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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 544
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 29.2%
Wants: 64
Gots: 119 | FT: 8
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lokieman on 01-11-2013

Farmhouse ale hopped with piney, citrusy American hops, aged on Spanish Cedar spirals, and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.
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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jester King does not disappoint. Ive not had a bad beer from them, but its so damn hard to find a favorite! El Cedro was one of the more hop forward beers I've had from. Great blend of citrus and piney notes. I didn't get as much cedar as i thought id get but it was still there. Fantastic brew all around from Jester King.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A surprisingly delicious hop forward Jester King rendering...Aroma is a blast of bright hop citrus, some pine notes...Smells like a hop forward IPA. Coming through on the flavor is the fresh cedar, reminiscent of cedar plank fish (minus the fish)...which smoothly melds into a medium body and a bit of hop bitterness. Cedar smooths out after a few sips, and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy mother of god is this one hell of a brew.

As with all the beers I've had of theirs, it pours a generous head held up by a pillar of bubbles, a slightly cloudy yellow goldenrod.

They sure aren't kidding about the cedar. Hops and cedar jump right out at the initial uncapping. Then super bright meyer lemon and peppercorn follow intensely and persistently after, with the cedar always present. It's worth noting, while this bottle was seven months old, the style and quality of their brewing has preserved the hop freshness phenomenally.

On the palate, the cedar is less pronounced, which actually turns out to be a positive because I've had beers that are too woody or smoky and it just kills the quaffability. It's a tad more tart and whispy than a typical farmhouse, with some pineapple notes on the back end.

For the most part it's light and fizzy, but becomes softer and fluffier the further towards the bottom of the glass you get.

Overall, such an excellent brew. Normally very hoppy beers aren't my thing, and technically, this has so much going on, it doesn't come across as primarily hoppy. On the other hand, there are a few double IPAs that I've had that exude many of the same properties as this does, namely Konkey Dong and Pliny the Elder. But this beer just can't be compared with anything, so unique, a wonderful experience.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #7--bottled 10.08.15

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden Amber with 2 fingers of head with brilliant lacing

Smell: Citrus and fruity hop aromas and yeast esters

Taste: incredible complexity with hop bitterness and citrus zest working with the yeast and funk as well as a slight wood note from the cedar to offset the flavors and bring everything into balance.

Mouthfeel: Well attenuated and refreshing.

Overall: I was blown away by this. So many flavors going on but are all in sync. I can't believe there is that much hop flavor and aroma, yet doesn't over power the delicate yeast and funk going on. A one-of-kind farmhouse ale.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 7 - 10/08/2015

Pours a hazy orange and yellow with tall head of white foam.

Awesome smell of bright citrusy fruit and some funk. Good level of hoppiness.

Taste has a mix of sourness and bitterness, accompanied by funk and sweetness for a very nice variety of characteristics.

The feel of the beer is highlighted by a good level of carbonation.

Overall: This is an awesome beer with a good blend of hops and sourness along with some good funk complexity. In summary, this beer feels like a good big DIPA crossed with a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is huge citrus aroma - lemon peel and tangerine, with a hint of vanilla, some funky undertones, and west coast IPA pine aroma.

Taste is a hoppy saison - candied fruit, orange citrus, and pine resin all come together with a fairly bitter finish. Funkiness is somewhat subdued for being a Brett beer, but another solid JK offering.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured this into a snifter and it poured a nice amber color with nice lacing I take it. you smell the funk and cedar. it gave me about 3 inches of head and you smell the cedar once you pour it. the brew is tasty and its a mellow kind of hoppy with hints of citrus and cedar. overall its an easy drinker and i would like to have this after a bike trip.

