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Encendía - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-15-2014)
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Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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.

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Overall - Intense flavors. Left my taste buds reeling, for better or for worse.

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Encendía from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.