Tropic King - Funkwerks

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88
very good

356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

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Photo of 1withself
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A spectacular Imperial Saison. I will buy this again and again.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I first opened this I smelled it from the bottle and it smelled like straight up leather and wood. That (fortunately) mellows a bit when you pour it, and it poured a very hazy, almost brownish-yellow, with a big white head. The head dissapates and the aroma is fruit, mineral, malt, and some soury-tartness (no leather or wood). The flavor is super-fruity, tart, sweet, and citrus - love it. No lack of flavor, and a nice, warm finish. The high carbonation adds a nice element to the mouthfeel. It's like a party in my mouth! Ha ha. Seriously though, this beer is awesome. I was a little cautious to try it because, eh, could be a gamble with the large format bottle if you don't like it, but c'mon! Imperial saison? Of course it's good! I'm a fan, for sure.

Photo of threeviews
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a .4l Rastal tulip (purchased from the brewery in April, 2013 and cellared properly since its purchase)

A- Pours a hazy, orange/peach color with a 1.5-2 finger, rocky white head...beautiful.

S- As the bottle label states: Peach, Mango and Passion Fruit are all represented along with spicy notes of coriander, lemon rind and banana.

T- Malts, hops, spicy/estery phenols (courtesy of the yeast) mingle with absolute perfection. Sweetness balanced by a clean hop/yeast bitterness makes for an absolutely well-balanced (imperial) saison.

M- Full, but not overpowering. Body is reminiscent of La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue. Perfect (i.e. strong & evervescent) carbonation for the style. Very refreshing.

O- An immense Saison! This teeters on the edge b/w Saison and Tripel...but regardless of the style, it does not disappoint. This is an incredible brew. Fans of either the Saison or Tripel style will appreciate (and enjoy) this amazing beer. My only disappointment is the fact that I am unable to obtain FunkWerks' beers in NJ/VT...a must have!

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into an official FunkWerks globe glass.

Another great looker of a beer. An absolute orb glowing apricot body, with a middle column of small carbonation in the middle. Head rises tall, and forms such a big fluffy soapy shampoo white, mostly pinhead, and hangs and clumps on for ages. Giant clumps of white chunks and goodness. Fairly big bubbled collar also. Hot sex in a glass.

Nose is filled with a subtle sense of fruit, but also a light brett. Very dry. Hints of tropical mango and peach, spiced black pepper. Very dry, crisp and nicely balanced.

Palate hits with a lot of pepper spice. A good mix of brett like heat, peaches and fruit rush in the mid palate. Clean and dry with wonderful lively carbonation. Mild fruit character warms and comes a bit after some time but get taken over. Wonderful area spice and pepper brett combination character, downplaying some of the fruit hints. The peppery finish just goes on forever with a wonderful hint of herbal mint as it warms. Huge menthol character no doubt from the ginger (comes off more like mint to me).

If the fruit were just to pop out a bit on the palate and last then this would be just incredible. Either way it's just a fantastic beer and I am finishing this bottle in nothing flat.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Belgian yeast is more evident Than anything. Different but indeed funky.

Photo of alexipa
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange, murky and hazy with a white pillow head that lingers. Lacing all the way.

S - Yeasty and bananas. Some other tropical scents I can't put my finger on. Slightly bready.

T - Smooth and mellow up front. Midway through it hits with bananas and some funk, then finishes with pleasant citrus hops and alcohol warmth. This is exactly what I want in a saison called "Tropic King".

M - Perfectly carbonated, very creamy and light.

O - A wonderful "imperial" saison. Would have liked a bit more funk, I agree that this is almost more of a trippel. Either way, it's excellent.

Note: I've also had this in bottle. If I were to review this based on my experience with it bottled, it would be around a 3.5-4. It's far better on tap from the brewery.

Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, huge, white fluffy foam head. Cloudy golden color; lots going on in this brew. Sticky (spotty) lacing. Head poured bigger then I've seen in quite sometime.

Huge fruit (heavy mango) and light hops. Hops add a ton to this brew. Lots of pepper, pineapple, ginger, lemon, orange... Yum.

