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 blakelive784
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Funkwerks in a snifter/tulip hybrid:

A - presents a light orange golden with half finger of decently creamy head.

S - banana, clove, sweet caramel, cotton candy and stroung yeast. Pleasant.

T - strong banana and clove. Finishes a bit hoppier than expected, with floral and citrus notes.

M - medium bodied crisp and dry. Nearly ideal.

D - overall, a very good saison. Drinkable and high quality.

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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 EgadBananas
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy, darker orange color, with a big off-white head. Lots of lace and nice retention. The aroma is big on the wet hay/barnyard funk. There's spicy yeast esters, slight floral hops and tinges of citrus. It's beautiful. The taste isn't quite as funky, but it's still good. Nice slight citrus and light floral notes with a bit of a bitter, funky finish. The feel is light, slightly crisp, but seems a hair under-carbonated for the style, but still good.

Overall this is fantastic. It's a great lightly hoppy, beautifully funky saison.

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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 adnielsen
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Funkwerks. Light lemon yellow orange appearance with a medium sized white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Spicy, yeasty, peppery, and citrusy light bodied nose. Initially black pepper followed by lemon and orange citrusy elements in the flavor. The wild yeast is spicy and very tasty. Peppery and spicy finish. One of the best American Saisons that I’ve ever tasted.

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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 Haybeerman
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden color; slight haze. Poured a massive bubbly white head with good retention to a meringue cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Brett yeast funk. Pepper and citrus rind, but not as sharp as the sour.

T: Sweet up front transitioning to sour. Should note, this beer had some pale malt character. Fruity in the middle, white grapes and maybe a little orange. The yeast in the flavor is not as strong as the nose. Finish is clean and dry with maybe just a little spiciness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active in the glass and on the palate. Sweet, sour then dry - very good finish.

O: Very drinkable; not too wild. Very good representation of the style. Moderate ABV.

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

A - Pours murky straw with MASSIVE head even with gentle pour. Slow to leave, looks like a friggin bubble bath! Sudsy lace remains.

S - Funky, estery, sharp acidity coming in nose.

T - Middle core of sweet malt, tangy apple middle, finishes with a little pepper and mild scorched sugar.

M - EXTREMELY carbonated, light bodied and pretty good balance.

D - Easy to drink and fun.

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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 ottovon
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at funkwerks.

A: a hazy, golden straw color with a white head.

S: a nice spicy yeast aroma. there is nice tropical fruit aromas and some white pepper. there is straw in there as well. i get hints of lemon and citrus, as well as some hops.

T: nice spiciness mixed with tropical fruits. there is some white pepper and coriander in there. starts out with a slight sweetness and finishes dry and with a touch of bitterness. there is some citrusy hop presence (orange and lemon).

M: thin with high carb. can feel the carb run through your mouth.

O: a really good saison. probably my favorite american saison.

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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 JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very complex yet mild. As many layers of flavors as there are, everything is balanced in a very mild, subtle way.

It pours a cloudy orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever and leaves big rings of lace.

The aroma is of raw, earthy funk notes penetrating through crisp, biscuity malts, grassy tones, and fruity elements of melon, tangerine, and green bananas. Some tart sour notes of green apple and lime with hints of clove, and black pepper.

The taste is mellow melon and grass on a bready background of raw wheat, honey and biscuit. Apple, pear, sour grapes, and green banana phenols touch the surface with fruity notes that mellow earthy, funky herbal notes of rustic barnyard flavors. Lemon and lime melt in there in noticeable notes.

Crisp, with a dry tart finish.

Overall, an excellent, tart and funky complex beer.

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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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Photo of jar2574
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Kitchen Upstairs in Boulder.

Cloudy orange color, decent lacing and head. Smells and tastes of lemon and citrus hop flavors with mild grassiness. Not aggressively hopped though, the hops are pretty mild.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking. There's not enough barnyard funkiness, or, if they wanted to try to opposite direction, there's not enough citrusy zest. The result is sort of an in-between good, but not particularly memorable saison.

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Photo of riored4v
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/17/11

Poured in to a tulip. A bit overcarbonated. About 5 fingers of white, egg-white like, head.

Smell was orangey, peppery and spicey. Some musty and fruity notes. Light yeasty aroma. Mild hop presence. Light maltiness.

Taste was crisp, fruity, and light with mellow sweetness. Notes of orange and coriander. Some peppery spiceness. Light yeasty-ness. Mildly malty.

Mouthfeel was light body, high carb and dry finish.

Overall I thought it was very good. A bit overcarbonated slows down on the pours. Great flavors, very crisp and clean. No signs of abv.

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

Appearance - huge head, looks like champagne with all the bubbles and light golden color

Smell - nice yeast, minor fruit such as tangerine

Taste - banana, ham, pine, clove, a bit of brett? or sour grapes?, nice, enjoy whatever yeast this is, if anyone knows please BM me

Mouthfeel - light body, crisp and clean and goes down easy, great summer beer

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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 csiewert
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale golden color with a finger of white head that retains well. The aroma has floral and citrus notes. The taste is floral with some banana flavors, finishing with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness but finishes slightly empty. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced. Overall a decent saison.

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

750 ml capped bottle. Lots of information on the label but missing the most important part - bottled date! Otherwise a nice package with ingredients listed, serving and cellaring suggestions, and website leading to food pairings.

Poured into a goblet, it immediately creates a huge towering head. The knife trick has never been more appropriate. Hazy golden orange color with thick lacy head.

Aroma is funky with a nice yeast character as a saison should have.

The flavor is spicy and floral in equal measure. A good amount of lemon and black pepper without being over the top. Lots of character and not lacking in taste. Not as subtle as the Belgian or French varieties but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well (maybe too well) carbonated. Alcohol is low at 6.8% and isn't all that noticeable on the tongue.

Overall a fine saison. I had my reservations about a small upstart brewery brewing nothing but saisons but I think Funkwerks might be on to something. Hopefully they won't be too 1-dimensional.

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

750ml bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $10. Into a NB Globe.

A: Light amber in color with an enormous white head, a good three inches thick that will not go away. Slightly cloudy, with a slight amount of carbonation moving around in the glass. Excellent gobs of lacing.

S: Spicy yeast notes here with a definite amount of mustyness, not quite funk, but close. Really a lot of saison yeast and not much else, which is about right for what I like in the style. Definitely showcases the yeast.

T: Again a lot of the saison yeast profiles, which for me are kind of hard to describe, but is a very noticeable yeast profile. Decent bit of malt in there, some caramel along with some toasted malts as well.

M: Thin and carbonated quite nicely. This is a very dry beer as well. Pretty refreshing, which I really like.

O: Pretty decent saison, but there are definitely better examples out there. However, in the Rocky Mtn. Region, I'd say this one, to me, is the one taking the lead right now. Pretty good beer but maybe could use a little work.

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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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Saison from Funkwerks
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