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Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 728
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 127
Gots: 171 | FT: 16
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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 ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Batch 18, bottled 5/26/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a pale, opaque yellow orange with three fingers of near-explosive white head. The froth is slow to settle, leaving a fluffy collar that imparts some large sheets of lace.

Aromas of semi sour citrus, earthy funk, pineapple, wet hay and a slight hint of oak. I've come to enjoy a Brett-heavy nose and that is exactly what this has going on.

A familiar, earthy Brett funk is first and foremost in the flavor blend along with supporting notes of pineapple, oak, wet hay, apple skin, mild spice and apricot. There is considerably more fruit than expected and this is super easy to drink.

Light, fluffy body with smooth carbonation. All the right elements (for my tastes) of Brettanomyces continue in the fruity, earthy, funky finish.

Das Wunderkind is one of the fairly rare saisons that I really enjoy. The light body seems to be an ideal vehicle for delivery of optimal Brett and oak character, making this on of the more flavorful low abv beers that I've had.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of lemon, orange peel, candied fruit, and some general funkiness.

Taste is initially tart, although not overwhelmingly so, with nice citrus flavor. More of an orange or tangerine type of citrus with a slightly bitter finish. Once again, I like the somewhat creamy mouthfeel from the beer being unfiltered.

I've really enjoyed my first two experiences with Jester King beers - really drinkable but with some complexity and interesting characteristics.

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Photo of enrique_m
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a grand cru glass and it is a golden color. It gave me about 2 inches of head and you can't see through the brew when you put up to the light. The smell is a metallic funk but it tastes very good. You get a slight sour taste with a light oak taste that compliments the brew. Overall it's an easy and tasty drinker.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not very good. It felt like an experimental homebrew that the brewery bottled to make some money from unsuspecting fans.

Yet another disappointing beer from the Jester King lineup.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart and refreshing. Light on the tongue, but wonderfully substantial. Nose is all morning dew and apple, with just a tough of breadiness. The wheat-bread and biscuit notes mix on the tongue with a honey-ish sweetness and a crisp finish. Very little in the spice department. Utterly drinkable.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice basic saison. It hits all the notes you expect from the style. Nice carbonation, nice funkiness, and easy to drink. It didn''t blow me away, but was a really nice refreshing drink and would be perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 15 (Feb 2014). This has greatly improved since fresh. The funk and sour have really come out and the citrus has fallen back a little bit to create what I think is the perfect balance.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Near the end of an evening of terrific and very intense beers from Jester King, it's nice to move to something simpler. This is a very nice, straight-forward saison. Not wholly dissimilar to Dupont, which is high praise. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Tommo
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Newest batch released summer 2015. So maybe it was the bartender overhyping this when i ordered it on draft at the brewery, or maybe it was the 100 degree weather, but i thought this was just ok. Mild soapy texture dominated the feel, overall a nice light saison but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had like 4 bottles of this, pretty sure I reviewed it, probably got lost.

Light fizzy foamy head, crystal clear orange color.

Nose funky sour malt, sour funk and tart, nice tart funk, sour mash, little musty mineral musty funk.

Taste nice tart funk, sour funk malt, tart fruit, little juicy malt with tart cherry funk, candy like, etc. Finish dry flemmy acidic funk, tart funk lingering.

Mouth med bod, decent carb, little acidity.

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Photo of darktronica
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a haze of golden sunshine with quickly dissipating head. Smells of pineapple and fruit cocktail, with hints of juniper, red currant, and resin. Tastes less fruity, with more evidence of the dry-hopping. The oak is present but unobtrusive, propping up the biscuity notes that complement the straw and sage flavors.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the most recent bottling, poured into a HF Wine stem. Thick foamy head, golden body, lots of carbonation and spotty lacing as the beer is drank. The nose is overwhelmingly funky. Almost rancid vegetable/moldy smelling but at the same time really alluring (maybe it's because I'm a funk freak, who knows). A bit of hay and saison yeast on the nose as well. Taste is nowhere near the funkiness of the nose. Saison yeast, straw, a touch of funk, a little herbal, like basil, sage, or rosemary. Some oak, but not much. Just a hint of lemon and pepper on the finish. Not at all acidic as I was expecting. Feel is medium bodied, very dry, lots of carbonation. Refreshing. Overall, I like this but it feels like it has more potential. "Oak-aged Blended Saison" (what this bottle boasts) to me means funky and acidic. This definitely brings the funk but really could use some acid to pair it with. Right now it's more or less an american take on Saison Dupont. Excpetionally funky brett saison. That said... I'd still drink this again for sure.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of narwhal
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours light hazy yellow. Smell isn't hugely strong, but has nice tart notes. Good level of carbonation. The real highlight is the degree of sour on the taste, which I think is just perfect. Not overpowering but yet strongly present in fore & after tastes. A solid saison & definitely one I will drink again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap in the brewery's indoor tasting station on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a large bottom wine glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -26.1%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very light pale yellow. Hazy. Big white head.

Smell - Light lemon. Light oak. Some wheat and acidity.

Taste - Light and wheaty. Mild tartness. Citrusy lemon flavor. Musty and mild sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Had this next to Clara and it didn't compare. Lighter in flavor and complexity.

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Photo of gtcastle
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For starters I love the art work on this bottle (received as an extra from @hambone85) which made it peak my interest right away.

Appearance: hazy yellow with 3 fingers of bright white that quickly disappears.

Smell: citrus, yeast, & a little funk.

Taste: just like the smell, citrus, tropical fruit, and funkiness.

Mouthfeel: more carbonation than a lot of other sessions I've had recently m

Overall: I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Buttery yellow opaque color, with a sense of lemon slightly. A bleach white sudsy head about two fingers on creation but dissolves quickly. Sort of looks like light tang in a glass slightly.

Real impressive nose, with tropical mango notes and light juicy fruit. Hints at some faint grain and dough a little as well. Not much brett quality or funk.

Palate comes with a very light peach fruit. Good dough finish but some of the fruit character hinting on the nose isn't coming through as much. A little bit of wet watery wet grain finish, but with a hint of tartness and very light.

Hardly any hint of barrel aging character, but an impressive nose. However, this comes out more like a berliner weisse or something strangely to me.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of EGreen
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
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

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, citrus, tart apple, yeast, little tropical fruit

T-toasted grains, tart apple, lemon, light tropical fruit, yeast funk, little spice

F1medium body with lively carbonation, crisp

O-solid saison, easy drinking and enjoyable

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Photo of tmzl
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, creamy, medium sized bubbles, light off-white head. Fast, good retention with sticky lacing coming down. Creamy, very thin, thick layer stays on top, leaves lots of lacing. Very cloudy, dark yellow with light orange hue.

Smell: Light to medium lemon, apple sour. Subtle, but fine leather funk - makes it warm and fuzzy. Fresh cut grass, bit of hay, also some light tropical feel.

Taste: Starts with light lactic sour, goes to very light, bread (and light burned crust) middle, missing a bit of malt character here, but ends with a pleasant and satisfying finish - light noble hop bitterness with medium sour. Funk goes down a bit, but more pineapple and some medicinal notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp and dry - very fresh.

Overall: Light and fresh, complex enough, too bad its too expensive for a go-to beer on a hot summer day - that would be it's perfect niche.

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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.