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Saison - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

289 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-21-2013 14:41:14 | More by GetTheYayo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 05:50:56 | More by BEERchitect
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy straw color with 2 inches of foamy white head that quickly recedes leaving a heavy surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of sour grapes and citrus with a musty, spicy background.

Tastes of sour grapes, citrus zest, clove and pepper. With that musty, leathery and spicy funk indicative of the style.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish and milder aftertaste than you would expect.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. Complex, but not overwhelming. Crisp and refreshing, as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 00:59:31 | More by srhoadsy
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3Pope7

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-13-2013 02:09:27 | More by 3Pope7
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Southern Tier Pumking tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orange, hazy body. Bright, white, huge head. This one looks mega carbonated. Great head retention - clings to the glass and runs down the side slowly.

S: Funky yeast esters. Black peppery spice. Exotic fruits - guava, pineapple, papaya, mango, passionfruit. White wine grapes.

T: Spicy black pepper straight from the nose. Strong saison yeast and a little funk, but definitely not too much. The fruitiness is there at the finish, but it's not as strong as the nose suggests. The grapey, white wine taste is evident.

M: Light-Medium Body. High Carbonation. Prickly.

O: A very nice example of the style. I love the complexity that comes through from the exotic fruits, balanced with the black peppery spice. Very pleased with what I've had from FW thus far.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:48:04 | More by Justin_Neff
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-08-2013 21:22:18 | More by TheMultiYeast
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:28:46 | More by dbossman
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-01-2013 20:08:53 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-27-2013 00:27:04 | More by Sparky44
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jjcote

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-17-2013 02:20:40 | More by jjcote
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lokieman

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-17-2013 00:50:07 | More by lokieman
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

03-12-2013 03:43:33 | More by sendbeer
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-08-2013 21:17:16 | More by dcguitar
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-06-2013 09:40:00 | More by Jspriest
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-04-2013 02:13:23 | More by AlexFields
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nzerbe

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-04-2013 00:20:33 | More by nzerbe
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

02-28-2013 03:36:35 | More by eawolff99
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-21-2013 03:29:49 | More by RudnicsMEB
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Yokoono76

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: hefty head, 3 fingers, some lacing, hazy light golden color.

S: very fragrant! Fruity, citrus, floral.. Lovely aroma!

T: fruit, sweet apple, pear, some banana, subtle spice in the finish.

M: very pleased with this! Warming, moderately carbonated, works well with flavor. Almost creamy, fantastic!

O: I was highly impressed with this beer. Balanced, complimentary flavors just an overall excellent saison! I will be buying more! Very pleased. Great mouthfeel, excellent flavor! Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:47:25 | More by Yokoono76
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:37:12 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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cfh64

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-13-2013 00:34:04 | More by cfh64
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-09-2013 22:21:35 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-04-2013 01:11:25 | More by dsuedbeck
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mevett89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: significant white head with nice lacing. Beautiful straw color.

Smell: floral and citrus hops with sweet maltiness.

Taste: malt in the forefront, followed by those floral and citrus hops, with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness from the yeast and some delicious spice in there too.

Mouth Feel: medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Overall: pretty darn good, everything is nicely balanced, the flavors are largely subtle, and all very tasty. This is not my favorite style of beer, but Funkwerks does it very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:47:49 | More by mevett89
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a Funkwerks globe glass at the tasting room in Fort Collins.

A gorgeous fluffy white head is presented about 3 fingers, and huge staying power. It has caverns and a wonderful peaked whipped top. Body color is an orb glowing lemon unfiltered gem with hints of brown edges towards the sides. When finally settles it leaves a giant puck.

Nose is classic saison but incredibly subtle and balanced. Mild possibly brett with hints of lemon, it comes out as some type of grass garden large floral aroma, dripping with pollen and muted honey. Hits of spiced butter round it all out, with just a touch of heat.

Malts just roll all over the palate, there's some faint sweet bread like character that comes from this also. Big chewy body, hints of honey on the finish. Dense and juicy but in controlled almost as if the beer is kept to be not too aggressive.

I really like this take on this style from these guys, it's quite memorable and one thing that seems to make their saison stand out from all the others. Delicious stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 00:37:01 | More by smakawhat
Saison from Funkwerks
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