Muy Bonita
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #29
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,399
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.49%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
193
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Florida, United States
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Notes: 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.
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown, almost black, body with one-finger head and lace patches. Aroma has notes of apples with vanilla and malty sweetness. Sweet vanilla taste with a bready apple sweetness and spicy finish in a well-balanced beer that is easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Oct 23, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of baked cinnamon apples with brown sugar crumble, undertones of brown malts adds a hint of chocolate, bread crust and caramel. Just a hint of vanilla

T- prominent flavor of baked cinnamon apples up front, just as in the nose. Mid-palate gives a malty sweetness that adds caramel & vanilla, fig and raisin. The finish brings out more cinnamon apple and lingers of sweet brown malts

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- the cinnamon apples match well with the malty base of the beer, while not being too strong. High drinkability and well balanced

Apr 28, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 5/12/17.

Pours dark brown, somewhat opaque, with a short foamy head and some light foamy lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, apples, malt, vanilla, toffee, light smoke. Smells pretty good. Tastes pretty good, too-malt, cinnamon, vanilla, apples, caramel, light chocolate. Smooth and creamy, a good medium body, well carbonated.

This is a fun one to drink. A really deft touch with the cinnamon and apples. Worth a purchase when it’s around.

Feb 08, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.77/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A mahogany body with a tall butter colored head, 3 fingers.

Aroma of cinnamon and backyard apples, underneath some lightly toasted malts. Slight vanillaroma tree.

Oops. This bottle is infected. Damn. At least i hope it is (I would hate it if this were how it normally is). Cinnamon and mushy apple are there but kind of artificial. But there's sour milk, burnt brown sugar, old hop, and burnt alcohol mucking it up. Its gross.

Feel is hot and carbonated.

Cutting this review short. Maybe some time I'll get one that's not infected.

Dec 12, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield Brewing teku glass.

A: Pours a very hazy, though still slightly translucent, rich brown. Low visible carbonation, and a under a finger’s worth of tan head that fades quickly.

S: Cinnamon and vanilla, toasted malts – seems fairly sweet. A touch of the cardboard I get from brown-roasted malts. Bits of dark fruit and cinnamon apples as well.

T: Cinnamon up front, with sweet toasted malts and vanilla. I guess apples…it still tastes just as much like dark fruit (raisons, etc.) to me. Sweet fruit persists with the cinnamon in the hang – more apple flavor comes out as it sits on the palate after the swallow (and as it warms).

M: Full-bodied for a brown ale, but maybe a touch lighter than most “double browns” I’ve had. Alcohol content seems restrained, though there’s a bit of alcohol heat after the swallow. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Not objectionable, and better than I remember it being the last time I had it on tap at Funky Buddha. This might be as good as an apple/vanilla/cinnamon brown ale could be…it’s still just not my favorite beer though.

Nov 01, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring tiger eye brown and filling to very dark shiny brown, this has a large, creamy tan foam that slowly settles, leaving soft bumpy lace on the glass.

Smell is roasted but still somehow fresh apple, cola and sassafras root, soft light spices, and vanilla doused bread pudding. As it warms, cinnamon blooms delicately.

With a medium, round body and soft carbonation, this semi-dry treat starts on the palate with sweet apple, nearing caramel apple, with some light cinnamon and vanilla, biscuit, and a plum-fig-apple butter type flavor.

Oct 25, 2017
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber as an extra from my El Cat trustee. Thanks Jake!

Brown-black liquid with light edges. Mocha head quickly to a rim. Minimal lacing.

A really nice combo of brown sugar/vanilla, cinnamon, apple and char.

The sweetness of the cinnamon and apple hits right from the start but mellows as the brew warms. A nice char, caramel, apple and cinnamon/spice take over.

A bit undercarbed, medium body, sweet finish.

A nice brown ale with adjuncts.

