Saison | Funkwerks

130 Reviews

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Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Urbancaver!

Nice looking pour. Cloudy brass with a great, lacy head. This is a gorgeous beer to gaze upon.

Smells of grains of paradise, Belgian sugars, lemon zest and tangerines.

Taste reflects the nose. Great mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Easy drinker for it's style.

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Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mil into a tulip

A - Pours a deep golden color, lots of carbonation. Appears thick, some suspended yeast. Head formation is extremely strong, well retained.

S - A combination of peppery yeast and some citrus like funk. Comes through awfully wild.

T - Starts off nice and sweet, some pilsner malts. The orange like flavors come through strong through the mid-stream. The yeast isn't as strong and potent on the flavor. Still has some good funky flavors. Finishes clean, flavor dry finish.

M - Strong carbonation is really prickly on the tongue. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Good traditional saison. I really like the funky flavors. Somewhat filling at times. ABV is manageable.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at City Tap House, Washington, DC

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and starts out with initial hints of nuts and quickly transitions to flavors of peppery spices that particularly stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices make your tongue tingle a little.
O: The peppery finish really stands out in this beer and sets it apart from other saisons.

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Photo of sommersb
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Colorado Liquor Mart, Denver

A: Hazy straw yellow color, capped with a big rocky white head. Excellent lacing and good head retention.

S: Very aromatic with fruits like lemons, flowery, light earthy hops, musty yeast, hay, and cereal grains.

T/M: Overall a dry taste, with some citrus-type acidity. Lively carbonation helps give it a crisp feel. Body is fairly light, with flavors of musty yeast and a dry, wine-like, tangy finish.

O: A very good saison, especially if you like a dry finish. It combines elements of sweetness, bitterness, tartness and sourness.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for the opportunity to try this. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a two inch bright white head. Nose expresses lemon zest, citrus and a trace of clove - all and all fairly clean. Taste follows nose; however, a bit more clove is evident in the flavor profile. Mouhfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. All and all an extremely drinkable, albeit somewhat clean, domestic saison. Definitely a beer I would add to my regular seasonal line-up if it were readily available.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great American saison!
L - Slightly hazy yellow/golden. White head but was gone quick.
S- breads malt, honey and some farmhouse funk.
T- simple but really well executed! Taste follows nose. Delicate honey bread malt, subtle spice and a very slight grassy hops and the funky yeast esters you expect from a good saison. Really good stuff!
O- great saison from a great brewery.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Cowsandbells. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a monster fluffy white head that has fair retention and crazy lazing. The aroma is classic saison with lemons, spices, mums and earthy yeasts. The taste is also classic saison and is reminiscent of the duponts; many complex flavors at play here--I get lemons, pears, a bit of apple, salt, pepper, honey and some biscuit. The palate is silky smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long, but not dry, with lingering fruity yeasts.

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Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Enormous billowing cloud-like head that sticks around. Straw-yellow pour, a bit hazy.

Smell: Belgian yeast, light spice (coriander, white pepper), lemon zest, perhaps some bananas. Wish it had just a bit more uumph.

Taste: Similar to the smell; belgian yeast, spices like white pepper and coriander (perhaps some sage), banana. No sour or tartness or funk really (and sadly).

Mouthfeel: Almost crisp, very creamy, nice carbonation despite the huge head.

Drinkability: This would be great for sitting out on the yard or on the beach!

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, huge fluffy white head with tightly packed bubbles.

Belgian yeast esters, lemon lime, spearmint, grass and hay in the aroma.

Goat cheesy, lemon/hay flavor with orange zest and a slightly bitter earthy lemon rind finish. Bone dry and tingly carbonation.


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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with mikesgroove at Hobo Cookout #1! Big thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a four finger slightly off-white frothy head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The funk aspect added to the saison spices was a very nice touch and made this one a little more enjoyable. However, this one wasn't overly drinkable to me even at 6.8% ABV. Saisons are not my favorite style so maybe this could have been why. Still a very nice brew to enjoy while prank calling richbrew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Incredible true Belgian taste exudes from the glass of this Funkwerks brewery. Where many American brewers' ales are kinda Belgianesque, they seem to be on training wheels. This Saison is poppin' wheelies and gettin' air.

With its peachy straw hue, the rustic ale offers up a rocky, ivory-stained head. Spider webbing lace results from an intricate weave of clinging foam. Its high retention and firm yeasty haze continue to sing praises of well designed farmhouse ales.

Spice, malt and fruit sculpt the aromas- starting with pear, apples and lemony esters; these scents join forces with stern earthy notes of hay and fresh grass. Light citrus tones bounce off of a soft wheat backdrop and conclude with a light creamy malt tang and vinous white wine.

