Tropic King | Funkwerks

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89
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88 Reviews
Tropic KingTropic King
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
475
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.75%
 
 
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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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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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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 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 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 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 Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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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 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 Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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 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 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 twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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 Justin_Neff
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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 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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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at falling rock.

Hazy gold with a fluffy and persistent white head.

Holy cow, one of the fruitiest beers I've smelled. It gives it's name due respect. Mango, pineapple, orange, and passion fruit. Extremely aromatic.

Heavy mango and orange taste. Funky and peppery finish.

Sticky and medium body. Moderate carbonation.

I loved this. The aroma is really bright and juicy.

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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 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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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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