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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jester King Brewery

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 612
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 27.18%
Wants: 40
Gots: 112 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. The Leo in me is quite fond of the hawk circlet adorned Mustafa-ish king of the jungle beast filling up prime real estate on the label. Other notable notables: made partially with collected rain water (very cool) and vegan suitable (meh). Keep it weird, Austin!

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden apricot hue, with a teeming amount of bottle refermentation-spawned puffy, chunky eggshell white head, which takes its gentile time melting away, eventually leaving broad, thick, patchy swaths of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells predominantly of musty, bitter citrus peel, mixed into a glass of overly pulpy orange juice, some grainy pale malt, mild savoury spices (clove and pepper, mostly), and nicely moderated barnyard yeast. The taste is more fruity orange and grapefruit citrus, juicy and bitter all the same, an understated crackery graininess, a light white peppery spiciness, and a complex yeastiness, well restrained in its musty, funky, and stuffy moving parts.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but generally well kept, the body a decent medium weight, and really rather smooth, the constituents doing well to keep the hell out of the way in this respect. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness, bitter and fleshy alike combining with the low-fi malt and soft yeast to gently ride things out.

A crazily agreeable farmhouse ale for me - i.e., one where the sassy yeast knows its place and is turned down to a few notches, without being tuned out entirely, in order to let the subtle (or not) fruit character take center stage. Tasty, quite drinkable, and another cracking offering from this brewery from the liberal heart of Texas - I say that with love.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average brightness in the orange color, looks pretty, and even more formidable lacing and retention, it originally started out at about 1.5" and stuck around for quite some time, taking well over a few minutes to get down below the 1/2" range.

Aroma was lemony and noble hop, I enjoyed it, reminiscient of that first warm spring day when all the hotties on campus or wherever you might be start putting on their first sun dresses of the season, but I digress.

A real earthy body presence to it, its like there's almost dirt in the bottle, but the good homey earthy kind. Definitely way more hopping than I am used to in a saison, but that's kind of the trend for the last few years, just make an "innovative" take on a style by dumping hops in it. It works just fine here. Crisp, lemony edge to a saison that isn't massive in its yeast flavors. Pull some pepper and grass out of it from time to time.

Something I wouldn't talk someone out of trying, but I don't see myself coming back to it, not because it was bad, it was actually fairly decent.

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very cloudy golden amber color. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This one is quite earthy with a light hop note. The overall smell is light with some fruity notes as well. There is a faint note that almost reminds me of white wine.

Taste: There is a strong hop component here, but it doesn't cover up all the interesting things going on in the background. There is an earthy component here as well along with a fruitiness that shows up near the end of the sip. There is also a yeasty component here as well. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with very fluffy, full carbonation. It seems like the finish should be dry, but it never really gets there.

Overall: This is a very complex and interesting beer. I liked all the components. I would have liked the beer to be drier, but that wasn't too big a deal. I'd have more.

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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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of hoody711
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden straw with a fluffy white head. Looks great.

S - Grassy, barnyard, hoppy and faint orange peel.

T - Some spices at first, lots of lemony hops and ends with a slightly tart finish.

M - Light, effervescent. About what it should be for the style.

O - Love a saison that's done right and this one is! Not a heavy, syrupy body or overdone like some others are.

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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


750 ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed yellow gold, the froth is super clumpy, great lacing.

A rich fruity cornucopia of scents, sweet grass, strong citrus, no dank.

Hop citrus dominates the initial flavor. Grains, distant spices, yeasty. Bitter sits in for dry. Heavy wet bitter grass but no funk of measure, well balanced hops. Crisp light bodied mouthfeel.
a saison

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tons of foam on the first pour (we're talking more head than beer and slowly dissipating!). topped it off with another half pout and got a nice 2 fingers of head. a cloudy yellow/orange pour with visible carbonation.
smells of orange peel, coriander, citrusy, pepper, bready yeast. tastes bitter and peppery up front with a weird tangy citrus-like finish but the bitterness lingers. it pretty much just tastes like a bitter saison... which i really like.
light body, slightly creamy feel on lips, champagne like carbonation all blend together to make one hell of a refreshing beer.
overall, i really like this one, but it's nothing like i was expecting. from the artwork i thought it was an apa or ipa. then i read it's a hopped up belgian pale.. popped it open and it smelled and tastes like a saison! whatever, the bottom line is it is delicious.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from Jester King Craft Brewery that I decided to try, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale has a cloudy darker yellow/orangish color to it. It also poured more of an off-white/cream colored head, plenty of it too, about 1 1/2 inch.

S - There is quite a bit of hops to this, not surprising given the name. In addition, I get some grassy notes, citrus, and a barnyard type of smell on the nose.

T - on the palate I got a little bit of spice first, followed by plenty of good hops, not over powering though. This beer finishes with interesting zest of citrus and, well, green grass is how I would describe it. Quite interesting, something I haven't tasted before, but I like it.

M - full-bodied and a bit chewy since it's unfiltered. The carbonation is just right.

O - another great job by Jester King, the Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale is well done. The hops are present, but play in harmony with the malts, not over powering them. The hops really do contribute a good deal to the flavor and aroma of the beer giving an interesting complexity.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle generously shared by Thirstybird. Pours a dull orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity. Head is 2.5 inches, bright white and fluffy in texture. Thick rings of lacing are formed as the head gradually dissipates into a half inch creamy dollop. Nose expresses citrus, Saaz, lemon zest, a hint of candi sugar and a mild spice profile (coriander and pepper), as well as slight yeast presence and a suggestion of ethanol. Taste follows nose; however, there's more of an earthy hops character. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body (but closer to light) with a pleasant, even carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a solid domestic representation of the style. Fairly clean with more of a hoppy presence, but definitely within style parameters.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bro tjkinate for the bottle. I've had a couple other of Jester King's stuff and haven't been disappointed. From a 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow. Two fingers of off-white head has solid retention and some decent lacing.

Classic Belgian Pale nose, with an extra kick of noble hops. Herbal yeast with some bubblegum notes and a bit of barnyard funk. Bunches of grassy, slightly floral hops. A touch of cereal like grains. Very nice nose.

Taste follows the nose. Starts out with the spicy Belgian-style yeast. Followed up with some lovely noble hops; super floral, super grassy, a bit of citrus zest. A touch of pale malt rounds it all out. Very nice.

Light in body, wonderfully crisp carbonation. Very clean, dry finish. Exceedingly drinkable, but perhaps a touch thin.

Overall this is just a well crafted, and tasty beer. Is it really a Belgian Pale Ale? No. It comes from Texas. About as far from Belgium as you get. I think American Farmhouse Pale Ale is a more apt description. Yet Jester King's yeast seems to be of a Belgian persuasion. Belgian yeasts are known for their complex flavor profile, and that is exactly what Jester King's yeast strain possesses. It adds a little something special to all of their brews. The addition of European Noble hops only makes this beer that much better. Like a hopped up Orval. Recommended to any who can get it. Cheers!

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.