Cherry Saison - Funkwerks
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3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a murky mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and large collar which lasted throughout and produced superb sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was of a light grain malt and a funky Brett yeast with notes of cherries, coriander, chocolate and a mild sourness.
The taste was sweetly tart with notes of cherry and a touch chocolate throughout, with the finish having a nice tart spiciness and a slight alcohol tinge. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a tart fruity taste lingering on for a short while longer.
Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a champagne like carbonation.
Overall I found this brew to be quite fruity and refreshing, with a subtle sourness and an awesome drinkability, which allowed for the high ABV to be “almost” virtually undetectable. This is one to watch out for, it goes down way to easy for such a high ABV. Just sayin’…
11-29-2012 17:05:34 | More by KajII
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
Attractive mahogany color in the CIney snifter. Nice foam and thoroughly spritzy on the tongue. A warm, malty, winey fragrance.
I don't think you can drink this stuff and not think of Cherry Coke. Actually it's more like hard candy. There is just a hint of plastic, but it's maybe that tart cherry skin taste, and it shows up in the aftertaste too. Some dark malt hints. I think I think they could have skipped the fruit on this one. Now that I read the label I see that cocoa is mentioned in the ingredients, but that one evades me too. Just as well. Interesting brew but unlike some other Funkwerks beers, not worth the price.
I have to admire Funkwerks for being so obsessed with Saisons; so am I. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.
11-22-2012 01:55:44 | More by mactrail
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
From a 750 ml into a tulip.
A-Even though I let things mellow before opening, the bottle was a bit of a gusher...not dramatic, but I couldn't keep the beer in the bottle either. Surprisingly, however, it was easy to pour and the mocha-colored head quickly disappeared. The beer was murky brown with a reddish tint. It looked a bit like an oud bruin.
S-Milk chocolate and lightly roasted malts with a touch of cherry. There was some dry yeast and the typical saison "banana/clove" combo, as well. Definitely unique. No whiff of alcohol, which is surprising for 9.2%.
T-The taste was not quite as chocolately as the smell. Instead, the cherry flavors come to the forefront, but they are not tart like a sour. Instead, its a bit medicinal and sweet. A light hit of yeast shows up as well just to prove you're drinking a saison.
M-Light to medium body with considerable carbonation. The carbonation is prickly and chunky feeling. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer.
O-I like saisons and I like chocolate/cherry stouts, so I was hopeful for this beer, but I couldn't really get into it. The chocolate and cherry did not integrate very well and I was left with a bit of a cough syrup taste. Plus, it wasn't very attractive to look at. Oh well, A for effort.
11-10-2012 23:34:28 | More by spoony
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
Brew is blood red and very creamy. Head pours foamy and aggressive, straw in color and lots of soapy foam. Thin, no lacing.
Very strong cherry aroma. Bready and milk chocolate. Way more chocolate then cherry.
Very dry and bitter. No tartness or sweetness. Carbonation is high and well deserved. No detectable heat. Cherry flavor is prevalent but falls off quickly due to overwhelming chocolate flavors.
This brew is a bit of miss for me. I was expecting tart and way less dry. IMO, Cherry Saison came up well short of the $15 price tag. Very underwhelming.. Can't be recommended.
10-26-2012 02:29:28 | More by chugalug06
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Glad to see this return as I feared it might be a one-off.
Looks a bit like a dunkelweizen at first glance. Cloudy khaki brown with a white head. Carbonated, but not overly so.
The flavor profile takes a very different turn. It reminds me more of a dubbel than a saison in most cases. Cocoa, candi sugar, and rum with a dose of (real) cherry flavor. It's sweet, but not overly so. The finish has a bit of funky yeast, which is the one area that would make this one saison-like instead of a dubble or Beldian strong dark. There's a kiss of booziness, but for a beer over 9%, it's more drinkable than you might think. The flavors mesh together pretty well.
While it's called a cherry saison, to me the cocoa character comes out just as much as the cherry, and it will appeal to Belgian dark beer fans as much if not more.
Tasty stuff I'll probably buy again if I can find it!
09-29-2012 15:31:12 | More by Domingo
4/5 rDev +7%
still never had a funkwerks beer i didnt love. this one must be different for the 2012 release, because the bottle says its 9.2% abv, and that its made with cocoa nibs this year. it pours a gleaming copper color with a low red glow and an active off white head. the nose is cherries, tart and sweet, almost artificial in aroma. the malt profile is caramely and biscuity, while the cocoa adds just a gentle waft of bitterness. the flavor is a little strange really, unconventional thats for sure. its got a sort of medicinal flavor from the cherries, not subtle at all. and the cocoa stays raw and bitter, not at all a dessert beer. the yeast isnt as spunky as some other funkwerks brews, but it imparts a distinct spice complex to the finish. the feel is good, fuller bodied than many other funkwerks releases, but im not in love with the aftertaste, that sort of alcohol soaked cherry cough medicine flavor. it doesnt last long, but its there. overall a clever beer, perhaps in need of some refining, but a fun bottle of beer for sure.
09-24-2012 23:50:45 | More by StonedTrippin
3.94/5 rDev +5.3%
From the 2012 batch.
Pours mahogeny/dark amber with a nice off white head. A ver nice aroma illed with some cherries , cocoa and some vanilla, providing a nice sweet and tart combo. Flavor offers some nice cocoa, candied/medicinal cherries that start off sweet and evolve into some tartness, and in the middle of all that some vanilla kicks in. A nice fuller bodied, silky in texture, and nice activity. Overall, I went in unsure what to expect from this and found that I dug this beer. The inclusion of he cocoa was spot on.
09-14-2012 23:00:44 | More by denver10
Cherry Saison from Funkwerks
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.