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Tropic King - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
89
very good

285 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Funkwerks visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-19-2011)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

While the guidelines of the Saison style say that there's an even-keel balance of fruit and spice, I find that modern versions tilt heavily toward the spice and dryness and to a lesser extend with fruit and sweetness. However, Funkwerks' Tropic King really explored that balance in seldom seen fashion any more.

Opening with that signature milky yellowish-gold hue, the ale is abundant with yeast and wheat haze, while being capped with a dense and creamy white froth. If I hadn't known better, I'd be looking at a cross section of key-lime pie- equipped with meringue and all. With retention intact, the ale trails with broken islands of lace.

Its spot-on aromas are zesty of champagne and spice- its acidity is accompanies by freshly grated white pepper, light clove and alcohol; and with only a supple backing of dry cracker maltiness and soft wheat. But that's not all- its aromas are musty with lemons, apples, and a slew of tropical fruit notes: pineapple, mango, apricot and passion fruit.

Its taste is rich with a funky-fresh flavor of rustic farmhouse earthiness and modern dry acidity- its foundation is dry with pilsner breadiness and short-lived wheat richness. 'Cause once the yeast character kicks in, the conversation is all fruit and spice in its middle palate. That ideal blend of citrus, tropical and orchard fruit seems of IPA and Tripel Ale, its peppercorn, damp hay and musty cork flavors are quintessential Saison. And that notion is further reinforced as the beer dries mercilessly in its finish and exposes its spicy flavor late.

Medium-light for Saison, its fruit-centric sweetness provides a sweeter and tarter upstart, especially as its carbonation needs a bit of a kickstart. But once the bubbles start-a-flowin', the beer is pushed off the tongue and here comes the champagne-like flavor and feel. That's when acidity, pepper, and alcohol tell the tale and make the beer a Saison and not a Tripel, Strong Golden Ale or stronger Pale Ale.

It's not your every-day Saison, but the thing about it is that it's not your every day Saison! Still, I think a hefty dose of Brettanomyces yeast could really dry this thing out for a funkier-fresher taste and texture.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and fruity with just an edge of bitterness. Attractive amber color in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Nice enough head. Very pleasantly spritzy on the tongue.

A great blend of spicy and sharp textures, with a mellow and malty base. Some buttery flavors, and a bit of acidity in the aroma. Nose of apples on a hot day, the cider press with yellowjackets buzzing around. Such a nice malt flavor, like a Hefeweizen with the sweet bananas and a little touch of the Berlinerweisse. Tends toward a tart finish.

I like the slightly elevated alcohol in this, as well as the restrained Belgian flavors. Not as bitter as many Saisons. From the big bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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 Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Tropic King from Funkwerks
89 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.