Funkenrauch is a smoked wild ale aged in bordeaux barrels which smells great with moderate notes of campfire wafting around; smells better than it tastes, not to take anything away from the taste (5.85 overall is a solid score, and is all too rare). Funkenrauch pours fine, frothy foam head fizzled fairly quickly, and got cloudy towards the end of the pour, so I left a half inch in the bottom of the bottle, although I haven’t had too many taste changing experiences when silt does get into my glass. It just gets in my mind. The taste really comes off as a sour more than anything, which fades away from your palate after a few sips. This beer is a little dry, a little bitter (which can be avoided in sours), and has an ashy flavor to it. Funkenrauch kinda reminds me of the Jester King beer, Gotlandsdricka, I had just a few weeks ago. Good beer. I’m glad I got this one.
Here’s another picture in different lighting, if that adds anything to this review.
|Brewer||Wild Heaven Beer|
|Brewer’s Description||A truly new beer style is a rare thing. Funkenrauch is born of brewmaster Eric Johnsons’s obsession with understanding beer on a molecular level. A 100% smoked malt beer shouldn’t be so bright and light – but the addition of Drie Fonteinen brettanomyces eats up much of the smoky phenols that could have overwhelmed the palate, leaving behind a sour smoked ale that is unlike any we’ve ever tried.|
|Food Pairings||Peach cobbler|
|Brewery Location||Decatur, GA|
|Alcohol content by volume||7%|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||7 (disputed, closer to 40)|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||1.8|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||2.8|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||5.5|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||2|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||5.85|
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