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Funkwerks Aurora

Funkwerks Aurora
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Formerly brewed at Funkwerks
Style: Belgian Ale
Fort Collins, Colorado USA


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This single-hopped Belgian golden ale features Styrian Aurora hops. The hops, along with a blend of yeasts, yield a beer with a massively fruity aroma. Notes of citrus fruits, peaches, and pears, along with subtle hints of spice, lead into a soft, malt sweetness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12189) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy to lightly cloudy orange with a large, frothy (thick) white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is bright floral and grassy hops, lively fruity esters (pear, apricot, peach) with straw and meal malt. Some barnyard and horse blanket notes late. Flavor is lively fresh hops, medium-light bitterness, tropical fruity esters, malt backbone with earthy and barnyard yeast and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
The beer pours a translucent, gold color with a full, white, dense, creamy head which settles to a thick, rocky, creamy layer and leaves thick, Belgian lace. The nose is delicately pleasant and very fruity; some light candi sugar, pears and mango, dusty yeast, light cinnamon and ginger, some tarragon. The flavor is similar but carries a few more hop notes; still pear and mango, lighter ginger notes, some resins, subtle tangerine citrus, and faint pine. The palate is nearly lively, drying, medium, and soft in texture. The finish is fairly quick, drying, moderately light bitterness, citrus fruit (lime) rind, and some dry pine needles. For the most part a fairly simple beer, but very well put together. The beer benefits from the delicate nature of the beer and the way the yeast strains meld well with the subtle hop notes. The fruit notes were amazing and even more amazing how they progress through the flavor. FW does amazing work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Denver2012 (24) - - FEB 22, 2012
Pours a hazy, light yellow with a huge, foamy white head that took a couple minutes to calm down enough to allow me to even consider drinking. Nice lacing. Smooth and balanced aroma that intensifies as it warms and allows the funkiness to become a greater focus. Some peach biscuit, a touch of pepper, yeast and the funkiness that comes with it. Initial flavor hit is a sweet peach, a touch of wheat in the middle closes out with a little pepper and some hoppy bitterness that continues to develop in strength into the aftertaste. Funky. Very crisp moutfeel with an active dose of carbonation. A very nice beer, another winner by Funkwerks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1475) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
August 17th, 2013 - Funkwerks’ Aurora has been sitting in a basement for a bit, catching the thinnest halo of dust on the bottle. The color is a deep, sunset gold with tons of lacing wrapped around the inside of the glass. Smells of biscuits and dough define the aroma, with touches grass, green onion, hops and lemongrass adding bitterness and herbal clarity. The taste is spicy and sweet. To quote my tasting notes: Wow! Wow! With a very foamy and soft palate, the flavor dissolves and splashes across the palate, delivering black and white pepper, mango orange and lemon. The balance - the equipoise - is perfect, just really damn near perfect. Brilliance in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
The pour is a nice golden color with a tall white head. Opens up with a light floral aroma followed by lots of fruits. Plenty of banana, pear, and apple with a a hint of peach. Hints of spice and a light funkiness along with plenty of yeast. Bready malt serves as a clean base. The flavor is crisp and rather dry. Bread malt flavors accompanied by an array of sweet fruits such as pear, sweet apple, peach, and apricot with just a hint of banana. Light citrus and spice qualities in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to Scott! Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice light grain note with some earthy funk and cereal. Flavor begins with light grains backed by light funk and light fruit with a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden. Loads of fruit in the aroma and flavor: banana, apricot, tropical fruits. Some peppery notes. Fairly sweet. Full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
Big thanks to fortsambo for sending a bottle of this out my way. Always love a new Funkwerks brew. Served in a Funkwerks tulip. The only thing keep this brew from a 5.0 for appearance is that it’s fairly hazy. Other than that, a nice light golden color with a huge, foamy white head that really will not go away. Loads of lacing on the way down and a half-finger cap throughout. Did someone say cumulus? Truly impressive. The nose brings a really nice initial dose of hops. I don’t know for sure if it’s Styrian Goldings, but it’s certainly something along those lines. Nice floral notes with a touch of fruit. Some spice lingering in the background. The yeast hits back with a nice bit of spice and zest. The flavor is even more impressive with some really nice spice and floral notes. There’s a very fresh hop character to this to go along with some yeast spice and a touch of light fruit in the background. The body is fairly light, though there is a slight chewiness to it. The carbonation is moderate to high, and there’s a touch of bitterness and a kiss of grain through the finish. Lingering hop flavor after each sip. Quite drinkable and no detection of the 7.5% ABV. This is quite impressive and something I would certainly like to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
love funkwerks, lets see .. . deep gold .. . medium sturdy head .. lacing is great .. . lots of summer fruit, yeast, and daisys . .. refreshing and bubbly .. . nice stuff .. . . i’ve been calling her Krandell!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Beauty of a pour, a bright gold with moderate cloudiness here and there, along with a big rocky head. Certainly quite a healthy dose of vibrant fruit in the nose but the streaks of dry hops, spice, and yeast promise an interesting amalgam. Sure enough, this one hit the spot as a quirky combination of a wit and a bretty blonde. Enjoyed it.

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