Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a small island of foam on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of grain, yeast, and herbal hops up front with a spice finish that lingers on the palate. A fairly mild bitterness comes with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty tasty and hoppy example of the style.
04-20-2012 02:14:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.81/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-19-2013 02:48:22 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with an attractive head; both the retention and the lacing were authentically Belgian
Smell: Bready pilsener malt with a grassy noble hops; undertones of peppery yeast
Taste: After a hint of the bread, the grassy noble hops take over and assert themselves in a big way through mid-palate; the impact from the yeast is less pronounced but starts to develop in the middle and lingers, underneath, through the finish, bringing a peppery, slightly funky character
Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation
Overall: Like a pilsener with a Belgian twist, this is another great beer from Jester King, a brewery that is fast climbing the reputational ladder with me as one of the best in the business
04-24-2012 23:11:42 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
04-10-2014 19:23:50 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
Sturdy, bright, and zesty- Jester King represents the super dry, fruity, and spicy saison style with a juicier and rounder palate and with a creamy-dry texture to boot.
Opening with a bright gold-amber glow that's similar to the juices of blood oranges, the beer forms a moussey white head that caps the beer like whipped cream. With strong retention and concrete lacing, the beer's appearance is bold and classy. Its heavy haze allows for a diffused glow when back lit.
Sharp and peppery aromas rise first, and do so with impressions of white pepper, cumin, yeasty must, and light plastic. Not far behind is the scent of fruit- represented well by notes of peach, orange, fig, and apple. With light white wine, cider, tea-like herbs, and earthy hop undertones the beer takes the nose in many different directions.
Creamy malt introduce themselves to the palate first with bready sweetness of thinned honey and light biscuit. A rounded sweet taste of fruit with embedded acidity rise at mid palate and provide a sweet peach and orange flavor heading into finish. That's when the spices strike the back of the mouth with fresh cracked white peppercorn, freshly grates cumin and ginger, and a light grassy hop bitterness to close the beer.
Medium-light on the palate, the early sips are engaged by the high carbonaiton that creates a champagne-like spritziness that ushers in the peppery-dry finish far sooner than is expected. But after the beer breathes a bit, its creamy carbonation allows the mouth to explore the sweetness and fruitiness a bit more in depth before concluding with a powdery-dry spiciness and earthiness. Mild warmth and a stern leafy hop dryness assists the peppery notes and dry malt textures to finish the beer.
It's quite rare to find authentic dryness, spiciness, and earthiness in American-made saisons. Many of them are far to simplified and malty. Jester King seems to acknowledge the difference and play to the more traditional farmhouse varieties of Belgium.
09-18-2012 05:38:28 | More by BEERchitect
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
Thanks to Bulbman for sending this one over to me. The beer poured out with a very active with a big white head on top of a hazy yellowish orange body. The smell of the beer is bready with some earthy hops and grains. The taste is slightly spicy with a mild hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a decent beer. Not something I would seek out again but was nice to try.
01-27-2013 03:57:50 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-24-2012 07:11:22 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
750ml shared w/kasey New Years' Eve brew
A -very hazy deep golden w/copious cream of 3fingers lace clings well
S-strong lemon and piney hop odors w/slight peppery yeast
And mild wheat
M-highly carbonated and assertive hop quality up front w/ earthy dry yeastiness and mild astringency w/ light creamy malt essence
nice dry flavor as it finished
Taste is very earthy & piney hop flavored middle with lemony taste and mild Belgian yeast w/ wheat w/ mild sweetness med high astringency and subtle wheat providing the base for a refreshing herbal and spicy combo of hops and yeast
Overall a pretty tasty Saison! I would gladly drink this again if it weren't for the hefty price tag
01-01-2013 11:35:04 | More by Slatetank
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
A humid summer day, switching between heavy thunderstorms and sunny heat back and forth, why not a nice hoppy farmhouse beer. Another good Jester King thanks to dcloeren.
Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with nice lacing, over hazy nectar orange colored beer.
Nose pretty much delivers as promised, starting with some nice farmhouse saison aromas, Belgian malts, some wheat, light earthy but floral spices, hint of citrus rind, golden malts, and a light rustic farmhouse yeast aroma. That adds with light grassy floral hops, with a touch of citrus, effervescent.
Taste starts with more saison flavors, but more citrusy side, with light orange peel and some citrus zest flavors, hint of floral saison earthy spices, again the rustic farmhouse like saison yeast flavors but fairly subdued. The malts bring light belgian golden flavors, some wheat as well, and faint grainy malt taste with a touch of pilsner like straw. Then hops, plenty of hops with a decent bitterness, light noble like grassy but floral hops, hint of citrus and juicy candy hops, very lively and fresh tasting. Finish is fairly dry and quite bitter, a nice big bite of noble grassy and a bit earthy hops, with more light candied orange flavor, and some saison farmhouse flavors lingering, with hint of the typical spices and citrus juice.
Mouth is med bodied, good carb, quite carbonated in fact, bordering too much but not quite there.
Overall tasty and drinkable, delivers what it promises, with no off flavors. Nice malts, nice hops, nice level of bitterness, and hint of acidity, decent yeast flavors, although I would have liked a bit more of the farmhouse flavors myself, but I like the heavy saisons with funk. That being said, it's still nothing spectacular and something to write home about, but still a quite tasty beer.
08-12-2012 20:51:39 | More by jlindros
3.86/5 rDev -1%
this reminds me a lot of prairie hop, but not as good, and with a jester king funky fermentation touch that goes beyond saison type yeast to the bacterial realm. the color of this is almost green, limey, hazy, pale, minimally heady. smells of noble type hops, saaz and other, low sourness but good outdoorsy atmospheric yeasty vibes. the flavor is cool because the hops are all on the font end. usually you see them come in on the back side, bittering up the finish, but not here. it starts hoppy, more grassy than anything, and than comes a wheat malt base and a bunch of crazy yeasty bretty stuff that gives this otherwise fresh beer a well ages component. complex but approachable, a really need flavor profile that is very hop forward. well carbonated but a little weighty from the residual yeast sediment. as good as anything else from jester king ive had, save maybe viking metal and atrial rubicite. would love to have this available all the time. more spring than winter too, but thats okay.
12-22-2013 09:25:24 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-22-2012 21:22:26 | More by oline73
Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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