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Cerveza De Tempranillo | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch #1: A mature, barrel-aged wild ale refermented with Tempranillo grapes from California.
Batch #2: Refermented on 100% Texas grown Tempranillo grapes.

Added by Uanof on 02-27-2014

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Reviewing the Cerveza de Tempranillo, a barrel aged wild ale refermented with Tempranillo grapes from Jester King Craft Brewery out of Austin, Texas.

Score: 85

January 2014 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 08/20/14.

Appearance: Clean appearance; red grape/cherry juice red in color,. Pours a thin layer of off white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, solid retention. Love the color, though its not as vibrant at other fruited sour projects I have encountered in recent memory. 4.25/5

Smell: Sweet grape, must, oak/wood, dusty attic funk and a hint of bleu cheese. The funk seems more present on some whiffs, while absent on others. Bizarre. 3/5

Taste: Red wine-like, dryly sweet grape flavor with a little bit of cheesy funk on the finish. Vinous and a bit tannic. Cold and right after the bottle is opened, there is a bit of funk that largely breathes out after about 20 or 30 minutes. Tastes more like wine than a (sour) beer. Finishes with a mix of acidity and fusel alcohol, plus a hint of residual vinegar. Not quite what I was expecting, but solid. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation (maybe a touch under-carbonated). Modestly sweet profile with a tannic, dry finish. Drinks very wine-like, and unlike a beer. 3.75/5

Overall: Solid, but nothing special. Drinks more like a red wine with a bit of funk than a beer.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer and seems very similar to a wine beer hybrid. It wasn't very sour, but had lots of nice wine barrel notes, while not being overpowering like wine. Should be great with age.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2

Wine red appearance in the glass, great effervescence and initial sizzling carbonation with half-inch chalky white head that remains for a good half hour before fully settling. Aroma is peppery and slightly spicy tempranillo grapes with some subtle sourness coming through.

Taste follows the nose as expected and is refreshing and drinkable at 7.2%, as opposed to batch #1's more hefty 9% abv. This is because batch #2 was re-fermented on 100% Texas grown grapes and they carry less sugar than the California grapes used in batch #1. They really do work well to make the drinking experience smoother and more beer-centric.

Straddling the line between beer and wine, batch #2 really steps it up and CdT should increase in prestige as more people start embracing these beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Oh it's pretty. Deep red. Pink head. NIce collar.

Smell - Smells like red wine and yogurt funkiness. It has the aroma I don't like in red wine. Very odd.

Taste - Nice sourness. Red wine grape flavor. Kinda cherry-like also. Has that same yogurt-y lactic sourness, but it isn't as funky and weird here. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant sourness. Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Far better than the other Jester King sours I've had. It isn't overwhelmed by sourness and the fruit flavor is complex and interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2/5  rDev -52.5%
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Didn't think much about it at first when I down a taster when I was at JK. (Then again, I had to head straight to work). But after a bit of time to actually enjoy it, it is something real nice. More akin to a wine than beer (little to no carbonation/dry finish/smooth), but still has that JK funk to it. Curious on the age potential. Another worth a damn beer from JK

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Cerveza De Tempranillo from Jester King Brewery
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