Funk Factory Geuzeria

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Funk Factory Geuzeria
Wisconsin, United States
Fruit Lambic
4.46 | pDev: 8.97%
Jul 08, 2021
Sep 01, 2017
Framzwartje is a very special project here at Funk Factory and may be the best beer we've ever had the chance to make. The project started when Forager Brewing told us they had managed to pick 80 lbs of wild blackcap raspberries. There is no commercial source for these berries. You literally have to forage them from the woods, and it take a lot of dedication to make up 80 lbs of these incredibly tiny berries. Our fruiting rate is 2lbs/gallon, so we hand selected a single barrel for this beer. The barrel we chose was an 18 month old Methode Lambic barrel.

Next was the logistic of fruiting this volume. Too small for our fruiting tank, we modified a barrel just for this beer, and even had a fruit screen fabricated for it. Once in the barrel, we punched the berries down twice daily quickly turning the beer into a purple so deep it looks black. After a couple months of rest in the punch down barrel, the beer was bottled. We have been sitting on those bottles for almost 9 months patiently awaiting the right time to release them. Now is finally that time.
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Very dark purple pour with a thin white collar. Jammy berry has the fruitiness carry through the nose, but the sweetness is devoured by the oak, funk, and hints of earth, leather, mushroom and vinous notes. Taste is much darker in complexion than others in the series, funk and oak brighten a bit, but the berry is very dense and again hints of earthy. Complex in the supporting notes: leather, prune, plum, raspberry, must, flowers and vinous grape. Feel is full bodied, dark, heavy, tart yet smooth and not very acidic at all. A different take that is pleasant on a cooler day
Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Merlot red with the light bending violet ribbons around the edges, its short pastel mauve foam head fizzles out fairly quickly.

An acetic balsamic bite combines forces with the fairly harshly biting malic acidity of the berries, creating a sourness that does a punishing number on the dark wine-like oak presence in the dry finish. The smoothly medium body is broken up by light but crackly carbonation, where, as it warms, at least, it becomes a little more vinous and wildly herbal.

I really had high hopes for this, but unfortunately I come out of this experience really wishing they'd have found a less intensely sour form of preserving such a wonderful, hard-earned fruit.
Mar 30, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by fthegiants from California

Feb 03, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 15, 2019
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by Kurmaraja from California

Jan 08, 2019
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Reviewed by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Beautiful dark dark purple color. Nose smells like raspberry jam. Carb is great on this where other FFG sours have been low on carb. Taste is super jammy with moderate sourness. Delicious!
Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.92 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Dec 15, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by IrishColonial from Texas

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2017
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Reviewed by fondyball20 from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Onsite 375 bottle. 9/22/17

Very different from the other FF Fram beers. Dry, lower carb... taste is funky, leather, and dark fruit. Very complex, each sip you pick up on something different.
Sep 23, 2017
Rated: 5 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle, on-site at the taproom. Served in a Funk Factory stemmed glass.

Pours a darker purple body; very much like a red wine would. One finger white head, good retention, not much lacing to speak of. Smell is red vinous character, oak, light lemon, leather; the raspberry aromas are there but in the background, the fruit seems to impart more of a dry, mild acetic acidity. It doesn't smell or taste as sour as some of the other method gueuzes which come out of this geuzeria, which is actually fairly nice for a change. The flavour has a dry vinous character, mild raspberry jamminess in the background, oak, touch of lemon and leather. It's interesting; reminds me more of Fox and the Grapes rather than Framrood or Frampaars. It's probably the driest MG from the Funk Factory; drinks far more like a red wine than it does a raspberry wild ale, with the requisite complexity and dryness. More so than in the smell, there is that wild, dry tart character that pervades this beer. I find this to be an interesting sensory experience, which challenges you a fair bit more than"jammy raspberry bomb", and crosses over to the wine world, however briefly it does so. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, with that wild raspberry dryness on the finish. An unique and interesting wild ale, with fruit that brings an even bigger wilder presence to it. I found this to challenge the paradigm of "fruit additions means this must taste like a fruit bomb", and I think the blackcap raspberries add on a wilder dimension to a beer that is already wild by nature. It skews more towards wine than any other wild ale I've had. Bottom line is that this beer is like no other method geuze that Funk Factory has put out.
Sep 11, 2017
Framzwartje from Funk Factory Geuzeria
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 16 ratings