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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 522
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 30.39%
Wants: 60
Gots: 101 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
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 Moerdertaktiken
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of AMG55
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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.


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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of brewtus
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 .

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  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.

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Photo of thagr81us
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.67/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.