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Censored - Jester King Brewery

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 260
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 260
Photo of jhamp9
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.34/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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