Saison | Funkwerks

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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 srhoadsy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy straw color with 2 inches of foamy white head that quickly recedes leaving a heavy surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of sour grapes and citrus with a musty, spicy background.

Tastes of sour grapes, citrus zest, clove and pepper. With that musty, leathery and spicy funk indicative of the style.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish and milder aftertaste than you would expect.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. Complex, but not overwhelming. Crisp and refreshing, as it should be.

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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 dbossman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Apricot hue with a huge, over-the-top, frothy head--the head looks like the meringue on a pie

S: Lots of barnyard, musty, hay-like, cheesey, fruity, leathery aromas; this is so funky--I am pumped

T: Fruity--almost hoppy--up front with a funky undertone: hay, barnyard, mustiness, cheese, mmm

F: A little bit thin on the finish but plenty of creaminess

O: Such a funky, fruity, awesome saison

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Photo of Yokoono76
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: hefty head, 3 fingers, some lacing, hazy light golden color.

S: very fragrant! Fruity, citrus, floral.. Lovely aroma!

T: fruit, sweet apple, pear, some banana, subtle spice in the finish.

M: very pleased with this! Warming, moderately carbonated, works well with flavor. Almost creamy, fantastic!

O: I was highly impressed with this beer. Balanced, complimentary flavors just an overall excellent saison! I will be buying more! Very pleased. Great mouthfeel, excellent flavor! Fantastic!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with four fingers of dense head on a very careful pour. Woah, this beer is carbonated. Head retention is extremely good.

S: Macintosh apples mixed with clove starts out this very spicy aroma. As the massive head slowly dies down, I get modest amounts of peppercorn and a bit of lemon zest.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get Macintosh apples and lemon zest upfront. Bready malts are fairly strong for the style with a bit of caramel sweetness. Clove and spices are fairly restrained, but easily apparent.

M: Medium thickness with extremely high carbonation. A bit distracting.

O: Not a bad Saison, but not terribly good. I'd prefer more citrus and funk.

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Photo of mevett89
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: significant white head with nice lacing. Beautiful straw color.

Smell: floral and citrus hops with sweet maltiness.

Taste: malt in the forefront, followed by those floral and citrus hops, with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness from the yeast and some delicious spice in there too.

Mouth Feel: medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Overall: pretty darn good, everything is nicely balanced, the flavors are largely subtle, and all very tasty. This is not my favorite style of beer, but Funkwerks does it very nicely.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a Funkwerks globe glass at the tasting room in Fort Collins.

A gorgeous fluffy white head is presented about 3 fingers, and huge staying power. It has caverns and a wonderful peaked whipped top. Body color is an orb glowing lemon unfiltered gem with hints of brown edges towards the sides. When finally settles it leaves a giant puck.

Nose is classic saison but incredibly subtle and balanced. Mild possibly brett with hints of lemon, it comes out as some type of grass garden large floral aroma, dripping with pollen and muted honey. Hits of spiced butter round it all out, with just a touch of heat.

Malts just roll all over the palate, there's some faint sweet bread like character that comes from this also. Big chewy body, hints of honey on the finish. Dense and juicy but in controlled almost as if the beer is kept to be not too aggressive.

I really like this take on this style from these guys, it's quite memorable and one thing that seems to make their saison stand out from all the others. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of denver10
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-reviewing/updating my review on this one now that I have had the opportunity to drink much more of it since my initial discovery.

Pours a hazy orangey-yellow with a big, frothy white head and very nice lacing. Aroma has the belgian yeast show itself offering some ginger, clove, passion fruit, and a touch of some sweet graininess from the malt. Flavor is super tasty with the belgian yeast offering some spiciness, ginger, lemon, and an enjoyable contribution from the malt which provides some sweetness and graininess (verging between crackers and bread). A crisp, active mouthfeel. Super drinkable. Overall, one of my favorite beers and very likely my favorite bottled saison. A beer that has definitely been a bit of a creeper for me, liked it initially but slowly grew to like it more and more with each subsequent try.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7

