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Censored - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | 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:
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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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.

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83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.