Funkwerks is relatively new here in Minnesota, even though the brewery has been around since 2007. Hailing from good ole Fort Collins, Colo., Funkwerks specializes in Saisons and other Belgian style brews. As you may or may not know, since I may or may not have mentioned it way too many times, I really like Saisons and Belgian style beers. That being said, yet again, I was excited to hear that they had found distribution in Minnesota. I knew that I had to get my hands on some of their beer, get paid to try them and give my opinion and tasting notes on some of their award-winning beers!
And Now, the Brews
|Funkwerks | Barrel-Aged Deceit 2016 | Belgian-Style Golden Ale Aged in Rum Barrels|
|Yes, you read that right, Rum Barrels. Now this is no Rum King (it was released last week, it’s relevant). In fact, they couldn’t be further from the same thing. I am always intrigued by lighter styles of beer being aged in ex liquor barrels. They always tend to be more complex and pick up more characters from the oak/liquor. This one is no different with pineapple, mango and coconut flowing through my nostrils, followed by a slight touch of spice and finally the rum makes an ever so slight appearance. On the first taste, those same fruit notes come through with a little yeast and ever so slight rum and spice taste in the back. After this, I let the beer sit out for a little while. I went in for another swig and the flavor profile did a complete 180° turn with rum, oak and spices right up front with a hint of the fruit at the back end. Super intriguing and well worth the purchase.
I have to warn you though; this beer is super super super super limited. Each store has maybe 2 bottles. Yes, only 2. It’s super super super limited.
|750ml | 9% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Funkwerks | Tropic King | Imperial Saison|
|As much as I profess my love for Saisons, I admit that I have never had an Imperial Saison. I know, I’m a sham, but none-the-less I must carry on and live my life. Now that I have been painstakingly humiliated, this beer comes off more like a Belgian than a Saison with banana, cloves, yeast and a slight melon touch on the nose. Taste starts out malt heavy, but balances that out with some really great tropical notes of the melon, overripe fruits with the added banana and spices. Pretty interesting if you ask me—I know you didn’t, but still. Not as good as their year-round Saison, but still pretty good!|
|4pk btl | 8% ABV | 30 IBUs|
|Funkwerks | Raspberry Provincial | Belgian-style fruit ale|
|I hope you like raspberries. If not, don’t buy this beer. If you haven’t noticed yet; raspberries are pretty prominent in the beer. The nose starts off with some farmhouse funk followed by, you guessed it, raspberries. Up front, it starts with some malt and funk, followed by lemon and lemon zest and raspberries resulting in a nice peppery tart finish. Although this is best on a hot summer day, it’s still pretty awesome any other time of the year, assuming you like raspberries. Did I mention that there are raspberries in this beer?|
|4pk btl | 4.2% ABV | N/A IBUs|