Tropic King - Funkwerks

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 365
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 37
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

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Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,740 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (272 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (2,190 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (1,039 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at falling rock in Denver. Nice hazy hay color with big 3 finger head. Nice looking saison. Smell is typical saison peppery notes with a bit more citrus hops. Great spicey pepper and hop flavor...lots of citrus and hop but so well balanced with the saison spice. Its perfectly dry and so drinkable. Really a great saison. (348 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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! (874 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
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! (1,080 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I wrote a review for this a long time ago, but apparently not. So here we go.

Pours a hazy orange gold with a huge creamy white head. Aroma offers some spices and mild banana, ginger, peach and passion fruit, and some sourdough bread. Flavor offers some ginger and spices, citric fruits and some melon, and a dry peppery and hoppy finish. It drinks thin and crisp, but mouthfeel is actually more medium bodied. Overall, a great beer by a great brewery. Funkwerks really needs to start offering this and their saison in four packs so I could buy more of their stuff. As is, I just can not afford to buy their bombers as frequently as I wish i could. (668 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of iannutter
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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! (749 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of quaybr
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Slightly hazed peach and light orange in color with a thick, quickly forming, incredibly persistent, tightly bubbled near-white head, that eventually leaves thick ribbons of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, bubbly saison.

Mild fruit (citrus) notes along with earthy and slightly funky yeast. This isn't nearly as funky as Crooked Stave's offerings, but it's funky in a similar vein. There's some floral and light pepper notes as well.

The flavor is fruity and yeasty with only a mild level of moderate funk character. Moderately bitter, though marvelously drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A very well crafted beer.

A fantastic saison, though I could use even more funk. (763 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (698 characters)

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.