Friday, May 20, 2011

Funkwerks Saison

My friend Eric and his fiancee Gina join me to review a saison by Funkwerks - a brewery out of Fort Collins, Colorado. This beer was given to me by Hagan Blount of (thanks, Hagan!). I haven't reviewed too many saisons on this show before, so that made this review even more interesting by bringing in two guest reviewers to help gauge the style. This is the first of two back-to-back episodes featuring Gina and Eric.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - MAY 20, 2011
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 it’s in the mouth, but definitely satisfying as far as taste. It’s not an a particularly delicious beer, but there’s 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 it’s in the mouth. Once it’s 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 don’t 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 it’s spectacular, but a good beer is a good beer.

Grade: 7/10

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