Tropic King | Funkwerks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally designed to be a hoppier version of our flagship Saison, the accidental (but fortuitous) addition of two extra bags of Munich malt balanced the hop bitterness leaving us this very unique Imperial Saison. Tropical fruit flavors coming from the unique New Zealand hop variety, Rakau.

Notes of passion fruit, mango, peach, pepper and ginger.

Pairs well with hula hooping.

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#11,790
Reviews:
107
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543
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 543
Photo of jimmah120
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, two-and-a-half years old

Pours looking beautiful, nice cap with retention, golden hued orange-amber color. Smell is powdery bubblegum. Taste is booze and boozy sugars... after that bit of unpleasantness passes you'll find the hops: they have mellowed into deep layers of dark fruit flavoring. One or two off-flavors here or there

Interesting beer. I can't judge this fairly because it was aged unevenly in a liquir store, but even under those circumstances it's good

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Photo of Nephilium
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spiced aroma, pours a clear light amber with a dusting of white head. Light bodied, with a predominant spice note coming through. A very dry beer, nicely carbed. Overall, a very solid saison.

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Photo of Joelherg1111
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty strong saison that approaches a tripel, though it is not tripel. The ale is clear, while head retention is poorer compared to ales imported from Belgium. There is a strong fruit and bubblegum ester character to this ale that is reminiscent of the Dupont yeast strain. If it the Dupont yeast is not used, then something similar was used for fermentation. IBUs seem low, but the brewer states extra hops were employed. I find that difficult to believe. However, this is a good example of a domestically produced, Belgium-style ale.

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/30/19. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and lots of bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some tropical fruits along with some subtle hints of banana. Some hop aromas. Some malts and yeasts. The flavors are pretty clean and crisp. More tropical fruits and banana. Some bubblegum in the mix. Lots of fresh grass. It's earthy. Hops are noticeable without dominating. It's bitter, but not over the top. Malts are there, but basically take a backseat. Yeasts do their thing. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid brew. It's very clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing, especially for being an "imperial" example of the style. It's well crafted and enjoyable. Not bad at all.

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Photo of defunksta
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip at 45 degrees,

Appearance: Pours a clear, dull orange, or light copper color with a medium sized bubbly head.
Aroma: Fruity aroma of tropical fruit predominate. There's melon, mango, papaya, passionfruit. There are phenols of clove banana, and some coriander underneath.
Flavor: Hoppy dank tropical fruit flavors again initially (melon, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit). Some stonefruit as well. This is followed by some clove & banana flavors. The spicy yeast bitterness then follows knocking out some of the sweetness, but not all.
Aftertaste/Feel: The body is medium and moderately carbonated. The drying yeast bitterness does not completely erase the tropical sweetness.

Compared side by side with Boulevard's Tank 7: The Tropic King has has a darker, copper and clear color. Less carbonation. The fruit hop flavors are similar but focus more on dank, resiny, tropical melon, papaya, mango, rather than the lighter grapefruit and stonefruit in Tank 7. Banana & clove flavors are both present. It has a lighter body, lower carbonation, and less yeasty spiciness to allow the fruit flavors to linger longer before the yeast spice dries it up. This also allows the malts to develop on the tongue. It finishes semi-dry, but not completely. Drinks more like a Tripel as it allows the sweetness to linger. Overall, they are very similar but this is less carbonation, less yeast, less dry. Borders a tripel even more than Tank 7 with it's lingering sweetness.

Overall: This is a delicious farmhouse ale. The tropical fruit hops remind me of an IPA. The belgian phenols remind me of a belgian golden ale. The lingering sweetness reminds me of a tripel. It's definitely a mix, and not what I would call a true saison. Would describe it not as dry as a saison but not as sweet as a tripel. Somewhere in between.

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Photo of Brianpal
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz glass bottle, drank it from the bottle. Not a fan of saisons, but this was a pretty drinkable one. Flavor was a little on the wheaty side, but overall it was highly drinkable. Can't say I'll buy another six pack but I won't throw em out either.

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Photo of stercomm
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light coppery color, nice head that dissipates leaving slight lacing. On the nose get some biscuit and cloves. Taste is well balanced with some spices and a biscuit toast with some funk. Medium carbonation. Like this beer a lot

