Fruition | Funkwerks

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3.78 w/ 36 ratings

Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is outstanding, and i cannot believe i waited so long to give this a try. i should have known better. everything funkwerks is great, but this is really beyond expectations. it pours an average looking hazy orangey yellow color with a one inch white head that settles to patchy spots after a few minutes. the nose is incredible, it makes my mouth water so hard. lemony tart notes collide with the grains of paradise, pink peppercorns, ginger, and of course the sweet apricot. the yeast is almost like a sour beer, its so puckery and tantilizing, epic. flavor isnt quite as intense, as the sour notes die down a little and the fruit really shines with the yeast, ginger is barely there. mouthfeel is just perfect, lively carbonation and medium body, but the tingling tartness from the nose stays in the mouth forever. i was tasting this beer, mouth wateringly, for hours after i drank it, no kidding. my lips were literally buzzing from this, just so interesting. it takes a lot for the mouthfeel of a beer to impress me these days, but this was entirely different. i loved this beer.

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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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light sandy yellow with a double thumbs width foamy white head. Minimal lacing. A yeasty aroma that provides some funk and somef tartness in the forefront, that gets cut by some sweetness and pepper in the rear. At the get go, the aroma isn't too sharp but as it warms up the clarity of it develops pretty nicely. Like the aroma, the yeast is the first thing to hit the tongue providing a touch of tartiness and funk. It then transitions into some ginger, and apricot, with a little peppercon and malt in the close. Simple but I enjoyed itl; I debated between giving flavor a 3.5 or a 4 and and chose a 4 because I enjoyed it as such, were I to be more critical and objective I'd probably have gone 3.5. A nice active, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I enjoyed this one for what it is and graded it like that. Refreshing, flavorful, and one of the nicer summer syled brews I have enjoyed this season. I might even chose this over their standard Saison to be honest. That said, I can totally see how others would rate this lower. For what I would assume Funkwerks set out to do, make a fruit focused saison, they didn't quite hit their goal. The fruit is very mild and definitely not the star of this beer by any means. It plays a complimentary, supporting role and if drinken too fast I probably could be lost it in the mix. They probably should have gone with a different name for this.

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

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of appetiteforparis
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 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 spoony
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The beer pours a hazy, orange-hued straw color. A bit milky looking. The head is pretty awesome...two-plus fingers of dense, shiny white foam that hangs around forever.

S-The smell was saison yeast, with nice hits of white pepper and funky hay. I suspect my bottle had lost most of the apricot smell (this was a summer brew and its now nearly December), but there was a little bit of fruit left.

T-Taste followed the smell for the most part. Minimal apricot fruit, but a little banana was noticeable to go with what little apricot there was left. Fruit aside, this beer has a pleasant flavor of spicy, doughy yeast. Almost no hops to speak of.

M-Lighter bodied withs some prickly carbonation. Not quite quaffable, but not a total sipper, either.

O-I have mostly positive feelings about this brew. I know that I was about three months too late for the target season, but I found that even if the fruit had faded on this one, this was still a drinkable and pleasant tasting saison. I would drink this all day over the NB Peach Porch Lounger. Extra points here for the great foam.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of einman
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Fruition from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 36 ratings
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