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Saison - Funkwerks

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289 Ratings

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-22-2010)
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-17-2013 00:22:06 | More by TheCuriograph
Photo of csiewert


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale golden color with a finger of white head that retains well. The aroma has floral and citrus notes. The taste is floral with some banana flavors, finishing with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness but finishes slightly empty. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced. Overall a decent saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:45:15 | More by csiewert
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 3-11-11

A - Big white head, pale yellow bubbly body

S - citrus, light sour funk

T - Saison on the back, funk and sour on front, earthy notes.

M - thin, light, palatable.

D - pretty good, but not my favorite thing to drink. I don't tend to like sour beers very much, but this one isn't bad, especially since it's not really a sour style

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:52:11 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle I received for my 50th B-day (thanks, Dan and Darla!). Poured a cloudier straw-ish color with a LOT of head that stayed for several minutes after the first pour; even had a bit of a gusher after pouring about half the bottle. Aroma was pretty good: bread with a little citrus and funk. Taste was even better than the smell: hints of citrus, bread, yeast, and Belgian spices. A nice effort by the folks in Ft Collins. Although a 750 is a bit much for me alone in a sitting, I'd probably have this again, especially if I could share and/or try it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 13:19:03 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of rawfish


3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peachy juice hue, pour carefully or in no time you can have a glass of rocky white foam. Terrific retention and clumpy lacing left on the glass.

Black pepper, pear, powder, tangerine and green grapes. Slightly musty with hay and lemongrass. A delicate balance of spice and fruity esters, slightly funky as a detect a bit of soft white cheese.

Grainy with some wet hay and lemony wheat as the white fruit notes begin to rise with green apple and pear, slight herbal bitterness and musty funk mingle with a soapy coriander and clove, some mineral undertones begin to hit the palate as the beer warms. Scrubs dry.

The yeast really makes this beer feel a bit heavier as it warms. The carbonation is ideal, the drink pleasant and drying though it got difficult to handle this bottle solo.

A quality saison no doubt, the spice, fruit flavors and yeast are all very delicate and balanced. I could see the spice profile getting tightened up a bit the musty flavors and mineral twinges really being to hurt the drink as it warms. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 06:13:08 | More by rawfish
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 02:08:27 | More by mactrail
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear yellow with lots of white head. Crisp and clear. Smells funky and tart. Pretty sour on the tongue. Light and a bit hoppy. Some interesting flight fruit flavours going on. Thin and bubbly. Vry drinkable but overall nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:06:16 | More by Urbancaver
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear yellow color with a large, fizzy white head with good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light grain plus a heavy bit of earth. Some grain and light citrus. The taste has a bit of citrus and wheat/grain plus a bit of moderate funk. Sightly earthy and heavy on the yeast. Fairly light body with good carbonation. Another nice brew from Funkwerks.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 19:19:18 | More by Thorpe429
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:27:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of forgetfu, the first I've ever heard of Funkwerks. This pours with a huge pillowy head, taking lots of time to subside. The beer itself is pale golden colored and lightly hazy.

It has a fairly strong yeasty aroma, very Belgian smelling, with light touches of spice and a slightly sour edge. First guess is coriander for the spice, which seems consistent with many other saisons and Belgian Pale Ales. Same with the taste, a good approximation might be La Chouffe with 50% of its coriander. Lots of esters and phenols, giving all sorts of fruity notes, no tartness in the taste despite the aroma.

