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Tropic King | Funkwerks

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74 Reviews
Tropic KingTropic King

Brewed by:
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of iannutter
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of quaybr
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of alexipa
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
2.42/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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

Undated 750mL bottle to tulip. The beer pours a haxy deep yellow-orange color with a 2.5 finger white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. A nice mix of wild yeast character together with some ginger and pepper spice, earthen hops. The flavor follows suit with more noticeable intense lemon fruitiness, earthy hops, and a hint of sour. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, easy to drink, didn't notice a higher abv. Smooth. I would buy it again.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden orange with a giant half of a flass of white fluffy sticky foam that is coating the glass in lots of lacing.
S - Juicy citrus aroma with a yeasty saison funk, a little bit of malt sweetness and even more citrus. Very nice indeed
T - Almost tart sweet citrus flavor, more lemon than anything else but also hints of some tropical fruits, mango, kiwi, just alot of flavor. There is also a hint of pepper along with the yeasty funkiness. It finishes with more lemon peel.
M/D - light bodied with alot of carbonation. Its so easy to drink and this bottle will go down quick unfortunately. Definitely worth grabbing if you can, well worth it.

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Photo of DCon
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange with a huge white head that sits around for a while and leaves a ton of sticky lacing. It's amost overcarbonated which might not bode well for the mouthfeel.

S: The nose has big notes of lemon grass, ginger, peppery yeast, earthy hops, and a funky brett-like aroma.

T: The taste mimics the nose with big flavors of lemon rinde, fruity esters, earthy hops, and a slight funky brett style flavor. I know this doesn't have brett in it but it sure tastes like it.

M: The feel is medium bodied with huge bubbles from the carbonation...I'd like to see a bit less carbonation.

O: The Saison yeast used in this one is a bit funkier than some others in the style I've had. Still a tasty beer and one I would recommend.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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