Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery
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3.33/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
09-06-2012 00:37:19 | More by hoody711
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
Picked up a bottle of this at Hunger Mountain Co-Op. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice crystal clear gold with a one two finger head that was fizzy and faded quickly into a thin blanket. Next to no side lacing.
S - Nice light green notes, bananas, light funky esters, light coriander, grape, and noble hops.
T - More of those light bananas and coriander. The noble hops come through along with some light funk. Its nice and quite enjoyable...until the back end hits. I've getting alot of alcohol, almost ethanol type. What the...
M - Mouthfeel is quite nice and enjoyable. Great fresh, crisp mouthfeel on this one.
O - Overall the lack of a decent head retention and lacing as well as that rather odd burning alcohol kinda ruined this beer for me. Very unfortunate.
08-28-2012 22:58:29 | More by rudzud
3.23/5 rDev -17%
Quite a foam-up in the tall Aventinus Weizenbock glass. Hazy light yellow with the head sticking to the glass. Light aroma of hay and sage.
Light body with a fizzy mouthfeel. Plenty of yeasty bitterness. Very distinct farmhouse-style flavor. Fairly dry and not much malt to be found. Thin and bitter after some sipping. A mineral taste with loads of hoppy bitterness. Nothing floral or sweet to this, it's strictly take your medicine and like it.
A little harsh and over-done on the Farmhouse flavor. Definitely not a Saison, there's no hint of anything fruity here. Watery. A bottle of golden bock might mix well with this. This batch is 5.9% ABV. From the 750 ml bottle.
08-27-2012 04:38:45 | More by mactrail
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
It’s great to see more breweries on the shelf in my home state; this week, I was more than happy to find Jester King from Austin, Texas. Keep ‘em coming, distributors of Indiana.
A: A fizzy, foamy pour, developing a thick, white layer of foam as soon the beer hits the glass. Creamy retention and thick, powerful lacing sit above the pale, hazy orange body. Near-perfect presentation.
S: All esters in the nose, about as green as the label art: an aromatic, flowery funk that’s more light and herbal than anything else. A full layer of vanilla, banana, and coriander are also evident, giving the impression that this beer is quite full-bodied in its maltiness. Light grape flavors and a dose of Noble hop aromas light up the back end of the nose.
T: A bright, bitter experience from first sip to last. Starts with slick flavors of tart, funky yeast: grassy clove and alfalfa, herbal esters, and mild husks. Lightly spicy Noble hops elevate the palate’s brightness without disturbing the balance, helping keep this extremely drinkable; it all remains light. The grain bill tastes of banana and vanilla, with hints of white wine tannins – that, plus a good mouthful of chewy, citrus wheat that pushes into the aftertaste. Malty finish, with light wheat tastes that don’t linger too long.
M: Not to crisp, fortunately; anything bigger and pricklier would pull out the bitters too much from the palate. Light-to-medium body, smooth carb.
O: A very respectable beer; who doesn’t love hoppy Belgians? Though it didn’t “wow” me, so to speak, there isn’t a lot more that I could ask for in a beer like this.
08-13-2012 18:42:27 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
A humid summer day, switching between heavy thunderstorms and sunny heat back and forth, why not a nice hoppy farmhouse beer. Another good Jester King thanks to dcloeren.
Pours a big creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with nice lacing, over hazy nectar orange colored beer.
Nose pretty much delivers as promised, starting with some nice farmhouse saison aromas, Belgian malts, some wheat, light earthy but floral spices, hint of citrus rind, golden malts, and a light rustic farmhouse yeast aroma. That adds with light grassy floral hops, with a touch of citrus, effervescent.
Taste starts with more saison flavors, but more citrusy side, with light orange peel and some citrus zest flavors, hint of floral saison earthy spices, again the rustic farmhouse like saison yeast flavors but fairly subdued. The malts bring light belgian golden flavors, some wheat as well, and faint grainy malt taste with a touch of pilsner like straw. Then hops, plenty of hops with a decent bitterness, light noble like grassy but floral hops, hint of citrus and juicy candy hops, very lively and fresh tasting. Finish is fairly dry and quite bitter, a nice big bite of noble grassy and a bit earthy hops, with more light candied orange flavor, and some saison farmhouse flavors lingering, with hint of the typical spices and citrus juice.
