Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 586
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.69%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a Hazy golden. Thick foamy head. Retention and lacing excellent. Very yeasty farmhouse aroma. Mild citrus and hops. Strong hoppy farmhouse taste. Great sour aftertaste. Can taste the wild yeast strains. (216 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque lemon-orange with a frosty 1/2 inch head from a 750 ml. Musty citrus smell, hoppy, Dry taste, bitters, lemon peel, oily citrus tastes. Very nice carbonation, thin, subtle bubbles. For an IPA, it warms well, with the dry hops, pine, semi-sweet citrus flavors more pronounced. (290 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy brass with a thin, frothy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cerealy grains, a bit of toast, and some noble hops. Some tropical fruit and stone fruits from the yeast comes out in the nose as well. Flavor has more fruity yeast character up front than in the smell. Works well with the earthy, floral hops. Sweet up front with a bit of dryness in the finish. Solid bitter rounds it out. Mouthfeel is lightbodied. It's lacking a bit of carbonation, though. Overall, this is a really tasty beer. My only gripe is the carbonation, which must be off. Will have to try again on tap and compare. As good as it is, I'd take a Petit Prince over this almost any day. (686 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a big, fluffy, white three-fingers head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and a thick sheet throughout that billowed nicely. the body was a bright orange color.
s - floral hops, lemon, grassy hops, and wheat.
t - lemon, grass, and herbal flavors with a spicy kick.
m - bubbly and medium. really dances.
o - really nice take on a saison. well done and i love the hops with this. (396 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy mango with nice head and rather substantial lacing.

Smell is a metallic fermenting fruits. Galaxy? No, it recedes to a lemon-y, apple-y, almost Sorachi-Ace like note. This lies on top of a bed of apple-y Belgian yeast. Very perfumed. And fresh hops.

Taste is apple-y, peach-y. Has a dry, alcoholic, fruity tang to it. Lots o' hops. Bit of rice to accompany the perfume.

Mouthfeel isn't too substantial, about as expected for the ABV. Nice and spicy, think that's the hops working with some contribution from the yeast. Has a nice lingering hydroponic hoppiness.

Lovely, fresh tasting Belgian IPA. (615 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy, rocky, white head. Great retention and some awesome lacing. Initially clear with tons of bubbles but eventually picks up some haze on subsequent pours. Looks great.

S – Grainy, bready, cereal malt and wheat, peppery and mildly tart-smelling yeast, and herbal and floral hops with lemongrass being the most prominent hop aroma.

T – It starts off with grainy, cereal-like malt and wheat with some sweet citrus flavors and then picks up spicy, peppery yeast notes. As the taste progresses, bitter earthy, herbal, spicy, and floral noble hops appear. I can’t pick out the exact hop flavors but, as in the aroma, lemongrass is one of them. Tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, great carbonation, a creamy, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and an earthy, bitter, mildly spicy, and very dry finish. Spicy, earthy, and bitter yeast and hop flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a nice saison. It’s drinkable, refreshing, and has everything that I would look for except for some funk. If JK threw some Brett in here, this would be unreal. I can only imagine how that dry, musty funk would pair with the spicy and earthy hops and yeast. Either way, it’s a good beer. Another nice job from Jester King. (1,320 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

From Leura. The bottle says 'best within 9 months of brewdate'... all well and good, but what if you cannot locate a brewdate?

Anyways, thoughts here not a review as once I had type in scores and started to write I had a visitor...

Fabulous looking saison, and exquisite in the mouth. Not actually too hoppy, a lot of lemons and zestiness, but oh-so-dry. Major failing for this reviewer. Very very dry finish.

0.5 off overall for price point given ABV. (455 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jester King Craft Brewery - Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

Look - Pours a hazy honey golden with an ever so slight amber tinge. Smaller fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Abundant sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet honey with a spicy snap Saison feel (obviously), sour bready Belgian notes that are mouth-watering and round this out quite well. Slight citrus hops here but generally absent in the nose.

Taste - Creamy and fizzy carbonated, a smooth farmhouse intro then a rapid introduction to sour citrus hops blast in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is sticky and full, sour citrus lemon, lime, grapefruit, and maybe slight pineapple hops rest on the palate.

