Saison - Funkwerks

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 457
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 83
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 Nay
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite saison: a bit heavier than du point but still easy drinking. Mild brett aroma and flavor. Super pale color pale malt flavor and aroma. Munich and pils very restrained . Wheat creaminess makes a great mouthfeel and head. I hope they start exporting to east coast! (278 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml shares with friends and poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear golden yellow with a rich 2 finger white head. Streaming carbonation maintains a layering across the top. A thick wall of white lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is dry, dare I say dusty with a mild pale skinned fruity quality like pear/apple skins. Some grainy aspect with spice like clove and banana fills out the rest of the nose with some herbs and sulfur evolving as the brew warms.

The taste is spiced like clove with hints of banana and pear. A mild apple flavor is present contrasted with herbal hoppy bitterness and sulfur. There is some carbonic character and mineral quality going on with some faint cheesy funk reminescent of brett that gets increasingly more evident as the brew warms up.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with excessive effervescent carbonation. It is quite prickly on the tongue. It starts off easy drinking with seemingly no alcohol includion but gets rough around the edges as the experience continues.  I was not a big fan of this but it wasnt horrible either. I am just not a fan of any offering that is sulfuric and filled with mineral character. This is my 3rd different offering from this brewery and while on paper, they look very interesting, I think they are quite clashing in character and not something I would personally seek out. (1,365 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 lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very hazy orangy amber with a frothy white head. Carbonation appears moderate.

S - A bit funky, a bit spicy, a bit fruity. Grassy and and indications of hay. Quite a few different elements going on here, but it comes together nicely.

T - Follows the nose for the most part. The funk is right up front with some sweeter fruity notes - cirtus, blends with the grassy, earthy notes.

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

O - Overall, a very nice saison - tasted really nice on a warm summer day. (556 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (2,863 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (279 characters)

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

Repost from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle to a NBB Globe Glass. The beer pours a hazy golden honey orange color with deep amber yellow edges and a huge 3 finger white bubbly head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - The nose is subtle but pleasant, blends of earthen character: straw, hay, grassy with some biscuity pilsen yeast, pale malty character. Some hints of fruit on the tailend.

T/M - Very similar to the nose and medium bodied. Finishes crisp and dry with pleasant crisp fruity character. Lingering mild bitterness and fruity and biscuit character. Well balanced and hides the alcohol well.

O - Good brew. I really enjoyed it and wish I would have purchased another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 01:30:30 (773 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 kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 330ml snifter at Funkwerks' taproom. Serving volume was 4 oz as part of a tasting flight (which itself was largely disappointing). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow.

Sm: Light vinegar, earthy notes, pleasant funkiness, bacteria, and heavy yeast. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Nice biscuity yeast, with some vinegar. Where's the funk? Feels sterile and conditioned, not wild. The finish is yeasty. It isn't horrible complex, but there's some fair layering going on. It isn't subtle, either. Some light lemon esters are present. The best feature is the excellent biscuity yeast. I'd like more (i.e. some) bacteria and wild yeast. This feels cultured and exact, to its detriment. It's balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin. It should be more bold.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the style, but too clinical and sterile. What, did they buy wyeast bretts and then call it good? Brew a real saison, and then get back to me, ye nancies. (1,086 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Funkwerks in a snifter/tulip hybrid:

A - presents a light orange golden with half finger of decently creamy head.

S - banana, clove, sweet caramel, cotton candy and stroung yeast. Pleasant.

T - strong banana and clove. Finishes a bit hoppier than expected, with floral and citrus notes.

M - medium bodied crisp and dry. Nearly ideal.

D - overall, a very good saison. Drinkable and high quality. (419 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (588 characters)

Photo of adnielsen
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Funkwerks. Light lemon yellow orange appearance with a medium sized white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Spicy, yeasty, peppery, and citrusy light bodied nose. Initially black pepper followed by lemon and orange citrusy elements in the flavor. The wild yeast is spicy and very tasty. Peppery and spicy finish. One of the best American Saisons that I’ve ever tasted. (379 characters)

Photo of kkrez
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funkwerks Saison pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with an active, slowly subsiding head.

The aroma is of apples, lemon zest, pepper, grass, banana, and a slight hay funk.

The taste follows in suit but different tastes are more prominent as the beer warms in the glass. Citrusy lemon, white pepper, lemon zest, tangerine, and a bready, hay funk tinge all take turns wowing your taste buds.

The beer is lively and bubbly on the palate and refreshingly drinkable. But don’t drink it too fast, let the beer warm and experience the different waves of flavors that seem to pop out with each degree increase.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this American Saison. Glad someone is stepping up to focus on this complex style. Cheers Gordon! (745 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (693 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 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. (382 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass. Pours a cloudy pale straw with a huge, rocky stark white head. Head is very slow to drop, leaving very chunky lacing.

Aromas of spicy, peppery yeast, grainy malt, lemons and lemon zest.

Flavors of grainy malt, lemon zest, lemons, peppery yeast. A slight sourness. Short finish with a light bitterness and peppery yeast lingering.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, medium bitterness. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall, a very good saison. Worth seeking out. A great example of an american saison. (520 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at funkwerks.

A: a hazy, golden straw color with a white head.

S: a nice spicy yeast aroma. there is nice tropical fruit aromas and some white pepper. there is straw in there as well. i get hints of lemon and citrus, as well as some hops.

T: nice spiciness mixed with tropical fruits. there is some white pepper and coriander in there. starts out with a slight sweetness and finishes dry and with a touch of bitterness. there is some citrusy hop presence (orange and lemon).

M: thin with high carb. can feel the carb run through your mouth.

O: a really good saison. probably my favorite american saison. (619 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 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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,865 characters)

Saison from Funkwerks
91 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.