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The Bruery Batch #50 Grand Funk Aleroad (G.F.A.R.)



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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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In January of 2009, a homebrewer and microbiologist named Al Buck won our Batch #50 homebrew contest with his incredibly complex gueuze-style ale. We knew this beer wouldn’t be easy to re-create, but the perfect layers of classic barnyard funk and lactic sourness were impossible to resist. Nearly 3 years later, after brewing the beer once in 2009 and a second batch in 2010, after adding various strains of wild yeasts and bacteria to the barrels and the bottles, after blending multiple batches back together and well beyond our release of Batch #300, we’re finally prepared to release Batch #50 – Grand Funk Aleroad. Brewed in the classic Belgian Gueuze tradition of barrel aging and blending multiple vintages of lambic-style ale, Batch #50 is one of the most rewarding beers we’ve ever had the opportunity to brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4240) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2014
thnx to a trade . Pours clear blonde, nearly no head . Smell is funky, bit grainy . Taste is dry , wood, sharp lactic sourness . Touch of grainyness . Some citrussy sourness as well . Not as complex as a real geuze, but not a bad ’American sour ale ’... Only wonder why they call this a geuze ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGoldenChalice (21) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Served into a Teku. Served from bottle. Aroma -- funky, almost a literal hyper gueuze-like aromatic brilliance. Extremely impressed w/ this aroma, especially for the style. Aroma is more than inviting in a multitude of ways. Apperanace -- golden, water color yellow-green, engrossing translucent appearance. If this is not a 5/5, then wtf is? Taste -- I had four French Toast stouts from WW a couple hrs before this, so, taste may be slightly amplified provided the preceding style of beer. That said, buy this beer... This is one of the most funky, affordable, sessionable Gueuzes on the market. Palate -- This Gueuze is a strong candidate for exploring the many angles and avenues of the palate. Remarkable Gueuze from the Bruery--a brewery I seem to grow more fond of by the minute. Overall -- Leaves you burping after four French Toast WWs, that’s for sure. This brew is satisfying to say the least. I truly cannot imagine someone ragging on this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (969) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Aroma is really fruity with lots of pineapple, mango, peach and apricot. Medium light barnyard funk with moderate lactic acidity and citrus. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange with a small, faint head that quickly disappears to the edge. No lacing and faint legs. Flavor has moderate acidity with lots of tropical fruit and stone fruit. Some kiwi and mango. Medium light citrus with nice, light yogurt character. Not much barnyard character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, it could use a bit more earthy, barnyard funk. Nice fruit character. Balanced acidity and could use more carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1626) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Sent to me as an extra from I forget who. Poured to my Cantillon glass on November 1, 2014. Pours clear golden color with just a small bit of white bubbles on top but plenty lacing the glass down low. Really nice funky tart aroma of honey, pears, green apples, a little vinegar, some wheat malt. Reminds me a bit of a sweet jonge lambic. Flavor is funky tart vinegar that fades into sweet fruits like pears and apples, and finishes with oight lightly oaky honey sweetness. Just a bit of acidity lingering on the palate. A bit on the flat side unfortunately. Light plus body. Overall this was an interesting take on a Gueuze that doesn’t have the dusty dryness I generally expect from the style. Hurt a bit by the low carbonation but otherwise perfectly drinkable and decent sour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3763) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold pour with no head. Aroma is funky, nice leathery notes, bretty, light acetic aromas as well, light oak. Taste is lightly sour, fruity, peachy fruit flavors. Palate is med bodied and almost flat. Surprisingly easy drinking for a Bruery sour, not quite authentic profile but close enough and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"It’s starting to blow mind that the Bruery can make such a large amount of sour ales and have them all be so drastically different. This is yet another winner, and so far my favorite beer in a style I’ve had limited exposure to. I’m usually not a big fan of the green olive funk in geueze beers, but it was lighter in this one-though there was no shortage of funk. Lots of complexity...bright and vibrant, funky lemon, (slight) olive, hay. Very nice and very drinkable. @nd time, just as deep and just as good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2821) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal white head. Aroma of lemon, oak, wood and funk. Flavor was slightly sour and acidic with lemon, funk, oak and brett

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2466) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to sleepydave ! Pours a orange hazed golden color with a half finger of gaseous bubbles. The nose is fruity with hints of lemondrops, unripe mango, dusty funk, some moldy hay and old shoe. The palate is a bit flat but still easy to drink. Weird roundness with a cutting acidity, some spot on funky sour fruit and wet wood but the overall beer is just a little to wonky to really enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (1024) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 14, 2014
750ml bottle pours almost flat clear gold. Nose is sour acidic barny funk, wet wood, lemon zest, white grape. Taste is sharp sour acidity, some lemon and grapefruit fruit funk, cheese, lacto. Finish is bright lacto sour, slight burn as it warms, funky lemondrop and musty oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (3224) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Looks nice, a hazy golden, very minimal head. Nose is great! Lots of lemon, wet hay and other funk. slight sweetness with more and more citrus. Taste is nice but not great. Lots of hay and lemon...wheat body and some spiciness. It’s pretty good but truthfully, very one-sided taste, and not a great mouthfeel. Glad it’s not hugely sour.

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