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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: 707
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 126
Gots: 159 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 707
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, lemon zest, tart green fruits, funky Brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, Belgian yeast, light spices.

T - Sweet grainy malts and wheat, tart green fruits, funky Brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, Belgian yeast, coriander, some other spices, lemon zest, citrus hops.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Great sour saison. Good balance with nice complexity and body.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks willandperry!

Appearance. Pours a nice peachy-gold with almost two fingers of frothy white head, decent retention.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast and orchard fruits, nice fresh oak barrels and sweet fresh hay. Smells really nice.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast at first, then lots of sour peach, lemon and orange. Some grass and a light bitterness in the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium-low amount of soft carbonation.

Overall. Very nice and refreshing. Loving this type of beer these days and this is no exception.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, straw colored body with a big fluffy white head that gives some bright floral notes on the nose. Well made saison that's completely in balance with just the right amount of tartness. You could drink this for awhile on a warm day and not need to go elsewhere. Definitely recommend as a very interesting take on a saison.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of citrus notes. I get a lot of orange and lemon character, as well as a little bit of tartness and a little bit of barnyard funk. Very nice.

The flavor is similar. The orange and lemon notes dominate the flavor, but there is also a nice acidic component which adds some sourness to the beer. The two sides of the flavor go very well together and make the beer very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass at the Draught House 43 Anniversary party.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with the only head being a white ring around the center of the beer.

Aroma: Citrus, lemons, orange zest, lactic acid, and a touch of funk.

Taste: Very citrusy with subtle earthy notes and a mouthfeel with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Tart and acidic with a very dry lingering acidic finish that is highly drinkable.

Overall: I could easily drink this all summer, which means they need to get it bottled and on the shelves so I can do so. I look forward to being able to have some more.

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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange color with a thick, slightly off-white and creamy head that quickly recedes. A little lacing, but still nice.

S - Barnyard, tart lemon and hints of green apple.

T - Nice funky, yeasty Brett flavors with tart citrus and green apple.

M - Nice and dry. Medium carbonation. There was a lot when I opened the bottle, but it settled a bit through the drink.

O - This is just a really interesting beer. A great saison with some wild yeast characteristics that are balanced very well. I could drink this all day, especially when it's hot. Any saison fans should seek this out.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jester King is quickly becoming my favorite brewery.

A: Single fingered soapy white head that displayed good retention settles to a thin soapy ring around the glass leaving little lacing in its wake. The body is a cloudy yellow with hints of orange, kinda looked like a mango!

S: Barnyard funkiness is detectable but not overpowering. Sour cherries, lemon tart, and oranges are the most dominant scents that really got my mouth watering.

T: This is definitely a sour Saison. After a few sips the sourness on the front begins to mellow allowing hints of tart cherry, lemon, and bitter citrus to present themselves. Grains and spice pull up the backend and really round out this unique entry.

M: Light bodied, extremely well carbonated, fairly dry.

O: I'm usually not a fan of sours, but this one seems to be the exception. I enjoyed this beers complexity not found from competitors. I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys sours, or to those looking to make the leap into sour beers. Holding onto my remaining bottles to see how time will affect the flavors, hoping for the best.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod colored body. A one and a half finger bone white head develops. The head recedes is short order, scant cap is left floating atop. Slight amount of lacing is left behind.

Funky, rustic aroma is noted right off the bat. Underlying graininess from the malt provides a pleasant base. Bright lemony aroma is coupled with a sweeter tangerine aroma. A bit of a bretty mustiness develops on the back and. Slight woody earthiness noted through out. Very pleasant aroma, develops nicely from beginning to end.

Tart fruit flavor immediately develops on the tongue. Tart lemony flavor is not over powering but develops as it sits on the palate. Mandarin orange sweetness accompanies the tart flavor up front. Very subtle malt flavor, again displayed with a slight graininess. Brett flavors are not assertive, they become most notable post swallow as they linger on the tongue.

Very light bodied Saison. Carbonation is much lower than I expected but still manages to hold up the beer. Finish is rather dry, nearly zero residual sugars or lingering flavors.

An impressive beer. Light in body but full flavored. Jester King has not developed the complexity that Jolly Pumpkin has in similar beers but that should not be held against them. The flavors that are developed are tremendously enjoyable. If this were to be available locally I would drink it often. Big thanks to Lee for the bottle.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a DogFish Head Signature snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, orange, funk, orange zest, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon rine, citrus, funk, fruit, and lemon juice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While this one was not quite as robust as some from the style it managed to be very refreshing and very well balanced. The lemon note going on in this one was very nice and well incorporated. Wish more breweries would do the same with their saisons. A must try if you have not done so already.

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Photo of FTowne
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend #4. March 2013

Appearance: fast fading head. Tiny bit of lacing. Golden and cloudy, like a glass of grapefruit juice.

Smell: yeasty is the dominate feature here. Followed by tart fruit such as grapefruit (again), green grapes and Granny Smith apples.

Taste: Lots of hops listed on the label in the ingredients, but they are almost non-existent. Tart (bordering on downright sour) is the main player here. Much like the smell I'm picking up on a lot of unripened fruit in a very good way. Yeast plays along well with the sour fruit.

Mouthfeel: starts off nice and juicy, and then the sour aspect kicks in and dries your entire mouth out. Taunting you in to taking another drink. So light and crisp. Maybe this is where the hops have been hiding.

Overall: I wish I would have saved this bottle for a sweltering hot, typical summer day here in St Louis but I don't regret drinking this whatsoever. Tart and dry, yet very refreshing.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of darktronica
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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 MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1212th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

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.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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 woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.


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Photo of Auror
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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