Nelson Sauvin
Funkwerks

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #291
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,051
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.37%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
170
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Funkwerks
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  11
Gots
  18
SCORE
90
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle aged 3 years, almost to the day

Pours very clear yellow-orange with a generous capping of foam that hangs around. It smells delicious: the scent is more like a fruit gum than a beer... melon, berries and earthy hop tones. The grape juice and honeydew translate from the smell into the taste, mellowing the pungent yeast and grain I come to expect from a saison. There is some alcohol burn and taste, with a thin feel and dry finish.

Such a great beer even after 3+ years of sitting on a shelf. Pleasant hop burps here from a satisfied customer

Nov 27, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Soft.

White pepper, white grape, lime, salt, coriander. Wheat. 2-row. Honeydew melon. Spicy Belgian yeast.

Balanced and enjoyable, with impressive nuance and subtlety.

A very drinkable saison with a terrific hop profile...I wouldn't have thought Nelson hops would play so damn well in a saison, but I'm happy to be wrong.

B (3.68) / GOOD

Mar 27, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Saison. Tart and little funk, spice and herbal. Some dryness on the finish. Light colored and huge fizzy head. Plenty carbonation. There is a little sweet fruit up front (like pear) that starts off the drink nicely. Bitterness is smooth and soft. Hops flavors come and go throughout the drink with some fruit but also herbal tastes. Mixes nicely.

Oct 14, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy straw filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 2" finely beaded white foam blanket with good retention

S: hops dominate the aroma with white wine, grapes, berry, fruit and light grains

T: A big prickle starts the flavors with grape, white wine, pear, fruit some grain and a trace of tart. The bitterness is moderate.

F: light and highly carbonated

O: very elegant beer, wine-like and refreshing

Aug 10, 2017
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cavedave from New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Wasatch for another Funkwerks treat!

Beautiful lightly cloudy straw color pour with an ample topper of pure white foam that relaxes finally to a lasting cap. Beautiful look for a saison.

Mmm, overripe fruit and spicy funk with floral and rounded tart. Doughy sweet backs it all up. Alluring bouquet for sure.

The overripe fruit of the aroma is expressed as white wine in the taste, and it leads a parade of deliciousness. Light earthy funk , with some peppery spice, and crisp sweet grain hold hands with doughy tart notes that are balanced well. End of sip is a vinous and dry bitter and pepper.

Highly viscous and thick for style, but very refreshing character somehow also achieved. Killer finish that is a clean as a whistle, bright linger with amazing complexity.

Another delicious saison from Funkwerks that is a joy to drink. Highly recommended

Aug 06, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nelson Sauvin pours a straw like color, with lots of bubbles, and a small, long lasting and lacing head. Big spicy aroma, hint of sweetness. Flavor is yeasty, spicy, with sweet notes. Great body and feel. Overall, a very tasty and well put together saison. A sweet yet bitter.

Jul 30, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lovely tall pile of sticky foam in the Saxo narrow tulip. Color is a slightly hazy pale golden. Interesting funky aroma with lime peel and yeasty fresh bread. Voluminous carbonated mouthfeel is rather nice.

Fruity and rather sweet to start. Even a hint of candied grapefruit peel. The hops are a good choice for this brew, providing that touch of fruit and citrus with a little yeasty flavor. From the four-pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver. Nice to see such a good Saison in this format for a moderate price.

May 27, 2017
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Dec 26, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Oct 11, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Oct 04, 2016
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Sep 19, 2016
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Sep 17, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Sep 07, 2016
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Aug 28, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Aug 27, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Jul 22, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

May 29, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Apr 06, 2016
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breadwinner from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Mar 28, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Mar 23, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Mar 20, 2016
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Dan_K from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jan 04, 2016
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Jul 17, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Jun 29, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Jun 05, 2015
Nelson Sauvin from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 170 ratings