Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse AleNoble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 39
Gots: 109 | 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: 581 | Reviews: 107
Reviews by chefhatt:
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Table's Jester King/Mikkeller beer dinner.

The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a little bit of grain and wheat, as well as some orange peel and lemon notes. Very nice smelling overall.

The flavor is more of the same. There is quite a bit of biscuit malt and Belgian yeast, as well as a little bit of spice. The hops are also quite present and provide some nice orange and lemon notes, while not adding any bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average brightness in the orange color, looks pretty, and even more formidable lacing and retention, it originally started out at about 1.5" and stuck around for quite some time, taking well over a few minutes to get down below the 1/2" range.

Aroma was lemony and noble hop, I enjoyed it, reminiscient of that first warm spring day when all the hotties on campus or wherever you might be start putting on their first sun dresses of the season, but I digress.

A real earthy body presence to it, its like there's almost dirt in the bottle, but the good homey earthy kind. Definitely way more hopping than I am used to in a saison, but that's kind of the trend for the last few years, just make an "innovative" take on a style by dumping hops in it. It works just fine here. Crisp, lemony edge to a saison that isn't massive in its yeast flavors. Pull some pepper and grass out of it from time to time.

Something I wouldn't talk someone out of trying, but I don't see myself coming back to it, not because it was bad, it was actually fairly decent.

Photo of RCLinderman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Tasty. Nice balance

Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More awesomeness from Jester King! poured from bottle into JK Farmhouse Ale Glass. Pours a murky yellow/orange color (pretty similar to Le Petit Prince in appearance). Unfiltered, unpasturized ale. Nice stickiness on the side of the glass and nice head retention on this one. Smell- musty, over ripe orange, liquorice?, lemon. Taste- really nice hoppy punch. Explosive hops on the tongue, nice waves of something that appears to be liquorice and cracked pepper mixed with orange peel (and its awesome!). Complex, hoppy, airy, light, and delicious. Another hit from JK, something I would go back to again and again.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. The Leo in me is quite fond of the hawk circlet adorned Mustafa-ish king of the jungle beast filling up prime real estate on the label. Other notable notables: made partially with collected rain water (very cool) and vegan suitable (meh). Keep it weird, Austin!

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden apricot hue, with a teeming amount of bottle refermentation-spawned puffy, chunky eggshell white head, which takes its gentile time melting away, eventually leaving broad, thick, patchy swaths of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells predominantly of musty, bitter citrus peel, mixed into a glass of overly pulpy orange juice, some grainy pale malt, mild savoury spices (clove and pepper, mostly), and nicely moderated barnyard yeast. The taste is more fruity orange and grapefruit citrus, juicy and bitter all the same, an understated crackery graininess, a light white peppery spiciness, and a complex yeastiness, well restrained in its musty, funky, and stuffy moving parts.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but generally well kept, the body a decent medium weight, and really rather smooth, the constituents doing well to keep the hell out of the way in this respect. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness, bitter and fleshy alike combining with the low-fi malt and soft yeast to gently ride things out.

A crazily agreeable farmhouse ale for me - i.e., one where the sassy yeast knows its place and is turned down to a few notches, without being tuned out entirely, in order to let the subtle (or not) fruit character take center stage. Tasty, quite drinkable, and another cracking offering from this brewery from the liberal heart of Texas - I say that with love.

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 zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Batch 15 bottled July 16, 2014. Consumed 11/22/14. Drinking very well. Hops to dryness at best I've tasted on this beer.

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spice, earth, sweet fruit, and subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, spice, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Upon first inspection of the aroma I really like what I came across. A very nice thing going on in that respect. The flavor however wasn't quite up to par with the aroma. There was just a little too much earth and spice going on in it unfortunately. Glad I got to try this one, but there are better ones for the style out there.

Photo of Durdz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Photo of goochpunch
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy brass with a thin, frothy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cerealy grains, a bit of toast, and some noble hops. Some tropical fruit and stone fruits from the yeast comes out in the nose as well. Flavor has more fruity yeast character up front than in the smell. Works well with the earthy, floral hops. Sweet up front with a bit of dryness in the finish. Solid bitter rounds it out. Mouthfeel is lightbodied. It's lacking a bit of carbonation, though. Overall, this is a really tasty beer. My only gripe is the carbonation, which must be off. Will have to try again on tap and compare. As good as it is, I'd take a Petit Prince over this almost any day.

