Funkwerks Saison (Farmhouse Ale) is brewed using their unique, proprietary Belgian yeast strain. This is probably their ‘flagship’ brew. I’d like to thank Keith in Boulder, Colorado for his personal donation of this bottle. Aromas are predominantly fruity like a mix of cantaloupe, tangerine, and pear. Malts are bready with hints of hay, floral hops like honeysuckle, highlights of lemon, and yeasty phenols bringing out black pepper with a dash of clove.
The palate makes a fruity introduction with suggestions of white grapes and star fruit. A sour note like green apple quickly rises from behind, resting on an undercarriage of crisp cereal grains. By mid-palate, hops begin to rise into a bouquet of floral flavors, anchored down by gentle grassy bitterness. Bready malts counterbalance with moderate sweetness. Nearing the finish, that original sour note continues to rise into a bright note of lemon zest. The mouthfeel begins with tongue-tickling carbonation that surges into a smooth body, leaving dry and thirsty.
This was a great choice, Keith! Altogether, I find this incredibly well-balanced, easy to drink, and generally very agreeable. Sourness ends up being the dominant point on the palate, followed by sweet, then bitter. Yeast isn’t super funky. I feel like this captures the classic element of the Saison with harmony and grace. What’s not to like? I recommend it.
Fort Collins, Colorado