El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 492
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 3.13%
Wants: 56
Gots: 88 | FT: 7
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Texas, United States

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 SebD
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (806 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,576 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (221 characters)

Photo of Pete_IV
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden color eith thick foamy head. Retention and lacing are excellent. Farmhouse yeast and citrus aroma. Citrus taste with farmhouse yeast and oakiness at the end. Mild hoppiness. Oaky aftertaste. Moderately astringent. A very good beer. The wild yeast flavor is still evident as is standard with the brewery. (332 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (470 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (169 characters)

Photo of Nagorg
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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! (826 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A bit of a dull lemon body color, but opaque and even throughout, with just the mild appearance of some columnar middle rising carbonation. Big thick and fluffy to creamy rocking head. Clumped out like shampoo and a big mountain capped range. Thick and clingy lots of staying power, and nicely following up with a few white streams coming up the sides. Great looking saison.

Fantastic aroma. Huge fruit notes of tropical pineaplle with a cedar wood box like action. Juiced front with big notes of fresh fruit quality, cigar box aromas, white pepper mild heat and softness, and leafy mild pipe tobacco. Bouquet is just really pleasing, a wonderful combination that seems to bounce of each other and balance nicely, with neither one dominating but you can easily move between to enjoy.

Palate brings the goods, but just a taste of the unexpected. Much more pepper hot front, that really get amplified with this great cedar dusty flavor in the mid palate. The pineapple and tropical juices flow next, big and expressive and coat all over. A bit more heat and hot like yeast comes out more which the cedar really seems to amplify. Big funk notes and tones, with lots of farmhouse expression and tingly carbonation. Moderate hop bitterness, but definitely more farmhouse control, and lovely tropical accents that finish on the swallow.

A real fascinating brew, delicious and full of flavor. It goes a little off to extreme just slightly but manages to pull back itself to terra firma while drinking. Minor improvements, but comes to splitting hairs. Real fun too. Such a sucker for good use of cedar in a beer. (1,669 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Cloudy yellow/orange. Tart grapefruit citrus, black pepper, brett funk mixing with the cedar to lend a bitter, soapy quality that sticks to your gums at the finish. If soapy brett isn't your thing, this isn't the beer for you. Very good overall. (245 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle shared by Justin last night.

Pours incredibly foamy, with a huuuuuge head, that only settles about half an hour later. There's a good amount of lacing.

It smells incredibly cedar-y (duh), with lots of Bretty funk, and citrus.

The cedar aspect of this beer is, as the name implies, the big ticket item here. It's overwhelming, but ultimately works. The Brett is a secondary player, but clearly noticeable, funky and leathery. As the beer warms, the cedar becomes even more overpowering, sort of tasting like playground wood chips. Not good. Drink this one a bit colder for best results.

This one is medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a low amount of carbonation.

One of the more unique saisons I've had, the cedar is slightly too forward for me, though. (782 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A gusher, but it pours a cloudy honey color capped by a massive head that leaves a considerable amount of lace

Smell: Unusual aromatics; very leathery with some pith and toffee and a hint of cedar

Taste: The flavor is dramatically different from the aroma, with the pithy, grassy hops joining with the leathery brett and followed up by the cedar

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Just a bit too much going on for me to comprehend; very complex but I am not a huge fan of the combination here

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity (577 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a light dirty beige color ale with a giant white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with light mango notes with dry Brett notes and some light spicy notes form the cedar. Taste is also dominated by light mango fruity notes with some spicy notes from the cedar and the dry aftertaste and funky notes from the yeast. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Incredible amount of complexity can be found in this beer but it also retains an extremely high level of drinkability. (565 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Uanof
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (836 characters)

Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of AMG55
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -13%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (362 characters)

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