Overall - This brew renewed my interest in the style, though admittedly it is a fusion and not fully representative of Saison alone. The hop character did tickle my funny bone just right. Would drink this brew again. (878 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: hazy golden with orange hints and a fluffy head that maintained throughout the glass

Aroma: was not to big but it did have some nice earthy and estery notes in the smell

Taste: big munich/Vienna malts, hay and straw. a bit spicy/peppercorn and a touch of orange citrus. very balanced and easy drinking.

mouthfeel: was to be expected for a saison, nice and dry but the 3711 gives the mouthfeel more perceived body.

overall: very nice, nothing earth shattering here but it does what its meant to do. quench your thirst after yardwork but still giving you a little something to think about as you drink it. (619 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours an opaque lemonade color. Huge loose white head that sticks around forever.

S - Little bit of funk, little bit of lemon peel, citrus hops are there.

T - nice. Really pretty good balance. Nothing particularly stands out, but everything is nice. It leads with a sort of standard saison mild funkiness, some very mild sourness, then quick to the lemony hoppy citrus bitter finish.

M - pretty smooth, medium but lively carbonation. Good feel.

O - this is a very solid beer. I dont think i would seek it out. But I wouldnt be unhappy if I were to drink it again. (572 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spice, earth, sweet fruit, and subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, spice, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Upon first inspection of the aroma I really like what I came across. A very nice thing going on in that respect. The flavor however wasn't quite up to par with the aroma. There was just a little too much earth and spice going on in it unfortunately. Glad I got to try this one, but there are better ones for the style out there. (799 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new to me, a very welcome farmhouse ale here... bottle conditioned, yeast and hops forward.... very fresh tasting and definitely ALIVE -- this is a winner.

pours a brilliant but cloudy yellow-orange with a very lively foam -- pour slow.... the eruption of white foam chills out, but sticks around.

the smell is yeasty with a hint of citrusy hops -- appealing but not overpowering. the taste is very crisp and dry with a clean finish... the HOPPY in 'hoppy farmhouse ale' is actually in the drink -- promise fulfilled -- this is a hop heads farmhouse.... that being said, these are Noble varieties, EK Goldings and the classic Pils hop, Saaz. a perfect pairing here... definitely more of a Belgian style than anything else.

this beer should rate higher. this is a really REALLY well made brew.

WOULD BUY AGAIN -- AWESOME! (827 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 3/23/13.

Batch 9
Bottled 01/04/13

Shared by PDXHops

Cloudy, light peach and light pineapple hues. Two finger head drops to a large island-like mass of bubbles. Soapy lace across half the glass.

Bright, fruity aroma with notes of pineapple, lemongrass, and peach tea. Herbal overtones and maybe a little touch of the herbal. Pilsner malt and biscuit dust.

The taste is grassier with hits of zesty citrus mixed in. The fruity aspects are still pretty expressive though. Toasty grain and biscuit. The finish is a bit soapy.

The body wants to be a plodding medium but carbonation is too high to let that happen.

Overall, it tastes and smells good but the feel is cumbersome. (712 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazed hue with a frothy three finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is funk,mandarins,grassy noble hops and peach sorbet,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,crisp and dry with tastes of lemon sherbet,barnhouse funk,grassy herbal hops and finished with a crisp zesty dryness and overall it's nice and very drinkable cheers. (345 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,411 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Lots of effervescence. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving some dry residue behind as it retreats; and leaving a little blanket. Some decent dry, beer ring lacing.

S: Lightly floral, very yeasty, with a little funky raspberry.

T: White and sourdough breads accentuated with a little subtle hop, and and some light floral and fruity components.

M: Light body, crisp feel, really steely finish and aftertaste.

D: This is one of those brews that is best enjoyed in smaller quantities.

Appearance is very nice. Plenty of carbonation, and a really nice head, that lingers in some state throughout. Also, plenty of lacing. Nose is yeasty, floral, fruity. The bread components really stand out. Light, crisp body, very bready flavor with some complimentary hops, fruit, and flora. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (927 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tasting put on by dear friend JJ; thanks amigo! Served with a nice, off-white head that slowly subsides over the duration. Color is a hazy dark gold amber. Aroma is a bit sour, hop, fruit, yeast. Flavor's like nose, bitter, crisp and clean. Body is clean, refreshing, and good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, easy drinking, tho perhaps a tad bitter. (360 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (684 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly cloudy yellow in color. Forms a fairly large, very light tan colored head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is citrusy and spicy, with notes of lemon rind, grapefruit, and black pepper.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma. Lemon and grapefruit, pepper and spice. Mild malts. Mildly earthy with a bit of herbal hops towards the finish. Neither sweet nor dry.

M: Medium bodied, heavy carbonation, mild bitterness. Again, neither sweet nor dry.

O: A decent Saison. Drinkable and paired nicely with a panini. (530 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,687 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,052 characters)

Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.