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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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87
very good

576 Ratings
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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 38
Gots: 108 | FT: 12
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

Medium strength, dry, golden ale brewed with our farmhouse yeast, and, as its name suggests, an abundance of noble, European hops. Thoroughly hoppy, yet elegant, dry, balanced, and drinkable.
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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 106
Photo of stumac
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like they clean their lines and didn't wash the cleaning agent out before they poured this beer. Kinda chlorine-like flavor and aroma. Will try this brew in the future for accuracy

Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a SN snifter

A: golden yellow with a bright white fluffy head. Great lacing and clarity.

S: Light citrus with gentle hay and grassiness. Not much aroma tho... Slight funk if you swirl and get your nose in there.

T: slight pine and a little menthol with great grain flavor. A little citrus and grapefruit bitterness. Gentle yeast character and a little lingering funk after taking a sip.

M: Nice lingering bitterness and gentle funk.

O: This is an interesting beer for sure. At this point the bottle is 6 months since bottling so aroma must have diminished but definitely a tasty refreshing beer. This is something I could drink all day during hot summer days.

Photo of bschweis
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Very pale yellow in color. Initial taste is lots of carbonation and slightly sour. Finish is a little sweet but still complex. Lots of grassy/funky flavor. Very nice farmhouse beer. Can't say I taste a ton of hops so this may not be marketed properly. However, it's still a great beer.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Smell is light. Some lemongrass, a little white pepper, little bit of earthiness. Taste is light, with the lemon being noticeable upfront. Mellows a little bit but then you get a little funkiness from the Brett. Flavors that linger on the palate are a slight sourness that finishes nice and crisp with some pepper notes. This beer wasn't as funky as I was expecting, no hop character noticeable, but I'm gonna assume that is because it is a year old.

Photo of RCLinderman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Tasty. Nice balance

Photo of Durdz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This beer is great since they incorporated the new yeast blend.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade and had in fridge for a while
22oz bottle poured into a glass, it has a murky gold color body with a large fizzy head. The aroma has a strong hop presence with s little malt to it. The taste is hop forward with a yeasty kind of finish. It has a little malt to it to. Mouthfeel is good and over all a good beer.

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with two fingers of foamy, white head that fades into a nice, cloudy cap.

S: Tart, white wine/grape absolutely dominates, some faint funk, light faint yeast, and nothing else.

T: Barnyard funkiness, lemon, sour white grape, and white wine.

M: Light with subtle carbonation. Quite smooth.

O: This one's okay, but after tasting some of the best of what JK can push out (Nocturnal, Hibernal, etc.), this one kinda just ends up tasting like what the elephant cage at the zoo smells like. Meh.

Photo of F2brewers
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle at 46F poured into a HF wine glass. Thanks to Wayne17 for this bottle.

A: Pale cloudy straw colored body with thick creamy 2" white head. Fine carbonation. The head holds for 2-3 minutes and is payially revived with swirling. Thick lacing remains on the glass.

S: Classic Belgian earthy/bready nose covers light, crisp European dry hopping and a firm malt backbone. Hints of wild yeast and sour fruit.

T: Fantastic blend of classic saison (straw/y/barnyard funk) and something approaching lambic. Lemony citrus fruit balances tart and earthy/dirt undertones. Hops are muted, but this was bottled in November 2013. Malt blends into the background seamlessly. Tart citrus lingers softly with no unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation as a saison should be with no slickness. Medium body. Very approachable without any dominating sharpness to the acidity. Soft finish that begs for another taste.

O: Very impressive offering. I would have liked to try this a bit fresher to taste the dry hop, but it has developed wonderfully and is a lovely example of an American take on a classic Belgian style.

Photo of gtermi
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours a nice orange cloudy body, with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: There is a good amount of Belgian yeast, some malt and a tiny bit of hops. The beer has a nice fruit smell, but it is also a little weak.

T: Just like the smell, it has a good amount of fruity flavors and a bit of malt. The beer fades very fast

M: Now the mouthfeel of this beer is beyond amazing! It is so smooth and only has a slight bit of carbonation on the back of the mouth and tongue.

O: Just another very good quality beer from jester King. There isnt any part of this beer that is bad and only wish this came in a 6 pack.

New Wild Ale batch

A: Cloudy orange body

S: Bit of funk, yeast and wheat

T: This beer has a delicious wild ale flavor to it and really ages well

M: Strong carbonation.

