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Das Wunderkind! Saison | Jester King Brewery

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Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison
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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2011

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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 748
Photo of Myotus
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #18 - 26May15) into a tulip. Consumed on 22Apr16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. This dense, foam head refuses to die nor shrink well into 3 minutes. Yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a plethora of small, rising bubbles that explain why the head will not die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay, grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines are met with mild mango, peach, apricot, sour green apple, grass, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle aromas of oak and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: As I could have guessed from the aroma, strong flavors of hay, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit pleasantly bombard the palate upon first sip. Mild oak, sour green apple, mango, peach, and apricot flavors immediately follow to give way to a hopped sour that is so far, quite enjoyable. Mild grass and earthy yeast flavors along with subtle flavors of bananas (which weren't detected in the smell) and bitter hops close act 3 as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: Jester King manager to orchestrate a delicious, sour hop bomb that isn't too bitter. This is easily one of their best Saisons.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yello-orange. The off-white froth escapes quickly.

Aroma consists of lemon, grapefruit and brett.

Tastes of passion fruit, lime, lemon, faint grain and brett. Slightly tart, and so perfectly light and crisp.

Simple and seriously effective.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe a bad bottle, but this was pretty bad. Really rough nose, eau de outhouse, faintly grainy malt, funky in the bad way, maybe some tart lemons thrown in there for good measure and some dry wood. None of the tropical fruit the description/others have suggested. Palate was busting with Bretty phenols, prickly, mildly plasticky, surprisingly bitter, thin body and buzzy carb amplifying the effect. There's an underlying grainy malt in there too, mixing with the Brett and tartness, but it's just dischordant as hell. With the whole blending bit, you can sort of, if you try really hard, see the echoes of a better spontaneously fermented Belgian beer, but the missteps are too egregious to really even mention them in the same breath. Clearly, others have had better experiences, so again perhaps this was just a bad bottle, but, to my palate, this was rough as hell.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy, bright gold and beautiful with gorgeous head as big as you want! (depending on how vigorous a pour).
S: Orange, Lemon, Lime, ALL Citrus, light funk, large Brett presence.
T: Zesty, slightly sour, a nice traditional Brett farmhouse is here with all it's glory. The oak is here but not well defined.
F: Light body, dangerously drinkable, light in alcohol, wonderful carbonation and ALL THAT FRUIT!
O: Just a wonderful example of a wild blended Saison. Very reminiscent of Boulevard's Saison-Brett but with much less alcohol and MUCH more tartness than the aforementioned great beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 2015, poured into a snifter.

Big foamy head fizzes up and recedes to a small white ring immediately. No lacing. Opaque gold in color.

Nose definitely has a big brett note, some light bright fruits present as well.

Flavor s really nice - lacking in typical banana and clove I always expect in a Saison but what is here is a great surprise. Bright, sour, and FUNKY. Big on lemon and fresh, pungent grass. Funk is pretty huge - barnyard and wet hay. Acidic and juicy. Tart but not overpoweringly so. Really, really nice saison - really like this a lot. Finish is long on the bright grassy note, still bitter. Hop nots not overly present but bring a trace bitter that isn't there on the nose as would be expected but seems to linger on the finish - earth and wood come out a bit there too.

Feel is nice - body is a bit on the light side but not lacking for it. Carbonation is pretty great. I like a saison that is so tightly and overly carbonated it can be agitated near endlessly and evolve into a nearly different beer from the release of the CO2 - this beer isn't like that. At the same time, the carbonation level is spot on for this flavor profile - more carb and it might be too bitter or out of balance to that side. There is no watery note here.

What I love about this is this beer knows what it is. A lot of saisons (Blvd Saison Brett comes to mind, which I love) almost want to be played with when consumed - varying the carb via agitating, letting it warm and warm to feel it change that way. Somewhere in there is its peak level for enjoyment. This one - the carb is what it is, not much different comes out as it warms. This is just a spot on, funky, sour and bright saison. Would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The brew appears a hazy pale yellow color with white cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

The aroma is bretty with citrus, oak and earth. A lightly tropical aspect with a hint of lemon. Pretty splendid aromatics to this.

Taste includes a little bretty almost cracker or dusty flavor upfront, than it becomes mineral filled with a backing of wheat grain and faint citrus to lemony tartness with a zesty pulp bitterness.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. An effortlessly drinkable brew with intoxicating aroma that slightly outshines in flavor profile. If some of the mineral/carbonic character was toned down this would be world class. Id love to try other batches of this offering...both older and newer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -2%
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 -26.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 +8.8%
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%
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 -4.4%
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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.4%
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 Ken_P
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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 +4.7%
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 narwhal
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +9.6%
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 -3.7%
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 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 J_Dub
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -26.3%

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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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
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