Tropic King - Funkwerks

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88
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 shivtim
2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear honey-color with some orange. Translucent and flat looking. Large soapy white head settles down to a few bubbles.

Nose is bananas and some citrus hops. Maybe a little bit bready. Average. Slightly Belgian-ey.

Taste is syrupy and medicinal. Stale hops. Ethanol and turpentine. Really not very pleasant. Not picking up any saison qualities.

Unfortunately not a great beer.

Photo of thegerm87
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Yeasty, estery, grainy. Light citrus and banana. Over carbed and a little difficult to drink.

Photo of quaybr
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes: 9/6/12

A very pretty beer. Clear and golden with a relatively large white bubbly foam atop.

Heavy spices on the nose, clove in particular. Under the overwhelming spices are hints of yeast. Still, this smells great. Some fruity, too.

Taste follows suit, however the spices to seem a bit too much. The clove is too strong and overpowers any fruity esters.

A relatively light body for this size of beer, carbonated well, though.

Overall, the spices seemed to get carried away here. Funkwerks, still, is always more than worth trying.

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 330ml snifter at the Funkwerks taproom. Reviewed from notes. Serving volume was 4 oz as part of a tasting flight (which as a whole was rather disappointing).

A: Pours a half finger head of slight thickness and cream, and decent retention. Colour is a cloudy peach.

Sm: Orange, mango, and light apricot. The fruit esters are really all me broken nose detects. A mild strength aroma, but a pleasant one.

T: Mango, slight orange, and a clean subtle barley foundation. To its credit, its malt-aversive. I fancy it though it isn't horribly complex. Nicely refreshing. Quite pleasant and really well balanced. Pretty well built, if strange for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours. I'd like it better if it were crisp. It's aptly carbonated.

Dr: The high ABV isn't detectable and it's of pretty nice quality. I'd have it again, especially at this price. Quite refreshing and enjoyable all around. Certainly quaffable, but likely not sessionable.

Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.25.12
Bottle thanks to rockymntnbeer78

A - Pours a cloudy, lighter orange with an explosive light tan head with good retention.

S - Fruity, lots of mango and some Belgian spice.

T - Pepper, spice, mango, tropical frutis.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Surprisingly lots of spice. Tropical fruits then follow.

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a couple of snifters. The brew pours a fairly clear golden color with a bit of haze to it. A solid 3 finger cap of white froth sits atop. It slowly recedes leaving patches of lace all over the glass. Streaming bubbles of carbonation maintain about a finger worth of lacing atop that is slightly off-white. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger of yellowish stained head.

The smell of this brew initially is very yeasty. it is almost chalky with an earthy feel to it that is minorly herbal. As it opens up in the glass, it really explodes with belgian phenols. Clove and banana nearly dominate with a bit of fruit accent included. Across the back is a bit of peppery quality that mixes with a hint of sulfur.

The taste of this brew is quite spicy and herbal with a touch of bitterness. The yeasty character is right upfront tasting of clove, banana and a bit of fruit that is somewhat melon-like. There is a peppery spice through the body that finishes with some warming alcohol yet dry and crisp into the finish.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and lively in the mouth but you really feel the full brunt of the 7.5% abv. Overall this is a pretty decent take on a saison. I would probably enjoy it more if it wasn't so spicy with as much focus on the herbal bitterness and phenols. But as-is its not bad and worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of blakelive784
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serves on tap at funkwerks tap room -

A - presents a murky peach color with a thin white head of half a finger.

S - yeast, banana, citrus, spice, and sweet candy. Mango notes come through.

T - Biscuity yeast, mango, citrus. Underwhelming malt character, but balanced. Alcoholic on the finish. Mango and peach.

M - smooth and wet. Could be blamed on being warm.

D - takes their saison to another level. Definitely a beer I'd come back to.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of jzlyo
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fortsambo for sending this bottle out my way. Thanks also to rake for sending this in the Sour, Saison, & Funk BIF. Served in a Funkwerks tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, foamy white head and a good bit of sheety lacing on the way down. Good cap and collar throughout.

The nose has some light fruits and a bit of white pepper. Light perfume and floral hops. The hops come out a bit more in the flavor. Nice Belgian varieties. Light bready malt. Touch of earth. Body is light-medium with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Nice beer. Would like a bit more yeast character for a beer of this size, but still quite good.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Breckenridge at the Ballpark in Denver. Pours deep orange colored with a small off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits as expected, some light funk, and a hint of spice. Flavor is on the sweeter side with lots of bubble gum notes and some tropical fruits, sweet wheaty malts, and very little zesty saison like barnyard yeast going on here. Medium plus bodied and medium carbonation. Overall I found this to be only OK, but not bad.

