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Ambrée - Jester King Brewery

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88
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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Moerdertaktiken on 12-20-2013

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.
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Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a cask at Jester King on 2/1/14, 4 ounces poured into a Jester King "Wine" glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Hazy tanned leather color, with a loose but persistent bubbly beige head. Unlike any other beer I've seen before.

Smell: Lots of green apple, with a funk that evokes cheddar cheese. So if you like that combo, you'll love this. I happen to love this. There is a fruitiness behind that sour green apple and funky cheese that is best described as a subtle raspberry.

Taste: Very earthy. Lightly tart, not overwhelmingly sour by any means, with a solid bready malt backbone. The apple and raspberry come through here too. It almost seems like it's had fruit added, but of course it hasn't. Perhaps one of the most unique flavor profiles I've ever experienced.

Mouthfeel: Very low carb, probably because it was enjoyed from the cask. The flavor lingers a while, and the beer is on the thin side.

Overall: That beer was so interesting and unique, it is in a class of its own. I've never tasted anything like it before. Really top notch, JK. You've done it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the more interesting jester king offerings, although i suppose they all have my interest. this, like so many other beers out there, falls somewhere between a flanders red and an oud bruin in style and flavor, although instead of blending the two, teasing one with the other, or just tossing around style terminology, this one does something different with that gray area between them. it smells like a flanders red, lactic almost vinegar character, oaky too, but the flavor is all darker roast grain, more akin to the oud bruin. its not just lacto though, there is really appreciable brett character in this brew, from start to finish. its a sensory transition from one to the other, a pleasant and patient journey, and one i look forward to taking again some day. the appearance was unconventional too, brown suds flowed out of the bottle slowly when it was opened, but the head on the dusty brick red brew was cream colored, a strange byproduct of this crazy yeast they have down there in austin. full bodied and quite sour as it warms up, i liked this a lot, for being familiar and different at the same time. nice with grilled pork. thanks to drlovemd87 for bringing this one over.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, batch #1, from a treasure trove of brews brought back from stateside by doktorzee. Man, that's a lot of yeast for an ingredient list. Also, awesome tweaker-friendly bottle cap!

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of reserved, tightly foamy, and verily creamy beige head, which leaves some broad strokes of coral reef lace around the glass as things slowly bleed off.

It smells of lightly biscuity brown bread, thin, watery cheese, muddled savoury spice, dry and acrid melon and citrus fruit, a touch of blacker and mustier orchard offerings, white and green ground pepper, a bit of free-agent sugar, and tanned leather. The taste is mildly tart drupe and citrus fruit, mealy un-ripe funky cheese, grainy, faintly bready malt, further apple cider and raspberry pie fruit esters, and an underlying, and weirdly supportive green mustiness.

The bubbles are fairly active, but little beyond a playful S&M tautness, the body medium-light in weight, and quite weak in it smoothness, the yeast, bacteria, and sure, hops, having just a bit too much ingress here. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and underwhelming malt having their time in the sun (in Texas, that means more than it does in most other places), before that peppy, acrid, and funky nature comes 'round full bore, both barrels, and all that.

A nicely complex, and well, more complicated wild ale than most I've yet encountered on this particular continent. All the promise of funk is duly rendered, but in a most agreeably tempered way, at least for those of us with at least a modicum of experience with the style. One of those offerings that grows on you as you delve deeper into it, stuff you didn't really notice at first now providing lingering 'wait a sec' moments. Nice.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Almost copper. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Musty. Brett. Light fruitiness. Lightly toasty malt.

Taste - Tart up front. Bretty. Again, it's got a bit of a cherry flavor, but not much. Bread. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel - Pleasantly tart, but all over the place with its tartness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Muddled flavors, but they're all pretty good.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ambrée from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.