Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
750 mL bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a small white head. Lots of lace but not much retention.
Nose is surprisingly equal parts saison and sour. The grain and yeast are pleasantly prevalent. Peach, white grapes, honeydew melon and dough. Light tartness.
The base saison is quite impressive - light, grainy and yeasty. If you want a super sour beer though, this is not the beer you seek. The sourness is noticeable, but it is light and delicate. Too light for an expensive 4.5% sour, at least for my wallet. Its a really nice beer, but I just wish it was more sour, either that or less expensive. Mouthfeel is really nice, the carbonation is superfine and the base saison could hang with many of the better saisons from Belgium.
01-20-2013 22:28:41 | More by twiggamortis420
3.35/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
02-16-2012 02:12:47 | More by champ103
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
06-04-2013 00:45:03 | More by tectactoe
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
07-25-2012 22:27:13 | More by woosterbill
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
04-10-2012 02:23:36 | More by FosterJM
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
04-10-2012 15:14:26 | More by cpetrone84
Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
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