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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%


Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Farmhouse ale hopped with piney, citrusy American hops, aged on Spanish Cedar spirals, and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.

(Beer added by: lokieman on 01-11-2013)
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: foggy dirty golden yellow. Huge white creamy head. Lacing is very prominent.

S: Cedar definitely. Hops, brett, And bread.

T: Cedar wood is prominent. It's a nice touch. Hops, wheat, lemon juice, seedy bread, toast, caramel, and malt.

M: medium. Not very light either.

O: this was lovely. Not as great as the Mad Meg but a very nice brew. The flavor is insane and unique. Overall, an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:55:56 | More by titty_mcbitty
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From my notes at one of the big beer share events.

Light fizzy fluffy head, hazy golden pilsner color.

Nose brings Brett, funk but not too crazy, lemon peel, lemongrass, citrus, piney earthy hop note, little cedar like wood as well.

Taste cedar wood again but thankfully not too sharp, more brett funk, little bready and doughy, some toasty malt like notes and lemongrassy flavors, grassy and doughy, into lemon peel, mild citrus, almost a grapefruit pith but not quite. Finish is dry, fairly bitter, grainy bready, little more Brett funk and cedar chips.

Mouth is med bod, lots of carb, hint warming booze.

Overall interesting but not as great as some of the other JK beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:57:38 | More by jlindros
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dar482

New York

4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark orange color.

The aroma is tons of citrus hops and cedar. A breadiness, some yeast, Brett funk.

The flavor is just fantastic. The flavor hits in the front of citrus and tropical notes. Then it moves onto Brett and funk. Then onto that drying aggressive cedar note. Huge complexity as this beer moves on throughout its multiple flavors and transitions very well.

A very dry beer as the cedar and wood attacks on the finish.

An absolutely gorgeous beer in the sense that it is so different. It combines each element extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 09:43:30 | More by dar482
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Uanof

Texas

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissipating head.

S: strong, big, floral, tropical, hoppy aroma with an even stronger scent of wood more specifically cedar wood.

T: i'm getting some herbs, the brett flavor comes forward nicely, not too overpowering. The aroma of wood wraps it all pretty nicely and keeps your head in the game.

M: there's an eternal lingering in you palate that can easily last until the next day, slightly chewy, light to medium bodied, can't think of a better place to drink this than in the middle o the woods.

O: and i'll have another one or two, or three or four. I belive this beer achieves perfectly what it was meant to do, the cedar, the hops, the wood, everything is there, wouldn't change anything from it. And as always, excellent label design!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 20:44:12 | More by Uanof
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Moerdertaktiken

Texas

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml Batch #4 bottled July 22nd 2013, consumed 12/21/13

Appearance: Right as I crack the bottle, huge citrus and brett notes escape. Pours a solid 3 finger head, even when poured passively. Medium-high carbonation. Gorgeous hay/straw hues, great lacing.

Aroma: Brett brett brett! First impression: Very "Jester King" barnyard aroma's. Anyone who has had more than a couple of their beers will detect this. Secondly, big citrus, lemon peel, spice and slight funk. A lot going on here. As it warms, i'm getting more of a funk and lighter fruits.

Taste: Matches and complements nose very well. I'm getting a lot of citrus, barnyard, funk and just the right touch of pine. I'm not getting a whole lot of Cedar; maybe i've never isolated that aroma...but definitely doesn't come to mind. Extremely dry and refreshing.

Overall: If one word could describe this brew, it would be "Balanced." Although very aggressive for the style, everything seems to come together very seamlessly. The hops and brett play off each other beautifully. Citrus and spice are the name of the game here. The bitterness is firm but not overwhelming. To really appreciate any Jester King brew, one must have more than a glass to really experience the complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 00:15:44 | More by Moerdertaktiken
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JohnCassillo

California

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received 750 ml bottle in trade (thanks again, Tim!). Poured into large tulip glass.

A - Very frothy head layers over a dark golden body. Mostly opaque, with plenty of visible carbonation.

S - Orange, grapefruit and a touch of sugar. Got a bit of woodchip from the cedar aging as well.

T - A lot of citrus notes, with a cedar bitterness; matches the smell completely.

M - Crisp, carbonated and even a bit earthy.

O - Very drinkable Saison with an ABV that isn't necessarily obvious at the first few sips. In terms of style, it's a unique take, while also keeping to its standard principles. More cedar would have made it more unique, but in this case, that doesn't take away from quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 23:50:48 | More by JohnCassillo
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AMG55

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 7/2013 Received in a trade from fellow Purdue grad Nablock. Cheers!

