Cherry Saison | Funkwerks

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Cherry SaisonCherry Saison

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Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beaver13 on 12-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 44
Photo of KajII
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and large collar which lasted throughout and produced superb sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a funky Brett yeast with notes of cherries, coriander, chocolate and a mild sourness.

The taste was sweetly tart with notes of cherry and a touch chocolate throughout, with the finish having a nice tart spiciness and a slight alcohol tinge. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a tart fruity taste lingering on for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a champagne like carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be quite fruity and refreshing, with a subtle sourness and an awesome drinkability, which allowed for the high ABV to be “almost” virtually undetectable. This is one to watch out for, it goes down way to easy for such a high ABV. Just sayin’…

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive mahogany color in the CIney snifter. Nice foam and thoroughly spritzy on the tongue. A warm, malty, winey fragrance.

I don't think you can drink this stuff and not think of Cherry Coke. Actually it's more like hard candy. There is just a hint of plastic, but it's maybe that tart cherry skin taste, and it shows up in the aftertaste too. Some dark malt hints. I think I think they could have skipped the fruit on this one. Now that I read the label I see that cocoa is mentioned in the ingredients, but that one evades me too. Just as well. Interesting brew but unlike some other Funkwerks beers, not worth the price.

I have to admire Funkwerks for being so obsessed with Saisons; so am I. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of spoony
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-Even though I let things mellow before opening, the bottle was a bit of a gusher...not dramatic, but I couldn't keep the beer in the bottle either. Surprisingly, however, it was easy to pour and the mocha-colored head quickly disappeared. The beer was murky brown with a reddish tint. It looked a bit like an oud bruin.

S-Milk chocolate and lightly roasted malts with a touch of cherry. There was some dry yeast and the typical saison "banana/clove" combo, as well. Definitely unique. No whiff of alcohol, which is surprising for 9.2%.

T-The taste was not quite as chocolately as the smell. Instead, the cherry flavors come to the forefront, but they are not tart like a sour. Instead, its a bit medicinal and sweet. A light hit of yeast shows up as well just to prove you're drinking a saison.

M-Light to medium body with considerable carbonation. The carbonation is prickly and chunky feeling. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer.

O-I like saisons and I like chocolate/cherry stouts, so I was hopeful for this beer, but I couldn't really get into it. The chocolate and cherry did not integrate very well and I was left with a bit of a cough syrup taste. Plus, it wasn't very attractive to look at. Oh well, A for effort.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Brew is blood red and very creamy. Head pours foamy and aggressive, straw in color and lots of soapy foam. Thin, no lacing.

Very strong cherry aroma. Bready and milk chocolate. Way more chocolate then cherry.

Very dry and bitter. No tartness or sweetness. Carbonation is high and well deserved. No detectable heat. Cherry flavor is prevalent but falls off quickly due to overwhelming chocolate flavors.

This brew is a bit of miss for me. I was expecting tart and way less dry. IMO, Cherry Saison came up well short of the $15 price tag. Very underwhelming.. Can't be recommended.

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Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this return as I feared it might be a one-off.
Looks a bit like a dunkelweizen at first glance. Cloudy khaki brown with a white head. Carbonated, but not overly so.
The flavor profile takes a very different turn. It reminds me more of a dubbel than a saison in most cases. Cocoa, candi sugar, and rum with a dose of (real) cherry flavor. It's sweet, but not overly so. The finish has a bit of funky yeast, which is the one area that would make this one saison-like instead of a dubble or Beldian strong dark. There's a kiss of booziness, but for a beer over 9%, it's more drinkable than you might think. The flavors mesh together pretty well.
While it's called a cherry saison, to me the cocoa character comes out just as much as the cherry, and it will appeal to Belgian dark beer fans as much if not more.
Tasty stuff I'll probably buy again if I can find it!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

still never had a funkwerks beer i didnt love. this one must be different for the 2012 release, because the bottle says its 9.2% abv, and that its made with cocoa nibs this year. it pours a gleaming copper color with a low red glow and an active off white head. the nose is cherries, tart and sweet, almost artificial in aroma. the malt profile is caramely and biscuity, while the cocoa adds just a gentle waft of bitterness. the flavor is a little strange really, unconventional thats for sure. its got a sort of medicinal flavor from the cherries, not subtle at all. and the cocoa stays raw and bitter, not at all a dessert beer. the yeast isnt as spunky as some other funkwerks brews, but it imparts a distinct spice complex to the finish. the feel is good, fuller bodied than many other funkwerks releases, but im not in love with the aftertaste, that sort of alcohol soaked cherry cough medicine flavor. it doesnt last long, but its there. overall a clever beer, perhaps in need of some refining, but a fun bottle of beer for sure.

