Saison - Funkwerks

Not Rated.
SaisonSaison

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

449 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 449
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Funkwerks visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-22-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Saison Alström Bros
Ratings: 449 | Reviews: 115
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle. thanks elloit!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes on 8/14/12.

Appearance: opaque yellow bodied beer with a huge white head. curtians of lace on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, hay, funk maybe a hit of citrus.

Taste: just like the nose! The big flavors in this beer are the straw/hay notes, yeast, and breadiness. Mild funk with a touch of citrus lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high carbonation. Crisp carbonation while the mouthfeel remains clean, smooth, and delicate. Does finish dry.

Overall: This beer is very true to style. Well made saison.

Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fourth time having this beer. Once at Funkwerks and now the third of a four pack.

A- 12oz slim bottle poured to a snifter with a somewhat yeast hazed light golden yellow body. The head is white with a frothy texture and pretty good retention. Lacing is a mix of large sheets and drizzle.

S- Classic Saison yeast spice with a feel somewhere between pepper and coriander paired to fruit a aromas like lemon peel and pear. Slightly juicy stone fruit hint behind the rest but fairly minor.

T- Fruit notes open up a bit as a dryness sets in throughout. Tangerine, semi bitter orange peel, passion fruit and lemon match up to pepper, coriander and a certain herbal feel that could be from yeast or hops.

MF- Medium bodied for the style but finishes almost bone dry. The body has a smooth, creamy consistency even with a high end carbonation. Finishes moderately bitter and that combines with the dryness to linger on the palate.

I was a huge fan of this right off the bat at the taproom. After a few months in the bottle it has seemingly not changed and retains a nice balance of spicy yeast and fruity tones.

Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy light golden orange color with dark golden yellow edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into very thin ring.  Minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy, funky arom with hints of barn, hay,straw and grass countered by bready yeast pale malt and crisp light fruit.  Hints of apple, pear, tangerine and orange peel.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected  with a crisp dry presence up front that is countered by earthiness, bready yeast and light fruit.  Lots of citrus orange peel as well as some zesty peppery spice. Well balanced with an excellently masked abv giving off only a slight alcohol presence.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass. Pours a cloudy pale straw with a huge, rocky stark white head. Head is very slow to drop, leaving very chunky lacing.

Aromas of spicy, peppery yeast, grainy malt, lemons and lemon zest.

Flavors of grainy malt, lemon zest, lemons, peppery yeast. A slight sourness. Short finish with a light bitterness and peppery yeast lingering.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, medium bitterness. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall, a very good saison. Worth seeking out. A great example of an american saison.

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 BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Incredible true Belgian taste exudes from the glass of this Funkwerks brewery. Where many American brewers' ales are kinda Belgianesque, they seem to be on training wheels. This Saison is poppin' wheelies and gettin' air.

With its peachy straw hue, the rustic ale offers up a rocky, ivory-stained head. Spider webbing lace results from an intricate weave of clinging foam. Its high retention and firm yeasty haze continue to sing praises of well designed farmhouse ales.

Spice, malt and fruit sculpt the aromas- starting with pear, apples and lemony esters; these scents join forces with stern earthy notes of hay and fresh grass. Light citrus tones bounce off of a soft wheat backdrop and conclude with a light creamy malt tang and vinous white wine.

Fruit overtones kick off the flavor show with oranges, white grapes, apple skins, and lemon peels. A semi-sweet foundation of powdered sugar and dough soon recede to allow for a spicy middle palate of freshly grated ginger, coriander, freshly cut grass, and baled hay. Musty and vinous to close, the farmhouse ale leaves you with impressions of white pepper to close.

Its dry and spicy texture starts early but really kicks into gear as the malt sweetness and bread textures fade. All that's left behind is an effortlessly smooth hop bitterness, warm alcohol, and a bone-dry peppery-ness.

When a brewery doesn't have to contend with American-style beers and can simply focus on Belgian styles, the discipline in taste is obvious- this is just a more mature ale.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, huge fluffy white head with tightly packed bubbles.

Belgian yeast esters, lemon lime, spearmint, grass and hay in the aroma.

Goat cheesy, lemon/hay flavor with orange zest and a slightly bitter earthy lemon rind finish. Bone dry and tingly carbonation.

Lovely.

Photo of sommersb
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Colorado Liquor Mart, Denver

A: Hazy straw yellow color, capped with a big rocky white head. Excellent lacing and good head retention.

S: Very aromatic with fruits like lemons, flowery, light earthy hops, musty yeast, hay, and cereal grains.

T/M: Overall a dry taste, with some citrus-type acidity. Lively carbonation helps give it a crisp feel. Body is fairly light, with flavors of musty yeast and a dry, wine-like, tangy finish.

O: A very good saison, especially if you like a dry finish. It combines elements of sweetness, bitterness, tartness and sourness.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for the opportunity to try this. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a two inch bright white head. Nose expresses lemon zest, citrus and a trace of clove - all and all fairly clean. Taste follows nose; however, a bit more clove is evident in the flavor profile. Mouhfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. All and all an extremely drinkable, albeit somewhat clean, domestic saison. Definitely a beer I would add to my regular seasonal line-up if it were readily available.

Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Cowsandbells. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a monster fluffy white head that has fair retention and crazy lazing. The aroma is classic saison with lemons, spices, mums and earthy yeasts. The taste is also classic saison and is reminiscent of the duponts; many complex flavors at play here--I get lemons, pears, a bit of apple, salt, pepper, honey and some biscuit. The palate is silky smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long, but not dry, with lingering fruity yeasts.

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Enormous billowing cloud-like head that sticks around. Straw-yellow pour, a bit hazy.

