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Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 64
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: videofrog on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A hop forward beer with dank, resinous hop flavor and aroma, balanced by lightly kilned malt flavors, farmhouse yeast esters and a bit of warming alcohol. Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale is an homage to thrash metal music, which often fuels us during our daily chores at Jester King.
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Photo of beerdiablo
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull grassy taste that's close to a blonde ale.
Slight flavor from the malt, low hops. I wouldn't classify this as a"spicy" saison.
Probably best enjoyed at a warmer than colder temperature.
Overall, not an exciting entry in the Jester King portfolio

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Photo of champ103
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking copper color. A large white head forms that sticks around. Light lace.
S: Mango and peach aromas up front. Slightly tart, spicy phenols linger.
T: Slightly tart fruits of mango and peach. Grainy, dirty malt. A lingering rough bitterness. Plenty of alcohol in the finish. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body and low on the carbonation. Really thin and watery. Even dirty like. I wish this was more crisp and clean. The alcohol is strong. A slow sipper for sure, and not that interesting.

This did not do it for me. Seems to be a theme with some of the newer Jester King offerings. I don't know what it is, I guess I just don't enjoy the new stuff as much as everyone else.

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Photo of nataku00
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper color with a two fingers of loose off white bubbly head that quickly receded to a collar of bubbles. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is malty, toasted grain and caramel, a little grassy note. A red apple fruity ester note as it warms.

Taking a sip, malty upfront, caramel, toasted grain, fruity ester, apple and a light clove flavor. Finishes cleanly.

Medium body with plenty of soft carbonation that gently hits the tongue.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jester King
Thrash Metal
750ml, Winter 2012
Deschutes tulip

A: Huge hiss upon opening.  Hazy light orange color.  Three fingers of slightly off white fluffy, rocky head.  Tons of carbonation, tiny bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass.  Tons!  Seems like there will be some lacing here, but the head is hiding it. *** I had a bottle stopper in the bottle, and due to the crazy carb it popped out on the table.

S: I get those Euro, East Kent Goldings, hops.  Light, citrusy and grassy.  Also, getting those farmhouse like esters.  Maybe some light white grape notes.  Sort of vinous. 

T: Tips of the tongue, I get those nice crisp citrus like hop varieties.  It's a very pronounced flavor profile.  I the middle of the mouth you get some of the traditional Saison notes: spicy peppery notes, light barnyard funk, etc.  It's not as good as others in the style.  Maybe a touch too boozy, but the carbonation helps to clear the palate and hide that a little bit.  This is a good thing.

M: Medium bodied.  Lots of prickly carbonation.  Helps clear the palate and thin it.

O: Jester King has better offerings, that is for sure.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color with fine carbonation and a strong white head. Good retention with gobs of lacing.

Banana and citrusy esters with a touch of spice on the nose. Juicy orange flavor with a fair amount of sweetness and a brief mildly bitter finish. A bit of herbal hops and a warm alcohol presence attract more attention as the glass wears on.

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Photo of lokieman
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Champagne bottle into tulip:

A: You can tell immediately that this is an unfiltered, funky brew. Pours a murky golden orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells of a saison with a hop punch. Jester King's dedication to farmhouse ales is definitely evident in this one. Funky, citrus like aroma with the farmhouse yeast very evident in the nose.

T: A continuation of the smell. Definitely get the saison, belgian yeast up front but then bitter, I'm assuming it's the hops, hits your tongue and wipes the palate clean. Finishes with a citrus, funk note that is familiar to saisons I've had in the past. The hops might be working a little too hard for me in this one. The bitter, astringent flavor I get in the middle is a little bit of a bummer but doesn't ruin this brew for me, just wish they would have controlled that aspect a little better. It definitely takes away from the experience for me.

M: The mouthfeel isn't bad but not great either. A little thin for my tastes and the beer doesn't linger on the palate as much as I would like. It's missing that "thin honey" texture that I enjoy in my saisons and belgian brews. Again not bad just could have been done better for my tastes.

O: Jester King is a brewery I can respect for sticking to what they love...farmhouse brews. This strong saison was decent but a few of the notes are a little off for my taste buds. There is a bitterness that wore on me as I worked my way through the bottle. The hop presence was a little much for me in this style of beer. Jester King is relatively new in the brewing world and Thrash Metal is a solid effort for their farmhouse lineup. I have a couple more bottles and I will crack them in the future to see if age adds some sweetness and mellows the bitterness. All in all an above average effort from Jester King and I am excited to try their future releases.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, yeast, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and alcohol up front with malty finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is something in the taste that I can't put my finger on that is a bit odd.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellar Temp->Hennepin Glass
A ~ No eruption! The new Jester King is lookin' good. I'm used to erupting bottles, losing a full quarter of ale. Lacing is to style as is carbonation--fine & smooth. Pours a very nice Orange/Amber.

