Saison | Funkwerks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
534
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
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83
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103
For Trade:
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Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear greenish yellow with high carbonation producing a 3+ inch bubbly white head with excellent retention (head settles down to a 1 inch rocky white and stays that way for a while). (4.25)
S: Asian pear, soft minerals, light toast, white pepper, and soft citrus (orange especially, but also tangerine). With warming, a nutty vanilla note emerges. (4.25)
T: Crisp peppery citrus...fresh, light, and yet biting. Orange (more juice than peel), white pepper, and sweet lemon. With warming, vanilla, clove, and almond emerge. Very nice! (4.25)
M: Light, fresh, and crisp feel. Solidly sweet throughout (think orange juice). Pleasant effervescence. (4)
D: A solid saison...nice example of style. A nicely complex, refreshing, and sessionable brew (hard to find all of those in a single beer). Seek it out! (4.5)

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Photo of rdickey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: I confess that I have been perhaps too excited to try this since receiving it from the Rare Beer Club earlier this week. The beer pours a pale, hazy gold into my tulip. A fluffy white head of moderately sized bubbles sits on top and decides to stay for a while. I’m digging the bottle labeling too – all good stuff.

Smell: Black pepper and a distinct herbal note come across first. There’s also citrus – oranges and lemons – following along, and a familiar Belgian clove and spice feel. Can’t wait to dive in.

Taste: This is quite a saison; in a word, I’d call it “refined”. All of the flavors in the nose come together again in the mouth, in a very balanced and civilized way. As the beer warms, other stuff starts happening, including a slight grassiness that hints at, but never becomes, full-on funk. The finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: The beer is moderately to highly carbonated, and it works perfectly – it dances on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very high, but caution is advised. One could easily go through a bottle of this with only a superficial appreciation of the complexity in the brew. Slow down, take your time, and savor this one – it’s worth it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%

A Saison by Funkwerks that is not very funky, rather more mellow. Poured a cloudy, rich, yellow color. Big, fluffy white head. Smells quite phenolic. Spice and pepper. Pale fleshed fruit. Very yeasty in the aroma. Flavor doesn't differentiate itself much. Phenolic, grainy, skunky, apples and pears and lemons. Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. Not in love with this. I prefer my Saisons to taste differently.

Bottle.

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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 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 ccrida
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy gold with a medium bubbled, sloppy white head leaving some foamy.

Smell is on the lighter side, a bit of lime zest.

Taste is very elegant and classic. Nice subtle esters, some tropicals, spice, with a firm herbal bitter snap. Very nice subtle bubblegum note as well. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel is light, bone dry, crisp but not sharp.

Drinkability is high, an outstanding saison, one of the best domestic offerings I've had.

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Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the end of March from Total Wine for $11.99. No freshness date but it was received at TW on 8-19-2013.

Beer poured orange with a huge billowy white head that is long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is yeasty with hints of light fruits.

Taste is apple, pear, lemon, and pepper.

Mouthfeel is dry, smooth, yet carbonated enough to be quite refreshing.

Overall this brew rocks! This is the second brew i have had from Funkwerks and both have been totally impressive. It is a bit pricey but as they say you get what you paid for...well mostly in the beer world!

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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 myelo
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jax Fish House, Ft. Collins CO.

Golden yellow, somewhat cloudy with a bright white head that persists with a lot of lacing.

Fruity aroma with apples, pears and some citrus with a lesser degree of spice and finally a bit of musty yeast.

Taste is predominately fruit with sweet apples balanced with mild bready malt and mild bitterness with just a hint of ethanol. Very drinkable but with ample interesting flavor.

Medium creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Great complexity of flavor, well balanced and excellent example of the saison style. Refreshing and drinkable but with plenty of flavor. My favorite saison to date.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, bottled on 10/21/2013. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/20/2014.

App- cloudy yellow with orange hue, very effervescent white head requiring some time to pour. Lots of retention and lacing. Very pretty.

Smell- crisp non-descript tartness with no hint of fruit character. Yeast and associated spiciness. Floral character. Boring.

Taste- Crackers, slight spiciness, pepper. A little bit of butter. Not that much going on.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied, solid carbonation. A bit watery. Very dry finish.

Overall- Not that interesting, nothing stands out while drinking this beer.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife got me this for my birthday and it was much appreciated. Actually split this over turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, and thought it went well with the bird and some of our other fare.

Used kind of a tall, stemmed water glass for this one, like what you see at hotel conferences. It's a go to for me when I do saisons. Bottle has a big black label that just says SAISON on it in green - no messing around there. Pours a dim yellow with massive fluffy head and more cloud the further into the bottle you get.

Aroma is nice and tart, sweet and citrusy, with mineral, bubblegum and tropical fruit. Flavor is tart and sweet, with almost an underlying butteriness to it, and a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, light to medium carbonation, and has a bit of an uplifting airiness to it that feels refreshing.