Photo of beertunes
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Casey, Paige, and Brian for grabbing this for me on their recent trip to GABF. Shared with OKComputer and Victor. Poured into Chimay goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma led off with a nice blast of yeast, which led to a pleasant fruit scent. There was just a bit of underlying spice from the yeast. The taste was basically the same, a solid foundation of expected Saison flavors, with some additional fruitiness that worked pretty well.

The body was pretty full for the style, but still managed to be crisp and dry. Drinkability was excellent, we were hoping for another bottle by the time we got done. Overall, a very, very nice brew. Bordering on a must try, if you're a trader, absolutely a must try if you see it in a bar or store.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a golden orange color. a huge, two plus finger, foamy white head that sticks around for ages and leaves a sticky lacing. completely opaque.

Smell: candi sugar, belgian yeast, fruity flavors.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of bitterness. fades to a light candi sugar and a strong belgian yeast. some very light tropical fruit notes. some alcohol

Mouthfeel: some bitterness up front. strong carbonation but still very dry.

Overall: a well brew and tasty saison, but not quite my favorite. I was hoping the fruity notes were a bit stronger.

Photo of cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light, hazy orange. Huge, billowing head.

S - Citrus notes along with funk.

T - The yeast and fruit come alive in the taste! Not a real funk beer here though.

M - Slightly heavier than a saison.

O - It's good for an imperial saison. I tend to like my saisons sans-imperial.

Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8% ABV noted on the bottle. Into a goblet.

A - Pours a deep golden color, very thick, hazy, appearing to have lots of suspended yeast. Huge pearly white head that sticks around forever. Lots of lacing.

S - Wild and spicy nose. Lots of grassy and herbal notes, complimented by an array of strong white pepper.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, light amounts of pilsner malt. Mid stream gets a little spiciness mid-stream, some clove and perhaps a hint of banana. Finishes very spicy, then a citrus and floral complexity sneaks in at the end. A little alcohol warmth makes an appearance in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body but lots of carbonation. After it sits on the tongue for a while, it gets a little more sugary and coating. Alcohol warmth is present, sticks around quite a bit in the finish.

O/D - An interesting saison, kicked up a notch from what you might normally find. Almost more tripel or golden ale like as the funkiness is rather subdued.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a cloudy yet golden in color with good carbonation presenting, very thick, nice white cap. Lots of lacing and bubbles on this after a few sips.

S : BIG trpoical fruit nose; truckloads of fresh mangos, pineapples, guava and oranges with some yeastiness, light spice, Earth, hay ...needless to say, very nice nose.

T : Initial bit of tropical fruit and citrus and that pretty much persists but very tame, especially after such a big nose. A little bit of spice comes to play with some Earthiness. The finish is sweet, rather dry, refreshing and "juicy".

M: Light-medium body, well carbonated for the style, a bit fo sweetness and little warmth on the palate and mouthfeel along with all of the traditional style characteristics.

O: Nice, unique and very drinkable.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Cloudy peach, healthy head and lacing

SMELL: Floral, fruity, cantaloupe, alcohol, bready

TASTE: Lively, creamy carbonation, light bodied, peaches, ginger, melon, pineapple, pear, esters, white pepper, bready, spicy, yeasty linger

We’re a bit skeptical when people slap the word “Imperial” in front of a style these days, but not with this beer. Funkwerks has done a great job in punching up the Saison style with a ton of complex fruity characters (thanks to using New Zealand Rakau hops), while keeping drinkability and finish in tact. Perhaps a bit too yeasty, but damn fine drinking here.

Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (bottled January 16, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 23, 2015.

A-A normal pour produces a healthy white head that hangs around for a bit. There is no lacing left behind. The beer reveals a few chunky bubbles of carbonation in the clear, light-orange liquid.

S-The aroma suggests tree fruit like apple and pear with lots of phenols and a bit of tropical sweetness. I also sniff bread dough, a chewy Belgian yeast, and some light peppery spice.

T-The taste is sharper and more assertive than the smell. Alcohol comes through cleanly to provide a bit of sting with the sweet fruit. The fruity flavor reminds me of apple cider, but I also get some dried grass and more pepper to go with the bready yeast flavors.

M-The feel is nice and and prickly. Medium heft.

O-This is a good beer and I'm glad to be able to buy it in small bottles now. That being said, I'll take other Funkwerks offerings like the regular saison or Deceit over this most days. The higher ABV here actually hurts the flavors I think.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of dehydrated, supplement enhanced urine...thats brownish yellow for those non athletes out there. Exploding carbonation and a fat white head top it off. Banana, oranges, clove, spicyness out the hizzle, a huge nose for sure! There is lemon, peaches and yeast, orange skin and spicy alcohol rocking the tongue, a bit of hop bitterness in the afterthought. Good flavor unfortunately it overpowered my palate after a few sips leaving a numb lemony taste. Good medium body that acts light and refreshing.

Overall a solid Saison from a good colorado brewery.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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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