Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750mL bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a hazy tangerine color. About 3/4 of a finger of head formed on a gentle pour. Lacing happens in little spots and dots around the glass.
Noble King has a complex nose, and mostly because of the yeast. Aromas of: lilac, white pepper, appleskin, orange, cardamom, lavender, cleaning solution, honeysuckle. It's quite floral & spicy; the fruitiness, while present, plays second-fiddle. I wish there was some funk to the aroma, but it doesn't need any to smell good.
The taste is estery up front, with a lemon & orange burst. The cardamom comes in next, escorting the dry, crackery malt flavors. The midpalate sees a floral character begin to take over -- lavender almost to the point of outright soapiness. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness backed up by the phenolic pepper flavor that has waited this whole time to emerge. That interplay makes this taste a lot like a finer cup of tea in that I swear this tastes tannic.
The body on this Saison is fuller and creamier than I would expect from the style. This would be a significant problem if the beer didn't achieve an appropriate level of dryness.
Overall, this is a darn good Saison. Not as good as American examples from Boulevard or The Bruery or etc., but unique enough in its floral flavor to warrant purchase.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2012 22:00:25 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 19:23:50 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 01:58:53 | More by joe1510
Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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