bottle #6 from quirkzoo

As the picture shows, this pours a light golden orange with about 3/4 of the glas filled with light fluffy white foam that is slowly disappearing. The aroma is a lot of citrus, lemon zest, orange some mango along with some yeast, clove and banana.
The taste is mostly citrus, a lot of orange and lemon zest, this just tastes downright good. Very light bodied, lively carbed which goes well with the flavor. This reminds me of a saison but more citrusy than ones i've had lately. Given quirkzoo's location, and some kickass saisons i've had from Funkwerks, i'm going with something from them…

the reveal…
Funkwerks Saison! I had a feeling. This is such a good, drinkable brew. According to BA this is a year round beer which makes me wish I lived next door to the brewery. Love the style and love what they're doing there.
Thanks for the chance to try this one.

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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 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 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 cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange, tinge of amber. Huge, white head even with a very slow pour.

S - Spices, yeast, a light funk, orange peel.

T - Mild funk, definite belgian spices, citrus, orange peel and yeast. It really follows the nose, just kicked up a notch.

M - medium body, high carbonation. Wet finish.

O - A pretty good saison. Mild funkyness, good spices and a nice citrus note.

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Photo of Nay
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite saison: a bit heavier than du point but still easy drinking. Mild brett aroma and flavor. Super pale color pale malt flavor and aroma. Munich and pils very restrained . Wheat creaminess makes a great mouthfeel and head. I hope they start exporting to east coast!

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Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml shares with friends and poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear golden yellow with a rich 2 finger white head. Streaming carbonation maintains a layering across the top. A thick wall of white lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is dry, dare I say dusty with a mild pale skinned fruity quality like pear/apple skins. Some grainy aspect with spice like clove and banana fills out the rest of the nose with some herbs and sulfur evolving as the brew warms.

The taste is spiced like clove with hints of banana and pear. A mild apple flavor is present contrasted with herbal hoppy bitterness and sulfur. There is some carbonic character and mineral quality going on with some faint cheesy funk reminescent of brett that gets increasingly more evident as the brew warms up.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with excessive effervescent carbonation. It is quite prickly on the tongue. It starts off easy drinking with seemingly no alcohol includion but gets rough around the edges as the experience continues.  I was not a big fan of this but it wasnt horrible either. I am just not a fan of any offering that is sulfuric and filled with mineral character. This is my 3rd different offering from this brewery and while on paper, they look very interesting, I think they are quite clashing in character and not something I would personally seek out.

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Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery in Ft. Collins. Served in a tulip/snifter hybrid thingy. Looks like the best saisons. Golden with a huge dose of white, airy foam. Black pepper, mango, pineapple, herb, green apple, and clove stand out from the clean and simple grainy backbone. Bitterness is noticeable, yet smooth and lends to the drinkability. Some sweetness at the end seems a bit out of place. Quite good as a whole, but if this brewery is going to be founded on doing multiple variations of this one style then I think the flagship itself could use a little work.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very hazy orangy amber with a frothy white head. Carbonation appears moderate.

S - A bit funky, a bit spicy, a bit fruity. Grassy and and indications of hay. Quite a few different elements going on here, but it comes together nicely.

T - Follows the nose for the most part. The funk is right up front with some sweeter fruity notes - cirtus, blends with the grassy, earthy notes.

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

O - Overall, a very nice saison - tasted really nice on a warm summer day.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/09/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, spice, mint, yeast, earthy notes, and glass. Pretty nice, like the light funk.

t - Tastes of light funk, citrus, orange, mint, spices, pepper, yeast, earthy notes, and hay. A little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice saison. Lightly funky and some nice citrus in the taste, something I'd like to have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a half inch of white head. Typical aromas of grass, citrus, yeast, light spice. The flavor offers some mint and herbal notes, with everything coming together nicely. Not upper tier, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Light bodied with a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled November 2011
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, rim topping, pale tan, off-white colored head that leaves some thick lacing on the sides of my glass.. The beer is a clear, pale amber hue that shows a bright gold with copper highlights hue when held up to the light. The beer has a musty, earthy, spicy character to it that seems right in line with a good Saison. There is a soft fruitiness that clearly plays second fiddle to the up front notes, but provides touches of apple, a light touch of melon and some pear. The spices remind me of musty, white pepper, with the fruitiness perhaps a touch of young ginger and wait. Now that I have noticed it, I really had to dig to get it at first, there is a distinct fruit character that seems characteristic of hops; notes of tangerine, some lychee and it accentuates a ripe melon note; all of thes are just suggestions though. As the beer warms up there is a solid, dry, hay like and chewy, cracker like malt character.