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Photo of denver10
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 2012 batch.

Pours mahogeny/dark amber with a nice off white head. A ver nice aroma illed with some cherries , cocoa and some vanilla, providing a nice sweet and tart combo. Flavor offers some nice cocoa, candied/medicinal cherries that start off sweet and evolve into some tartness, and in the middle of all that some vanilla kicks in. A nice fuller bodied, silky in texture, and nice activity. Overall, I went in unsure what to expect from this and found that I dug this beer. The inclusion of he cocoa was spot on.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Chris (waltonc) for this great extra. 2011 vintage, bottle 546 of 600.

Appearance – Pours into my Ladyface snifter with a deep mahogany red color. About two fingers of slight pinkish head is achieved with a normal pour that dissipates rather slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Belgian yeast, slight spices and oak, a bit of funk and cherry aromas.

Taste – Slight tart medicinal cherry flavor up front, not unlike Robitussin. A hint of tartness and funk, though not much to be frank. Belgian spiciness from the nose is prominent midway through. Finishes with a slight tannic quality.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation appropriate for this saison hybrid.

Overall – Not as bad as some people make it out (but of course this is purely my opinion!). Amazingly so, there is zero alcohol flavor for such a high ABV beer. The medicinal qualities slightly subside the more you drink the beer; but there is no mistake there is flavor reminiscent to cough medicine. A beer I am glad to have tried, but one I would not pick up in the future.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Served in a heavy goblet at Trinity Brewing Co. during the 1 year "Focus on the Beer" blog anniversary party.

A russet-tinged crimson body under a slight pink head. There is little head on this pour, but it looks good. Murky, cloudy, and a touch of mystery.

Smells lightly of Belgian style yeast, yeasty bread, and a slight touch of cherry. As this was served on tap I didn't expect a pungent nose.

The flavor is primarily driven by yeast notes. These include the typical Belgian style spiciness, a touch of phenolic bite, and some bready qualities. Undertones of fruity cherries provide deeper levels of flavor and an acidic (slightly tannic) pucker to the end of the flavor. Surprisingly no alcohol burn for the high ABV, which is well done.

The mouthfeel is a bit puckering but certainly not sour (no funk or wild yeast notes to speak of). Lower carbonation and a bit of yeast bite.

Conclusion: This is a pretty good fruit beer, but it is first a saison, and second a cherry beer. I think it would shine with more clarity as a beer it those were reversed, but that is just my opinion. Glad I got to try it on tap.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing this, my first Funkwerks experience.

A: Deep cherry-red body with a frothy finger of fine tan head. Quite nice.

S: Cherry juice and highly medicinal funk. Pretty darn band-aidy, but not terrible.

T: Quite tart, with sour cherry and some lactic funk up front. Majorly medicinal, phenolic, and unpleasant thereafter. Can you say cherry cough syrup?

M: Medium body, frothy, nice.

O: This one disappointed with its medicinal overtones, but was an interesting brew nonetheless. At least the booze was well-restrained. It's not a beer I want to have again, but it's definitely better than the eponymous offering from Southern Tier.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

2011 vintage. Bottle # 287/600. 9.5% ABV.

Pours a murky cranberry red with a 2 inch puffy reddish-brown head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, yeast, and some tart cherry aromas. Taste is of dark malt, tart cherries, spices, and a nice saison yeast. There is also a slight cocoa flavor on the aftertaste. An acidic sourness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation that still has a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid saison with some good cherry smells and tastes.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #23
750mL into tulip. Bottle # 179 of 600.

Bottle provided by the generous Bardwashrind, thanks André.

A - Pours reddish brown, almost cherry wood in color, very appropriate. Slight white head that disappears quickly, leaving a faint ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Nose is a little weak. Primarily wood, tad spicy, with a sweet cherry finish to round things out. It's nice, but not great.

T - Sweet cherry, wood, faint bitter chocolate notes. Slightly tart, but fairly bitter in the finish. Overall though it's balanced well.

M - Medium to full bodied. Medium to high carbonation. High ABV (9.5%), but it's hidden quite well.

O - A nice offering from Funkwerks, however not my favorite. I found it to be a bit medicinal after a while. I would have been ok with just a glass or two.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle at Funkwerks. Pours a cloudy red brown with a medium white head that dissipates to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - some grains, and sweet cherry and wood.

The flavor is some sweet cherry with some wood notes and a grassy bitterness. It's not as sweet as expected. There's a good balance between the sweet fruits and the light saison yeast funk. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. I've liked what I've had from them so far. Nicely balanced.

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Cherry Saison from Funkwerks
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