NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Funkwerks. Pours a very attractive, lightly hazed deep orange. Nose is really great, lots of tropical fruit, gooseberry and white pepper. Really fresh and dynamic. On tasting, the malt profile works really well here and the yeast doesn’t wash out the hop character. Lots of great fruitiness and light alcohol notes. Biscuity and dry malt finish as well. Truly a fantastic saison. Might be my favorite from funkwerks.
radagast83 (3794) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 750ml bottle. Poured a reddish color with a small white head. Aroma was citrus, apples, perhaps a touch of cloves? Flavor was fruity, maybe a granny smith flavor down there? Very interesting brew.
dnstone (2048) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light malty aroma. Chalky golden in color with white head. Malty with an interesting, almost citrus edge. Fairly clean.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours lightly hazy gold with a medium-large, frothy white head, medium retention with great lacing. Aroma is spicy hops, peppery, straw and meal malt, fruity esters (peach, pear), and Belgian yeast. Flavor is malt dominant, spicy and peppery, tropical fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth.
arminjewell (5231) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap was deep reddish with white head, aroma had as complex a nose as ever with lots of tropical fruit including peach, apricot, and pear, notes of clove and ginger in there with a sweet biscuity note, touch of pepper as well. Taste is nice and fruity with peach, pear and slight tart apple in there, some spices with clove in the forefront, some grass and slight funky notes, going into a dry earthy finish.
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man, I really liked all of the Funkwerks beers that I tried. All were well made and insanely drinkable. This one was yellow, with a big loose white head. . surprisingly hoppy aroma, with a good deal of fruity citrus flavors and aromas. A bit drier than the others. Nevertheless, I really dug this...
ph0tik (91) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ughhhh yuck. It’s funny they are re-branding this beer because I just had it at GABF and it was still named Maori King. Another awful over-cloved beer. The guy in line in front of me took a sip and described it as having a dish towel rung out in a cup.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as Maori King thanks to grg1313. Pours with a white head over a hazed golden hued body. Aromas are estery and very fruit, grainy, bready, noticeable alcohol, stone fruit, grassy, some spicy phenols. Some over ripe mango (Rakau?) Flavors are a bit sugary, stone fruit, ginger, fruity, grainy, apricot, peach. Lively bubbles and a very dry finish.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a pale yellow color with a rather large white head.
S: A bit sweeter than expected. Lots of different citrus notes, especially citrus peel. There is a mild grass note followed by some white pepper and a light fruitiness of apple and pear.
T: Starts off with the sweet fruit flavors of apple, pear, and banana. There is still some white pepper and a fair amount of sweet citrus/orange. Overall, it’s fairly sweet, but there is a light phenolic spice note to the finish.
M: Medium to full in body with medium carbonation.
O: Didn’t like this one anywhere near as much as the regular saison, but still quite drinkable.
Ernest (5922) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, resin), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of gum, pepper, pineapple, alcohol, hint of plastic.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Hmmm. It’s definitely decent, as with the regular saison, but again there are aspects keeping it outta 4+ territory for me. The most instantly apparent thing is the surprisingly faint aroma...whereas the regular saison leaps from the glass with tropical fruits and such, this one plays it way more docile. Similar aromas are here, and they are certainly clean and pleasant, but they’re harder to coax outta the glass. Even that first pour with all the initial volatiles bursting out provides little for the ol’ nostrils. Some resinous hop odor is undesirable, but that’s just me. And once again, in the mouth it’s not quite attenuated enough...it’s better in that regard than the regular saison, but the sweetness is strong and lingers on far into the finish. Pretty good.