Funkwerks, of Fort Collins, Colorado, is a small craft brewery specializing in Belgian-style saison ales. Founded by two graduates of the famous brewing academy at the Seibel Institute of Technology,Funkwerks prides itself on using organic ingredients in its beers.
Funkwerks Saison is a golden-orange color, with a fluffy white head reminiscent of a meringue. Floral aromas mix with hints of pepper/spice. The taste is fruity and biscuity, with a little bit of hop bitterness as a contrast. This saison finishes crisp, clean, and dry. This is a highly drinkable American take on the saison style; but, at a surprising 6.8% ABV, it could sneak up on you. I recommend it as a nice introduction to the widely variable saison style.
Style Note: Saison
Saison (French for “season”) ales were originally brewed in farmhouse breweries in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. Instead of producing sellable ale, farmers needed to provide potable drink to seasonal migrant workers (“saisonniers”) in the summertime; the resulting ales, often made from whatever brewable ingredients were available, may have been dry, slightly hoppy, and thirst-quenching. Modern Saisons tend to be very carbonated and quite dry, with mild hop bitterness and a fruity, sometimes slightly spicy character.