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Tropic King | Funkwerks

very good
74 Reviews
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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml Bottle
Bottled On: 2016.01.07
ABV: 8%

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy orangey color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves an oil slick and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice malty, yeasty, with some banana/coriander notes, some hoppyness, spicy. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, some nice sweetness, banana/coriander, peppery. Medium body, a little on the hot side for me. Overall, still a very nice brew.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've probably had 100 different saisons, and this one is at least distinctive. True to it's name, there's a good amount of tropical fruit, though fleeting. Yeast dominates, peppery and lightly phenolic, though the fruit balances it nicely.

Deep saturated orange, lightly hazy, thin layer of frothy foam that leaves behind delicate arcs of lacing.
Aroma is lightly spicy, with red fruit to balance. Taste is a little more juicy, though it finishes dry.

Feel is smooth, lightly carbonated, medium bodied. Some dry phenolics in the aftertaste.
Overall it's a well crafted saison, balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Martin194
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cloudy, golden. Big, foamy white head.

Smell: Hoppy, hints of fruit.

Taste: I could definitely taste the fruit flavorings once I let settle down just a bit. Passion fruit and mango mostly, a little bit of ginger. Dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Very bubbly, I preferred to let it settle just a little before drinking so I could enjoy the flavors more. Slightly sticky in the mouth, like juice or light syrup.

Overall: Refreshing, probably my favorite that I've tried from Funkwerks thus far, just took a little getting used to.

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Photo of akolb
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clean fruity aroma. Pepper, ginger, fruit, malt in the taste. Nice and juicy. Finished with a pleasant bitterness. Rich and thick mouthfeel. Most saisons are underwhelming but this is wonderful

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Best before: Dec-10-2015

Pours a cloudy glowing orange with a airy, scummy two-finger head that slowly drops to a relatively chunky, patchy cover. OK retention; some stringy lacing. (4)

Fruity, spiced, white bread crust. Dough, floral/herbal hops, hay, some tropical fruits. (4)

Fruity dough with a light sour hint in the finish. Initial wave of doughy yeasty body that is soon followed by a wave of juicy pineapple, cane sugar, and oranges with a teasing, lingering tartness. (4)

Soft carbonation/feel, medium body, lingering lightly tart yeast/hop finish. (4)

Very good hoppy saison.
Decent looking with a nice “saisony” aroma and a big juicy flavor that is all built around a good harmony between the yeast, the light tartness in it, and the hops, which while not front and center, definitely add an earthy, fruity layer to it. Very nice beer.
I would definitely have it again. I'll have to try some of their other saisons. (4)

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 12-5-15

A: orange hazy pillowy white head

S: funky hay smell with lemons and a slight rust smell a little bit of grapefruit

T: light bready little bit of a clove lemon has that hay taste

M: bubbly the tingly carbonation gives it a slight peppery feel

O: Not a bad beer but doesn't really stand out as anything more than just an ok saison.

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Photo of pants678
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky yellow with a white head.

Tropical fruit.

Not acidic, but mango and passion fruit more than anything. Pepper's not really there and mentioned ginger is, to good measure, not pronounced. Alcohol's well covered by yeast and sweet malt. Excellent balance, fruity without being tart.

High carbonation but not at all distracting.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus, hint of hop, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus, hint of hop, and a hint of floral. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend, but lacking in complexity.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter at The Wild Goose Meeting House in Colorado Springs.

This is a very good standby Saison. It hits the classic notes, with authentic Belgian yeast flavors, a smooth and lush mouthfeel, some nice malts on the lighter side, and a low hop bitterness and flavor profile. The mouthfeel is very satisfying, toeing the line between filling and light with grace. The flavor isn't super special, but works in all the right ways. Without flaw, but somehow not memorable. If I brewed it, I would be pretty darn happy.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice saison. 12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Classic saison look, smell and Taste. Golden and bubbly, yeast, citrus, Belgian in the nose and tsste.

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Photo of dcotom
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a light translucent copper color, with a full four fingers of creamy white foam. Aroma is rather muted, with a musty yeast smell up front and a hint of spice and citrus. Taste is interesting, with some spice and malty sweetness and a slightly bitter finish that culminates in a lingering tart-apple aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of South2NW
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, with a huge billowing, frothy head. Nice lacing throughout the drink. Smells very fruit forward, mainly melon for me. Some funk/yeast smell in there too. Taste follows the nose, as well. Fruity up front, followed by spices and yeast. Very lively mouthfeel, quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, a delicious beer. would happily seek out again.

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Photo of stephens101
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/14 Colorado Excursion.

Bright orange white froth. Spice flows forth with notes of pineapple and orange as well.

Taste involves more orange and a dash of lemon. Plenty of spice to go around. Vanilla and taffy in the end.

