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Tropic King (Māori King) - Funkwerks

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Tropic King (Māori King)Tropic King (Māori King)

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89
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 26
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ottovon on 02-24-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-08-2013 11:51:53 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-01-2012 02:06:54 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form on the glass and drip back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of wheat, spices, and floral aromas. Taste is of whet, spices, and flower notes. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that I would definitely get again. I am glad I got to try this one as this is nowhere to be found in CA. My first beer from Funkwerks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:51:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 20:23:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this Richard, and Andre for sending one my way.

A: The pour is a pale yellow color with a rather large white head.

S: A bit sweeter than expected. Lots of different citrus notes, especially citrus peel. There is a mild grass note followed by some white pepper and a light fruitiness of apple and pear.

T: Starts off with the sweet fruit flavors of apple, pear, and banana. There is still some white pepper and a fair amount of sweet citrus/orange. Overall, it's fairly sweet, but there is a light phenolic spice note to the finish.

M: Medium to full in body with medium carbonation.

O: Didn't like this one anywhere near as much as the regular saison, but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:37:35 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 18:34:36 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

10-13-2013 19:39:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 05:34:05 | More by biboergosum
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm alcholy and sour in the nose, lively and jubilent in the pour, with a whitish head as agressive as you pour it. yeasty and bright this one tastes faintly of dried fruit, possibly tropical fruit, and a balanced brett-type sour vibe. tart finish settling nice in the tummy despite the quantum carbonation. my first funkwerks beer paired with an all time dinner at fruition restaraunt in denver. seek this one out ladies and gents!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:15:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-03-2013 18:37:16 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-17-2014 22:32:37 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange  color with golden tangerine hues and a one finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind.  

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with the earthy citrusy hops complimenting the saison yeast.  Hints of hay,straw and grass as well as some zesty, peppery spice, lemon zest, apple, pear and citrus, notably pear, mango, pineapple and  papaya.  slight sweet alcohol presence.  

Medium bodied and fuller than expected yet it still manages to be light and very drinkable.  Slightly bitter and dry up front with the earthy hops complimenting the zesty, peppery spice.  Hints of coriander and lemon peel with some Bready yeast that adds fullness and complexity.  Sweet alcohol toward the finish but abv is very well masked.  Lots of light and tropical fruit, especially apple, pear, banana, mango and papaya.  Excellent balance and incredibly flavorful.  One of the best saisons I've ever had.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 01:07:59 | More by corby112
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-16-2013 21:30:56 | More by InspectorBob
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hear this one is the next in line to be bottled. Some will have difficulty distinguishing the beers they have on the market, but I think this one has the most character.

Slightly hazed light orange, dark gold pour. Nice billowing head, somewhat sticky. Off-white, but fairly bright.

Yeasty spice aroma, bubblegum and citrus. Pale malt backbone gives it a nudge to sweetness.

Tropical fruits are pounded by the yeast and spice. I get some mango and peach--May Pride perhaps. A bit tangy and 'fleshy'. The hops add a bit of a 'pinch' to go along with the spice and yeast. Being a hop head, I'd like to see more hops, which I also think would give this beer more of a specific personality. But what do i know, I just drink the stuff.

Crisp finish with underlying sweet bread. Good carbonation

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 06:31:39 | More by Mebuzzard
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-08-2013 21:59:27 | More by mdaschaf
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2014 05:25:33 | More by afsdan
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:50:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-27-2013 01:59:29 | More by illidurit
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blackie

California

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 14:19:46 | More by blackie
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Rackhouse Pub and served to me in a snifter. Yellow orange color, soapy head, looks good. Smells very yeasty, overpowering. It also tastes very yeasty, I got a bit of bubblegum but none of the tropical fruits promised by the description and New Zealand hops. Overall I much preferred the regular saison.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 20:21:25 | More by ArrogantB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A slow gusher, a crystal clear dark golden hue with an almost 4 finger head that slowly faded down to a thick, fat blanket but did not leave much side lacing. Looks very carbonated.

S - Like others have said, this walks the line between a Belgian strong pale ale and a saison. Candi malts, light bready/yeats, coriander, clove, very faint citrus.

T - Taste is a bit more citrus than the nose. Faint melon and grapefruit. Light alcohol esters. Finish is more belgian with coriander and faint clove. Light bread too and faint wheat. Alcohol gets more prominent on the finish. Not getting much tropical notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, keeps the alcohol up off the tongue. Easy drinking.

O - Overall, a solid saison. Wish, for namesake, mine was more tropical though.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 21:03:05 | More by rudzud
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -25.2%

03-30-2012 20:04:06 | More by mhaugo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:02:04 | More by EgadBananas
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy toffee color with a huge white head--head takes up at least 2/3 of the glass.

Smells tropical indeed. Pineapple, mango, lemon, citrus zest, tons of coriander and others zesty spice, tons of farmhouse yeast. Very bright. Smells excellent.

Taste is concentrated on lemon and citrus zest and spices. Bright but also fairly sweet, a pretty strong malt character, maybe wheat? Plenty of yeast again too. Very tasty.

Very carbonated, almost too carbonated but it works well for the style.

Excellent saison! Complex, drinkable, very well done.

8.1/10

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:01:35 | More by AlexFields
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We took a trip up to Fort Collins last week to hit a few breweries. Sadly quite a few were closed so we hit this one out of necessity; fortunately for us, this one was quite good across the board. Poured a nice medium yellow color with a nice white head. Nice hoppy aromas, mango, orange zest, citrus. Medium bodied, fruity, hoppy and spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 03:24:11 | More by emmasdad
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Tropic King (Māori King) from Funkwerks
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