De Bij
Funk Factory Geuzeria

De BijDe Bij
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Belgian Lambic
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4.53 | pDev: 4.19%
Funk Factory Geuzeria
Wisconsin, United States
De BijDe Bij
Notes: After blending “Four Winters” in the fall of 2017 (our upcoming MT3 blend), we selected three additional barrel, one per year from the same coolship batches as were selected for Four Winters, to blend together to form the base of De Bij. The beer was then refermented with 5 lbs/bbl of apple blossom honey (from Staude’s Apple Blossom Acres in Watertown, WI), before being conditioned in the bottle with more of the same honey for nine months prior to release.

The result embodies the typical complexity of a three-year blend, but also provides a crisp fruity funk and delicate floral honey notes that linger pleasantly on the palate.
Reviews: 4
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4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage; drank 6/23/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

This was a solid wild ale that had a nice fruitiness that was tart but not too sour. Best of all was the nose, which promised geueze alchemy that the flavor didn't quite live up to. Still, well worth tracking down!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a dark golden color, reminiscent of apple juice with a airy white head. No lacing
S - oak dominates the nose with lemon rind, pepper, apple, honey.
T - follows the aroma. Funky Oak that lingers throughout and stays on the pallet. Sweet minerality is second and as it warms becomes more dominate. I get both apple and honey. The honey helps makes this sweeter than a traditional method gueuze. Additionally get peppery lemon
F - light and fizzy, excellent!
O - reminds me a lot of four winters. The honey makes it a sweeter beer overall I'd call this excellent and wish I had another to sit on for years.

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4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured in the taproom from a 375ml.

L - Golden straw before sediment/yeast is poured, Amber rust after bottle was emptied.

S - rustic oak, lemon and kumquat, dry grass, dusty kitchen counter, apple stewed with some light honey.

T - Lemon juice, funky/vinegary oak, old straw, some honey, brined apples.

F - sour but balanced, medium finish, just barely thicker than a standard gueze. Booze is very hard to notice at 6% I believe.

O - amazing, amazing gueze. Truly world class next to Jester King, cantillon. The aroma took me right back to that Brussels warehouse magic. Just phenomenal.

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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, taproom, Funk Factory stemmed glass and enjoyed over the course of a hour. Nice bottle art, and I'm told it's pronounced as "De Bee", at least here anyway. Medium lighter orange-copper body, one finger white head, good retention. Smell is crisp and effervescent lemon and moderate acetic acidity, touch of wet hay, big dose of damp oak. Funky! I don't really get the honey here; but it smells like a complex 3-year MT blend should. Flavour is an oaky melange of tart lemon, mild-moderate acetic acidity, oak and a light leathery flavour, the honey manifests as more of a non-descript sweetness that is distinctly non-malt in origin that smooths out the moderate acetic acidity on the palate and makes for a much more pleasant drinking experience compared to some of the fruited beers that they've put out lately e.g. Framrood, Frampaars and their punchdown variants. Wonderful complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, distinctly a bit heavier bodied than the Oude Suiker I just had here at the taproom yesterday. I attribute that to the honey, but maybe it's not from that. Either way, the complexity and funk behind this beer and the relative balance of sweetness and acidity is outstanding. This is definitely my favourite Funk Factory beer so far for the year 2018. My two bottles of this are not going anywhere, and I'm astounded that this was still available for online sale days after it was listed on BPT.

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De Bij from Funk Factory Geuzeria
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 4 ratings