Saturday, December 24, 2016

Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin Review

Name: Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin
Style: Saison
ABV: 7.5%

A new brewery has recently appeared on store shelves here in Minnesota and they go by the name of Funkwerks. While the brewery itself does make wild ales, their primary focus is making Belgian-style beers....or Belgian-style sours if you want to be picky.

For this review I have their Nelson Sauvin, a single hopped Saison made with Nelson Sauvin hops and Muscat grape juice. If I didn't know better, I'd say they're trying to draw in some wine drinkers.

Appearance - Cloudy and hazy bright yellow color with some mild visible carbonation. The head is pretty foamy yet soapy at the same time but with a good amount of lacing left behind along the sides of the glass

Aroma - Strong Belgian yeast notes mixed in with some cloves and some floral hop and white grape notes.

Taste - Belgian yeast and clove notes upfront with some moderate white grape and floral hop notes on the back end of the palate. The aftertaste on the other hand is surprisingly bitter for just a split second and is otherwise very dry.

I am reminded of Dogfish Head's Noble Rot, which had a similar concept except this is meant to be more of a beer and not necessarily between that and wine. With that said, it's a solid beer that manages to please. If you're looking for a Belgian-style beer with a slight twist, then this one is for you.

Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin - 8.5/10

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