Nelson Sauvin | Funkwerks

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Nelson SauvinNelson Sauvin

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Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of mwilbur
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise. Bottled on 2016.09.29.
A: Pours a very clear and very pale yellow hue with high carbonation producing a 1+ bubbly white head.
S: Strong white wine aroma. Hints of white pepper, melon, and honey.
T: White wine, grape juice, honeydew, and a hint white pepper.
M: Light body. Fruity (grape) sweetness. Some lingering on the palate.
D: I can understand the addition of the Muscat grape juice to play off the white wine Nelson Sauvin characteristics, but I really don't think it is necessary. I prefer allowing the Nelson hops to shine on their own. That said, it is still a solid brew and one I'm sure I'll return to again.

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Photo of bsp77
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong white wine aroma, with melon, berry, pepper, fruity esters and a slight mustiness. Taste is similar, and mostly reminds me of a musty, yeasty glass of wine. Strong melon flavor. While it has a good mouthfeel and dry finish, the wine characteristics prevent it from having a clean finish. That's my only complaint for this unique, delicious Saison.

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Photo of arizcards
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $2.75. Bottled on 2016.04.12.

Beer poured pale gold with a beautiful bubbly head.

Nose has hint of funk and light fruits.

Taste is light fruit, light funk, some melon and peppery in the finish.

Feel is light and effervescent. Definitely a yeast strain from the old country!

Overall a delightful beer that i recommend to folks that enjoy the style!

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed pale lemon color with a very nice white head. smell is dank citrus mixed with dank funk i liked this. taste had white fruit with garden hops, and earth grassy tastes , had some funk and malt in the finish.mouth feel is fruity and with funk dankness had a white wine dryness in the finish, liked this one, will look for it again.

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Photo of erk0607
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pale, pale straw yellow with minimal head, lacing has since disappeared
Smell: Tropical fruits like pineapple, orange and mango, not much malt on the nose, this is about the hops
Taste: Like a dry, white wine with fruity profile that is not quite as specific as what you smell. No major bitterness from the malt, but there is a perhaps dank bitterness that comes from the hops
Feel: Light mouthfeel, not heavy at all, light on the carbonation, more like a wine than anything.
Overall: Pretty good. Probably would not buy again, but if given, would definitely not turn it down. It's obvious that the ingredients used are pretty high quality

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, refreshing, and flavorful! Poured a light yellow from a bottle into a snifter. Beautiful head and lacing. Pungent fruity smell. Taste is of lemon, pepper, vanilla and cloves. Very nice!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle pours a super light straw color with a pillowy white head that sticks around forever. Hazy and has plenty of lace too. Basically the perfect looking saison. I dont give many 5's but the appearance of this one is there for me.

Nose reminds so much of a Sauvignon blanc. Grape-y, rustic and brightly hoppy. A little light malt and wheat belies the fact it is indeed a beer, and a delicious smelling one at that.

Taste throws some bright hops, zestily crisp wheat and some hay by the bale at you. Its nearly as good as it gets for an American born saison. It has the farmhouse element, it has the light malt/wheat and it has the grassy/herbal hop character. Im glad this has made its way down to TX. I am a sucker for a good saison, and this one hits the mark.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy somewhat darker golden color with a 1-1.5 finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good, as is lacing. Somewhat farmhouse aroma with white grape and bubblegum at the end. A little grassy at the end. Can definitely discern the Nelson hops in the taste. Farmhouse yeasts, a little spicy, grassy and bubblegum at the end. Lighter bodied with heavy carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a touch of chilled hazed, with a pale straw/yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a small ring. Light patchy lace is left behind.
S: Some nondescript "funk" up front in the nose. Hard to tell if that is the saison yeast, or the hops...which can have a touch of that as well. Melon rind, white grapes, a touch of soapy character. The yeast comes through more in the finish with a peppery spice, light esters, and light phenols.
T: The hops are up front here, melon rind, white grapes, a touch of sweetness. Fruity esters, peppery spice come in from the yeast. Pale malts, light funk. Very delicate, but really enjoyable and a bit more rounded than the nose.
M/O: A light to medium body. Again, delicate with spritzery like carbonation. Semi sweet, and would like it a little dryer, but a minor issue. Really enjoyable to drink. Definitely something I will be coming back to.

Very nice and well balanced. Delicate, subtle, and really enjoyable. Again, very glad I can get Funkerks easily of the shelf. Though I really don't ever take price into account for a score, it is always nice to see a good Saison at $10 for a 4-Pack. Many repeat purchases on the way.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Very light straw gold color with a fizzy white head and no lacing.

