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Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 685
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 126
Gots: 166 | FT: 17
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2011

Mature beer, refermented in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria is blended with fresh, dry-hopped beer prior to bottle-conditioning. Dry and lightly tart, with notes of citrus, barnyard, and tropical fruit.
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Photo of EGreen
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aromas scream of funky saison spiciness, lemon grass, sour apple cider. Flavors of lemon tartness, hay, mild biscuit, and a distinct mild hops finish. Very crisp, wonderful tartness, and awesome funkiness. At 4.5% it is easily something that can be enjoyed all night (266 characters)

Photo of Brewsephus
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Golden yellow with a massive pure white head. Large bubbles give way to very fine effervescent bubbles. A light haze is apparent, but doesn't take away from the appearance.

S- Pollen, lemon stand, fresh cut grass, wheat, lemon sherbert.

T- A little tang, some definite funk; it's not overwhelming, but nicely plays into the body of the beer. Lemon, sage, white pepper, sweet orange peel. Bitterness is present but hides behind the farmhouse characteristics. Really exceptional summer flavor profile.

M- Super effervescent, but not over done. The extra carbonation helps to make this beer feel light and airy, allowing all the flavors to dance on your palate. Doesn't taste thin, as some in this style can sometimes be. This beer really relies on it's exceptional farmhouse character, without being gimmicky. Lovely.

O- I am in love with this beer. It's something I could drink everyday. At 4.5% it is superbly sessionable. This is something that all American Farmhouse brewers should strive to be more like. Balance is the key here. (1,084 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Poured a dark golden cidery-straw color. Limited carbonation, just a few bubbles lingering around. Big citrusy aroma, reminiscent of citron or lemon zest. Wonderfully tart flavor that just goes on for days. Pucker up and pour me one more! Another great sour from Jester King. (295 characters)

Photo of drummermattie02
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 4.5% ABV. Golden yellow and a bit cloudy, not the most attractive beer, thin white head subsides to a ring of larger bubbles.

Smell is fantastic, earthy brett and a hint of lemon peel and peach.

Tastes very sour, floral and dry. A bit of saison spiciness.

Carbonation is very good, and this beer feels more substantial than the ABV suggests. Jester King has done good with this one - probably the best sour I've had from a TX brewery. (450 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to make a trade with a friend in Texas to get my first bottle of this, but I was glad that I did! I liked it so much that I traded for a 2nd, shared with friends, and took some notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into 3 wine glasses.

A - Pours a beautiful, golden / straw color with about 1/2 a finger of off white head.

S - Has a very tart smell that hits you right away, followed by some barnyard funk smell.

T - Very tart, sour, crisp and refreshing. A great beer for a warm Summer day. Also, very complex. You can taste the oak flavors from the white wine barrel aging. There is definitely a lot of funk from the Brett and several strains of wild yeast in there too. Amazing sour taste!

M - Very fine carbonation with an almost oily and buttery consistency that coats your mouth with every sip.

O - Outside of Belgium, this is the best sour I have ever had. Hands down. (882 characters)

Photo of J_Dub
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pale hazy yellow with a nice head upon pouring that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Sour lemon, grass and farmhouse funk are the initial aromas I pick up. A lot of "earthiness" in the smell. The flavors are sour citrus fruit, funk and a bit of spicy dryness one expects from a farmhouse ale. The oak is extremely subtle to my palate. If I didn't know there was oak, I don't think I would pick it up. Prickly from the acidic qualities and appropriately carbonated.

Another home-run from Jester King. Perfect earthy funk and spicy dryness paired with sour fruits make this beer perfect for a warm summer day in Texas. (619 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a massive snifter at the brewery during Austin Beer Week. From notes. Reviewed 1 November 2014.

A: Hazy with light head.

S: Tart and soft and delightful.

T: See smell. Hints of nice fruit. Long finish. Delightful. It makes me smile.

M: Crisp and nice. So drinkable.

O: Phenomenal sour. Highly recommended. (320 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy deep gold color with a nice 3-finger creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. Great retention and some awesome sheets of lacing.

