Tropic King | Funkwerks

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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 shivtim
2.42/5  rDev -39.3%
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 Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
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 quaybr
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
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 kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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 curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, dark golden color with tons of carbonation and a head, soapy bubble head that fades slowly with spotty lacing.

Aroma: A little sour, fruity, some funky yeast, a little banana

Taste: Strong start from the bready malt, then building sour and fruity notes. The back end takes a 90 degree turn, with lots of pepper and cardboard; its almost astringent. Finish is some-what fast with a touch of lingering fruit.

The Rest: This a complex beer that keeps changing its mind what it wants to be as it rolls around your palette. The booze becomes more pronounced at it warms, adding another dimension. Definitely worth a try but I don't know if I would buy it again.

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Photo of champ103
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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 KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose presents a lot of yeast tones but reveals some citrus orange and grapefruit. It also has a perfume, rose petal and spice like aroma.

The flavor starts out with cloves and peppercorns before easing into a banana and yeasty bubblegum. Not a big Saison fan and this did little to change me over.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 blakelive784
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ihazabucket7
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Fruity and boozy smell. Taste is a 180...spicey, boozy with a slight fruit taste. On the fence about this beer but it's not bad. A lot going on with this beer! Cheers!!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is malts/burnt caramel and undercurrents of toffee and fruit. The flavor is caramel, toffee, fruit, slightly cloying and a sourish/alcoholic finish.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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 allforbetterbeer
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light amber/golden orange with a fluffy and everlasting white head. The nose strives to be fruity and tropical, but has more bubble gummy yeast and booze that come through in the end. The beer's malty sweetness plays nicely with the fruity yeast and masks the abv well, but this beer plays the same note and never evolves into something more complex or interesting. It has a fluffy mouthfeel, one that's dominated by fruity yeast, but still has a hint of bitterness that lingers in the finish. This saison doesn't disappoint, but leaves much to be desired knowing what a few bugs and a barrel can do.

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Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -6%

A good, earthy Saison that I would purchase. The beer pours a generous head, has a classic farmhouse Saison aroma and flavor with a tropical twist. A good brew from a good brewery.

Bottom Line: See it, grab it!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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 GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, copper-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of tropical fruits, with melon, agave, apricot, and pineapple, as well as evergreen and pine notes. Flavors are a subtle fruit blend, with evergreen highlights, piney notes, and subtle roasted characteristics. Subtle fruit and tree aftertaste, with a light, smooth finish.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Breckenridge at the Ballpark in Denver. Pours deep orange colored with a small off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits as expected, some light funk, and a hint of spice. Flavor is on the sweeter side with lots of bubble gum notes and some tropical fruits, sweet wheaty malts, and very little zesty saison like barnyard yeast going on here. Medium plus bodied and medium carbonation. Overall I found this to be only OK, but not bad.

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Photo of beertunes
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Casey, Paige, and Brian for grabbing this for me on their recent trip to GABF. Shared with OKComputer and Victor. Poured into Chimay goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma led off with a nice blast of yeast, which led to a pleasant fruit scent. There was just a bit of underlying spice from the yeast. The taste was basically the same, a solid foundation of expected Saison flavors, with some additional fruitiness that worked pretty well.

The body was pretty full for the style, but still managed to be crisp and dry. Drinkability was excellent, we were hoping for another bottle by the time we got done. Overall, a very, very nice brew. Bordering on a must try, if you're a trader, absolutely a must try if you see it in a bar or store.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a golden orange color. a huge, two plus finger, foamy white head that sticks around for ages and leaves a sticky lacing. completely opaque.

Smell: candi sugar, belgian yeast, fruity flavors.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of bitterness. fades to a light candi sugar and a strong belgian yeast. some very light tropical fruit notes. some alcohol

Mouthfeel: some bitterness up front. strong carbonation but still very dry.

Overall: a well brew and tasty saison, but not quite my favorite. I was hoping the fruity notes were a bit stronger.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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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