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Boxer's Revenge - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:32:28 | More by videofrog
Photo of inlimbo77


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 13:59:11 | More by inlimbo77
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 18:41:10 | More by jlindros
Photo of r0nburgundy69


4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:15:44 | More by r0nburgundy69
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:02:15 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of omnigrits


4.7/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2012 00:52:09 | More by omnigrits
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 18:03:10 | More by womencantsail
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:37:44 | More by RustyP
Photo of UtisTheLaw


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 03:06:47 | More by UtisTheLaw
Photo of TX-Badger


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:38:06 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of homebrew311


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:21:58 | More by homebrew311
Photo of silentjay


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 05:45:43 | More by silentjay
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 06:12:07 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 19:10:52 | More by tjkinate
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 14:30:00 | More by Sean9689
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 05:13:06 | More by rtepiak
Photo of lnashsig


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:25:38 | More by lnashsig
Photo of wagenvolks


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:16:00 | More by wagenvolks
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Boxers Revenge Saison (wild yeast)
had taster on tap at Whip In 2/17/2011
a- pale yellow, slight haze, medium small white bubbly head
s - estery fruit, and flowery aromatics, with mild wine vinegar
t - follows smell, sweet ester fruits, flowery bouquet, little bit of mild vinegar acidity, but you pick up some flowery hop bitterness towards the finish, and some tart fruity sweet white wine. It's thirst quenching, but with a bit of acidity and background bitterness.
m - light, with a bit of mouth coating fruity sweetness and bitterness in back of mouth
d - good, but it is a bit winey sweet, like a very fruity white wine. It has an overall refined profile, the flavor are interesting and unusual but seems carefully balanced. The wild yeast is kept in check, not too much earthy medicinal funk.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 22:57:11 | More by jefe2
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Anvil in Houston. Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, but bright golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms that fades to a ring. The ring sticks around to the end. Some light lace as well.
S: Just an awesome aroma. Up front is a nice clean fruity aroma. Melon, orange, and other citrus aromas that are great. Zesty spice, light funk, and a light tartness as well.
T: The funk is a bit more prevalent. Lightly tart fruits that follow the nose. I get a lot of melon and citrus fruits. A zesty spice as well. Some grassy flavors and a lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. It could be a bit dryer, but for the most part very crisp and clean. Smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I could never get enough of this.

I really love this. Again, well done Jester King. Just an excellent Saison. I am not sure if I like this as much as Boulevard's Saisons at the moment, but I would hate to live on the difference. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 05:05:52 | More by champ103
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ The Whip In in Austin

A - Hazy orange in color with a little less than a finger of head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Strong citrus and spice, mango and orange, sweet malts, hops and yeast.

T - Follows the nose pretty well, citrus and spice are at the forefront, earthy hops, sweet malts, with some bitterness, but not as much funky brett action as I hoped for.

M - Medium body and carbonation, well balanced, dry and crisp.

D - This is dangerously drinkable for the ABV, well done Jester King.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 09:56:31 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, hazy, orange pour. Head was easily 2 fingers. Lacing was minimal and sporadic. Looked good in the JK snifter for sure!

Aroma is spice, spiciness, yeasty, mildly tart and fruity with a fair amount of hops.

Taste was lightly tart, hoppy, earthy, spice, sweet malts and a bitter-tart finish.

Light to medium in body, crisp, slightly creamy texture.

Drinkability is fairly good. Not being a particular fan of sours, the tart qualities are mild and tolerable for me!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 19:57:25 | More by EgadBananas
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this beer.

On tap - well actually out of a pitcher - at the brewery's grand opening celebration.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the orange, yeast and mangos. The aroma is very strong and is very inviting.

The flavor is more of the same. In addition to some spiciness from the yeast, I get some white pepper, wheat and orange. The beer is very dry. Even though the beer is brewed with two kinds of Brettanomyces, I don't get much, if any, funk from the beer. That being said, the alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice saison, I just wish it was a little bit funkier.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 00:03:01 | More by Mora2000
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at their grand opening party. They poured it into my shaker pint glass and then I poured from that into a mini snifter. I had an option of getting any of their beers and I got this one twice in a row. That's gotta say something, right?

The beer was a hazy gold. I would have liked some more clarity on it, but it wasn't bad. It had a dry, white head that dissipated somewhat quickly, but I blame the pouring from pitchers for that.

The beer smelled like a citrusy farmhouse ale. Definitely had the saison notes, but I could have used more funk form the brett and wild Austin yeasts.

The taste was quite a bit like my last saison-brett homebrew. You can tell they used the 3711 Wyeast saison yeast as the primary eater of sugars. It hit all that I wanted out of that. As it finished, I got an orange-peel citrus spike. Made it somewhat sweet for how dry it was and didn't quite give me the funk I wanted. I think this could have used a bit more time in the barrels.

The carbonation was fine (which is better than I could say for some of the other times I've had their beers) and the weight was good in my mouth. Is was incredibly easy to drink, even if you don't look at the high ABV. After getting e first glass, I wanted another to go along with my dinner... and that says everything I can about the drinkability.

This was a good beer, but I think with some more effort and time it could be great. Come on Jester King, hit the funk out of the park!

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 01:39:07 | More by UTCengOwl
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Boxer's Revenge from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.