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Salt Lick - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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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BKotch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-13-2013 03:46:20 | More by BKotch
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jhamp9

Texas

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:52:36 | More by jhamp9
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-11-2013 03:20:22 | More by gtermi
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-11-2013 03:03:40 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-11-2013 01:54:19 | More by kjkinsey
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goochpunch

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:05:39 | More by goochpunch
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JohnBender

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-28-2013 02:02:28 | More by JohnBender
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harrylee773

Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.5%

04-24-2013 04:21:42 | More by harrylee773
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-17-2013 16:42:42 | More by jheezee
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elNopalero

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 20:00:13 | More by elNopalero
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trebbates

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

04-07-2013 22:12:36 | More by trebbates
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cmoody91

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-07-2013 19:29:56 | More by cmoody91
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-05-2013 00:03:36 | More by ChaseTheAce
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

03-30-2013 12:43:23 | More by Thorpe429
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BrutalSusan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-28-2013 08:29:15 | More by BrutalSusan
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-27-2013 03:12:13 | More by nickfl
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-27-2013 02:08:53 | More by starrdogg
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

03-26-2013 22:18:50 | More by nmann08
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 23:11:36 | More by Lawl3ss
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champ103

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 15:09:52 | More by champ103
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-16-2013 21:23:23 | More by bbadger
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table

Hazy golden body with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves some lacing.

Predominant smoke aroma over the grassy and lemony saison characteristics.

The smoke is there but blended nicely with the grassy funk and lemon. There is a slight tartness.

Light bodied, crisp, prickly carbonation, and dry.

Super enjoyable. Not as smoky as the Gotland which I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 04:43:08 | More by MattSweatshirt
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jacobbocce72

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-13-2013 17:57:37 | More by jacobbocce72
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wtkphoto

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-04-2013 23:57:54 | More by wtkphoto
Salt Lick from Jester King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.