Appearance: Nice frothy head that lasted the whole glass. Semi-opaque with carbonation flowing up the sides of my Deschutes tulip.

Smell: Not enough cedar for my liking. Huge Brett nose and not much else. Even when room temperature it didn't speak to me other than "Hi, it's me your buddy Brett!"

Taste: Funk, little glimpses of hops and then the slight hint of cedar. For a beer aged in cedar I expected there to be more of it. The Brett was almost overpowering. Surprising to see that in only two months the hops faded that quickly.

Mouthfeel: Dry, very dry. Lingering bitterness and twang throughout the drink.

Overall: It was an interesting attempt to differentiate the saison style but it just didn't have enough hop or cedar. Maybe a fresh bottle would change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 21:27:43 | More by AMG55
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and cedar wood aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and cedar wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting cedar presence that makes the aroma slightly better than the taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 21:42:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is a resplendent creamy orange.

Smells of overripe orange and sour white grapes. Pungently beautiful. A bit of grapefruit with sugar on top is also noticed.

Tastes of fresh squeezed grapefruit, hops, cotton candy and a unique, damp, woody brett character.

Medium bodied and fairly creamy with a slight alcohol heat noticed as it warms. Good cask smoothness.

A true Texas original.

Serving type: cask

09-24-2013 20:59:44 | More by stephens101
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good stuff, more hoppy than woody which is nice. It's a hazy brew thanks to the yeast but a great big hoppy aroma that carries through the taste is quite nice. The cedar takes the background which is nice. The dryness reminds me that it's a said on, as well as the somewhat funky and tart Brett finish. Happy to try this after a pecan smoke bomb from the jester.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 23:20:15 | More by demcorhip
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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Batch #4. - bottled July 23rd, 2013. 8.0% ABV confirmed per the label. OG: 1.062. FG: 1.002. IBU: 42. Brewed with Millenium, Cascade, Columbus, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Refrigerated since I purchased it last week at me local HEB Grocery. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded pressure cap served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation. Reviewed as a farmhouse ale because it identifies as a "farmhouse table beer" on the label.

I really do love the creative art on the actual cap; there's a lot of attention to detail there and it's fun.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a five finger wide head of supple white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good even lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 7 minutes. Body colour is a somewhat cloudy clear yellow-pale copper. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, I'm a bit surprised by its clarity. How is Jester King getting their farmhouse ales so clear if they're truly not filtering them?

Sm: Clove, pilsner malt, clean barley, straw, cedar wood, and a light funkiness from the brettanomyces yeast. Peach fruit. Some white pepper. Honey. Allspice. Pine and floral notes from the hops. Bursts of subdued citrusy fruit. and accompanying rinds. The cedar aging does seem to complement whatever the base was nicely here; it's a refreshing take on the style.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength, featuring some nice subtlety.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

T: Plenty of cedar wood and biting piney hop character throughout, creating a clash of sweetness and bitterness that is never satisfactorily resolved. Honey, cream, funky brettanomyces yeast character, floral hop character, grassiness, clean barley, straw, light white pepper, and assorted citrusy notes including a touch of lemon, peach, and assorted citrusy rinds. Pilsner malts, lightly oniony simcoe hops. Wheat. The core imbalance throws off the whole flavour profile, but I can find individual elements I enjoy. The cedar in particular is interesting, but I can't decide whether or not I actually like it. In any case, I'm surprised by how prominent that flavour is given only spirals (not an actual barrel) were used. As it warms, I get some grapeskin and sour apple. Estery and phenolic.

Depth of flavour is average for the style. Duration and intensity of flavour are above average, but the best beers in the style emphasize complexity and subtlety, not intensity or extremity. Overhopped for the style. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Overall, I do like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sticky and a bit nectary. Just a biteen overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Decent presence on the palate. Decent body. Powdery

Not oily, hot, gushed, or harsh.

Dr: A downable beer that could hide its ABV better. Far from a paragon for the farmhouse style, but I applaud the experimentation with cedar. I'm unimpressed with it and wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends, but I'll easily kill the bottle by myself. A middling offering from Jester King, a brewery which I am increasingly viewing as more famous for its marketing than the quality of its beers.

High C

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:50:33 | More by kojevergas
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danieelol

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly cloudy, slightly darker yellow. Good head/lacing.

As I crack the bottle, huge Brett aromas present themselves. Smell is awesomely hoppy. Lemon, lemon sherbet, very vibrant and pleasant. Kind of like a lemon-flavoured soda but better. Also strong, raw pine. Sweet, inviting aroma. Spicy, with a dustiness and an oaked (or more accurately, cedar-ed) quality.

