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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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91
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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 56
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

pauldevay, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ericwa1154, May 20, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

HuskyinPDX, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

JamLand, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jl28r1, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nquigley16, May 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

fehrminator, May 16, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ajtorres311, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

leftstagebrew, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

tjkinate, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

thagr81us, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

HevvyMetalHippie, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

chaseabeer, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Compton25, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

csfcmitchell, May 09, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much respect to Cvescalante for giving me my first Jester King. Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

A- And foam fills up the glass from a soft pour. The body that's visible is a semi-hazy medium golden. As the head descends, a large, flat nipple protrudes and there are cobwebs of lacing surrounding. Eventually, the head settles at an 1/8 inch with various bumps among the surface foam.

S- Delightful cedar aroma wafts out of the bouquet with full force. Upon further sniffs, the Brett is detected and is a beautiful compliment to the cedar...at first. Soon the Brett/cedar combo dive into this odd soapy smell that clashes together. Then comes the alcohol and degrades things even more. Everything combined gives it a very bright aroma but I'm not sure if I enjoy it. The hops lay over all elements in the profile to provide some sort of template for what's going on but it's still not quite balanced. Every sniff tells a different story, so I give it extra points for complexity.

T- Strange. First there's cedar and immediately after comes the Brett funk, then it turns to a tart aftertaste before just cutting off. The hops provide a decent bitterness but the cedar is pretty overpowering and the lingering flavor of the Brett just confuses my palate even further. Alcohol and hops begin to dominate as the beer warms.

M- Dry, with a lasting hop bite. Body's on the lighter side with medium-high carbonation.

O- I don't find it unenjoyable to drink, but it's also not my idea of what a beer aged on cedar should be like. Although it is a creative hybrid of flavors, there's too much going on at once and makes for a frenetic drinking experience. The blurb on the side label had me cracking up though.

Immortale25, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

BKotch, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Gonzoillini, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

AdamP, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Auror, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jaasen64, May 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

JohnBender, May 03, 2013
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium gold with massive three fingers of white head, which leave a wall of lacing. Excellent retention. Pretty good clarity.

S: Funky brett, mild orange sherbet, and cedar and spice.

T: Woodsy and spicy, a little citrus and malt, finishing with some mild hop bitterness on the palate and lingering tannins. I don't want to say that it's like sucking on wood, but...

M: Medium-light body and carbonation, very smooth and a little creamy.

O: Decently drinkable and the aroma is nice, but the cedar notes kind of overshadow the other flavors and don't quite come together.

pmarlowe, Apr 30, 2013
El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.