S: White wine grapes, toasted malt almost burnt, yeast and pepper.

T: Sweet white wine grapes and fruit, pepper and test, finishes very dry almost no sweetness.

F: Light body pretty Crisp, and higher carbonation.

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Photo of donspublic
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a 16oz hefe glass, sorry that is all there was. Poured nice with a great 3 finger head that settles down to 1 finger. Beautiful pale yellow with a minor bit of haziness, nice lacing. This is my first go at the Nelson hop, so somewhat unique. Predominate smell is yeast esters, and there is a little what I would call grape smell coming thru. My wife loves New Zealand SB, so I am picking that up. Taste pretty much like it smells, nice yeast esters coming thru along with some grape profile and a minerally crispness that you get from a NZ SB. Nice semi dry finish. This beer alone was worth trekking with my wife to Telluride in the off season when everything is closed. Just whipped up some pasta to pair with this. This beer is the Sauvignon Blanc of beers, it will go with just about any food you throw at it. I hope this starts making it down to Texas.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love Nelson hops, so you know I'm down for this. Interesting choice to add Muscat grape juice to the wort. I get some melon in the nose, some white wine-like notes, and a definite touch of spicy yeast. It's a little sweet smelling, a little heavy on the wine notes, but it definitely works. Palate amplifies the wine-like effect with a rather juicy/wet body. Personally, I'd prefer it to dry out a touch, to give it some lift, but it's not unappealing. Little hints of pils malt sneak through, though again I'd prefer them to come out a bit more. No real Nelson "funk" you sometimes get with that hop. Interesting, refreshing. Dry this sucker out a bit and, personally, I think it'd really sing.

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Photo of zonker17
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy light yellow pour on draft. Pillow white head decreases to film. Very Belgian nose. Subdued hops with that fine soap smell. Taste is joyous, and I'd swear this came from Belgium. Major lacing. Moderate body and carbonation. Need to get some bottles.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml
Bottled On: 2015.09.24
ABV: 7.5%

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a very nice citrus note, coriander, spicy, licorice. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, citrusy, nice touch of coriander, spicy, with some licorice. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well, not too spicy/hot. Overall, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of Dan_K
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/3/2016 on tap at Funkwerks

L: Beautiful golden color with great lacing and big white bubbles that stick around.
S: Smells heavenly, of moscato grapes, tropical fruit, grass, earth, and spice
T: Tastes much as it smells, some sweetness and some dryness, the grapes and the hops forming a delicious harmony
F: Feels very nice for a saison. Medium-light body and a dry finish
O: I really enjoyed this beer. Quite a surprise. Could drink a bucket of it I think.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Truly an interesting beer, not what you'd typically expect (as if anything funkwerks is typical tho, lol). This one was very clear and the flavor profile a bit more muted than I expected. It almost had a blonde ale quality to it. But the nose - holy cow the aroma let you know this was no ordinary blonde, hops coming out in big heaping handfuls and some awesome Belgian spunk and funk to go with it. Aroma wins the day on this beer, and the snifter glasses at funkwerks seal the deal. Must-try.

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Photo of Zach136
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/20 - enjoyed 6/27

Appearance: Hazy yellow, solid head.

Aroma: Funk and hop notes of white wine, spice, bubblegum and tropical fruit.

Flavor: White wine, more floral and tropical hop dominated with a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, light bodied, not quite bone dry which I assume is from the added grape juice.

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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly lemony, with coriander and floral notes. Lemon zest becomes more prominent.

Flavor is minerally and lemony, with a touch of grapefruit and an earthy, horse blanket/barnyard finish. Very interesting example of the style. High quality. Very well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Notes from April 14, 2014

APPEARANCE: As with any other of Funkwerks's beers this one has a huge head and is clearly well-carbonated. It foams up right off the bat. The retention is pretty good and the beer is a gorgeous, light yellow with a ton of visible carbonation in it.

SMELL: A little barnyard funk/wet blanket smell with light, fruity citrus undertones as we'll.

TASTE: Some of that funky nose comes through towards the front end. The grapes hit right behind that before a little tart flavor moves into the middle. There's a lot going on even before a very nice, dry bitter hop finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Of course this is a highly carbonated beer. Nice sparkle. Light, dry body with a crisp finish, but not before a touch of sweetness to balance.

