Saison | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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.

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 648
Photo of Nephilium
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of spice and a touch of barnyard. The beer pours an almost clear straw with a quickly fading white head. Light bodied, complex flavor. There's spice, earthiness, a touch of sweetness, and a mildly bitter finish. Overall, this is a great Saison.

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

12 oz, bottle. Pours clear gold with a coarse white head. Steady carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of apple, pear, straw, lemon. Taste is green apple, Belgian yeast, black pepper. A little bitter hops in the finish. Excellent saison.

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

Appearance - clear straw colored body with white head

Smell - ginger, lemongrass, lemon peel, coriander

Taste - ginger, lemon grass, lemon peel, lime, coriander, black pepper

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, ginger upfront, spices on the back end.

Overall - good saison here that is worth a shot

Price Point - $12.99/6 pk 11.2 oz bottles (what up with that? American brewers are on the metric system now?)

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Photo of jeb_leeds
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

1. Smells great out of the bottle, very aromatic and fruity.
2 .Pours clear and blonde some light froth on top, barely any carbonation.
3. Fruity sweet and great initial flavor for 3 seconds...
5. Flavor turns bitter soapy, almost bud light like, it lingers on the back of your tongue for a while after.

Final thoughts: Would appreciate if it were a little sweeter, could maybe hold the fruit flavors longer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear golden amber color with a 1 finger off-white head

S. Lemongrass, sweet grains, wheat, bubblegum, pears, pepper, and grass

T: lemongrass, light caramel, sweet grains, ripe pear, and a light pepper spice upfront. Fresh dough and light bubblegum behind that. Finish is sweet grains and grass

M: solid medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: a pretty solid saison. It’s nothing mind blowing, but it hits all the right notes for sure

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Photo of BB1313
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/22/19. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; eggshell white head that fades leaving nice bubbly retention and nice lacing. The aromas have some citrus along with some bread and crackers. Some spices. Malts are there. Some yeasts. The flavors basically follow the nose. Some lemon leading the way along with some orange. Lots of fresh grass. More bread and crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts and yeasts do their thing without dominating. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, spritzy, very fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. It's very clean and refreshing. The craftsmanship really takes this one to the next level. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip,

Appearance: Pours a lemony, hazy color with a prominent head.
Aroma: Some strong stonefruit. Belgian yeast underneath: clove, coriander, and some banana and biscuit malts.
Flavor: Lemon and orange citrus fruit are strong. White wine vinous, with some stonefruit lavors fruit flavors. So many fruit flavors. Belgian yeast flavors of banana and coriander. Sweet biscuit malts. A slightly peppery spice.
Aftertaste/Finish: Body is medium to light. Finishes dry and peppery.

Compared side by side to Apex Predator, this beer has more orange flavor and tropical citrus than tart lemon/apple/grape. More belgian yeast and malt focus. More clove/coriander phenols. Less tart and sour. Less funk. Drinks like a witbier but with more malts as in a classic Belgian golden ale. More malt focused.

Overall: This is a classic to style saison. Belgian yeast, citrus, stonefruit, and white wine flavors with pale biscuit malts is what is notable. It combines so many flavors. It's balanced. No part is overwhelming. An extremely well-rounded saison.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Streams of rapidly rising bubbles permeate a hazy gold pour under a thin white cap with fair retention

S: rich fruit aromas, tropical fruit, melon, a trace of spice and a hint of wet wool in the background

T: Mildly sweet fruit, tropical fruit, melon and some peppery saison yeast character lead to an assertive bitter fruit finish with a dash of astringent drying.

F: medium light and crisp with above average carbonation

O: a flavorful, refreshing beer to grab when you want something classy and elegant to drink

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

Quite above average saison. A flagship product from Funkwerks. Cidery taste makes this beer different from the other saisons I had before. Not too creamy head, but the CO2 concentration is good enough to make this beer do its work in your mouth around your tongue. I would give it a 4.25.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

these guys were doing a tasting at the bottle shop, tried this and convinced me enough to grab a bottle on the way out. sloppily poured into a tulip a every so slightly hazy gold/yellow, with a decent enough white head and some bits of lacing. funky yeast aromas creep up instantly, with some wheat/hay and pepper joining in. starts off light in flavor and builds as you go, there's plenty of that nice yeast mixed with hints of citrus, cloves and spice. sugars start to join in after a few drinks. really solid flavor that drinks well and isn't overpowering in any one area. leaves a bit of sweetness in the mouth, medium bodied and nicely carbonated. now to get my hands on the imperial version

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured down side of glass, minimal head and almost no lacing. Yellow and gold with slight haze. Smells delicious with coriander, clove, yeast, and light notes of alcohol. Initial taste was a bit flat to me, but builds upon swallow and aftertaste. Lightly sweet, spicy, and yeasty. Tastes better and bettter with each mouthfeel. Pretty good, but I like their Tropic King more.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love some fine saison, and this is the best in the Rockies, which puts it at the very top of the best of the best. Great funk, subtle hops and a nice bright nose with fizz. Goes well with some Colorado bud too. Slow sip or drain it quick. It's good at all paces.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Beginner2
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard of Funkwerks. But, they do not distribute in Chicago. So, it was a pleasure to happen upon them at Denver's thriving Union Station and enjoy the dual pleasures of a well-made beer in a well re-made place.

On tap, it arrived in an elegant tulip. Inviting. Smells were not particularly distinguished... except the malt/spicing balance was surrounded by a very pleasant yeast funk. Tastes were extraordinary. Not a melange of too many flavors, but more like a series of duets between different malts and spices... I'm guessing directed by a very talented yeast.

The trade-off of this seeming a bit low in alcohol was that the spicing could clear the palate for my next bite of a bar pizza that was well below average. (Clearly, my tongue wanted more of this ale.) The sign of an exceptional Belgian brewer is to make food taste better. Well done, Funkwerks. You specialized in the most difficult tradition and are setting the bar for American crafters to interpret the Belgian tradition. I want more !

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Photo of BadlandsPig
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2fl oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pale golden yellow color with small yet highly carbonated head. Slight yeast smell with hints of citrus. Flavor was mild and balanced, malt, grain, "barnyard" profile. Medium bodied, dry feel.

I am just getting into Saison style beers and while this Funkwerks was interesting, I can't help but expect more out of it, especially given the high Beer-advocate rating. Will definitely try this Saison again, maybe poured and consume at a warmer temp.

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