Fungus Shui Mushroom Ale | Meadowlark Brewing

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Fungus Shui Mushroom AleFungus Shui Mushroom Ale

Brewed by:
Meadowlark Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium-bodied ale that pours an amber-gold with aromas of maple syrup. Brewed with local honey and Candy Cap mushrooms.

Mushroom beer…what the funk? This crazy idea for a beer was concocted by tri-clamp ninjas from the Far East of Montana. These days, brewers are much in tune with gastronomy and beer’s rightful place as the best accompaniment to cuisine. For us at Meadowlark Brewing, we have a passion for something we call crypto-gastronomy. We love it when you taste an ingredient that we didn’t use. When we heard that there was a mushroom that smelled and tasted like maple syrup, we knew what our next beer was going to be. Fungus Shui has a powerful earthy maple syrup flavor and aroma. We’re not sure if this beer has any ancient healing effects, but it likely tastes delicious with a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

IBU 15

Added by elglueckert on 03-31-2017

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No bottling date found.
Clear, pale gold colored body. One finger of off white colored head, which settles to thick cap. A couple of spots of lacing are left behind after each sip.
Earthy aroma with definite smell of maple syrup. Quite surprising that honey and mushrooms in the brew produce this smell.
Taste is sweet, with the smooth flavor of maple syrup. Earthy and grassy taste notes blend in.
Creamy and fuller mouth feel. Good carbonation, with a little sting on the tongue.
From the label name, this beer does not prove itself until it is poured and sampled. The lighter color is surprising, and the smell/flavor is really unexpected. No taste or smell suggests a mushroom ingredient but the blend of what's in the beer result in a true treat.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 08/10/17:

Rich and bright golden yellow, very clear. White, light and wispy head of good retention. In bottle, smells like maple syrup. Must be the honey combined with the musty earthiness of the shrooms. In glass, more fungal, but good balance with the honey and grassy grains. More maple just as it occurs to me the label says “surreal maple flavor.” Neat. It’s also grassy, and fairly both earthy and vegetal, reminding me of peas, akin to what I’ve encountered in some Irish Reds and the occasional Belgian offering. Alcoholic spice as well, in finish. Medium-bodied, creamy, velvety.

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Photo of Bcurrie33
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine #125 (June 2017):

When you think “maple” you think “dark beer,” but this ale is surprisingly clear and golden with a short-lived head. The aroma is full of maple syrup with earthy and buttery notes. And, sure enough, it tastes exactly like maple syrup. Slightly crisp with a light body, both of which allow the maple flavors to dominate. Some local honey amplifies the perceived sweetness, which borders safely below cloying with a delicious fermented honey and light mead-like finish.

Except for an earthy edge, there’s really no sign of mushrooms. But as the beer warms and leaves the palate, I do start to pick up both savory and sweet notes of curry. It’s kind of crazy, and I’m finding myself lingering with the flavors just to see if more will unfold.

Brewed annually in the spring and available on draft and in bottles, Fungus Shui is truly an “aha!” beer moment that all gastronomy geeks must try.

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Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Impetuous
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 ounce bomber picked up @ good earth market.

Pours a clear copper with reddish hues. Head is generous but slowly recedes, leaving some film and little lacing.

Flavor is wonderful. The label is spot on; there's a maple syrup flavor present. There is some sweet malts, similar to an Oktoberfest marzen. Carbonation can be... strange. It's not overly light but still gives a feel more akin to mead than beer. It's both thin yeth complex.

Very good. Very untraditional. Recommended.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fungus Shui Mushroom Ale from Meadowlark Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings