Salt Lick - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.94/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I received this beer in a trade a while ago. Batch #1 from January 2013. A pecan-wood-smoked saison, where a portion of the malt was smoked at The Salt Lick BBQ joint a few miles south of the brewery. The original label for Salt Lick was rejected by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, since Salt Lick is named after The Salt Lick BBQ and Texas law doesn't allow for that direct relation to a retailer on a beer label. And so "Censored" has become it's new name.
Stored in refrigeration for a few weeks, there was no extreme "gushing" upon opening this beer, though after a few seconds the beer started to foam in the bottle and began slowly creeping out of the neck. Immediately poured this into a teku glass. The body is a dull and cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is a crisp white foam that pops away quickly, leaving not very much behind.
The aroma is quite similar to what you would find in a traditional farmhouse ale, with notes of tart apples, lemon rind, sweet wheat malt, and light brine, but with an additional influence from the barrel and smoked malt, lending it's woody, earthy, ashy smell. What was impressive is the well-balanced nature of the aroma, and the strong intensity of it all.
Up front on the palate is the bright, lemon-lime citrus flavor, with a serious tartness that pops about mid-palate. It's tannic and vinous up front as well, and that falls into a lingering salty and dry quality in the finish. Persistent throughout the entire experience is a strong, ashy, tobacco-like smoke, which contrasts it's earthy quality against the bright tartness of the base beer. The body is very well carbonated, and the mouthfeel is soft, with an expansive feeling when held on the tongue.
Fans of smokey red wines or oaked dry whites would probably really enjoy this beer. The smoke quality is excellent, and certainly unique. The saison characteristics are not overwhelmed and the beer is very unique. I don't know if it is something I would want to drink all the time, but I certainly enjoyed the experience.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 14:59:25 | More by MusicaleMike
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3.76/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Split with Goblinmunkey7
Appearance: Hazy, light tangerine with some nice gold and orange tones - pours with a ton of carbonation (yup, the bottle was a gusher) - fades to a large, foamy white cap, leaves some blobs and streaks of lacing
Smell: A lot of funky, sour, woody, smoky weirdness - some sour notes, with what smells like Brett - wet and musty funk - some yeasty saison notes - wood - earthy, dirty, and floral notes - big smoked malt component - smoky, sour, musty, and interesting
Taste: Funky and smoky, what is this, a recent Fantôme beer? - light sourness, with some lactic and Brett flavors - decidedly wet and musty with some big earthy flavors, hints of something salt-like, and lemony tartness - yeasty with some light fruits and more funk - smoke is definitely prominent, with some smoky, damp smoked malts - damp wood as well - can't say I detect any pecan, but it's still very interesting overall
Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, some lingering funk and smoke
Overall: Some beers are beyond weird... I'm running low on adjectives
This is an interesting mix of sour, funky, smoky, and yeasty flavors. The concept of blending a sour with a saison kind of makes sense, but I'm not sure if the smoke was necessary. Regardless, it mostly works, and this is worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 22:48:03 | More by angrybabboon
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Highly carbonated hazy straw goldfish yellow. Bubbly bright-white head leaves some small notches of lacing. Solid retention leaves a small bubbly cap.
Smell: Smoked in nice measure. Slightly sweet pecan wood layered over typical Jester King funk. Damp and musty with some hints of lacto and a solid bretty punch. A touch of lemon juice and lemon zest. Slightly herbal and earthy as well. Damp earth and then a soft spicy sweetness from the smoked wood. A bit of powdery bready elements with some pale crackery malts as well. Pale malt sweetness rounds it out.
Taste: Smoked peachy lemon bread. A nice pale malt sweetness rounds out the back. Some biscuit and crackery malt base. Smoke is slightly sweet with a touch of char and a mild spiciness. Damp musty funk as well. Wet earth. Some lemon zest and a touch of lacto. Brett adds some mild funk. More tart than smoky as it warms. Green wood.
Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate to high carbonation. Clean and slightly crisp on the finish with a slightly slick sip upfront.
Overall: Why so secret.
It's odd, but I like it. Smoky and tart. Just unique.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 22:35:16 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Salt Lick from Jester King Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.