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Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #21
Ranked #4,381
4.15 | pDev: 13.25%
Thursday at 05:42 PM
Jun 11, 2011
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Notes: Brown ale brewed with peanuts, raspberries and strawberries
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4.49 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Thursday at 05:42 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StJamesGate from New York

Chestnut with a thin layer of taupe froth; peanut butter, crusty melanoidins, and a winey grape note on the nose; Purple Nerdz, walnuts, slight toffee + carob, vague peanut comeback, tannic hit and more jam to finish; finish, dry, lt-med.

3.75 x 5

I’m drinking this trying to imagine what I’d think of it in a blind taste test: a blast of candy sweet fruit, the outline of a brown ale, and a muddled ending.
Peanut butter only manifests in a vague earthiness and powdery aftertaste, nothing like, say, Left Hand Peanut Butter Cup porter. I also don’t get much of the bread or brown sugar other reviews mention.
That leaves oversweet jammy berry notes that taste artificial, and a Newcastle type thin (despite the ABV) sharpness.
I’m wondering if this is old (no BBD that I can find on the bottle) or has had a recipe change (current label shows 6.4%, not the 6% this entry lists.)
Either way, I don’t like pastry stouts or fruit sours, this didn’t change my mind about these types of beers.

Out of balance and never comes together.

Aug 29, 2021
4 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 20, 2021
4.71 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 02, 2020
3.83 by avisong from Virginia on Jan 18, 2020
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1.06/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Dpdp from Alabama

After reading the other reviews, I’m wondering if I just bought some bottles from a bad batch. Maybe one where they left out the pb and doubled down on the j. The flavor is over saturated with grape kool-aid. The mouth feel is fairly flat. The head is pretty thin. Smell is grape kool-aid. Now let’s talk about the after taste. I could taste this beer for several minutes after finishing a glass. The flavor was like a bitter version of the sickeningly sweet grape flavor of the beer itself.

I tried three of the four beers pouring out at least a quarter to a half of each one and abandoned the fourth altogether. This beer was utterly disgusting. 0/5 stars overall.

Dec 15, 2019
3.77 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
4.11 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Nov 10, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 26, 2019
3.75 by DaveCash from New York on Oct 17, 2019
1.25 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia on Aug 13, 2019
4.48 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 16, 2019
2.95 by ledouge from Virginia on Jul 10, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep ruby mahogany red body, with almost a purple like color to it, fairly clear appearance. Slightly khaki colored head, with a real nice rich lathering three fingers of height. Bold and impressive looking brew.

Aroma is pretty much on point. An excellent peanut quality, that gives to peanut butter, hard salty shells, and store bought grape jelly. There's even it seems like a hint of salt to this. This is extremely impressive.

Palate goes to much more simpler qualities. Simple bodied with a good malt backbone. Lots of jelly like fruit flavors but with a minimal controlled sweetness. The nut quality is a little less noticeable. Kind of a tannic almost puckering aftertaste of jellied like grape as well.

Wish this had a bit more brown ale character, particularly some toasty qualities. Unfortunate the nut is a bit subdued, but it's a solid neat ale.

Jul 06, 2019
4.87 by Echo1M4Carbine from Florida on Jul 03, 2019
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jul 02, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: A sweet and enticing aroma of malt, peanuts, a strong vinous quality, and some berries.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of the aforementioned vinous quality (lots of grapes), some peanuts (more subtle than expected), a good amount of malt (present throughout), and bit of raspberry and strawberry notes. An interesting flavor that actually delivers on its promises. It takes a while for the peanuts to emerge, but it's worth the wait. Tasty stuff.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A solidly enjoyable beer. Well worth a try.

Jun 19, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

First beer by FBB, and wow this was a fun one! Thanks fellow bottle share participant! Look wasn't much, typical brown ale with some murkiness, decently light brown. The smell though had great peanut butter, raspberry, and strawberry, all within a sweet matrix. The taste was even more defined with the flavor, truly tasted like a pbj with a very white bread, no crust of course. Saltiness from the pb pairs wonderfully with the sweet jammy fruit. Feel is a little sweet for a brown and a little thin

Jun 17, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

This is the most unique flavored beer I've ever tried. Seriously, I could not tell you if I liked it or hated it. It does deliver on its promised flavors. You'll get a sweet strawberry jam, a faint peanut butter and a yeasty bread flavor which mimics burnt bread or well done toast. It smells like toast and strawberry jam.

There is some Willy Wonka stuff going on here flavor wise. There is little to no head and the beer's color and appearance looks like flat Pepsi cola. If you are drinking this for the novelty, you'll be quite impressed. If you expect to be able to drink more than one of these ... think again. A little goes a long way and you won't want another for at least a few days after drinking the first one. Just a very odd beer overall.

