Muy Bonita | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.

Added by jivex5k on 09-29-2013

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick creamy rocky khaki colored head that stands 1 finger tall with low retention and sticky lacing.The body is a dark brown almost black color with absolutely no light showing through the glass.Low amount of carbonation.

On the nose I get roasted malts,cinnamon,vanilla,brown sugar,and apple / apple pie notes.It smells alot like cinnamon apple pie with vanilla ice cream.It really does smell delicious.

The palate follows the nose with sweet apple and vanilla up front,brown sugar and cinnamon in the middle,and dark roasted malts on the back end.This beer has a very sweet taste to it,but not in a bad way,and it is by no means cloying.

The mouth feel is heavy and full with a sticky texture.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue,and a nice smooth finish.

Personally I thought this was a very good offering by Funky Buddha,not their best but still very very good.If you don't like apples or apple pie,I shouldn't have to tell you to stay away from this one.But if you do I would definitely recommend.Hopefully FB will expand their distribution so I can get this,and so many others brewed by them when I move to Massachusetts.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

had this bottle for way too long, looked interesting tonight, so why not. brew is heavily carb bed so much so that the head was a bit explosive, eventually settled into a frothy creamy cap reminiscent of Belgian classics. on first sips and sniffs this was horrendously disgusting...but as it opened up and settled (and I got used to the prickly carbonation) the flavors popped creating a super artificial almost cake like thing. nose remains off putting w a strong char but the heavy vanilla on the taste seems to wash over the apple cinammon. the whole thing tastes REALLY artificial, as most of these do...and I find myself towing the line of wanting to pour it down the drain or have one more sip. interesting but the artificial is just too much for me on this one. prbably a fantastic bottle to open when 15 deep in a tasting and your palate is shot....cause this would definitely cut through.

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Photo of colts9016
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A two finger tan head that is creamy, billowy, and foamy with good retention. The head did leave some lacing on the glass as it dissipated. A dark brown beer that is opaque. Few carbonation bubbles are visible on the glass.
A rich nutty toasted bready malt, vanilla, cinnamon, applesauce, chocolate, a fruity note, and some light coffee notes.
A rich nutty note, toasted bready malt, caramel, cinnamon, biscuit, cracker, toffee, applesauce, chocolate, a fruity note, light coffee note and a subtle sweetness.
Medium carbonation, Medium body and a medium plus finish.
I really like this beer has great flavors and it is easy to drink. Funky Buddha has some awesome beer with unique flavors. This beer is no different, at least this beer is not like the blueberry cobbler.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i loved this beer, i know its a weird one, and it probably (almost certainly) doesnt need all the vanilla, but what a clever and well executed flavored ale from these guys, who now appear to me to be the kings of such things. this is an imperial brown ale with apple, cinnamon, and vanilla, and its a really nice brew. the brown ale seems light to me, less imperial in flavor than in alcohol, but holding a nice inch of white airy head over a thinner and lighter milk chocolate brown body. the cinnamon is the least relevant of the added ingredients. i get apple cider, sweet and tart, red apple skins, right away with the chocolate malt, nuttiness and roasty barley, and the sweet overdosed vanilla, but the cinnamon is hard to come by in both nose and taste. i think more of it would be too much at the same time, turning this from an all season sipper to something seasonally specific and festive, but more limited. i do think the bitter spice would be useful against all the vanilla, which takes over most nuance here. i do like that it drinks a little lighter, not heavy at all, but still quite sweet. the apple is true to the real fruit, but this never ends up being too autumnal because of how light the malts are in it. the booze is well hidden, and if the sugar was scaled back some it would be a lot better, but i like it a lot, there really isnt a beer like this out there in the market. clever i think, with the apple and cinnamon. id love to see the same ingredients in am imperial cream ale too...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Florida
Deep copper/light brown color with a smallish off white head. Brown sugary light chocolate fruity creamy. Its pretty tasty like dessert in a glass.

