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Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery

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Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 708
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 126
Gots: 158 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
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 Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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 TBoneJones
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy apricot look. Little carbonation to see through the unfiltered body. Small head does fade away.
Smells like the funk I had hoped it would! Leather, sour citrus rinds (apple), some perfume.
Whoa sour and tasty, barnyard herbs, sour white grapes, vanilla, oak, acidic but nearing a vinegar aspect I wish wasn't so prevalent. Not a fan of sour ales as far as the style goes (this is pretty much my first), but this brewery is interesting to me. Maybe the artwork drew me in. I much prefer their heavier stout, but for what this wild ale is, it's somewhat complex and I still enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Hey Merchant in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a sour and funky twang. Slightly acidic. Plenty of passion fruits, pineapple, and lemon aromas that are nice.
T: Follows the nose with the funk, sourness, and passion fruits. Though seems to be lacking . Nothing in the finish, and just feels empty. Needs more "umpth".
M/D: A light body and carbonation Pretty watery and thin. Easy to drink. I can put a few away if I wanted to.

This is almost a great funky/tart Saison. Not there yet. Very enjoyable, especially with the low alcohol. Though not among the better versions of the style IMO. Still very nice and worth a try.

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Photo of Clonies720
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jester King Das Wunderkind! Sour saison. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden honey color. Off-white head.

Aroma: Tart and funky. Starts off with freshly cut lemons and then turns to floral perfume-like. Light fruits such as green apple.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Does not taste like any sour I've had before. It's very thin and watery in the mouthfeel. You can hardly taste the sourness, or the saison characteristics that well. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Very quaffable for a sour. Could use a slightly higher carbonation to give it a crisper mouthfeel. Was expecting a bit more taste-wise judging from the aroma, but all in all 8.5/10 and quite refreshing.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is cloudy fuzzy orange with a thinner white head with loose . Interesting stuff, lots of dry wood, notes of tart lemon, a touch of lacto, notes of citric orange peel. The taste follows, a touch tannic and a hint of whiskey. Semi dry finish, high tight carb, about empty in the back. More oranges towards the back and a decent sweetness accompanies the lactic acid notes.

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Photo of Phelps
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: “young beer is blended with mature stock that’s spent several months aging in neutral wine barrels with wild yeast, prior to dry-hopping and packaging.” Shared by ottovon, poured into a tulip.

The color and clarity of peach slices — this is cloudy stuff, though I did get a pour from near the bottom of the bottle. A wispy white head fizzles away quickly.

In the nose: sweet pear, wheat, a bit of funk. Not much else to it.

The nose played a trick on me, hiding a tartness which feigns strength but subsides quickly. Funk is big, overshadowing the lighter notes of pear, lemon and wheat. Finishes a little dry and fairly clean.

Surprisingly thick in body, though again this may be a result of the yeast. Medium, with light and tingly carbonation. The swallow delivers the tartness, but it’s washed away fairly quickly.

Das Wunderkind ist lecker (tasty). Drinkable and refreshing, though lacking in depth and complexity.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another saison from the darling brewery of Texas. Refrigerated for a few days prior to opening. 4.5% ABV confirmed per the label. OG: 1.035. FG: 1.002. IBU: 16. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and fantastic cap art (on a branded pry-off pressure cap) acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like their sours but I've yet to be blown away by one of their saisons. Reviewed as a saison because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The beer does rise after I pop the cap; it may be overcarbonated. Expect a gusher if it hasn't been refrigerated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No real frothiness. Head retention is poor - about 40 seconds. Little lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent hazy bright yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's definitely within style conventions and is pretty standard fare for a saison.

Sm: Plenty of doughy and bready yeast character. Lemon zest, lemongrass, lemon esters. Lightly funky farmhouse yeast. White wine skin/wine must. Straw. Heavily grassy. A bit lactic. I wouldn't call it sour. Floral hops are definitely present. Timid green apple. A kiss of lime. Maybe some white pepper, but nowhere near as much as I'd want in a good saison. Seems to have decent complexity. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Not fantastic for the style, but within conventions. I'm looking forward to trying it.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Green apple, lemon zest, lemongrass, lemon esters, floral hops, clean doughy/bready yeast, buried unevocative white pepper, a kiss of lime, brettanomyces-induced light funkiness, straw/hay, crackery malts, and timid white wine must/skin. Where in hell is the purported oak barrel? Nowhere to be found. Pilsner malts. Has a kiss of sourness, but by no means is it truly a sour saison. A biteen salty, actually. I'd like a bit more of a dried fruit presence. Good sweetness/bitterness balance.

It's complex enough, but the style demands more. It could also be more subtle. Well-balanced for what it is; I quite like it. Depth of flavour is below average for the style; saisons may have the most depth of any style out there and this beer doesn't bring enough to the table. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Overall, it's pretty good stuff - especially for an American-brewed saison.

Mf: Spritzy, smooth, wet, and crisp. A biteen acidic. Well-carbonated; bottle conditioning was an excellent choice. Has good body and thickness. Supports the flavour profile and complements it well, though it doesn't seem custom-tailored to it. Good presence on the palate. It's somewhat soft.