The beer has a nice dry flavor to it up front, but there is a perceived sweetness that is accentuated by some fruit notes that consist of tangelo zest, ripe cider apple notes, and some honey dew melon notes. There is a firmness to the finish that is a combination of hop bitterness and phenolic notes that are spicy, a touch medicinal and with some tongue numbing turpene like clove notes. Over time the cider like fruitiness of this beer becomes a bit more prominent, though it is not so much that it becomes annoying, but I thought at first it might be. As the beer warms up and loses its carbonation, it becomes softer and lighter; this beer was always quite light and quaffable, yet still has enough texture to it that it doesn’t seem watery. The grain character plays a supporting role, but contributes noticeable dry, but somehow honey-like malt notes, some dry hay like grain

A little more fruit focused and without a balancing something else (hops or yeast character would have likely done it) to be perfect, but this is still a great example of a Saison. It seems a bit more balanced like a Fantome, but without the funkiness; it doesn’t quite have the dryness or mineral quality that Dupont does either. Both of these achieve a balance that this doesn’t quite reach; really the fruitiness needs something here to tame it just a bit more than it is. I feel like I am being more critical than I actually feel about this beer, but there is a lot of potential in this beer that just needs a touch of finesse to turn this into a wonderful beer; this has great yeast character, the beginnings of awesome hop notes, a firm, supporting malt character, it is visually stunning and has a great texture. I am feeling quite critical of this beer because it seems so close to achieving a greatness I suppose; we’ll see what the future brings.

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Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Sante Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours an orangey gold with a thick white head. Lemony, grassy, peppery aroma. Very German malt profile, reminds me of a helles lager. Flowery notes and light stone fruitiness round it out. Solid beer.

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

Repost from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle to a NBB Globe Glass. The beer pours a hazy golden honey orange color with deep amber yellow edges and a huge 3 finger white bubbly head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - The nose is subtle but pleasant, blends of earthen character: straw, hay, grassy with some biscuity pilsen yeast, pale malty character. Some hints of fruit on the tailend.

T/M - Very similar to the nose and medium bodied. Finishes crisp and dry with pleasant crisp fruity character. Lingering mild bitterness and fruity and biscuit character. Well balanced and hides the alcohol well.

O - Good brew. I really enjoyed it and wish I would have purchased another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 01:30:30

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle from the Funkwerks brewery in Fort Collins and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw-like hue, slightly effervescent, with a fat white head that sticks around a while leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: A lot going on with this one, especially as it warms up a bit. Tropical esters up front in a major way that give way to lemon zest, spices and crackery malts - there's also a bit of hop in there with some funk mixed in as well.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose but the hop and funk are up more in the mix. Really a phenomenal tasting Saison.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, dry and well carbonated for the style.

Overall a real tasty saison that is an extremely easy drinker.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 330ml snifter at Funkwerks' taproom. Serving volume was 4 oz as part of a tasting flight (which itself was largely disappointing). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow.

Sm: Light vinegar, earthy notes, pleasant funkiness, bacteria, and heavy yeast. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Nice biscuity yeast, with some vinegar. Where's the funk? Feels sterile and conditioned, not wild. The finish is yeasty. It isn't horrible complex, but there's some fair layering going on. It isn't subtle, either. Some light lemon esters are present. The best feature is the excellent biscuity yeast. I'd like more (i.e. some) bacteria and wild yeast. This feels cultured and exact, to its detriment. It's balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin. It should be more bold.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the style, but too clinical and sterile. What, did they buy wyeast bretts and then call it good? Brew a real saison, and then get back to me, ye nancies.

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Saison from Funkwerks
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.
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