May 16, 2019
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2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by teromous from Virginia

I don't see a bottle date listed. My bottle says "6.4% ALC. BY VOL."

Appearance: The body of the beer is dark brown with a black tea appearance. It has good clarity although it is dark. The head is medium sized, thick, off-white, and frothy with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a bit of an odd aroma. It smells a bit like an old candy bar wrapper. There's a bit of a chocolate scent but it isn't very pleasant.

Taste: That odd aroma carries through to the flavor. It tastes like some odd chocolate candy that has been left out in the sun or something. It's really hard to describe but it isn't appealing. The closest thing I can think of as a comparison is when you leave a tootsie pop on the dashboard of a car for too long and then try to eat it. The aftertaste of the beer isn't as bad. It has a bit of a cherry candy flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body and a smooth texture. Carbonation seems good.

Overall: The label states that this is a "PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY BROWN ALE." While drinking the beer it gives off more of a candy flavor but the aftertaste does kind-of taste like biting into an uncrustable. However, the beer has this unsettling off flavor that makes it unpleasant to drink. It just doesn't sit right with the palate. It might be worth picking up as a novelty, and as with all palates this might end up tasting good to you. For that reason I would say it's at least worth trying once. I wouldn't pick it up again but it was an interesting beer to try.

May 04, 2019
3.84 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Apr 28, 2019
4.47 by C_Mattei from Connecticut on Apr 18, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering a quarter of the top. The nose is raspberries, strawberries, and peanut butter as advertised. It tastes very sweet in the front of the palate. Thankfully the peanut butter keeps things from being too overwhelming. The mouth is dry and smooth likely from the fatty peanut butter.

Apr 07, 2019
4 by steverx8 from England on Apr 02, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle in and from FL.
This beer is wildly successful at capturing the smell and flavor of a PB&J sandwich. The substantial load of bready grains gives the impression of a PB&J sandwich with crusts, but that is a good thing. Like the berry jelly it aims to imitate, this beer is quite sweet. I'm far from the first to proclaim many beers to be "too sweet", and certainly love some sweet Funky Buddha beers in particular, but this beer is too sweet.

Mar 28, 2019
4.2 by alexsergio from New York on Mar 07, 2019
3.93 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia on Feb 15, 2019
3.91 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Feb 11, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
3.77 by bcsbeer from Florida on Jan 22, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a muddy brown body with minimal head and lace ring down the glass. Aroma is pretty much similar to peanut butter and jelly. Beer is bready, which is odd since it is called no crusts, has a boozy feel which is also odd considering low ABV, along with a jelly/berry like sweetness and is smooth/fuller bodied. Notes of peanuts (peanut butter) are poking around as well and overall it's a nice, mostly sweet beer.

Jan 09, 2019
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1.24/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by tfsimpkins from Florida

Complete garbage. I really have no positive thoughts for this beer. If you seek pb&j beers specifically, there are a plethora of better options.

Jan 04, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by OompaMentor from Georgia


Jan 02, 2019
3.75 by fthegiants from California on Dec 31, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Funky Buddha Brewery "No Crusts"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 10/30/18"
$4.89 @ ABC Fine Wine & Spirits #139, Wildwood, FL

Look: Moderately clear dark chestnut brown with a ruby sheen beneath a full head of creamy khaki colored foam. The head falls steadily to become a thin collar but it somehow still manages to leave some nice lace behind.

Smell: Unusual with an odd earthy note that's coming from peanut butter but smells more like a very old piece of chocolate candy or brown malt. It's even a little wood-like.

Taste: Peanut butter appears more clearly opposite some sweet fruitiness that appears like raspberry and red grape, wrapped in soft caramel, toast, and light milk chocolate. It's sweetish but not too sweet, and could serve as a dessert beer or a regular beer, although I doubt it would have too much repeat drinkability. A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes mostly dry with some fruitiness fading to leave behind peanut, a dusting of coal powder, and toasty bread. It's interesting that it's named "No Crusts" because I definitely get some bread crust in the finish.

Feel: Medium in body and gently crisp-then-smooth across the palate.

Overall: It's not the best PB&J beer that I've had but it hits the mark. Worth trying.

Review# 6,433

Dec 26, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Nass from Florida

I get peanuts & berries on the nose. I agree that it is very tasty just like peanut butter & jelly. This is an amazing adjunct brown ale, highly recommended. The only thing missing a date on the bottle. Cheers! A-

Dec 26, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Very tasty! Tastes just like Peanut and jelly!

Dec 18, 2018
4.58 by themayorkoch from Ohio on Dec 01, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

For a novelty beer, they nailed it. Tastes like PB&J brown ale. I wouldn’t buy a lot of it, but I would drink it occasionally.

12 oz bottle
4.25 rating

Nov 22, 2018
3.06 by Fresco305 from Florida on Nov 20, 2018
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