Boxer's Revenge - Jester King Brewery

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pDev: 2.18%
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 01-30-2011

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.
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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1558th Review on BA
Bottle to GI Chalice
750ml

2012 Release

Thanks to Lnashsig for this one

App- Looked like a glowing orb of a DIPA really. Only a small 1/2" white head was there that fizzled quite quickly and maybe left a couple dots. The thing of this is the density and clarity of the coloring of the beer. Just pops out at the eye.

Smell- Quite a lot going on in this glass. Reading the label its 10.2% and it couldve fooled me. I got none of the booze on the nose but intstead got lots of the citrus and oak aromas coming up. I guess you could say it was booze but more of that distinct wine/whiskey treatment vs. just a generic nose. Little bit of tannins on it as well.

Taste- This was a very tasty albeit, large sour beer. The pairing and dueling barrel treatments created a nice depth of flavor with some great nuances in the glass. You do get a warming feeling from the whisky barrels but at the same time you get a good amount of lactic and tannins from the wine barrels. A bit sour, a bit thick and unique.

Mouth- A very large medium body for a sour. Although with a 10% ABV I was not expecting this to be like a 'Loon or a 3F sour either. A good medium carbonation with a good amount of fruit on the finish and a bit of prickly whisky flavors.

Drink- This was a good beer. It was unique, well crafted and very flavorful. I enjoyed the duality of the treatments but I think the ABV and body needed to come down a couple touches. I would say this might get better and I might wanna go find a couple more bottles. (1,531 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (512 characters)

Photo of DRyan
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy orange with thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing
S: Oranges, citrus, spice, cherries, with earthy, funky notes
T: Sour kicks in right away up front, tastes like a sour orange, with some funk to the backend, the more you drink the more pronounced the funk becomes
M: thin, lightly carbonated
D: Very drinkable for a sour, goes down easily and hides it’s 10% ABV easily (406 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  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. (337 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a layer of fluffy white head. The head sticks around fairly well and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very sour and just a bit sweet. There is definitely a fruity undertone along with some alcohol. In the very end I'm getting some barnyard like funk.

Taste: Just like the smell, the sourness dominates here. Some fruity undertones here as well with a strong barnyard sourness at the end of the sip. I'm getting some wine notes in there as well. The finish has a touch of bitterness along with the sourness from the rest of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a really interesting sour. Lots of complexity. I really enjoyed the wine notes very much. I don't think the whiskey added much here. I would definitely have another bottle of this one. (906 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very odd. Soapy head, looks like a sorgham beer.

The nose is much better. Very faint when cool. But random funk, coming very in and out with wine and alcohol and sugar. Not bad

The taste is with the nose, a lot of things going on, less funk than I hoped for. Too much alcohol and sugar.

Mouthfeel - oddly I feel quite a bit of puckering despite the taste. A bit too much sugar and alcohol burn (and normally I like booziness especially in autumn)).

Overall - a pretty good beer but there's so many better sours out there. (539 characters)

Photo of pschul4
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BDavids for sharing this on with me!

A- Pours an Illini Orange (in anticipation for the start of the college football season) with bubbles coming few and far betweeen

S- Lots of sour tartness on the nose and not a whole lot else. Some citrus in there as well but that could just be more sourness. Touch of red wine in the background

T- Nice and sour! No let down in that catagory. Very acidic and the wine comes through nicely

M- Very light and watery. Could use some more carbonation

O- Good sour, not too complex but no complaints either (558 characters)

Photo of videofrog
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Batch 1 I think
Unmarked tulip

A: Pours a yellow orange color. Ring of bright white head. Some lacing bits. Head faded quickly but there was carbonation.

S: Nose is less aggressive than expected. There is certainly funky notes. That Brett character is there. It's sour but not super sour.

T: It's sour but not as sour as I expected. Nice tart hit on the tip of the tongue. Mellows in the mid mouth. Smooth funk and oak. Hints of vanilla. You do pull that barrel character.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation but not overly. (534 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Batch #2 into Jester King stemware.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange, thin white head, decent bubblies, which is very good to see.

S - Funky sour, with faint whiskey barrel notes.

T - Sour fruits, very lemony, with boozy whiskey still detectable, slight hops. Delicious.

M - Dry and well carbonated, a step up from the previous bottling.