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received form Mattsander in CANBIF8
Poured in to tulip.

A - Hazy medium orange with a big yellow glow around the edges. A huge amount of fluffy bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, lemon and some sweet bready notes.

T - Spice/pepper and yeast esters up front. Sweet bready malts, lemon and clove notes in the background.

M - Light to medium boy. Dry. moderate carbonation.

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 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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of earthy farmhouse yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of yeast as well as notes of grainy malts and a bit of grassy hops, the latter of which contributes a slight amount of bitterness. There are some faint hints of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and would probably go well with food, however it doesn't really have any qualities that set it apart from other saisons and would make me want to try this as a standalone beer.

Photo of SHODriver
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a nice cloudy golden orange with two fingers of dense white head
S: smells like a saison with some nice cracker like malt, fruity esters, spicy yeast smell, a bit of noble hop aroma, slight grassyness and a little citrus. this is a beer that smells great
T: spice and esters up front with some nice maltyness, noticeable hop presence as well. slight grassy flavor toward the end and a bit of lemony citrus. swallow brings on the hops and a bit of malt flavor along with another small dose of fruity esters.
M: pretty effervescent, carbonation is apparent and prickly medium mouthfeel with a bit of stickyness to it and a slightly drying finish
O: a very solid beer, jester king did some nice work with this one and its nice that this one is a bit different. the flavors are a bit closer to a belgian pale ale though but it's enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild tartness, nice lemon, some spices, really nice balance. Some orange and well with some wheat.

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice hazy lemon yellow with a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention.
S: Lovely aromatic hops can be appreciated a few feet away. Citrus and pine hops. Dry white pepper. Floral, spice, and fruity esters. Hint of earthy wheat. Very pleasant.
T: Funky, earthy hops. A mix of citrus (lemon and lime especially), spicy pepper, and dry wheat. Not quite up to the aroma.
M: Light body. Sharp, crisp, and bitter hop bite. Dry and tart finish. Feels bigger than the ABV.
D: Nicely refreshing. The hop notes get a bit jumbled. An interesting and decently complex brew.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Brass color, foggy appearance. White foam creates a thick & creamy crown. Copious rings on sides. Citric, toffee & bread aromas, anise, floral & herbal fragrances & sweet Belgian yeast hues. Acidic touch at firs sip but creamy sensation. Sweet notes & clean bitterness rounded by spicy touch. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Nice beer, complex & refreshing.

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 oline73
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very cloudy golden amber color. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This one is quite earthy with a light hop note. The overall smell is light with some fruity notes as well. There is a faint note that almost reminds me of white wine.

Taste: There is a strong hop component here, but it doesn't cover up all the interesting things going on in the background. There is an earthy component here as well along with a fruitiness that shows up near the end of the sip. There is also a yeasty component here as well. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with very fluffy, full carbonation. It seems like the finish should be dry, but it never really gets there.

Overall: This is a very complex and interesting beer. I liked all the components. I would have liked the beer to be drier, but that wasn't too big a deal. I'd have more.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: hazy golden with orange hints and a fluffy head that maintained throughout the glass

Aroma: was not to big but it did have some nice earthy and estery notes in the smell

Taste: big munich/Vienna malts, hay and straw. a bit spicy/peppercorn and a touch of orange citrus. very balanced and easy drinking.

mouthfeel: was to be expected for a saison, nice and dry but the 3711 gives the mouthfeel more perceived body.

overall: very nice, nothing earth shattering here but it does what its meant to do. quench your thirst after yardwork but still giving you a little something to think about as you drink it.

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 wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale yellowish orange with a 1/2" white head and trace lace.

N: Black pepper spices, yeasty bread, hay/grass notes. Funky farmhouse.

T: Mildly funky, yeasty and bready. Floral notes of grass and hay.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry and somewhat bitter finish.

O: Clearly a Saison/Farmhouse style but can understand why it is listed under Belgian Pale Ale. Refreshingly lite and pleasant. Enjoyed.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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