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Das Wunderkind! Saison - Jester King Brewery

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Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

517 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 107
Gots: 114 | FT: 8
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2011)
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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +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.

TexasBeerGuy, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -1.2%

WynnO, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of logicerror
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

logicerror, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev -1.2%

AApparel, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of mjtexplorer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mjtexplorer, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of FTowne
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

FTowne, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of lookrider
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

lookrider, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Giantspace
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Giantspace, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

BEERchitect, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of OgreSanchez
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Nofxus, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ncaudle, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of LtColFrankSlade
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

LtColFrankSlade, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Gotti311, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Michigan, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Sudsday
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sudsday, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  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.

Rutager, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

zonker17, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

TomTown, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

brez8791, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

hansgruber, Jul 06, 2013
Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.