O - Probably my favorite Jester King offering so far, would love to see their dream of this becoming a year round on Texas shelves become a reality. (499 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt orange color, cloudy with a nice 1/4 inch white cap, bubbles and decent amount of lacing

S: Well, lets see, tart and plenty of funk with light whiskey and wood with a big fruitiness

T: Big funk, tart and fruit initialy. Like funky fruit basket. I pcikup a little hay, earth and wood with a somewhat dry, tart lingering finish with a little bit of booze throughout

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, no major issues

O: Good overall. One of my Favorite Jester King beers (490 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the Draught House some months ago - thought I'd lost my notes but I found them in a pile of papers today. Deep joy.

A. An orangey-amber brew with a distinct cloudiness and next to no head, but that's cask for you.

S. Lots of musty funk, plenty of citrus, a little vinegar, and some tropical fruitiness.

T. Wow. I don't often give a beer five for taste, and from the bottle this is definitely a 4.5, but cask-conditioning has raised this beer into the stratosphere. All the sour characteristics are coming out in spades as are the dry, oaky flavours from the barrel-ageing. There's also a bitter hoppy finish that you don't get with Belgian sours.

M. The beer was nicely undercarbonated, as cask should be, but by no means flat.

O. As far as I recall I had three of these at the Draught House, and I can't even remember if it was served in pints or tulips or Jester King goblets. All I know is it was one of the most refreshing beers I've tasted in a long time and I couldn't get enough of it. Good job I was going home on the bus that night and didn't have to go to work next morning. (1,104 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a light straw color with a white head. Very lactic aroma with tons of lemon and lemon zest. A bit of straw, lightly tropical, and maybe some other citrus notes. Very mild oak. High acidity on the palate with lots of tart lemon and green apple flavors. Hints of tropical fruit and oak, minimal funk, and straw. (321 characters)

Photo of RustyP
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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! (1,483 characters)

Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd brewing bottle, poured into tulip, tried again after warming some from refrigerator

A: murky orange with heavy carbonation, thin white head that dissipates after a few minutes

S: strong sour notes of yeast and fruit on the low end

T: starts strong with a tart finish on the front of the tongue, light sour grape with funk sprinkled on top

M: Dry, light, hint of carbonation

O: very interesting beer, strong flavoring mainly dominated by the sourness, will definitely try again (486 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 750mL bottle of Jester King's Boxer's Revenge from the second round of bottling this year, poured into a tulip glass.

A - This pours a cloudy orange/light red with a good amount of white head at the top.

S - On the nose I light fruits, citrus, and yeast.

T - On the palate I mainly get the fruits that were on the aroma, some earthiness to this, having that funk that Jester King beers tend to have. And of course, it has a very nice sour edge to it on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and it seemed to be pretty highly carbonated.

O - Another great offering from Jester King. Boxer's revenge is a wild ale/sour that delivers a ton of flavor without being too sour and leaving an unpleasant taste in the mouth. I really enjoyed this beer and I am looking forward to seeing how this beer ages. (804 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange, minimal layer of white head clings on, small amount of lacing

S: nose features Belgian esters with notes of wild flower, citrus, and lactic acid, quite a bit of oak

T: super tart to begin with acidic fruit character, tannins come in and make for a rather dry finish, a moderate level of funk, nice range of flavors

Mf: heavy body for style, moderate carbonation

O: very interesting and unique, don't get much whiskey character, but overall this is delicious and worth a try (496 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very hazy glowing brownish orange with a pure white head that isn't too big, recedes quickly, laces well.

aroma is tart as hell. sour patch kids candy. red wine vinegar. sour cherries.

again, tart, but with a lot more woodiness than the aroma presented. red wine vinegar and sour candies. just a touch of sweetness, but plenty of funk.

a bit thin and undercarbonated. I really enjoy the fluffy carbonation of the traditional Belgian examples of sour ales that really accentuate the puckering.

I like it. Never had a beer from this brewery before, and I'd definitely be open to try more. this particular beer I wouldn't go through too much effort to seek out, but its an enjoyable quaff. (692 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer is sort of a dark orange with some yellow highlights. I had to pour fairly aggressively to get some head going. The head is white with big ol' bubbles.

Lots of barrel character lends itself to some wood and vinous qualities. It's got a nice fruitiness about it(mango and pineapple).

