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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer on tap at Churchkey, I've been avoiding these Funky Buddha reviews since I did not enjoy the event very much at all and the beers were generally mediocre or worse, the most surprising and best thing about this beer by far was the aroma. Nailed it fellows, smells like a peanut butter sandwich. The rest? eh...Also at the time of this review, this is #5 on the "Top Beers - American Brown Ale" list on I was quite excited to try this.

Beer is dirty brown and dark with a lazy off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks OK.

Aroma is a peanut butter sandwich, a lot of nuts, interesting, sweet. Nailed it.

Beer tastes like peanuts, salt and dirt. Nope, not loving it. I get it but not every concept makes for a good beer. Too much peanut, too much salt, too much of everything. There is already a Short's brewing company out there making horrible beers, give up.

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Photo of billab914
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey the other night. It arrived a caramel brown looking color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top. It's got a little bit or a ruby colored highlight to it.

Aroma is very strong with peanuts. I get a little bit of jam sweetness and some bready malts, but the peanuts dominate. It's a little like sticking your nose into a bag of ballpark peanuts.

The taste also is best described as a bag of ballpark peanuts. It's got a little sweet jam in the finish, but the peanuts dominate. The peanut flavor is pretty spot on with a bag of peanuts. While the flavors are pretty interesting, I can't say it's great.

The mouthfeel is thin and a little watery with low carbonation. Overall, it was a cool and interesting beer. It tasted exactly like peanuts to me which wasn't bad, but maybe a little odd. It was nice to try once but not something I'd want to drink often.

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

On tap at Capone's during PBW. This was the one FB beer that really didn't "wow me."

The beer pours a reddish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and unusual, as I pick up lavendar, light peanut butter and dust. The flavor profile seemed to replicate the nose pretty closely, but with some sweet grape jelly flavor as well. The beer was a bit thin on the palate as well, which I guess is to be expected for a 6% abv. beer. Otherwise, the beer was light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is virtually undetectable in this beer.

An interesting beer, no doubt, but I just didn't really find myself digging it. Still glad I was able to try it...

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

On tap at ChurchKey.

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. The smell on this beer is absolutely phenomenal - as pretty much everyone has said, it smells exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in an incredible way. The flavor isn't quite as impressive, and I wish there was more jelly going on. The peanut really takes over the flavor and mixes nicely with the bread-y malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer earns an A+ for creativity. It's not a beer I'd want to drink a ton of, but a 4 oz. pour was perfect. Honestly, if it had more grape in the flavor, this beer might be amazing, instead it was an impressively successful experiment.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppertinted brown, full fluffy khaki bubbles, decent retention. As advertised, leads with a combination of fresh roasted and ground nuts, creamy peanut butter, notes of dark berries solid but not as in force as the nuttyness with a bready malt backbone. Taste brings a more balanced combination of nuts and fruit, bready malts still present with some moderate toast charachter. Medium bodied, creamy. Another fantastic food-centric brew from these guys.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's in to a little snifter.

No Crusts looks semi black but is dark brown in color with a small amount of off white foam on top leaving small splotches here and there. A brown ale indeed. Smell is peanut butter and jelly. A lot of nuts in the scent with some jam backing. small hint of roast with malt backing. Taste is all nuts with some jelly/jam. Not your typical brown ale, but the base is not totally lost. Feel is pretty light with some bubbles but not super carbed up. I could go for a pint of this and enjoy every drop. Not your typical flavor from a simple style, but what's advertised is delivered so I deem this a success.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter at Capones

A- pours dark brown, with no head on it. Huh.

S- aroma is strong with peanuts, and the nutty character is great

T- starts off sweet with the jelly taste, with the peanut butter flavors also coming through. Actually getting a little bit of cocoa in the finish.

