presence with a nice, slight tartness from the barrel. Worth trying.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

This one pours a slightly hazy bright orange, with a one inch fizzy, tight head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells incredibly funky, the Brett is the star here. I get white wine, chalky citrus, some wet hay, and just funk, funk, funk.

This is a pretty sweet wild ale here, lots of citrus, very, very juicy. It almost tastes like fruit was added, but I guess that's just the yeast working. Not all that sour, slightly tart, and very funky. I get that trademark fruity chalkiness, almost like smarties, that I tend to get from Brett. It's got that slightly sweaty Brett aspect to it too. The wine character is well integrated.

This has a medium body, with a funky and juicy mouthfeel. This is very drinkable, despite the intense Brett flavors. The carbonation level is normal for the style.

Probably the best Night Shift beer I've had, impressed for sure.

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Funk'd Blanc from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 78 ratings