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Encendía - Jester King Brewery

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 257
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 34
Gots: 51 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Encendia is a dry, well attenuated, farmhouse ale aged in Mezcal casks from Oaxaca, Mexico for eleven months. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and 100% bottle condition. Brewed in collaboration with our dear friend Kristina Bozic of West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL

Ingredients: Hill Country Well Water, Malted Barley, Roasted Barley, Agave Nectar, Hops, Ancho Chile, Epazote, Farmhouse Yeast, Wild Yeast from the Texas Hill Country, Brettanomyces, Souring Bacteria
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Reviews by WTKeene:
Photo of WTKeene
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draught on release day into a Jester King wine glass on 5/23. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A dark, hazy caramel amber with a loose beige head that leaves substantive lacing.

Smell: Wow. Some subtle smoke, tequila and agave sweetness, a hint of the ancho chiles, and some Jester King funk tells me this is going to be sour.

Taste: Easily among the most unique tastes I've ever had. I haven't ever had Mezcal though, so maybe it would feel less unique if I had. Still, the beer is lightly tart, and dominated by a load of smoky, malty caramel that lingers forever and only gets better as it does. Ever so slightly herbal, and the ancho is just light enough to matter without taking over. It provides a roasted, barely spicy quality that meshes well with the rest of the caramel and smoke and sour that makes up the beer.

Mouthfeel: Relatively dry considering the agave nectar and caramel qualities of the taste. Carbonation is pretty perfect, pretty moderate.

Overall: Jester King reminds us they're one of the most unique breweries in the country. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the only Mezcal aged sour out there. It reminds me of Viking Metal in its complexity and herbal, smoky sourness, which of course also had an interesting barrel to age in. Great job. (1,282 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this on a rainy, dreary 4th of July

Consumed 7/4/14

Appearance: Medium amber, with with some nice golden tones and copper - pours with a gigantic amount of carbonation (bottle probably didn't sit long enough), fades to a medium cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Chili peppers, wood, and some sour notes - a slight aroma of tequila, but it's really not that potent (at least for me) - some damp, lactic sourness - musty with some light fruits, like green apples and pears - some oak and funk

Taste: Lightly musty funk, light chili heat, tequila, and a nice array of fruits - a lot of potentially big flavors, but nothing dominates - lactic sourness and some wet, musty, dirty, earthy cellar funk - some oak and some genuinely nice tequila flavor, more obvious than in the aroma - some chili flavor, but it's very subtle - some light, pale malt sweetness, some light sweetness from some fruity esters - green apple and pear, with a touch of smoke - decidedly interesting overall, absolutely no indication that this is 11%

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes with an interesting dryness that (appropriately) reminds me of tequilla

Overall: Just add sweet and sour mix

This is maybe even more interesting than I expected. There are a lot of big, potent flavors here, but everything is nicely mild and nothing really dominates. The alcohol is oddly not apparent here, although I can quite literally feel myself getting buzzed as I review this beer. At the very least, Jester King should get some serious props for excellent use of tequila barrels. (1,627 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to yeti1979 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed golden orange. Head is creamy amdnoff-white. Decent retention with some minor sticky lacing. A bit of a gusher with a moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: A small dose of mezcal running through the back. Sweet with some bready caramelized malts. A bit of peppery spice and a slightly earthy smoked element from the anchor. A nice backing clean sweetness. Damp and musty yeast with the distinct earthiness of Jester King. Mezcal builds as it warms.

Taste: Mild lactic funk overlays the mezcal. Slight warming on the back of the sip. Mildly funky with some damp and musty yeast. A bit of lemon peel and citric acid. Funky and sweet, but it's all clean. Funk and mezcal blend in a really fun and unique way. A bit of alcohol heat running through. Fruity like apples and mangos with some agave. Lingering push from the barrel.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Moderate to light carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Set fire to my brain.

I hate tequila. I really enjoy this beer. Mezcal blends with the JK funk in a great way. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Slightly cloudy, orange-yellow body, one finger fluffy white head. A fair bit of retention, more than expected.

S- Chili peppers, lactic acid, pale malts. And that distinct sweetness that you typically smell in agave, similar to tequila. Smells crisp but sweet. A solid touch of oaky funk.

F- Unique. Slight chili heat, pale malt sweetness, agave, lactic acid and some stone fruits. Complex and different; the sourness tightens everything up and keeps any single component from going haywire.

M- Thicker bodied for a sour; does not drink like a 11.1% sour though it certainly feels like it. A bit syrupy, presumaby from the high gravity nature of the brew. Dry but very sweet, not sure what to make of it.

O- Unique, interesting, flavourful and complex. Not my cup of tea- never really was a fan of agave/tequila but this is pretty darn good. (904 characters)

Photo of Jpepe08
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not for me. The flavors seem a bit disjointed and collide harshly rather than melding together. (95 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Jester King stem.

Pours a radiant orange with opaque copper highlights. Bountiful beige head made up of tiny bubbles. As it settles it leaves patches of lacing sporadically on the sides of glass. Hazy as most farmhouse ales should be. Gorgeous beer.

Aroma is so intriguing! Farmhouse funk, lactic acidity mix with a sweet corn and agave syrup character, oak, and dry tequila. Then you get a huge floral and fruity note. Almost peachy and definitely some big sweet apple.

Then comes the taste where the chilies come through big as well as the mescal barrels. Lemony sweet and sour. Can taste that malt base. It's really not sour, mostly just tart. Some tangerine reveals itself alongside green apple offering a nice contrast to the more syrupy sweetness, oak, and slightly boozy mescal essence. It's actually a tough brew to break down as there's many components yet they blend well and offer a pretty straightforward flavor profile. The flavors don't morph, they stay constant.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than light. Good carbonation on this which is a big plus as it cleans the palate a bit from the sweetness and barrel. A lingering sweetness and oaky astringency are left on the tongue after the finish.

Another unique offering by jester king. A few tweaks and this could go world class. A bit less sweetness and even more pucker would do this nice. As it warms the mescal and chile come through even more. It's actually pretty dry but somehow a residual sweetness lingers. Not sure if that can ferment out or not. I guess for the abv on this they have done a great job drying it out. This seems to be a problem with many high abv wilds/sours I've had. Always some lingering sweetness/malt character that brings the beer down a notch for me. Ale Apothecary has done some really nice 9ish percent wilds that hid the malt extremely well. Overall all a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. (1,908 characters)

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3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Nice off white head. Laces nicely, too. Good retention.

Smell - Some light fruits. A bit citrusy. Stone fruit. Some caramel malt. Light acidity.

Taste - Weird oaky flavor, which I guess is the mezcal. Grapefruit. Stone fruits. That mezcal barrel flavor peaks in the back end with some mild sourness. I don't get any peppers except a light flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mezcal barrel makes it a little difficult. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Intense flavors. Left my taste buds reeling, for better or for worse. (603 characters)

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Encendía from Jester King Brewery
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