Viking Metal - Jester King Brewery
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3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Bottle shared at The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.
Blend 1. Bottled 2/2013.
Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, smoke, herb, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour smoke and botanical flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of interesting aromas and flavors that are quite unique.
08-12-2013 02:23:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.94/5 rDev -3%
thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this one from jester king. a smoked pilsener sour? this is a reall interesting combination of flavors here. hazy pale straw in color with an inch or so of big white head. the nose is lactic and lemony, with notes of smoke to the rauchbier extent, bizarre aromatic experience. pilsener and wheat malts present themselves behind the smoke in the taste, and the sourness only comes in late. I can see where people say bandaid flavors here, but I don't get that, its the acid. the smoke is robust, not subtle at all, huge. such an odd mix of flavors, the pilsener malts are light, but the smoke makes them heavy. the carbonation is intense, and the sour vibe makes it almost caustic or prickly on the palate. overall a one of a kind beer that is either love it or hate it, very polarizing, but I fall on the love it side, this is a challenging brew, and I love to be challenged. i will say this though, for being brewed with juniper and aged in gin barrels, I don't really get a whole lot of that in here. its subtle, maybe the only thing subtle about this brew, and I think it works nicely as such.
10-06-2013 21:45:35 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 1, bottled in 2/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, tart green apple, juniper, pear, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wood, smoke, rye, leather, herbal, white wine, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, juniper, and light smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, lemon zest, juniper, pear, pepper, clove, white wine, oak, rye, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart green apple, lemon zest, pear, white wine, clove, pepper, oak, leather, hay, straw, rye, light smoke, musty funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, juniper, light smoke, and malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked saison style. All around great balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, light smoke, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
02-06-2014 00:06:22 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
I shared this with my buddy Dave, who loves both smoked beers and wild ales. Here goes!
Served in my Jester King wine glass (Thanks Michael).
The beer is a hazy golden / copper hue with an inch or so of off-white head. The aroma has so much going on...smoke, funk, grass, hay, white wine, tart fruits, apples, oak. The complexity definitely carries over to the flavor profile. An armada of bold flavors. Yikes! Saison characteristics with earthy and herbal notes. Medium to full bodied with a tangy, tart finish. Smoke and oak character throughout. An interesting and complex beer for sure.
05-07-2014 17:27:08 | More by Huhzubendah
4.14/5 rDev +2%
Bottle opened on 1.31.14
Blend # Feb 2013
A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fluffy off-white head with good retention.
S- CItrus, orange, carndy, oak and pine.
T- Silky soft citrus and oak, then a tart gin-pine finish.
D - Good carbonation wtih a light body. Silk smooth with a tart finish.
O - NIce flavors that bounce off of each other well.
04-22-2014 04:36:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
Viking Metal from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.