Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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very good

580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
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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Ratings: 580 | Reviews: 107
Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A near pure white froth layers atop a brassy orange brew. Smells of fresh cut hay and lemon. Light and smooth going down with a mix of tasty green apple, distant earthy hops, orange peel, a hint of funk and distant cinnamon. If JK had a "lake" beer, this would be it, but thank goodness they don't.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade but I forget who. Thanks! Labeled Batch #9/10, APR 2014. Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice creamy white head. Aroma if orange rinds, funky yeast, lemon peel, apples,and some spice. Flavor is citrus up front with and interesting hop bite and lingering spicy funky yeast to finish. Light bodied and lots of carbonation. Funk is very much on the front end and all the way through. Not bad.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Brass color, foggy appearance. White foam creates a thick & creamy crown. Copious rings on sides. Citric, toffee & bread aromas, anise, floral & herbal fragrances & sweet Belgian yeast hues. Acidic touch at firs sip but creamy sensation. Sweet notes & clean bitterness rounded by spicy touch. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Nice beer, complex & refreshing.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Well hazed orange brown color. Big, many fingered frothy, off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Man, JK just loves packing their beers full of herbalness. Floral too. Wildflower, jasmine, a million different flowers that I can't name. Some dry woodiness too. Really stellar is you are big into the herb and flower thing. Still good if you aren't.

3.75 T: Again lots of herb and flower going on. Mild bitterness. Herb and flower are pretty much the only thing going on, but this is quite complex. The flavors layer on each other. I just wish I was better at picking out these specific flavors. Quite good.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Really nice saison. No complaints.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of kaufmaal
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of danieelol
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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 Beerandboards
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of colforbin73
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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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.

Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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 bmwats
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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 drpimento
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Batch 15 bottled July 16, 2014. Consumed 11/22/14. Drinking very well. Hops to dryness at best I've tasted on this beer.

Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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