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Funkwerks Cherry Saison

Formerly brewed at Funkwerks
Style: Fruit Beer
Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1666) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Sample from a bottle shared by a generous individual at Jackie Oís 6th Anniversary Extravaganza on 12/3/11. Pours a clear dark red with a thin off-white head. Aroma of cherry, Belgian esters, herbs and banana. Yeasty banana and pepper flavor with lots of cherry and a funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (4232) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Draft at brewpub. Pours ruby red with a thin white head that doesnít leave any lacing. Nice cherry notes on the nose. A bit sour on the tongue with only hint of cherry on the tongue. Finish lingers a bit. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and large collar which lasted throughout and produced superb sheeting of lacing. The aroma was of a light grain malt and a funky Brett yeast with notes of cherries, coriander, chocolate and a mild sourness. The taste was sweetly tart with notes of cherry and a touch chocolate throughout, with the finish having a nice tart spiciness and a slight alcohol tinge. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a tart fruity taste lingering on for a short while longer. Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a champagne like carbonation. Overall I found this brew to be quite fruity and refreshing, with a subtle sourness and an awesome drinkability, which allowed for the high ABV to be ďalmostĒ virtually undetectable. This is one to watch out for, it goes down way to easy for such a high ABV. Just sayiníÖ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Surprisingly so good and drinkable. Big carbonation, but very god tart cherry taste. Saison yeast is secondary. Great drinkability. Thanks Jason B.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Sampled on 9/29/2012. This fruit beer pours a murky dark reddish brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, cherry and earthy, with some wood and some yeast. A medium to full bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of semi sweet cherry flavors. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Itís a touch tart and a little funky, with nice cherry flavors. I am not sure it was what I was expecting, it certainly is not all that saison like, but the flavors mix and match well. The fruit flavors work well with the earthy barnyard yeasty aspects. Really hides the 9.5% alcohol very well. The tartness increases as it warms. Interesting beer. I can see where there would be a large diversity of options on this merits or lack of them for this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, tart and funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Crushed with Honkeybra. 750 mL bottle pours an opaque reddish brown with a huge, fizzy head. Tart, kinda funky, cherries on the nose. Dark cherries in the flavor masks a lot of the funk, but itís still tasty as hell. Tongue-tickling carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Sample at Falling Rock Beer Tasting with Dr. Bill on 10/13/2012. This brew pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium thick off-white head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries and bready malt. Medium body with a mildly sour cherry character and flavors of yeast and grainy malt. The finish is slightly tart with a cherry aftertaste. Above average overall.

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