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Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale - Jester King Brewery

Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong AleThrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%


Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: videofrog on 01-09-2012)
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden honey orange into my DFH signature glass. A huge, fluffy, citrus tinted white head floats ontop and takes a really long time to fade away. Really nice sticky lacing dripping all over the glass. Has a nice hazy, grainy appearance.

S- Lemons, honey and a nice mild citrus hop note. Really nice malty backbone on this one. Touches of dried bananas, tangerine, necterine and something just a touch musty. Hints of clove, Pink peppercorns and wet grass.

T- A touch tart and sweet all at the same time. Bright notes of lemon with a sweet honey, maltiness. Really big pepper flavors come thru as it warms up. Nice citrusy hop punch! Subtle hints of banana yeastiness, piney stone fruit hops, and fresh cut grass.

M- Really nice carbonation that pops with lemon, thyme and rosemary. Really nice sweet citrus and piney hops that blast your tongue. A really nice balance between the sweet honey malts and the peppery, lemony, herbal hops.

O- Very well balanced! Amazing mix of honey sweet, lemony citrus, floral spring grass, and belgian yeastiness. I gotta trade for a few more of these. Received as an extra in a very generous trade with bentwookie.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:39:54 | More by Thickfreakness
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:17:04 | More by CliffBrake
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wethorseblanket

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, slightly dark, yellowish orange with an off-white head leaving nice lace.

N: Floral and bready yeast with spicy black pepper and hoppy notes.

T: Farmhouse yeast shines through with the peppery spice combines well with fruity citrus. Alcohol heat is noticed on the finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this. Not really a belgian strong pale ale, more of a hoppy imperial saison. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:50:33 | More by wethorseblanket
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 19:40:33 | More by mdaschaf
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GregSVT

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:22:11 | More by GregSVT
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:20:20 | More by chocosushi
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10th review for this beer. Thanks greid!

Deep golden straw color with a thick haze. Frothy white one inch head.

Smells like a Saison, but I know the ABV is too high for that. Pears come to mind, with a steady dose of bananas as well. Spicy smell. The fruit smells very sweet, like banana bread.

That banana bread smell really translates to the taste, but that pear comes through as well. Like a sweetened fruit. I can feel the wheat malt, as it feels like a Weizen Helles Bock. Picture if Weihenstephaner made a Weizenhellesbock, and youd have this.

Very full mouthfeel, but a light body. Just like a Weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 20:36:55 | More by VncentLIFE
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick dense almost white head. Golden hazy orange body. A slight touch of lacing and the alcohol legs are quite nice. Head settles to a touch more than a cap.

Am I smelling an IPA or a farmhouse ale? The balance between the two are great. The hops come through with a nice pine, orange zest, sweet citrus, and white grapefruit aroma. A bready maltiness, faint floral, lemons, white grapes, and fruity yeast esters as well.

Creamy orange, light pine, white pepper, and rye bread flavors. Drys out nicely on the backend much like good ipa's/saison's do. The negative thing about that here is the bitterness from the hops and both the saison peppery dry finish clash. Some more hop flavors or sweet malts on the finish would help smooth this out. The aftertaste lingers with a light touch of pine, orange, and wild flower honey (not sticky sweet) that sits on the back of the tongue. A nice full-bodied beer which reveals hardly any alcohol at all. A quick alcohol bite on the middle of the palate but is shoved aside right away.

A truly unique experience here! Very much the farmhouse/saison style blends really nicely with a west coast style DIPA. It seems like a perfect marriage between the two. For me I would like it to lean a little more towards the IPA side. (But then again I am a Hophead) A hit more hop flavor and aroma would've totally blown me away, but I'm still thoroughly impressed. I think the balance is almost spot on. (the finish is my only slight complaint) I have not had a beer like this before. Some farmhouse/saison beers claim to be hopped up, but they can't say that after Thrash Metal has smashed them over the head. Another awesome brew from Jester King!

[93/100]

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 06:33:19 | More by mindspin315
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into an unmarked tulip glass.

Thrash Metal displays a murky, yet brightly colored goldenrod body with a tall cap of off-white foam. Lacing sticks to the edges of the glass. Aroma is rife with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus from the dry-hopping. Belgian esters are phenolic and spicy in the background with a hint of booze chiming in with each sniff.

The flavor matches the aroma fairly well, with big, juicy bursts of orange flesh, pineapple, and mango. The Kent Golding hops are spicy and sharp, distinct yet juxtaposed nicely against the pungent, spicy Farmhouse yeast flavor. The booze is a bit unchecked, here, but it's forgivable. Mouthfeel is creamy thanks to the malted wheat, but spritzy with carbonation all the same. Finishes with a lingering alcohol and phenolic flavor. Overall, a unique offering from Jester King. Definitely a special occasion beer, and worth the effort to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:45:48 | More by wagenvolks
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:17:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:27:55 | More by Mora2000
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champ103

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:41:21 | More by champ103
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gtermi

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours a very nice dark copper orange body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the side of the glass.

S: There is a strong amount of malt at first and it also has a nice bit of hops. It seems very sweet and fruity too.

T: The first thing I recognize is the nice hops on the palate. The big lingers for a long time and then has a very pleasant malt taste.

M: This to me is the best part of the beer. It is so smooth and easy to drink. When I pour it into my mouth it has a nice fluffy feeling that goes down with ease. There is a tiny bit of crispness too.

O: Just another very solid beer released by Jester King. If you see this, def get it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:38:42 | More by gtermi
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dac0152

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:30:43 | More by dac0152
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lokieman

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 16:23:52 | More by lokieman
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videofrog

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 17:04:25 | More by videofrog
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Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale from Jester King Brewery
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