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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labelled as brewed in March 2015. A much different beer than what I expected it to be. More within the sour side than a farmhouse, hop driven ale. Tart, funky, has that feel at times that there are little to no hops present but that this is more a vessel for the wild yeasts. Dry, carbonated and citrus forward.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods - Lamar. Batch #17 04.01.2015. Pours out pale cloudy golden color with huge airy head. Spots of sediment for the white head. Yeasty, funky tartness in both aroma and taste. Not sure if it's the age or not, but coming off sour, not too bad, but more tart than your normal farmhouse ale. But it's Jester King...more yeasty funk on the finish.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried on cask, poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden light orange, a little hazy. Big frothy head, big bubbled with excellent retention.

Smell is funky citrus, lemon zest and orange peel. Smells of bandaids and earthy yeast. Some subtle green apple skins and white grapes.

Taste is green apples, bananas and cloves meshed with that barnyard funkiness and estery tartness. No hops or alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is very low carbonated, thanks to cask and a very easy and refreshing drinker.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says 03.31.2015

A- Pours a semi-hazy light golden color with a full two fingers' worth of white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Very floral aroma with some strange plastic-y funk.

T- Somewhat tart flavor with more of that plastic-like funkiness. There's also a soapy quality that's not all that pleasant. Tangy and dry. Hops are pretty much all gone due to the age of the bottle.

M- A bit sharp from the medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- Didn't realize this was over a year old. I had read the date before buying when a couple of these randomly landed at my local store courtesy of Shelton Brothers and I was thinking it said 2016. Pretty lame that these were dumped in our market when the beer is obviously far past its prime since it's supposed to be hoppy. Thanks a bunch Shelton Brothers...

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Photo of Sheppard
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold, a little bit pale straw, with white head. Some mild cheese funk on the nose. Perhaps some stone fruits. It actually smells pretty good. There's some pear and grassy hoppy character. The finish is a little metallic. Overall, it's a little disappointing.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The top of the bottle is very lime-green color, with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly. At the end of the bottle, the color is murky and yellow-green, like orange juice.

I smell lemon grass and floral notes. Some of that yeast comes through as well.

I really like the taste. There is pear, apple, light hops, earth, brett, and hay. It's a nice crispy farmhouse ale. More faintly, I get orange juice, lemon rind, and funk.

The mouth on this is great - bubbly like champagne, and yet a little more thick. When it warms it gets juicier.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. This is one of the better farmhouse ales I've tried, and I love the unfiltered and unpasteurized ingredients in this beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently at 50°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #17 - 31Mar15) into a tulip. Consumed on 31Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in quantity and both small and medium in size. There is a moderate amount of thick lacing. 4
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat, lemony zest, and earthy yeast entangle with mild aromas of spicy hops, earthy hops, sour green apple, wood (not quite oak), and salt-like minerals. 4
TASTE: Strong spicy hop and mild sour green apple flavors first enter onto the palate. Mild mineral and wheat flavors immediately follow as sour green apple flavors fade to subtle. Mild lemony zest, earthy hop, earthy yeast, and wood flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist. 4.25
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a mild crispness. 3.75
NOTE: I can't fathom what others are complaining about. This was deliciously complex. More wheat than I expected, but that just balanced out everything else. Usually something with this much mineral flavors would be displeasing, but swinging back to balanced, yeah.
OVERALL RATING: 4.13 out of 5
Batch #18
Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (04Aug15) into a tulip. Consumed on 14Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and a half's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of foam within 1 minute and 30 seconds. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a moderate quantity of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate. 4
SMELL: Strong aromas of salt-like minerals and lemon zest are backed by mild aromas of sour green apples, wood, wheat, spicy hops, earthy hops, floral hops, and earthy yeast. 3.75
TASTE: Strong wheat and mineral flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild spicy, floral, and earthy hop flavors. Strong lemon zest and subtle sour green apple flavors further unveil the taste profile as earthy and floral hop flavors grow stronger. Mild wood and earthy yeast flavors end this symphony of taste as all previous flavors persist. 4
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with a mild crispness. 4
NOTE: This batch was more mineral forward than the last, which I did not like too much. This one was also more hoppy, which I did enjoy. Overall, I preceded the last batch over this one.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... I sort of feel terrible saying this as I am a huge fan of Jester King, but I was very underwhelmed by this offering. I got spoiled with the such quality offerings as Black Metal ... this was sort of "meh" for me. When first poured I super excited, golden orange color with a clean zesty smell ... but the flavor and mouth feel fell completely flat for me. There really isn't much going on in the flavor house ... just a mild blah yeasty flavor for me ... this is going to sound so bad ... but it almost felt like I was drinking a Schlitz ... sorry guys ... really love the brewery overall, but this one felt phoned in ...

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bright golden hue with a massive but tightly constructed head of tiny bubbles.

The smell is the most aromatic, herbal and floral standard farmhouse ale I've experienced. Now, standard is a key word here--this is not an experimental or off-the-wall brew. There is nothing offensive or unusual, everything in its right place.

Flavors meld together well, it's not hops, it's not yeast, it's not banana or clove, it's a marriage of these things into a very well developed and cohesive, mellow saison that's not too spicy.

Extremely refreshing and bright, it is both eye opening and relaxing. It makes you want to sit back and relax, with a certain energy that promotes absolute clarity and awareness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rather bright orange color, wasn't expecting that. Big clumpy head, retention like a gangster. Aroma dropped the noble hop likeits hot. Or hop. Drop it like its hop. Smells like grassy spring.

Bitter, humid, earthy hops in the taste profile. Bitter. Plenty drinkable, but kinda pricey for what you get. Lemon bitter hops. Malt profile isn't really all that distinguishable.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got a hold of Noble King by Jester King and i was definitely pleased with this beer. Not what i expected but it was a fantastic brew all around. Cant wait to go back to Dallas in a few weeks to snag an arsenal of Jester King beers.

A: Milky neon yellow color to it with a nice and steady head.

S: Very funky and different, not a lot of citrusy notes to it but theres some. The hops were there but not overly pungent like a regular IPA.

T: Well carbonated, hints of pine, citric fruits and hops with a nice different yeasty finish to it.

O: My first and definitely not last beer from Jester King, definitely a different take on beer but i loved it.

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Photo of SunglassesJoe
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a real solid beer. Refreshing, citrus but not too overwhelming.
It tastes exactly when I think of a Saison/Farmhouse ale. It's nothing crazy or out of the ordinary but it's definitely one of my faves from Jester King.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Golden yellow in color and cloudy. Pours a bubbly four inch head.

aroma- Citrus, floral notes, and funk in the background.

taste- Big on juicy citrus fruits at first, followed by dry cracker malt and grassy hops. Not really getting any of that barnyard funk that's in the nose. .

feel- Medium carbonation, light/medium bodied, and dry and crisp in the finish.

overall- This is an awesome farmhouse beer with great citrus flavor and a refreshing light/crisp finish.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is probably my least favorite Jester King beer. It is still a pretty refreshing beer, but it seems out of balance. It is really hoppy and the farmhouse yeast doesn't seem to be offsetting it the way I want. May just be a personal prerence though.

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Photo of stumac
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
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

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Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bschweis
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Halfbrother83
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Allab8
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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