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Deceit - Funkwerks

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very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 140
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 18.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Funkwerks visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 08-17-2012

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Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong yeast, strong floral notes, hint of hop, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, strong floral notes, hint of hop, slight citrus, slight coriander, hint of alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent, mild, but a little earthy for my taste.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold bottle served in a wine glass.

Appearance: beautiful golden straw color with a full white head of foam. Clear and bubbly.

Nose: pears, Belgian yeast, malty sweetness, minor hops character

Taste: follows the nose but more of the classic Belgian yeast. Very taste.

Overall: I actually thought this was more of a "Imperial saison" style. The carbonation was pretty high but that's not a bad thing. I really enjoyed this offering.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a thick 2+" white head that drops slowly with a great deal of lacing. Color is light orange with lots of sediment in suspension and tons of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: sweet, yeasty bread, coriander, floral
Mouthfeel: medium body, prickly carbonation followed by astringency on the tongue and throat.
Flavor: sweet bread, banana, coriander, cinnamon, a bit of raisin, a definite lingering bitterness as the hops move from an initial floral to a finish of citrus rind.
Overall: well done, with an interesting balance between the sweet, spicy and bitter flavors.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & chill hazed honey color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Some floaties, stays effervescent, nice head retention& lacing

S: Pears & apple blossoms, honeysuckle as well

T: Follows the nose with some honey crisp apple &pineapple up front, pretty dry as well. More orchard fruit, then a touch of dirty yeast (Brett I presume?), but only a touch, dryness also as this warm, a little bit of apricot over-ripe pear. Finishes fruity, with a whisper of citrus with just a bit of honey crisp apple & candi-sugar, a little grapefruit as well

MF: Light/medium body, firm carbonation, a little booze warmth as well

The 9.0 ABV is well hidden, a pretty nice stab at the style, pretty drinkable. On the edge of greatness & well worth a try. The warmer this gets, the better

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall, Deceit, I give you a 4. I've been eyeballing the 750's of these for a while but settled on a 4-pack tonight. ABV seems to have been lowered to an 8.5 for this, which seems all fine and good for the style.

Pours pretty average with a soapy lightly bubbled head that dissipates pretty quickly. The golden liquid does have some cloud to it as well as sediment, which I like to see in any ale. The nose on it isn't anything special, neither hot from booze, nor super-funky, just some pretty herbal notes, spice and yeast. Tastes lightly sweet and a little tart, almost like aspartame, not in a bad way, it's just tart with a bitter edge.

The mouthfeel is medium and uplifted by the nice carbonation, and overall I went 4. Seems to more closely resemble a saison than a tripel, and would probably appeal to someone more into farmhouse or Belgian pale. It's good but for the >$10 pricetag for a 4 I won't be getting it again...now their Tropic King, that's another story.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Label says 8.5%. Must be a new batch.

Golden-orange in color and a hefty and dense white froth covering. Smells malty and grainy with an undercurrent of light fruits. Tastes of melon, spice, taffy and finishes off with a bit of herb on the tongue and grain down the throat. Crisp and dry all the way.

Understated and dangerously drinkable but not as flavorful as I would like.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Straw, yellow in color. No bubble action beneath the surface aside from a stray bubble or two. The head, after a 12oz. pour into a Funkwerks globe, was greater than two fingers high. Over the course of three minutes, that big, tightly packed, white head fell down to a thin cap. Lacing is clearly present, but minimal.

SMELL: Bread is the only aroma that come through with any intensity. There is a hint of citrus (mostly lemon) and some slightly spicy notes.

TASTE: Spice and citrus. The orange comes through in a fun, playful way up front and ends up lasting throughout the sip. Some coriander and pepper follows it up.

MOUTHFEEL: This is absolutely ridiculous in the mouthfeel. 9.4% feels like an insanely light, 5% lager, but it has all the spiciness, character and depth of a Tripel...and, of course, hides the booze like any good Tripel would. Sweet enough, but with a nice, solid, dry finish.

OVERALL: This is a supremely drinkable beer and 9.4% is absurd. It's just too easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours hazy pale golden color with chunks of yeast. Thick white head almost overflowed, but settled into a nice, long lasting layer. Nose has nice tangy fruits, yeasty/bready qualities, and a candied component. Palate offers a nice balance of flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. Would buy regularly if priced more reasonably compared to competitors such as NB Tripel. Or for this price, I'll just take the real examples from Belgium.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, bright yellow coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of grass, lemon, butter, floral hops, and all-spice. Flavors are lemon-grass forward, with bitter hops, pepper spice, and toasted notes. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a grainy and herbal aftertaste. Light, smooth, herbal linger in the finish. Very nice, well crafted beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle in late March for $13.99. Total Wine Arrowhead received it on 11-11-13 but i could not discern a bottling date.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus and light malts.

Taste is lemon pepper with a nice light malt base.

Mouthfeel is legit belgian yeast strain, light and refreshing yet oh so smooth.

Overall this is a nice refreshing flavorful brew. Hard to believe that it is a 9.0 abv. This is the third solid brew i have had from Funkwerks, these folks are legit!