S – There is a ton going on with this beer! I’m getting bready wheat and caramel malt, tart green apple and lemon esters, musty oak, citrus and apricot hops, and barnyard Brett funk. Awesome.

T – It starts off sweet and tart with caramel malt, apricot, green apple, and lemon flavors. Grainy wheat and peppery yeast come in next, followed by woody oak and musty Brett. At the very finish, some earthy and grapefruit bitter hop flavors appear. Very tasty.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky, somewhat creamy, mouth-coating, and tart feel, and a slightly tart, earthy, funky, and very dry finish.

O – This is a great beer and a terrific saison. It’s very drinkable, sessionable at 4.5%, looks good, smells fantastic, and tastes great with a great balance between fruity sweetness and tartness, yeast earthiness and spiciness, and Brett funkiness. With so much going on, it would be so easy to create a disorganized quagmire of flavors and aromas. However, Jester King doesn’t do that. They create wonderfully complex beers that are perfectly layered – a real treat that is tough to find elsewhere. I highly recommend this one. (1,361 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A soft hiss upon opening but the bottle nearly gushes, stopping short just before the foam erupted. Effervescent body is a hazy golden color, bright and yellowish with a thin wisp of off-white foam. Excellent aroma, with fruity hop notes balanced nicely with a whiff of Bretty funk and a tinge of sourness. Grassy, with barnyard hay and earth, too. The dry-hopping has really worked nicely for Das Wunderkind!

Oh wow. I am now sold on Jester King's mission of bringing Farmhouse wild ales to the imbibers of Texas. Tart notes from the Lactobacillus mesh beautifully with funky Brett and earthy, grainy malt notes. Sour grips the sides of the tongue, but not so much that the rest of the palate can't enjoy the delicate hop flavor. Crisp, medium-thin body with a perfect carbonation level. In many ways, Das Wunderkind! reminds me of New Belgium's Le Terroir---the sour, dry-hop, and funk all blend together supremely well. Really enjoyable, and at 4.2% ABV, immensely drinkable. Easily Jester King's finest effort to date. (1,057 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours into my Jester King glass hazy golden straw in color with about one finger of soapy white head that has moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Forefront is barnyard funk with lemon and orange citrus as well as sour cherries and grassy hops.

T - Delightfully sour and tart, orange and lemon zest, sour cherries and grassy hops, grainy malt and funky brett.

M - Tart and dry, medium body with mild carbonation.

O - This is a top notch beer from a top notch brewing company. These guys know what it's all about and know how to deliver. Highly recommend trying this if given the chance. (600 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Lee for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden color with orange highlights. A one finger white head forms upon pouring and reduces to a thin rung on top. Spotty lacing.

S: Definitely funky with a bit of barnyard/hay. A nice sour component with some lemon and apricot.

T: A great, tart fruit flavor hits right away with more apricot, lemon, and some green apple. A little bit of a woody/earthy flavor with nice sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, but drinks very easily. Had no problem drinking the entire bottle. Slightly dry finish.

O: A great beer. Almost like a gueuze with the flavor profile. Would drink this all the time if I could. (703 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw color with a rather modest head that fades rather quickly though it does leave some splashy stippling behind

Smell: Tart and citrusy, with a range of fruit aromatics (lemon, strawberry and green apple); lactic sour elements build though they are complemented by a floral perfume

Taste: A range of fruit flavors (lemon, green apple and strawberry) is joined by the lactic sourness in the middle; the oak adds another dimensino, after the swallow, along with a hint of floral flavor that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Jester King has a real way with low ABV beers, packing them full of a range of flavors; having made my way through almost a dozen of their offerings, this one may well be my favorite (809 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to wsnich for getting some of this out my way. Thanks to kjkinsey and wagenvolks for providing bottles for future tastings.

Served in a Jester King goblet.

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a short white head. Retention is fairly poor and there isn't much lacing on the way down. No cap or collar either.

What it lacks in appearance it really makes up for in aroma. From the start I get some fairly-brisk lactic notes plus a moderate amount of fruit -- mostly peach and apricot, but also a bit of strawberry. Light earthiness to the background. Very well integrated with complexities throughout.