Photo of Allab8
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden appearance.Very tart, crisp. Very citrusy. Good refreshing beer for a warm day. Not heavy. Almost has a champagne taste (I hate champagne) but turns citrusy. Really impressed me. This is the first beer of its kind I've tried and enjoyed extremely. Since then I've sought out many similar types.

Photo of Premo88
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
November 2013 batch

L: murky yellow, almost looks like orange juice or mango juice; white foam head, not huge

S: lemon, sour apple ... sour is the key note

T: sour ... lemony and with some grain but mostly lemons. no hops whatsoever

F: nice, solid all around with plenty of carbonation

O: super tart and not much else, which is definitely saison-like. But this is a letdown for a handful of reasons, notably the hoppy lion on the bottle and "Noble" in the title of the beer that promises to deliver hops (it doesn't) and the over-hype of the brewery, which is a favorite among the beer geeks in Texas but hasn't delivered a memorable beer for me so far.

after this one, I'm done with Jester King for awhile. i'm not a big sours fan, so there's no reason to bother.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a generous pure white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of dry noble hops with light rustic malt presence and bready yeast is very enjoyable. Taste is a very nice mix of dry noble hops with nice floral undertone with great rustic malt presence and some bready yeast notes. Body is full with great carbonation. This is the type of beers I would like to have access to on a regular basis – easy drinking with plenty of character.

Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml
$9.49
Sahara Mart (East) - Bloomington, IN

Saison Sunday! Noble King pours darker than expected, apricot orange. There's enough haze to make this beer look like fresh squeezed juice. The two finger soapy head is white but even has a bit of the orange tinge. It quickly falls to a finger, becoming dense, but shows good retention. There's not a lot of stick but it's a good looking beer.

This smells pretty authentic but does show a touch more sweetness than the classic Belgian brands. Appetizing orchard fruits are first to pop and in healthy doses. Peach and green apple mostly while being surrounded by soft wildflower florals and white pepper. It's a little musty, dewy. The malt base is sugar cookie driven with underlying graininess. The idea of sweetness seems to be more fruity than grainy, interesting. Bubblegum emerges with warmth.

Big fruit in the flavor again. Front to back are waves of underripe peach, Bartlett pear, minor green apple in that order of intensity. The peach picks up most on the backend. Sugar cookie and grain pick up in the middle with a touch of sweetness while the mustiness is on the periphery. I didn't pick up the noble hops on the nose but there's a firm grassy bitterness on the swallow that I am endeared to in the style while some white pepper spiciness kicks in. The grassiness alone bumps this guy a notch higher.

The finish is nice and dry with a moderately bitter linger. My only complaint, and it's a little one, is the sweetness up front, it's a little more than I prefer, not by much though. The dryness seems to pick up with each drink and the grassy bitterness grows. Highly drinkable and saliva inducing but missing that effervescent carbonation.

Jester King has done a nice job with Noble King. It has all the characteristics I desire in a saison. Orchard fruity, grassy bitter, and quenchingly drinkable. I would most likely grab this guy again in the future, not sure of the age but I'd imagine a super fresh bottle would be most excellent.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the first pour and impression of a farmhouse ale this has the perfect appearance. With a perfect cloudy golden color that has a nice frothy white head that settles very slowly with a conservative bit of lacing down the glass. I attribute this lack of lacing the the richness of he ad. It looks as if the shrinking head were pulling the foam down from the sides. There the foam sticks the lacing is not so much lacing as it is more of a ramped up foam that is about 1/2 thick and just doesn't go away.

The beer is fairly effervescent with strong pine scents from the hops and subtle sweetness from the malts. Overall the nose is not as complex as I was expecting with just the faintest traces of bread. The hops are dominant and the malt is in between.

The taste is a very Americanized farmhouse style ale with overpowering hoppiness as one would expect from American brewers. The undertones are very much like a Saison DuPont farmhouse ale. The flavors are near perfectly balanced and extremely enjoyable.

The moutfeel is a tad bit more watery that I expected, especially given the richness of the head. Not bad, but could be a tab bit more rich in my opinion.

Overall this is extremely drinkable and very good. The palate is pleased by the balance on hops riding on the malt. I find this one extremely satisfying and will be drinking it again.

Photo of cultclassic89
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is batch #12, which was bottled on Nov. 18th, 2013. Poured into a tulip glass on 2/18/14

Appearance: It has a nice, cloudy, pale yellow coloring to it. I wish it was a little brighter in color, but it's still nice. I like how cloudy this guy is.

