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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Reviews by CHickman:
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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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 cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -18%
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 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 DanGeo
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends. Hazy amber pour with a beige head. Chocolate, coffee, spices and coconut.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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 stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xamygo
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of socon67
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Damian74
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BobGNARley352
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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 CraigMack61
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
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 robgage
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Muy Bonita from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 189 ratings