Censored - Jester King Brewery

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThirdEyePA on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Pecan Wood Smoked Saison Crafted in the once commonplace, Old World tradition of bière de coupage, young, dry hopped ale is blended with old, barrel-aged sour beer fermented with native yeast. A portion of the malt was smoked over pecan wood at The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.

Update: Our original label application for Salt Lick Pecan Wood Smoked Saison was rejected by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), after having been approved by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB). We have renamed this beer "Censored" for sale in Texas.
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Photo of ehammond1
2.32/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, Josh!

Unfortunately, there wasn't much I could take away from this beer that was positive. Both the aroma and flavor had strange, and strong, flavors of smoke, sharp wood, and a meaty, almost pork-like, character. This was largely undrinkable, for me. Granted, I'm not the biggest fan of smoked beers, especially when not don well. I didn't think this one was done very well, either. There was some grass and a salinity to it as well, but the smoke was too dominant for me, personally. If this sounds interesting, I'd still recommend trying it, as other people I respect have enjoyed this one. Perhaps it just wasn't for me.

Photo of goochpunch
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale golden color with lots of carbonation and a steady, consistent head. Smell is a mix of smoke, grain, and a weird funkiness. Not sure if it's a good or wrong funk, but it's interesting. Taste is tart, refreshing, funky, sour, smoky, dry. This is a mix of all the flavors I love most about beer. I only knock the taste because, although I LOVE smoked beer, I think this would be even better without the smoke. It's just a well-made funky farmhouse beer a lá Jolly Pumpkin. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. It compliments the flavors perfectly. This beer is excellent. I'm glad I bought 2! I used to not be a big fan of Jester King back when they were having some quality control issues, but with El Cedro and Salt Lick, they are turning me into a huge fan. I'm proud to have this brewery in my state.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a huge off-white foamy head (bit of gusher) with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is pretty dominant with light cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is a mostly dominated by smoked malt with some funky barnyard notes and a tart finish being also noticeable. Body is light with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not an everyday kind of beer with the amount of smoke that can be found here and not really a saison anymore but nonetheless I still enjoyed this beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow colour, very hazy, white head, nice lace. The aroma was undoubtedly smoked pecan wood. That's a very strong smoked wood. I've had some beef jerky that was pecan wood smoked and it was the most intensely smoky thing I've ever had. Lucky, the Salt Lick is pronounced, but not a one pump chump. There's some subtle tart and Brett notes, oak and yeasty esters. Taste of rich smoky pecan wood, mild tartness, Brett funk, yeast, bread, oak tannins, soured bread. Carbonation was lively, but not overly done. Body on the lighter side, slight crisp and refreshing quality.

It's a unique smoked beer, but the oaky sour smokiness is strangely tasty...

Photo of angrybabboon
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/13/14

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.

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a snifter.

A. Glowing orange-gold with a large white head. Pretty beer.

S. Earthy wood smoke, light citrusy acidity, a bit of pale malt.

T. More woody, meaty smoke, a bit of dry mild sourness, orange rind, oak, coriander.

M. Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O. This is pretty interesting. The smokiness is strong but not off-putting. I just wish the blend had included a little more of the sour beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Batch #1, Jan 2013. This gave me quite a nice little clean-up to do when I found some big time gushing.

4.0 A: Murky yellow/orange/brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and lots of lacing is left.

4.75 S: Smells great. The smokiness is so enticing - porcine city. Doesn't come off as very sour, it's more of a funky tanginess. Woody, funky with herbalness, rotting wood, and outdoorsiness. Hay and grassiness. A bit of fruitiness. The smokes blends supremely well with the funk. I couldn't ask for much more.

4.25 T: Taste is also really great. The sourness comes through stronger than the nose. Porcine smoke again, light sourness with plenty of tanginess, woodiness. Funk gives rotting wood, herbalness, outdoors, and hay/grassiness. Peachy fruitiness.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Plenty of light, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Supremely smooth.

4.25 D: Very nice beer overall. Awesome nose and great everywhere else.

Photo of jhamp9
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange pour with a thick white head that settles down to a cap. Soapy lacing.

Strong smoky aroma with some lemon yogurt way in the background.

Taste is tart lemon and citrus upfront with lactic acid and smoke following up. Smoke is much more subtle in the taste than in the aroma.

Drying on the palate.

Really enjoyable.

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Salt Licks, poured into a clear plastic cup.

A - Pours a medium neutral golden color with an overall orangey tint to it. A finger of loose white foam sits on top.

S - Definitely picking up the smokiness on the nose mixed in with some grainy malt, some tartness and some ctirusy oranges and lemons.

