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Salt Lick - Jester King Brewery

Salt LickSalt Lick

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BA SCORE
84
good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: ThirdEyePA on 03-04-2013)
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 12:48:50 | More by portia99
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Salt Lick from Jester King Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.