OVERALL: I wish this was a year-round offering. One of the best they do.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/13/14 Picked this up in CO Springs ( Coal Train )

Pours a super effervescent straw color with a finger of bubbly eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, reminds one of sparkling wine. Very good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Pineapple, a whisper of funk, pears, apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, some light crackery notes, plus dryness & a kiss of tartness, delicate grapefruit notes as well up front.. Some pineapple as this warms, a hint of melon & pears, just a touch of oaky twangyness/brett sourness as well. Finishes with mix of orchard & tropical fruit, slight hints of oakyness

MF: Extremely light bodied, delicate carbonation

Drinks so easy, maybe not quite funky enough to completely thrill, but would certainly buy it again; no doubt. These guys do good work!

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Photo of afrokaze
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a bit of haze. Melon, tropical fruits, floral, white wine sweetness on the nose. Taste is melon and chardonnay, coriander, clove, grass, lemon, pils malt. Finishes super dry and more like a crisp white wine. A lot of Nelson character at the cost of typical saison esters.

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled November 13, 2014) to a tulip.

A-The beer is light in color (like dry straw) but very murky. The head is pretty much white in color and two-plus fingers tall when I pour it. The retention is so so and there is no lacing left behind. I can see a few bubbles in there.

S-The aroma is light and fruity with suggestions of juicy the both the literal sense, i.e., juicy tropical fruits like pineapple and lemon, and the descriptive sense, i.e., I get a hint of fruity bubblegum. I also get some Belgian yeast and bread dough. There is a hint of dry grass in there too.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with more dry grass flavor and less juicy, hoppy fruit as the beer warms up. It never gets to full-on pepper, but there is some spice too. Otherwise, the Nelson hops keep things juicy and tropical.

M-The feel is lighter than average and effervescent carbonation fills my palate. It fits the flavor profile pretty well.

O-This is an enjoyable beer. The hop flavors stand out, but they don't completely overwhelm the saison flavors, and the pairing of the two makes for a drinkable, non-IPA hopped up beer. I don't know that a November/December release is ideal for this one, but I could drink more of this in the summer and really enjoy it, I think.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured a cloudy, very pale straw colored body with a one finger fluffy white head. The cloudiness was due to yeast stirring in the keg so it's not fair to rate that aspect, but the head is nicely formed and overall it looks pleasing. Scents of citrus, especially lemon peel and juice, white pepper, light sulphur and yeasty aromas, a bit musky and some medium-light sour funk. Overall impression of aroma is of an amazing saison aroma, very true to the core form of the style. A bit yeasty due to being the first pour, but not bad, the core aroma shines through regardless. Flavor begins like a classic saison with notes of lemon zest, sour funk, clove and white pepper. Middle continues this flavor, with a pleasant sourness, lemon zest, light lemon flesh and white pepper flavor. Finish is medium-dry with notes of spicy Belgian yeast, white pepper, lemon zest and light lemon juice with a bit of sour yeasty funk. Aftertaste is funky yeast, light grainy malt, white pepper and lemon zest. Overall impression of flavor is of a lovely saison, very true to form and quite pleasant. A joy to taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and an initially creamy feel that gives way to a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent saison, a bit full but very pleasing on the tongue. Overall this is a fantastic saison. The slightly off aroma gave way to a wonderful flavor and mouthfeel that was well worth trying. Another hit from Funkwerks.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, bright gold coloring with a foamy, sparse, white head. Nose of straight booze, tart citrus notes, herbal spices, and toast. Flavors are tart forward, with a lemony and sweet crème undertone. Light and crisp body, with a blast of herbal notes on the aftertaste. Spiced, smooth finish. Nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

as one of my favorite hop varietals, i always look for new beers that feature the nelson hop, and i was stoked to see this one tap at barrels and bottles in golden. the color is cloudy but bright, pale straw yellow with a short white head but plenty of carbonation. the nose on it isnt as nelson forward as anticipated. in fact, the hops are almost background noise to the saison yeast profile, which is always solid with funkwerks. the flavor too seems light on the nelson, maybe could have used more late kettle and dry hop additions to make it sing. i mean, i get that its nelson, but its not as vibrant and up front as i like it to be, seems under dosed in that way. the beer though is real tasty, with the nelson almost appearing more like a saaz hop, citrus and grass rather than the intense pineapple. saison yeast dries it right out and leaves and appreciable farmy weirdness on the palate, but high carbonation fizzes it clean. overall a very tasty beer but i think i missed opportunity to showcase what nelson can do in a saison setting.

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