Light bodied but creamy, lower than usual carbonation despite the huge head. A solic saisin, glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:38:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a thank you bottle from Forgetfu, thanks man!
clearly a hand bottle on this one, dont see these types of caps too often anymore, reminds me when I used to brew.
Anyway, liquid pours a nice milky white while midstream, that transforms into a golden chalice with 3 fingers of head. I expected a bit more on the open, almost waiting for it to gush out, but it didnt budge, nor did it pour with too much head, almost perfect.
the aroma is really strong on this one, I can smell it as it pours and after I set it on the table, nice coriander, lemon, with some perfume flower tossed in.
Taste is almost spot on with the nose, if anything though, the nose builds it up so much, I was kind of let down after tasting it. I was hoping for something huge based on the nose. It has a bit of astringency to it as well that hangs at the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel is nice clean, crisp... Not too bad for a startup, look forward to see where they go with these saisons. Will pay them a visit next time I am in town.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:22:36 | More by crusian
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled November 2011
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, rim topping, pale tan, off-white colored head that leaves some thick lacing on the sides of my glass.. The beer is a clear, pale amber hue that shows a bright gold with copper highlights hue when held up to the light. The beer has a musty, earthy, spicy character to it that seems right in line with a good Saison. There is a soft fruitiness that clearly plays second fiddle to the up front notes, but provides touches of apple, a light touch of melon and some pear. The spices remind me of musty, white pepper, with the fruitiness perhaps a touch of young ginger and wait. Now that I have noticed it, I really had to dig to get it at first, there is a distinct fruit character that seems characteristic of hops; notes of tangerine, some lychee and it accentuates a ripe melon note; all of thes are just suggestions though. As the beer warms up there is a solid, dry, hay like and chewy, cracker like malt character.

The beer has a nice dry flavor to it up front, but there is a perceived sweetness that is accentuated by some fruit notes that consist of tangelo zest, ripe cider apple notes, and some honey dew melon notes. There is a firmness to the finish that is a combination of hop bitterness and phenolic notes that are spicy, a touch medicinal and with some tongue numbing turpene like clove notes. Over time the cider like fruitiness of this beer becomes a bit more prominent, though it is not so much that it becomes annoying, but I thought at first it might be. As the beer warms up and loses its carbonation, it becomes softer and lighter; this beer was always quite light and quaffable, yet still has enough texture to it that it doesn’t seem watery. The grain character plays a supporting role, but contributes noticeable dry, but somehow honey-like malt notes, some dry hay like grain

A little more fruit focused and without a balancing something else (hops or yeast character would have likely done it) to be perfect, but this is still a great example of a Saison. It seems a bit more balanced like a Fantome, but without the funkiness; it doesn’t quite have the dryness or mineral quality that Dupont does either. Both of these achieve a balance that this doesn’t quite reach; really the fruitiness needs something here to tame it just a bit more than it is. I feel like I am being more critical than I actually feel about this beer, but there is a lot of potential in this beer that just needs a touch of finesse to turn this into a wonderful beer; this has great yeast character, the beginnings of awesome hop notes, a firm, supporting malt character, it is visually stunning and has a great texture. I am feeling quite critical of this beer because it seems so close to achieving a greatness I suppose; we’ll see what the future brings.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:25:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a half inch of white head. Typical aromas of grass, citrus, yeast, light spice. The flavor offers some mint and herbal notes, with everything coming together nicely. Not upper tier, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Light bodied with a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 22:38:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange, tinge of amber. Huge, white head even with a very slow pour.

S - Spices, yeast, a light funk, orange peel.

T - Mild funk, definite belgian spices, citrus, orange peel and yeast. It really follows the nose, just kicked up a notch.

M - medium body, high carbonation. Wet finish.

O - A pretty good saison. Mild funkyness, good spices and a nice citrus note.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:31:14 | More by cvm4
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery in Ft. Collins. Served in a tulip/snifter hybrid thingy. Looks like the best saisons. Golden with a huge dose of white, airy foam. Black pepper, mango, pineapple, herb, green apple, and clove stand out from the clean and simple grainy backbone. Bitterness is noticeable, yet smooth and lends to the drinkability. Some sweetness at the end seems a bit out of place. Quite good as a whole, but if this brewery is going to be founded on doing multiple variations of this one style then I think the flagship itself could use a little work.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 17:47:33 | More by bump8628
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-03-2014 04:51:56 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-04-2013 11:56:02 | More by Cynic-ale
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-06-2013 19:05:06 | More by jtladner
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-04-2013 03:26:59 | More by timontheroad
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-19-2014 02:26:46 | More by weonfire
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-26-2014 18:43:00 | More by prdstmnky
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-05-2012 22:55:54 | More by tdjb
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-22-2014 17:25:11 | More by aztraz
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:07:04 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-17-2014 21:50:29 | More by largadeer
Saison from Funkwerks
91 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.