BeerandBlues2 (8986) - 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 (5584) - 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 (4866) - 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 (7769) - 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 (9806) - 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 (6010) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at funkwerks. Pours a hazed dull peach color good carb and nice head. Aroma is peach apricot tropical ntoes some mango ands some pineapple, fruity ester with spicy grassy pheno. Flavor is cracker toast and pils malts, grass then melon, grass, spicy pepper, and fruity tropical finish, dry. Good stuff.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Burnished gold. Voluminous mound of white meringue drapes the glass with intricate lace. Pleasing marriage of peppery, airy phenolics and poundcake aromatics, with background scents of nectarine, sulfur, peach cobbler, applesauce, and orange-flavored jelly candy. Soft, compact carbonation. Slickly fruity with a rich and rounded berrylike inundation of esters. Alcohol creeps in, along with some faint sulfur, each contributing a bit of astringency at the swallow. Faint notes of Red Delicious apple and overripe banana momentarily eclipse the underlying vibrancy with considerable weight. Consequently, any firmness in structure never fully thrives. Otherwise cleanly-attenuated, though ample residual-sugar grit and beefy well-textured vanilla-tinged malt persist, adequately counterbalancing the slickness. "Greenly" hoppy and explosively flavorsome. Luscious notes of peach and nectarine fuse with a bright splash of florals which waver in intensity as the alcohol partiality deadens the palate and heats the gullet. Closes with a succulent marmalade-like hop punch augmented by a profusion of sassy spice, fruity esters and a graceful tailing of clean, sweetish malt. This is a marked improvement upon the several lackluster draught glasses (dull, muddled, fiery alcohol, strongly sulfuric) I have tasted over the past year. Fine-tune some of the rough edges and this may very well be sterling.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is a hazy, effervescent, burnt orange color with a full, white, creamy head which settles to a moderate froth leaving scattered Belgian lace all over. The nose is pleasant, clean, and inviting with clean florals, white pepper, ginger bread, doughy/estery yeast, cardamom, and tropical fruit (mango, guava). The flavor is still filled with tropical fruit undertones (mango and guava still), very yeasty with doughy notes and pepper phenols, ginger and cardamom, soft malt backbone, acidity is low to moderate with only a slight tartness, bitterness is moderate, and bitter floral notes moving to the finish. The palate is nearly full, creamy, silky, and lively. The finish dries out but lasts for some time leaving bitter floral notes, bitter oranges, pepper still, and a lingering cardamom note. Where to begin with this one... The tropical notes were amazing and completely complementary to the other notes, the house yeast derives some fantastic flavors, and the malt base was incredibly soft and supporting of everything else. The palate was fuller than most and the acidity/sourness was much lower than the norm for saisons but it worked well for this beer and for me. This was a very finessed beer with clean and fresh aspects as well as perfect balance and harmony between sweetness, bitterness, acidity, and phenolic spice. One of my favorite new breweries and so close to home.