M- very thin body...probably good, given how strong the flavors are

O- if you're looking for a PBJ beer, this will do it for you. It's a nice novelty, but I'm not sure I could really drink more than one in a sitting

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

A-murky brown color at the base with a lighter red brown emerging toward the surface, no significant head or lacing

S-peanuts, yeasty bread

T-peanut butter, toasted bread, and some sweetness (jelly), not much else of note

F-light body with light carbonation, slick oily feel yet not a lot of body

O-an interesting brown ale with novel flavors but wish it had a little more body

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Photo of ShanePB
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a 5.5 oz snifter at Capone's. Funky Buddha event for Philly Beer Week.

A: Dark amber colored body with some brownish hues throughout the body. The darker color gives this one a hazy looking appearance, nothing much to see through. A small off-white head was there but gone quickly. Little retention and lace.

S: Toasted white bread, grape jelly, chunky peanut butter, oil and a general buttery aroma. It's literally dead-on to the incarnation of a PB&J sandwich. Not as potent as I would have expected but still really nice smelling.

T: It took a few sips to get all the flavors. Like others have stated, it almost was like it separated into different layers. Perhaps the oils from the peanuts caused this? At any rate, big crusty, bready flavors up front along with a sweet grape jelly. Towards the bottom was creamy, nutty peanut butter. Not too sweet and just downright delicious.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied, oily and a bit of stick from the fruit sweetness. For the ABV and style, this seemed just about right.

My only comparison to a PB&J beer is from Spring House Brewing Company and they're both awesome incarnations of the classic childhood sandwich. An absolute must try if you get the chance. Thanks for sending the awesome beers to Philly guys!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Thanks to Capone's, BV, and FB for bringing these beers up for Philly Beer Week.

A bit disappointed by this one, but it was definitely interesting all over. First off, you gotta be careful with this stratifies incredibly (at least it did at Capone's; it did not when I had it elsewhere). Most of the pours I saw, including my own, had two strictly defined layers: on the bottom was a murky, swampy brown layer (hello, peanut butter), and floating on top was a clear mahogany brown layer (hello, jelly). This was all topped off with a thin layer of tan head. (I have a snifter of Jell-O 1-2-3 in front of me.) Contrary to most reviews, the aroma I got was pretty much pure grape jelly. I actually decided to give this a little mix with a straw before tasting it. Grape jelly was easily the dominant factor here, and yes, it was distinctively jelly, not just "vinous notes" or like a grape beer. I really did taste the jelly. The peanut came in as more of a shady afterthought and really only when the beer warmed up a little bit, earthy and chalky at that. And actually...crusts? I tasted them. False advertising! :P Seriously though, there was a distinct breadiness going on. This was basically a nutty brown ale infused with grape jelly. The body was pretty thin and weak, which was my main gripe about the beer (but don't be offended, FB, I feel that way about most brown ales). This is not like biting into a PB&J sandwich. It's good for what it is, and quite innovative, but overall, after tonight's event, I probably wouldn't bother getting this one again even if I did get the chance. Compared to their other beers, which typically deliver what they promise and more, this was a bit disappointing.

This was definitely my least favorite of Funky Buddha's brews. Still good, but my least favorite.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Funky Buddha event at Capones today. Poured into a small snifter approximately 5.5 ounces in size.

A - Reddish brown with a small head that leaves no real lacing. Hard to get an accurate read, in that a lot of the glasses were per-poured so that the beer had settled somewhat when it arrived.

S - Not overpowering by any means. Aroma of earthy peanuts and not much else. To be honest, somewhat disappointing a bit. Not much else and certainly no jelly or grape characteristics from what I could make out.

T - Typical brown ale with taste of chalky, earthy peanut. Had a couple of these at different temps and not very different warmer or colder. Good but nothing extra- ordinary or over the top when compared to their porter at the event. Wanted something more out of this whether it be richness, depth, or another layer of flavor involved. For me, a traditional brown ale with a peanut infusion behind it.

M - Nice but nothing noteworthy, a tad thinning.

O - A nice beer but out of the four offered, I had this number three of the four and that is only because I am not a hop person so the ginger IPA ranks fourth by default. A great event today, thanks Matt and the gang frm FB. Please come back again!

