Tropic King (Māori King) - Funkwerks
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Reviews by BradLikesBrew:
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a cloudy apricot body with a thick, fluffy, dense and enduring white head. As it finally settles, a sheet of lacing remains. Combine that with the Funkwerks snifter it was served in and you have quite the presentation. A good start.
A rustic Saison aroma. Earthy, grassy and spicy.
Mmmm...this is what I'm talking about! The first thing that comes to mind is the interesting fruity character. Rakau hops add citrus and tropical fruit flavors reminiscent of American IPAs. But don't worry, while it does have solid bitterness and good hop flavors, this is no hop bomb. The Saison characteristics quickly take over and brush aside the hops. Musty and earthy, a complex layer of dry, spicy flavors captures the finish and ensures both depth and balance.
Māori King is not only an example of the excellence with which Brad, Gordon, and the rest of the gang at Funkwerks approach Farmhouse brewing, but also the relevancy and importance that this old world style still commands. Packed with bold flavor, yet subtly crafted with nuance and sophistication, no other style can toe the line between flavorful and sessionable as well as Saison.
All preaching aside, this is good beer, go check it out.
10-28-2011 20:42:18 | More by BradLikesBrew
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3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.
The aroma is wheaty malts, lemon and some tropical fruit with a little floral hops.
The flavor is wheaty, bready malts with some sweet tropical citrus fruits and a decent dry grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a nice saison. The fruity notes are interesting, but it's a tad on the sweet side for me.
01-13-2012 06:02:59 | More by Beaver13
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
750ml bottle, 8% ABV. I'm thinking this is actually the 'Maori King' version, as it proclaims to use those increasingly trendy Rakau hops from New Zealand. Thanks again to the good doktorzee for bringing this back from Colorado.
This beer pours a rather hazy, orange-tinted medium golden yellow colour, with a rising column of tightly fizzy, effusively foamy white head, which leaves some random splotches of patchy, fuzzy lace around the glass as it very slowly settles.
It smells of sweet candied, bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, papaya, banana, nectarine, and unripe mango, soft white pepper, and a more coriander-borne spiciness than that of ginger. The taste is semi-sweet bready, slightly crackery pale malt, with a duly lessened caramel input, muddled tropical fruit - the peach and dried mango standing out most - joined by some more pedestrian mandarin orange and melon tag-a-longs, somewhat acerbic farmhouse yeast, an ethereal powdered ginger spiciness, a touch of airborne black pepper, and some floral, lightly perfumed hops. That last bit brought to you by the cleverly obfuscated and integrated 16-proof booze quotient.
The bubbles are a tad tight and astringent at times, but mellow out just the same, the body a decent medium weight for this amped-up version of the style, and tacitly smooth, all that spice, fruit, and yeast hardly capable of anything more suave. It finishes off-dry, the grain getting a bit biscuity, the fruit remaining static, as the yeast and spices trail off into the ether.
A pretty tasty south-seas-enhanced saison, well bolstered by the domestic ABV goodness. This of course takes us deeper into headier Belgian ale territory, so much so that I'd easily mistake this otherwise for a yeasty strong pale ale. Ah well - borders are meant to be broached, aren't they?
06-18-2013 05:34:05 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +5%
750 mL capped bottle served cold into a chalice.
Maori King is an "imperial" saison according to the label. It has a very hazy appearance with golden yellow color and a thick white cap. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.
The aroma is full of tropical fruit and peaches. A nice spicy note coming from the yeast, I believe.
The flavor is intense and I can see now why they call it imperial. It's isn't unusually strong in alcohol but the flavors are impressive. Big hit of sweet tropical fruit up front. Mangos, bananas, and (not so tropic) peaches all come forward. The middle is spicy, bitter, and a little funky. It finishes super dry and leaves me wanting another sip.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Fairly well balanced but, like I said, big flavors and a bone dry finish.
Overall a really nice saison if you like your beers big, fruity, and dry. Definately worth a try.
As a side note, I'd like to point out that the bottled version is labeled 8% ABV, not 7% as it is here on BA.
