Tropic King | Funkwerks

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89
very good
495 Ratings
Tropic KingTropic King
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
78
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A spectacular Imperial Saison. I will buy this again and again.

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4.8/5  rDev +20%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of eli_j_roth
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerWizard
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of threeviews
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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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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4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Belgian yeast is more evident Than anything. Different but indeed funky.

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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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4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Tropic King from Funkwerks
4 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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