Oct 15, 2017
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connoisseur from Florida

4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious sweet goodness.
Look: black with lighter tan head.
Smell: complex and appealing
Taste: Delicious sweet with plenty of complexity.
Feel: smooth and rich.

Aug 20, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you CanConPhilly for this
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A very dark brown, almost black, with a two finger mocha head

S- Cinnamon, apples, some vanilla, caramel malts, some roasted coffee. Reminds me of apple pie.

T- Roasted malts, caramel makes, some vanilla and cinnamon, apples, some graham crackers.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A fun take on a brown ale, apple pie and beer make a surprisingly good combo.

Aug 11, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head production and decent retention. Dark brown brew.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, and roasted barley yielding coffee and chocolate notes.

Flavor is similar to the nose, with plenty of cinnamon, syrup, and vanilla, as well as the same roasty notes. Too sweet, which isn't surprising for Funky Buddha. An entire bomber of this might put you into sugar shock.

Big, full bodied beer, but aside from lightly influencing the flavor, there's no hint of the alcohol. The only thing restringing your rate of consumption is the sweetness.

Jul 14, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- Dark cola with a light tan head
Smell- Apple, vanilla, caramel, toasted malt. Very unique
Taste- apple is the first taste followed by hints of vanilla and caramel
Feel- light to medium bodied. Much lighter than expected
Overall- Unique beer that is fantastic. Short and sweet it tastes like a caramel apple

May 28, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 03/13/17, it ours dark mahogany brown color with a 2 finger light tan colored head that was full of tiny bubbles, fading slow to average time and leaving good rings of lacing as it went down.

The bottle states "Brown Ale With Apples, Cinnamon and Vanilla Beans Added". That sums up this nose. Add in some brown sugar, nutmeg and graham cracker and that's all I smell. Apple pie in a bottle that covers the ABV completely, this is a great craft beer experiment and a job well done by the brewers to pull this off.

Tastes just like it smells with cinnamon, vanilla and red apples, followed by brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, toasted grains, maple syrup and graham cracker. The cinnamon, vanilla and spices remind me of a pumpkin beer, but tastes much better. Much sweeter than I like and lacking some of the rich malt normally dominant in a brown ale, but it's still a very enjoyable dessert beer. A bomber that I should have split, but I finished it all anyway.

Overall this was very impressive how they made it smell and taste literally like apple pie, but it's a bit too much and too sweet for my palate. Funky Buddha are the ultimate mad scientists of the craft brew world, cheers to them!

Apr 29, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another in an increasingly long line of great beers from FB.

Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head. Decent lace but retention isn't great, just drops to a thick film.
Smell is sweet, toasty, cinnamon, malty. Good balance.
Taste is more of the same, toasty, sweet (brown sugar), golden raisins, cinnamon, malt with faint vanilla and caramel. Yum, wish I had ice cream to pour it on.
Medium plus body, lighter effervescence. Leaves a nice little coating behind, nothing annoying, works great with the aftertaste. I want a lot more of this.

Apr 23, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the share, Jason!

This one pours a pretty dark brown, somewhat opaque, with a foamy half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells rather ridiculous, like cinnamon-encrusted pie crust, apple pie filling, vanilla beans, caramel, and brown sugar. Wow!

When Funky Buddha is making a beer based on a dessert, you better expect it to taste basically exactly like the dessert in question. They managed to make an apple-pie based beer not too sweet, which is incredible. What's even more impressive is it's not too sweet but actually really tastes like apple pie, with delectable sweet cinnamon, bready pie crust, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla cream, and browned/caramelized apples. How'd they do it?

This is medium bodied and pretty creamy and rich, with a soft level of carbonation.

This is so warm and tasty, and just makes you feel good.

Apr 19, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Mar 27, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Mar 17, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev 0%
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...

Jun 11, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

May 24, 2016
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Scooter694 from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

May 22, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

May 01, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Apr 09, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Apr 09, 2016
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LMO1190 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Apr 03, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Mar 31, 2016
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 193 ratings