08-10-2011 23:27:50 | More by GilGarp
3.41/5 rDev -15.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.
Appearance - Hazy golden orange with a big white head. Thick collar and a lot of surface wisping.
Smell - Yeasty with a slight stone fruitiness to it. Pale malt.
Taste - Very malty. Sweet doughy malts. Fruity again. Yeasty flavor in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Slightly sweet with a medium body.
Overall - Decent flavors. Just a little rough.
09-01-2013 19:50:50 | More by Alieniloquium
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Purchased end of August 2011 with a marked "1 year cellar limit." This is one of the new ones from the great new Ft. Collins "funkwerks." Marked a Belgian Style Ale on the front of the label, further reading on the side reflects that this is an "Imperial Saison."
Pours orange/amber with a white head.
Nose is fruity and orangy-almost like fresh orange juice or orange peel spice and with nice citrus tones, pineapple and flowers. Not a lot of saison character in the nose but really smells nice and very inviting.
Mouthfeel is rich and full with some creamy character that is appealing -again, not real saison-like. One begins to think that this beer has an identity crisis.
Flavors strengthen the identity problem in that flavor profile is far more "belgian traditional ale" than saison. Lots of esters, banana, cloves and "typical" Belgian ale characteristics. Tastes good and inviting but one must ask what is "an Imperial Saison.?" (Maybe it's just me). Flavors are big assertive Belgian malts - banana/clove/yeast carryover from nose. The flavors are pleasant and inviting but one should not expect a saison. There is the orange citrus character in the flavor profile that's very pleasant. I like this one; it is very drinkable and inviting.
Citrus flavors and big yeast carry over to finish. I'm not sure what to call this beer but it's good. Imperial Saison? Are there others?
09-08-2011 18:34:36 | More by GRG1313
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest 2011 - Papillion, NE
Appearance: Orange haze within the color amid a fuzzy foam of a white head. Decent lacing and retention.
Smell: Spices and hops intertwined with peppery accents and some faintly citrus notes.
Taste: Tropical hops is what I feel here. Fruity flavors tangle with the hop and yeast elements here.
Mouthfeel: Dry and highly carbonated.
Overall: Great saison.
09-26-2011 23:44:47 | More by Forb
3.86/5 rDev -4%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy ginger notes with rustic malt and fruity zesty hops. Taste is a great mix between some rustic malt with quite dry aftertaste and some spicy ginger notes with some fruity and zesty hops. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer but I would have personally prefer less ginger.
07-24-2013 20:23:54 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev -1%
750ml bottle poured to my Fantome tulip. Thanks for this one LSUPT!
I think this is the first beer I've ever added so the nerves are rattling.
A steady pour produces a nice 3 finger head that falls to a tight 1/4" cap of white foam atop the golden orange body. Very nice sticky lacing grabbing my glass.
Smell is full of bread, banana, ginger, slight mango, and some straw-like funk.
Taste is upfront with the banana. A peppery ginger profile takes over rather quickly with a little less tropical fruits that I was expecting (given the name). The mango does shine through as the beer warms up.
This is a rather creamy Saison. Very chewy and full bodied. Less carbonation than expected.
Very interesting Saison and I look forwards to the rest of my Funkwerks stash that's chillin' in the fridge.
10-31-2011 06:37:00 | More by DearthVader
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours with a bright white head and a hazy orange with reddish hints. There's plenty of juicy citrus, mango and papaya with a slighter funky barnyard than the regular Saison. Same with the taste...bright citrus and tropical fruits backing a funky wet hay taste and slight sweet finish. Feels crisp, with a hint of creaminess.
I didn't like this as much as the regular saison, but hell if this isn't a stellar Saison still. I don't get the "Imperial" part as 7.5% seems fairly standard...
12-04-2011 04:02:04 | More by EgadBananas
2.98/5 rDev -25.9%
Pours orange with a big thick head that eventually receded, but still good lacing.
A lot of floral aromas with a touch of citrus and some funk. Not a ton going on in the nose.