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Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. big bomber poured into tulip
(Batch #6 -- July 1, 2015 -- 7.8% ABV -- 56 IBU)

L: brilliantly clear gold ... loads of yellow in the color with just enough peach/amber to get it up to gold (almost SRM 6); pushes up a big fluffy head of white foam, super sticky up top and lacing as it subsides into a nearly full layer of foam for a skin and massive fluffy white collar ... a classic farmhouse beauty

S: very American hoppy ... big citrus/pine notes dominating the now subdued base saison; lots and lots of grapefruit as it warms a little; the thin layer of cedar aroma under the hops is nice, almost pine/pine sap-like but definitely a hint (only a hint) that sharp pungent cedar note that hits you when you open an empty cedar chest

T: BITTER ... easily the most bitter Jester King brew I've tried yet ... just an assault of American hop flavors, citrus, grapefruit, a bit of tropical fruit sweetness, some pine ... like the nose, the grapefruit seems to be the big note for me; only picking up hints of the traditional base JK saison and very little cedar

F: classic JK ... full from carbonation but relatively light otherwise ... great combination that works for just about everything they do

O: this one might truly be the most non-JK beer I've tried -- if such a thing as an American double IPA acting as a gateway beer exists, this might be it, for it's in almost every way tasting, smelling and acting like a big American double IPA; the JK farmhouse notes, especially the musty barn, are almost totally subdued by the big hops. it's not what I love about Jester King, but at the same time it's also a fantastic beer and proof that those gals and guys on the little hill outside Austin can do whatever they want and pull it off. if you love American hops, treat yourself to this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool pour madeof an amalgamation of copper, gold and orange. Gives a thin off white head. Brett and cedar all over the aroma. Plenty of hops to then join that one. Centennial and cascade I'd guess.

Taste leans just as much ipa as it does saison. Always stays pretty involved approaching complex with the primary flavor drivers being the hops, cedar and brett. Yeast just doesn't jump into that mix as much as the other three.

Will look for this one again.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great farmhouse from the guys at JK. It has a ton of nice hoppy flavors which pair well with the traditional farmhouse yeast funk. There is a little subtle sourness, but overall this drinks more funky than anything.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

All that copper, orange and yellow together at last. Around 1/3" head.

Wow, that cedar really pops in the aroma. Brett too. Hops are no slouch in the aroma department either. Impressive.

The hops, brett and cedar have some great interplay here. Carbonation just right to carry the mouthfeel into excellent territory. Nothing overwhelms or overshadows the other. Mild pepper aspect.

Really complex. Big thanks to koufax21 for bringing this gem, I will definitely continue to try and score a bottle every year.

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Photo of Myotus
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 2 minutes. Yellow-orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles become moderate once the foam head settles. Lacing is high and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mango, apricots, papaya, and peaches (no citrus fruit from what I can tell) from hops mix with mild aromas of cedar, subtle aromas of sour yeast, and hints of barley.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong fruit flavors from hops that combine with mild cedar flavors. Cedar flavors grow stronger as hints of barley and sour yeast enter, but fruit flavors remain strong. Finally, strong bitter hop flavors finish off this flavor symphony.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down sticky like syrup, just not as thick. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Too much bitter hop bite for me. Not enough sour from a JK, either. Everything else was great.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps it is silly to critique a cedar-infused beer for having too much cedar, but it is incredibly overpowering in this beer. Hard to get through to the rest. There is a set funk underneath, and some light fruit flavours. Overall, the cedar is too strong for me.

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled July 2014.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden apricot with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice (it is growing not fading so I'm glad I used a big glass) and there is plenty of lacing (understatement).

S - A nice tart funk from the Brett with plenty of cedar wood, yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy, lemon scents complete the nose.

T - Starts off with a funky and cedar wood flavor with a lemon and tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spiced hops to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Excellent Saison by JK and it reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier, but with cedar.

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Photo of Beermanic
1.74/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by April 29 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can.

A: Straw color, lots of bubbles.

S: Not very pleasant in my opinion, little horse blanket, slight diaper, woody.

T: Over carbonation is the first thing I notice, slight acidic, lots of cedar very little beer flavor

M: Overtly carbonated.

O: Couldn't finish the taster I had, another strike out from Jester King. Will age the other I bought and trade in a year or so.

