ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, clear pour
quite tropical, very new world. mostly candied pineapple, a bit of funk (not much). the nose is quite yummy, better with a tad bit of yeast mixed in. lacking the sharpness, angularity of dupont, but not a bad interpretation. a very good effort. the one thing that nags is in the mouth. the....perceived sweetness? because i think itís in reality dry, but doesnít quite come off that way. is this an attenuation thing?
really, a nice new world version of saison. elegant in an upfront, round, forward way.
bonus points for being surprisingly delightful.
HonkeyBra (3118) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF 2010. Hazy straw pour with big white head. Aroma of hay, earth, pepper, mild funk. Some notes of fruity esters. Flavor is dry, fruity, mild spice and funk. Some hay and earth notes, as well as a nice tartness. Medium bodied with somewhat average carbonation. Dry finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Saison.
JohnnyJ (4094) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden orange pour, off-white head. Dry bread malt, fruity esters, hay, musty hops, and lots of yeast. A yeast bomb, with lots of esters. Not what I would consider a good saison.
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 bottle, undated but fresh. perfectly pillowy salt and pepper head with lasting retention. hazed golden wheat body. prickly sea foam, banana, lime leaf and limestone nose. effervescent, peppery and lively release of phenols and carbonation. baked cracker biscuit malt backbone. crunchy, raw, lively, active, rustic, gritty but delicious.
re-rating since 2011: more husky than it should be. overall dull. body has problems.
Chad9976 (1087) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I split a 750ml bottle with two friends, poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright banana-yellow hue with a mostly hazy body, but massive carbonation evident. Forms a huge, bright white, foamy head which is slow to fizzle away and leave decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Light and flowery with some light citrus and perfume-like fragrances from the Belgian yeast esters. White grape and other light fruit aromas present as well.
Taste: Definitely an accurate example of the Belgian farmhouse ale style. Funkwerks Saison is consistently strong and energetic from start to finish. A touch of black pepper up front gives way to a light melange of lemonpeel, white grape and citric acid. Not a very bitter beer, but the massive carbonation and Belgian yeast make for a drying effect. Somewhat refreshing while itís in the mouth, but definitely satisfying as far as taste. Itís not an a particularly delicious beer, but thereís nothing wrong with it at all.
Mouthfeel: Very energetic and spastic, almost like thousands of tiny Pop Rocks dancing on the tongue. Dry aftertaste.
Drinkability: I never find zesty Belgian beers like this to be truly refreshing, although Funkwerks Saison is definitely thirst-quenching while itís in the mouth. Once itís gone it seems to take all the moisture with it and this problem is solved by taking another sip. The massive carbonation makes it difficult to drink in more than sips if you donít want to belch like Barney Gumble. The 6.8% ABV is perfect for this beer.
Overall, a good American saison and very reminiscent of an authentic Belgian brew. Not that itís spectacular, but a good beer is a good beer.
riversideAK (5563) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes of hay, earth, a touch of estery sweet spicy yeast, somewhat peppery and herbal perhaps even minerally. Pours orange golden, white head, soft lace. The flavor is lightly spicy with notes of hay, soft spice, and some minerally notes. Dry, fruity, easy to drink stuff. Nicely carbonated.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
thanks bvc! bubblegum and cherry on the nose, little peppermint. hazy golden mustard, strong clingy head. astringent body, dry, lemon rind, papery and disappointing.
bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml capped, thanks Wade! Pours a lightly hazed honey golden with nice uniform white head. Good amount of hay, light esters, but mostly mineral notes. On the drier and unassuming side in the nose...not to a fault. Lighter mouthfeel with tight dense small carb feel. Mineral notes are dense up front, makes way to some sweeter floral notes, hints of dry hay along the way with the mineral notes showing again in the finish. Dry, crisp and refreshing...dig it.
Beaver (1225) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw gold with a monstrous pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is grains, some banana and clove, a little fruit, bubblegum and yeast with some floral hops.
The flavor is slightly sweet cereal malts, earthy yeasts, spices and pepper and some dry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
Overall, a very solid saison.
BMan1113VR (7789) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to womencantsail. Pours with a hazed golden body and a huge white head. Aromas of grass, suntan lotion, dry grain. Spicy. Flavors are grainy, dry, estery, phenolic and grassy. Lively bubbles, finishes very dry. Lots of esters. Easy drinking.