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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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88
very good

539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 35
Gots: 90 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011)
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Reviews by joe1510:
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Tasty. Nice balance

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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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

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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.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.