Tropic King | Funkwerks

very good
88 Reviews
Tropic KingTropic King

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Colorado, United States

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 strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange with pink highlights. Thick, fluffy, 1 finger head. Big sticky lacing that tells a story as I drink the beer.
Smell is yeasty, banana and clove, spice. Soft tropical fruits too. Taste is guava, pineapple, orange, spicy yeast, doughy. Slight juicy bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, big for a Saison, realize its an "imperial" saison. Drying finish.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - neat while still in the bottle. Crystal clear with tiny particulates stuck in suspension like ancient yeast crystallized in amber. Pours that same amber gold with a huge fluffy head and turbulent bubble presence. Seemingly infinite nucleation. And my glass is clean! Howbow dah?

S - smells like a beautiful, quintessential saison. Robust flavors of spice, clove, and lemon. Bananas and slight Hefe presence. Candied orange rind. Great.

T - first a deep caramel sweetness hits and then the clouds part and a ray of sunshiney tropical black peppery fruit punch descends from the heavens. As it warms, peach and mango bring life to this beer. More clove and banana come through in the middle with slight vanilla extract on the finish. Boozey honey candy reminds me this has alcohol in it!

F - smooth and full-bodied, except for that head. When I poured this, I was worried it would be over carbonated, but thankfully it was in appearance alone. Or it just burnt itself out. Gotta make sure not to sip with a gaping maw. Avoid letting any of that head in and you're looking at a sweet treat.

O - great saison. Refreshing, but also the right touch of cloy. I like boozey beers, and while this isn't "boozey", the high ABV does wonders to pull the flavors together in a mature package.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 8.3.2016

L - Golden and cloudy, with 2 fingers of head, and tons of lace left all over the glass

S - Belgian candy sugar, citrus hops. Great aroma.

T - mildly spicy, pepper, coriander, and citrusy hoppy.

F - well carbonated, medium body

O - Very tasty hoppy saison. An enjoyable slow sipper

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an opaque orange with a large head. The aroma features pepper, lime zest, papaya, banana, pineapple, and an earth rich funk. the flavors has tinges of orange peel, pineapple, papaya, earthy, and something like green tea, with the accompanying astringency, cumin, and bay leaf. The mouthfeel is very full, thick, and foamy. Overall this beer has nice bold flavors, fairly earthy as well.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that fades back into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and juicy Belgian style aroma with a scent of spices and citrus. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and slight ginger spicing. Good hop presence with a tropical scent of orange, mango, passion fruit, apricot, and peach. Also some fruit hints of banana and pear. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of spices and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, coriander, and ginger. Ripe tropical fruit hop notes of mango, orange, passion fruit, apricot, and peach. Belgian style fruit notes of banana, pear, and apple. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A very good hopped up take on a Saison. Nice tropical fruit hop presence.

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Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma of hoppy tropical fruits, overripe fleshy fruits, banana/clove esters and a light mustiness. Taste is similar with a nice mix of Rakau hops, huge malts and Saison yeast. Not as effervescent or dry as a typical Saison. Very good overall.

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Photo of champ103
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky/hazed reddish/orange color. A dense two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace left all the way down the glass.
S: A fruity mellon/cantaloupe aroma up front. Banana esters with a light phenolic spice. Not much else, very simple but enjoyable for what it is.
T: More banana esters and a light phenolic spice than the nose. Still that mellon like hop character is present. A touch of lightly sweet caramel malts, maybe some bready flavors as well. Not bad, but missing a lot of the depth that I get from Funkwerks other Saisons.
M/D: A medium to full body. Not quite crisp carbonation, but smooth. Would like this to be more effervescent and dry. Not hard to drink at all. It just does not hit on all cylinders like some of their other Saison offerings.

There is nothing really wrong with this, I just don't feel it has the depth of character that some of their other year round Saisons have. Namely, more fruity with less of a distinct yeast character. To me at least. I still get this on occasion and always enjoy it. Just not my favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of make-beer-not-war
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really interesting beer. It feels like a belgium at the start and finishes really fruity, as the name would suggest. At 8% I was expecting it to be a lot heavier, but it's pretty easy drinking. Too big for me to be considered a daily, but certainly nice to keep a few on hand.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Slightly gold copper color with a white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Banana, clove, pepper, lemon, some citrus fruit and a nice toasted malt.

T: Banana, clove, pepper, lemon, notes ofcitrus, finished out by a toasted cracker malt. Finishes fairly dry.

F: Light to medium body, high carbonation.

O: A very tasty saison.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a golden/amber color with a white head and fresh lacing. More smells of citra and hops than i would like in the style but none the less its good Taste is good but the hops overtake spice ,banana and clove it hoppy fruity with a malt finish. mouth feel is hoppy and sweet not dry, fine to drink but would not choose this one with multiple FW'S on tap

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Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark gold-copper with a moderately-sized white head.

Smell is banana, clove, black pepper, with what I think are some dried, aged hops.

Taste is spicy, slightly bitter hops contributing onions, with all the classic Belgian properties of banana, apple, clove, and strong yeast overall. It is also a little coppery, as well as bready.

Feel is really soft and fluffy.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours cloudy and peach colored, with a massive head; excellent retention and a few sticky shards of lacing

Smell: Cantaloupe and passion fruit forward with banana, coriander and honey tones underpinning

Taste: Rather sweet, from the outset, with the honeyed aspect quite prominent and the banana and coriander tones kicking in; through the middle, the cantaloupe and passion fruit arrive to balance out the other elements; rather spicy, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on here and I don't think imperializing a saison, with the resultant sweetness and bigger mouthfeel, was the best direction to take it; I really liked the fruit and spices and would likely much prefer a lower ABV version

Thanks, jaydoc, for the opportunity

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Photo of zonker17
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour to shaker. Very minimal head, slight haze on a golden color. Nose of fruity Belgian yeast esters. The imperial part of the beer comes through in the taste and feel. Hiding the alcohol well, it is less like a saison, leaning toward Belgian strong ale. Medium-heavy feel and average carbonation.

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

Poured from tap into tulip, about 1 finger cream colored head, recedes quickly. Hazy golden to look at. This is a showcase for their house yeast. Smells of fruit, light malt, lots of esters from the yeast. I like the taste of this, but it finish more on the sweet side. This could probably satisfy my craving for a Belgian triple. Semi dry sweet finish.

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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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