T - Hmm...interesting in a good way. Rather tart overall with noticeable smokiness that manages to stay a bit in the background of the flavor profile...not quite what I would call subtle, but well integrated. Plenty of saison character with lots of fruity citrus especially lemons and oranges as in the aroma. Grainy base, little bit of sweet malt.

M - A bit thin in body. Carbonation is a bit on the lighter side but still had plenty of life to it. Rather refreshing on a warm spring day.

O - Had never heard of this so figured I'd give it a try and ended up having several. Worked really nice sitting at the picnic tables outside Salt Licks during our 2hr wait to get seated for dinner. Quite flavorful with the smoke enhancing the beer. Smoke was done well with enough presence but without overpowering the other subtleties in the beer. Would definitely have again.

Photo of champ103
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Pinthouse Pizza in Austin.

A: Pours a hazed, golden/orange color. One finger, thin white head forms, and fizzles out after a minute. Light lace.
S: This is like an ash tray. Rubbery, burnt malt, charred wood. Mix that with meaty smoke, with a bit of tartness in the end of the nose. If it was just meaty/smoked malt with the farmhouseness, it would be interesting if not particularly to my tastes. Though the ash tray aroma is bad.
T: Like the nose there is an ash tray flavor here. Though not as intense as the aroma. Burnt wood and char. A pronounced bandaid flavor. Then a stronger tartness here. These are characters that do not mesh at all.
M/D: A light body with low carbonation. Thin, watery, and dirty. I did not care to finish this one bit. Hard to drink, and a mess.

I can't see how anybody could enjoy this? A complete mess, and on top of that, just bad. Avoid.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 6.9.13
Batch 1 Jan 2013

A - Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a large foamy off-white head with good retention.

S - Funky, tart and salty?

T - Sweet stone fruit and lots of smoke.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Good fruit, but way overly smokey.

Photo of cvm4
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a straw/hay in color with a two finger eggshell head.

S - The smell first off is like opening a bbq pit smoker. The smoke is cut with a light sweetness that brings it all together. Behind that is a lemony tartness with some funk.

T - Lemon sour on the front, some funk/wheat/hay and the sweet smoke from the pecan wood comes in midway through. Ends a little salty with may'be some white pepper.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Finishes dry.

O - Really an interesting combo here. I can see this as a love it or hate it beer. But, to me it's really great and refreshing.

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jester King "Censored." (Formerly "Salt Lick"). "Bottle conditioned ale partially aged in oak barrels with wild yeast." Batch #[Unintelligible]. January 2013. 6.7% ABV confirmed per the label. FG 1.002. IBU 22. Reviewed as a saison, since the label describes it as a "Pecan Wood Smoked Saison." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and a fantastic branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

HOLY SHIT! GUSHER! I had refrigerated this per the label's instructions and it absolutely volcanoed on me. Beware!

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours no head whatsoever (in spite of its seeming overcarbonation). All we get a white floater ring of below average thickness and creaminess. It lasts maybe 40 seconds. No lacing.

Body colour is a hazy cloudy yellow of above average vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks about right for a saison.

Sm: The first thing I pick up is an obvious brettanomyces-induced funkiness, with soft welcoming notes of tart lemon zest and wheat. The tartness takes a turn, though, as soon as the smokiness introduces itself, yielding a strange aroma I'm not entirely on board with. Cidery and apple-y. Notes of wet straw, pilsner malts, and grains. Light crackery malts. I do pick up pecan in the smokey character. I'm not sure the smokiness mixes well with the saison aspect of the beer, but to be honest it seems to work a lot better than I anticipated; there's none of the pork, bacon, or smog notes you'd get from a rauchbier, for example. White grape. Generic floral hop character. No alcohol is detectable. A kiss of lactose.

A really intriguing aroma, but the jury is out on whether the two diametric profiles clash or come together. I wouldn't call the aroma pleasant per se. Mild in strength.

T: A brief hint of the white peppery notes I look for in a good saison. No milky notes. Wheat, pilsner malt, crackery malts, straw. Brettanomyces-induced funkiness throughout; it does lack depth though. The smokiness is nicely subdued by the lactose, but it still feels out of place. I do get some gose-esque saltiness. Clove. Lemon citrus zest and accompanying esters. Lemon peel. Has a light tartness. I don't get any wild yeast per se. And the purported pecan? Nowhere to be found. A bit cidery and apple-y. Complementary timid floral hops. It's pretty good, actually. I can't in good faith call it balanced, but I will say that it navigates its merging of two distinct flavour profiles pretty well. Good complexity. Some limited subtlety.

