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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 32
Gots: 79 | FT: 3
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnK17, Oct 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours murky gold with an orangy hue and an inch-plus head of dense white. Plenty of tattered lacing and a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with grassy, earthy, spicy hops and cracked wheat. Hints of honey, apples, cloves, and wet hay follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Good effervescence.

Peppery, grassy hops with hay-rubbed biscuits start the palate. Clove dust, appleskins, and a hint of grapefruit follow through.

Finishes bone-dry with plenty of grassy hops, apples, and a mild bitterness.

Nice beer and an easy drinker.

brewandbbq, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

wordemupg, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml into wine glass, north of 55.

Pours with a faint, soapy white head over a clear golden body. Good lacing.

Aromas are buttery, sweet, soapy, and peppery... some cardboard as it warms, and plenty of 'fresh' barnyard in the finish.

Flavors continue down a great Saison path. Lemongrass, lavender, light citric bitterness, bubble gum, and white pepper. Lots going on here. Mouthfeel is very smooth up front, with the sharp bitterness bringing a dry finish. Superb.

Great beer. Exactly as advertised - a hopppy farmhouse ale.

BeerImmediately, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

barleywinefiend, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

juliusseizure, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

TotallyHosed, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy tangerine color. About 3/4 of a finger of head formed on a gentle pour. Lacing happens in little spots and dots around the glass.

Noble King has a complex nose, and mostly because of the yeast. Aromas of: lilac, white pepper, appleskin, orange, cardamom, lavender, cleaning solution, honeysuckle. It's quite floral & spicy; the fruitiness, while present, plays second-fiddle. I wish there was some funk to the aroma, but it doesn't need any to smell good.

The taste is estery up front, with a lemon & orange burst. The cardamom comes in next, escorting the dry, crackery malt flavors. The midpalate sees a floral character begin to take over -- lavender almost to the point of outright soapiness. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness backed up by the phenolic pepper flavor that has waited this whole time to emerge. That interplay makes this taste a lot like a finer cup of tea in that I swear this tastes tannic.

The body on this Saison is fuller and creamier than I would expect from the style. This would be a significant problem if the beer didn't achieve an appropriate level of dryness.

Overall, this is a darn good Saison. Not as good as American examples from Boulevard or The Bruery or etc., but unique enough in its floral flavor to warrant purchase.

Reaper16, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

grumpygerman, Sep 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

NeverSettle, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

willjschmidt, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jmick28, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Cablejelly, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

abex44, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jl28r1, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

brandon911, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Leftofthedial, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mhenson42, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

timjr2500, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

koopa, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of hoody711
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well here's a lesson in looking at bottles closely. Could have sworn I was buying a PA or IPA, but, not even closer, just plain inspection shows hoppy farmhouse. Not my favorite style but here it is, and the NFL season is about to start, so what the hell?

A - First off, amazing bottle art. Really cool. 25.4 oz bomber. Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Massive rocky white head that slowly settles with great lacing. Kind of a cloudy, pretty orange. Really can't complain about much here, a really nice looking brew.

S - Farmhouse. Next. Seriously though, these all smell the same to me. Bananas, Belgium, broken promises (?). A little funk, a little malty sweetness. It's ok.

T - Much different than the nose, if I'm honest...and why wouldn't I be? Not getting the fruity sweetness that I usually taste in farmhouses. It lacks any real huge taste at all. I'm coming back to this section, as my dinner is dominating my palate right now... Yeah, still not anything great here. Kinda average.

M - Very nice and smooth, medium, a little creamy. Just a tiny bit of booze at the end. I could use a little more carbonation.

O - Blah, had such high hopes for this. Great bottle, brewed by guys in my college dorm. Just not anything to write home about. Another Texas beer that fails to really impress. Does this state brew anything outstanding? Really hoping that their rye IPA pulls through for them.

hoody711, Sep 06, 2012
Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.