Taste is fruity flavours, with a nice bitterness from the hops, cedar or Brett. Spicy notes of cedar, dustiness, alcohol and finishes dry and Bretty, almost Orval-y.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, a bit of booze and wood and altogether has a strong presence.

Good, unique beer with a lot of character. The hops, cedar and Brett all mingle above a dry Belgian background to create a very complex beer.

Perhaps the cedar makes things a little bit too bitter but I'm very glad to have tried this beer.

Jester King is 2 for 2 in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 10:30:59 | More by danieelol
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Thanks James!

A: Cloudy orange body with a solid cap of ultra-fine tan foam. Spotty lace.

S: Powerful cedar, floral Brett, and lots of peppery spice. Maybe a little unbalanced, but exciting.

T: Follows the nose entirely. Super woody, a little Bretty, and spicy as all hell. Intense and abrasive.

M: Substantial medium body, light carbonation. Ok.

O: I was really excited about this one, as I've been a huge fan of Cigar City's Humidor beers, but the cedar was rather over the top in this one - and it only got more one-dimensional as it warmed. Fun to try, but not for me.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:24:57 | More by woosterbill
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Brewery - El Cedro, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a cloudy mimosa color with a sizable bubbly head that dissipates quickly but retains a bit. Lots of chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is brett and fruity sour with a hint of the cedar. Hops are there but they can barely push through all the other aromas.

Taste - Holy brettanomyces!!! So much flavor! This blasts you here with brett and cedar for sure, with a touch of bitter pine hops.

Mouthfeel - Sits sour brett, dry cedar, and a little warm. Slightly boozy but even still the drinkability is good. Light and refreshing even with the extreme flavor in this brew.

Overall - As far as this particular style goes, this is one hell of a brew and probably the most unique of this style that I have ever had. Balls to the walls but good. Not for the faint of heart or palate!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:34:42 | More by JMScowcroft
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing and integrated ideas. A bit much wood, it impedes drinkability somewhat. maybe that would mellow, but I’m afraid the hops would to and I wanted something hoppy. Brett and farmhouse nicely in the aroma and finish. Enormous lasting foamy head and thick lace. Thanks Beerenberger.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:25:42 | More by Sammy
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was from the bottle release in early 2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, floral, pine, pepper, grass, clove, light cedar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, spicy yeast, and brett notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, pepper, clove, pine, light cedar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness and slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, pepper, clove, pine, light cedar, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and brett flavors; with a great malt/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy brett saison! Great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and brett flavors; and very smooth to drink for 8%. The cedar aging was barely noticeable, but it wasn’t a determining factor. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:55:32 | More by superspak
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brewtus

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into wine glass. Pours hazy orange with a huge white frothy head. Smell is peppery, citrusy hops, oak, some orange, some lavander, very funky. Tastes is very earthy, lots of Saison funk, plenty of juicy west coast hops, tons of cedar flavor, some subtle citrus fruit, again I bet lavander, some rosemary. Perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is certainly very complex, hoppy but funky, the cedar comes through very nicely but doesn't over power the farmhouse flavors. The hops are also perfectly balanced. S glad I got to try this. A unique brew that exceeded my expectations .

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 22:30:24 | More by brewtus
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature. Unfortunately, this is my last Jester King bottle in my stash.

L – Cloudy deep gold color with an everlasting 4-finger, creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. Amazing retention and phenomenal lacing. Looks fantastic.

S – There is so much going on here that it’s insane. I’m getting a bit of caramel malt, some peppery yeast, some funky Brett, a bunch of hops with orange, grapefruit, pine, resinous, and mango aromas, and a whole ton of cedar. The cedar really gives it a completely unique aroma that I haven’t smelled in a beer before. I’m sure there are other cedar-aged beers out there, but Jester King is a ground-breaker in my experience in this category.

T – It starts off sweet for just a moment with caramel malt and then rockets into spicy, peppery yeast and bitter grapefruit, pine, and mango hops. As the bitterness is building, woody, earthy, and slightly spicy cedar appears. After the wood fades, grapefruit and pine bitterness returns. There’s a touch of barnyard funk that shows up at the very finish. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, great carbonation, a creamy, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and an earthy, woody, bitter, spicy, and very dry finish. Tons of flavors mingle together at the finish and linger for a while such as earthy wood, spicy yeast, and bitter hops. All of those flavors pair well with the touch of throat-warmth from the alcohol.

