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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


kojevergas, Feb 07, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

jwchestnut, Jan 22, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.