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Boxer's Revenge - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 231
Gots: 148 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Full-flavored, dry, champagne-like farmhouse ale, matured in oak whiskey and wine barrels with multiple strains of wild yeast and bacteria. Look for lots of tropical fruit and funk, with a sour, earthy edge.

(Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 01-30-2011)
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Photo of JulioH
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Very nice sour beer. Pours a nice amber beer, and really has little head. Smell is very subdued and yes, you can tell it has those funky agents in it. Taste is great. Not overly sour, but sour enough. Has a bit of dryness toward the end. Lots of fruits involved. Light beer also.

Photo of videofrog
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750ml bottle into a Jester King glass, careful not to disturb yeast sediment. Served at suggested serving temp around 50 degrees.

A: Yellowish orange, nearly clear. Carbonation bubbles visible, soapy lacing down the glass.

S: Sour, light funk, citrus, whiskey alcohol. Sour apple as it warms.

T: Sour up front, nice hop presence, citrus. Vinuous & whiskey in the finish.

M: A bit heavy, slightly lower than normal carbonation compared to other sours I've had. I like it that way for such a big brew.

O: Sampled Boxer's at the brewery, was happy to pick up a bottle. I like the elevated hop presence compared to other sours I've had. Glad to have access to a quality local sour.

Photo of tjmodica
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow with a thin small white foam layer, JK nailed the color. On the nose a light lemon tartness, grass and hay, downplayed sour. Lightly sweet citrus flavors, lemon tart sweetness similar to a lemon square desert, alcohol is completely hidden. JK's has accomplished what I have been waiting for from a Texas brewery or any brewery for that matter someone who can regularly put an excellent sour/saison on a Texas shelf.

Photo of Fux
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Borefts Beer Festival 2012.
A: Hazy dark copper orange with a very small head, that quickly fades to nothing.
S: Smell is tart, slightly funky with notes of citruses (orange)
T: Taste is sour but quite smooth, quite fruity and a bit sweet, aftertaste is long and reminds me of a dry white wine.
M: Light carbonation, crisp and refreshing, the alcohol is barely detectable.
O: A very good sour ale, not too heavy given the ABV and perfect for the aperitif for instance. I would love to get more of this!

Photo of MarioM
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a Jester King Stemmed glass. Blend #5 - Sept. 5, 2013

A: Pours a beautiful golden almost orange color but extremely clear. Head is a one finger almost off white and kinda rocky with great lacing and amazing looking texture. Medium carbonation and looks extremely delicious.

S: As soon as I popped this baby open I got a huge hit of fruity Brett character with a tad bit of lactic tartness. Taking a closer sniff it almost appears mildly vinous but with a more Brett and spice forward thing going on from the wood. Aroma seems slightly sweet and fruity from the oak I'm guessing with slight notes of spicy vanilla.

T: Wow, very mildly sour but does have a pleasant refreshing tartness. A little bit of vanilla from the oak. What's great is it is very dry and has hints of Brett but mainly wood aged vanilla like character. The wood aging is definitely present and makes this beer what it is but could be better if it was a little restrained for my taste.

M: Dry and reminds me of drinking a white wine but with a very distinct american oak vanilla character that I'm enjoying but surprisingly only like in JK beers. Maybe I'm biased but its a more restrained oak character as compared to a beer aged in whiskey or bourbon.

O: An amazing beer from one of the sickest breweries and friendliest brewers in America. True fact. This is a refreshing and surprisingly drinkable brew for a 10.2% abv tag. Does not seem like it at all. That in itself is amazing. but regardless, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you can buy a bottle or two, or at least sample any JK beer, DO IT!

Photo of dubinsky
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm really excited to see some of the other Jester King offerings coming to my area. When I saw this I snagged it up quickly, hoping that's will find it on a regular basis.

A - Poured into a Deschutes snifter, the beer pours a rather opaque, bright orange. The pour yielded a foamy half inch head which stuck around long enough for me to write this much. The head eventually receded leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - The aroma is definitely not what I expected from an American wild ale. Coming to expect seriously tart and funk as I get from most Russian River sours, this took me fora spin. It's funky alright, but in a saison kind of way. The funk is slightly sweet smelling with notes of jasmine flowers, hay, lemongrass, with little peach and grape to round off the nose.

T - Much like the smell, this was not what i was expecting. Don't get me wrong, its a wonderful beer, just not very sour, as i was expecting it to be. Nice lemongrass, non-
distinct citrus, white grape and peach flavors immediately come to mind. There is some tartness happening here, just not overwhelming, and certainly not dominant. I think what may be throwing me off here is the whiskey barrel which is creating some of the sweetness that I'm picking up. This is a really unique take on an American Wild ale.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with moderate to light carbonation. Slightly on the lighter drinking side with a nice dryness, kind of like you get from a dry champagne. Slightly warming at 10.2%, but at that level its incredibly drinkable.

O - I'm really excited to see this brewery available to me in such variety. I have had several of their beers, and they are all very good and distinct, in their take on standard styles. This was no exception. I really enjoyed this beer. I think part of my problem was that I was expecting it to be sour since in my mind all wild ales are, and that just simply isn't true. The wild yeast they use is very distinctive and very nice.