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deceit – Imperial Saison (9.0%) - Funkwerks (Colorado)

App: Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a nice one finger chalky white head that eventually settles, leaving massive amounts of dense lacing all the way up the glass. Some evident carbonation.

Smell: Aroma hints toward a Golden ale, with strong notes of banana, and a slight clove like spiciness coupled with a walnut maltiness which rounds out an otherwise sweet nose with some deeper aroma. Esters very noticeable, slightly sour as well. Hop aromas very minimal.

Taste: Toasted grainy sweetness comes together with fruity esters on the foretaste to create a flavor that transitions from banana pudding like heaviness to lemony tartness. One of those special beers that has distinct flavor evolution the longer you hold it on your palate. Even at 9% this beer goes down almost too easy. Hence the name.

Mouth: Light to medium bodied with significant carbonation that makes flavors dance across the tongue. Alcohol comes through a little more here with a volatility that is noticeable, but not off putting.

Wild Boar Cafe, draft into 12oz Snifter. 4/11/14.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Scion DuPont in a tulip on 5/8/14

A-Pours is a hazy gold with a one finger white head. Nice lacing

S-Aroma is spicy with lemon.

T-Taste is like a green apple mixed with lemon citrus. Very refreshing.

M-Medium body with dry feel and a strong finish.

O-Overall, a great beer. Would buy again if I could get it in the dmv

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Photo of Sigurd1
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Champagne like saison, light mouth feel, slight opacity, great finish. My favorite beer in Fort Collins...The head is large cell bubbles that reduces very quickly. I bought two bottles for later enjoyment. $17.95 at $17.95 a bottle. My wife loved this beer as much as i did.

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Photo of mevett89
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden with a beautiful, thick white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: citrus, grapefruit.

Taste: delicious! Grapefruit bitterness and fruitiness from the hops, spiciness and funk from the yeast, and good light malt character.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation; effervescent, and tingly in the mouth. Medium bodied.

Overall: definitely worth the award they mention so proudly on the label. One of the best Belgian-style golden ales I've had!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a a white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a golden amber that is clear and filtered. The beer smell is an interesting combination of smells. The dominant smell is apricot with a bit of Belgian funk. Other smells include some Belgian spices, sugar and a slightly yeasty smell as well. The more subtle smells consist of hints of peach and honey as well as a bit of alcohol. However, the other smells a bit subtle. The beer's taste is similar to its smell. The dominant flavor is apricot and the Belgian spices including clove. Unlike the smell, that taste has a lesser yeast presence that is dominated by other flavors. The beer has a wheat flavor that is very present and noticeable. Additionally, the beer has slight honey notes and a bit of alcohol taste. The beer has a slight alcohol warmth. Other than the alcohol taste, the beer has a clean and slightly crisp feel. Additionally, the beer feels smooth with a slight slickness at the end of the drink. Heavy bodied. Overall, a pretty good and unique Tripel.

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Photo of Auraan
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow with a thin bit of white head that left abundant lacing. Not as cloudy as some Belgians, but not out of style. Pretty good. Scents of apricot, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, tangerine and slight overripe fruit, sourness, and graininess with hints of alcohol, barnyard funk and bubblegum as it warms. A pretty well done, balanced yet complex Belgian nose, pretty true to form for a Tripel. Taste begins with Belgian yeast, bitter citrus rind, balanced with candi sugar sweetness, apricot and apricot pit. There is also a slight sour hint, a bit of funk and some grain on the finish. The finish overall is bitter and rather dry. A bit of spiciness as well. Again, rather true to Tripel style, but maybe a bit more bitter than some other examples of the style, not bad though. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian ale. It has the usual complex aromas and flavors of a Tripel, but adds just a bit more bitterness than usual to balance it out. It's quite refreshing and hides it's alcohol well. I have to say I am impressed.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drumrboy22 for the bottle. Tasted 23 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours cloudy pale straw yellow with a touch of gold. Three big fingers of fluffy white head, dense and pillowy, relaxing slowly and leaving gobs of lacing all over the glass, plus a resilient half-finger cap. Wow. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is a few little floaties.

Smell is big, pleasant, and difficult to define. Nice Belgian yeast, a good chunk of nose-tingling citrus, a little funk. A gentle, warm, grainy golden sweetness.

Taste is warm and enjoyable but rather simple; a bit spicy, a bit bitter, and a larger bit tart. There's all kinds of stuff going on in it, making for an enjoyable meal, but there's no punch line, no obvious main course. Good, though.

Feel is good, medium-bodied, with fluffy marshmallowy overwhelmingly-fuzzy carbonation. Awesome, actually. Feels like it's turning to foam in my mouth.

I like this beer. For a big Belgian ale, it's refreshing, relatively light but flavorful, and I feel like I could drink a lot of it. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With an elegant and simple label, Funkwerks Deceit continues to win over the eye with glassware recommendations, proper serving temperatures, cellaring requirements, and food pairings. Equipped with tasting notes, I like this guy already!

