No Crusts | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown ale brewed with peanuts, raspberries and strawberries

Added by dimenhetfield on 06-11-2011

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Photo of Azureblue
4.98/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just an outstanding PBJ of a smooth brew. One of the top beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I truly was sad when my glass was empty. I'm hoping that Funky Buddha bottles or cans this signature masterpiece...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is insane. i dont know why one would set out to make a beer like this, but it could not possibly be executed any better than this one is. its like the pbj sandwiches my mom used to pack in my school lunch when i was a kid (although those did have crusts). i get the flavor and texture of sliced whole grain bread, filling and dense. the peanut butter isnt greasy in the beer, but its smooth and sticky, and the flavor is on point. as for the jelly, hard to tell, but i would say grape in here, but in the beer its more of a generic fruit vibe. i have had beers like this before, but they always grossed me out. this tastes like a liquid pbj sandwich, and its genius if you like that sort of thing. you just have to be impressed with it. i think the brown ale base was the right call, there is a nuttiness in the grain bill that supports the peanut butter, and a chocolate malt kiss that brings it all together. if you like the sandwich, you will like the beer, it could not be more spot on in terms of flavor accuracy to the real thing. i would love to sit in on brew day for this!

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Photo of Sosopogi
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When on point, it is really a treat to behold if you are a PBJ fan, however, I have been spoiled and live close to the brewery and have tasted many batches with these batches having some major variances in flavor. With that said, the below is based off my good experiences.

A: Dark brown, minimal head.

S: It is a PBJ sandwich to the nose. Phenemonal.

T: Funny I hate PBJ but I love PBJ beer and this reminds of what PBJ should taste like.

M: Easy drinking, lots of flavor, not too carbed.

O: When on point, it is great. Hopefully, you get to experience it that way...on point.

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Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Lounge in Boca

A: Very dark brown, opaque, small light tan head, dissipates quickly no lacing. 4

S: Smells exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Remarkable. 5

T: Like the nose, it's a great beer interpretation of PB&J. Lots of peanut butter and grape jelly. Some doughy white bread. Impressive. 4.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: This is a pretty ridiculously impeccable beer version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Doesn't even make sense how they are able to pull this off. On a day in which I enjoyed several great Funky Buddha beers including Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, this one was my favorite which says something. 4.75

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best peanut butter beer I've ever had.

It really tastes exactly like peanut butter and jelly and toasted bread. Amazing and perfectly crafted. So good!

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Photo of lionskull
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive effort here, just tried a bit at EBF15, but clearly a legit take on PB&J ale - sounded off to me at first, but it's actually very well done. Would absolutely seek this out if it were ever available in Maine!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EBF sample. Have wanted to try this beer for ages! Finally. Pours a clear, light brownish color. Smells of peanut butter and jelly. It truly does. Simple brown malt bill sort of adds backing to the peanut butter and sweetness of the jelly flavor. The flavor starts off with some malty sweetness and then it turns into peanut butter and jelly sandwich liquified in my mouth. Finishes with a really neat peanutty finish. Lighter bodied. This beer is wacky. How do they do this without using all this artificial flavoring? Or do they use a lot of artificial flavoring? Who knows and sometimes...who cares.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a light brown. The nose was actually quite nice with notes of peanut butter and some jam. However, the flavor was not what the nose was putting down. More like a lite peanut water with carb.

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Photo of troygreer
2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a grape jelly heavy beer with a faint hint of peanut butter at the end. The aftertaste will linger with you for several hours after, which doesn't lend itself well to its enjoyment.

The color is solid and aroma matches the jelly flavor, but it could have done with more peanut butter flavor.

Very light in body and an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

32 oz growler courtesy of Dane. Thank you for a long time want!

Pours a murky brown with a thin white skim.

Well this really benefited from some warming. Jelly is most prominent....very grape jammy. Peanut butter provides a back up singer..clearly not center stage.

Jammy grape jelly, light toast, peanut butter way in the back. Base beer is blown apart. When I say the peanut butter is in the back, it's like back corner of the big ass auditorium back. More jelly than anything and that's a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

It's fun, but not a great beer. I appreciated the experience though.

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Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014. Second of 2 peanut butter beers that disappointed me (and there was only 2 at EBF!).

I am a major peanut butter freak (every morning for breakfast) and was all over this when i saw it. Has more of the jelly than the peanut butter in the aroma and flavor. I like the creaminess of it but the body could have been fuller to better showcase the flavors. Interesting mesh but once again, lack of peanut butter makes a brew less than what it is advertised as.

