Saison
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #248
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,868
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
676
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Funkwerks
 
Colorado, United States
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Year-round
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  89
Gots
  129
SCORE
91
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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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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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farrago from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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REVZEB from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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SmashAdams from New Jersey

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

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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Gajo74 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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mkh012 from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Nephilium from Ohio

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.

Jun 30, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

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.

Jun 24, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

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?)

Jun 03, 2019
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jeb_leeds from New York

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.

May 30, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

May 18, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Apr 16, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

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.

Mar 29, 2019
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pat61 from Minnesota

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

Dec 20, 2018
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Helluvaz from California

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.

Nov 12, 2018
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

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

Nov 11, 2018
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

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.

Sep 15, 2018
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JFrank78 from California

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.

Aug 21, 2018
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JackieTH from Minnesota

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.

Aug 04, 2018
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williamphelps from Colorado

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.

Jul 08, 2018
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pants678 from California

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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Jan 30, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Jan 17, 2018
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