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Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery

Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%


Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

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.

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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:45:03 | More by tectactoe
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart apple, lemon, pear, orange zest, pepper, clove, wheat, hay, grass, floral, funk, oak, light leather, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast notes with moderate barrel and hop notes. Taste of tart apple, lemon zest, pear, orange zest, hay, grass, floral, pepper, clove, wheat, oak, funk, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, floral, pepper, clove, oak, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and barrel flavors; with good robustness of flavors and no cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, lightly acidic, and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour saison. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:13:58 | More by superspak
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:32:29 | More by TBoneJones
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Clonies720

Texas

3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:15:38 | More by Clonies720
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:57:43 | More by cvm4
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 22:42:52 | More by thagr81us
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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:06:29 | More by ngeunit1
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

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

Opens with a gush. Pours a hazy golden body filled with carbonation. The beer is topped with a thick fluffy white head.

Has a musty, hay, lemon, peach and sour aroma.

Nice flavor of funk, sour, fruit, and wheat.

Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Dry.

A great lightweight saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:48:18 | More by MattSweatshirt
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:13:42 | More by TMoney2591
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy yellow, with yeast in suspension with minimal head. Nose is full of sourdough, lemon rind, vinegar, and a bit of funk. Taste is light and tart with a bit of sweetness up front and a finish of lemon and tons of acid. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and fits the beer well. Overall, a clean refreshing brew with nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:22:59 | More by homebrew311
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 22:28:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:22:17 | More by Auror
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:09:44 | More by brentk56
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cmoody91

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think this beer is under-rated in JK's catalog. Maybe because it leaves those looking for too many saison or sour characteristics underwhelmed. I think it succeeds phenomenally!

Poured into Jacobins Rouge tulip from a bottle chilled for a couple days then allowed to warm up to proper serving temperature. Thin lacing, very small bubbly head. Smells amazing! Preserved meyer lemon, warheads, riesling, fresh hay, cheesy/barnyard funk and a finish of strong yeastiness from the saison part of the spectrum. Overall pretty clean but incredibly complex aroma, can only hope this will get funkier and more complex as it ages. First sip strikes you with a clean but sour lemon and lingering puckering quality. I drink quite a lot of sours, and while this isn't super sour, it does have a slow-puckering quality to me on the finish in an incredibly pleasant way. Reminds me of warheads when I was a kid. As you drink fresh champagne grape and yeasty qualities come to forefront. Definitely more saison forward as it warms in a great way. Really refreshing and drinkable. While the carbonation is low, I enjoy that aspect of the beer, too much would make it more saison forward to me and strip away too much of the sour qualities. However, the first time I had this it was on gravity and that definitely influence my perception of the beer.

Overall I wish I could drink this everyday, especially in the summer. Refreshing, but complex, sour and funky in that way that Jester King pulls off perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 22:19:53 | More by cmoody91
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starkmarvelo

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 03:12:57 | More by starkmarvelo
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gtermi

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 03:51:56 | More by gtermi
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 04:53:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
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brandon911

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Jester KIng brewery on September 15th.

The beer was a pale yellow with a fluffy white head that disappeared fairly quickly. The smell had a lot going on, sour grape notes, some bright citrusy hops and some funk in there too. The taste was similar to the nose, a little sour, kinda yogurty and wheaty. The taste was pretty difficult to describe. The mouthfeel is pleasant, very light, low carbonation and very, very easy to drink. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 20:43:16 | More by brandon911
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billab914

Virginia

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

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a cloudy orange color with a thin white head around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is tart with some notes of sour lemon to it. There is a little funk there as well. The taste follows through with a little more of the sour lemon flavors. The taste also shows a little bit of a white wine/grape like quality to it at times as well. A hint of some earthy yeast spice peeks through. It's very tart and crisp with a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with carbonation being above average. Overall, it was a very solid beer. I especially liked the sour citrus notes to it. It really came together pretty well and was very flavorful and drinkable. Very nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 15:32:01 | More by billab914
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 19:07:55 | More by womencantsail
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:27:13 | More by woosterbill
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to make a trade with a friend in Texas to get my first bottle of this, but I was glad that I did! I liked it so much that I traded for a 2nd, shared with friends, and took some notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into 3 wine glasses.

A - Pours a beautiful, golden / straw color with about 1/2 a finger of off white head.

S - Has a very tart smell that hits you right away, followed by some barnyard funk smell.

T - Very tart, sour, crisp and refreshing. A great beer for a warm Summer day. Also, very complex. You can taste the oak flavors from the white wine barrel aging. There is definitely a lot of funk from the Brett and several strains of wild yeast in there too. Amazing sour taste!

M - Very fine carbonation with an almost oily and buttery consistency that coats your mouth with every sip.

O - Outside of Belgium, this is the best sour I have ever had. Hands down.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:18:25 | More by cnbrown313
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange. White head.

Aroma/Taste: A nice amount of fruity citrus. Orange and lemon. Some yeast and funk with tart green apples. It has a sourness to it as well. Kind of line a berliner and a gueuze.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was really easy to drink and really enjoyable. I was surprised by this one. I wish I could drink this more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 16:49:34 | More by mothman
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 15:14:26 | More by cpetrone84
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FosterJM

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1212th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750ml

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:23:36 | More by FosterJM
Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.