Saison | Funkwerks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Oxymoron on 11-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
565
Reviews:
133
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
108
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/gold with a white head.

Nose is floral, wheat, orange, white pepper, hints of banana and it goes on. Nose is just lovely, layered and complex.

Mouthfeel is thin but rich and inviting. Thin to the extent that it's crisp, clean and makes you want more with nice carbonation.

Flavors are delicious. Mouthfulls of oranges, wheatbread, grass, celery, white pepper; green herbs, light salt and green/unripe fruit. This is an almost perfect American saison that simply works. It tastes good and you can just keep drinking it.

Finish is fresh green herbs; light salt and light funk, but pleasing. White pepper and yeast round out the finish.

One of my new favorites as a well made, wonderfully balanced and layered complex flavored brew. Looking forward to more from this relatively new brewery in Ft. Collins. Kudos!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is the bomb! pours a cloudy gold color with as big a head as you want when you pour it. brilliant carbonation. smells citrusy, floral, tart. no noticible hops in the nose, and a robust yeast strain is evident. taste is fantastic, notes of corriander for sure, but the yeast is yeast is the shining star here! not quite sour, but in that realm, a dry finish that begs for more. this is easily the best saison ive tasted, and it is becoming a regular in my fridge. this is an extraordinarily well made beer, and can be aged as well. really exemplary illustration of the style here

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 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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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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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This might be the most authentically Belgian pour I have ever seen from a domestically produced beer; pours a huge billowy head atop the hazy honey colored liquid; excellent stickage and swathes of lacing linger

Smell: Phenolically bready and earthy, with lemon, banana, white pepper, melon, graham cracker, brown sugar, pear....the list goes on and on

Taste: Bready, up front, with growing tones of lemon, white pepper, graham cracker, banana, pear, streusel topping; slightly herbal, grassy and increasingly phenolic, after the swallow, with hints of funk and sugar cookie in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I may have cellared this just a little bit beyond the two year limit but, regardless of that, this is a phenomenal beer; one of the best examples of a domestic Saison I have encountered

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with great retention and some super good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light peppery yeast notes and some light dry hops in the aftertaste. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt with balanced level of sweetness with some peppery yeast notes and some dry hoppy notes in the aftertaste. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very solid interpretation of the style with great balance and easily drinkable character.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear yellow color with a large, fizzy white head with good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light grain plus a heavy bit of earth. Some grain and light citrus. The taste has a bit of citrus and wheat/grain plus a bit of moderate funk. Sightly earthy and heavy on the yeast. Fairly light body with good carbonation. Another nice brew from Funkwerks.

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

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Saison from Funkwerks
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