A little bit of a cracker malt sweetness up front in the palate. A little funky earthiness and way too much pepper then creep in before finishing somewhat spicy from floral hoppiness. Pepper is out of balance.
Decent mouthfeel. Medium bodied, probably a bit more than most saisons.
Meh have yet to be impressed by a Funkwerks beer. Nothing special here.
12-20-2012 17:01:34 | More by jmarsh123
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
a: served in a brewery snifter, pours a cloudy medium gold in color, spotty head, looks nice
s: clean plis and pale malts give a slight malty sweetness to accompany the tropical New Zealand hop aromas, peach, grape, mango, pineapple, some slight yeast, maybe even a minty note here, delicate spices, like this
m: carbonated on the lighter side, body around light-medium
t: a pale/pils malt body serves as a structure for various tropical and white tree fruits, peach, grape, and pineapple all come through, some yeasty flavors and light ester influence, pulpy tropical hop flavors creeps to a delicate bitterness that cleans what was a slightly sugared middle
o: really like this saison - it's perhaps a little more yeasty than some examples but that's not a complaint, flavorful, plenty of good tropical character and nice balance
draft at the brewery tasting room
04-09-2011 14:19:46 | More by blackie
4.29/5 rDev +6.7%
Straight pour from a 750ml pry-off bottle to a large wineglass (Hill Farmstead stem); no bottling date visible, but there's a note that says to cellar no more than one year. It was purchased within the last month, for what that's worth.
Appearance (4.5): Pours with three to four fingers of eggnog-colored head, composed of a mixture of fine and big, fat bubbles that slowly bubble away as the head recedes (which is extremely slowly). The head caps a glowing, orange-amber body, which is very cloudy. Shows excellent head retention with significant lacing, webbing the sides of the glass—even has a little plateau in the middle of the head. Awesomeness.
Smell (4.25): Walks the line between BSPA and saison, showing some candi sweetness in the malt body, throwing some simple syrup into a subtle, pale, crackery-bready character. But spice and fruit dominate the nose: candied orange slices, some sweet pear juice, and a good dose of warming spice (coriander, light clove, light ginger).
Taste (4.25): Really interesting things are going on here: honeydew, blood orange, some grapefruit peel bitterness, and then some cutting lime / lemon tartness intermixes with some vaporous (BSPA-like) alcohol warmth in the finish . . . all the while almost matched (like 60/40?) with coriander and ginger spiciness, a hint of black pepper, and a floral-herbal bitterness to boot. So much going on. Pale, bready malts with the brightness of wheat acts as a canvas for this craziness, and as it warms more of that starchy, bready, biscuity malt body comes out, and the fruit notes shift toward peach, mango, and lemon.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Great feel: slightly oil and viscous with a medium-full body, marked by sharply tingling carbonation that foams softly and smoothly on the way down, filling out moderately. The alcohol and hop oils dry out—gently, gently—the finish and it becomes very, very drinkable.
Overall (4.25): This shows off a very solid base saison, amped up to the point that it blurs the line with BSPAs significantly; the spiciness of the yeast, which creates a clear ginger character, acts as a fantastic complement to the juicy, fruity character of those Kiwi hops. More like a juicy-hoppy BSPA with a rustic, farmhouse-y side to the spiciness of the yeast. Great beer, worth seeking out if you’re a fan of saisons or BSPAs like me.
01-13-2013 01:32:35 | More by fmccormi
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle picked up in Denver during last GABF and finally opened at a share.
A: Pours a hazy yellow with a very large (2") white head and minimal lace.
N: Peppery with nice pronounced cracker yeast. Lots of fresh floral notes here.
T: Mostly follows the nose with lots of yeasty overtones and bright citrus fruits.
M: Somewhat heavier than others for the style and a bit of a roasty finish. Some prickly carb, but not as much given the large head on the pour.
O: Very good and a nice find should you come across this.
02-01-2012 02:37:09 | More by wethorseblanket
Tropic King (Māori King) from Funkwerks
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.