FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A soft, steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, yellow tinged, pale honey color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hoppy citrusy and tropical fruit notes, musty sun-dried hay, and earthy yeasty spice character, a touch of cracker like malt character. There is a slight nuttiness that has toasted grassy overtones to it, and this melds well with the musty fermentation character. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit of spicy, warming alcohol character.
The beer is quite carbonated, with lots of prickly carbonation; this works nicely with the peppery yeast and hop character. Lots of earthy, musty fermentation character, that provides an almost savory quality to this beer; this balances the spicy, fruity hop flavors quite well. Tangelo zest, kumquat, definitive guava notes, Curacao orange zest, and lots of floral fruit notes that sort of lean towards fruit and bird of paradise. The body is definitely light, this is quite quaffable, but has a touch of viscosity to it towards the finish; definitely hits what an "Imperial" Saison needs to be, for whatever that means. The hops provide a firm bitterness that lingers in the finish and gives this beer a fairly good bite; though this is softened a bit by the musty, yeast phenolices.
I was expecting something a bit hoppier than this, but the balance that this has between the hop and fermentation character makes it easy for me not to miss an overly aggressive hop character. I definitely like the New World hop focus, and in the end, I am digging that it is somewhat subtle from what I was expecting. I really like the nutty complexity that the nose (especially), and the flavor (to a bit lesser degree) achieve, it adds a bit more character that boosts the more’ish character of this beer. In some ways this is better than it should be; the components don’t quite add up to the whole that this achieves.
kaser (3002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Dark golden color. Tons of fluffy white head. Fruity apricot lemon and slightly bitter. Pretty good saison
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
http://imgur.com/FkCj4Kh - Pours hazy orange with overzealous white head. Smells of citrus, bubblegum, and vanilla. Drinks smoothly with little lingering hop bitterness. Light bodied. Tastes of light mango, citrus, light malt, and wood. Highly effervescent.
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7400th rating! Also kind of an ironic choice for a snowstorm. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a massive foamy tan head. Pretty much all head, actually. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits with some biscuit malts and a strong yeasty note. The taste is stone fruits, apple juice, citrus, tropical fruits, canned fruit cocktail, mild spice, mild bready malts. Medium bodied, slight lingering spice. Solid.
Homer321 (2050) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to lenincat. Nose of funk and tart with lots of citrus. Taste is similar and no notice of alcohol. Solid beer. Informative review.
DrewFace (847) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. pours a clear golden yellow orange color with huge white rocky head. Sweet, Belgian yeast character, slightly spicy phenols. Big Belgian character, spicy, alcohol, sweet malt.
ajnepple (2438) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Orange and pretty clear with a white head that lingers and leaves light lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus hops, black pepper, spice, Belgian yeast and other fruity esters. Similar flavor, crisp and smooth with a nice body and a great mouth feel. Hard to believe I never rated this as many times as I had it living in the Fort.
mansquito (3513) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Root Down, Denver tap ($8): Pours slightly cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma is saison funk, tropical fruit, spices, citrus. Taste is pretty funky and fruity. Alcohol is slightly felt in the taste. Body is somewhere around medium. Nice amount of funk. Hoppy undertones. This was pretty good. The fruitiness and the different hops make this one an interesting sipper.
joet (2208) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy golden with ample fine and persistent head. Yeasty sake tropical nose. Fruit clove. Herbal light pine edges. Very creamy feel. Lightly tart and bitter finish. Unique surprising and well done.
NachlamSie (2796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL from Liquor Galaxy. Finally a Funkwerks offering that I really enjoy. The nose is very aromatic with pungent pineapple, pepper, mango, and notes of lemon zest, hay and honey. It’s a hair sweeter than I like my saisons, but that’s not to say this is too sweet. I just like the style bone dry. The juiciness enhances the fruit bouquet in the palate, making for a beer that certainly lives up to its name. Lots of fruity notes in the flavor ranging from mango to orange to kiwi. Finish is a little peppery. This is honestly a very nice saison at a great price point.