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Buddha's Brew - Jester King Brewery

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 76
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of StuporJew
2.43/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

StuporJew, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Renegrenade
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Renegrenade, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of champ103
2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

champ103, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Grocerystowe
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Grocerystowe, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -24.8%

NeverSettle, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of jbeezification
3/5  rDev -24.8%

jbeezification, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -24.8%

drummermattie02, May 26, 2013
Photo of MightyDog
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

MightyDog, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of mynie
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

mynie, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of huskermike12
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

huskermike12, May 15, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Thorpe429, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

seeswo, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of dkw0063
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

dkw0063, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

yourefragile, May 04, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of zander4dawin
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

zander4dawin, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Ben7773, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6%

acurtis, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of mhenson42
3.75/5  rDev -6%

mhenson42, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

MisterGrizz, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Dat
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Dat, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -6%

bbadger, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of cmoody91
3.75/5  rDev -6%

cmoody91, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -6%

PG2G, Jul 27, 2014
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Buddha's Brew from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.