Saison - Funkwerks

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 77
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-22-2010

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Ratings: 428 | Reviews: 113
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date though there is a suggestion of cellaring this beer for no more than 2 years.

Look: Perfectly clear pale golden color, amazing display of froth and lace

Smell: Asian pear, fresh baked pita bread, dragon fruit, slightly earthy, nutty yeast, herbal, peppery phenols, very aromatic

Taste: Dry malt backbone, smooth, slight juiciness, chalky yeast, grapenuts, spicy, crackers, hay, light pepperiness, very dry finish

So flavorful with out being over the top, truly a well honed Saison that seriously rivals many of the originals from Belgium & France.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly interesting Saison with the usual sharp flavors and a faint whiff of the barnyard. Golden color with slight chill haze in the tulip glass. Not much head nicely carbonated on the tongue. Best feature is the rich, fruity tanginess with a hint of candy. The scratchy Belgian yeast is well in evidence, but seems to mellow as you sip.

On tap at Root Down in Denver. Very drinkable and refreshing. A good example of a Saison with complex flavors leading to a slightly woody, dry finish. Not very hoppy but some bitterness. "Lemon and mashed potatoes filtered through a paper bag," is how the conoisseur on the next stool calls it.

Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw gold with a monstrous pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grains, some banana and clove, a little fruit, bubblegum and yeast with some floral hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet cereal malts, earthy yeasts, spices and pepper and some dry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a very solid saison.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle purchased at the source last week, lovingly transported and allowed to settle and rest in the fridge for several days.

Pours clouded dull orange, under a frothy eggshell marainge head that lasts and lasts. Then leaves gobs of thicker lace all over the glass. Quality look to this one.

Orange, pepper, melon and yeasty goodness on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, with the melon and pepper coming through. Dry finish, with oranges coming to mind.

Seriously delicious, highly complex, I enjoyed and savored every drop.

Please consider distribution to NYC area!

Glad to have been able to visit the brewery/tasting room and glad I was smart enough to bring a few bottles home....

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Incredibly cloudy yellow with a huge, tightly-bubbled white head that lasts and lasts and lasts. This leaves ribbons, sheets, spiderwebs, and spots of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

A complete aroma and very typical of the style: grain and sweet breads, white fruits (green apple and some peach, perhaps), distinct, slightly funky yeast, and some mild pepper. Very nice.

The flavor too is fantastic: the yeast and white fruit flavors are front and center, but a mild funk and earthiness complement everything nicely.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy.

Fantastic.

Photo of Auraan
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous semi-cloudy yellow with two fingers of gorgeous white head and ample bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Quite beautiful to look at. Scents of apricot, barnyard funk, slight pear, faint sour notes and undertones of bubblegum. A very pleasing aroma, hits all the classic saison notes perfectly. Taste begins with Belgian barnyard funk, slight pear, some faint hints of bubblegum, slight hints of apricot pit, sour wild yeast notes, which are very faint but come through a bit stronger on the finish and become more prominent as the beer warms, some slight straw, very faint peach, slight grassiness and a bit of slight grain on the rather dry finish. A deceptively complex flavor profile that changes as the beer warms, opening up new flavors, but never becoming too much. It retains an easy drinkability and is amazingly refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation, aiding the ease with which you can drink this beer. Overall its an excellent saison, one of, if not the best that I have tasted. It hits all the perfect notes and is a complex, refreshing, joyous experience.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle. Lots of information on the label but missing the most important part - bottled date! Otherwise a nice package with ingredients listed, serving and cellaring suggestions, and website leading to food pairings.

Poured into a goblet, it immediately creates a huge towering head. The knife trick has never been more appropriate. Hazy golden orange color with thick lacy head.

Aroma is funky with a nice yeast character as a saison should have.

The flavor is spicy and floral in equal measure. A good amount of lemon and black pepper without being over the top. Lots of character and not lacking in taste. Not as subtle as the Belgian or French varieties but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well (maybe too well) carbonated. Alcohol is low at 6.8% and isn't all that noticeable on the tongue.