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with just a hint of haziness within the body. There's a quarter inch of beige head on top. I smell earthy, fruity saison yeast and a hint of sourdough malt. I'm tasting a burst of earthiness, pepper, and tropical fruit. The mouth is dry, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle down a glass. Half finger head with light lacing. Smell of bread with sweetness and clove spice - nice aroma. Feel of champagne bubbles. Taste of vanilla, spice, matlty, finishing with floral sweetness. It is complex, rich, and delicious. Yum!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, orange, tangerine, mango, peach and mint; nice. Flavor is grainy malt, saison yeast, mild orange, mango and peach. Some more bretty farmhouse funk develops as the fruit flavors taper off into a finish with light farmhouse funk, light grassy hops and faint hints of the fruit flavors. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. The aroma on this is fantastic, but the bright fruit flavors seem attenuated in the taste. Starts as a fruity farmhouse, then dries out to more grain and hop forward finish. The fruit mix is very nice and with a little more balance across the taste, this would be outstanding. An interesting saison with a tropical fruit and hop twist. I'm not usually drawn to down under hops, but I like this New Zealand one, Rakau. Nice introduction to this brewery.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty good, though the imperial added a bit of heft that you don't normally find in a saison. Interesting variant, and didn't affect the overall feel too much, but I think I like my saisons a little more balanced. I tasted more of the alcohol than the fruit, thanks to the extra malt. Decent, but not the best of what Funkwerks can do.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

looks like bilge water. maybe a little lighter, but it's pretty turbid. lots of foamy head that settles pretty quickly. not a lot of lacing.

smells a bit of funk. spice. pepper. i'm not getting ginger here at all, and even the fruit is not what i would have expected from the label or the name. medicinal notes. maybe a bit of overripe strawberry.

taste is sweet. fruity. maybe peach or green mango. strawberry again.

well carbonated. warm. lingering but not clingy or viscous.

it's good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Topic king pours a cloudy color with a long lasting and lacing head. Big spicy aroma. Taste is very spicy, yeast sugary, and a taste of hops. Good body and feel. Overall, a big saison.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a good ol' hazy NE-style IPA, hazy, thick orange look, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells mildly funky and mostly fruity, with pineapple, strawberry, melon, and grapefruit- it's definitely quite hoppy.

This is super, super fruity- it's almost unfathomable that they didn't add any fruit here. There's so much pineapple and strawberry, not a lot of bitterness, and just a very slight hint of funk.

This is light bodied, with a super fruity mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This is tasty, but not incredibly interesting.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick bubbly stark white head of 3 fingers. Golden body with effervescent bubbles spiraling to the top.

Aroma of sour gummi worms, canned tropical fruit mix, canned mandarin oranges, cling peaches. I like it. Very juicy.

Flavor is pretty much the same except more rind-y, some pepper and clove, but those are definitely background noise. I'd say the closest flavor is just raw papaya rind. Hot alcohol follows.

Feel is thick and slightly resiny, but still stays true to a harsh carbonation and a spritzy finish.

Overall, it's a pretty good fruity beer I'd return to again.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip

The brew pours a dark gold with a nice foamy head that gives way to excellent lacing. A bit disappointing is how clear it is for the style. Still, a fine looking glass of beer.

The aromas are an interesting mesh of medicinal tripel notes balanced with saison sour and funk. As promised, there is plenty of tropical fruit aroma here that the "funk" skews toward the "orange" end of the spectrum (mango and papaya). White pepper and floral spice notes finish out the presentation.

Flavors of tropical fruit are very forward, along with honeydew/musk melon flavors, then medicinal and booze notes, followed by pepper. There is some "sour" without too much hoppiness, but the funk is lacking. Overall, the brew skews sweet for the style that could have been helped by some Brett. The yeast is also just a touch heavy-handed. As a result, the brew feels more like a light, heavily carbonated tripel in many ways.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Superb carbonation lends the classic champagne-like medium-light body, and the booze provides a welcome warming note without reaching the "bite" stage.

Overall, I'm not sure I would call this a true saison. Like a merlot/shiraz wine blend, this seems more like a tripel blended with a farmhouse. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just seems off. Still, I would recommend.

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear, light gold body; billowy, creamy, white head. Soft fruit aroma; pear; light blueberry; grass; bread crust. Old fruit and light bread flavors; brett funk and mild phenols. Heavy body with a soft sponginess; dry finish; some alcohol edginess.

A very interesting yet easy drinking saison, relatively high in alcohol but tempered with a light, cereal grain base infused with a luscious, light fruitiness.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick lacing over a beautiful thick head of foam. Nose of malt, caramel, maraschino cherry, baked pineapple. Palate of rich malt, wheat bread, hay, caramel, molasses, pineapple upside down cake crust, dried mango, plenty of cardamom and other spice, booze is pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Carbonation is bright, smooth, and creamy. Pros are high intensity of flavor, rich, subtle tropical fruit, well integrated booze. Cons are pretty rich, overly malty, not very refreshing. 90/100.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: mostly yeast driven tropical fruit, pepper, and light biscuit.

L: brilliant amber gold with a slight copper tint under a 1" white to off-white foam cap with good retention.

T: big tropical fruit flavors seasoned with pepper, hard candy, and pineapple with an assertive bitter finish.

F: Its a well balanced beer with a medium body and medium high carbonation.

O: a well made, easy to drink Saison.

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Photo of strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +8.6%
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 +11.9%
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 -3.5%
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 +12.4%
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 +1.5%
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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Tropic King from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 543 ratings