Funky Junky | Feral Brewing Co.

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Feral Brewing Co.

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brendan13 on 12-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by foles:
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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is very hard beer to brew properly, and it looks like the Feral crew has nailed it. I was blown away - takes me back to drinking the Russian river sours, this effort is not far off. Maybe a bit rougher around the edges - which isnt a bad thing. Every wild flavour was in check, leading to a very sippable effort!

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at the Feral Brewing Ale Stars, Local Taphouse 07/12/10.

Pours a pale gold colour with distinct haze, almost opaque. Head is white, with lovely lace decorating the glass. Top of the head sinks in a concavity. Pretty nice-looking beer.

Lots of acidic funk on the nose - citric tinge and cranberries on there with a slight woodiness as well. Slight bubblegum character emerges as well, yeah very nice funky aroma, lots of great characters.

Taste is very funky with an odd but interesting sweetness. Caramel and vanilla on the front that is overtaken by sharp tart funk; underripe berry notes and lemon juice bur then the sweetness reemerges on the back, complementing that sourness just wonderfuly like a really great rich cheesecake or fruit liqueur. The sweetness moreover tames the acidity and lets the mouth recover from the spike of tartness. This is a wonderful beer, beautifully crafted and balanced and really hits me in all the right spots.

Fair body with a great texture as it goes down, not too puckering. Pretty damn nice.

A great beer - awesome palate and refreshing as hell.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse with Brendan Varis @ AleStars.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with a minimal head of pure white bubbling that sits in a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, and very little, if any, carbonation. Thin body, but that's not unexpected for the style. Overall, it's a good look for an American wild.

Huge acidity on the nose, extremely vinous, almost giving off the grapeseed and gooseberry notes of Sauvignon Blanc. Organics come through with crushed leaves as well. Wow, it's really lovely - some truly genuine wild ale notes. As good a nose as many of the top US examples I've had the pleasure to try.

Taste is a little milder, although there is a huge amount of complexity here too. Instead of the biting acidity, however, there are softer notes of vanilla, oak barrel with just a slight twinge of eucalyptus. Palate is completed with a dry tannic bitterness at the end. Quite restrained, but still very good.

Body is exceptionally light, which would be great if there were more acidity on the palate, but with the sweeter, rounder notes, it could use just a little more body.

But still, shite, we've got an Australian brewery making a damn fine example of a very odd, and quintessentially American style. brendan13 has classified this perfectly as an American Wild, and not only does it fit the style, it's a cracking example of it.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Local Taphouse in East St Kilda.

Apparently a third of the blend was spontaneously fermented. So American Wild Ale is the closest style here in my opinion.

A - Pours a hazy slightly golden colour with a 2cm white head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Horsey barnyard funk, fruity apple cider like tartness. A touch of oak.
T - Much the same as the smell really; horsey funk & flavours reminisent of a french farmhosue cider. The oak comes through a bit more in the taste.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Tartness is there but not in a knock your socks off way.
D - A very nice, interesting and drinkable beer.
Sort of like a mix of Gueuze, Saison & Berliner Weiss.
Would definately drink again. Only thing stopping a 5 is that the funkification, if that's a word, makes it a bit pricey.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MordeciaFunk
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Funky Junky from Feral Brewing Co.
4.4 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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