O – This beer is fantastic. It has lots of elements of good saisons that I’ve had plus the additions of lots of American hops and cedar. It’s not one of Jester King’s most sessionable saisons but it’s certainly one of their more complex ones. Even with the higher ABV for a beer of this style, it’s still definitely drinkable. This is a really stellar beer from JK, and I hope to have more from them in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:47:36 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks willandperry! Love me some Jester King. Batch #2.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with 4, yes 4 fingers of white head that lasts a good while and leaves some nice lace behind.

Smell. Cedar, Tropical fruits (mango and papaya mainly), pine and yellow grapefruit rind. Very aromatic and complex.

Taste. Sweet yellow grapefruits and cedar, a bit of melon and tropical fruit. Really not getting much else, but not much else is needed.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting and again, very aromatic.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:52:45 | More by Rutager
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heygeebee

Australia

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Leura.

A - lovely .... Golden haze, fluffy wonderful head, lace to die for.

S - sour, earthy hops, tropics

T - integrated citrus, pineapple, funk, Brett, hint of pine, balanced not overpowering hops...

M - zesty, well carbonated, alcohol well hidden.

O - sensational brew.... Take a Saison recipe, and amp it up with hop and barrel notes... Not as dry as other JK beers I have had, and on the money. Delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 10:05:39 | More by heygeebee
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ADZA

Australia

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my second bottle of this in some ways I think that's all I need to say on this review as its def in a world of its own but ill explain a little more it pours a slight hazed golden hue with the fluffiest four finger ever rising head and stacks of clingy lacing everywhere absolutely gorgeous looking,the smell is pineapple,piney hops,Brett,funk and citrus beautiful balance,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation and the taste is sublime with tastes of piney bitter hops,citrus,pineapple,Brett,farmhouse funk a slight touch if cedar and finished with a mandarin and piney hop bitterness and overall I love this drop its in a world of its own and now that I've drank my fair share of it time to try the rest I got left in my fridge cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 10:23:54 | More by ADZA
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a cloudy orangey pour with 2 fingers of foamy detergent like white head. smells of cedar (LOVE THIS SMELL), grassy hops, jasmine, brettanomyces typical scents.. this is about to blow my mind i have a feeling. lots of cedar flavor with a hoppy grassy bitterness and a wonderful bretty aftertaste.. lots of lemon/grapefruit citrus notes.. the cedar really makes this beer amazing honestly. medium body with a modest amount of carbonation. really the only thing this could've had to make it better was champagne-like carbonation. honestly, it doesn't make much of a difference in my overall decision to name this as one of my top 10 beers this year.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:35:24 | More by facundoCNB
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.19.13
Batch #2 Jan 2013
Thanks John

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge light tan, foamy head with good retention.

S - Brett, hoppy citrus, pine, and some cedar.

T - Lots of Brett, tons of cedar, pine and some citrus. The Cedar really comes out as it warms.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Lots of Brett, more cedar as it warms. Pine Citrus finishes it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 05:10:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to koufax21 for bringing this beer to March Madness 2013. Marquette Elite 8 baby!

Pours out a copper, golden and light orangey type of liquid. Small head on it, 1/3". Aromatics really hit you with the cedar and brett. Pretty nice right there. But wait, there's more! Hops. The hop bouquet seems primarily Cascade. Nice mix going on right there.

Its not quite Bitter Monk territory, but the taste function of the hops, cedar and brett really are enjoyable. Lacks the tartness and overall hoppy nouveau of the Monk, but this one is quite good in and of itself, even if it lacks the aggressiveness of style leader here. This one is more like an ipa than a saison in my opinion.

Mouthfeel had just the right carbonation to let three distinct tastes exist in harmony, nobody muscling the other out. Bitterness just right, plenty of wood, good very dry finish. The mix of cedar wood and pine hop flavor is pretty cool. A peppery edge to it as well.

Pretty complex and enjoyable beer. Screw David Hurley at the El Dorado for flip flopping over their committal to support out bottle share the entire week. I won't be recommending anyone have anything to do with the El Dorado ever again if we're gonna play that way. I give you money, you give me your word, you lie and go back on your word, I'm never going to give you money again.

Support craft beer. Respect craft beer. El Dorado Casino in Reno supports neither. But we did get this beer drank before the dishonesty took hold in a guy in a cheap $79 suit who manages a crappy bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 16:34:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Jester King goblet (proper). Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that grew and eventually subsided to one finger after sitting for quite some time. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cedar, citrus, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, fruit, wood, earth, and big funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The combination of the cedar and funk was a definite new one on me to this degree especially when mixed with the saison aspect. This made for a quite refreshing brew that was very easy to drink on a nice day of weather in my area. Definitely worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

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