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Saison - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 69
Gots: 56 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Sammy, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

metter98, May 09, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 18, 2013
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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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

GRG1313, Feb 27, 2011
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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.

mikesgroove, May 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

womencantsail, Apr 22, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy, pale golden body with a foamy, white head kept good and frothy by the stray streams of effervescence bubbling up from within.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, lightly creamyish notes of pilsner and wheat malt. Fresh, inviting blood orange and sweet lemon along with their fruity pals, grape, 'nana, and pear. Big pinch of coriander and fresh-ground black pepper pulling in a little noted earthiness.

Taste: Honeyish, cereal-sweet maltiness atop the doughy pils and soft wheat. Restrained sweetness. Snappy, sharp herbal notes cut with brightly acidic citrus juices and soon softened with spiced pear, banana and white grape. Soft yet lively finish, with final hints of herbs, fruit and piquant spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Plenty of saison goodness to be had here, without the need to resort to spices or unwarranted alcohol levels. If only Philip Seymour Hoffman could have lived long enough to enjoy it. Pity.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

largadeer, May 17, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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

StonedTrippin, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

nickfl, Apr 09, 2014
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.

Jason, Sep 27, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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

russpowell, May 21, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass, beer is clear and leaves lacing on the glass from a decent head with nice retention. Looks great.

Aroma is sulfury / hoppy with a nice balance between the two. It smells nice. Expecting something bitter now.

The taste is a bit more grainy that I expected but it is not bad and does not lead to an aftertaste, the beer is bitter and hoppy, nice hop flavors through the midpalate. An overall great beer IMO. I enjoy it a lot.

drabmuh, Jun 20, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

mactrail, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/09/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, spice, mint, yeast, earthy notes, and glass. Pretty nice, like the light funk.

t - Tastes of light funk, citrus, orange, mint, spices, pepper, yeast, earthy notes, and hay. A little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice saison. Lightly funky and some nice citrus in the taste, something I'd like to have again.

mdfb79, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

MarkyMOD, Oct 13, 2012
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Saison from Funkwerks
91 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.