Fruit overtones kick off the flavor show with oranges, white grapes, apple skins, and lemon peels. A semi-sweet foundation of powdered sugar and dough soon recede to allow for a spicy middle palate of freshly grated ginger, coriander, freshly cut grass, and baled hay. Musty and vinous to close, the farmhouse ale leaves you with impressions of white pepper to close.

Its dry and spicy texture starts early but really kicks into gear as the malt sweetness and bread textures fade. All that's left behind is an effortlessly smooth hop bitterness, warm alcohol, and a bone-dry peppery-ness.

When a brewery doesn't have to contend with American-style beers and can simply focus on Belgian styles, the discipline in taste is obvious- this is just a more mature ale.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass. Pours a cloudy pale straw with a huge, rocky stark white head. Head is very slow to drop, leaving very chunky lacing.

Aromas of spicy, peppery yeast, grainy malt, lemons and lemon zest.

Flavors of grainy malt, lemon zest, lemons, peppery yeast. A slight sourness. Short finish with a light bitterness and peppery yeast lingering.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, medium bitterness. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall, a very good saison. Worth seeking out. A great example of an american saison.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fourth time having this beer. Once at Funkwerks and now the third of a four pack.

A- 12oz slim bottle poured to a snifter with a somewhat yeast hazed light golden yellow body. The head is white with a frothy texture and pretty good retention. Lacing is a mix of large sheets and drizzle.

S- Classic Saison yeast spice with a feel somewhere between pepper and coriander paired to fruit a aromas like lemon peel and pear. Slightly juicy stone fruit hint behind the rest but fairly minor.

T- Fruit notes open up a bit as a dryness sets in throughout. Tangerine, semi bitter orange peel, passion fruit and lemon match up to pepper, coriander and a certain herbal feel that could be from yeast or hops.

MF- Medium bodied for the style but finishes almost bone dry. The body has a smooth, creamy consistency even with a high end carbonation. Finishes moderately bitter and that combines with the dryness to linger on the palate.

I was a huge fan of this right off the bat at the taproom. After a few months in the bottle it has seemingly not changed and retains a nice balance of spicy yeast and fruity tones.

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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy light golden orange color with dark golden yellow edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into very thin ring.  Minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy, funky arom with hints of barn, hay,straw and grass countered by bready yeast pale malt and crisp light fruit.  Hints of apple, pear, tangerine and orange peel.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected  with a crisp dry presence up front that is countered by earthiness, bready yeast and light fruit.  Lots of citrus orange peel as well as some zesty peppery spice. Well balanced with an excellently masked abv giving off only a slight alcohol presence.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to waltonc for this great extra. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a hazy dark golden color into a tulip. A few fingers of slightly off white head is achieved with a careful pour, which dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Slight funk, Belgian yeast, clove, white pepper, tangerine, lemon zest, pears and apples.

Taste – Heavy Belgian flavors up front such as the clove, white pepper, and also floral hops. A nice citrus burst of lemons, lemon zest, and granny smith apples.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A solid Saison. Extremely happy I was able to try this.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle. thanks elloit!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes on 8/14/12.

Appearance: opaque yellow bodied beer with a huge white head. curtians of lace on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, hay, funk maybe a hit of citrus.

Taste: just like the nose! The big flavors in this beer are the straw/hay notes, yeast, and breadiness. Mild funk with a touch of citrus lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high carbonation. Crisp carbonation while the mouthfeel remains clean, smooth, and delicate. Does finish dry.

Overall: This beer is very true to style. Well made saison.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on-tap at Root Down in Denver

Pale golden body - a bit cloudy, nice white foam. Crisp with a dry a rather dry finish, notes of pear juice, pepper, green apple, a pinch of lemon zest. A nice, traditional, saison that is a very logical perma-draft at the impressive food-haven of Root Down.

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Photo of kkrez
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funkwerks Saison pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with an active, slowly subsiding head.

The aroma is of apples, lemon zest, pepper, grass, banana, and a slight hay funk.

The taste follows in suit but different tastes are more prominent as the beer warms in the glass. Citrusy lemon, white pepper, lemon zest, tangerine, and a bready, hay funk tinge all take turns wowing your taste buds.

The beer is lively and bubbly on the palate and refreshingly drinkable. But don’t drink it too fast, let the beer warm and experience the different waves of flavors that seem to pop out with each degree increase.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this American Saison. Glad someone is stepping up to focus on this complex style. Cheers Gordon!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer; one that isn't over the top, which so far represents all (two) of the FW beers I've had. Nothing crazy, just darn tootin' good.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a head that reached the ceiling (no, I'm kidding), fluffy with some sticky lacing.