S ~ Strong Citrus & Resin notes w/ a melange of peaches, pears, & yellow apples. Slight rock candy. Great nose.

T ~ Citrus follows through w/ a big backbone of cane sugar & pale malts. Mid palette is pears, dried fruit, & resins. Finish is all heat with assorted farmhouse aromas.
Notes of honey, mint, & melon arise upon warming. The overall flavor of this beer is overall better after warming up to room temperature.

M ~ Heat is pretty prevalent. At first it is phenolic to a fault, but as it WARMS the hop flavors come out a lot more & meld with the large doses of sugar & pale malt.

D ~ I understand that JK was not going for a specific style here, but this is somewhere between a Belgian IPA & a Biere de Garde. I did not rate it as a BSPA, because it really is not one.
Let it warm!!! I had it at cellar temp, & I thought it was ho hum, but as it WARMED, the hop flavors & farmhouse characteristic arose.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice finger of head which left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of bretty notes upfront on the aroma with citrus, spice, and slight piney green hop notes as well.

T: the citrus flavor was more prominent on the palate with bretty yeast character, citrus accents, spice, and a touch of piney bitter dry hops on the backend.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with plenty of carbonation which had a hoppy, spice, bretty, citrusy, and prickly finish.

O: was a decent saison brew but was not a favorite, will definitely check out more of their beers though.

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

Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, hay, light funk, leather, and spicy yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes, with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, light honey, floral, grass, hay, leather, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, light fruits, pepper, clove, floral, grass, hay, wheat, bread, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate hop and malt notes; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, fairly crisp, and earthy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good saison style. Good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341st review. I can see the seeswo. I've got him in my sights.

Thanks to bentwookie for this and the rest of the complete Jester King collection. Tulip glass.

A: Pours orange-tinted golden, three fingers of pillowy white head. Very good retention and a few streaks of lace.

S: Dried sugar-coated pineapple, floral, sweet malt. Smells really nice.

T: strong floral notes (jasmine, hibiscus). Doesn't quite come together, and there's a lingering, slightly off bitterness/alcohol on the backend.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation which imparts a nice crispness. Round and slightly alcoholic body.

O: Pretty good. I think I missed the boat on the "piney, citrusy hops" per the label, but fortunately what's underneath is still tasty.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.10.12.

A - Poursa cloudy dark orange with a lively large light tan head that fades down pretty quickly.

S - Very subtle. SOme citrus, pine and Bret does come out.

T - Sweet citrusy-pine, and some Bret.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Unique beer here. Bret and some funky citrus, a touch of hoppy resin as well.

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

Fresh American style farmhouse yeast aroma. Enormous bubbly white head on hazy yellow. Smooth drinking and very drinkable farmhouse, with enough hops to keep it on the bitter side and interesting. Some spice in the finish, though I have had spicier bites in this style.

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

750ml capped bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold color with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of funky farmhouse aromas like horse blanket as well as Saison like aromas of lemon, hops, and Belgian yeast esters.

T: The taste mimics the nose with very funky Saison flavors with an earthy hop finish. The lemon and belgian yeast esters really come out as the beer warms a bit.

M: The feel is crisp and a bit drying on the finish.

O: Not a BSPA but definitely an Imperial Saison which is what I'm rating this as. I think the funky stuff could be toned down a bit but other than that it's a decent strong Saison.

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Photo of DavidST
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, no bottle date. This pours a hazy golden brown color with a large off white head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of a little funk, pepper, lemon grass. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is slightly bitter, some nice hops, a little alcohol head, a little funk, a very dry finish.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with plenty of yellowing around the edges of my tulip glass. This thing is effervescent as all hell. Tons of carbonation is visible and a monstrous white fluffy head is produced.

There is a farmhouse yeast funky quality with the hops are right underneath it producing orange and grassy aromas.

Big funky and citrus(orange and lemon) elements on the palette. Mmmm, musty oranges. Slight bitterness and alcohol presence. You do get some malty sweetness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. There is a lively carbonation. Quite crisp and could make for a good summer type beer. Who cares if its 100 degrees and 9.3 abv.

Zesty popped in my head while drinking this. I realized I have no thrash metal to listen to while imbibing. I was all good when putting back some Black Metal. I liked this beer but just like thrash metal in general I'm not overly impressed.

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Photo of videofrog
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this served on-tap at the Draught House in Austin in an imperial half-pint glass.

A: Cloudy light orange; nice head that settles quickly. Lacing only left at top of glass.

S: Definitely a hop-forward farmhouse ale. Resiny hops followed by Belgian funk; light malts in the background.

T: Taste follows the smell; yeasty esters more apparent. Alcohol lets you know it's there without being overbearing. Great warming effect for rainy or cold days.

M: A little on the thick side, but appropriate for such a big ale.

O: Made me think of a hoppy, funky, not quite as complex, Duvel. That's why I designated it as a BSPA, but feel free to edit me on that one. Really enjoyed this one; will grab a bottle when it's released.

