Saison
Funkwerks

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From:
Funkwerks
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #350
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,033
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.37%
Ratings:
678
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2022
Added:
Nov 22, 2010
Wants:
  89
Gots:
  129
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Chill hazed, golden color with nearly no head on the pour. Rim bubbles remain throughout the tasting but provide little permanent lacing--two or three minor spots.

Farmhouse ale and Belgian yeast aromas dominate the smell. Dry with a small touch of sourness.

There's an apple sweetness to the initial taste. Plenty of carbonation. Not tart and the yeast is present but subtle. The finish is dryer than the start--it reminds me of a fully fermented cider. Thin bodied. Short aftertaste. Overall, this is a milder but still appropriate Saison.

Apr 23, 2022
 
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 08, 2021
 
3.65 by bgunnink from Illinois on Nov 22, 2020
 
 
4.03 by Danzifer from Ohio on Oct 01, 2020
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3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by barneyrubble from Colorado

Short off white 1 finger head settles fast to small layer on a clear medium yellow beer. A stream fo bubbles emanates from the bottom center etching of the Duvel glass.

Nose reveals a yeasty malt with a sweet banana coconut aroma.

Taste is a bit melon or mango like flavor with a dry medicinal flavor overtaking the whole show. No barnyard to speak of and the finish is slick with some hints of tropical fruit and maybe some alcohol warming.

Carbonation is medium and does not cut through the cloying mouthfeel. A medicinal herb like dryness rides on top of the feel of the beer.

I have tried beer this several times before and like it. This time I am struggling with its flavor and mouthfeel. I find it a bit too cloying and medicinal this time. It has a BB date of 12-12-20 and was consumed on 8-26-20 so it should be fresh. Perhaps it is my foray into the Pilsners that has me a bit jaded for Belgian styles right now

Aug 27, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had floral notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with floral spice presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Aug 16, 2020
 
3.78 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on Jul 14, 2020
 
4 by DoctorRobert1969 from California on Jul 06, 2020
 
3.99 by Samlover55 from New York on Jun 07, 2020
 
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 06, 2020
 
3.75 by mpenske from California on Apr 26, 2020
 
4.24 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Apr 06, 2020
 
3.91 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Jan 19, 2020
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

6/23/19 draft @ Flipside

Dec 01, 2019
 
4.24 by mountaincoffee from Kansas on Nov 22, 2019
 
4.29 by EBdos on Nov 19, 2019
 
4.55 by funku2 from Colorado on Nov 07, 2019
 
4.06 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Nov 07, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by farrago from New Jersey

Slight bright white head, a pretty coating with decent retention. Bright metallic yellow liquid filled with a considerable amount of dispersed bubbles. The nose filled with toasted bread crusts, wheat germ, quinine, lemon peel, rather lowkey spiciness and bubblegum notes, apricot, green melon, pear fruit also on the subtle side, not particularly tropical. Medium-bodied, sour mouth entry and dry, plays up a certain pepperiness and graininess. That said, it rounds out to spotlight more lemon citrus, florality and bubblegum. No presence of grassiness nor minerality. The melon, apple, pear fruit crests in the mid-palate, leaving the finish slightly wanting. Appears focused more on a tightly woven and integrated experience than kaleidoscope of flavor.

Oct 26, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this for the first time at the pre party for the Firestone Invitational a few years back.

Pours a hazy yellow color with 1/3" white head. Holy aroma, this might be the yeastiest saison I've ever had. Hard in the nose paint. So much phenolic push. I can dig it, sucka.

Taste is just all yeast. I dunno about the commercial tug job referencing all kinds of tropical fruits, didn't seem there to me. The yeast is dominant, as it should be in a saison. Its not one of those wild ale sour saisons either. A bit of a peppery edge (sofie), some gritty graininess. The kind of earthiness that is of the lighter variety, straw, hay, apple, pepper, agriculture and ranching. Carbonation is high. Clove note is super mild relative to everything else the yeast is pushing around.

The price on these are super affordable. You can get 6 bottles of this for less than a lot of saisons out there without any sacrifice in terms of quality. Real strong flavor profile on this one, definitely check it out at least once. I'll buy it again.

Sep 18, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Now this is criminally underrated! A wonderful classically styled saison, with aromas of grains, belgian yeast and spices, black pepper, biscuit malt and orchard fruit esters. Taste is much the same, add some herbs, grass, earth, light wood bark and citrus. Reminiscent of some of the belgian saisons of yesteryear, earthy, rustic, crisp and springy in the feel. Bravo!

Sep 18, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

This is a really good saison that reminded me a lot of Off Color Apex Predator which is one of my favorite beers. It's got a little bit of funk, a little bit of hops, and a touch of spice. Great flavors I would expect from a saison. yb

Sep 04, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

On tap at BeerShop, NYC.
Pours a clear golden color with visible slowly moving carbonation. A moderate head retains well, yielding a ring of lace.
The aroma is nicely showcases fruity esters and malts. Aromatic notes of melon, pear, passionfruit, tangerine, lemon and lime. The malt aroma yields notes of honey and graham cracker. In addition, there are light earthy aromas, leafy, grassy and notes of peppery phenols.
The taste aligns well with the aroma, with the fruity flavors balanced by peppery spices, coriander, and fresh cut grass. The moderate sweetness is tempered by the well attenuated dryness of this brew. The finish is crisp, dry and with a nice citrusy twang. Additional flavors include dry cracker malt, honey, pear, grapefruit, passion fruit, melon, ginger and verbena.
Medium bodied with an almost ethereal lightness that makes for fast drinking. Smooth and crisp at the same time, with an easygoing carbonation.
This Saison is pretty much right on the money. Complex yet understated, it is quite flavorful.

Sep 02, 2019
 
4 by AD17 from New Jersey on Aug 26, 2019
 
4 by dbauer from California on Aug 22, 2019
Photo of mkh012
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mkh012 from Colorado

Pours semi-hazy yellow with a thin white head.

The nose is lemon, orange, passionfruit, pepper, and sulfur. It leans more toward the latter as it warms.

The taste opens with lemon, orange, and apple before pepper, grain, and light bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with a light, taut finish that feels vaguely macro lager-like (but clean).

Overall, a very solid standard saison. Not a ton of flair or pop to this one - it could use a bit more lemon zing - but it's a well-made beer. Reminds me of Allagash Saison but slightly better to my memory.

Aug 16, 2019
 
4.09 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Aug 16, 2019
 
3.46 by whit_knee_41 from Indiana on Aug 02, 2019
 
4.04 by sengelha from Illinois on Jul 28, 2019
 
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Jul 06, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Nephilium from Ohio

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.

Jun 30, 2019
 
4.01 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jun 30, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by iguanodon from Utah

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.

Jun 24, 2019
 
3.65 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Jun 23, 2019
 
3.79 by alexsergio from New York on Jun 19, 2019
 
4 by SpaethJam from New York on Jun 08, 2019
 
4.06 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Jun 08, 2019
 
3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jun 06, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by keithmurray from Connecticut

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?)

Jun 03, 2019
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