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Detritivore - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 67
Gots: 37 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Detritivore was made by adding the same cherries that were used to make Montmorency vs. Balaton to fresh beer in stainless steel and allowing the combined beer and fruit to referment to dryness. This was the same technique that we originally used to make La Vie en Rose with the raspberries from Atrial Rubicite. As with La Vie en Rose, the second refermentation of the fruit results in subtler, more delicate flavors, as compared with the more intense flavors that result from the initial refermentation.

Detritivore is fermented using native yeast and bacteria from the Texas Hill Country, but is not spontaneously fermented, as our brewers actively introduce our house blend of saccharomyces, native wild yeast, and souring bacteria to the wort, rather than relying on inoculation by ambient, airborne microorganisms. We brewed 100% spontaneously fermented beer both last winter and the previous winter, but all of this beer is currently aging in oak barrels and has yet to be released.

(Beer added by: markgugs on 07-08-2014)
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The nose is a touch acidic with tinges of tobacco and smoke. Despite this odd array I get notes of tart lemon and fruity citrus.

The flavor has a sour Apple tone and a bit of Apple tartness. The middle gets an earthy mineral turn before it his a tangerine fruitiness. The feel is light, dry and easy but keeps a tanginess to the end.

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With the indigenous taste of the region, Jester King's happy microbiotia is at it again, churning away at those malt and fruit sugars to provide a vernacular farmhouse ale that speaks to Belgium and Texas.

Detritivore captures a tangy fruit and spice balanced aroma that swirls above a sprite and lively golden-amber body beneath, acting as much like champagne as of ale. Earthy wafts of oak, soil, must and pepper link up with zesty lime, dry cider, green cherry and white grape aromas and flavors. Its skim sweetness is lightly of wheat and pilsner malt.

Short with sweetness, the effervescent ale thwarts its grain sugars and bready textures quickly in order to favor dry and tangy fruit over the middle. Those added cherries lead the way with their own distintive robust flavor and tart acidity. But the yeasty sourness of lemon, lime, cider and chardonnay gives the beer a racy bite while weathered oak, brine, damp sod and leather offers a backdrop of earthen complexity.

Dry in finish, the medium-light farmhouse ale carries a stern carbonic bite that ensures a clean and refreshed palate. Its thirst-stripping tang enlivens the tastebuds and allows for a high rate of drinkability. Sourness lifts quickly but a quick echo of wheat pierce through the light must for new adventures with every sip.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass.

Pours a deep gold, super hazy body with a big fluffy white head that rises quickly and reduces slowly to leave a ring of foam.

Aromas of sharp lactic, tart citrus, fruit skins, some funk, sour cherry.

First notes to touch the tongue are big tart fruit notes, citrus rind, astringent fruit skin, lactic acid, champagne, and apples. The follow through/aftertaste reveals ever so slight cherry notes.. very subtle but definitely there and delicious!

Super crisp with high carbonation and a light, easy drinking body.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer, one of the best I've had from Jester King. Super solid as a wild ale, complex and balanced with a nice touch of cherries on the finish. Hope they brew it again!

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Detritivore from Jester King Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.