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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 51
Gots: 39 | 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 +16.4%

05-03-2013 00:01:49 | More by JohnBender
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 18:33:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:33:28 | More by pmarlowe
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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

04-29-2013 10:52:31 | More by fredmugs
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-28-2013 13:16:59 | More by BigBarley
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Fantome Tulip

A: It is a golden yellow honey color with a thick fluffy white head that lasts for quite awhile leaving a pretty solid lacing. It is rather cloudy but there is some slight translucentitivity to the beer. Pretty good for a saison

S: Upfront it has a lemony aroma from the hops that is light and citrusy. As you get into it there is a definite brett farmhouse like funk but it is light as well. There is lots of depth from the cedar as it brings out the citrus with a wood like scent.

T: Upfront it is light and juicy with hints of lemony citrus, hay and grass, then the brett really comes out not necessarily with overpowering funk but definitely a prominent farmhouse flavor without being too much toward the horse blanket side of brett. The cedar is present in the background and really ties the whole beer together with a deep woody taste. Lastly there is a bit of spiciness in there that reminds you of a true Belgian saison.

M: The feel is medium between thick and thin, it is light in terms of drinkability but it is thick in terms of smoothness. It definitely has that significant barnyard funk but it is not overpowering and still very drinkable without being watery. There is basically no carbonation its not flat as much as it lacking carbonation, this does not come close to ruining the feel but I do have to mark it down here.

O: I really liked this beer it is good mix of traditional farmhouse saison with brett added and cedar to bring it all together. There really wasn't anything I didn't like about this beer it did not blow my mind but it is a great beer that I definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:47:37 | More by Pinknuggets
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-22-2013 01:52:43 | More by bmurray10
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

04-19-2013 02:21:28 | More by tvl89
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A hazy orange body with a huge pillowy head that lasts forever. Big glops of lacing as well.

S: Big fruity citrus, zest, pine, brett funk, and some cedar and bready malt.

T/M: A moderate punch of zesty citrus bitterness, pine, and tropical. The bitterness lingers through and is joined by more of the same hop character, but also a ver big fruity funk from the brett, a little peppery yeast, and a nice sweet cedar character. The finish is bone dry, leaving the way for a long-lasting funky, cedery, citrusy aftertaste.

Overall: The intensity and complexity of this beer may leave some stranded, but if one can get past that, they will be rewarded with a very balanced and unique flavor experience. This beer combines a West-Coast hop character with belgian wood-aged funk, not something that you see everyday. Jester King nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:42:37 | More by Siriusfisherman
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-18-2013 01:38:50 | More by mattviator
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-11-2013 00:52:09 | More by ManMoosePig
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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a wonderful straw-golden color with tremendous billowy clouds of foam atop. The foam takes its time dying down too.

Wow, this is brett-tastic! The aroma has a kiss of brett to it which turns into a full-fledged pucker on the lips when tasted.

The aroma has this incredible vibrancy to it, it’s like a sun-warmed lemon burst into fiery zest and then got smacked by some light brett, lending it an unparalleled complexity which develops as it warms. The taste is equally as rich and layered, with the lemony-straw hop character in tandem with a oh-so-light but definitely present funky characteristic, from farmhouse yeast and some cedar and the brett notes. It’s an incredible brew and easily one of the best I’ve had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 20:01:19 | More by elNopalero
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-09-2013 22:32:45 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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4/5  rDev -2%

04-09-2013 05:41:30 | More by JSchock7
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4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Daemose for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy, light gold to apricot color. Forms a sizable fluffy white head even with a gentle pour, despite lowish visible carbonation.

S: Huge funk, barnyard, cedar, some citrus (grapefruit) and mild tropical fruit (pineapple, mango).

T: Cedar punch up front with hop bitterness, then barnyard funk, citrus (lemon and grapefruit), the cracker malt backbone, then some more barnyard funk at the end. All of which fades into a dry finish.

M: Light bodied with a bubbly, almost champagne-like mouthful. The alcohol present is well-hidden.

O: Wow, this was awesome. I'm quite curious as to how it would age. It reminds of the Cedar-aged Dos Costas Oeste, but with lots more funk. My only complaint is there is a lot of dry and bitter flavors with very little balancing sweetness. But this is a mild complaint only. This isn't a beer for the faint-hearted, or one that I'd recommend for someone starting with funky beers. But I am really impressed with my first Jester King bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:21:26 | More by macrosmatic
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Jan. '13 Batch 2
Riedel unmarked tulip

A: Slightly hazy light orange yellow color. Lots of head even with calm pour. About three fingers. Fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Nose is wild. Definitely getting that wood note. Smells like a lumber yard. Clean and dry. Brett funk.

