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Ambrée - Jester King Brewery

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very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ambrée was inspired by the rustic farmhouse ales of French Flanders, particularly those brewed by Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq — one of our favorite breweries in the world. Ambrée is a dry, tart, naturally conditioned amber ale fermented and matured with dozens of different strains of brewers’ yeast, native wild yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and souring bacteria. It’s 6.4% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005, and is 3.5 pH.

(Beer added by: Moerdertaktiken on 12-20-2013)
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Reviews by Moerdertaktiken:
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into plastic cup (Yes, i know) at Austin Beer Guide "Winter Release Party." Served out of a firkin. Was fairly dark at the bar, so i'll forgo the appearance mostly. It was a cloudy, reddish-brown. Thin head, which dissipates quickly. Champagne-like tight bubbles, medium carbonation. I would have liked to see this in proper lighting.

Aroma: First impression - Apple/Pear Cider. Very wine-esque with massive light tropical fruit notes. Tons and tons of sour cherries and grape juice on the nose: extremely pleasant. Reminds me of a Sauvignon blanc.

Flavor: Sour cherries, green apples, slight strawberry and raspberry notes. It's really hard to pin-point this beer, extremely complex. Fairly tart, which is very refreshing. Each sip dissipates very quickly, leaving you wanting another. Extremely dry. This will be incredible in another few months. Perfect cellar beer.

Overall: Wow, Jester king has really stepped into their prime territory. This is the epitome of their barrel program. Although I think this is a world-class beer as-is, I think it would benefit from age tremendously. All around, this is an exceptional brew. It is very evident that there was massive amounts of time, effort and thought that went into it. Expect big things to come from this small brewery.

Moerdertaktiken, Dec 20, 2013
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Ambrée from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.