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Nelson Sauvin - Funkwerks

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 77
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: denver10 on 05-03-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 77
Photo of Dan_K
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/3/2016 on tap at Funkwerks

L: Beautiful golden color with great lacing and big white bubbles that stick around.
S: Smells heavenly, of moscato grapes, tropical fruit, grass, earth, and spice
T: Tastes much as it smells, some sweetness and some dryness, the grapes and the hops forming a delicious harmony
F: Feels very nice for a saison. Medium-light body and a dry finish
O: I really enjoyed this beer. Quite a surprise. Could drink a bucket of it I think.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Truly an interesting beer, not what you'd typically expect (as if anything funkwerks is typical tho, lol). This one was very clear and the flavor profile a bit more muted than I expected. It almost had a blonde ale quality to it. But the nose - holy cow the aroma let you know this was no ordinary blonde, hops coming out in big heaping handfuls and some awesome Belgian spunk and funk to go with it. Aroma wins the day on this beer, and the snifter glasses at funkwerks seal the deal. Must-try.

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Photo of Zach136
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/20 - enjoyed 6/27

Appearance: Hazy yellow, solid head.

Aroma: Funk and hop notes of white wine, spice, bubblegum and tropical fruit.

Flavor: White wine, more floral and tropical hop dominated with a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, light bodied, not quite bone dry which I assume is from the added grape juice.

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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly lemony, with coriander and floral notes. Lemon zest becomes more prominent.

Flavor is minerally and lemony, with a touch of grapefruit and an earthy, horse blanket/barnyard finish. Very interesting example of the style. High quality. Very well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Notes from April 14, 2014

APPEARANCE: As with any other of Funkwerks's beers this one has a huge head and is clearly well-carbonated. It foams up right off the bat. The retention is pretty good and the beer is a gorgeous, light yellow with a ton of visible carbonation in it.

SMELL: A little barnyard funk/wet blanket smell with light, fruity citrus undertones as we'll.

TASTE: Some of that funky nose comes through towards the front end. The grapes hit right behind that before a little tart flavor moves into the middle. There's a lot going on even before a very nice, dry bitter hop finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Of course this is a highly carbonated beer. Nice sparkle. Light, dry body with a crisp finish, but not before a touch of sweetness to balance.

OVERALL: I wish this was a year-round offering. One of the best they do.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/13/14 Picked this up in CO Springs ( Coal Train )

Pours a super effervescent straw color with a finger of bubbly eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, reminds one of sparkling wine. Very good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Pineapple, a whisper of funk, pears, apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, some light crackery notes, plus dryness & a kiss of tartness, delicate grapefruit notes as well up front.. Some pineapple as this warms, a hint of melon & pears, just a touch of oaky twangyness/brett sourness as well. Finishes with mix of orchard & tropical fruit, slight hints of oakyness

MF: Extremely light bodied, delicate carbonation

Drinks so easy, maybe not quite funky enough to completely thrill, but would certainly buy it again; no doubt. These guys do good work!

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Photo of afrokaze
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a bit of haze. Melon, tropical fruits, floral, white wine sweetness on the nose. Taste is melon and chardonnay, coriander, clove, grass, lemon, pils malt. Finishes super dry and more like a crisp white wine. A lot of Nelson character at the cost of typical saison esters.

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled November 13, 2014) to a tulip.

A-The beer is light in color (like dry straw) but very murky. The head is pretty much white in color and two-plus fingers tall when I pour it. The retention is so so and there is no lacing left behind. I can see a few bubbles in there.

S-The aroma is light and fruity with suggestions of juicy fruit...in the both the literal sense, i.e., juicy tropical fruits like pineapple and lemon, and the descriptive sense, i.e., I get a hint of fruity bubblegum. I also get some Belgian yeast and bread dough. There is a hint of dry grass in there too.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with more dry grass flavor and less juicy, hoppy fruit as the beer warms up. It never gets to full-on pepper, but there is some spice too. Otherwise, the Nelson hops keep things juicy and tropical.

M-The feel is lighter than average and effervescent carbonation fills my palate. It fits the flavor profile pretty well.

