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Saison - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 69
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-22-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mcflypie
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and golden with a nice white head.

S: Sour apples, lemons, and spice. Hints of grass and bread.

T: Tart apple flavors with pepper and citrusy additions.

M: Dry and very clean feeling with little to no lingering after-taste.

O: An excellent crisp and tart saison from a classic local brewery.

Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very complex yet mild. As many layers of flavors as there are, everything is balanced in a very mild, subtle way.

It pours a cloudy orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever and leaves big rings of lace.

The aroma is of raw, earthy funk notes penetrating through crisp, biscuity malts, grassy tones, and fruity elements of melon, tangerine, and green bananas. Some tart sour notes of green apple and lime with hints of clove, and black pepper.

The taste is mellow melon and grass on a bready background of raw wheat, honey and biscuit. Apple, pear, sour grapes, and green banana phenols touch the surface with fruity notes that mellow earthy, funky herbal notes of rustic barnyard flavors. Lemon and lime melt in there in noticeable notes.

Crisp, with a dry tart finish.

Overall, an excellent, tart and funky complex beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is the bomb! pours a cloudy gold color with as big a head as you want when you pour it. brilliant carbonation. smells citrusy, floral, tart. no noticible hops in the nose, and a robust yeast strain is evident. taste is fantastic, notes of corriander for sure, but the yeast is yeast is the shining star here! not quite sour, but in that realm, a dry finish that begs for more. this is easily the best saison ive tasted, and it is becoming a regular in my fridge. this is an extraordinarily well made beer, and can be aged as well. really exemplary illustration of the style here

Photo of adnielsen
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Funkwerks. Light lemon yellow orange appearance with a medium sized white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Spicy, yeasty, peppery, and citrusy light bodied nose. Initially black pepper followed by lemon and orange citrusy elements in the flavor. The wild yeast is spicy and very tasty. Peppery and spicy finish. One of the best American Saisons that I’ve ever tasted.

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Bill.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head.

S: A wonderful fruitiness on the aroma. Nice apples, lemon zest, and other citrus notes. Some bready malt notes and a sort of grass and hay funk. Just a hint of tartness in there and a nice yeastiness, too.

T: Wonderful flavor. White pepper and other spices along with some floral hops. A touch of tart lemon to go along with some apples and lemon zest. A mild spiciness and yeastiness and a nice straw flavor.

M: Medium in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: This was just fantastic stuff. A real pleasure to drink.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the first batch released to Denver retailers.

Opaque golden yellow body beneath a big white head thayt slowly settles leaving wisps of lacing.

Yeast aromas are prevalent with notes of citrus, damp earth, and spice. Very complex.

The palate is yeast driven with abundant esters and phenols. Malt provides light sweetness, hops provide medium bitterness and great balance, but virtually all the flavor seems to be yeast derived. Apple, lemon, pear, pepper, coriander, and clove with a triple snap of carbonation, acidity, and bitterness that refreshing finish.

Body is medium with a crisp mouthfeel.

That's the good stuff! The sort of Saison you can drink all day, for any occasion and with almost any meal. I'm enjoying mine with sauteed cod, roasted potatoes, and swiss chard and it pairs beautifully.

I couldn't be more excited about what Brad and Gordon have started with Funkwerks. An organic farmhouse brewery is such an awesome concept, its pretty much exactly the kind of brewery I would like to start. Cheers guys, I wish you nothing but the best!

Photo of Oxymoron
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled a bottle purchased from the brewery. Pours a mostly hazy golden color. Some sediment in the bottle. A big fizzy head that id take a bit of time to subside but limited lacing overall.

The nose is complex. A soft malt aroma comes out with a hint of sugary undertones. Some pilsner notes with a hint of wheat. Noticeable fruity complexity. Some rose peddles and tropical fruits. A touch of orange and pears as well. Noticeable yeasty notes that come out more as it warms. Great complexity and hint of a spice, almost similar to coriander.

The taste follows the nose. Nice complexity but very soft on the palate. More of a malty undertone than sugary notes versus the nose. More of a Belgian malty connotation despite the German malts. The yeast comes out more versus the nose as well. A very nice complexity with a touch of pepper and noticeable fruity notes. Pears, apricots, figs and oranges.

The mouthfeel is light. More of a soft feel but a great lingering feel. Some residual sweetness in the finish but good. Carbonation might be a touch low but ok. Overall a very good saison. Tasty for sure.