This is what saison is all about. Great offering from Funkwerks.

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

A: Cloudy and golden with a nice white head.

S: Sour apples, lemons, and spice. Hints of grass and bread.

T: Tart apple flavors with pepper and citrusy additions.

M: Dry and very clean feeling with little to no lingering after-taste.

O: An excellent crisp and tart saison from a classic local brewery.

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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 Auraan
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous semi-cloudy yellow with two fingers of gorgeous white head and ample bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Quite beautiful to look at. Scents of apricot, barnyard funk, slight pear, faint sour notes and undertones of bubblegum. A very pleasing aroma, hits all the classic saison notes perfectly. Taste begins with Belgian barnyard funk, slight pear, some faint hints of bubblegum, slight hints of apricot pit, sour wild yeast notes, which are very faint but come through a bit stronger on the finish and become more prominent as the beer warms, some slight straw, very faint peach, slight grassiness and a bit of slight grain on the rather dry finish. A deceptively complex flavor profile that changes as the beer warms, opening up new flavors, but never becoming too much. It retains an easy drinkability and is amazingly refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation, aiding the ease with which you can drink this beer. Overall its an excellent saison, one of, if not the best that I have tasted. It hits all the perfect notes and is a complex, refreshing, joyous experience.

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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 herman77
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy golden straw color with a huge bright white rocky head. Great head retention and tons of lacing.

S: Pepper and spice at first with lemon zest, grass, hay, tart apples and just a hint of funk.

T: Light black pepper with lemon zest, a bit of tart green apples, grassy/hay and a bit of funkiness. Finish is fairly dry and very clean. This is extremely clean, no offensive or overly assertive flavors at all.

M: On the heavier side of light. Carbonation is not as active as I thought it would be. Feels very slick.

O: Great drinkability. I can see why this was the 2012 GABF gold medal winner for French-Belgium style Saison. A great Saison, doesn't get much better than this.

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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 Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A - A light golden sunshine yellow that is slightly hazy. Fat billowy 3 finger head slowly fades to a thin cap and thick collar around the glass. Blotches of lacing reamain.

S - Spice and pepper, straw, grass, apples and pears, touch of lemon zest. . A slight hint of funk rounds it off.

T - Wheat, grass, and fruit notes with a good amount of spice. Hints of herbs and lemon zest. A bit of coriander and clover with just a touch of funk.

M - Light and refreshing with high levels of carbonation. A bit dry on the finish and a pleasant Sasion all around.

O - Another nice offering from Funkwerks. It's is a tasty and easy drinking Saison that you can finish in one sitting on a hot day.

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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 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 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 LeeryLeprechaun
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours straw yellow/gold with a strong a rocky white head that sits atop the beer and forms nice lacing. Great head retention.

The aroma is dominated by the yeast which is clearly french saison. Pepper, tropic fruit, lots of phenols.

The beer is pretty unadventurous to taste. There are some phenols to taste and the finish is on the dry side. That being said it is true to style and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great. Very silky, probably from the yeast strain.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. I am not the biggest fans of the phenols but it really showcase the style and how enjoyable and refreshing it can be.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local establishment, served in a 16oz snifter

A – Good looking beer here coming off the tap line. A big, fluffy white head sits atop a hazy orange body. Head retention is great and lacing is nice as well.

S – Typical saison here, but it has some stronger notes as well. Lots of lemon, fresh cut grass, honey sweetness. Some light pepper and lime.

T – Complex malts, faint sweetness. Juicy, big fresh lemon notes. Great yeast tones as well, this is quite funky, but very well balanced.

M – Big and boisterous for a saison, comes across almost as a tripel, big, boozy, and complex.

O – Just great, a wonderfully bright and complex beer. Nuff said.

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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 rawfish
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peachy juice hue, pour carefully or in no time you can have a glass of rocky white foam. Terrific retention and clumpy lacing left on the glass.

Black pepper, pear, powder, tangerine and green grapes. Slightly musty with hay and lemongrass. A delicate balance of spice and fruity esters, slightly funky as a detect a bit of soft white cheese.

Grainy with some wet hay and lemony wheat as the white fruit notes begin to rise with green apple and pear, slight herbal bitterness and musty funk mingle with a soapy coriander and clove, some mineral undertones begin to hit the palate as the beer warms. Scrubs dry.

The yeast really makes this beer feel a bit heavier as it warms. The carbonation is ideal, the drink pleasant and drying though it got difficult to handle this bottle solo.

A quality saison no doubt, the spice, fruit flavors and yeast are all very delicate and balanced. I could see the spice profile getting tightened up a bit the musty flavors and mineral twinges really being to hurt the drink as it warms. Tasty.

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Saison from Funkwerks
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