Perfect carbonation and sweetness. No off flavors or bitterness. A very relaxing brew to enjoy on a hot day. Very slightly too dry. Mango provides nice base brew, not over powering. Nice thin relaxing texture. Fruits are awesome in this delicious brew.

Highly recommended! Awesome brew, I'll definitely pop the $12 for another bottle, soon. Nicely done Funkwerks!

Photo of iannutter
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Given my personal impression and the hype I had heard on this beer, I am surprised that this beer is not ranked higher than it is.

I was given a 750 mL bottle from a coworker here in Boulder and poured it into a ,25 L Leffe glass.

After pouring a thick head, it thinned out but never dissipated. It is a beautiful, tranlucent copper- gold in colour.

The smell is mellow citrus, not unlike some punches I've had in the past.

While the saison flavour is certainly still pronounced (esp. in aftertaste), it is well rounded with a sweet, fruity taste and a extremely smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, I am very happy with this beer and would happily drink it again. It is a wonderful rendition of the style... and just next door for us CO beer drinkers!

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange with a three-finger fluffy white head that receded very slowly and left lacing all down the glass. Lively carbonation bubbles can be seen when the glass is held to light. Very good looking. Scents of spicy Belgian yeast, clove, white pepper, mango, pineapple, tropical fruit, some banana and peach, a bit of yeasty sour funk, faint fresh wheat bread and some earthy aromas. A very rich, complex, fruity flavor, with abundant tropical fruit scents and great Belgian yeast esters. A very enticing aroma profile. Flavor begins with a big hit of pineapple, mango, peach, apricot and some faint sour funk with banana entering the flavor in the middle of the sip, clove, white pepper and Belgian yeast spiciness are present throughout, but become stronger in the middle and on the finish. Alcohol flavor and warmth are present in the background and rather detectable. Finish is spicy with a nice wheat cracker malt. Aftertaste is spicy and yeasty. There is some moderate citrus peel bitterness throughout that balances the sweetness and fruity flavors. An excellent, fruity, complex flavor profile. With the sweet fruity flavors staying throughout the sip and mingling with excellent spicy, funky, yeasty flavors. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, crisp and drying with high carbonation and some slight acidity. Very nice, quite drinkable and very refreshing. It is perfect for a hot day. Overall this is an excellent rendition of a saison. All the principle flavors of the style are present, with the very nice addition of tropical fruit flavors and aromas and a bit heavier feel than most saisons. It all comes together in a very nice, flavorful, aromatic, drinkable package that is worth seeking out.

Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 24.5oz bottle into Duvel tulip. (acquired in a trade form Chugalug06)

A - Pours a nice beep dark golden pineapple color with tints of peach and a massive foaming white head. Head fades into a nice froth on top of the liquid below. Nice amounts of lacing.

S- Big tropical scents come from this. Pineapple, Mango, passion fruit. I also have floral notes of hibiscus, and lily. It does not smell tart, but a nice ripe tropical fruit smell.

T - As far as Saisons go, I love the big, sweet, ripe tropical fruit notes on this. Minimal tartness, with mild malt and spice. Just a wonderful beer to drink on a hot summer day. Some yeast is present, but the key is the tropical flavors. Damn near perfection.

M - Very nice carbonation for a Saison. Body is light. Clean and refreshing with easy drinking on a hot and humid day.

O - I absolutely loved this Saison and you should try to find a way to obtain it if you are into tropical fruit flavors. Very well done Funkwerks.

Photo of DCon
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ 750 ML bottle of this w/ ChrisF & was received at the "Big Beers Festival" in Vail, CO. Poured from the easy going bottle w/ TROPIC KING in yellow writing into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has only 1 YR Cellar Limit on the back of the bottle but no freshness date. Not worried.

Aroma- Tons of fruitiness, spice, and herb from the beginning. Malt and sweetness come in at the middle then. Nice hop and light sour finish. Nice! Can't beat this!

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that has GREAT retention. Very cloudy, golden with a nice light orange body. Leaves good lacing behind that is referred to as "Belgian Lace" (while studying for the BJCP).

Flavor- Very soft attributes all around. Fruit and light spice hang out around on the palate and bring an easy dry concluding finish. Belgian style also with a light bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, and has easy prickling on the tongue with light spices and malt.