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Photo of SebD
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick frothy white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, pine, faint grass, cedar, Brett and some definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite citrus and lemon notes upfront, some piney/grassy undertones, subtle notes of cedar witch blends very well with the rest, Brett and some barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is a wonderful beer. This is my first time having a beer from Jester King and it surely won't be my last. ISO anything Jester King!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a freshly cut white grapefruit follow by walking into a well stocked humidor. The taste is grapefruit from juice to rind to pith. Only a hint of cedar on the finish. A real winner. So much flavor in perfect balance.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful in the glass, a nice hazy shiny pure golden colour, with a hug, fluffy white head. Nice retention and tons of lacing.
Smells just like it looks, a rich enchanting fruity hoppiness, with lots of tangerine, apricot, pineapple, mango, pomelo, with some nice tart cider apples and yellow cherries. The Brett yeasts (+cedar) really hit if you let it settle a bit, with a rather unique kind of funk, lots of white and pink pepper, old white wine barrel stave, twigs, with a rich herbal-floral note, mostly lavender and lemongrass.
As complex as the smell was, the taste is even more. This is just stupid! The start is a big blossomed hop cone punch, piney, floral, bitter, on top of which the farmhouse yeasts bring their own show, with moldy wood, lots of pepper, dried grass and green hay, big crunchy herbal notes, hinting at moth balls (just to sum it up). There's also some lactic acidity, with a light tartness. The cedar spirals bring a different type of woody finish than the usual oak, with a stronger, somewhat fresher stave note, more tannic and i think it also pumped up the bitterness.
There's lots of bitter citrus peel in the taste, but some nice sweet (!) tropical notes show up only in the aftertaste. Bitterness, cedar and a mellow Brett feel also, slowly fading away. Medium body, smooth carbonation, a chewy kind of beer.
This was something else. I can definitely understand why the farmhouse/wild ales are on such a roll. Big complex monster, but not too rough, hugely refreshing. And i'm sure there are plenty more out there for me this summer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber. Head white, medium bubble. The smell of citrus, mandarin, hops, grass. The taste is fruity, citrus, including tangerines, oranges. There is also a feeling like hay or dry grass, maybe a little dust, perhaps this is the cider, I do not know. Bitterness in El Cedro is not too high and not insistent. 8% alcohol is not perceptible to the taste. Very drinkable beer and light.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This held true to the description. So much cedar. It was like I was in our cedar closet that we had when I was a kid. Should rename is No Moths. One of those beers that I'm glad I tried, but 4 oz was more than plenty.

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a beautiful straw yellow with bubbly white head. It smells of yeast and that really comes through on the taste, nice and funky brett. Very dry in the mouth. The cedar and the brett make this beer just strange enough but perfectly balanced to be a standard sipper.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden color with thick foamy head. Retention and lacing are excellent. Farmhouse yeast and citrus aroma. Citrus taste with farmhouse yeast and oakiness at the end. Moderate hoppiness. Cedar aftertaste. Moderately astringent. A very good beer. The Brett yeast flavor is very evident.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #6, 23 July 14, at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of yeast phenolics initially followed by cedar
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, veeery slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body straw, slight haze, effervescent
Flavor of cedar, light, some yeast phenolics; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. on tap in the brewery's outdoor tasting station on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a small bottom wine glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of Nagorg
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first few bottles I enjoyed had this beer as one of my favorites. It was a delicious IPA with very interesting character imparted from the cedar. This cedar character gave a beautiful nose and the flavor really blended nicely with the hops. This beer also has brett added and the related sourness was barely noticeable.
However, a couple that I've recently acquired have a much higher degree of sourness from the brett and it really seems like a different beer. I suppose this type of inconsistency might be expected from Jester King given the small and unique batches they brew as well as the use of naturally occurring resources from the area.
I do appreciate this recent bottling but I would much like to have that first experience again. Guess I'll have to keep buying this beer in hopes that day will come again!

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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.