Apricot Provincial
Funkwerks

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #556
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,870
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 9.52%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
83
From:
Funkwerks
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  16
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: At 4.2% ABV our Provincial is our sessionable Belgian-Style sour ale brewed utilizing a unique 24-hour warm souring technique using lactobacillus in the wort. We fermented with a Belgian wheat yeast strain famous for fruity flavors and a dry finish, making it the perfect complement to fruit. This delightfully tart fruit beer is refreshing, with a citrusy apricot aroma that transitions into a subtlety sweet and tart finish.
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours light yellow, slightly hazy and with a head that lasts 5 seconds. The aroma has a lot of lactose notes and some apricot. The taste is tart and with a very carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing and overall easy to drink.

Dec 12, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 2/3/17 bottle date. Appearance: Very cloudy pale straw yellow, with a nice white head for a sour. Aroma: Apricot and orange zest dominate. Very fruit forward with a slight acidity. Well balanced for the style. Taste: Burst of apricot and tea upfront, with a touch of citrus peel, quickly turning to a sharp acidic tartness. Minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bitterness, thicker than normal for a sour, with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Acidic tartness is prominent, with some apricot in the background. Overall: A top notch sour, due to a wonderful balance of fruitiness to the acidity. Apricot and orange zest seem to dominate the aroma and flavor while balancing a sharp acidity. Quite different than most sours that are overly acidic and lack the balance. Leads to a very refreshing and easy drinking sour

May 20, 2017
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of my first forays into farmhouse ales, and it was pretty good. It's very tart, not really sour at all, so I think that was a good way to go for me. The fruitiness of the apricots gives the beer a bit of balance, and you're not blown away by the overwhelming tartness, but it's certainly the dominant flavor in the beer. Funkwerks is known for their saisons, so I should probably try a few more of them from these guys.

Apr 20, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Bottle

Pours a yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a quick fizzy white head, minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, tart, with some apricot. The taste is malty, yeasty, tart, sour, with some apricot. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 04, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rich gold with a small dissipating head. The aroma strikes one with browning lemon flesh, dried apricot, and almond. The flavor is quite sour, with notes of lemon and a lighter apricot throughout. The mouthfeel is very light with light and tickling carbonation. Overall this is a simple but enjoyable beer. I was looking for a direct, simple sour, and this fits the bill.

Mar 24, 2017
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champ103 from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw/yellow color. A pillowy two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A fairly simple nose, but one I really love. Fleshy fruit, tart apricots all the way. That stone fruit aroma is fantastic and lingers on. A touch of hay, and earthy notes that might boarder on "barnyard," with a touch of cracker like malts. The fruit is the show though, and out of this world.
T: Again, bright and vibrant apricots. Fleshy fruit flavors, and perfectly tart. The tartness never becomes "sour" in my opinion, just that wonderful slight pucker that makes me want to keep coming back. Very light cracker like malts, even a touch of earthy funk, though both take a back seat.
M/O: A light body that is very effervescent. Crisp and lively which finishes dry. So enjoyable to drink. I want to keep coming back to this. Easily all day.

The incredibly vibrant apricot takes over, which makes this somewhat simple. Though at the same time textured. Like Raspberry Provincial this is not really a Berliner, and not really a Saison. So it is stuck between a few styles. No bother, just a great vibrant Belgian fruit beer. A style that some American "farmhouse" breweries will make with great fanfare, lines and hype. Though, often times don't come close to this. Well done all around.

Feb 23, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from tap, minimal head and lacing. Looks like a wheat beer, hazy pale golden in the glass. Smells somewhat funky with bits of apricot peaking thru. Initial taste is apricot and then leads into a sweet/sour finish. Really nice beer, very smooth mouthfeel, not overly tart, good apricot flavor

Dec 13, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a hazy straw color with a foamy white head that disappears very fast. The aroma is full of funk. Hay and a bit of barnyard with sweet stone fruit underlying. Tartness leads the taste with a bit of sweet Apricot following behind. Nice funk and a dry minerality at the finish. Pucker city. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and cleansing.