Depth of flavour is below average - but only when reviewing to style; the saison may be the deepest style out there. Average flavour intensity and duration.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Crisp. Smooth and wet. Strangely refreshing, actually. Excellent carbonation; this really benefited from bottle conditioning. Smacky. Fairly acidic. Complements the flavour profile quite nicely. Good presence on the palate and good body. A well executed texture for this approach to a saison.

Dr: I love the experimentation. It took me awhile to warm up to this one, but now that I have I'm really liking it. It's an extremely interesting beer, and while I can't say it's a great saison, it's a pretty good hybrid style - dareisay a unique beer. I haven't really understood the Jester King obsession since I moved here to Austin, but if they have more beers like this I'll happily purchase them. Would I get this again? Maybe for trades. The price point is a bit unreasonable given the availability of far better (even imported saisons) for near the same amount. The light lactobacillus kiss is a highlight for me. Far from forgettable, Salt Lick is well worth a try.

I recommend a snifter or tulip over the pilsner glass I had to use.

I doubt it'd age well.

Low B

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just when you think you've tasted it all... A smokey sourish Saison? Clever in its recipe formulation and grounded in rustic history, this ale is as curious to the palate as it is drinkable.

The pour delivers a rusty-straw color that's just a shade deeper than your average farmhouse ale. The hazy beer releases an exuberent level of carbonation to fuel a fluffy ivory-white head. Firm withstanding and intricate lacing all indicates a well made beer.

Incredibly tart aromas strike the nose with white wine and cider-type acidity. A wrap of fragrant smoke wafts about the sour fruit for a tale of two beers living in the same glass. Musty grain, straw and wet hay give an earthen component that brings the tartness and mesquite together.

Then to taste, the early palate is all sour saison. Sour white grapes, crab apples, orange peel and grapefruit align on the tongue- all in a supple under-ripened way. The middle delivers a brine and earth melange that's common to sea salt, grain and hay. Cork-like wood is just the hint of something unexpected to come. The late palate sheds all that fruit and introduces a taste of campfire, scotch, and mesquite. The unique balance is void of meaningful sweetness as the smoke is unsupported, much like more fragrant nutty cigars. Just as soon as the taste subsides... Bam! ...a late aftertaste of heavy peat echoes in surprising form.

Light on the palate, the carbonation pushes the grain from the tongue and ushers in a racy finish of sparkling white wine, acidity, peppery warmth and a powder-dry ash that's oddly compelling.

The unique combinations of taste seem to swirl around each other and never come together. It's unusual that I prefer it that way. The beer continues to deliver flavors and textures to different parts of the mouth even as the mouth acclimates to it deep in the session. Quite a mysterious ale!

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in January 2013. Slow gusher upon opening. Pours extremely hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, green apple, pear, clove, pepper, wheat, smoke, wood, hay, grass, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes, with prominent smoked wood presence; and good strength. Taste of tart lemon, green apple, pear, clove, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, wood, smoke, funk, light vinegar, leather, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of tart earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart fruit, clove, pepper, wheat, wood, smoke, hay, grass, funk, light vinegar, leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a fair amount of smoke presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked wild saison style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, smoke, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. I thought the wood smoke note complimented the spicy yeast nicely. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pretty rough. Bad smoke, mild bandaid.

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a Pecan wood smoked saison from Jester King in collaboration with Salt Lick BBQ.

A - It pours a beautiful sunshine orange with a golden glow. Minimal head, with a thin ring of bubbles tightly hugging the sides of the glass.

S - On the nose I get big notes of smoke, some fruity undertones, and a very subtle funk.

T - The smoke is very forward, but it's not overpowering. The Pecan wood is a unique touch on the smoke as it's adds a richness to the flavor. There is a bit of oak in here too I believe, and it almost has a smoked brisket touch to it. Very interesting. The smoke gives way to some nice fruity flavors. Lemon zest, pear, and some tartness on the back end that finishes very refreshing and clean.

M - Medium to high carbonation, appropriate mouthfeel. Drinkable and goes down very easy.

O - Overall this is a very unique beer. I craved brisket as soon as had gotten a couple of drinks into it. I really enjoyed this, and could see it going down very easily with a plate of Salt Lick BBQ. Another job well done Jester King.

Photo of AMG55
1.59/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Same trade from Nablock.

Opened up the bottle and noticed yeast overgrowth covering the entire lip of the bottle. Not a good start.

Appearance: Poured light golden yellow with a pretty large head. I was intrigued by this one due to the Pecan Smoked malt that was added.

Smell: Oh boy, just as I thought, infected. It smelled like a light struck chardonnay. Sour white grapes and nothing else from it. People kept stating there's a lot of pecan wood smoke on the nose. No way that was even present in this bottle.

Taste: Exactly how it smelled. Sour grapes, bitter, very astringent and brutal to finish. Pecan wood on the very back end was my only respite.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, bitter, bitter...

