Solstice | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ratman197 on 02-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 21
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Aml42000
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Mahogany with a fluffy off white head. Served in a small goblet with nice lacing in the small glass.

S- A lot of moving parts here banana/esters, wood spice from the barrel and some nuttiness.

T- More banana than bourbon and heavy malt flavors. Could use some bottle age to come together more.

M- Medium bodied and slighly rounded texture. Effervescence adds balance to the busy flavor palate. Approachable.

O- There is a truly excellent beer in there, but this has a bit too much going on right now. I'll try again when given the chance.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep amber with a small fluffy off-white head. A bit of lacing down the glass with decent retention.

Lots of banana in the aroma mixed with nuttiness with a little wood from the barrel and some spice. Strange mix.

Similar flavor. Banana is the flavor I get most, but a big barrel presence leads this to taste way too sweet although there is some clove spice that peaks in. Grainy texture.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is too low for a saison enhancing the already too sweet flavors.

Very different beer and one that didn't do it for me at all. Maybe some age will do this one good, but right now it seems like an unintegrated mess.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MinorThreat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jfstilling
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. Sweet malt dominates the nose. Toffee and vanilla give the beer substantial sweetness, as do dark fruit aromas. A mild banana note, some oak, and a hint of yeast and spice. The flavor is full of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. There is a hint of alcohol, light spices, and some banana. Might be just a hint of dark chocolate. Not much of a saison/farmhouse beer as the label indicates, but quite good.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 434/675.

Pours a very dark, almost cola color. Nice fluffy head quickly settles into a ring around the glass.
Smells of a musty bourbon, like grampa forgot his cough medicine in the basement..
First taste reminds me of a seasoned piece of leather. Tobacco hints are there too. On the back is a slight alcohol burn.
A little thin,slightly watery, which isn't even bad althought I expected something a little thicker. It feels good otherwise in the mouth.
Overall, I'm glad I got to try this. Saisons are my new 'thing' and a dark saison such as this is a fantastic treat. Definately go for this if you get the chance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark amber color with a 2-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and slightly fruity. A touch of toasty caramel, too.

T - It had a nice funky/phenolic bite with some fruity tartness. Good spiciness that comes with a saison.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied saison with dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty dark saison. Can't wait to try more beers from Funkwerks.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of the Mile High exclusive bottle. This is the FW dark saison (apparently the same version as the Dark Prophet) aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.
Dark brown with a little bit of a plum highlight. Just the right amount of carbonation that stays but isn’t a gusher or fader.
The nose starts off with a bourbon note, but gives way to a Belgian dark ale character featuring dark and dried fruits. Some whiffs have more bourbon character than others, but it’s never overpowering.
The flavor profile walks a similar line, although the base beer strikes before the bourbon/barrel notes do. A bit of a prune and slightly caramelized sugar hit up front. The slightly zesty yeast follows. Belgian yeasts often come across as being almost “corn-like” to me, and this one falls into that grouping. Note: That is NOT a negative. The middle is where the bourbon barrel character comes out. Vanilla, caramel, and sour mash blend well with the slightly acidic finish. The aftertaste seems to be where the bourbon character lies most, but it’s never hot or too punchy.
While the beer has a ton of flavor and tends to be a bit of a sipper, I think that’s more of the nature of the style than any fire from the liquor barrels.
A good and unique brew. I can’t think of anything else quite like it, but it was really enjoyable. Not sure if we’ll ever see this exact beer again, but the bottles are well worth hunting down.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Ratman197
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Mile High Wine and Spirits poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, toffee, yeast, spice and light molasses. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oak, dark fruit, spice and light yeast with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Solstice from Funkwerks
3.8 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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