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Photo of jsanford
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Pours a dark amber with a thin white ring. Oh my goodness. Straight-up PB&J. This is sick. Earthy peanuts, roasted malt, baked bread, and grape jelly. You can make out every distinct aromas in this beer. Wonka-esque. Taste is similarly impressive, and once again you can taste each individual component somehow. Roasted peanuts, sweet grape jelly, toasted bread. Insane. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sticky, with a medium body and good carbonation. Hands-down the highlight of the day. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe it. I want more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The Cola brown-colored liquid is capped by tan foam; leaves a decent amount of lacing behind

Smell: Grape jelly with peanut butter underneath

Taste: The grape jelly starts out the flavor profile, with the peanut butter coming by mid-palate; nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed the way this comes together in the finish, balancing out both the peanut butter and jelly elements; as unusual a beer as you will find

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Photo of xnicknj
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at EBF

Pours a deep brown color with some reddish hues. Thin beige head fades out and leave a collar of lacing on the edges.

Wow, this literally smells exactly like a toasted PB&J sandwich. Nutty with bread crust and some touches of sweet, fruity jam.

Bready and malty up front with plenty of peanut and nutty tones. Toasted bread crust followed by sweet, fruity jelly flavor. Touches of strawberry and grape. Nice backbone, giving way to a PB&J finish that lingers on the tongue.

Medium body, well carbonated, a little sticky on the tongue. This was another "whoa, are they serious?" moments for me at the Funky Buddha table during the fest. Such an awesome beer experience.

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Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this during the EBF, I was able to have several pours.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark amber with a finger of off white head and a good amount of retention.

Smell: Nutty and full of fresh peanut butter. There is a slight malty sweetness and a hint of fruit.

Taste: The peanut butter dominates here as well. There is some fruit showing up, but no real tartness. The malt gives this one a bready flavor that works very well with the other tastes. Tastes like a PB&J.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish that seems to be very appropriate for the flavor.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. I wouldn't want to drink it every day, but when I'm in the mood for a beer that tastes like peanut butter and jelly, this would be my go to.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/03/12 notes. Had on tap at EBF day session up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of peanuts, peanut butter, bready malts, toasted malts, and light wheat. Smells exactly like a peanut sandwich...really cool and I love the nose.

t - Tastes of peanuts, bready malts, toasted malts, peanut butter, light burnt malts and roasted malts. Not quite as peanut butter sandwich-ish as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink brown ale, great body.

o - Overall I thought this was a really cool beer. A bit of a "gimmick" beer, but it works well and was one of the cooler beers I had at EBF. Nose really smells exactly like a PB sandwich, and it's easy to drink. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to rudzud for sharing. Re-reviewed my old review since that was a smaller pour at EBF and now I get a full review.

Pours a decent creamy brownish head hits 1/2 finger and fades at a med pace, little lacing, super dark molasses brown very very little light coming through the bottom.

Nose is huge, very aromatic and very PB&J like, even the mild bready note, some nice jelly like jammy fruit, touch grape like jelly, with a nice nutty peanut butter center, touch of a candy caramel base malt, toasted brown malt, little grainy whole wheat bread touch.

Taste starts with brown malts, candy and caramel at first, then quickly into brown sugar, that turns to the jammy mixed berry fruit, I almost even get the tannic seeds of the fruit in there like a berry preserve. Mild peanut butter in the background, nutty and creamy, litle peanut shell kinda thing. Light bready on the background, mild white bread, almost like matzah on the finish. It has a nice brown ale, actually quite a nice base caramel brown sugar brown ale base that adds these nice flavors on top. Finish is a bit bitter tannic, little brown sugar and brown malts lingering, nice brown ale, little jammy fruit, little matzah white bread lingering.

Mouth is med bod, bit creamy, bit syrupy and jammy like, nice carb too.

