Sunday, March 1, 2015

Funkwerks Tropic King

This 8.0% ABV saison style beer is from Funkwerks of Fort Collins, Colorado. 

The beer pours a hazy apricot in color. There is a very tall, billowing, pillowy, bubbly, head of off-white foam. The aroma is floral firs, geraniums and marigolds, with lighter notes of very ripe tropical zone fruits. There is yeast and crackers throughout on the underside of the bigger flowers and fruit. The taste is more balanced, a light and airy blend of big ripe fruits and flowers in full bloom. The flavors are big, yet fall lightly on the tongue in a bubbling torrent of fine bottle-conditioned carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly tart, with a lingering aftertaste of tropical fruits on an ocean breeze. This is a nice take on the saison style.

Schell's Snowstorm 2014 Grand Cru

This is the 2014 winter offering from the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota. They were established in 1860 and they are the second oldest family owned brewery in the United States, behind Yuengeling. Every winter they release Snowstorm, featuring a different style of beer every year.

The Belgian-style ale is brewed with coriander. The beer pours a very deep amber, medium brown, trending towards ruby. There is a short lived head of off-white to light tan head. The aroma is malty, caramel, estery, fruity, and spiced. The taste follows the aromas, rich malts, sweet caramel, dark and ripe fruits, with fruity esters, and clove-like spices. The malt stars and the rest compliments, these beers are often out of balance, but not here. The beer drinks soft and round, yet with a strong tingle of carbonation. The finish is dry. This is very good, Schell's is putting out some interesting stuff.