Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery
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3.16/5 rDev -19%
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.
02-07-2014 22:05:04 | More by kojevergas
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
01-22-2014 15:33:54 | More by jwchestnut
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
Quite a foam-up in the tall Aventinus Weizenbock glass. Hazy light yellow with the head sticking to the glass. Light aroma of hay and sage.
Light body with a fizzy mouthfeel. Plenty of yeasty bitterness. Very distinct farmhouse-style flavor. Fairly dry and not much malt to be found. Thin and bitter after some sipping. A mineral taste with loads of hoppy bitterness. Nothing floral or sweet to this, it's strictly take your medicine and like it.
A little harsh and over-done on the Farmhouse flavor. Definitely not a Saison, there's no hint of anything fruity here. Watery. A bottle of golden bock might mix well with this. This batch is 5.9% ABV. From the 750 ml bottle.
08-27-2012 04:38:45 | More by mactrail
Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.