Not oily, harsh, boozy, hot, astringent, or gushed.

Dr: Quite drinkable, though if I had it blind I'd guess the ABV was actually higher than it is. It's pretty good stuff for an American saison, but it's not quite up to par with the best Belgian offerings. I'll easily kill this bottle alone. A damn solid offering from Jester King, but I doubt I'd get it again given that it's priced right around Fantome's price point (as an import, no less). If only they'd make the price a bit more reasonable, I'd indulge much more often. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Well worth trying, and I'm glad it's a shelf beer here in Texas. But it's far from world-class; this style demands more.

Lowish B

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Photo of starkmarvelo
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jester King Das Wunderkind

A- pour hazy cider color with a nice fizzy looking head. The appearance reminds me of a fuzzy peach or something. Quite a bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

S- tart peaches and lemons with some barnyard funk and straw aromas. It smells very tart.

T- Surprisingly it's nowhere near as tart as the aromas would have you believe. Slight lemon tartness up front with straw and funk again and a hint of white pepper and bitterness on the finish. Very mellow, subtle flavors but still tasty.

M- makes my tongue fuzzy. Wanted a bit more carbonation. Still light and mellow.

O- Honestly I was expecting more sour flavors, but I guess it's a Saison not a sour. This would be Le Petit Prince's big brother. Moderately complex, highly drinkable. Needs more carbonation though. Not bad.

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Photo of Levich
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of Blend #5 April 2013 into a tulip glass...Thanks to WTKeene

This one pours a hazy orange-amber color with a bone white head that dissipates leaving just wisps of foam around the glass. The aroma is of tart apples. It has kind of just the one note. The taste is crisp and dry with hints of apple and just a touch of sourness and then a oaky dryness. There is just a touch of bitterness at the finish. There is a nice light effervescence. It is lively and crisp while being creamy. A really great mouthfeel.

This is definitely not your typical saison, but I like it. I wish I had another bottle to try in some warmer weather.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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 inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into Deschutes tulip/snifter glass. No bottle date present, but know this is pretty new.

A: Pours a very hazy, cloudy yellow gold color. I got about a half finger of fluffy big bubbled white head. Not a ton of lacing from the swirl.

S: Smells of tart green apples and grapes. I get though traditional funky notes. More sour than Saison. Not getting tons of barnyard (Brett) character on the nose.

T: This is a nice, easy intro to sours. Nice tart apple/grape open. It sort of incapsulates the tongue in the mild palate with the same sourness. You do taste some of that Brett/farmhouse yeast on the close. It's a fairly dry finish, leaves your mouth watering like most sours do.

M: Light bodied, bordering into medium I guess. Nice mouth coating of sourness.

O: I actually really like this one. Solid sour for a new brewery. I would have to go B+ probably.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden with amber highlights. Honestly the color reminds me of apple juice. Thin layer of minuscule bright white head. A bit hazy with very vibrant carbonation bubbles throughout. I get pears,apples ,earthiness,and peppery notes with an overall sweetness in the aroma. Mouth is highly carbonated,crisp,and refreshing. The front of the palate is sweet with pears and green apples. I get a bit of tartness in the finish from the souring bacteria which is a good contrast.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a thin head. Smells like a barnyard saison. More sour than saison in taste for sure. Has a tart sour taste that resembles sour patch kids and red bull with a slight saison spicy character and barnyard taste. Pretty intense in the sour department. Overall, first sour ale I've had from Texas so that's exciting. Solid offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with a medium size head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light barnyard notes is refreshing. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with light oak notes and some barnyard notes that are not overly dominant. Some acidic notes are also discernable but not too the extent where they overwhelmed some of the other flavours. Body is about average with medium to low carbonation. Not the most complex sour beer but very well balanced with acidic notes not taking over all the flavours.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

I think we'd all be a lot better off with those kickass goggles... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy golden topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light honeydew, light mandarin orange, very light tangerine, and a healthy amount of wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild tartness in the background that most closely resembles a lightly watered-down lemon twist. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid saison, though one whose sourness exists more on the label than in the beer itself. Still, not bad at all.

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Photo of shleepy
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at K&L in Redwood City. Poured into trappist "chalice."

A: Hazy peach-like tint of orange / amber.

S: A bit of brett funk, black pepper, stonefruit.

T: White bread or cookie-dough malt flavor, light sourness with even milder horseblanket funk, peaches. Some hoppy bitterness in the finish that sticks around in the aftertaste.

M: Light-medium body. Moderately effervescent. Very drinkable.

O: Complex, enjoyable, pretty well-balanced. Could be a little less bitter (or at least have a more cirtusy hop profile) to be really excellent.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.26.12.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a half inch white head composed of large bubbles that slowly fade to the edges.

S - Super tart smelling, it makes my tongue tremble. Mostly light citrus fruit.

T - Some tart lemons, but not as strong as the nose, more saison yeast and farmhouse.

D - Lower carbonation with a thinner body.

O - Tart to the nose, sasion in the drink.