Overall Impression- A VERY awesome Saison! This used to be my favorite style and I have to say, would love more of this. Nice sour notes and spice but went down easy. HIGHLY recommend! Will be looking to enjoy my Helter Spelter soon enough or else trade it. That good!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of SalukiAlum pours a very hazed gold color with a massive cap of white head. Good looking beer with lots of retention and lace.

Nose is yeasty-licious with lots of tropical fruity aromas - mango, guava and pineapple.

Taste is delicious! great blend of hops and yeast. The phonics range from pepper to clove to leather. Maybe just a touch over-carbed on the mouthfeel, but otherwise I cant think of anything else to complain about. I love it when I can say I would honestly not know if a saison was American or Belgian in origin...thats the case here. Great beer.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tropic King pours a nice orange hazy color with a solid two fingers of head. Tiny bubbles surge to the surface throughout the tasting.

The is of citrus, I can pick out pineapple, passion fruit, some pale malt, and some other tropical fruits hide in the background. The aroma is magnificent.

The beer starts of a little sweet and then finishes with a nice spicy hop aftertaste, maybe pepper or ginger.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is sticky, very enjoyable.

This is one awesome saison, it is well balanced and the spicy hop finish is perfect. Tropical fruits are also very enjoyable.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes taken on 3/29/13.

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Leaves a great lacing with solid retention. Head is bright white and very fizzy. This one has high carbonation for sure.

S: Waft is black peppery spice. Yeasty belgian esters shine, backed with notes of guava, mango, papaya, pineapple, and banana. This one smells fantastic.

T: The yeast is predominant in the initial sip. The peppery spice takes from throughout the middle of the drink, and the fruity juices finish out with some funk and earthiness.

M: Medium body. High carbonation, but it's not as high as the initial pour led me to believe. Dry, but oddly still somewhat creamy.

O: A very nice beer. The smell and taste of this guy is so complex that it truly shocked me. Every sip something different shined through and took center stage. I'd love to get my hands on another one of these.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a billowing head, just about fills the whole glass. Once it settle with good lacing and some retention, its a hazy and nice looking orange.

Aroma is tropical fruit as the label suggests, wow! what a concept. Seriously tho I get mango, passion fruit, banana, some hay and some light funk.

Taste is big banana and bubble gum, apple, white grape, some grass, light barnyard like or cork. Very interesting and ever changing as it warms.

High carbonation keeps this one light and spritz-y on the tongue. But it feels like its medium bodied in some ways. Then the finish is very coating, almost sticky and gummy like. It seems like this one is like liquid bubble gum.

Overall this is an interesting and somewhat remarkable beer. It keeps me guessing and wanting to dig deeper into its subtleties. I'd buy this again even at $11 for a bomber.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label says 7.5%-web site says 8%. Somewhat golden color though hazy in spots. Nice, white fluffy head on top. Peppery and yeasty aroma. Has a slight scent of "brett" in there for me. Very nice yeast and hop flavor right upfront. Distinct lemony/citrus hop flavor. Pleasant hop bitterness with enough of a malty, sweetness to become a nice balance. Nice mouthfeel-quite full yet retains a decent crispness. Damn enjoyable "imperial saison". Really like the citrus/lemony hop flavor.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this from SteveO, cheers Steve!

Pours a slightly hazed gold with2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention, never drops bight all the way

S: Perfumy hops & appleskins, plus pears & passion fruit

T: Follows the nose, some dryness & white pepper up front. Pears, more passion fruit & some grapefruit as this warms, I also get a faint bits of mango as this warms, slight breadyness& honey crisp apples too, pineapple as well. Finishes crisp, fruitty, dry with pineapple & passion fruit, plus a bit of pear & peppercorn

MF: Fairly subtle carbonation, light bodied; skews fruitty

Great drinkability, not a ton of sourness or funkyness, but this works well for me. This runs the gamut of fruyittyness with enough hop profile to balance this out. This is a beer I'd love to see in 4-pack offerings. Funk Werks, you are impressing the snot outta me!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at falling rock.

Hazy gold with a fluffy and persistent white head.

Holy cow, one of the fruitiest beers I've smelled. It gives it's name due respect. Mango, pineapple, orange, and passion fruit. Extremely aromatic.

