Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy) | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy)Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy)

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 06-28-2014

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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud.

Light fizzy small head, super dark almost black beer.

Nose is crazy awesome, apple pie city, caramelized apples, tons of brown sugar, cinnamon, baking spices, apple crisp crumble, do much vanilla with fresh vanilla and barrel notes, spices chai apple tea, apple brandy and a mild caramel sweet candy malt base, chai really explodes.

Taste is also awesome, phenomenal! So much apple crisp, apple pie, cinnamon, caramel, oatmeal crumble, toasted oatmeal, Apple brandy, fresh apple, candied apple, etc. Nice vanilla too, fresh and barrel vanilla, so much apple crisp crumble. Mild bitter tannin from cooked apple skin, etc. So delicious. Finish lingers a mild tannic apple skin, more apple crisp oatmeal crumble and apple brandy, vanilla, etc.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent carb, chewy like, no real booze.

Overall ridiculously awesome.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Smakawhat
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured on tap into a snifter at Churchkey DC as part of DC beer week. Listed as Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Muy Bonita.

Deep walnut brown, surprising to maintain just a hint of brown cause it is quite dark. Simple tan collar, and some spotted lacing while drinking.

The bouquet on this beer is nuts. A great example of making the barrel give the spirit life. Huge notes of soft and warm apple brandy, large cinnamon, and can you believe there is even pie crust on this thing? Nutmeg, a hint of roasted coffee slightly. Like a piece of fresh baked apple pie, warm and inviting. Insane. Only thing is that it tends to not remind me of beer.

The palate brings the accolades. Much from hinted nose bringing flavors of coffee, and of course apple pie. Sweet nutmeg and cinnamon spices are all over this thing. Starts off with a milk and creamy texture, almost giving some vanilla sweetness on the finish. Crusty dough on the palate to match. Mouthfeel starts off impressive, but gets into much stronger sweetness and fizzy quality. An odd sense of cola aftertaste comes out as the body gets much lighter oddly.

Yikes this thing is downright some other creation. Really impressive, but the mouthfeel strangely gives way to other flavors. What a bizarre and intriguing beer, if that is what this even is? My only minor complaint it hardly reminds me of beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled and released July 2014.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, apple pie, cinnamon, clove, and apple brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, cinnamon apple, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great apple and cinnamon qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split this with JLindros, great trade here! Review #1800

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown nearly porter like hue with a thin head that faded quickly leave nice wisps.

S - Aromas of massive vanilla, both barrel and bean, cinnamon subtle but clear and present, oatmeal crumble, awesome apple brandy. Not boozy at all! The combos almost give it a chai note. Apples are there but subtle.

T - Wow. This is awesome. Hard to break this one down. Apple crisp in a glass, apple pie filling, loads of vanilla, oatmeal crumble that's been splashed with some apple brandy.Toss is incredible, clearly an awesome beer from funky Buddha. Incredible. This is up there for greatest funky Buddha beer I've ever had...only thing better was French toast. The brown ale is the perfect base. Super smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer is just incredibly great. Phenomenal execution, great apple pie notes, vanilla, crumble, brandy, awesome nose and taste. This is easily one of the best funky Buddha beers I've had, also possibly top five beers I've actually had. Holy crap!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at ChurchKey for 2014 DCBW.

A: Pours coffee black with a half finger of light brown head; good lacing and very good retention. (4.25)

S: Cinnamon-baked apple, like every apple cinnamon breakfast cereal you’ve ever had. Some red wine, though not much of the base beer. Decently appealing, though. (4.25)

T: Loads of apple and cinnamon, a decent dose of red wine/boozy brandy. Moderate sweetness carries through and sticks around on the palate for quite a while. Kind of a Coke float aspect (cola and vanilla) as it warms. (4.25)

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Nice and velvety texture. (4.5)

O: Nice flavors which are pretty well integrated. But the sweetness and novelty factor limit how much of this I could reasonably drink and still enjoy. This displays essentially none of the base beer. (4)

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of johnyb
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Nice white head. Thick collar and some wisps.

Smell - Apples. Lots of cinnamon and other apple pie spices. Light oak, but it's tough to distinguish the barrel from the flavor of the beer. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Sweet up front. Candied apple. Caramel. Lots of spices. A little oak. Vanilla. Really spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's very sweet. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation

Overall - It's very sweet, but very good.

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Photo of Kevincredible
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Exploded on opening. Could smell the sour infection and later taste it in a small sip of it as well. Full drain pour.

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Photo of apasternak
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of CruisaC
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Really worried about this one after all the reviews. Got the thick wax off, popped the cap, and.....whew, no sulfury/terrible smell.

Was that a little sour on the nose? Hard to say, could be the apple Brandy barrel, maybe I'm just being a little over critical.

Taste was very interesting. I'm getting a little cinnamon, some apple, then the brandy finish

It's a little thin for my liking. Maybe a stout or a BW would hold up these flavors better? Hard to say. Still enjoyable and frankly I was just glad it wasn't an infected mess.

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Photo of sfr26
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Barrel Aged Muy Bonita (Laird's Apple Brandy) from Funky Buddha Brewery
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