Aroma has the funk to it. An initial doughy-sweetness is covered with spice and light fruits. Tingle to the nose.

Nice blend of flavors, ranging from a light but solid biscuit and wet bread, to spicy herbals and floral. A quick burst of a bite of tannins or green pear...something like that. white pepper. It was creeping in on citrus before the spice and hops cut it off on the end.

Very nice beer. Good for those looking for an example of the style without going overboard on the sensors.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Incredibly cloudy yellow with a huge, tightly-bubbled white head that lasts and lasts and lasts. This leaves ribbons, sheets, spiderwebs, and spots of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

A complete aroma and very typical of the style: grain and sweet breads, white fruits (green apple and some peach, perhaps), distinct, slightly funky yeast, and some mild pepper. Very nice.

The flavor too is fantastic: the yeast and white fruit flavors are front and center, but a mild funk and earthiness complement everything nicely.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy.


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Photo of GabrielM
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared as an extra from forgetfu. Thanks, Bill! Poured into a tulip.

A - a bright golden cider color, cloudy in the middle, with a bright white head on top. Nice lacing and consistency.

S - orange peel and wheat up front with a hint of lemon. Smells very refreshing.

T - surprisingly, orange is not the dominant flavor here. It starts off with a bit of lemon zest followed by a slight acidic bite. A bit different than what was expected but it's pleasant. Very refreshing.

M - light and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much. Drinks like a warm spring day picnic.

D - very drinkable and, again, refreshing. Nicely done!

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Southern Tier Pumking tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orange, hazy body. Bright, white, huge head. This one looks mega carbonated. Great head retention - clings to the glass and runs down the side slowly.

S: Funky yeast esters. Black peppery spice. Exotic fruits - guava, pineapple, papaya, mango, passionfruit. White wine grapes.

T: Spicy black pepper straight from the nose. Strong saison yeast and a little funk, but definitely not too much. The fruitiness is there at the finish, but it's not as strong as the nose suggests. The grapey, white wine taste is evident.

M: Light-Medium Body. High Carbonation. Prickly.

O: A very nice example of the style. I love the complexity that comes through from the exotic fruits, balanced with the black peppery spice. Very pleased with what I've had from FW thus far.

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Photo of Tone
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, hint of alcohol, slight spice, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and decent body and blend.

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Photo of ChanChan
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Notes:

Appearance: Hazy light orange with a very lively head.

Aroma: Yeast, lemon, a bit of coriander.

Taste: Very good tasting saison, not overly complex but better than most.

Moutfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a very refresing mouthfeel.

Overall: A very good beer, I am glad to have had the chance to try this beer!! It was about 95 degrees when I had this. With this heat I can understand the need for a Farm-house Ale like this!!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the Funkwerks Saison, a beer I've wanted to try since I first heard about the brewery and its concept. This opportunity is presented to me thanks to bardwashrind. Thanks, Andre. The label informs me to consume this within two years, but much to my annoyance, doesn't mention when it was bottled.

The pour is golden orange, mildly hazy thanks to the roused yeast, with a giant, off-white head that falls off to a thick cap, leaving plenty of patchy foam. The nose is *exactly* what I was hoping it would be. Sharp spicy phenols with a rustic character with a blend of hay, kaffir lime leaf and mild honeydew melon are initially most noticeable. As my nose gets used to the phenols, I start picking out more of the munich malt sweetness, rich and bready with a little bit of honey. The hops are pleasant, providing a crisp hop oil burst towards the end with some earthy and herbal character. Quite excellent.

The palate opens with a blend of crisp, clean pilsner malt, a little bit of wheat, and a mild bready Munich malt. This is just a base on which the yeast goes crazy, with a blend of pepper, plenty of phenols, a raw, rustic, earthy character and just a faint hint of clove. The balance is really good here, though I do wish it were just a little less sweeter. All told, the munich malt is an interesting, enjoyable twist here. Light in body, crisply carbonated with a long, drying finish with a blend of spices, phenols and honey. Excellent, refreshing stuff, I will seek out more from this brewery.

The second pour from the bottle reveals more of a fruity note on the nose. There's a definite stone fruit character, with ripe white peaches and nectarines present. This really does add to the enjoyment here. This characteristic does fade as the beer breathes, reminding me that even a detailed review is but a pregnant pause in the evolution of a beer.

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Saison from Funkwerks
4.1 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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