NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Funkwerks. Only one that wasn’t in any of the samplers. Pours a nice enough looking gold, fluffy white head. Nose is crisp and clean, pretty straightforward. Really nice spicy notes and soft fruit from the hops. Clean pils malt. On taste, pretty easy drinking and light. Soft bitterness and full malt character. Light bodied and nice yeast character. Tasty beer, but not really a standout overall.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy and peppery, straw and meal malt, light fruity esters and Noble hops. Flavor is funky and farmhouse yeast, straw and meal malt, peppery and a dry finish. Medium-light body, low warmth, medium-high carbonation.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at funkwerks. Pours a light blonde with a good head. Aroma is big fresh bready pils malt,s phenolic saison yeast some sea foam, light mint,grass and fresh german hops. Flavor is floral, herbal fresh saphir with a touch of green mintiness, big bready pils malt and a clean dry finish. Straightforward and awesome.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Excellent clean example of a Saison. perfect showcase for the yeast. Pours light cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus, pepper, and a touch of funk. Flavor is light, peppery, citrusy, mild yet assertive. Really nice beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub.
Pours a slightly hazy, light golden yellow color with pale straw yellow hues and a half finger white head that quickly settles into lasting ring. Sporadic lacing.
Slightly earthy aroma smells like brewed w saison yeast. Hints of barn, straw and grass as well as light fruit, pale malt and subtle floral hops.
Light, crisp and very quaffable with a nice balance of earthy funk, floral hops, pale malt and light fruit. Hops more prominent than expected. Hints of apple, pear and lemon.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2011 draft. unfiltered and cloudy golden wheat body. muddy and estery pilsner malt nose (baked crackers, dough, mild sweetness) with some wort / brewhouse rawness. effervescent and zesty with white pepper phenols and orange flesh fruitiness. pils malt is mildly rough and astringent, giving it a baked cracker crispness in the finish, and while the belgian yeast doesn’t seem to pair so well with the pils malt snappiness and roughness, it’s still delicious and well-made, and at 5% it’s definitely sessionable, which isn’t the case with many of funkwerks’ other saisons.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a clear, pale yellow with a thin, tight white head that faded to a partial layer. Aroma of pale malts, a n earthy yeastiness with some soft bandaid phenol, and a light spiciness with some faint citrus fruit (tangerine) peaking through. Smooth, moderately dry entry with a soft spiciness leads into a moderate yeastiness with some of the same bandaid present in the nose paired with a light fruitiness (tangerine and pear) that lingers into the moderately dry, crisp finish. Lively carbonation and crisp mouth feel. Overall, it’s a nice, simple beer that is dry and inviting, the nose was just a bit of a put off.
notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Funkwerks - more like a cross between a golden ale and a pils, but since they seem to use the same yeast for everything, I suppose the saison designation works - pils malt is showcased well here - smooth and lager-like - chalky a bit through the middle - a bit of spiciness from the yeast - peppery - yeastiness and a bit of perfumey aromatics - dry, biscuity finish - easy drinking and flavorful for something so light.
NielsenRatings (8120) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2011 Tap @ Funkwerks. Light yellow and a bit hazy appearance with a medium
sized head and quite similar in appearance to a Belgian Witbier. Light malty nose with yeast, some citrus, and a tinge of spicy wildness. Body is light bodied and crisp thanks to the Pils malts with a dull yeast flavor and a touch of citrus. Light and easy drinking without a ton of flavor.