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks in part to all of the great traders that helped me amass plenty of this great beer, standuptj, dcloeren, dirtygrind (Reddit).

Pours a very light fizzy head of mostly bubbles, over hazy orange red color

Nose tart sour fruit, hint of sour cherry and light lemon, light vanilla buttery oak, light malt, light musty almost vinous quality.

Taste fairly tart sour fruit, buttery vanilla oak, hint of sour cherry and lemony like flavors, nice acidity, hint dry malt, some tannins. Finish is very dry, hint of bready malts but not much, more tart fruit, little flemmy, a bit more oak as well. This being a very high abv for a sour, but still comes off as lower abv.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb, some acidity.

Overall quite nice. A very nice American made sour, with great tartness, sour fruit flavors, good acidity and tannins, and lots of buttery vanilla oak to round it all off. And a big abv that is hidden well as lots of booze is hard to go with sours.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Wheat, caramel, and bready malts, oak, vanilla, wine, whiskey, citrus hops, lemon zest, funky brett, tart green fruits, lactic acid.

T - Whest, caramel, and bready malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, wine, funky brett, tart green fruits, lactic acid, lemon zest, citrus hops, Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great sour beer. Fantastic overall complexity and balance.

Photo of RustyP
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden-amber color with a slight haze and very thin cream-colored head. Had to pour vigorously to get even a ¼” head of loose bubbles that all but disappeared immediately. No lacing.

S: Slight musk buried beneath citrus and oak. Some grape notes in there too. A longer sniff reveals a hint of caramel sweetness that supporst the other components.

T: Mmmmm….fruity and tart to start with, but not puckeringly sour. A mild funkiness carries throughout. Nice pithy citrus bitterness kicks in mid-palate and lingers throughout the finish. The wine- and whiskey-barrel aging show through in the taste; the first breath after swallowing reveals plenty of oak notes as the back of the throat, and the fruity components of the flavor definitely carry a sharp, vinous quality. Fairly dry finish that still leaves some grapefruit rind bitterness along the sides of the tongue, and very light whiskey sweetness on the back of my tongue. The alcohol is well-hidden, but still discernable in this fresh bottle. The overall taste leaves me wanting more immediately after each sip!

M: medium to full-bodied with just barely enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. The tart character of the flavor also aids in keeping Boxer’s from being too heavy on the palate.

Overall: Simply put…I really dig this beer. The flavor starts off tart and simple, but becomes more complex through the middle, wrapped up again in simplicity by the end. Another very solid offering from JK!

Photo of afluentturtle
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored from a bomber into a pirat tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark golden hazy amber with a fingure of head. I guess I poured more agressive than other drinkers because I had no problem getting head. (haha)

Smell: Wine up front, fruit and oak/musty wood notes also. Fruity and earthy floral scents are also detectable.

Taste: When right out of the frige all you get is sour and bitter hops. As it warms sour raspberries and orange, wine and a little floral notes dominate. Lambic and tartness also apperent. After taste is sweet, almost like honey. A little hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth, a little seems to bite and hang in your mouth, maybe that's the alcohol but I don't know for sure. Decent carbonation.

Overall: Pretty damn good I would say, has a decent about of alcohol so you will feel good after knocking back a bottle. A good sour taste but it's not overly sour, would seek out again if it was easily found in Houston. Would like to see if aging has any changes in flavor.

Photo of chamawaiian
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a glowing, super hazy dark apricot color with deep golden edges. A huge foamy cream colored head takes a long time to go down.

S: A much sweeter smell than I was expecting. Candied apricots, white grape juice, a healthy dose of farmhouse funk, sweet moscato wine, mango and some faint wood. Smells pretty tasty.

T: Opens with a slightly sour, sweet white wine flavor. Some fairly complex malt and wood flavors with a dash of brett. Faint hints of citrus, tropical fruit and barrel. A nice dry finish with a touch of wood and more funk. A really interesting beer. Dry but sweet. Tart but smooth. Big in alcohol, but light on the mouthfeel. Really good stuff.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.19.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, bright reddish orange with a small light tan head that quickly is a small ring around the edges.

S - Lots of funk, subtle fruit, cherry maybe.

T - Tarty cherry, barnyard funk.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body. Tart finish.

O - Tart and funky, not much carbonation, but still nice.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy pale amber color with a 2-finger foamy, rocky, white head. Nice retention and great sticky lacing.

S – Lots of stuff going on here with oranges, grapes, vanilla-tinged bourbon, Brett funk, and musty oak. I don’t get the sense that this will be very sour from the nose, but the barrel-aging is definitely leaving its mark.

T – It starts out tart up front with lemons, oranges, and sour grapes. Once the acidity fades, the sweetness of the oranges and grapes starts to shine through. Toward the finish, a lot of wonderful flavors come together: peppery farmhouse yeast, musty Brett, the earthy finish of whiskey and wine, and some woody oak. This is really a tasty beer.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a tart, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and a slightly spicy, earthy, and very dry finish. Earthy and musty yeast and oak barrel flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a nice beer that really lives up to the title of a wild farmhouse ale. It’s just tart enough with the great accents of different yeast and different barrel flavors. Really tasty and seriously drinkable for 10.2% ABV. Jester King strikes again.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TxHopHead4
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of switzer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Boxer's Revenge from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.