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Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Received this in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Awesomely loud pop with this. Great!

A - Poured a nice dark, almost murky brown hue with a big offwhite almost two finger head that faded to leave light creamy blanket.

S - Aromas explode of peanut butter here. Enormous, enormous peanut taking a deep inhale from a jar, definitely get an almost wheat bread aroma too. My only real complaint here would be how faint the jelly notes are. The mixed berry/grape jelly notes are on the fainter side. A touch more and this is a 5 all day. This is absolutely absurd.

T - Taste is a liquified peanut butter jelly sandwich. It is almost opposite of the nose. Starts with faint, faint wheat bread and a flash of grape jelly and then WHAM peanut butter. The peanut butter fades slightly as jelly comes back. It's like I'm chewing on a sandwich, the flavours mixing back and forth, back and forth across my tongue. Some bread too comes back. My goodness this is crazy, just crazy.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter, nice carbonation for a 2+week old growler.

O - Overall, this beer blew me away. Absurd here..I really wanted to not like the taste after smelling how good it was (just because this beer isnt exactly easy to get) but my goodness. The base is basically lost (a 'brown ale') so one really cant base if off of that. Goodness was this awesome...and it was over 2 weeks old!

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Photo of mverity
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An ale that tastes and smells just like the iconic sandwich! Starting with the intense aroma of creamy peanut butter mingling with mixed berry jam. Just like mom used to make!

Such an interesting beer. I've had several things from Funky Buddha and I'm looking forward to my first sip of No Crusts. I have heard fantastic things about it. I had the Bonita Applebum for the first time yesterday and I was blown away by that; and people were saying 'It's great, but it's no No Crusts'.

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Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler served in a wine glass. Big thanks to immobliseme for the share.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes a to thin ring. Some mild soapy lace left down the edges of the glass.

S: Weird. Peanut butter sweetness with a straight peanut and light grape jelly notes. Dried bread crust malt notes as well.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of whole wheat bread and grain with peanuts and grape jelly notes. Sweetness and fruitiness mix together.

M: Medium to thin bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish.

O: A very odd beer and glad I was able to try it. Much better than the Short's take on it as everyone I've had by them as they had a faint plastic note to them. Pretty well executed, but the small pour I had was enough for me. Thanks, Todd!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to awdturboiv for sharing.

S - Smells like goober grape exactly. Good pb presence with nice balance of jelly 4.76

T - Tastes like like a nutter butter with a light grape jelly. The brown ale comes in near the back end to give it a light malty and orange peel presence

M - Lighter body with good carbonation

O - Good beer that tastes just as advertised. Imagine someone spreading grape jelly on top of a nutter butter and you get this beer. It is good but just like the Kuhnhenn breakfast beers about a glass of this is enough.

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Photo of MRL731
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Who doesnt love PB&J

A: as expected for a good brown ale, nice lacing

S: smell is incredible.. blindfold me and make me smell a PB&J sandwich and this beer and I'd probably pick the beer. It's perfectly identical, if not better, than the real sandwich

T: taste is exactly with the same as smell. The first time I ever had this beer it was perfection in a glass, the following batches have been hit or miss but ever since FB bought a big brewhouse it's been on point

M: again, as expected for a good brown

Overall: I'd drink this till I die.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky dark honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, peanut butter, jelly, and bread aromas. Taste is much the same with peanut and jelly flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty 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 pretty good beer with a spot on peanut butter and jelly sandwich aroma that doesn't exactly translate the same to the taste.

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Photo of dar482
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at Uncle Barry's during Philly Beer Week.

The beer comes in a dark brown.

The aroma has literally what the beer is supposed to be a perfect balance of roasted peanut and grape jelly. There are some other dark berries in there as well. It's a delicious and unique aroma.

As for the flavor, the jelly comes and then roasted peanut. It starts off with a huge grape jelly sweetness, then a gentle roasted malt and peanut roundness.

The body is medium and very drinkable.

This beer really surprises you. My mind blown by this beer. Heady as done that and maybe KBS, but this too. It's wild how complex this beer and really balances the flavors so perfectly. I'm not even a big fan of PB&J, but there's something about getting those flavors just rolling and bouncing all over your tongue.

Never tasted a beer like this at all. Mind blowing.

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Photo of CoachC
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I've ever tasted, Period.