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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy orange with bright bubbles all around.

S - Citrus and grass comes to the forefront. Good farmhouse elements along with white grapes.

T - Malty and light caramel, develops into orange peel with a hoppy finish.

M - Kind of heavy on the tongue but the carbonation is very lively.

O - Love it... Reminds me of a heavier farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-pink color with a small white head. The aroma has some orange and pine notes from the hops as well as grass, Belgian yeast, spices and biscuit malt. The flavor has quite a bit of orange and pine, with some biscuit malt, coriander, white pepper and yeast notes. The alcohol is well hidden when the beer is cold, but gets a little more noticeable as it warms. There is quite a bit of hop flavor but the bitterness is low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Thanks to Lee for this one! Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a nice white head on top (not a massive billowy one like some other JK beers I have had). Nice head retention with moderate lacing.

S: Surprising amount of citrus, lots of orange zest and grapefruit. Some grainy malt and bready and a little bit of spice.

T: More of the same, lots of citrus, mostly orange zest and tangerine with some peppery spice. Sort of reminds of a "white" ipa I had.

M: Medium to full bodied with no sign of the abv at all. Pretty smooth.

O: Another solid beer from Jester King. A hopped up saison really.

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

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a standard Kate the Great tulip a hazy golden straw hue with a thin light blanket. Light lacing.

S - Aromas of light farmhouse funk ans fruity esters just very inviting .

T - Taste is quite different and unique. Light farmhouse with gentle hay and citrus. Good esters with a light boozy.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good, in line with other jester king beers.

O - Overall I enjoyed this unique beer from jester king. Glad I got to try it

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

a beautiful golden / light copper pour with 2 fingers of head which stayed quite foamy throughout the session. smells of pepper, lemongrass, spicy yeast, banana, strawberry.. lots of nice scents, slightly funky. lots of sweet malt are present, alongside of a spicy booze heavy citrusy drink. lots of yeast, pepper, coriander, slight orange peel flavor..
medium body, nicely carbonated, a bit on the heavy/hot side.. which is AWESOME especially for the freezing cold night we're having. a wonderful saison, on the heavy side, so it's a bit abrasive, however it's a great sipper. very flavorful, with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle pours a very hazed, medium gold color with a tiny-bubbled white head. Average retention and very nice lacing.

Light tropical hop aroma and a bit of underlying tartness. Has a chalkiness to it...kinda like Smartees candy. Some touches of red apples and grape skins. Interesting smelling brew, the yeast has done some funky stuff here, for sure.

Definitely a nice American-made BSPA here, lots of character. Thick body and the hops are tamer than I thought they would be, maybe equal parts flavoring and bitterness. The mouthfeel is very nice...carbonation is very fine and the creaminess is awesome. I am surprised that the hops and yeast mix so well here, most times I find it to be a clashing combination. Hides the ABV well. It shows off the yeast very well and I am quite impressed by this offering. I'll buy a few more if I can find 'em, even though I dont think this one would fare well in the cellar...I fear many will try however just because of the Belgian heritage and high ABV.

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Photo of dac0152
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Thrash Metal is a foggy, peach color. Definitely unfiltered and fresh, as there are white lace-marks clinging to the glass. A nice inch-thick head initially appeared but quickly subsided to leave a nice white ring sitting as the crown of the brew.

Sweet citrus hops pop over fresh grain, musk, and sour, tangy saison yeast. The aroma is farmhouse all the way, delicious and inviting; everything a saison or a "rustic" beer should be.

The hops are less dominate on the palate, but still very apparent. The zesty, tangerine/orange flavor blends in extremely well with the funkiness of the yeast. The 9.3% of the brew that is alcohol peeks its head around the corner, especially as the beer warms, and is a welcome addition to the sweet twang of flavors. This mutha tastes goood!

Unfortunately, Thrash Metal is too thin. If it was beefed up a little more, it would make the beer about 10x better; it's a pretty good saison, but could be really great if it didn't finish so weakly. It's nice sour finish is wiped away too quickly. I want a saison that's going to hang around on my palate, especially at 9.3% abv.

Overall a pretty solid brew, I just wish it was a little thicker! I'd definitely buy this one again. Cheers, Jester King.

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Photo of acevenom
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange with some sediment and an off-white, fluffy head and plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass. The aroma is strongly of Farmhouse esters. There are some white wine characteristics to the aroma as well. I can also detect some hops and the malt. The taste really hits those Saison notes. There is that barnyard funk with spice and citrus. Those white wine notes are noticeable as well. There are some pine and grassy characteristics coming through from the hops as well. The hops really come through in the back end bringing a nice bitterness to the beer. There's a nice malty backbone that is grainy and sweet. It's nicely well balanced. The alcohol is present in the taste, but it is not overpowering. The body is light with abundant carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the carbonation lends crispness. The lighter body makes what this strong ale easy to consume. This really is an excellent beer.

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Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale from Jester King Brewery
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