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Das Überkind Organic Vieille Saison - Jester King Brewery

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Das Ãœberkind Organic Vieille SaisonDas Ãœberkind Organic Vieille Saison

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 58
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LeeryLeprechaun on 12-02-2012

Funk and tartness abound in this dry, golden, “old” saison aged for months in oak barrels. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.
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Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoastBeef
2.97/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting glass
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with light funky notes. Taste is also dominated by some sour and tart notes with some funky yeasty notes in the background with limited acidity level. Body is full with limited filtration and medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as complex as I was anticipating and saison base beer is hard to decipher through all this aging but very good rink nonetheless.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: sunny, hazy, medium orange, minimal white head, soapy.

Aroma: white wine musk, subtle tart, citrus, pear, earth, Brett funk, hay, sweet apple.

Taste: light acid sour, tart citrus, grapefruit, herbal, wine-like, funk, musk.

***Good flavors and aromas, but they aren't too forward as a whole. A bit more tart and funky would make it great. Still, it's a good refreshing and drinkable Saison.

Photo of gtermi
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden body with a thin white head that quickly disappears to nothing.

S: To me this smells freaking amazing. I get that strong amount of sourness, some wheat and a little bit of sweet fruitiness.

T: Like the smell, I am getting a strong amount of sourness, a decent amount of wheat and a little bit of sweetness.

M: There is a strong amount of carbonation on the back of the tongue and the tip of the tongue. Sort of has a champagne type mouthfeel.

O: Just another great beer by Jester King!

Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/15/13

Das töpcheers to Göblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, rich orange with some interesting tangerine, gold, and bright copper tones - pours with a large, bright white head, fades to a small few wisps of a cap - lightly hazy and cloudy, which is fine for the style

Smell: Absurdly fragrant, potent, ripe, floral, and woody - very interesting funk, with some Brett, barnyard, ripe yeast, sour acidity, and tartness - wood is very ripe, fresh, like other Jester King beers aged on oak spirals - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon - some light fruits - some big floral notes as well

Taste: Big, bold, and funky - nice pale malts, with some light grains at the base - interesting funk, with some ripe Brett, barnyard, and some big, fruity esters - some light fruits, like pears and apples, some clove - big floral notes - tons of wood as well, ripe oak, reminds me of cedar for some reason - some nice citrus, with lemon, orange, and grapefruit - some earthy notes - finishes very clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely juicy, nicely carbonated, great finish

Overall: Das Tastybeer

While there are some sour and tart notes here, overall I'd consider it more of a saison than a wild. Regardless of what it is, this beer is really, really good. Jester King makes some interesting saisons, and this is one of the best.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a golden orange with a slight haze. A small amount of white head soon falls into a lace around the glass.

Aroma is a mixture of funk and fruit. I get some barnyard aromas, lemon grass, ripe fruit, pineapple. All playing around and moving into and out of the background. Also so honey.

The taste is sweet and funky. It certainly has a barnyard/lemoney finish. The finish is also on the sweet side over a sour finish. Although the beer does have a sour quality.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, as can be expected from a sourish beer.

Overall a very unique beer. It is full of a great range of flavors and aromas that make it really great to sip and savor over an extended drinking session.

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Clear straw colored pour with a minimal head and medium carbonation. Funky smell with an aroma of tart grapes and a little grass. Taste is nice and tart with flavors of sour fruit including lemon and pear backed with some oak tones and a hint of green apple. Very effervescent mouthfeel. Finishes with a nice lingering tart green apple taste that could be compared to the taste of a Jolly Rancher candy.

Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade from Trey.. thanks bro!

Pours a super hazy, cloudy dull golden body with a bubbly white head that reduces fairly quickly to a think layer of foam.
Smells sour, tart, citrusy, lactic, musty, and somewhat oaky with hints of farmhouse spices in the background.
Big sour notes of tart citric acid, fruit peels, sour apple, dry champagne, oak, caramel and spices on the finish. The aftertaste is super dry and tart, leaving an acidic sourness on the tongue. Medium carbonation, super drinkable, refreshing and crisp.