O-This is an enjoyable beer. The hop flavors stand out, but they don't completely overwhelm the saison flavors, and the pairing of the two makes for a drinkable, non-IPA hopped up beer. I don't know that a November/December release is ideal for this one, but I could drink more of this in the summer and really enjoy it, I think.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured a cloudy, very pale straw colored body with a one finger fluffy white head. The cloudiness was due to yeast stirring in the keg so it's not fair to rate that aspect, but the head is nicely formed and overall it looks pleasing. Scents of citrus, especially lemon peel and juice, white pepper, light sulphur and yeasty aromas, a bit musky and some medium-light sour funk. Overall impression of aroma is of an amazing saison aroma, very true to the core form of the style. A bit yeasty due to being the first pour, but not bad, the core aroma shines through regardless. Flavor begins like a classic saison with notes of lemon zest, sour funk, clove and white pepper. Middle continues this flavor, with a pleasant sourness, lemon zest, light lemon flesh and white pepper flavor. Finish is medium-dry with notes of spicy Belgian yeast, white pepper, lemon zest and light lemon juice with a bit of sour yeasty funk. Aftertaste is funky yeast, light grainy malt, white pepper and lemon zest. Overall impression of flavor is of a lovely saison, very true to form and quite pleasant. A joy to taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and an initially creamy feel that gives way to a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent saison, a bit full but very pleasing on the tongue. Overall this is a fantastic saison. The slightly off aroma gave way to a wonderful flavor and mouthfeel that was well worth trying. Another hit from Funkwerks.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, bright gold coloring with a foamy, sparse, white head. Nose of straight booze, tart citrus notes, herbal spices, and toast. Flavors are tart forward, with a lemony and sweet crème undertone. Light and crisp body, with a blast of herbal notes on the aftertaste. Spiced, smooth finish. Nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

as one of my favorite hop varietals, i always look for new beers that feature the nelson hop, and i was stoked to see this one tap at barrels and bottles in golden. the color is cloudy but bright, pale straw yellow with a short white head but plenty of carbonation. the nose on it isnt as nelson forward as anticipated. in fact, the hops are almost background noise to the saison yeast profile, which is always solid with funkwerks. the flavor too seems light on the nelson, maybe could have used more late kettle and dry hop additions to make it sing. i mean, i get that its nelson, but its not as vibrant and up front as i like it to be, seems under dosed in that way. the beer though is real tasty, with the nelson almost appearing more like a saaz hop, citrus and grass rather than the intense pineapple. saison yeast dries it right out and leaves and appreciable farmy weirdness on the palate, but high carbonation fizzes it clean. overall a very tasty beer but i think i missed opportunity to showcase what nelson can do in a saison setting.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 11/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy straw gold with a huge fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits and some dry vinous grape with some earthy yeast and perfumey malt.

The flavor is bready malts with tropical fruits, a little spicy funk and some grape. The finish has a decent amount of dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. I like tropical fruit from the nelson sauvin hops and what the grape must adds.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Decanted into a stemmed tulip glass. Bottles notes the date “03-25-13”.
Appearance: Golden and hazy like a sunrise in Los Angeles. Crowned with a fluffy pillow of fat bubbles that sinks away rather quickly. The head remains as a ring around the edge that paints beautiful lace all down the inner edge of the glass.
Smell: Apple cider, white wine, astringent tea, and pineapple.
Taste: The apple cider and white wine show up first and foremost in the flavor. Hints of papaya, pineapple, and grains of paradise. The alcohol doesn’t scream out at me, but it’s in the background somewhere whispering my name.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly and light in the body. A bit of warmth from the alcohol.
Overall: This beer is brilliant and a perfect end to a lovely day. I could drink approximately one pile of it.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap room exclusive bottle - in the experimental series.

A: Pours a straw colored, hazy body. Huge fizzy head bustles up and pillow tops at the top of the glass. Took about 10 minutes to pour the entire 750 bottle into 2 glasses, because so much head rushed up with little pours every 3-4 minutes.

S: Yeasty and a bit of funk in the nose. Some peppery spice. The grape must is definitely present and a bit of orange and peach.

T: Upfront there is an apple taste. Also some peach on the palate that follows the nose. A bit of banana. Strong white grape juice. Finishes with a solid undertone of black pepper spiciness and funky farmhouse yeast. Very complex and solid.

M: Not nearly as dry as the nose would lead you to believe. Light body. Very crisp and refreshing. Smooth.

O: Wow. This one really caught me off guard. My favorite funkwerks offering to date. Just glad I was fortunate enough to be able to try a bottle. The complexity is incredible.

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Photo of denver10
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A new taproom exclusive bottle; a light saison with nelson sauvin hops and grape muste.

Pours a hazy sandy yellow with a nice soft looking white head. Aroma is quite smooth and offers some spicey belgian yeast, grape juice, and some tropical fruits (particularly peach) that come out more as it warms. Flavor is more poignant and sharp than the aroma would have had me expect, in a good way. Juicy grape juice, tropical fruits hit first, the spicey belgian yeast follows underneath that, and it closes out with slightly fruity and bready finish. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer. Funkwerks delivers again.

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Nelson Sauvin from Funkwerks
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.