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Saison - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

347 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden color; slight haze. Poured a massive bubbly white head with good retention to a meringue cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Brett yeast funk. Pepper and citrus rind, but not as sharp as the sour.

T: Sweet up front transitioning to sour. Should note, this beer had some pale malt character. Fruity in the middle, white grapes and maybe a little orange. The yeast in the flavor is not as strong as the nose. Finish is clean and dry with maybe just a little spiciness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active in the glass and on the palate. Sweet, sour then dry - very good finish.

O: Very drinkable; not too wild. Very good representation of the style. Moderate ABV.

Haybeerman, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2.2%

claspada, May 28, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

thagr81us, May 06, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the Funkwerks Saison, a beer I've wanted to try since I first heard about the brewery and its concept. This opportunity is presented to me thanks to bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre. The label informs me to consume this within two years, but much to my annoyance, doesn't mention when it was bottled.

The pour is golden orange, mildly hazy thanks to the roused yeast, with a giant, off-white head that falls off to a thick cap, leaving plenty of patchy foam. The nose is *exactly* what I was hoping it would be. Sharp spicy phenols with a rustic character with a blend of hay, kaffir lime leaf and mild honeydew melon are initially most noticeable. As my nose gets used to the phenols, I start picking out more of the munich malt sweetness, rich and bready with a little bit of honey. The hops are pleasant, providing a crisp hop oil burst towards the end with some earthy and herbal character. Quite excellent.

The palate opens with a blend of crisp, clean pilsner malt, a little bit of wheat, and a mild bready Munich malt. This is just a base on which the yeast goes crazy, with a blend of pepper, plenty of phenols, a raw, rustic, earthy character and just a faint hint of clove. The balance is really good here, though I do wish it were just a little less sweeter. All told, the munich malt is an interesting, enjoyable twist here. Light in body, crisply carbonated with a long, drying finish with a blend of spices, phenols and honey. Excellent, refreshing stuff, I will seek out more from this brewery.

The second pour from the bottle reveals more of a fruity note on the nose. There's a definite stone fruit character, with ripe white peaches and nectarines present. This really does add to the enjoyment here. This characteristic does fade as the beer breathes, reminding me that even a detailed review is but a pregnant pause in the evolution of a beer.

DefenCorps, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Duff27, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

eawolff99, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Sante Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours an orangey gold with a thick white head. Lemony, grassy, peppery aroma. Very German malt profile, reminds me of a helles lager. Flowery notes and light stone fruitiness round it out. Solid beer.

illidurit, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

LoveStout, Sep 01, 2014
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.

Jwale73, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Mile High Wine and Spirits for $10.99. This was orange and looked like a saison to me. Smells spicy, pretty much spot on. The flavor is nice, pepper, citrus, reminds me of Saison Dupont but therein lies the problem. This beer costs a couple dollars more than dupont or Hennepin so it would be hard to justify buying this again when I want a saison. Overall, this was a great example of the style and I'd like to try the cherry version soon.

ArrogantB, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy, darker orange color, with a big off-white head. Lots of lace and nice retention. The aroma is big on the wet hay/barnyard funk. There's spicy yeast esters, slight floral hops and tinges of citrus. It's beautiful. The taste isn't quite as funky, but it's still good. Nice slight citrus and light floral notes with a bit of a bitter, funky finish. The feel is light, slightly crisp, but seems a hair under-carbonated for the style, but still good.

Overall this is fantastic. It's a great lightly hoppy, beautifully funky saison.

EgadBananas, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%

A Saison by Funkwerks that is not very funky, rather more mellow. Poured a cloudy, rich, yellow color. Big, fluffy white head. Smells quite phenolic. Spice and pepper. Pale fleshed fruit. Very yeasty in the aroma. Flavor doesn't differentiate itself much. Phenolic, grainy, skunky, apples and pears and lemons. Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. Not in love with this. I prefer my Saisons to taste differently.

Bottle.

VelvetExtract, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 18, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -2.2%

AlexFields, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

akang, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

cbutova, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Incredibly cloudy yellow with a huge, tightly-bubbled white head that lasts and lasts and lasts. This leaves ribbons, sheets, spiderwebs, and spots of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

A complete aroma and very typical of the style: grain and sweet breads, white fruits (green apple and some peach, perhaps), distinct, slightly funky yeast, and some mild pepper. Very nice.

The flavor too is fantastic: the yeast and white fruit flavors are front and center, but a mild funk and earthiness complement everything nicely.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy.

Fantastic.

ehammond1, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

smithj4, Aug 19, 2014
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.

srandycarter, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

wethorseblanket, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

crobinso, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

jbaker67, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -2.2%

SadMachine, Aug 28, 2014
Saison from Funkwerks
91 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.