Das Überkind Organic Vieille Saison - Jester King Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to ExperimentalAles for this one. It pours like you'd expect for a saison - cloudy, almost to the point of being opaque, with golden edges and an orange, sunburst center. A nice, big, foamy white cap piles up and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. It shows nice retention and lasts at least half-way down the glass.
Very pleasant aroma, right from the first sniff. Tart green apples, some zesty lemon and citrus fruits, and a nice dose of farmhouse aromas. Mild funk in the form of some hay and cork-like mustiness. It smells very refreshing and zesty, like something you could drink in the middle of summer in the backyard on the deck.
...And the first sip confirms that it is indeed that type of beer. Lemon zest, ripe green apples, some oaky tannins, and apple cider vinegar are all discernible from the start. A good mix of saison and sour-type flavors that share the stage nicely, with none of them necessarily overpowering any other. Refreshing doesn't even begin to describe this beer, and even at 6.5% ABV, I'm already feeling like I could sip this in the heat all day.
Some acidity opens up over time and the funk comes out even more, though it was still present in the beer's early stages. Barnyard-y cork and wet, musty cellar with a sharp, dry finish. It leaves your mouth coated with a slight apple skin tartness and a funky Brett finish. Nice mouth feel, thin-medium bodied with a commanding carbonation presence that aids in projecting the flavors forward.
I've been very impressed with nearly every Jester King offering I've had so far, and this one was no exception. As I already said, my glass was empty and I felt as though I could have easily torn through a gallon of this stuff. So refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. Makes me sad this stuff isn't available in my area. Hopefully JK starts expanding their operation pretty soon.
07-05-2013 19:10:52 | More by tectactoe
3.51/5 rDev -14.8%
Bottle shared by leftyhyzer as part of NWI Tasting Group Bottle Share
A - Hazy golden yellow with no head. Small amount of foam on the sides
S - Lemon, grassy, slight Brett funk with it. Light oak and apple juice
T - Tart vinegar up front with light green apple juice. Light lemon on the finish as well as oak. Light flavor over all
MF - Light carbonation with light oak on the end
O - More of a sour than a Saison as a light tart vinegar is the main taste profile. Good flavor but not too complex overall
01-23-2013 03:50:04 | More by jeonseh
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
750ml bottle. Merci beaucoup to Phyl21ca for getting this one to me, in a roundabout way, from Texas to Quebec, to Alberta.
This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of lazily foamy, mostly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of spooky splattered lace around the glass as things bleed away.
It smells of a host of mildly tart fruit - lemon, cherries, and strawberries, mostly - a subtle, pleasant enough funk, grainy, somewhat wheaty pale malt, some middling wet wood notes, a bit of lactic sourness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is much more woody than the nose let on, the graininess of the planks redolent of barnyard funk, and a further general mustiness, with some caramel-tinged pale malt, underwhelmingly edgy wheat chaff, an uncertain mixed drupe fruitiness, a bit of sour lemon rind, and subtle earthy, leafy hops.
The bubbles are fairly sedate, but supportive at the same rate, the body medium-light in weight, the wood and the general sense of the underlying style dictating much here, while the creeping smoothness is all local goodness. It finishes on the dry side, the funk, hops, fruit, and malt all in cahoots.
Barrel-aging something as finely-calibrated as a saison seems patently unnecessary, but I will defend any brewer's right to do so. Anyways, it kind of actually works here, the wood well integrated into the funky vector of the whole deal. Not as wild as yer typical funkhead might appreciate, but well-rounded and enjoyable for the style.
09-27-2013 03:33:50 | More by biboergosum
3.39/5 rDev -17.7%
Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at one of our Random Sunday Tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, butterscotch, butter, earth, funk, and mint. The flavor was of sweet malt, mint, butter, earth, fruit, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to be honest that this one was my least favorite brew from the tasting. The butterscotch note on the nose was very evident throughout the glass and this was a bit of a turn-off to me. The flavor however was comprised mostly of butter and mint. Not sure that was the best combination that is possible for a beer, but they certainly did it with this one. While I can say this was decent, I can also say that it was very close to be a complete disaster if a few more elements had gone wrong. Really glad that they blend this usually instead of leaving it straight.
03-28-2013 14:35:33 | More by thagr81us
2.98/5 rDev -27.7%
A- lightly carbonated, head disappears quickly.
S- sour apple
T- SOUR apple,
M- it will make you pucker, followed by a long-lasting oak barrel aftertaste.
Vielle saison, unfiltered bottle-conditioned aged in oak barrels. 6.5% ABV. Jester King's notes were "Funk and tartness abound in this dry, golden, old saison aged for months in oak barrels." Tart is accurate.
12-24-2012 02:59:18 | More by RoastBeef
Das Überkind Organic Vieille Saison from Jester King Brewery
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