Formerly brewed at Funkwerks
Style: Belgian Ale
Fort Collins, Colorado USA


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This single-hopped Belgian golden ale features Styrian Aurora hops. The hops, along with a blend of yeasts, yield a beer with a massively fruity aroma. Notes of citrus fruits, peaches, and pears, along with subtle hints of spice, lead into a soft, malt sweetness with a dry finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle. Poured a lightly hazy golden-orange color with a thick, dense white head that slowly faded to a bubbly layer and left some thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of sweet fruitiness (mango, light pear), bread, doughy, dusty yeast, light bubble gum, and a moderate spiciness (ginger, clove). Smooth, moderately sweet entry with fruit (mango) on the front with a slight tartness and a ligyhtly dry, bitter hoppiness that is paired with a soft, doughy yeastiness that imparts a moderate spiciness (pepper, ginger) that lingers into the finish with some soft undertones of fruit (pear, apple). Moderate carbonation and overall lively mouth feel that works well with the moderate dryness imparted by the hops. Overall a pretty solid beer that was a tad muddled in its flavor, but the palate seemed to fall off some as the beer warmed and it seemed a bit more watery.

GarrettB (1692) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
August 17th, 2013 - Funkwerks’ Aurora has been sitting in a basement for a bit, catching the thinnest halo of dust on the bottle. The color is a deep, sunset gold with tons of lacing wrapped around the inside of the glass. Smells of biscuits and dough define the aroma, with touches grass, green onion, hops and lemongrass adding bitterness and herbal clarity. The taste is spicy and sweet. To quote my tasting notes: Wow! Wow! With a very foamy and soft palate, the flavor dissolves and splashes across the palate, delivering black and white pepper, mango orange and lemon. The balance - the equipoise - is perfect, just really damn near perfect. Brilliance in a bottle.

ineedbeer (2298) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Aroma is slightly fruity but there is also a large honey character with a lot of stale malt. Medium spicy floral hop aroma that actually seems to accentuate the oxidized nature of the beer. Moderate overripe red apple and pear esters. Pours a very cloudy golden straw color with a big pillowy white head with fairly good retention. Fairly high lacing with faint legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with a pretty large ester character upfront. Lots of pear, red apple and white wine grapes. Medium honey character with some stale malt character. Light bitterness with a moderate spicy floral hop character. Lingering honey nots with some spice and floral hop character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but I am really not a fan of the hop character. I definitely let this sit in the cellar for too long which likely caused all the honey and stale malt notes, but I’m not sure how I would have felt about this beer when fresh. I just really don’t like beers with a strong noble hop aroma and flavor.

nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
750 shared by DeyHolla. Unfiltered golden-tan. 750ml bottle. Steady, creamy off-white head. Lemony sour, but not on a Belgian level. Kind of sub par for the style, Lots of unfermented sugars. Golden Ale, a little spiked, not so memorable. OK.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
The pour is a nice golden color with a tall white head. Opens up with a light floral aroma followed by lots of fruits. Plenty of banana, pear, and apple with a a hint of peach. Hints of spice and a light funkiness along with plenty of yeast. Bready malt serves as a clean base. The flavor is crisp and rather dry. Bread malt flavors accompanied by an array of sweet fruits such as pear, sweet apple, peach, and apricot with just a hint of banana. Light citrus and spice qualities in the background.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Beauty of a pour, a bright gold with moderate cloudiness here and there, along with a big rocky head. Certainly quite a healthy dose of vibrant fruit in the nose but the streaks of dry hops, spice, and yeast promise an interesting amalgam. Sure enough, this one hit the spot as a quirky combination of a wit and a bretty blonde. Enjoyed it.

BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy to lightly cloudy orange with a large, frothy (thick) white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is bright floral and grassy hops, lively fruity esters (pear, apricot, peach) with straw and meal malt. Some barnyard and horse blanket notes late. Flavor is lively fresh hops, medium-light bitterness, tropical fruity esters, malt backbone with earthy and barnyard yeast and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
love funkwerks, lets see .. . deep gold .. . medium sturdy head .. lacing is great .. . lots of summer fruit, yeast, and daisys . .. refreshing and bubbly .. . nice stuff .. . . i’ve been calling her Krandell!

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
Big thanks to fortsambo for sending a bottle of this out my way. Always love a new Funkwerks brew. Served in a Funkwerks tulip. The only thing keep this brew from a 5.0 for appearance is that it’s fairly hazy. Other than that, a nice light golden color with a huge, foamy white head that really will not go away. Loads of lacing on the way down and a half-finger cap throughout. Did someone say cumulus? Truly impressive. The nose brings a really nice initial dose of hops. I don’t know for sure if it’s Styrian Goldings, but it’s certainly something along those lines. Nice floral notes with a touch of fruit. Some spice lingering in the background. The yeast hits back with a nice bit of spice and zest. The flavor is even more impressive with some really nice spice and floral notes. There’s a very fresh hop character to this to go along with some yeast spice and a touch of light fruit in the background. The body is fairly light, though there is a slight chewiness to it. The carbonation is moderate to high, and there’s a touch of bitterness and a kiss of grain through the finish. Lingering hop flavor after each sip. Quite drinkable and no detection of the 7.5% ABV. This is quite impressive and something I would certainly like to try again.

arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pour out of bottle is clear yellow-orange pour with white head, aroma brings notes of biscuit, pear and peach notes, touch of orange and citrus, hints of slight grassy notes with a touch of spice. Taste is a mix of sweet pear and peach, hints of grass and spice, sweet biscuity bread finishes fairly sweet. Not bad.

coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden. Loads of fruit in the aroma and flavor: banana, apricot, tropical fruits. Some peppery notes. Fairly sweet. Full mouthfeel.

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