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Buddha's Brew - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 74
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first Jester King beer to be brewed entirely in oak. Unfermented wort was racked directly to oak barrels and inoculated with souring bacteria. From there, it spent months aging in our barrel room before being blended with live kombucha at bottling. Unfiltered, unpasteurized & naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

(Beer added by: brandon911 on 09-16-2012)
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StuporJew

Texas

2.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Cloudy, Straw yellow, little to no head, but good effervescence.

Smell - REEKS of Kombucha! Dried grape/raisin notes, wheat malt, & Lemon. Pretty funky... Can't tell for sure if the funk stems from the Tea or the bacteria alone.

Taste - Tons of Kombucha funkiness, dominated by the whiskey top-note from the barrel aging. Sharp acidity, and lingering twang.

Mouthfeel - Rich Lactic mouthfeel. Good Carbonation.

Overall - I went into this beer without very high expectations, seeing as I'm not really a fan of Kombucha tea. I AM a huge fan of the sour style, however, and have enjoyed many of JK's experimental beers. (Boxer's Revenge was pretty boss.) I look forward to Funk Metal, but this was just not the beer for me, although it may appeal to some. All in all, an interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:04:48 | More by StuporJew
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Renegrenade

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

10-08-2012 14:04:02 | More by Renegrenade
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champ103

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. At first a tightly packed white head tries to form. On a very vigorous poor. Though that fizzles out in a second. No lace to speak of. Not a very attractive poor.
S: Up front is tart citrus and wheat, though that fades in a second to a very odd musky, wet cloths kind of aroma. Citrus in the finish again. Medicinal and metallic in the nose as well. Nothing meshes here and kind of messy.
T: Not as convoluted and messy here. Though very simple. Husky wheat, tart lemon rind, and citrus. A very light lingering acidic bite.
M/D: Very light body. Moderate carbonation. Though very thin and watery. I understand that it is low alcohol, but still you can make a fuller mouthfeel than paper thin. Really disappointing here. Not something I care to finish. Just ho hum, and not much here to interest me.

This is not doing it for me. No real character here. Just tart lemon and citrus with a really weak body. Not something I care to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:46:57 | More by champ103
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Grocerystowe


3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-08-2012 19:46:24 | More by Grocerystowe
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NeverSettle

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

09-22-2012 05:17:55 | More by NeverSettle
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jbeezification

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

01-23-2013 22:05:26 | More by jbeezification
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

05-26-2013 15:16:08 | More by drummermattie02
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MightyDog

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

09-25-2013 21:00:56 | More by MightyDog
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mynie

Indiana

3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this was similar to drinking regular, non-boozified kombucha--the first sip is nearly intolerable and I worry that I won't be able to finish the bottle. Then it get drinkable. Then I develop a taste for it and am sorry, some time later, when the bottle is finally empty.

I have no idea what goes into brewing with live kombucha but I'm willing to bet it's not particularly easy. Additionally, I got no ideas how to really review this beer since there's nothing against which it can be fairly based--it's not a regular wild ale, certainly. It's a whole new world of tart.

I can say, however, that this was not an easy drinking beer. Even as I came to enjoy it, it still went down awful slow. So while it's doubtless an excellently brewed beer, I can't quite bring myself to recommend it normal-like.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 23:07:06 | More by mynie
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huskermike12

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-15-2013 00:58:47 | More by huskermike12
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-22-2013 21:10:46 | More by Thorpe429
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-17-2013 12:44:50 | More by seeswo
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dkw0063

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-28-2013 19:31:20 | More by dkw0063
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-04-2014 20:01:56 | More by yourefragile
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale hazy yellow. No head.

Smell - All sorts of lemony acids. A variety of aromas. A little bit floral and grainy.

Taste - Very sour. Lemon citrus sourness. Not a lot else going on, but it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Well carbonated. Nice sourness.

Overall - Tasty beer that might have suffered from being too late in the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:25:02 | More by Alieniloquium
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zander4dawin

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light murky water appearance, the taste is peachy with a slight sour candy taste. Overall it's a nice sour ale by jester king but not their best offering to date. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable. Slight amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. I'd recommend this beer if you like sour ales but some of jester kings past sours have been better like boxers revenge.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:27:00 | More by zander4dawin
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-05-2014 06:03:54 | More by Ben7773
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-28-2013 19:38:23 | More by acurtis
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mhenson42

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-24-2014 00:53:18 | More by mhenson42
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dumptruck81

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-20-2012 18:13:34 | More by dumptruck81
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MisterGrizz

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-13-2013 17:26:52 | More by MisterGrizz
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Dat

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-26-2013 05:56:04 | More by Dat
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bbadger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-29-2012 20:16:03 | More by bbadger
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cmoody91

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-13-2012 02:17:05 | More by cmoody91
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-03-2013 00:53:21 | More by denimdemon
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Buddha's Brew from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.