The flavor meets the high bar set by the nose. There is light acidity at the front end, followed by a mélange of fruits and mild perceived sweetness through the palate. Some barnyard funk hits alon side some peach, melon, and strawberry. Lactic acidity is Perfect.

Body is light with nice lactic and Brett presence throughout. The carbonation is a bit low, but that's the only place I can knock it.

Great overall beer and something I would be thrilled to drink again and again. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A cloudy, orangeish golden color, with a moderate soapy head. The head recedes quickly and does not leave much of a ring. Peppery sediment evident on the bottom. There is a small amount of lacing, which is nice for a 4.5% beer.

Smell- Green apples and pears from the wine barrels, lacto, wheat, some spiciness, lemongrass. Very nice.

Taste- Very refreshing first sip. Tart apples fades into a mild wheaty backbone. Wine barrel dryness evident at the finish demands I take another sip. Not overwhelmingly sour, more tart, although there is some acidity. Hops provide a background bitterness, but are not very prevalent.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation allows the barrel and sour notes to take center stage. Very light in the mouth, not very viscous. The main sensation is the dryness from the barrels and brett.

Overall- Liked this a lot. Probably my favorite Jester King offering I've had. It strikes a good balance in the saison and sour notes. A little like a Berliner weisse with more barrel notes and a stronger wheat base. Very drinkable and leaves the palate wanting more. (1,093 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden yellow. Large frothy white head with some large bubbles leaving decent lacing.

Earthy grassy aroma with chamomile and spicy fruity hops. Distinct tropical fruit brett character along with classic earthy and farmy notes.

Following the aroma but with toasty malts and a slight tartness. Citrus and tropical fruit. Super dry with a firm bitterness.

High carbonation, dry, tart, and with some tannins.

Lots of flavors going on but still quite drinkable thanks to the dryness. Earthy and tropical notes from the mixed ferment are quite unique. (560 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: Cloudy orange body with a thin, fine off-white head. Not all that great.

S: Bright, fruity, vibrant. Tart lemon + lime, sharp blue cheese, and grassy hay-like funk. Really nice.

T: Even more sour than the nose, with lovely fruitiness and citric acidity ahead of some vegetal, earthy funk. Vanilla and dry tartness on the finish. Excellent.

M: Moderately light-bodied with vigorous carbonation. Nice and lively.

O: Really, really tasty little sour. Refreshing, complex, and easy-drinking. I'd love to have it again, and look forward to trying more stuff from this newly funkified brewery.

Cheers! (676 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1212th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750ml

Thanks to lnashsig for this one.

App- A very hazy golden yellow with soft orange highlights. A very quick fading 1/2 white bubbly head with zero cling.

Smell- A soft sour with punchy fruit, yeast and a thick malt backbone. Retains the wheaty soft and light Saison notes but is dominated by the sour.

Taste- Well, for 4% this has some great flavors. I get some apple, sour candy, orange and lemon citrus sour. On the back more yeast and wheat saison with a good balance and small pockets of flavors.

Mouth- A very light and grainy body with a light and fresh cabonation. Left huge residual sour notes and citrus orange and lemon.

Drink- Very good. Highly drinkable and small. Big pockets of sour and a balanced yeasty, wheat like small saison. Ive enjoyed the small drinkable sours. (830 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to huskermike for throwing this in as an extra. Pours a light-orange sunburst, hazy and cloudy like any saison ought to be, with a a big-bubbled, light white head that grows big and settles quick with some wet legging left behind.

A big cloud of funk blankets the entire aroma, under which lies a collage of tart fruits; apples, grape, maybe even some lemon zest. The fruits have a tartness to them, as well as a light vinous character that's floating around somewhere.

Slightly vinegary and acidic on the aroma as well - this one definitely smells like it's gonna be tart. The funk overcast is comprised of some oak, wet hay, musk, cork, and a solid handful of yeast. Pretty spot on for a saison, I'm really digging the way this smells.

The taste starts off with some damp and musky cellar-like funk at first, but a sharp tartness quickly escalates and takes over; sour apple, grapes, lemons - very acidic and vinegar like, not as vinous as the nose suggested, but there's still a bit of oak and tannin notes to be had.