A very nicely crafted Wild Ale.. very complex and flavorful, on the acidic side. If you're into sours, this is a beer to seek out!

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a chilled hazed, golden/orange color. At first a two finger head bubbles up, then gently and nosily fizzles out. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: I like the nose. Musky, funky yeast up front. Acidic and tart, sour over ripped green apple skins.
T: Basically all that is here is slightly acidic and sour green apple skin. Everything is very quick as well. There is no finish, everything vanishes in a second.
M/D: A thin and light body. Light carbonation, and dry. Nothing lasts here, everything vanishes on the tongue. I wish there was more body and crisper carbonation. With the simple drying acidic bite, this is not hard to drink at all. Though not a lot of substance.

I really liked the nose, even though it was just a bit simplistic. There really is nothing else after a tart acidic bite up front, that just vanishes. A good effort, but not one of the more interesting wilds. Especially with the cost.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.3.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a small off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrus, oaky, funky - farmhouse.

T - Wood , subtle lemon and orange citrus, a touch of funk.

D - Good carbonation with a very light body.

O - Wood, citrus - Nice saison and super easy to drink.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 bottle into a stemmed Hill Farmstead tulip. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Crystal clear golden color with quick foamy white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell-Funky yeast, lemons, green grapes, grass, light oak. Real nice and earthy.

Taste-Lemons, light cider vinegar, green apples, funked up oak, vanilla, list goes on and on. Nicely tart and funky with fruit forward flavors and a nice bitterness at the end. Reminds me of a white wine.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated with a super light body. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall-Real nice oak aged tart saison. Super light which is great and not too yeasty. Greast saison.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear and glowing golden color, similar to filtered apple cider. I poured this pretty vigorously, but it only brought up about a 1/2 finger bone white head. Some tiny bubbles of lace follow each sip and some lazy bubbles of carbonation trickle up the glass.

S: Smells really fantastic. I started picking things up even off the pour. Tart green apple skin, underripe pineapple, some spicy new oak, brett, light stonefruit, dried mango, and some white pepper.

T: Just doesn't have as much going on as the smell. Starts with tart green apple and a good amount of smooth malt. The maltiness might be a bit too much, because it never really lets the tartness hit as much as it should. The middle and finish are a bit bland. I get some underripe D'Anjou pear, lemon, oak and some funk. Finish is a bit peppery with a nice dryness to it. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, it's just a touch bland in places.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy dark gold/sunset orange. Small, bubbly, bright-white head drops to a small cap in short order. Decent retention. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Small hint of lemon. Carries that distinct woody, earthy, and grassy/floral yeast profile I expect from Jester King yeast. Some light pale malt sweetness. Combo of sour/tart aromas. Hits on brett, pedio, and lacto along with a some cereal grains. Powdery soft spice. Some tropical hints along with banana. A lot going on. Nice balance of wood/oak. Honey. Wood element adds its own sweetness of green branches.

Taste: Sour pear and lemon juice. Bright tropical fruit layered over some ripe banana and soft yeasty spice. Yeast drops some esters and a mealy apple/pear. Blend of bugs leaves some period and lacto tartness coupled with some bretty funk. Grass clippings with a decidedly floral edge. Mildly tart with a strong current of oak. Pale malts add some sweetness and a minor toasted element.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Clean with a slightly wet mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm adopting a family of great babies.

Complex and then some. Jester King wins again.

Photo of TXBulldog
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into Jester King tulip.

Hazy light copper color, turning more to amber where the light hits it. Sizable initial head fades fast but does not disappear completely. Moderate lacing.

Lots of tart fruit and farmhouse funk in this one. Lemon and green apple come through the strongest. Some oak notes come through on the nose.