Taste is identical to the PB&J sandwich your mother used to pack in your school lunch.

Aroma is also of peanut and jelly.

Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious.

Overall, this is a fine American brown ale with delicious flavors and a distinct aroma that cannot be matched.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the Funky Buddha Lounge during their Buddha Goes Wild Night last week. Served in a 12oz Funky Buddha snifter.

A- Fairly dark in the lounge, but from what I can tell it appears to be a fairly dark Brown with a slight purplish hue to it. A thin layer of head forms that recedes at a moderate pace.

S- Wow this smells exactly like a PB&J sandwich, lots of peanut butter, bread crust, and Welch's Grape Jelly. Perfectly balanced, very aromatic, and extremely well executed for what they were going for.

T- Again tastes like the aroma with lots of peanut butter, Grape Jelly, and even a little bit of bread crust coming out. Well balanced, very flavorful, and quite tasty if you like peanut butter and jelly.

M- Medium bodied, easily drinkable, decent carbonation, fairly smooth.

O- I wouldn't say this was my favorite beer I've had or something that I would drink all the time, but definitely one of the more unique and enjoyable ones I've experienced. I think the execution on this was superb and they nailed the peanut butter and jelly smell/taste right to the tee. The best comparison I could make with this is with Jelly Belly jelly beans, it' amazing how they can make it taste so much like the real thing. I wouldn't say this beer is for everyone but I definitely recommend checking it out especially if you are looking for a unique interesting beer or you just like PB&J sandwiches.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate brown color with a short head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some peanut butter and jelly. Surprise, surprise. The peanut butter component takes over, with just a bit of berry in the background. Flavor has mild fruit and more peanut. A bit one-dimensional, and not my favorite dimension at that. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Just okay.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Prohibition Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown color with golden orange edges and a  two finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Another dessert beer aroma nailed by Funky Buddha.  Smells just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but unfortunately not like a beer.  It's odd that's it's called No Crusts because bread crust is one of the strongest characteristics of the nose.  Lots of freshly baked bread with roasted peanut and jammy jelly.   Strong roasted nut character followed by welch's grape.   A bit seedy as well.  Crazy that they replicated the aroma of one of my favorite meals but I wish that it smelled(and tasted) a bit more like beer.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of toasted peanut, sweet, slightly tart jelly and fresh bread.  Roasted with lots of peanut flavor up front along with slightly smoked malt undertones.  More peanut than peanut butter but it still replicates the flavor pretty well.  This is followed by fresh baked bread (including  crust) and a really prominent sweet, tart jam presence in the finish.   The jelly portion of the beer is really overpowering after a few ounces and provides a lingering unpleasant aftertaste.  The subtle roasted malt notes were the only element that made it taste like a brown ale.  Other than that it tastes more like a  good alcoholic dessert drink than a beer.  Decent but nowhere near as good as some of their other experimental beers.

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Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to Josh!

Had this on tap at EBF, honestly almost exactly as I remembered -- maybe a little better. Light brown / copper body leaving good lace. Intense peanut aroma, reminiscent of freshly ground nuts. Not much sweetness here; grape jelly is still mild but shows up later. Love the aroma!

Peanuts with minimal salt compose the flavor. Grape jelly is an afterthought, serving as an accent to everything else going on here. Quite interesting, unique, and enjoyable. Can't drink more than a few oz of this, but it's a great experience in a glass -- particularly if you home brew.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is russet brown with a half inch of head. The aroma is shocking and hilarious. I would literally think one was holding a PB&J sandwich under my nose if this were a blind test. Very impressive. The flavor follows suit. I wish I could go more in depth, but this is a straightforward brew - it smells and tastes like a PB&J beer. Light to medium bodied. Not something I would drink in quantity, but I highly recommend trying this if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very interesting beer from funky Buddha that I could only drink in small doses....had on tap at the churchkey event on 6/7.

The beer pours a dark crimson with some brown in the center of the beer, a ring of head as well. The smell is crazy, it really smells like when you open your lunch bag of pb and j, they capture the bread, peanut, and touch of sweetness of some kind of jelly perfectly.

The taste is dominated by peanut, and I do enjoy it, some bready malt undertones and some sweetness round it out, no hops to speak of whatsoever. I don't really get any kind of 'jelly' but the beer still seems pb and j like with the sweetness.

The feel is slick and decent in body, overall this beer is good in small doses but there is no way I could have drank more than the taster of 6oz or so that I got.

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