Buddha's Brew - Jester King Brewery

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89
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 75
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw color and very hazy. The head lasted about a minute then disappeared. No lace. Bread dough aroma when first poured. Oak and fruit come out as it warms. Lightly toasted sourdough bread, oak, sour fruit. Mild bitterness after the finish. Viscous medium body mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.14.13

A - Pours a hazy yellow with an active, fizzy off-white head that clumps together on one side.

S - Sour lemon citrus, oak acid.

T - Sour and woody, then tart lemon.

D - Decent carbonation with a light and thin body.

O - Lemons and oak play off of each other. Tart and thin.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - slightly hazy golden yellow. Not much head. Meh. But there are some pretty bubbles coming up from the bottom. Not unlike champagne, but a little more golden.

S - wheat & sourness. And I don't know what kombucha smells like, but there's something unrecognizable and unique that I smell, so it's safe to assume that's it. Something earthy, almost. Kind of like they pulled the wheat out with some dirt still in it. Weird, I know, but it's not bad.

T - again, the specific likely kombucha flavor, with some wheat. (I don't care for wheaty beers in general, and this is not overwhelmingly wheaty, fortunately.) But yay, it's tart, which makes me happy. Lemon / white grape flavor. Acidic citrus bite on the finish. It's definitely unique.

M - pretty light, which I expected. Again, not unlike champagne, though not quite as bubbly. Wet finish, tart acidic taste sticks around. Which isn't bad, if you like it.

D/O - easy to drink. I only had one bottle of this, and I decided to drink it instead of trading it, & I'm pleased I did. I do like Jester King's sours, and this is no exception. It's definitely a unique-tasting beer that probably won't be for everyone. And I probably wouldn't drink it regularly, but I would drink another bottle sometime, if I had one.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Buddha's Brew

A- hazy golden straw color, very refreshing looking. Minimal white head & disappears fast. The label kicks ass. Matte label with metallic highlights.

S- light funk, sugary sweetness, grapes, light fermented tea/cider aromas.

T- moderate grape and lemon tartness starts up front. Bit of wheat in the middle. Finishes with an interesting creamy yogurt/cream cheese flavor and some oak notes. Has a very long lingering tart yogurt wheat flavor, almost like a taffy or a lemon tootsie roll aftertaste. Very good. Has just the right amount of tartness. Not puckering, but doesn't taste watered down either.

M- moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Very yogurt like. You can taste this beer long after your last sip. That lactic taste just sticks around, not in a bad way cause its very enjoyable. Pretty wet finish.

O- very good stuff. As always Jester King makes interesting beer. A lot like a Berliner Weisse but with a lot of subtle, je ne sais quoi, flavors. Very refreshing, very light. Highly drinkable. I've never had Kombucha before so some of the flavors in this beer are new to me.

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Buddha's Brew from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.