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

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RATINGS: 130   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1468) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3330) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6016) - 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."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2693) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2312) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (876) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2784) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3794) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with thick frothy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong funk, oak, and lemon zest. Thin mouthfeel with nice tart lemon, nice funk, lingering sourness. Crisp, easy to drink, very impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1056) - Nevada, USA - MAY 12, 2014
On tap at Sucréversary 2014. Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent foam. Nice sourness from lemon, berry, and mustiness. Finish is fruity and only a little tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3431) - 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.


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