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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Our goal at Funkwerks is to make good beer for our customers. Our intention was not to disrespect the Māori people or their culture in naming our Māori King beer. Out of respect, we are re-branding this beer as Tropic King. This is our new Imperial Saison! Bursting with a lot of fruity tropical characteristics of passionfruit, mango, and peach from the New Zealand Rakau hops we used. Combined with the pepper and Ginger flavors produced by our house yeast, this is a flavor extravaganza.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (724) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours hazy, pale orange, bubbly off white head that persists. Pungent nose of wheat, coriander, esters, yeast, perfume, tropical fruits. Full mouthfeel. Dry, bready, sweet malts, tropical fruits but overtly grain oriented, citrus zest and peppery. Great drinkability. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (629) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 29, 2012
I canít believe this one hasnít been added the rb previously. From the 750ml, itís hazy, golden orange with heaps of well sustained, orange tinted off white head. Smells of mango, orange, pineapple, caramel and some alcohol. The flavor is very dry, bready and toasty with caramel, a bit of black pepper spicyness and a little citrus zestiness. Itís full bodied, for sure, with a dry bitter finish that lingers just a bit. I drank it about 15 minutes out of the refrigerator, so not too cold. Itís remarkably well balanced for an imperial and oh so drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1097) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Summer 2011 - Ah yes, the eponymous Maori King. Iím dodging any controversy here and now to talk about the beer because I think the beer blogs have done enough. With all the saisons theyíre throwing at us Iím having a hard time giving them each their own place, but Iím also making efforts. This one has a nose with some wheat and biscuit, and much less of the spiciness witnessed in the previous saisons. The flavor also features some tastes of hops, pine and a slightly more ethereal palate with a refreshing mineral aftertaste. I guess it shows how different two saisons can be, and it took a back to back tasting to learn it. This is why we spend money to go to breweries, after all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
dark gold orange color with two fingers of thick white head. Typical Belgian grainy saison classic aroma, with a nice tropical fruit tone. Flavor begins with some fruitiness, then gives way to the Belgian Saison classic flavor, and then ends with a nice funk. This is a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours cloudy orange-gold with a fluffy white head. Apple pie, banana, pepper aroma. Big sweet banana flavor with earthy peppery notes. Ester bomb. High carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle shared by my boss. Hazy orange color with a frothy white head. Looks like carbonated apple juice. The good apple juice, not that minute maid shit. Yeasty and fruity nose. Some orange, banana, peach. I like this so far. Dry, and maybe a touch thin for my liking. Slight fruitiness with peaches, yeasty, and yes. . . Dry. I like it. Not the best saison, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle in Vail shared with my dad. Poured a hazy, golden orange with a huge off-white head, big gusher, way over carbonated, great lacing though. Aroma is sour grain, bread, citrus, lemon, light banana, and spicy yeast. Taste is citrus, fig, biscuit, tart lemon peel, sour grain, banana, and spice with a lightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with champagne-like carbonation. Nice fruity and tart Saison, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3713) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Sample at the brewery. Comes a hazy dark gold with a nice white head. Aroma of grain, malt, yeast, and fruit. Taste is yeast, grain, malt, and citrus fruits. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Sample at Kurtís 49th birthday party. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium ivory white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma with some wheat in the background. Medium body with a tropical fruit character and notes of wheat and yeast. The finish is fruity with a short mildly spiced aftertaste. Decent beer overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scrivartha (4) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2012 does not count
Of all the breweries I visited in Ft. Collins, this one had the best beer, and this beer was the best of the best. Aroma was typical Saison - lemongrass, jasmine, caramel, straw, hints of spice from the yeast, and with a higher abv of 8%, definite alcohol notes. Flavor is rich, slightly sweeter and more yeasty than a standard Saison style, but still with pear or green apple flavors. They claim tropical fruits like passion fruit or mango, but honestly if those existed at all it was only because of the strong, souring effect of the saison yeast, and I think standard fruit is more honest (in other words, there is no fruit in the beer, and itís not particularly "tropical" - itís just marketing.) Dry finish with a lingering, slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was slightly warm - the alcohol is definitely detectable. I definitely bought a few bottles to bring home to AZ.

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