Saison | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly interesting Saison with the usual sharp flavors and a faint whiff of the barnyard. Golden color with slight chill haze in the tulip glass. Not much head nicely carbonated on the tongue. Best feature is the rich, fruity tanginess with a hint of candy. The scratchy Belgian yeast is well in evidence, but seems to mellow as you sip.

On tap at Root Down in Denver. Very drinkable and refreshing. A good example of a Saison with complex flavors leading to a slightly woody, dry finish. Not very hoppy but some bitterness. "Lemon and mashed potatoes filtered through a paper bag," is how the conoisseur on the next stool calls it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy, pale golden body with a foamy, white head kept good and frothy by the stray streams of effervescence bubbling up from within.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, lightly creamyish notes of pilsner and wheat malt. Fresh, inviting blood orange and sweet lemon along with their fruity pals, grape, 'nana, and pear. Big pinch of coriander and fresh-ground black pepper pulling in a little noted earthiness.

Taste: Honeyish, cereal-sweet maltiness atop the doughy pils and soft wheat. Restrained sweetness. Snappy, sharp herbal notes cut with brightly acidic citrus juices and soon softened with spiced pear, banana and white grape. Soft yet lively finish, with final hints of herbs, fruit and piquant spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Plenty of saison goodness to be had here, without the need to resort to spices or unwarranted alcohol levels. If only Philip Seymour Hoffman could have lived long enough to enjoy it. Pity.

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

part of the hobo bbq nuttiness, this was a great bottle brought on in by calton and poured into a tulip

billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.

Overall solid, good, but not great. A nice representation of the style, though I really do not feel the need to seek it out again. Still though no bad.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to SteveO for this one, cheers!

Pours a hazed hay color with a thumb+ of pearl colored head. Chill haze remains, stellar head retention & lacing

S: Apple skins, lemon zest & not much else

T: Apple skins, white pepper, white grape & a bit of honey suckle up front. Slight dry grassyness, a bit of lemon zest & pears as this warms, plus some coriander. Finishes with pears, lemony hops, white pepper, ginger & tangerine

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nicely blended & balanced

Great drinkability, this is a great take on the style. This is my first Funkwerks beer, I must have more! The spices make this beer so interesting & drinkable

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

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date though there is a suggestion of cellaring this beer for no more than 2 years.

Look: Perfectly clear pale golden color, amazing display of froth and lace

Smell: Asian pear, fresh baked pita bread, dragon fruit, slightly earthy, nutty yeast, herbal, peppery phenols, very aromatic

Taste: Dry malt backbone, smooth, slight juiciness, chalky yeast, grapenuts, spicy, crackers, hay, light pepperiness, very dry finish

So flavorful with out being over the top, truly a well honed Saison that seriously rivals many of the originals from Belgium & France.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Bill.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head.

S: A wonderful fruitiness on the aroma. Nice apples, lemon zest, and other citrus notes. Some bready malt notes and a sort of grass and hay funk. Just a hint of tartness in there and a nice yeastiness, too.

T: Wonderful flavor. White pepper and other spices along with some floral hops. A touch of tart lemon to go along with some apples and lemon zest. A mild spiciness and yeastiness and a nice straw flavor.

M: Medium in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: This was just fantastic stuff. A real pleasure to drink.

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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 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 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 Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle purchased at the source last week, lovingly transported and allowed to settle and rest in the fridge for several days.

Pours clouded dull orange, under a frothy eggshell marainge head that lasts and lasts. Then leaves gobs of thicker lace all over the glass. Quality look to this one.

Orange, pepper, melon and yeasty goodness on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, with the melon and pepper coming through. Dry finish, with oranges coming to mind.

Seriously delicious, highly complex, I enjoyed and savored every drop.

Please consider distribution to NYC area!

Glad to have been able to visit the brewery/tasting room and glad I was smart enough to bring a few bottles home....

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, bright gold coloring with a foamy, sparse, white head. Nose of toasted grain, coriander, subtle farmhouse funk, tart notes, clove, and all spice. Flavors are toasted grain forward, with lemon grass herbal notes, another dose of farmhouse funk, and tart citrus notes. Light and crisp in mouth, with an effervesced, funky, tart aftertaste. Spiced, sweet linger. Nice and refreshing.

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

Beer served in a wine glass, beer is clear and leaves lacing on the glass from a decent head with nice retention. Looks great.

Aroma is sulfury / hoppy with a nice balance between the two. It smells nice. Expecting something bitter now.

The taste is a bit more grainy that I expected but it is not bad and does not lead to an aftertaste, the beer is bitter and hoppy, nice hop flavors through the midpalate. An overall great beer IMO. I enjoy it a lot.

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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 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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