Overall a fine saison. I had my reservations about a small upstart brewery brewing nothing but saisons but I think Funkwerks might be on to something. Hopefully they won't be too 1-dimensional.

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on-tap at Root Down in Denver

Pale golden body - a bit cloudy, nice white foam. Crisp with a dry a rather dry finish, notes of pear juice, pepper, green apple, a pinch of lemon zest. A nice, traditional, saison that is a very logical perma-draft at the impressive food-haven of Root Down.

Photo of dbossman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Apricot hue with a huge, over-the-top, frothy head--the head looks like the meringue on a pie

S: Lots of barnyard, musty, hay-like, cheesey, fruity, leathery aromas; this is so funky--I am pumped

T: Fruity--almost hoppy--up front with a funky undertone: hay, barnyard, mustiness, cheese, mmm

F: A little bit thin on the finish but plenty of creaminess

O: Such a funky, fruity, awesome saison

Photo of kkrez
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funkwerks Saison pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with an active, slowly subsiding head.

The aroma is of apples, lemon zest, pepper, grass, banana, and a slight hay funk.

The taste follows in suit but different tastes are more prominent as the beer warms in the glass. Citrusy lemon, white pepper, lemon zest, tangerine, and a bready, hay funk tinge all take turns wowing your taste buds.

The beer is lively and bubbly on the palate and refreshingly drinkable. But don’t drink it too fast, let the beer warm and experience the different waves of flavors that seem to pop out with each degree increase.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this American Saison. Glad someone is stepping up to focus on this complex style. Cheers Gordon!

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to SteveO for this one, cheers!

Pours a hazed hay color with a thumb+ of pearl colored head. Chill haze remains, stellar head retention & lacing

S: Apple skins, lemon zest & not much else

T: Apple skins, white pepper, white grape & a bit of honey suckle up front. Slight dry grassyness, a bit of lemon zest & pears as this warms, plus some coriander. Finishes with pears, lemony hops, white pepper, ginger & tangerine

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nicely blended & balanced

Great drinkability, this is a great take on the style. This is my first Funkwerks beer, I must have more! The spices make this beer so interesting & drinkable

Photo of lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very hazy orangy amber with a frothy white head. Carbonation appears moderate.

S - A bit funky, a bit spicy, a bit fruity. Grassy and and indications of hay. Quite a few different elements going on here, but it comes together nicely.

T - Follows the nose for the most part. The funk is right up front with some sweeter fruity notes - cirtus, blends with the grassy, earthy notes.

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

O - Overall, a very nice saison - tasted really nice on a warm summer day.

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Funkwerks - Saison (750ml ---> Stemless wine glass : 6.8% ABV)

Pours a deeper gold/orangish color with a slight hazy, fogginess to it and a nice bubbly 2 inch head with astounding retention and many steady streams of carbonation rising from the bottom... Detecting a little citrus on the nose, nothing overly forward though, with some earthy, grassy notes hidden beneath those - and a healthy head STILL residing after about 10 minutes of resting... Initially it's lemony with spicy traces showing up here and there, followed by a pleasant straw/grassy taste in the finish with a small bitter bite for a little complexity... An extremely nice, light mouthfeel to this beer, with the heavy carbonation lending to an almost creaminess... It took drinking a fair amount of this brew to see any lacing, as the head was prominent for an exceptional amount of time... A decent amount of lacing remains, compiled mostly of considerably larger bubbles... The earthy and spicy notes in this beer give great balance to the "brighter" aspects in this well crafted ale... Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with mikesgroove at Hobo Cookout #1! Big thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a four finger slightly off-white frothy head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The funk aspect added to the saison spices was a very nice touch and made this one a little more enjoyable. However, this one wasn't overly drinkable to me even at 6.8% ABV. Saisons are not my favorite style so maybe this could have been why. Still a very nice brew to enjoy while prank calling richbrew.

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/gold with a white head.

Nose is floral, wheat, orange, white pepper, hints of banana and it goes on. Nose is just lovely, layered and complex.

Mouthfeel is thin but rich and inviting. Thin to the extent that it's crisp, clean and makes you want more with nice carbonation.

