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El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 507
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 57
Gots: 100 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 507
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (2,093 characters)

Photo of Ranz
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,848 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,220 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip
Batch 1- Bottled Nov 2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden, dark straw color with a huge 3plus fingers width of dense sea foam white colored head. Leaves tons of thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, brett funk like barnyard and wet hay. Im surprised by the amount of lemon-lime citrus. One I get past that, the cedar notes do come out, although not as prominent as I anticipated. Very nice aroma though.

T: Cedar is much more prevalent in the taste, and is the first flavor I get. This is followed by some herbaceous and light citrus hoppy notes, and some piney bitterness on the finish. Initially I get little to no brett notes in the flavor, but as it warms some barnyard, manure-like characters come out.

M/D: Medium body, moderately heavy carbonation, crisp. No hint of the ABV. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a good beer but it didnt blow me away. Interesting combination of hoppy and heavy cedar notes, with a touch of brett funkiness. Im glad I tried this one, but its not something Ill add to the regular rotation. (1,085 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange, hazy, white head, two fingers, plenty lace. Brett funk aroma, with a spicy wood note, floral notes. Citrus tones too. Spice notes on the taste, some herbal, spicy wood notes, Bretty hay notes, mild lactic note, biscuits, light colored fruits, citrus zest. Not really crisp, medium body.

Overall, nice funk a delic brew! (334 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle pours a heavily hazed gold color with a plentiful cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing, pretty damn good looking beer here.

Nose is stronger on the brett than I anticipated and the cedar wood plays along quite well with it. Lemony, tart, slight funk and cedar planks. Hops are strangely tropical and fruity...one would probably have expected something piney. It all works nicely though, impressed so far.

Taste is an excellent blend of hop flavor and brett. The citra hops stand out to me and I probably would have guessed Sorachi with the mad lemon flavors I am getting, though I see that is not one of the hops used. The wood is subdued, which is surprising with the combination of cedar and brett. The brett is lighter on the flavor than it was on the nose, but still imparts both funk and dry tartness. Yeast does more than it appears, I think, with lots of traditional saison flavors oozing out of the brett and wood facade. Mouthfeel is light and airy due to the light malt bill, but the fine carbonation gives it a smooth, buttery feel that is very nice. I have not been this impressed by a JK beer in awhile...I did not expect to like this beer as much as I do...I really dont have a single bad thing to say about it. An excellent example of a saison, well done JK...well done indeed. (1,316 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch head, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, fruity aroma, with some traces of hops as well.

T: Like the aroma, there was a good amount of fruit (mango especially). A fair shot of hops, along with the advertised brettanomyces and slight funkiness make for an interesting combination. A light, vibrant, complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not your typical saison, but certainly an interesting take on it. Very drinkable. (619 characters)

Photo of BrutalSusan
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer is like walking through a dry and hoppy texas "forest" (no forests or hops in texas, just sparse trees). the smell is incredible.

smells woody, hoppy, floral and fantastic.

tastes REALLY GOOD. the cedar adds so much to the flavor. it blends so well with the hops that had you not known about the cedar component, you'd think the greatest brand new, albeit bastardized, strain of hop had just been invented.

finishes dry.

This is the first time that i've had cedar fever and been happy.

i love you jester king. (525 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a big white head. Laces nicely.

Big hoppy assault going on here. Hits with fruits(orange, peach, mango) and pine notes. The wood doesn’t hold back either. Plenty of cedar going on here. Some lingering funky brett going on.

It’s got an assertive little bitterness that pops on you. Lighter side of medium body with ample carbonation. Lots of woodiness about it that lingers well into the aftertaste. The alcohol peeks through a tad. Pretty musty with that yeast. Yummy. The hops are there of course lending some pine and lots of orangey fruit flava flaves.

An interesting brew for sure. JK has been releasing a lot of sour limited releases lately so this is a nice change of pace with the big hop load delivered in an unconventional way with cedar and funk. (809 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant.

A: Pours a cloudy, deep hazed orange color. A two finger white head rises and sticks around for a minute. Good lace is left behind.
S: At first, I think I get a burst of Citrus hops, though that fades and is over come by the barrel. Just cedar and wood from here on out. Even Thompson Water Seal.
T: Nothing but fresh cedar wood. That water seal character in the nose is here in spades as well. Nothing else.
M/D: A light to moderate body. Fairly thin overall, though on par with many of Jester Kings other offerings. Not hard to drink if I wanted to. Though it took me a while to get through this.

There is not much here. All I get is basically cedar wood, along with an irritating Thompson Water Seal character. (739 characters)

Photo of lokieman
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Reminds me of an aggressively carbonated Belgian golden...similar to Duvel. 3 inches of white foamy head sticks to the glass well after pouring. Nice....

S: Funky barnyard, hay, sweet hops, wood...not sure if I can distinguish cedar but some wood in the background.

T: Wet hay funkiness, horse blanket from the brett...citrus hops come through the middle with another dose of barnyard to finish. Aftertaste reveals sweet wood...must be the cedar. Very well done and more of a Belgian golden than a farmhouse ale to me.

M: Aggressive carbonation comes through in the texture. Enough creaminess to hold things together but still light and refreshing. The 8% abv is evident in the alcohol oil that coats your mouth in the aftertaste.

O: Excited to see a brett beer from Jester King. I like this one a lot and I would compare it to Rayon Vert...a little bigger but everything comes together well in the end. Looking forward to the bottle release. (949 characters)

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