Overall: Infected, what can I say. Maybe another try? I'd prefer a hop forward beer from Jester King. Or their fruit based wild ales which I've heard great things about.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jester King Brewery - Salt Lick (Censored), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a deep mimosa with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves considerable lacing.

Smell - Tart citrus, sour, oaky, and funky as hell. Take all that and throw it in a smoker because that's what it is.

Taste - Undoubtedly lemon sour in the front that gives way to woody smokiness and a bit of salt.

Mouthfeel - Light body, sits smoky but not bad. Heavily carbonated, dry, and fades quickly. Not overly boozy and actually quite drinkable.

Overall - This is without a doubt one of the most unique brews I have ever had (something Jester King seems to make me say often). Glad I tried but I would not get this one again, it is definitely not for everyone and along those lines it's not for me, but I judged it on it's merits and it was pretty good at doing what it advertised.

Photo of stephens101
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"Censored" version from the bottle.

Hazy golden orange in color with two-fingers of gently settling off-white head. Aroma is enjoyable, albeit subdued, with lemon, melon, yeast, herbs and a faint smokiness. Yeasty up front on the tongue with a nice interplay of melon rind and lemon juice followed by a palpable woodiness, salt, and a soft sour aftertaste. Medium bodied. Has a bit of grittiness that gets in the way.

Have liked what this brewery has been doing for a while, and even though this one isn't as robust as some of the others of theirs I've tried, it is another winner that sports that unique JK touch.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan. 2013. Pours out a straw gold, very hazy. Heavy carbonation makes for a great 2 inch head. It settles to a dusting on the top, leaving on bits of lace behind.

The smell has the sour citrus of a Berliner-weisse, follow by a kick of BBQ smoke and some farmhouse funk. Intriguing smell.

Wheat, fresh lemon, smoked wood and a slight sour grape aftertaste make an odd combination of flavors. Not bad, but very different. The mouthfeel is light, but a bit heavy on the carbonation.

I enjoyed the ride, but won't pick up another one. Did compliment my pork tenderloin pretty well though.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the brewery back in... April or so, bought the bottle a few months back, can't really recall when but I'd guess early June. Finally got around to cracking it.

Chilled 25.4 oz Euro-style bomber into a JK 33 cl tulip. Bottle reads Batch #1 January 2013.

Look- Well, to start off, this one was a major gusher. It's been in the fridge for the better part of six months, didn't really expect a mini-volcano. Beer itself is a hazed straw color, pours with two fingers of loose foam that settles quick. Nice lacing.

Smell- Lightly sour, reminds me of a dry cider. Predominantly woody, some straw, light smoke. Not much else comes through, but it's nice.

Taste- Mellow, grainy, woody, light smoke and lots of pecan. Surprising amount of pecan actually, very distinctive but not overbearing. Sharper as it warms, dry but not bone dry, has some body and a light sweetness. Ginger, lemongrass, white tea, orange pith. More citrus comes out as it sits for a while, blends with the sour and smooths out. Finishes mellow, more wood and light dry toast. Quite good, but subtle.

Mouthfeel- Full for the style, moderate carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy. Moderate acidity comes out midway through. Dry-ish, ciderlike, but heftier, jucier than typical. Unusual for the style, but I find myself preferring it.

Overall- Not something I'd pick up everday, or every year. but above-average drinkability and different enough to stand out. Absolutely worth trying, and based on my experience it's worth holding onto for a bit.

Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this. I love smoked beers! And this is my new crush.

This pours a light straw-golden color with hazy foam. There’s a wonderfully smokey aroma, with what I can only describe as bright, clean, crisp—it’s not an ashtray full of soot clouding the olfactory system—with just a hint of a muted lingering sour mash tartness as a grace note. Fantastic aroma.

The flavor is equally bright. The smoked character dominates, as it tends to do, but underneath it there’s an interestingly tart character, with a very mild bitterness (this is not a hoppy beer) and a somewhat sweet finish. A wonderfully vibrant effervescence keeps this beer light and, dare I say it, eminently quaffable. (I’d love to see this on cask. Seriously.) Another amazing Jester King beer.

Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden yellow hue with a two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is strong smoked pecan wood,funk and citrus quite an enticing smell,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated maybe too much and has tastes of smoked pecan wood them the saison takes over with hints of lemons,limes,oranges,only the slightest touch of funk which is highly dissapointing for me and the finish is a mix of herbal earthy bitter hops and sweet smoked pecan and overall when reading the label I was thinking this is going to be one hell of a unique beer but unfortunately it's just a nice smoked pecan saison and probably my first jester king that I would not revisit cheers.

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