Funkwerks Helter Spelter
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is our take on an amber saison brewed with a large portion of spelt malt. Aromas of caramel malt, apple and clove compliment the light toasted character. A hint of apple and bready flavor leads into a slightly spicy and dry finish.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium brownish orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that dissipated very quickly, down to a small collar with poor runny lacing. The aroma had a big dose of biscuit malts and a funky barnyard Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange), green apple, pears, clove and a bit of a candi-sugar sweetness. The taste was lightly sweet and acidic with a really nice maltiness and had hints of apple and pear in the beginning, then progressed with a good strong funky yeast presence and a mildly sweet spicy citrus taste towards the end. The flavor was left to linger for an average duration with a malty yeasty fruity taste left lying on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong lively carbonation. Overall a nice well balanced brew that had all the components and flavors working in conjunction with each other extremely well...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1480) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
August 22nd, 2012 - Spelt malt? Iíve never even heard of spelt malt, let alone knew it could be used to brew a beer. And the second surprise? If skilled brewers are handling it, it produces a tasty, refined beer. I didnít attach a photograph to my notes, so I donít have much to say about how easy or hard this brew is on the eyes, but that may have been because I was busy buckling the glass to my nose and huffing the wonderful, bread aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread. Itís a singular, lonely note, but powerful and hunger inducing. The flavor is much more multi-dimensional. Yes, itís light and bread, but a surprising sharp carbonated edge keeps it lovely, and shows off an accent of honey and biscuits - two great flavors to layer on top of a doughy, yeasty layer. The great irony here is that spelt, famously a substitute for gluten-riddled bread products, produces a very bread-based taste, which I love. Oh, and of course, itís another reason to add Funkwerks to the travel list for a beer pilgrimage to Ft. Collins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Very handsome pour, deep ruby-to-blood orange body with some fine, filmy carbonation. Caramel apple and bright fruit in the nose, along with a modest dose of spice. Prickly mouthfeel, and thereís a touch of heat on the palate - taste is the clove but has an effect like chili powder. I dig the grainy, bready flavors and was glad too that they werenít especially heavy or cloying. Thereís a brightness and elegance to the beer that comes across nicely, and brings vibrancy to the autumnal heart of the beer. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
A slightly hazed burnt orange with white head. Strong malt aroma to this. Lots of bread and biscuit, a touch of toast, and some wheat. Citrus, apple, pear, and banana give the aroma a pleasant fruitiness. The flavor is somewhat hefeweizen-like. Banana and spice notes along with pear and apple, maybe just a hint of citrus. Plenty of bread and malt character and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy copper with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is earthy and barnyard yeast, cereal, straw, and meal malt with medium spicy hops and light fruity esters of apricot and pear. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, light earthy and barnyard notes with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5148) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Mostly clear amber with thick, frothy off-white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, candy sugar, straw and cookie malt, citrus fruit, grassy and floral hops, and faint spice. Flavor is malt forward with good supporting hops (light bitterness) and fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Denver2012 (24) - - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a overflowing fluffy creamy colored head. No apparent lacing to this one. Smell is heavily sweet and yeasty. Aroma of funk, dough, candied sugar and fruiity, some apple and maybe a hint of some orange in there. I definitely get the amber saison label from the aroma. Just like with the saison, the flavor threw me for a little surprise. I found the flavor to be a lot more balanced than the aroma had led me guessing it would be. Funky and sweet with some apple and a caramel malt base. I really like this and again the I think the amber saison label is pretty fiitting. A nice creamy feel to this, medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation that makes this amber a little different than the typical amber feel. Another winner from Funkwerks in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids. Clear orangey gold with a fizzy head that doesnít last too well. Nice aroma of orange rind, pale grainy malt, and a bit of bubblegum yeast with a bit of sugar. Taste was silly and fun in all the right ways. Grainy sweet with some citrus, a bit of yeasty bubblegum, some funky esters, apple, ending dry but not too crisp--nice linger of clove and orange. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1672) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a big fizzy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready toasted malts with some yeasty banana and clove and some green apple.

The flavor is toasted malts and a little fruit with a dry medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel medium bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, an OK beer. Itís milder than expected. Not sure if I cared for the mix of toasted malts, apples and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of yeast, carmel, apple and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of carmel, yeast, spice and light apple with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.

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