Smell: Belgian yeast, light spice (coriander, white pepper), lemon zest, perhaps some bananas. Wish it had just a bit more uumph.

Taste: Similar to the smell; belgian yeast, spices like white pepper and coriander (perhaps some sage), banana. No sour or tartness or funk really (and sadly).

Mouthfeel: Almost crisp, very creamy, nice carbonation despite the huge head.

Drinkability: This would be great for sitting out on the yard or on the beach!

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 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 beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Urbancaver!

Nice looking pour. Cloudy brass with a great, lacy head. This is a gorgeous beer to gaze upon.

Smells of grains of paradise, Belgian sugars, lemon zest and tangerines.

Taste reflects the nose. Great mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Easy drinker for it's style.

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mil into a tulip

A - Pours a deep golden color, lots of carbonation. Appears thick, some suspended yeast. Head formation is extremely strong, well retained.

S - A combination of peppery yeast and some citrus like funk. Comes through awfully wild.

T - Starts off nice and sweet, some pilsner malts. The orange like flavors come through strong through the mid-stream. The yeast isn't as strong and potent on the flavor. Still has some good funky flavors. Finishes clean, flavor dry finish.

M - Strong carbonation is really prickly on the tongue. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Good traditional saison. I really like the funky flavors. Somewhat filling at times. ABV is manageable.

Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A - A light golden sunshine yellow that is slightly hazy. Fat billowy 3 finger head slowly fades to a thin cap and thick collar around the glass. Blotches of lacing reamain.

S - Spice and pepper, straw, grass, apples and pears, touch of lemon zest. . A slight hint of funk rounds it off.

T - Wheat, grass, and fruit notes with a good amount of spice. Hints of herbs and lemon zest. A bit of coriander and clover with just a touch of funk.

M - Light and refreshing with high levels of carbonation. A bit dry on the finish and a pleasant Sasion all around.

O - Another nice offering from Funkwerks. It's is a tasty and easy drinking Saison that you can finish in one sitting on a hot day.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife got me this for my birthday and it was much appreciated. Actually split this over turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, and thought it went well with the bird and some of our other fare.

Used kind of a tall, stemmed water glass for this one, like what you see at hotel conferences. It's a go to for me when I do saisons. Bottle has a big black label that just says SAISON on it in green - no messing around there. Pours a dim yellow with massive fluffy head and more cloud the further into the bottle you get.

Aroma is nice and tart, sweet and citrusy, with mineral, bubblegum and tropical fruit. Flavor is tart and sweet, with almost an underlying butteriness to it, and a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, light to medium carbonation, and has a bit of an uplifting airiness to it that feels refreshing.

This is what saison is all about. Great offering from Funkwerks.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this! My first experience with Funkwerks.

750mL brown glass capped champagne bottle. No date.

Starts to gush on opening, but I was expecting this for some reason. Pours hazy golden yellow with fluffy white head. Looks and smells a lot like Duvel. Nose is somewhat subtle, nice flowery notes with some faint citrus peel in the background.

Palate is clean and crisp with nice champagne-like carbonation. Light flavors of dried coriander husks, preserved lemon, lemongrass, lime oil, and luscious wheat malt! Finish is crisp, but leaves a whisper of summer.

Notes: A really fantastic brew. Well done indeed!

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours straw yellow/gold with a strong a rocky white head that sits atop the beer and forms nice lacing. Great head retention.

The aroma is dominated by the yeast which is clearly french saison. Pepper, tropic fruit, lots of phenols.

The beer is pretty unadventurous to taste. There are some phenols to taste and the finish is on the dry side. That being said it is true to style and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great. Very silky, probably from the yeast strain.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. I am not the biggest fans of the phenols but it really showcase the style and how enjoyable and refreshing it can be.

Photo of mikereaser
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7

bottle #6 from quirkzoo

As the picture shows, this pours a light golden orange with about 3/4 of the glas filled with light fluffy white foam that is slowly disappearing. The aroma is a lot of citrus, lemon zest, orange some mango along with some yeast, clove and banana.
The taste is mostly citrus, a lot of orange and lemon zest, this just tastes downright good. Very light bodied, lively carbed which goes well with the flavor. This reminds me of a saison but more citrusy than ones i've had lately. Given quirkzoo's location, and some kickass saisons i've had from Funkwerks, i'm going with something from them…

the reveal…
Funkwerks Saison! I had a feeling. This is such a good, drinkable brew. According to BA this is a year round beer which makes me wish I lived next door to the brewery. Love the style and love what they're doing there.
Thanks for the chance to try this one.

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

A - Pours murky straw with MASSIVE head even with gentle pour. Slow to leave, looks like a friggin bubble bath! Sudsy lace remains.

S - Funky, estery, sharp acidity coming in nose.

T - Middle core of sweet malt, tangy apple middle, finishes with a little pepper and mild scorched sugar.

M - EXTREMELY carbonated, light bodied and pretty good balance.

D - Easy to drink and fun.

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

After trying this at a few places (including their tasting room), I was glad to finally grab a bottle.
Pours a cloudy straw yellow color. Looking at it in the light shows how dense this really is, but it doesn't seem to have an overly thick texture to it. Head forms really easily with a normal pour and lace rings happen as you go drink.
Up front I pick up sour apple notes, followed by hints of banana and clove (mainly in the nose) similar to many witbiers and weissbiers. Grainy semi-sweet malts fade into a peppery (almost leathery) yeast character that blends into a bitter hoppy finish. Reminds me of many Belgian saisons I've had, namely good 'ol Dupont.
Not too strong, and something that's easy to pair a meal with - this is something I'll definitely be coming back to.
This is as good as pretty much any other saison I've had, and it's a style that is growing into one of my favorites.
Good stuff!

Saison from Funkwerks
91 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.