Smell: Mostly a moderate tartness, with some funk, lemon, and hay. I don't get much hops from the smell, but I'm sure I would if I got to have this guy when it was fresher.

Taste: It's got a mild to moderate tartness to it with some nice lemony funk. Very drinkable. I was hoping for more hops but then again, I am drinking this guy 4 months after the bottling date.

Mouthfeel: Moderate dryness, but I do get a bit of an oily, slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, this is great. If I could get some more puckering, sourness out of it, it would be fantastic.

Overall: A really great, sessionable and lightly soured brew. Maybe I can get one that's a bit fresher next time and get some more hops out of it. But if you're looking for a very light, crisp and drinkable soured and hoppy farmhouse ale, this your beer. Maybe a bit pricey for $10.99 a bottle, but I would definitely buy this guy on a regular basis as I love Jester King.

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. I got a 12 oz pour into stemware for $5.00 USD at Jester King. 5.9% ABV.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of dull white colour. Somewhat thin. Not creamy or frothy. Lacks lacing. Retention is bad (<1 minute).

Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Translucent. Nontransparent. Above average vibrance. Some floating yeast sediment is visible at the top.

Looks pretty standard for a farmhouse ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Contained farmhouse yeast character is evident, with some faint funkiness, hay/straw, a kiss of lactic character, lemongrass, cedar wood, and orchard apples/pears. Estery. Golden malts. Clean barley. The hops complement the malts really well, with plenty of floral and fruity character. No herbal/oily/piney/nectary hop character is detectable. I don't find any alcohol either.

It's a mild aroma in terms of strength. I'm looking forward to tasting it.

T: Straw/hay forms the simple foundation for this farmhouse ale. Musty brettanomyces yeast lend it some limited funkiness. The lactic edge I enjoyed so much in the aroma is missing from the taste. Biscuit malts, biscuity yeast. Floral and fruity hops. A hint of lemongrass. It's very estery, yet still clean and never stale. It's an interesting build, but is pretty simple for a farmhouse ale.

Balance is good, but not great. It's tangy. Not real subtle. Cohesive, but not gestalt. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not as soft as I'd like. Overcarbonated. A bit biting, which doesn't suit the flavour profile at all. It's a decent complement to the taste, but there's room for improvement here. Decent body and presence on the palate.

Not oily, creamy, sticky, hot, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable but unreasonably priced farmhouse ale. I wouldn't get it again, but I'm glad I tried it once. Not world class, unique, or special. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

It's a good but not great farmhouse ale, and there are far better beers in this style below this price point.

C+

Photo of sommersb
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 02-06-2014
Freshness: Batch #11 from 09-09-2013
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Wish You Were Beer, Huntsville AL

Color is pale gold, with the first pour clear and the second cloudy from the yeast settled in the bottom of the bottle. Lacing is very good and retention is good for the white head.

The smell is first of citrus fruits, and then has a dry, white-wine like aroma.

The taste starts off extremely dry. The beer is lemony and fruity, but not sweet at all. A fair amount of hop bitterness is present, with a piney flavor. The taste reminds me of a dry white wine with bittering hops.

I'd say the body was somewhere between light and medium, with a prickly feel from high carbonation and a finish that is tart and dry.

So overall I liked this beer but think it was more dry and tart than I'd care for.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a half-finger of fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Light cracker malt and tart lemon up front, with some wheat graininess, a touch of barnyard and pepper, and some citrus hops as well.

T: Lemony citrus, grassy barnyard, light wheat and cracker malts, and then black pepper and bitter citrus rind hop bite. Finishes with hop bitterness and an attenuated dryness.

M: Light body, average to a bit below average carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This was a pleasant beer, but in the end nothing to make it stand out. Not as hoppy as I expected, but the increased hoppiness relative to an average saison worked pretty well. If this were available in cans, I'd enjoy a few on the golf course. Worth a try if you're in a saison mood and it's around.

Photo of jwchestnut
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

picked up recently on a trip south

A - golden yellow, nice white head that recedes to a nice lacing

S - as the name would lead one to think noble hops, saaz, grass, spicy yeast,

T - not following the nose much, initially a slightly tart saison, nice little green apple but soon became a little one noted - primarily tart, sour lemon, difficult discerning the yeast or any strong hop flavor

M - nice light carbonation, easy to drink, very nice dry finish

O - wasn't what I was expecting, which probably adversely affected the experience - more tart than i was hoping - still good, but not what i was expecting. the only jester king to let me down so far.

Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass; batch 11 dated 9/9/13
A: Light yellow color, 1/2-finger head, plenty of carbonation
S: Very musty, sour, some malt/yeast... honestly smells quite a bit like unfermented wort (or even more specifically having just toured several distilleries- sour mash)
T: Really nice & complex. Earthy, sour apple, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, light malt, a coriander/clove finish
M: Light-bodied, crisp, nice carbonation
O: I like this a lot. I'm surprised by the lack of head but the taste is the best part- light, sour and complex

Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz pry-off bottle to a teku; stored and cooled upright, and refrigerated (almost) 24 hours before opening (okay, 22 . . . I’ll chance it), as per instructions. Batch info: “Batch #11 – Sept. 9, 2013”—making this beer a little over four months old. Brett should still be relatively young, I’m guessing.

Appearance (4.0): Now that is a pretty beer. The body is a pale, straw-yellow color—very pale. The head rises easily, with a finger or two (depending on how you pour it) of creamy, bone-white foam that dies down gradually. It leaves scattered splotches and sudsy spots all around the glass.

Smell (4.25): First it’s funky in a musty and very earthy way, with some overripe bananas, damp mustiness, and freshly turned soil. Then it’s floral and grassy, with wildflowers and wet, fresh-cut grass (like after it’s rained). Finally it’s lightly spicy and lemony, making the most of the combination of farmhouse yeast and noble hops. Very light and pretty.

Taste (4.5): This is a fantastic, crisp mixture very grassy, floral hops, pale and subtly spicy saison, and earthy, slightly tart brett. It starts with a lightly bitter, very floral tone that has a light citrus character to it; then it moves into a mixture of subtle, pale, grainy, cereal-like malt and a gently but solidly spicy saison yeast character (a tiny bit of pepper and some garden herbs, like dried sage and basil); finally it gives a solid, bitter finish that’s grassy and very, very floral, bringing in some more of that lemony, spritzy citrus character. The brett is still earthy and subtle right now, but I’m sure it’ll develop—you can taste it, hanging back there quietly. It’s remarkably well-integrated, with no noticeable off-flavors or weird phenols.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Incredibly easy to drink: light carbonation fills every space easily, tingling lightly and foaming softly all over. The body is slightly on the light-side of medium-weight, and very dry without parching at all. It is very, very hard to drink this slowly, but I’m trying.

Overall (4.5): Everything about this beer is so bright but subtle, complex but elegant—I love it. It doesn’t quite go anywhere ground-breaking, but it does everything it intends to do extremely well, in my opinion, pulls off something a lot of others have tried but haven’t quite nailed, shows a level of precision and craft that really is notable, and promises to develop and evolve even further. What more could you really ask from a beer? (Answer: a limited-availability wine barrel version, but that’s really it.)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this reminds me a lot of prairie hop, but not as good, and with a jester king funky fermentation touch that goes beyond saison type yeast to the bacterial realm. the color of this is almost green, limey, hazy, pale, minimally heady. smells of noble type hops, saaz and other, low sourness but good outdoorsy atmospheric yeasty vibes. the flavor is cool because the hops are all on the font end. usually you see them come in on the back side, bittering up the finish, but not here. it starts hoppy, more grassy than anything, and than comes a wheat malt base and a bunch of crazy yeasty bretty stuff that gives this otherwise fresh beer a well ages component. complex but approachable, a really need flavor profile that is very hop forward. well carbonated but a little weighty from the residual yeast sediment. as good as anything else from jester king ive had, save maybe viking metal and atrial rubicite. would love to have this available all the time. more spring than winter too, but thats okay.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle hazy light lemon yellow with one finger of bubbly off-white head. Light lacing left behind.

Tart aroma of green apple, lemon zest, brett, Belgian yeast, and a bit of earthy notes.

The taste delivered some of the tartness found in the aroma with the green apple, lemon zest, and brett. Though, not nearly to the same degree. Tartness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a sharper carbonation.

An interesting farmhouse Ale from Jester King. Quite tasty but not great.

Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A near pure white froth layers atop a brassy orange brew. Smells of fresh cut hay and lemon. Light and smooth going down with a mix of tasty green apple, distant earthy hops, orange peel, a hint of funk and distant cinnamon. If JK had a "lake" beer, this would be it, but thank goodness they don't.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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