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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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87
very good

558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 39
Gots: 103 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
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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4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle hazy light lemon yellow with one finger of bubbly off-white head. Light lacing left behind.

Tart aroma of green apple, lemon zest, brett, Belgian yeast, and a bit of earthy notes.

The taste delivered some of the tartness found in the aroma with the green apple, lemon zest, and brett. Though, not nearly to the same degree. Tartness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a sharper carbonation.

An interesting farmhouse Ale from Jester King. Quite tasty but not great.

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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.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.