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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 62
Gots: 70 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flirting with all-things-wood, Jester King is at it again- a funky, spicy Farmhouse-style ale plays the field from notes of oak and cedar to pine and sandalwood. It's both funky-fresh with citrus and tropical notes and also deeply earthen with cellar and must- remaining dry all the while.

Amber and peach in color, the beer looks like winter honey but without the viscosity. Zesty carbonation quickly builds a thick and insular blanket of foam that settles into rocky structures, looking like ivory meringue as a topping. Mild hazing early, but the second pour clouds up significantly.

Wood, caramel and honey fill the nose, but do so with a firm whack of spice and earth. Dried citrus rinds introduce dried oranges and lemons with cellar-like must, light horse hair, weathered oak, perfumy cedar, peppercorn, and fruit punch. It's a complicated collection of scents that keep the nose guessing at every turn.

To taste, there's impressions of caramel and honey but with the associated sweetness. The dry malt taste is pleasantly grainy and aids the rustic Saison character. And that character relies on spicy shaved wood- sawdust, cedar, pine, and aged oak. Mildly wine-like the taste of white grape and sour apples rise in the middle. Peppercorn and cinnamon give added bite and detract from the alcohol spice. Finishing citursy and fruity- these hop flavors are favored over fruit esters and give the beer a pith bitterness that's surrounded by an aura of dust and earth.

Lightly textured, its the carbonation that provides an airy and somewhat powdery feel that lifts off of the tongue effortlessly and ushers in a quick, spicy, and astringent finish. Wood oils, spices, and pepper notes pang against the throat for a mouthfeel that finishes just a complex as it does in taste.

The beer is everywhere. Each sip gives a new impression that wasn't even hinted at in the previous one. But the ribbon that connects it all is the taste of wood; lead by cedar. It's an elegant, rustic, and experimental ale that keeps your attention from the initial aromas 'til the long lasting aftertaste.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is a really fantastic beer. its got a cloudy pale amber appearance, both light in color yet dense at the same time. several inches of mostly white head linger for a long time. this is my first beer with cedar, and its pretty intense in the nose here, combining that sweeter wood profile with a dry redish malt, not caramely really at all, and some bretty funk. the flavor is quite brett heavy, but this is a lot more complex than the classic saison. its very well hopped, spruce notes from the hops mix well with the cedar finishing, and there is a light orange rind zest to this as well. not very often hops and brett and wood all mix together this well, yet retain their own identities. that is the best feature of this brew. fuller body from the suspended yeast, but really uobeat, almost Belgian style carbonation and a funky finish that's capped off with cedar. not intense aromatic cedar closet cedar, but more subtle than that, in a supporting role only. jester king has impressed me a lot lately over the four or five beers ive had, probably none more than this one though. as complex and intriguing and also as drinkable as anything dubbed a saison in a really long time. this is liquid art.

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -26.1%
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

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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.