Saison | Funkwerks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship Saison was born from a series of test batches begun in Gordon Schuck’s backyard, the French Saison yeast strain used in test batch #6 was utilized to become the Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Saison that sits before you.

Notes of passion fruit, tangerine, lemon verbena, ginger and black pepper.

Added by Oxymoron on 11-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,085
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
606
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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Photo of JackieTH
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a persistent cap of creamy foam. Smells of earth, wet hay, unripe cherry. Taste opens with a flash of tart citrus across the tongue then it’s cloves, banana, candied sugar, mouldering hay barnyard funk. Finish mildly sweet. Medium, soft body. Moderate carbonation. This is a really nice saison.

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Photo of ClintGoodman
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Hazy yellow with a nice head and lacing. Pretty hay, grass, dried peach, dried apricot, dried cherry, Earth funk on Nose. Confirmed on palate with more focus on hay and dried grass subtle sweet finish. Feel of bright acidity, silky smooth.

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

Photo of brantleysmith
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottvanbelois
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaker07
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pants678
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Translucent straw yellow with single finger retaining white head.

Hay, yeast. Meh.

Traditional yeasty and earthy. Not real dry, a faint honey sweetness and coriander. Tropic King is better, IMO, but if you let it linger there's misting notes of tea and pear on the mid palate.

Could stand some sugar to dry it out.

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Photo of GreyGooseStout
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 26th 2017, right on the label of the 11.2 ounce bottle. Their dating system rocks!

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a 2 finger head of foam to start, shrinks to a fine layer with good lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast, has notes of white pepper, cloves, coriander, sweet from I presume candi sugar. Nice. Bit of funk.

Cloves, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, hop bitterness, earthy malt, very light with the Brett. Tasty.

Light side of medium bodied, adequate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

This is yummy.

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Photo of Dawon
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a good-sized head of white foam. It smelled of spices, yeast and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel flavor with some spices, lemon and yeastiness.

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

Pale golden hued with a fingernail of bright white around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is an inviting blend of sweet pale Belgian malt and earthy saison yeast. The flavor closely mirrors the aroma with pleasing sweet Belgian light malt and the earthy yeast. The mouth is dry, crisp, and refreshing.

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

Poured from tap at Whole Foods. Not much head, But, smell and taste were on point. Has just the right amount of funk.

Paired with sushi. Fantastic combo.

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Photo of fastsite
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOKS: A rich, slighly hazy golden, with lots of carb rising, and a small white foam that leaves a mild lacing.
AROMA: Green apple, nice bit of that farmyard funk, pear, and a slight peppery note.
TASTE: White grape, green apple, funky, slight pepper flavor.
FEEL: Well carbonated, dry, and medium-ish body.
OVERALL: Tasty. Going great with the smoked mozzarella on my pizza.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz (330ml) bottle. Bottled on 2016.09.14.
Slightly hazy golden body, thin white head fed by carbonation, scattered lacing.
On the nose is banana, spice, green apple, pear, and funk.
Taste is mix of banana, apple, with pepper and cloves.
Dry, crisp mouth feel, good level of carbonation.
Solid mix of smells and tastes for the saison type.

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Photo of Hroth
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Demi
2.54/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy but not cloudy golden color. The head is not spectacular, but the lacing is fabulous. More than just a ring of lacing, this brew maintains a fine film of foam on the top surface.

The aroma hits the right notes. Spice and sour notes mix with funk and yeast. The barnyard is definitely present. Green apple and pear quite prominent with white pepper and banana/ester.

The flavor is heavy on the esters compared with most American takes on this style, and distinguishes this as an effort to make a classic. Banana, pear, and apple very forward in the fruit department, along with white grape. The yeast is there, but not heavy handed. White pepper and clove unmistakable at the finish. Skews a shade sweet for the style, but still enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is excellent. The carbonation is ample with good staying power and provides plenty of lift and crispness.

Overall, an excellent saison that feels more like a "home country" offering than an American imitation. Recommend.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spectacular golden hue with full white head, the nose is quiet but hints apple skin and pears, with a touch of funky horse blanket around the edges. Flavor adds an earthy limestone quality to the mix. Delicious and satisfying.

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