Friday, August 17, 2018

Funky Buddha No Crusts

Fill date: 4/23/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 29B Fruit and Spice Beer (base style: 19C American Brown Ale)

AROMA: Fairly strong raspberry jam or puree aroma. Seems authentic and sweet, but not sugary per se. The peanut character is present, but a bit more subtle. Nutty character is also authentic and closer to the actual nut than peanut butter proper. There is definitely a bready note from the brown malt (crust-like, actually). No hops or alcohol presence (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly brown, but actually a deep shade of hazy burgundy/ruby (22-27 SRM). Moderate, tan foamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate, nutty/bready flavor to begin, followed by a somewhat rich raspberry jam character. These components seem to rotate throughout the swig with the raspberry being quite strong on the finish with just a faint tartness. Palette is sweet, but far from cloying. Peanuts impart just a slight salty/rustic character to help maintain balance. Brown malt base emulates whole wheat bread crusts remarkable well, but confectionery notes are not present and hop flavor and bitterness is very low (all of this is acceptable, however). Aftertaste is slightly dry and nutty, but otherwise clean. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Comfortable, smooth mouthfeel. Quite satisfying as a dessert brew, but without the density of an imperial beer at only 6.4%ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: It is exactly what it claims to be. An impressive, delicious, and fun to drink beer. One of the best novelty beers I've ever had. 10/10


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