El Cedro - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 492
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 87 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: foggy dirty golden yellow. Huge white creamy head. Lacing is very prominent.

S: Cedar definitely. Hops, brett, And bread.

T: Cedar wood is prominent. It's a nice touch. Hops, wheat, lemon juice, seedy bread, toast, caramel, and malt.

M: medium. Not very light either.

O: this was lovely. Not as great as the Mad Meg but a very nice brew. The flavor is insane and unique. Overall, an awesome beer. (407 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Nagorg
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first few bottles I enjoyed had this beer as one of my favorites. It was a delicious IPA with very interesting character imparted from the cedar. This cedar character gave a beautiful nose and the flavor really blended nicely with the hops. This beer also has brett added and the related sourness was barely noticeable.
However, a couple that I've recently acquired have a much higher degree of sourness from the brett and it really seems like a different beer. I suppose this type of inconsistency might be expected from Jester King given the small and unique batches they brew as well as the use of naturally occurring resources from the area.
I do appreciate this recent bottling but I would much like to have that first experience again. Guess I'll have to keep buying this beer in hopes that day will come again! (826 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 danieelol
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Uanof
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissipating head.

S: strong, big, floral, tropical, hoppy aroma with an even stronger scent of wood more specifically cedar wood.

T: i'm getting some herbs, the brett flavor comes forward nicely, not too overpowering. The aroma of wood wraps it all pretty nicely and keeps your head in the game.

M: there's an eternal lingering in you palate that can easily last until the next day, slightly chewy, light to medium bodied, can't think of a better place to drink this than in the middle o the woods.

O: and i'll have another one or two, or three or four. I belive this beer achieves perfectly what it was meant to do, the cedar, the hops, the wood, everything is there, wouldn't change anything from it. And as always, excellent label design! (836 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a freshly cut white grapefruit follow by walking into a well stocked humidor. The taste is grapefruit from juice to rind to pith. Only a hint of cedar on the finish. A real winner. So much flavor in perfect balance. (231 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,629 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,881 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden color with thick foamy head. Retention and lacing are excellent. Farmhouse yeast and citrus aroma. Citrus taste with farmhouse yeast and oakiness at the end. Moderate hoppiness. Cedar aftertaste. Moderately astringent. A very good beer. The Brett yeast flavor is very evident. (305 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. on tap in the brewery's outdoor tasting station on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a small bottom wine glass, drank over ~30 minutes (169 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick frothy white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, pine, faint grass, cedar, Brett and some definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite citrus and lemon notes upfront, some piney/grassy undertones, subtle notes of cedar witch blends very well with the rest, Brett and some barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is a wonderful beer. This is my first time having a beer from Jester King and it surely won't be my last. ISO anything Jester King!

Serving type: bottle (806 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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 JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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! (851 characters)

Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful in the glass, a nice hazy shiny pure golden colour, with a hug, fluffy white head. Nice retention and tons of lacing.
Smells just like it looks, a rich enchanting fruity hoppiness, with lots of tangerine, apricot, pineapple, mango, pomelo, with some nice tart cider apples and yellow cherries. The Brett yeasts (+cedar) really hit if you let it settle a bit, with a rather unique kind of funk, lots of white and pink pepper, old white wine barrel stave, twigs, with a rich herbal-floral note, mostly lavender and lemongrass.
As complex as the smell was, the taste is even more. This is just stupid! The start is a big blossomed hop cone punch, piney, floral, bitter, on top of which the farmhouse yeasts bring their own show, with moldy wood, lots of pepper, dried grass and green hay, big crunchy herbal notes, hinting at moth balls (just to sum it up). There's also some lactic acidity, with a light tartness. The cedar spirals bring a different type of woody finish than the usual oak, with a stronger, somewhat fresher stave note, more tannic and i think it also pumped up the bitterness.
There's lots of bitter citrus peel in the taste, but some nice sweet (!) tropical notes show up only in the aftertaste. Bitterness, cedar and a mellow Brett feel also, slowly fading away. Medium body, smooth carbonation, a chewy kind of beer.
This was something else. I can definitely understand why the farmhouse/wild ales are on such a roll. Big complex monster, but not too rough, hugely refreshing. And i'm sure there are plenty more out there for me this summer. (1,576 characters)

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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.