Fruition | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Ale Brewed with Lemon

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” − Mark Twain

A lighter saison variety meant for sessionable drinking. This saison is full of citrus flavors that stem from the chosen hops and from the addition of lemon. A refreshing option to quench your thirst all day long.

Notes of fruity lemon and slight herbal spice.

Added by theformula on 06-19-2012

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by quaybr:
Photo of quaybr
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden body with an orange hue. Short, white bubbly head recedes to a ring of white foam around the edge.

Smells of light fruit and yeast. Spices are present but relatively quiet.

Taste follows aroma: pleasant light fruity esters co-mingle with yeast which lends to a slight tanginess on the back edges of the tongue.

The ale is light-bodied with a surprisingly oily finish. Lends well to the slight sour and sweetness.

Overall this beer seems to veer a bit from the genre. However, this is an incredibly approachable farmhouse and there's something to be said about that. Beyond that, it tastes good. Give this one a go.

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Photo of puck1225
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow color with a nice white fluffy head and good lacing. The smell is bright and lemony. The taste and feel are a bit of a disappointment but my standards for saisons are high. It is refreshing!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruits (apricot), bready malts and spicy earthy yeast.

The flavor is sweet citric fruits with some spicy peppery yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, a nice fruity summer beer. Good blend of the fruits and the yeast.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours hazy straw under a 3" lacy white foam collar with good retention.

S: smells like lemon, spicy Belgian Saison yeasts, light bread crumb, fruit, faint funk, a hint of banana and light citrus.

T: key lime pie, mild to moderate hop bitterness, Belgian yeast fruit flavors, hop spice flavors. The hop bitterness is medium to medium high, the added lemon is medium as are the hop flavors.

F: medium light body, above average carbonation.

O: flavorful, interesting, well balanced and drinkable beer

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Photo of Keemohoppy
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a 12oz four pack. This year's Fruition is centered around a lemon profile, which is most pronounced in the smell and in the finish. Very drinkable at 5.2%, it would pair nicely with a variety of summer dishes. However, by itself it doesn't match some of it's better known peers, which is a slight letdown considering my affinity for Funkwerks' other creations.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BringbakFavre
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Metalsnota
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one was literally in the cellar, and I didn't realize it was brewed over a year ago. The cool aging doesn't' seem to have done anything positive for it. This was hard to taste, first with the big foam up and then the abundant coarse carbonation and the thin, tart character.

Sharp, though some malt emerges in the lighter Hefeweizen aromatic style. Some nice hints of spice and something like orange peel. A hazy pale orange-tinged lemon color in the tulip with an attractive foam once it finally warms up a little and settles down. Some fruity aromas, like a whiff of pineapple.

Finally some apricot taste comes through. This is better than a flavored American-style wheat, at least, but I hate to think what I must have paid for this. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Wine & Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of Brob245
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

A: Pours a bright summery straw yellow with quite a bit of haze. Large, egg-white head builds quickly then leaves a small layer on top. Sure as hell looks like Summer.

S: Great start. This has keynote Belgian aromas but also has a definite similarity to a Berliner Weisse or even a Gose. Very rustic yeast component throws out big aromas of salt, tart wheat, hay, cereal grains and some barnyard. There's a spice component, of which I get ginger and coriander. The apricot is super low key and I don't know if I would even guess there was a fruit addition at all if it weren't on the label. And the name of the beer...

T: Damn straight it's a summer beer, I could quaff this until Mr. Jesus comes back. Very crisp, light and refreshing body that embodies the idea of a summer weather beer. Flavor-wise it's a Saison all the way. I like the tartness right up front (hay and wheat) as it gives the overall flavor a rustic/earthy feel, typical of many of the FW brews. After the bit of tartness the spices hit the back of the tongue, but are very subtle. The ginger is apparent and grains of paradise (similar to coriander) but I don't get the spice from the pink peppercorns and the apricot is barely there, most noticeable on the back end with a fresh, ripe apricot flavor that reminds of the skin just pulled off a fresh fruit. Still, it's too quiet and I'd like the fruit to come through stronger.

A damn good summer shandy that's not boring at all and super drinkable. It's well done but a little safe, I think FW could have amped up the apricot, for one, and even thrown in a little more ginger as it doesn't "pop" like I'd like it to. Still, a very good summer seasonal that I'd drink again. It's just so damn refreshing.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a La Trappe chalice. It was a good move for taste and drinking, but I fear bad for head retention and aroma.
While the rusty gold, semi cloudy body looked delicious, the head was sparse and spread out. Lacing was thin. Not sure how to rate this...

Aroma had a touch of apricot and soft herbal spices. Coriander was dialed way down, which is good. The fruit is subtle, but unlike some other recent fruit beer, it's not in-yo-face.

And that leads to the tasting notes. The flaw with, say, AC Golden's Apricot Sour is that that's all it is--sour apricot. This beer has a nice solid, flexible malt base. Good biscuit here, touches of sweetness. The apricot is background noise, but it's there and drives the flavors. Spices are quiet but not gone.

A nice summer beer. Would like to try it in a different glass.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Domingo
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale color. A little bit of orange takes it out of the range of most other pale beers, and the cloudiness (obviously) shows that it's unfiltered and the yeast is going to likely play a role.
The nose is actually pretty similar to most other saisons. A little bit of funkiness, citric acid, and grain. Not much fruit going on thus far.
The taste continues with that theme. For a beer with "fruit" right in the name, it's dialed way back. The peppercorns give it a subtle spiciness that I like, though. The apricots finally come out a tiny bit once this hits room temperature, but they're still very, very mild. They finally hit the nose more than the palate. The grains of paradise in this one (and other beers) sometimes give way into astringency, especially with the slight funkiness in the yeast. It sounds like there's a lot going on, but I guess the problem is that there really isn't. It's like a normal so-so saison with a tiny, tiny amount of fruit.
I'm a HUGE Funkwerks fan and this is still a long way from "bad" but it's not one I'll seek out again unless there's a recipe change.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mweso2000
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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