There's a nice harmoniousness between the funk and the tart, masterfully balanced here, making this one super drinkable. I guess the fact that it's only 6.5% ABV helps a bit, too. The aftertaste is made up of some fading tart-turned-sweet fruits, along with a mildly wet, oaky and funky finish, dry and full of yeast. Light-medium bodied with higher carbonation.

Didn't know what to expect from this one, but I've heard good things about Jester King. So I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This was a damn good and easily drinkable saison with lots of tartness and lots of funk, especially at the moderately low ABV tag. Hell yeah! (1,672 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden body with a inch thick head that slowly fades. The head never really goes away though.

S: A LOT of sour notes and a some sweet saison scents. It really reminds me of sweet candy.

T: Its pretty light at first, but has a nice amount of sour flavors. I also get a little bit of sweet grain too. The flavor lingers for a while, but goes from sour to sweet.

M: There is a strong amount of crispness all across the tongue and as it goes down the throat. It also has a nice thin body too.

O: This is a very nice beer and super excited to find this. I prefer Boxer's Revenge more, but this is still a delicious beer. (646 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale yellow color with a tall white head. Starts off with a mild lemon nose and some tart melon. Great wine aroma and a moderate funkiness, mostly straw and grass, maybe a hint of must. The flavor is more enjoyable than the nose. Great lactic tartness with some white grape, wine, and a hint of green apple. A light citrus note, plenty of straw and grass, and a bit of oak. Really an all around great beer. (408 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled nearly 1 year ago. Batch #14 - July 31, 2013

It has been sitting in a closet in Florida for the better part of a year. The temperature never got above 78, or below 60... Let's just say I've been trying to let the sourness speed up with out keeping it in a temp. controlled setting.

Ap - Gold. Almost no head. It seemed like this would have a thick billowy head after I popped the cap and it hissed like hell. There is still a slight hint of lace.

Ar - Dust, tropical fruit, tart apples/lemons.

T - Dry, bretty tartness. Subtle apple, kumquats, and tropical fruits. This is better than I expected!

M - The mouthfeel is a little too thin, oily, and under-carbonated for my liking. Otherwise the beer finishes great and wanting more. (748 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label picture shown is of the Das Uberkind ... FYI

A - The beer pours golden, slightly opaque with a one finger white head.

S - Lemony, citrusy, good amount of yeast, hay and funky.

T - Lemon zest that develops into a green apple sour. Very funky/yeast/brett flavors.

M - Light, effervescent, high carbonation.

O - An awesome lightweight sour saison. (362 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike (Thorpe429) in an attempt to prove that Jester King brews shouldn't be judged by their hideous labels. Served in a tulip.

A - An finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, topping a hazy peach body.

S - Nice funky brett, some sour lemons, mild toasted grains, crackery malts, and a hint of lotion.

T - Taste is equally enjoyable, with lemon and lactic sourness, a bit of dry wood, mild crackery malts, and some stone fruit in the periphery. Quite refreshing.

M - Smooth yet dry texture, surprisingly hefty medium body, medium-low carbonation, and no apparent alcohol. Thought this was bigger than 4.2%, so color me impressed.

D - Quite nice - if Jester King is getting these flavors from their local terroir I may need to seek out future farmhouse offerings from them. Well played Mike - this was a really nice beer that was a well-timed palate cleanser during the evening. I may need to trade for a bottle or two to enjoy during the summer months - or hopefully this gets distributed in our neck of the woods. (1,046 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Has a typical Belgian yeast, farmhouse aroma. Kind of oaky with some citrus aroma. Nice smooth taste all the way through. Bready with some farmhouse flavor and stronger, refreshing citrus taste at the end. The end is a little too oaky and astringent but good nonetheless. (375 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Blend #4, 03/2013
A: Hazy light orange; 1.5-finger head
S: Sour apple, citrus, grassy, earthy... complex
T: Sour. Sour apple. Tart citrus. Belgian yeast. Earthy. Very tasty, very complex
M: Light-bodied, crisp/sour, pleasant carbonation
O: Not inexpensive ($14/750ml purchased in KY) but would I buy it again? Absolutely (359 characters)

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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
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