Strongly hazed, the dense appearance of yellow early and goldenrod late yields a separation of creamy white froth that billows to the rim before starting its slow recession into the glass. Its firm retention rests with an uneven sheet across the glass with intermittent and random lacing patterns on the glass. With less of the spritzy carbonation that I expected, the beer is a sturdy yet somber Belgian-style Tripel Ale.

Aromas are both delicate and bold while shining with notes of bread dough, sweet grain grain and powdered sugar. Fruit aromatics of banana, orange peel, lemon, apple, and melon even out the sweetness and allow a wine-like note to exhume. Perfumy spices of coriander, clove, white pepper, paradise seed, and cilantro conclude the scent with an attitude of zeal and elegance.

Its full Belgian flavor is wine-like, dryly sweet and backed by cookie dough and confectioner's sweetness. Its fruity taste of white grapes, pears, lemons, apples and cantaloupe is both rich and racy. Spicy alcohol flavors align with freshly grated white pepper, grassy bitterness, and straw-like hop bite. Even a mild soapy note with perfume returns in echos of flavors long after the taste finishes.

Its creamy medium-body is lightly zesty in texture. Its slightly elevated sweetness is slow to fade, but eventually gives way to a spicy and earthen finish. Lightly ginger-like in heat and prickle, its wine-like acidity balances the texture as much as does the alcohol or alcohol warmth.

Though the brewers have devised a very good Belgian-style Tripel, with a name like "Funkwerks", I expected something less normal. And with a brand called "Deceit", I expected an unexpected turn that the beer simply doesn't provide. It just ends up being a boring very good beer.

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Photo of Yokoono76
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: light yellow, slighty cloudy. Great thick head when first poured, 3 fingers +, mellows to a light head that laces the glass.

S: lovely scent! Citrus, heavier floral and fresh bread scent.

T: wow! It's great! Lily like floral blends into clove and coriander. Lemon and tangerine notes. Complexity is enhanced as it warms. Fresh tasting yeast, but not overwhelming.

M: light to medium carbonation. Hearty mouthfeel for the flavor, complimentary to the taste for sure!

O: this is a lovely beer! Great balance of freshness and spice without being overpowering. Easily drunk alone or with a meal. Abv is high, but well hidden. as others said, deceit is a great name for it, at least pertaing to the abv! This will be a favorite in our house, for sure!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and a slightly soapy aroma. Taste is much the same with a yeasty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden straw/hay color, slightly hazy. Soapy, white head quickly calms down to a small rocky cap. Some spotty lacing.

S - Light and citrusy, with definite lemon zest coming through. A little bit of green apple and "spicy" yeast character.

T/M - Follows the nose really well. Citrus zest mixes with green apple and pear notes. Mild bite of spice in the finish. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Light body with just the right amount of prickly carbonation.

O - I like this one a lot! I will definitely being grabbing a couple more.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden/hay color. Clean and clear. Nice foamy white head, a bit rocky. Lacing is spotty.

The name hits the mark. While it looks light and non-threatening, the aroma is a kick in the nose. Banana, some bubble gum, coriander, Belgian yeast and spices. Light biscuit. Tingly.

Flavor is chock full of spices and yeast, without being overly bready. It's still a lighter flavor beer, with lots o'spices. Some banana and coriander, white pepper, lemon zest, biscuit. Pear and green apple.

Feels great. It pops. Nice finish, dry and smooth. Zings.

Great name for a nice beer. ABV is well hidden; this thing will warm you up

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in to snifter tulip

A - Deceit is a subtle golden, soft yellow color, with some opaque-ness towards the bottom of the glass, some significant lacing, and a subtle white head

S - sweetly malty, slightly banana-lemon; it smells like a medium-hopped Belgian

T - a little banana, a little lemon zest; Belgian yeasts are all over this; there is some medium alcohol bite toward the end that includes a little spice; slightly sweet and tarty; some apple and pear notes

M - this beer is extremely smooth and hides the 9.4% amazingly well; the beer is pleasantly carbonated and light bodied; the alcohol provides a bit of a dry finish

O - solid; for me, a really good pseudo-introduction to popular/respected Belgian ales; it's really well-balanced, accessible, and full of nuance. Really strong offering.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet.

I've been looking forward to trying this ever since the GABF results came out. Congrats to Funkwerks on winning gold!

Deceit is a very pale golden yellow color with good clarity. The head is thick and slow to settles leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of sweet and tart lemon character. It smells fresh and well-hopped for a Belgian.

Flavor is big and intense with more lemon, some pepper, and alcohol. It's not hot but the alcohol lets you know it's there. each sip goes from sweet, to bitter, and finally finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light in body, nicely carbonated, and well balanced. Alcohol dries the palate on the finish.

Overall another strong offering from Funkwerks.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.64/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw amber with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts and banana with straw and yeast.

The flavor is sweet soapy belgian malts and banana with some earthy yeast and a dry, almost plasticky, finish. There's a bit of warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a lot of spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK Belgian with some off-notes.

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Deceit from Funkwerks
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.