Overall very nice, nice jammy preserve mixed berry grape thing, nice bready notes, nice peanutbutter although I wish that was a bit more, on top of a great base beer, which is still preserved so well done!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a really nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer was loaded with Peanuts Butter aromas and some minimal grains. The taste of the beer was just out of this world really. I can't stress the fact that this beer tastes like a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. It's got the bread, it's the PB&J to the fullest level it possibly can. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Overall this beer is just great... It's something that you need to experience for yourself. I'm very glad to have tried this and I hope that one day I'll get to visit FBL to have more.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at EBF 2012. I just wrote a long review and then lost it due to Internet issues so I'll be brief.

A: a reggie brown ale, small white head.

S: OMGWTFBBQPBJ it smells like a PB&J's all day, it's crazy you just need to smell it to get how much it smells like it.

T: well, PB&J and that's it really, it's so overwhelming that I couldn't get anything else.

M: a bit light and crisp, but the flavor is what this beer is about so it's fairly appropriate.

O: amazing, never had another brew like it.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with reddish hue and a foamy head that quickly dissapates.

Wow. This smells incredible, like a straight up PBJ sandwich. Tons of peanuts, bread, raspberries and strawberry jam. Unbelievable aroma.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Basically peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread. The strawberry jam is well balanced with the roasty peanuts, very impressive.

Low to medium body a ton of carbonation. Almost like a can of soda.

Overall, the beer tastes great, but the smell is out of this world. A really interesting beer that I'd like to try again.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vOn tap at the Treasure Coast Beerfest

A – Nice cola brown pour with a finger of frothy light tan head that stayed around.

S – Big roasty peanut butter smell. Some bread smell. Don’t get much jelly in the aroma.

T – Wow straight off the bat you get a huge peanut butter taste. Tastes like a freshly opened can of Peter Pan. Roasty and almost chewy. Bit of jelly like sweetness mixes in but is overwhelmed by the peanuts. Bready finish to round out the taste.

M – Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy texture that coats the mouth.

O – Had big expectations here and this lived up to the hype. Retained a beer taste but still had a great PB&J taste. Very nice offering from the guys at the Buddha.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of peanut butter notes with some grape jelly notes. Someone at the table also said they thought the beer smelled like refried pinto beans, which I could see after using some imagination.

The flavor has a lot of peanut butter and hazelnut character to it. I also get a lot of caramel and toffee with some cocoa mixed in. Once again, there is a little bit of jelly character to the flavor. Somewhat surprisingly, this beer definitely reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is what I imagine Short's was aiming for when they brewed PB&J. If they could ever release a batch that wasn't infected, maybe I could confirm that.

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Photo of biggsbowler
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Funky Buddha - This beer is great!!! I never like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and still do not like them. However, this beer makes me want to like them. Lot of peanuts and jelly in the nose. The taste is just how wish a peanut butter and jelly sandwich should taste like. Keep up the solid work, Funky Buddha.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle shared by a generous Adam, thanks! Snifter.

A: Hazy brown with a finger of beige foam. 

S: This smells amazing. Raspberry and strawberry jam with bread and peanut butter. This is the liquid form of a delicious PB&J sandwich. Unbelievable, the aroma couldn't be better.

S: The flavor is good as well, but nowhere near the aroma. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat. The jelly is reminiscent of strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry. Impressive.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation. 

Overall: The flavor is good, but the aroma is unreal. I couldn't take my nose out of the glass. Great stuff.

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

Thanks to dboon for this one.

A-Pours hazy nut brown with over 2 inches of foamy khaki head. Takes a few minutes to recede, and leaves only the faintest traces of lacing.

S-Remarkably similar to a whole wheat peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They nailed it. I wouldn't mistake this for anything else.

T/M-Again, peanut butter and jelly. They actually did it! I'm impressed. Mid-palate the peanut butter and jelly flavors fade into the flavor profile of a standard nut brown ale. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a chunky peanut butter finish.

O-Great beer. Would love to get some more bottles.

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No Crusts from Funky Buddha Brewery
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