Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
03-21-2012 00:24:58 | More by Thorpe429
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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
12-21-2012 00:09:44 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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!
07-30-2013 05:51:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
07-12-2013 19:22:55 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-30-2012 19:07:55 | More by womencantsail
3.79/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
02-17-2013 05:13:42 | More by TMoney2591
4.11/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks to Dan for sharing and hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes, 2012 vintage.
Bright gold color with minimal foam or lace.
Lightly funky aroma of wet hay.
Tart lemon and grapefruit rind in the taste, dry finish, very clean and well attenuated.
Overall this held up well and was very easy drinking. Thanks Dan!
03-17-2014 02:56:47 | More by emerge077
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-06-2012 23:49:33 | More by MasterSki
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-30-2011 21:27:16 | More by Mora2000
Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
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