Salt Lick - Jester King Brewery
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3.94/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-14-2014 14:59:25 | More by MusicaleMike
Salt Lick from Jester King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.