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



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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (2610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle with thanks to dbuckingham! Pours hazy golden with minimal head and basically no lacing. A lot of sediment in the bottom, so its possible to get a murky pour if that is your thing. Aroma is fruity, light tart lemon, oak, woody, some funk, musty basement, horse blanket. Medium body, basically flat. This is a pretty interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2358) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Big ups to atlaggie for sharing this one. Lots of tartness here and you get the idea on first whiff of the aroma. Touch of cherry and lemon fruit in the flavor. The tart lip smacking texture though comes through and dominates the palate again. Bit of funkiness. Would like a little more depth and complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1316) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sam..Pour is yellow with bubbles..Nose is funky socks, tartness, soured wheat, lemon..Taste is nice wet oak, lemon, bugs, leather, yogurt, tartness, wheat..Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9950) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sourness, brett, berries, lemon. Flavour is sourness, brett, berries, lemon, spices. Nice/OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (893) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle via notes from an office tasting a year ago. Pours a cloudy and frothy yellow to orange with moderate white head. Aroma is barnyard and hay. Taste is more of an acetic sour that overwhelms. The barnyard again comes in and is one of the better horse blanket bruery beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33332) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium orange colour with a small, open, virtually none head. Aroma is light malty, moderate to light heavy leather, baking yeast, oak, light wood. Flavour is moderate sweet with a long duration, sweet malt, baking yeast, wood. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20131122]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (2425) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours hazy yellow with dirty brown sediment and quickly vanishing white head. Clear, vinous aroma. Sour and vinous taste with faint notes of malt. Sourish aftertaste. Decent but tastes more of an unblended lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6460) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ fonefan
Pours slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma has notes of malt, vinegar, citrus and funk. Taste is light sweet and light to medium sour with a long dry and sour finish. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13391) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours hazy yellow with a small off white head, Crisp and funky. Tart and dry. Woody. Brett. Dry finish . .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (9881) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, white wine, citrus and barnyard. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 221113

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