T: Really nice beer. Nice sharp punch of Brett and hops up front. There is some pine and earth, but also some spice. The wood age is there. Cedar is very pronounced. That really clean wood flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Woodiness and dry coat mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 17:12:21 | More by inlimbo77
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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 17:09:04 | More by BEERchitect
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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch #1, November 2012

A: With a slightly vigorous pour in my tulip, this farmhouse ale creates some huge head. The opaque orange color definitely belies the unpasteurized nature of this beast, and the lacing is thick and clumpy. Quite attractive, this is one of the more aesthetically pleasing saisons I've seen.

S: Dank, overripe citrus rinds with a sharp all-spice kick, the aroma here is powerful to say the least. Is that all-spice character from the Spanish cedar spirals? This smells like a mutant mimosa spawn-child--and that's not necessarily a bad thing. This is certainly one of the most unusual aromas of any beer that I've had.

T: That cedar takes center-stage, perhaps a bit too powerfully. The hop profile is quite acidic and bitter, which accentuates the cedar in an unusual yet pleasing manner. Those bretts create that ridiculous woodsey character--imagine that you're chewing slightly fungal citrus rind alongside pine needles with which to pick your teeth later. To put it mildly, it's bizarre. It's not bad at all, but it's certainly not my cup of tea. You could nearly consider this a sour, which may be why I'm not in love with this, since I do not particularly like sours.

I could see this as a great brunch beer: homemade waffles (sans syrup), poached quail egg, or a mushroom and swiss omelette would all do nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation, it has a hint of spicy aftertaste from those cedar spirals. Earthy funk predominates. And despite the ABV, it's really quite sessionable.

O: I knew that I'd get something unusual, and in that sense, it does not disappoint. This is not a beer for the light-hearted nor the unadventurous, so be forewarned that it offers some unique experiences. It may not be what I like in my favorite beers, but I can appreciate the progressive nature of my fellow Texans.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 00:43:51 | More by Ranz
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-07-2013 19:29:19 | More by cmoody91
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4/5  rDev -2%

04-07-2013 17:38:22 | More by hopkrid
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-07-2013 05:18:43 | More by RochefortChris
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Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/7/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and orange - hazy and cloudy - quite a gigantic head, fades to a (still big), fluffy white cap, leaves blobs of lacing

Smell: Rich cedar and some funk, a rather interesting combination - the cedar is quite obvious and quite interesting - some citrusy and piney hops on top of that - some funky Brett, tart, yeasty - fruity, earthy, with some wet horse

Taste: So much going on, in a good way - woody, chewy, distinctly weird cedar flavor - quite potent, but doesn't totally overwhelm the flavor - some earthy, yeasty funkiness - some hay, some dry, tart Brett - some spiciness - hops appear mostly in the aftertaste (post cedar), with some nice citrus and some pine

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, excellently carbonated, smooth, with somewhat of a dry, earthy finish

Overall: Weird, weird, weird... and good

This is quite strange. Anything with cedar reminds me of a cedar chest that my parents use to store sweaters, so my usual response to the smell is "this is not drinkable." But after I get over that, it's quite intriguing. Aside from the cedar, there's so much going on here. Funky, earthy, citrusy, piney, and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 05:16:35 | More by angrybabboon
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to **** for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed gold. Head is bright-white, rocky, loose, and massive. Drops to an almost non-existent cap with a decent bubbly collar. Serious sheets of clumpy lacing stick to the entirety of the glass.

Smell: Spicy sweet cedar. Some small hints of citrus over a mild earthy funk. Really hard to get anything over the cedar at the start. Nice level of spiciness. Some pale malt sweetness in the back. Some light bretty funk.

Taste: Deeply woody with a big cedar hit. Some nice powdery and earthy yeast under it all. Nice punch of citrus on the back end. Light, pale malt sweetness. Some grapefruit and slightly bitter pine on the finish. Warming pushed more cedar with it's unique sweet spiciness. Splintered wood stems. Touches of lemon. Flower petals. The dry hopping is a weird addition, in a good way. Lingering, almost like real cinnamon, spiciness. Woody earth with some grass and hay.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a slightly above average carbonation. Nicely dry without being too much. Relatively clean.

Overall: A deft and enjoyable for sending of cedar.

Nicely funky with a ton of woody spicy cedar character. Unique and well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 05:14:25 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4/5  rDev -2%

04-06-2013 20:15:01 | More by outoffocus
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-06-2013 14:18:38 | More by lanbewardin
El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.