Heavy mango and orange taste. Funky and peppery finish.

Sticky and medium body. Moderate carbonation.

I loved this. The aroma is really bright and juicy.

Photo of BikingDutchman
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange colored that pours with a very large white head.
S - Fruity and spicy yeast smells mix with tropical/fruity hops. There's a lot of fruit in the smell, but I can definitely pick out pinapple, melon, and a little bit of peach. Smells very good.
T - The taste is not quite as fruity as the smell. The spicy yeast notes are stronger. There is also some ethanol flavor that is subtle, but present. (My bottle says 8% abv as another reviewer noted) There is also some bready malt sweetness that hides behind the fruity and spicy flavors.
M - Fairly high in carbonation. It is fairly dry, but there is some sweetness and not without any body - a good balance for this style in my opinion.
O - Not as fruity as I expected from the name. I thought the balance would tend more towards fruity hops, but in reality I think the yeast is more present. Overall, I think there is a nice balance between the two.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on-tap at the brewery

Another really nice saison from Funkwerks - hopped nicely with NZ Rakau hops, peppery, ginger, tropical fruit - mango, guava, some peach. Enjoyed this more than the standard saison, though both were solid. Grabbed a bottle to bring home - good stuff

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to TATURBO for grabbing this long time want from the shelves in Colorado!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy orange bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of white head from a gentile pour. The head retention is rediculous. Its literally stays around forever. Spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: Mangos and pineapples. black pepper. Lite floral and earthy hops. Wheat malts.

Taste: Starts of with a mix of mangos and pinapple. Wheat malts. Yeasty and peppery. Decent amount of bananas when the beer is cold, but seems to go away as the beer warms up. The beer also seems to loose that initially strong black pepper flavor as it warms up. Earthy, grassy, and slightly tropical hops. Really nice saison!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth beer with little noted ABV. Well carbonated. Spot on for the beer style.

Overall: This is a really great brew made by funkworks! It delivered what was advertised by the name tropical king in the nose and flavor. Another really solid Colorado offering!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

From an 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter.

There's a monstrous, pale white foamy head on this brew that the snifter can barely contain. Hazy orange with blonde hues in the body and a visible film of yeast. Some carbonation is visible. The head persists lovely and scatters lace everywhere. 4.25

Citrus meets fresh lilies on the aroma. There's sweet maltiness and bubblegum, and a bright floral burst. 4.1

Bubblegum city. Sweet, floral, citrusy, with a taste of caramel. There's a grassy flavor towards the finish. 4.1

Sweet, creamy, and pleasant to drink. It's medium-bodied but drinks lighter. The finish is semi-dry and free of any bitterness. 4.25

Such an excellent brew. It's simply good as hell. 4.18

Photo of sporklift87
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-8-15. Gentle pour showed three fingers off-white, sudsy head, great retention, eventual solid walls of sticky lacing. Banana and golden straw yellow and quite cloudy. Smells of bananas, cloves, lemon and saison yeast. Hop bitterness jumps out at first on tongue, but yields to fruity, bready and yeasty character. Light tartness. Mild slickness in feel, with small amount of heat from alcohol present. Some tack and creaminess. Lovely on a hot summer day. Well done saison. Will buy again.

Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Thank to pmoney for the share.

A: Pours a deep hazy amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly with great head retention. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Spicy yeast notes and big citrus orange juice dominate the nose. A banana bread-like sweetness takes over on the backend.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast. Fruity esters with a light banana presence and a ton of orange juice pulp flavor. Some light musty notes and a touch of grainy malt sweetness. Orange zest with some mineral-like qualities to the finish.

M: Sweet and musty finish with a medium light body. Drying finish with a medium carbonation level.

O: I enjoyed the juicy and zesty-like qualities of this one. I'd definitely try this one again.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle with brewed/bottled on dating. Purchased at the source.

Hazed and lovely lookin' under a frothy and rocky off white head that lasts nicely.

Fruity nose with ripe melon coming forward

Tasty, complex and thoroughly saison in character. Fruit, spice, yeast, crafty goodness.

Love the style and love this beer.

Please consider distribution to the NYC area

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
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