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



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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4236) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Scopey at his 10K tasting. 5.8% oak aged. Very dark yellow, pretty clear, lightly sparkling, small bubbly white head. Aroma is tangy lemon, apple pie, sour. Body is medium, smooth, tingly carbonation. Taste is sour lemon, buttery vanilla oak, apple. Smooth and rounded. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4738) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
75cl bottle spli at Paul’s 10k tasting in London. Big thanks to Paolo himself for this one. It pours a clean golden color with a small fizzy white head which disappears quickly. Aroma is mild tangy fruity apricots lemon tang. Taste is tangy and lemony a bit sharp and vinegarish with white wine and lychee. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15390) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle shared during Scopey’s 10k tasting - many thanks to the boy himself. Pours mostly clear gold with a bubbly white head. A touch of musty wood in the nose, rindy lemon, hay. Light sweet flavor with mellow acidity, wheat, hay, moist grass. Medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Moderate acidity on the finish, lemon squash, pale bread, light musty bite, grass. Solid offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (10041) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle share at my 10K tasting, acquired via trade. It pours very slightly hazy golden/pale orange with a tiny white head. The nose is soft, funky, floral, woody, hay, light dust, musty, light manure and vanilla. The taste is tart, light mouth-pucker, funky, sour grapefruit, pithy lemon, granny smith apple, funky, some sherbet and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Quite mellow. Not a huge amount of depth, but rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14327) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, thanks to he of the ten, 26/11/15. Golden with a moderate off White covering that quickly dissipates to nyadda. Nose is pissy citrics, damp cloth, funk, lemon rind, traces of dry rot. Taste comprises funky vibes, pissy, wood must, lemon, tarte fruit load, decaying peach, lactic pangs. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with moderate puckerings. Solid enough geueze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (1213) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
900e ratings! Bouteille 750ml, gracieuseté de Damon lors du CanBIF Fall 2014, Thanks! Couleur dorée translucide, absence de mousse. Arôme de Brett, pommes mures, touche d’alcool, vanille, un peu terreux. Goût de Brett cuiré, acidité moyenne, boisé, vanille, légèrement poivré en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne-élevée, corps moyen. Ça n’a pas la complexité d’une vraie gueuze, mais c’était quand même bien intéressant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4989) - 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 (23) - 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 (1369) - 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 (1787) - 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.

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