talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a deep ruby color with an average, pale beige, pillowy, frothy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some Belgian lace. The nose is interesting with bing cherry juice, some Amaretto, cream soda, musty basement notes, light tobacco, cinnamon, and an earthy presence. The flavor is still cherry dominant but a bit more tart, cinnamon still, slight peppery spice, ginger maybe, faint tobacco, and some almond. The palate is lively, medium to full, creamy, drying, and mildly refreshing. The finish is fairly long considering the style; cream soda again, tart cherries drying out, earth and cinnamon, and an almond note left on the tongue. I would have to agree with the others that said that this would be a stretch to call this a saison, however, in an imperial fruit beer style, this was quite nice. The complexity and originality were remarkable, as long as you are a cherry fan. This new brewery is doing amazing things.
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. From Tyler. Dark brown and clear. A small light tan head. Sweet cherries in the nose. Thisbis very nice and itnis pretty non funky for a sour. Lots of cherries and they are sweet. A tiny bit of vinegar. Tasty but so one dimensional.
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at Dr Billís GABF Tasting at Falling Rock on 10/1/11. red pour with a 1-2 finger white head. tart / sweet cherry nose. dry. medium body with light tart cherry notes with a dry sweet cherry finish.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of cherry, light carmel and a hint of earthiness. Palate waslight bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cherry, bread and light spice with a crisp dry lingering cherry finish.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium reddish-amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), with notes of insecticide, cherry syrup, twigs.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This beer makes me a bit angry. At best this is misguided...calling a 9.5% ABV one-dimensional fruit beer a "saison" is not the sort of thing one would expect from a brewery that has a page on their website extolling the virtues of authentic saison, with comments that could have come out of Yvan de Baetsí own mouth. So this is the last brewery in this country I would have expected this sort of thing from. Even though their standard Saison is somewhat under-attenuated, at least itís in the right spirit. This is just an Imperial Fruit Beer or whatever you wish to call it. So, style misnomers aside, what about the beer itself? What if we relax our jerk-off style police attitude for a second and just try to enjoy it as a boozy fruit beer? Sadly, it isnít any better even then. The aroma is fusel alcohol (seriously just like bug spray, and it ainít mild either) and cherry syrup. Not much else...and I spent nearly an hour with this, hoping it would get better as it warmed, but it only got worse. Dirty aftertaste makes it no fun to drink either. This is the sort of beer that can ruin a reputation if itís the first thing someone tries from a brewery, especially at $15 a pop, and I am very discouraged that this even made it to shelves. Definitely going to return the remainder of the bottle for a refund.
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. $15 for a 750mL seems a little steep but with only 600 bottles, Iím sure they wonít have a problem selling it quickly. Burgundy red appearance with a cream colored head. Intense, toasty cherry, moderately spicy, almond aroma. Fairly tart, strong, sweet cherry, slightly tangy, spicy, belgian yeasty flavor. Pretty tasty but a little too overly sweet for my taste.
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep reddish pour on tap with off white head, aroma had big sweet notes of cherry, spices, bread, touch of other fruit in there but really dominated by the jammy pie cherries. Taste had a bit of the medicinal quality from the cherry, but had notes of spice, biscuit, touch of earth and grass to back it up, but the sweetness of the cherries was a bit too much.
Suttree (5256) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruit and saisons may or may not mix well, but this seemed to be pretty well mixed. This one didnít go overboard on the cherry flavor, but had a restrained use of cherry . It probably smelled more cherry than it tasted, but that works here. Good mix of cherry citrus, and dry white wine.
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured by Dr.Bill. Pours with a clear red hued body with a small white head. Aromas are of cherry, berry, light spices. Really dry. Cherry covers up the nice spicy yeast character that I enjoy in most Funkwerks beers. Flavors are of cherry, dry, earthy, light styrofoam and plastic. Medium to lively bubbles. Dry.
Beaver (1338) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle at Funkwerks. Pours a cloudy red brown with a medium white head that dissipates to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is a little subdued - some grains, and sweet cherry and wood.
The flavor is some sweet cherry with some wood notes and a grassy bitterness. Itís not as sweet as expected. Thereís a good balance between the sweet fruits and the light saison yeast funk. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, a very nice beer. Iíve liked what Iíve had from them so far. Nicely balanced.