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Photo of Scooter694
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy dose of vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. Color is a light brown. The vanilla is present in the taste with darker malts. Another solid offering from FB. I would drink this all the time if it was in my distro.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/30/16

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Dark brown, with some burnt caramel around the edges - some clarity - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

S: Doesn't exactly smell like apple pie, but it's reminiscent and definitely interesting - rich brown ale malts, with some cooked malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, and bread crust - cinnamon - some apple aroma - light vanilla - some light sweetness

T: Nicely malty, but not particularly rich as the aroma suggests - some brown ale malts, caramel, caramelized malts, molasses, and toffee - bready with some bread crust - cinnamon and vanilla - fleshy apple - some light sweetness, touch of alcohol

M: Medium body, mostly smooth, a touch oily, some lingering spice and sweetness

O: More crusts

I suppose this is reminiscent of apple pie. The only thing it's lacking is the pie crust. It's good, but it's not something I would drink all the time.

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into Kate the Great tulip a clearish dark brown hue with a fizzy white head that fades to leave light sudsy wisps.

S - Aromas of very light apples, almost like apple cereal, however, there is tons of vanilla and cinnamon. Loads of caramel, sugar daddy level. Very sweet.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very sweet caramel, nice strong vanilla sweetness, light cinnamon, malty brown ale notes. The bitterness is a bit distracting, as is the sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, almost thin.

O - Overall this was a bit of a let down. Still, it was a solid beer.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Pours a big bubbly fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, slightly clear dark chestnut cranberry color.

Nose big sweet candy, caramel molasses and a ton of vanilla, candied sugar, apple covered in loads of brown sugar, marshmallow sugar, little apple brandy, some cinnamon, lots of vanilla cream, super intense but imitation thing, a little toasty brown malt base, light nut brown ale.

Taste brings lots of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar molasses, lots of sweet things, sugar daddee, loads of caramel creams, with lots of cinnamon, big vanilla and bitter vanilla bean, and dried candied apples, little iffy bitterness like a big apple skin. Quite sweet, little sticky, fair bitterness, apple skin, cinnamon, brown sugar toffee caramel lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy sweet, lighter carb, very little booze.

Overall mixed, way to sweet and almost imitation flavoring, but good flavors, very little booze or carbonation, but still tasty.

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Photo of LMO1190
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks= A nice caramel color.
Smells= Nice sweet vanilla mostly with a bit of Apples and cinnamon.
Taste= Just like the smell. This would be great with some warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Feels= Smooth and creamy.

I never had the original none imperial. But I bet it's just like candy. With this brew, you can taste alcohol just a bit. But overall, it's a good dessert beer.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A touch of carbonation when poured. Nose is very sweet with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and a bit of spice. Taste reveals sweet malt and molasses with a bit of vanilla and spice. Some hoppyness lingers with a sweet sugary syrup taste. Mouthfeel is just above average and left me wanting more.

Good beer, just adjuncts overpower this. Do not age.

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Photo of soneerokz
2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Okay, so first I'd like to mention I happen to be a big Funky Buddha fan. I tend to love a lot of their beers. I've had Bonita Apple Bum a few times on draft and I absolutely love it too. I figured I'd feel the same about this one since it's the "big sister". I don't know what happened during the botteling process, but this one fell flat, big time. I bought my 22 oz straight from the brewery like I usually do and I've gone through 3 bottles already. So far, 2 out of 3 have had virutually no head whatsoever. I poured hard from start to finish and nothing :/ Of course this flatness will greatly affect my sipping experience; hence the low rating. The flavor is still there; it just doesn't have any carbonation to back it up. I'll just assume I received a bad batch of bottles from them.

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Photo of jhartley
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

Look: Very light brown body, clarity is amazing, looks a lot like a root beer soda. Very thin cap of head, no lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon. Apple cobbler! Another dessert in a glass from Funky Buddha!