Oct 25, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light yellowish color with fizzy white head, but not much. Tartness, funk, light fruits, apricots, and some yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with an apricot fruit lingering.

Jul 06, 2016
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dcotom from Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into Duvel tulip. Pulpy orange-yellow in appearance. As expected, nice Belgian yeast funk on the nose, with notes of apricot and citrus. These follow through to the palate. This is tart, a little funky and fruity, pleasantly bitter and dry finish. An easy drinker, refreshing and delicious.

Jul 05, 2016
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BWED from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a teku.

A- Hazed blonde, effervescent, with a thin layer of light head. White in color.

S- Bread yeast, light apricot, fruity, and a light citrus. A little underwhelming.

T- Mild stone fruit, apricot and citrus. Tart and sweet. Sparkling fruit juice.

M- LIght body. Tart, with a snappy fizz.

O- Lacks depth. Flavor is nice, but rather mild. Body is really good.

May 07, 2016
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried with the Raspberry Provincial. This was rather underwhelming in comparison, with almost absent fruit flavor. The acidity, dryness, and tart quality is similar and quite nice. What seems to be lacking is the actual flavor of apricot, which I simply don't taste. Perhaps this is due to batch variation, as others have not said this. The raspberry provincial has such nice and textured fruit flavors. This is still a very drinkable saison, there is no doubt there.

Apr 02, 2016
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breadwinner from California

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The long and short of it: a crazy affordable and solidly tasty fruited sour that comes in friggin' 4-packs. That alone warrants kudos. Light flaxen yellow color, hazy even with a careful pour. Nose as advertised: sour apricots. No real funk there and not really much of the wheat malt that I've seen more readily apparent in their Raspberry Provincial. This is sour and apricots, maybe kinda sorta along the lines of apricot fruit leather or something like that, except acidic and tart. Taste is similar, delightfully light bodied, begging to be gulped down on a warm day. Pleasingly tart, nice vein of fruit. Look, you ain't gettin' Fou Foune for this price. But you are getting an absolute summer crusher, and you won't break the bank doing it. Nicely done, Funkwerks.

Mar 21, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is amazing! one of my favorites from funkwerks in quite some time now. their belgian relases have been underwhelming in my opinion, but this fruited version of one of their classics is downright impressive. looks real pale and yellow, a bit cloudy but still very lively and expressive under a huge white head puffing up over the edges of the glass. the fruit in the nose is very pungent, and with the sour, it almost throws my head back. it could easily be peaches or apricots, it has that fuzzy outside texture thing, and it has a fleshy summery middle bit. i think there is just enough acid here to make it apricot for sure, it pulls out the essence of the fruit, but if you told me peaches, i would believe it. great wild profile to this, less sour than perhaps the label suggests, but there is some pucker to it. for me its a mix between like berliner type lacto tartness and saison and begian funk. its as dry as can be but retains all of the fruit character, which lingers a bit on the finish, but not at all in a sweet way. its so fresh off the tree like, not jammy or preserved or dried or anything, which i really dig. its also super light in feel, well carbonated and airy on the palate, almost explosive really, refreshing and highly crushable. i have been really digging these low abv wild types, and this is a fantastic example of that. i think the base provincial is one of the best beers these guys make, and this is a wonderful extension of it. absolutely worth seeking out, especially if you have been disappointed by recent funkwerks stuff.

Mar 05, 2016
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Keithernandez from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Look: a beautiful golden color, super hazy, tons of yeast sediment.

Smell: lacto brings out a tart smell of lemons, slight apricot following. Brings a big anticipation for the first drink.

Taste: much like the smell, immediately get a strong lemony taste, not as much apricot as I would've liked, a nice dry finish. the lacto kind of overpowers this one.

Feel: for a thick looking beer it was super light, very sessionable.

Overall: it's a very solid sour from funkwerks, these guys never fail to impress. Maybe age will bring out the apricot profile. It's a perfect beer for the nice warm weather coming up.

Mar 01, 2016
Apricot Provincial from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 83 ratings