Mouth is med bodied, good carb, quite carbonated in fact, bordering too much but not quite there.
Overall tasty and drinkable, delivers what it promises, with no off flavors. Nice malts, nice hops, nice level of bitterness, and hint of acidity, decent yeast flavors, although I would have liked a bit more of the farmhouse flavors myself, but I like the heavy saisons with funk. That being said, it's still nothing spectacular and something to write home about, but still a quite tasty beer.
08-12-2012 20:51:39 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a nice cloudy golden orange with two fingers of dense white head
S: smells like a saison with some nice cracker like malt, fruity esters, spicy yeast smell, a bit of noble hop aroma, slight grassyness and a little citrus. this is a beer that smells great
T: spice and esters up front with some nice maltyness, noticeable hop presence as well. slight grassy flavor toward the end and a bit of lemony citrus. swallow brings on the hops and a bit of malt flavor along with another small dose of fruity esters.
M: pretty effervescent, carbonation is apparent and prickly medium mouthfeel with a bit of stickyness to it and a slightly drying finish
O: a very solid beer, jester king did some nice work with this one and its nice that this one is a bit different. the flavors are a bit closer to a belgian pale ale though but it's enjoyable nonetheless.
08-12-2012 02:33:09 | More by SHODriver
3.93/5 rDev +1%
A - Pumpkin orange with a soft, white head. I gave a gentle pour and still ended up with three-finger head. There is a nice amount of lacing left on the glass. Looks like a DIPA in color... Maybe that's me just knowing it's hoppy.
S - Smells like a saison... It's odd to me how Texas can smell like Belgium in a bottle. Big yeast, with earthy, grassy hops shining through.
T - What I expected... Clean, yet earthy flavor from the noble hops. It reminds me of a blended between a saison and a local Belgian IPA, Naughty Girl.
M - Low carbonation on this one. Smooth, yet dry... drys me out a bit, but it's a nice clean finish. Medium bodied, which I like for the style.
O - It's not mind-blowing, but once again, I am pumped to be able to try a Jester King brew that my region is not meant to get in distribution. I want more Jest King stuff now! I'm glad this is not DIPA hoppy; the saison qualities would have been lost here.
Enjoyed with a nice Cantonese tofu meal.
08-10-2012 23:06:19 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
3.85/5 rDev -1%
Poured into a tulip.
Hazy golden/orange with 3-4 fingers of head. Good retention and low carbonation. Leaves behind rings of lacing.
Light Belgian yeastiness, pils malts, grassy noble hops, caramel and bubblegum.
Raw grains (wheat & pils malt), earth, dried hay and horse blanket. Farmhouse yeasty. Hints of bubblegum and lemon Pledge. Finishes is dry and extremely grassy with dirty hops, a twinge of lemon zest and a pinch of black pepper.
Light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.
Not as hoppy as anticipated. The bitterness is there but the noble hops, although forward, are not as pungent as I hoped. The barnyard yeastiness is there in spades. Very refreshing and easy drinking. It’s really nice to see an American brewery do a Saison right.
08-10-2012 14:11:38 | More by justintcoons
4/5 rDev +2.8%
This brewery just became available in Indiana this past week.
Noble King pours a medium bodied very cloudy, dull tangerine orange in color with a two finger off white head. The nose is light and citrusy with plenty of Belgian yeast characteristics. The flavors are light and dry. There are citrus notes and it finishes dry and slightly bitter. I appreciate the hop presence. It's kind of musty as well. It drinks medium in body and definitely dries out your palate. It has pretty good flavor but isn't aggressive in one way or another. It's a decent saison.
08-05-2012 15:30:53 | More by aasher
Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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