The tart and funky qualities aren't hiding here. Mmm. Vinous and granny apple type tart flavors. A touch of wood.

Not much carbonation at all. The body is medium.

Can't wait for the second batch of this to come out. An improved level of carbonation could give this beer quite the face lift it needs. It has a great flavor profile working for it as is. (694 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a real fan of sours, but I loved this one.

A: Hazy orange body that is topped by a soapy 2 fingered white head that dissipates quickly reducing to a thin ring around the top of the glass.

S: Tart, funky, tropical fruits like mango, hints of spice with subtle whiskey notes.

T: Follows the smell very closely. First sip is strong in the sour department, but quickly mellows out allowing the complexity of this brew to shine. Tropical fruits are at the forefront and are balanced well with the whiskey undertones.

M: Well carbonated, medium/light bodied.

O: My favorite Wild Ale to date due to its high level of drinkability and surprisingly complex flavor. I WANT MORE!!! (680 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from WLV Liquors.

A - Pours burnt orange, small white head, thin collar.

S - Spices, bread, yeast, light citrus, honey sweetness.

T - Fruity tartness, yeast funk, citrus, grapes, and oak. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully for 9%. The finish is tart grapes/oak. The taste was much more sour then the nose suggests.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Easy drinking for 9%, nice amount of sour notes, and a nice dry finish. Enjoyed this one for sure, and would buy another bottle if I have the chance. (535 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you eric...

the rare find as most american sours seem to be. whiskey and wine barrel aged. sour with a wonderful nose and a sour mash whiskey quality to it. nose is sauvignon blanc, funk, and hint of melon and horseblanket undertones. palate is actually much more sour than expected. quite bright. but balanced. very dry with that sour whiskey mash note and hints of whiskey noted coconut. nice buttering that comes forth grassy... wonderful. one to share. (463 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My Astros Challenge #BOTG 11!

Poured from bottle into JK farmhouse glass. When opened, barely even a hiss. Notably lacking carbonation. With a little bit of a rough pour, some head rises off the top of the beer, but it goes away quickly. This beer is indeed flat-ish. Other than that, a nice orange/yellow color, with some cloudiness. Smell- tart and sweet, nice vinous aroma from the barrel. Some funky bouquet as well. Taste- puckering sour with a salty dry finish. Tastes like sea salt meets sour patch candy. No ABV is present at all, for 9% it is well hidden. With carbonation, this would have been way better, but still a nice effort from JK, albeit not my fav sour from them (Das Wunderkind). (701 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Jester King goblet.

Admittedly, I am a huge fan of what Jester King has brought to Texas, so I could hardly wait to try the bottled iteration of Boxer's Revenge after picking it up today.

Opening with a soft hiss, Boxer's Revenge pours without much of a head, save for a few scattered bubbles that cling to the outside of the glass. The body is an attractive, bright orange hue, dotted by small yeast particles and a sluggish stream of carbonation. The aroma is both intoxicating and intoxicatingly good. Huge whiffs of whiskey barrels lend bourbon-rich vanillins to the front. In the background, wild bacteria add a sour punch alongside the dry-hop to lend citrus peel and berry vine notes. The alcohol smells strong, but is nicely balanced. It will be interesting to see how the nose handles an increased carbonation as these bottles mature.

The flavor is a plethora of intensities that pull the palate in various directions. Equal parts boozy, hoppy, tart, wooden, dry, and juicy---a dizzying array of combinations that come close to fatiguing the senses.The whiskey flavor hits first and last, with vanilla notes at the tip of the palate and dry, wooden barrel tannins in the finish. Mid-palate is where the sourness shines, adding a funky tartness that puckers the tongue and mouth, but not so much that it overwhelms the tastebuds. Alcohol warms the palate with each sip, but it's a bit too raw at this point in the beer's life and makes for a somewhat tiring mouthfeel when combined with the sourness. Body is slightly thin and under-carbonated, but I'm sure with conditioning that will change.

Boxer's Revenge is a great beer and a welcome addition to the Texas sour ale scene, but like the angry horse on its label, it hasn't yet made up its mind as to the direction it's heading. Still, I'm very much excited to see what path it takes. (1,870 characters)

Boxer's Revenge from Jester King Brewery
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