Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 40
Gots: 109 | FT: 12
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale yellowish orange with a 1/2" white head and trace lace.

N: Black pepper spices, yeasty bread, hay/grass notes. Funky farmhouse.

T: Mildly funky, yeasty and bready. Floral notes of grass and hay.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry and somewhat bitter finish.

O: Clearly a Saison/Farmhouse style but can understand why it is listed under Belgian Pale Ale. Refreshingly lite and pleasant. Enjoyed.

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

C+

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but it shouldn’t be too old. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Fairly dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon zest, grape, orange zest, wheat, pepper, clove, honey, light hay funk, grass, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange zest, pepper, wheat, floral, grass, clove, light hay funk, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, wheat, floral, grass, honey, clove, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity esters with hop notes; with a great balance of sweetness/spiciness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, crisp, smooth, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison! Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden straw color with great carbonation leavig a massive, fluffy white cap, loads of lacing and exceptional head retnetion. Legit!

S: A little whiff of hay, straw, some light citrus notes and horseblanket

T: Taste brings an immediate light citrus and hay element that leads into a slight musty like flavor with additional citrus and hay. The finish is a rather dry, clean, light bitterness backed up by some barnyard characteristics. The booze is minimal.

M: Well carbonated, crisp and clean, plenty of citrus and Saison notes to keep the palate happy

O: A hoppy Saison it is.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received form Mattsander in CANBIF8
Poured in to tulip.

A - Hazy medium orange with a big yellow glow around the edges. A huge amount of fluffy bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, lemon and some sweet bready notes.

T - Spice/pepper and yeast esters up front. Sweet bready malts, lemon and clove notes in the background.

M - Light to medium boy. Dry. moderate carbonation.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery just became available in Indiana this past week.

Noble King pours a medium bodied very cloudy, dull tangerine orange in color with a two finger off white head. The nose is light and citrusy with plenty of Belgian yeast characteristics. The flavors are light and dry. There are citrus notes and it finishes dry and slightly bitter. I appreciate the hop presence. It's kind of musty as well. It drinks medium in body and definitely dries out your palate. It has pretty good flavor but isn't aggressive in one way or another. It's a decent saison.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a pale golden orange with pale yellow highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: off the bat a bretty aroma was noticeable on top, some citrus fruits such as lemon and orange, a hint of spice, hops but mild herbal notes as well.

T: the orange citrus was more potent on the palate alongside funky brettty character, mild grapefruit bitterness, lemon spice accents, good hop profile and a hints of herbs.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bretty, funky, citrusy, amd slight bitter finish.

O: I thought it was a soild belgian pale ale all around with great citrusy flavors that worked quite well but with saison qualities.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.25.12.

A - Pours a very cloudy, darker medium orange with a three finger light cream-colored head that fades very slowly.

S - Lots of lemony citrus and a touch of funk.

T - Tart lemon, dull black pepper, and some farmhouse funk.

D - Good carbonation with a light body and a tart finish.

O - Lemony and nice spices with a subtle farmhouse finish.

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 16/10/12

A very hazy yellowish orange with plenty of bubbles and sediment, very well sustained three fingers of foam slowly falls to an island leaving lots of soapy lace deep down the glass

S big nose on this one, very citrus, orange peel oil, lemon and grapefruit rind, with some spice, faint booze, bubblegum, hay, and loads of their farmhouse yeast, smells massive

T spicier then the smell but the citrus and yeasty notes are toned down just a tad, leafy and herbal and still pretty solid

M a little airy and medium bodied, after a few swirls you take out enough bubbles and it has a creamy feel, just a little grit and a rind finish

O I enjoyed this one and could easily tackle another 750ml, perhaps two, great nose and I have little to complain about anywhere else

I wish I had a hot Sun to drink this one under but even on this cold fall evening it went down in no time

Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Hunger Mountain Co-Op. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear gold with a one two finger head that was fizzy and faded quickly into a thin blanket. Next to no side lacing.

S - Nice light green notes, bananas, light funky esters, light coriander, grape, and noble hops.

T - More of those light bananas and coriander. The noble hops come through along with some light funk. Its nice and quite enjoyable...until the back end hits. I've getting alot of alcohol, almost ethanol type. What the...

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice and enjoyable. Great fresh, crisp mouthfeel on this one.

O - Overall the lack of a decent head retention and lacing as well as that rather odd burning alcohol kinda ruined this beer for me. Very unfortunate.

Photo of dgilks
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Good head retention. Some lacing. Okay.

BIg spicy aroma. Lots of coriander. Nice. Bits of lemon and some light malt.

A light malt backbone allows herbal hops and some nice coriander to play together in the glass. Nice bitterness. Quite interesting.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

I quite like this. It is a bit herbal but the overall balance works nicely and it results in a crisp and refreshing beer.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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