Medium-bodied with a lingering heat.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Fruity and boozy smell. Taste is a 180...spicey, boozy with a slight fruit taste. On the fence about this beer but it's not bad. A lot going on with this beer! Cheers!!

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Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, dark golden color with tons of carbonation and a head, soapy bubble head that fades slowly with spotty lacing.

Aroma: A little sour, fruity, some funky yeast, a little banana

Taste: Strong start from the bready malt, then building sour and fruity notes. The back end takes a 90 degree turn, with lots of pepper and cardboard; its almost astringent. Finish is some-what fast with a touch of lingering fruit.

The Rest: This a complex beer that keeps changing its mind what it wants to be as it rolls around your palette. The booze becomes more pronounced at it warms, adding another dimension. Definitely worth a try but I don't know if I would buy it again.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is malts/burnt caramel and undercurrents of toffee and fruit. The flavor is caramel, toffee, fruit, slightly cloying and a sourish/alcoholic finish.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
4.24/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer was so far ahead of its time, its crazy. i love it, always have, although i highly suspect the recipe has changed some since the maori king listing here, which is why i review it under this heading after a long time away from this beauty. its one of the better saisons in colorado, especially for an all the time beer, and now that its available in affordable four packs, its spot on. i think some of the tropical hops have dropped out of it though, i remember it being so alive with flavors like white grape and passion fruit that comes from strains like nelson, before nelson was even part of the vernacular. its tame compared to my memory, but i have also tasted an awful lot of beer since then, and may have numbed just a bit. still really nicely flavored with one of my favorite yeasts in the country, but the hops seem a lot less pungent and fresh and juicy. the abv also seems to have creeped up a bit, originally at 7%, listed here at 7.5%, and the bottle i just drank says 8%, but the beer seems no drier perhaps some extra grain or sugar in here to spike it, maybe slow demand or something, i dont know. the beer is still amazing, soft in feel, layered in its yeast and grain interactions, and not like most american made examples of the style. this is the beer that put funkwerks on the map back when they open, and it remains one of my favorite every day saisons. i think there is some definite batch variability though...

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are awesome. Belgian yeast aroma with a slight funky edge. Tropical fruit is evident, but aroma isn't strong overall. Belgian yeast taste with some peppery flavoring. Mild tropical fruit. The peppery spice is a little overwhelming. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Okay beer. Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light amber/golden orange with a fluffy and everlasting white head. The nose strives to be fruity and tropical, but has more bubble gummy yeast and booze that come through in the end. The beer's malty sweetness plays nicely with the fruity yeast and masks the abv well, but this beer plays the same note and never evolves into something more complex or interesting. It has a fluffy mouthfeel, one that's dominated by fruity yeast, but still has a hint of bitterness that lingers in the finish. This saison doesn't disappoint, but leaves much to be desired knowing what a few bugs and a barrel can do.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with a voluminous head off that high carbonation.

Big fruit forward nose with some sweet tropical leanings. Oh wow.

Taste is a little more yeast driven with those spicy flavors yet still packs a big tropical fruity punch.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose presents a lot of yeast tones but reveals some citrus orange and grapefruit. It also has a perfume, rose petal and spice like aroma.

The flavor starts out with cloves and peppercorns before easing into a banana and yeasty bubblegum. Not a big Saison fan and this did little to change me over.

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Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev 0%

Funkwerks - Tropic King [Imperial Saison Ale] (750 ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8.0% ABV)

Having just tried my first home-brewed saison, I've been on a "saison kick" as of late, trying to develop a better palate for the style... Once I saw the imperial version of the Funkwerks saison I tried quite a while back, I was eager to pop the cap... Immediately upon pouring, an off white 4 inch head formed, composed of giant rocky bubbles, and slowly faded away leaving a small amount of lacing along the glass... The color is a deep golden yellow with a slight haze to it, and has a fair amount of carbonation assisting in the head's retention... In the aromas there's a decent amount of barnyard funk but it isn't overwhelmingly forward in its' presence, with an accompanying cast of lemons and yeast notes... First tasting brings forth a hoppy earthiness and slight spiciness also, fading into some subtle peach and citrus highlights, and of course some funk as well... The finish is smooth and crisp, with some more hoppy bitterness and spice to give it more depth... Mouthfeel is excellent for the style: full enough to act as a vessel for the complexity of the beer, but light enough to let the features act as their own highlights... Overall I was extremely pleased with this brew's representation of the style, as well as the great balance within the flavor profile!! Another great brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, copper-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of tropical fruits, with melon, agave, apricot, and pineapple, as well as evergreen and pine notes. Flavors are a subtle fruit blend, with evergreen highlights, piney notes, and subtle roasted characteristics. Subtle fruit and tree aftertaste, with a light, smooth finish.

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Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

A good, earthy Saison that I would purchase. The beer pours a generous head, has a classic farmhouse Saison aroma and flavor with a tropical twist. A good brew from a good brewery.

Bottom Line: See it, grab it!

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
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