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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 38
Gots: 108 | 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: 572 | Reviews: 106
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a half-finger of fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Light cracker malt and tart lemon up front, with some wheat graininess, a touch of barnyard and pepper, and some citrus hops as well.

T: Lemony citrus, grassy barnyard, light wheat and cracker malts, and then black pepper and bitter citrus rind hop bite. Finishes with hop bitterness and an attenuated dryness.

M: Light body, average to a bit below average carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This was a pleasant beer, but in the end nothing to make it stand out. Not as hoppy as I expected, but the increased hoppiness relative to an average saison worked pretty well. If this were available in cans, I'd enjoy a few on the golf course. Worth a try if you're in a saison mood and it's around.

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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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass; batch 11 dated 9/9/13
A: Light yellow color, 1/2-finger head, plenty of carbonation
S: Very musty, sour, some malt/yeast... honestly smells quite a bit like unfermented wort (or even more specifically having just toured several distilleries- sour mash)
T: Really nice & complex. Earthy, sour apple, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, light malt, a coriander/clove finish
M: Light-bodied, crisp, nice carbonation
O: I like this a lot. I'm surprised by the lack of head but the taste is the best part- light, sour and complex

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz pry-off bottle to a teku; stored and cooled upright, and refrigerated (almost) 24 hours before opening (okay, 22 . . . I’ll chance it), as per instructions. Batch info: “Batch #11 – Sept. 9, 2013”—making this beer a little over four months old. Brett should still be relatively young, I’m guessing.

Appearance (4.0): Now that is a pretty beer. The body is a pale, straw-yellow color—very pale. The head rises easily, with a finger or two (depending on how you pour it) of creamy, bone-white foam that dies down gradually. It leaves scattered splotches and sudsy spots all around the glass.

Smell (4.25): First it’s funky in a musty and very earthy way, with some overripe bananas, damp mustiness, and freshly turned soil. Then it’s floral and grassy, with wildflowers and wet, fresh-cut grass (like after it’s rained). Finally it’s lightly spicy and lemony, making the most of the combination of farmhouse yeast and noble hops. Very light and pretty.

Taste (4.5): This is a fantastic, crisp mixture very grassy, floral hops, pale and subtly spicy saison, and earthy, slightly tart brett. It starts with a lightly bitter, very floral tone that has a light citrus character to it; then it moves into a mixture of subtle, pale, grainy, cereal-like malt and a gently but solidly spicy saison yeast character (a tiny bit of pepper and some garden herbs, like dried sage and basil); finally it gives a solid, bitter finish that’s grassy and very, very floral, bringing in some more of that lemony, spritzy citrus character. The brett is still earthy and subtle right now, but I’m sure it’ll develop—you can taste it, hanging back there quietly. It’s remarkably well-integrated, with no noticeable off-flavors or weird phenols.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Incredibly easy to drink: light carbonation fills every space easily, tingling lightly and foaming softly all over. The body is slightly on the light-side of medium-weight, and very dry without parching at all. It is very, very hard to drink this slowly, but I’m trying.

Overall (4.5): Everything about this beer is so bright but subtle, complex but elegant—I love it. It doesn’t quite go anywhere ground-breaking, but it does everything it intends to do extremely well, in my opinion, pulls off something a lot of others have tried but haven’t quite nailed, shows a level of precision and craft that really is notable, and promises to develop and evolve even further. What more could you really ask from a beer? (Answer: a limited-availability wine barrel version, but that’s really it.)

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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