Immediate hit of tartness followed by fantastic sour notes that linger on the palate. Lots of earthy funkiness underlying both. This is very drinkable, but really rewards being sipped slowly and letting the flavors develop. Jester King bills themselves as a 'farmhouse' brewery and this beer really captures why that fits them so well.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with just enough carbonation to give a crisp finish. Think nice champagne.

If Jester King didn't make this in such limited quantities then I'd consider it their signature beer. The degree of tart/sour flavors here may make it a bit much for anyone who's not a fan of the style, but for those who are or are willing to give it a try this is well worth seeking out.

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fizzy head; the retention was not great though it did leave a smattering of foam spots clinging to the tulip

Smell: Grain and funk, with some vague hints of lemon and strawberry

Taste: Grainy, up front, with acetic tartness building along with the funk; vague lemon and strawberry tones linger, after the swallow; the finish is filled with cheesy funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Like all of JK's offerings, this is an interesting beer; I didn't care for it as much as many of the others I have tried

Thanks, RobertH50, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some malt, grain, fruity, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love love love love this beer. It is a vielle saison and it is my kind of sour. Beautiful gold pour with a small head and intricate lacing. Smells like a lemon orchard crossed with a hay bale. Taste is refined. Sour, but not pucker-your-lips sour. Highly drinkable. What little hops are there seem to make the beer cleaner and fresher. This is not only my favorite beer that Jester King makes, it is the best saison I have ever had.

Photo of WTKeene
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Jester King on 2/1/14 into a small Jester King wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Opaque golden body, a small and loose head that persists quite a while.

Smell: Wow. That smells like blue cheese. Blue. Cheese. Can't say I was expecting that. If I had to be more specific, I'd say Roquefort Papillon, because of the fruity (raspberry?) hints that are present as well.

Taste: Yep, that nose didn't lie. This is blue cheese in beer form. Tart in a lemon juice kind of way, but not mouth-puckering. A relatively prominent maltiness is apparent too. Delicious, if you like blue cheese (I love it).

Mouthfeel: On the flatter side of carbonated, but enough for the beer. This sticks around in the mouth for a while.

Overall: Really unique, like so much that Jester King does, and I'm glad I tried it. I imagine I'll continue to seek it out, I really enjoyed the experience, as strange as it was.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to H0rnedFr0gs for this bottle

A - A clouded golden straw body with ample white head. Very good look.

S - Fruity, acidic, tart, woody, a bit of earth, some nice funk. A bit placid, but interesting and good smell.

T - Dry, light tartness, wood, a bit of citrus. There's a certain amount of wheatiness to it. The funk, wood, and tartness really excel on the front of the tongue, but its fairly neutral elsewhere.

M - Dry, smooth, medium body

O - a nice beer, some good funky notes to it, Seems like a good candidate for aging.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright and hazy golden/amber with a decent foamy, white head on top. Very good lacing, no carbonation bubbles.

A: Big funky, earthy, fruit notes, some pilsner malt character, a little bit of a honey-like character, and some barrel notes as well. Very complex, and very intense.

T/M: Starts off gently, and then a crescendo of sourness comes in with tart fruitiness, big funky brett notes, good neutral malt balance, and some slightly peppery yeast notes. The mouthfeel is light, but it is lightly carbonated and comes off as very smooth, and not the least bit to sour.

Overall, an incredible sour saison. Unbelievably refreshing, and packed with big, tart, fruity, and funky flavors. I would love to have regular access to this breweries beers.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy golden colored body with a thin white head.

Lots of lemon and oak. Some mustiness hanging behind that. Wheat, apple skin, pear, and melon. Also some sweeter pineapple tropical fruit.

Lots of lemony tartness on the taste. Vinegar, white grape, green apple, wheat, and melon. Love the must and oak going on in it.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

A little more subtle than I was expecting but really nice. You can drink it slow and savor it and also down it fairly fast which I did on each of my two glasses from the bottle. Stoked to see what happens to my next bottle over time with the Brett.

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Das Überkind Organic Vieille Saison from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.