Flavors are delicious. Mouthfulls of oranges, wheatbread, grass, celery, white pepper; green herbs, light salt and green/unripe fruit. This is an almost perfect American saison that simply works. It tastes good and you can just keep drinking it.

Finish is fresh green herbs; light salt and light funk, but pleasing. White pepper and yeast round out the finish.

One of my new favorites as a well made, wonderfully balanced and layered complex flavored brew. Looking forward to more from this relatively new brewery in Ft. Collins. Kudos!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to waltonc for this great extra. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a hazy dark golden color into a tulip. A few fingers of slightly off white head is achieved with a careful pour, which dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Slight funk, Belgian yeast, clove, white pepper, tangerine, lemon zest, pears and apples.

Taste – Heavy Belgian flavors up front such as the clove, white pepper, and also floral hops. A nice citrus burst of lemons, lemon zest, and granny smith apples.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A solid Saison. Extremely happy I was able to try this.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with great retention and some super good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light peppery yeast notes and some light dry hops in the aftertaste. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt with balanced level of sweetness with some peppery yeast notes and some dry hoppy notes in the aftertaste. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very solid interpretation of the style with great balance and easily drinkable character.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy, darker orange color, with a big off-white head. Lots of lace and nice retention. The aroma is big on the wet hay/barnyard funk. There's spicy yeast esters, slight floral hops and tinges of citrus. It's beautiful. The taste isn't quite as funky, but it's still good. Nice slight citrus and light floral notes with a bit of a bitter, funky finish. The feel is light, slightly crisp, but seems a hair under-carbonated for the style, but still good.

Overall this is fantastic. It's a great lightly hoppy, beautifully funky saison.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a Funkwerks globe glass at the tasting room in Fort Collins.

A gorgeous fluffy white head is presented about 3 fingers, and huge staying power. It has caverns and a wonderful peaked whipped top. Body color is an orb glowing lemon unfiltered gem with hints of brown edges towards the sides. When finally settles it leaves a giant puck.

Nose is classic saison but incredibly subtle and balanced. Mild possibly brett with hints of lemon, it comes out as some type of grass garden large floral aroma, dripping with pollen and muted honey. Hits of spiced butter round it all out, with just a touch of heat.

Malts just roll all over the palate, there's some faint sweet bread like character that comes from this also. Big chewy body, hints of honey on the finish. Dense and juicy but in controlled almost as if the beer is kept to be not too aggressive.

I really like this take on this style from these guys, it's quite memorable and one thing that seems to make their saison stand out from all the others. Delicious stuff.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the hobo bbq nuttiness, this was a great bottle brought on in by calton and poured into a tulip

billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.

Overall solid, good, but not great. A nice representation of the style, though I really do not feel the need to seek it out again. Still though no bad.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at The Mayor in Ft. Collins. Excellent beer! Great depth for an easy drinking beer.

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at City Tap House, Washington, DC

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and starts out with initial hints of nuts and quickly transitions to flavors of peppery spices that particularly stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices make your tongue tingle a little.
O: The peppery finish really stands out in this beer and sets it apart from other saisons.

Photo of 1withself
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not Funkwerks best Saison but still better than most saisons out there.

Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear greenish yellow with high carbonation producing a 3+ inch bubbly white head with excellent retention (head settles down to a 1 inch rocky white and stays that way for a while). (4.25)
S: Asian pear, soft minerals, light toast, white pepper, and soft citrus (orange especially, but also tangerine). With warming, a nutty vanilla note emerges. (4.25)
T: Crisp peppery citrus...fresh, light, and yet biting. Orange (more juice than peel), white pepper, and sweet lemon. With warming, vanilla, clove, and almond emerge. Very nice! (4.25)
M: Light, fresh, and crisp feel. Solidly sweet throughout (think orange juice). Pleasant effervescence. (4)
D: A solid saison...nice example of style. A nicely complex, refreshing, and sessionable brew (hard to find all of those in a single beer). Seek it out! (4.5)

Photo of jessebeerman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Good, smooth, subtle flavors. Easy to drink.

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