Photo of ottovon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at funkwerks.

A: a hazy, golden straw color with a white head.

S: a nice spicy yeast aroma. there is nice tropical fruit aromas and some white pepper. there is straw in there as well. i get hints of lemon and citrus, as well as some hops.

T: nice spiciness mixed with tropical fruits. there is some white pepper and coriander in there. starts out with a slight sweetness and finishes dry and with a touch of bitterness. there is some citrusy hop presence (orange and lemon).

M: thin with high carb. can feel the carb run through your mouth.

O: a really good saison. probably my favorite american saison.

Photo of Moose90
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local establishment, served in a 16oz snifter

A – Good looking beer here coming off the tap line. A big, fluffy white head sits atop a hazy orange body. Head retention is great and lacing is nice as well.

S – Typical saison here, but it has some stronger notes as well. Lots of lemon, fresh cut grass, honey sweetness. Some light pepper and lime.

T – Complex malts, faint sweetness. Juicy, big fresh lemon notes. Great yeast tones as well, this is quite funky, but very well balanced.

M – Big and boisterous for a saison, comes across almost as a tripel, big, boozy, and complex.

O – Just great, a wonderfully bright and complex beer. Nuff said.

Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the end of March from Total Wine for $11.99. No freshness date but it was received at TW on 8-19-2013.

Beer poured orange with a huge billowy white head that is long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is yeasty with hints of light fruits.

Taste is apple, pear, lemon, and pepper.

Mouthfeel is dry, smooth, yet carbonated enough to be quite refreshing.

Overall this brew rocks! This is the second brew i have had from Funkwerks and both have been totally impressive. It is a bit pricey but as they say you get what you paid for...well mostly in the beer world!

Photo of ccrida
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy gold with a medium bubbled, sloppy white head leaving some foamy.

Smell is on the lighter side, a bit of lime zest.

Taste is very elegant and classic. Nice subtle esters, some tropicals, spice, with a firm herbal bitter snap. Very nice subtle bubblegum note as well. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel is light, bone dry, crisp but not sharp.

Drinkability is high, an outstanding saison, one of the best domestic offerings I've had.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 herman77
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy golden straw color with a huge bright white rocky head. Great head retention and tons of lacing.

S: Pepper and spice at first with lemon zest, grass, hay, tart apples and just a hint of funk.

T: Light black pepper with lemon zest, a bit of tart green apples, grassy/hay and a bit of funkiness. Finish is fairly dry and very clean. This is extremely clean, no offensive or overly assertive flavors at all.

M: On the heavier side of light. Carbonation is not as active as I thought it would be. Feels very slick.

O: Great drinkability. I can see why this was the 2012 GABF gold medal winner for French-Belgium style Saison. A great Saison, doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of Rayek
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember sampling a couple of Funkwerks beers at the 2010 GABF. This is my first shot at a full glass. The bottle implores me to serve at 50F in a tulip. I'm using the right glass, but my temp might be a touch low.

The beer pours a very hazy apricot. My gentle pour nets me a massive bone white head of great staying power. A fair amount of lace is left behind.

Funkwerks has certainly named their brewery well. A funky barnyard aroma and flavor dominates. The initial experience is reminding me very much of Orval. As the beer hones in on its recommended serving temp, things get even more interesting. A light pear sweetness offsets the funk a bit. As if there wasn't enough barnyard action already, straw and cut grass add onto the beer's profile. Overall things are dry and tart with little sweetness to be had. In the mouth the beer is a bit grainy and a little puckering, with an appropriate level of vigorous carbonation. Sourness comes on late and lingers through the finish.

As I write this, my glass is quickly emptying. I'm really enjoying my beer. The folks at Funkwerks have done a most excellent job.

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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 riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/17/11

Poured in to a tulip. A bit overcarbonated. About 5 fingers of white, egg-white like, head.

Smell was orangey, peppery and spicey. Some musty and fruity notes. Light yeasty aroma. Mild hop presence. Light maltiness.

Taste was crisp, fruity, and light with mellow sweetness. Notes of orange and coriander. Some peppery spiceness. Light yeasty-ness. Mildly malty.

Mouthfeel was light body, high carb and dry finish.

Overall I thought it was very good. A bit overcarbonated slows down on the pours. Great flavors, very crisp and clean. No signs of abv.

Photo of dbossman
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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 PTEdelman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Todd
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saison from Funkwerks
92 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.