Scepter | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by denver10 on 08-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary floral malts with earthy yeast and some vinous wood.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready malts and some light tropical fruits and pepper with some dry vinous notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian. It 's a bit too sweet for me especially as it warms.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL capped bottled served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Scepter is a pale golden ale with good clarity and thin white head. It settles quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is really pleasant and I take several long whiffs before the first sip. Sweet, spicy, floral, and oaky. All of these are blended to a nicely balanced blend.

Flavor is more intense than expected but still well balanced. The base beer is a strong Belgian pale with more bitterness from hops than typically found in these styles. It's then aged in oak barrels which lends a mellow vanilla quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and strongly carbonated, both in keeping with the style. The alcohol is fairly well-hidden for being over 9% ABV.

Overall a really nice version of this style. I would be interested to try the un-oaked base beer to see how it compares. Maybe at the tap room?

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly clear golden amber with a persistent and fine-grained foam. Sudsy mouthfeel after it sits in the glass, a few sips later. If only more beers had this kind of elegant carbonation. Phenol and apple schnapps in the nose.

The first sip just tastes more like a sweet and excessively fruity Saison. The woozy alcohol gives it that distinctive "delirium tremens" taste. Then this opens up after being poured a while. And finally the dry sensation comes across to balance the rather shocking level of sugar. Some grain, like sweet cereal, with green papaya. The whole range of flavors is a little disconcerting, but the sweet yet tangy fruit makes it a Belgian liqueur.

Another one from the cellar. This one was brewed in mid-2012. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Wine & Liquors in Denver.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most recent release by FW; a Belgian styled Golden Ale aged in oak, cognac bottles.

A hazy yellowish-orangish straw appearance with a foamy white head and nice lacing.A nice aroma filled with Belgian yeast, some peach, some apricot, oak, and the cognac resins. Flavor pretty much follows suit. Spicey and a bit sweet and rather smooth, though a touch of heat does show itself in the finish. A kinda full mouthfeel, not too much activity. Overall, Funkwerks with another winner of a beer. Tried this initially at the taproom and had to grab a bottle to go.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another beauty from funkwerks. this one might be mislabeled though. i do not see a golden ale in my glass. i see a cloudy almost red beer, washed out looking and lacking lively carbonation it seems. there is a great big white head on it though, and it looks plenty appetizing. the nose is a little boozy, but in a rich, woody, mature way. lots of oak in the nose, and plenty of funky belgian yeast. the flavor is a little sweet at first, some white grape notes too. the yeast adds a bit of peppery spice, while the barrels add some crazy depth and alcoholic potency. the carbonation turns out to be better than it looked, and is in fact quite robust. the body is a little more full than i like in a golden ale, and called something else it might be better, but this was a little weighty from the yeast suspended within. the alcohol only creeps in as it warms up. this is a complex beer with lots of depth. a great beer to share on a chilly night.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Scepter from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 22 ratings