Saison - Funkwerks

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 457
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 82
Gots: 83 | 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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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. (1,031 characters)

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. (663 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here's a cool new one sent by Boatshoes. Poured into the Parra designed Duvel tulip.

What an insane head, wow. The cap pried off with a very loud release of carbonation. The foam that erupted from a gentle pour was aggressive to say the least. Its beyond controllable, you just have to wait for it to do its thing, then continue pouring. After about a week or so you can fill your glass. The loose, craggy foam stands up way above the rim of the glass. It pulsates, lurches and boils as some bubbles break and new ones are formed. There is a violent deluge of effervescence rising from the laser etching in the glass. The head tears off dimensional chunks of lace but is not uniform enough for rings of lace. The beer I ended up with in my glass is a dirty, hazed, burnt orange with shades of muddied peach. Is this going to be an overcarbonated mess?

The aroma here is indeed very saison, but it also holds close resemblance to a Tripel. Its got earthy, chalky spice, peaches, pears and apples with underlying pollen and funk. Pilsner malt brings its characteristic notes to the table.

I think this is somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5. The aroma is more enjoyable that the taste, so I'll mark this 3. The good flavors of apple and pear skin are tazed by a medicinal/alcoholic astringency. The yeasts give a decent chalky spice and light funk.

Lots of carbonation. Its not really a sharp, painful carbonation, its just very quick expanding and prominent. Alcohol is much stronger feeling and tasting than the 6.8% that it is.

This beer has its highs and its lows. Ultimately its enjoyable, but not mind blowing. Regardless, I'm still interested in trying their other offerings. (1,725 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,107 characters)

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

The body is a hazy gold filled with bubbles rushing towards the billowy snow white head.

Banana, clove, pepper, orange, wheat.

Sharp and airy on the tongue with a higher carbonation and light body. (199 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with four fingers of dense head on a very careful pour. Woah, this beer is carbonated. Head retention is extremely good.

S: Macintosh apples mixed with clove starts out this very spicy aroma. As the massive head slowly dies down, I get modest amounts of peppercorn and a bit of lemon zest.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get Macintosh apples and lemon zest upfront. Bready malts are fairly strong for the style with a bit of caramel sweetness. Clove and spices are fairly restrained, but easily apparent.

M: Medium thickness with extremely high carbonation. A bit distracting.

O: Not a bad Saison, but not terribly good. I'd prefer more citrus and funk. (730 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.89/5  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. (250 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from the Funkwerks brewery in Fort Collins and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw-like hue, slightly effervescent, with a fat white head that sticks around a while leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: A lot going on with this one, especially as it warms up a bit. Tropical esters up front in a major way that give way to lemon zest, spices and crackery malts - there's also a bit of hop in there with some funk mixed in as well.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose but the hop and funk are up more in the mix. Really a phenomenal tasting Saison.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, dry and well carbonated for the style.

Overall a real tasty saison that is an extremely easy drinker. (762 characters)

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. (684 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-reviewing/updating my review on this one now that I have had the opportunity to drink much more of it since my initial discovery.

Pours a hazy orangey-yellow with a big, frothy white head and very nice lacing. Aroma has the belgian yeast show itself offering some ginger, clove, passion fruit, and a touch of some sweet graininess from the malt. Flavor is super tasty with the belgian yeast offering some spiciness, ginger, lemon, and an enjoyable contribution from the malt which provides some sweetness and graininess (verging between crackers and bread). A crisp, active mouthfeel. Super drinkable. Overall, one of my favorite beers and very likely my favorite bottled saison. A beer that has definitely been a bit of a creeper for me, liked it initially but slowly grew to like it more and more with each subsequent try. (828 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (849 characters)

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

Appearance - huge head, looks like champagne with all the bubbles and light golden color

Smell - nice yeast, minor fruit such as tangerine

Taste - banana, ham, pine, clove, a bit of brett? or sour grapes?, nice, enjoy whatever yeast this is, if anyone knows please BM me

Mouthfeel - light body, crisp and clean and goes down easy, great summer beer (351 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -2.2%

750 ml bottle from Rare Beer” club. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of fruit, spices and yeast. Body is medium and crisp. Funky yeast, spices, apricots and floral hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Delicious brew. (282 characters)

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. (929 characters)

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! (908 characters)

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! (548 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very light slightly cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Nose is funky and fruit.
Taste is very nice. Especially since it is summer. This is a light tasting beer with good citrus fruit and carbonation. Quite refreshing. Can't say much wrong ab out this beer. It follows the saison style and is very tasty. (314 characters)

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. (731 characters)

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

750ml bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $10. Into a NB Globe.

A: Light amber in color with an enormous white head, a good three inches thick that will not go away. Slightly cloudy, with a slight amount of carbonation moving around in the glass. Excellent gobs of lacing.

S: Spicy yeast notes here with a definite amount of mustyness, not quite funk, but close. Really a lot of saison yeast and not much else, which is about right for what I like in the style. Definitely showcases the yeast.

T: Again a lot of the saison yeast profiles, which for me are kind of hard to describe, but is a very noticeable yeast profile. Decent bit of malt in there, some caramel along with some toasted malts as well.

M: Thin and carbonated quite nicely. This is a very dry beer as well. Pretty refreshing, which I really like.

O: Pretty decent saison, but there are definitely better examples out there. However, in the Rocky Mtn. Region, I'd say this one, to me, is the one taking the lead right now. Pretty good beer but maybe could use a little work. (1,057 characters)

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! (631 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (1,065 characters)

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. (700 characters)

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 (398 characters)

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