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Photo of tmzl
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to tofuspeedstar for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed goldish orange peach. Small bright-white head. Drops to a tiny cap and small bubbly collar. Splotches of lacing.

Smell: Jester King yeast. Woody, earthy, a touch dirty, and some minty touches. Layers of funky barnyard. Damp and musty. Grass, hay, and flower petals. A touch of sour, the complete concoction - lacto, pedio, brett, offers a complimentary backbone. Peach, wood, some lingering pine bitterness. Nicely hopped. Some grapefruit rind and juice. Slightly bready with some dough. Light cracker snap. Slight peppery esters.

Taste: Pear and yeast. Earthy and decidedly floral. Some esters, banana and a soft peppery spiciness. A touch of peach and apple skin. A touch of dough and bread. Pale malt sweetness. Slightly tart, with hints of lacto, pedio, and mostly brett. A touch of white wine and grape skin. Surprisingly clean. Hay, grass, and a touch of lemon. A very faint touch of oak. A bit more aggressively hopped than other Jester King saisons/sours.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light body with a medium to high carbonation. A touch dry on the finish with an overall crisp feel. Nice and clean.

Overall: Children are our future, but maybe not this child.

Very similar to other Jester King saisons with a touch of sour and an assertive dry-hop. The house yeast is delightful, so that's cool.

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Photo of Tommo
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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 KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is bright and bubbly with a fizzing froth. Lots of tangy Apple, pear and cider like tones hit the nose but the flavor is more tangy and a touch less flavorful. Plenty of sprite orchard fruitiness just subdued a little. This is very good, plenty tasty and an easy sweet treat.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got to sample Das Wunderkind at the brewery before they bottled it... so I've always had a soft spot in my heart for this beer. I saw bottles on the shelf today at Whole Foods and had to pick 'em up. Served in a Jester King stemmed farmhouse glass.

The beer looks... well... like some of my undercarbonated homebrew. Nonexistant head. Still, the body does have a nice hazy yellow-orange feel to it.

The nose is wonderfully complex. First sniffs revealed a saison-y farmhouse funk. This was followed by a tangerine-like brett funk. Layered with that is some tartness and maybe some hay. The brett is the strongest aroma at the end... and that's the way I like it. Excellent nose.

The taste isn't quite up to the nose. The brett is more subdued and a yogurty tartness is the main flavor. A bit more bland than I expected / wanted. It's almost like a Berliner. I like the flavors and they're building on me as I drink it... but I wanted more. I'll let my other bottle sit for a while before popping it in hopes of more funk.

Overall, this is a very good beer and something I'm ecstatic to have on the Texas market. Can't wait to have something like this year round. That being said, I feel like the flavors could have been a bit sharper on my tongue.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Medium orange with some gold and honey tones - hazy, lightly cloudy - pours with a medium cap, fades to a few wisps - leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Very aromatic and decidedly Jester King - some really nice funky notes - some citrus (orange, grapefruit) and some tropical notes - a ton of wood, and some nice, earthy aromas - some other light fruits, with some light malts in the background

Taste: Nicely funky flavors and some tropical highlights - some grass and straw notes - some orange and grapefruit - vaguely tropical fruits - some tartness, and some earthy sourness - musty, damp, lactic - floral, with a ton of wood - some pale malts as well - finishes pretty clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, clean

Overall: Das Jester King consistency

This beer probably would be mind-blowing if I haven't had any barrel-aged Jester King beers in the past. But I have. This is very similar to some other (great) Jester Kings beers. Some nice funk, fruit, and wood flavors. Great stuff, even if it reminds me of other beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A misfit of a beer for sure! With so much complexity and power of flavor- all crammed into a sub 5% beer. Yea, that's odd for sure. But wonderfully odd.

Its strong honey-gold appearance is hazy with unfiltered yeast to ensure bold flavor to come. But after the beer decants with a light, arid and fluffy sandy head- all that settles to a creamy blanket to cap the beer while lacing with intricate patterns. It's a classic Farmhouse look.

Earthy and brisk, the beer's opening aromas are of wet hay, grain, husk and bread crust. A quick follow of lime, tart berries and white grape gives a glimpse into the ester profiles. Balanced by high spice of wood tannin, white pepper, cinnamon, sea air and cumin- the ale shows its earthy tones.

To taste, there's relatively no sweetness as tart acidity greets the palate first. Its dry character is of limes, sour grapes, tart berries, apples, oranges and playfully of cider. All that fruit is met with a balance of peppercorn, clove, cumin, cinnamon and saltwater to round out its middle palate. Closing with weathered oak, cork, and vermouth; the ale is as refreshing as it is characterful.

Dry from start to finish, this characterful and woody taste is equaled with the texture to meet. Its powdery wood texture is spicy with wood, must, dust and dry cracker-like malt. Spicy with pepper, light alcohol, and wood spice- the beer has no option rather to finish like dry wood aged white wines.

Those wines might be falling out of favor in the vineyard community, but the beer world celebrates it hard right now. It appears that the misfit of beer is coming en vogue. You sexy Mo-Fo, you!

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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.