Taste: Comes through on what they say on the label: Cinnamon, vanilla and apples. Getting some brown sugar as well.

Feel: Very light almost too thin; however it is a brown ale...just little to no carbonation. The alcohol definitely makes itself known.

Overall: Was really looking forward to picking up another special release from FB and they just know how to brew really tasty and consistent dessert style beers. This is a winner. Would love to get the barrel aged version of this one too.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber dated 3/10/16 poured into a 10oz Funky Buddha snifter L: ice tea color with no head other than a thin ring around the edge of the glass and pinpoint lacing spots. S: smells like hard root beer barrel candy T: liquid root beer candy F: thin, watery, minimal carbonation O: this one sadly is a miss for me. I wanted very badly to like this, but I won't be buying another bottle.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Funky Buddha Brewery - Muy Bonita. 8.8% ABV. 12oz snifter ordered at the brewery.

Look: Same as the base Doc Brown Ale. Deep amber/maroon colored body, arriving with a thin off white ring of lacing.

Smell: Just as described on the menu. Sweet apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel.

Feel: Full bodied, very smooth with a little carbonation.

Taste: Just like the smell. Sweet green apple, cinnamon, loads of vanilla, and caramel.

Overall: This is a step up from their regular Doc Brown Ale, brewed with apples, cinnamon, and vanilla, which becomes apparent when you smell it. This was so good, me and my brother left with 4 bottles to bring back home.

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Photo of do_ob
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter at the taproom. Dark brown in the glass with little head/retention. Amazing aroma of vanilla, cinammon, light chocolate, and toffee. The taste follows, with a heavy, heavy vanilla presence. Strong notes of cinammon and chocolate, with faint notes of green apples up front, but quickly fade. Perfect weight.

Probably the best "double brown" I've ever had. Freakin' delicious.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.
Deep, clear, red brown body with a very good tan head.
Very appealing aroma smells like the item at a bakery I'd want.
The flavor is too sweet to drink, say, a whole pint of this but it is quite appealing in small quantities. Fine choice for a shared dessert beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%

When BA had individual scores for look, scent, taste, etc, this would have gotten a 1 on scent because it is truly offensive. Immediately poured it smells of feces.....shit, quite frankly. After about 5 minutes it tapers off to cinnamon, ginger snap cookies, sugar and Apple's.

The solution is the flavor is simply fantastic and the new scoring helps. I taste cinnamon, Apple brandy, ginger spice, ginger bread, sweet caramel, nutmeg and a finish of pumpkin. This is very very good and worth seeking out, just wait to smell it for a few minutes.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep murky brown with a nice white head. Thick collar. Kinda pond watery.

Smell - Lots of cinnamon and spices. Some apple and caramel.

Taste - Lots of caramel. Like a caramel candy apple. Cinnamon spice kicks up in the back with a spike a booze.

Mouthfeel - Thick and kinda heavy. Sluggish to drink.

Overall - Pretty accurate treatment, but very sweet.

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Photo of jivex5k
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An imperial version of their Bonita Applebum. Not sure if it's barrel aged, but it's delicious regardless.
Hailed by our table last night as "A little slice of Americana", it indeed tastes like a glass of apple pie. Jason Biggs would have conflicting emotions if he got a chance to taste this lovely celebration of America's experimental brewing.
It's rich and creamy, and the aroma is heavenly. Amazing, the beer is well balanced, not too sweet, just the right amount of spice, and I've never tasted anything close to this in my life (aside from the non-imperial version)
Truly, this beer is one of the great accomplishments of The Funky Buddha, and it's ability to craft beers with astoundingly accurate flavors, while remaining balanced.
No Crust comes to mind in comparison.
You really have to taste this beer to do it justice, words cannot express the feeling one gets when tasting this beer. Apple pie in a glass.

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Muy Bonita from Funky Buddha Brewery
4.12 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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