Omniscience & Proselytism
Jester King Brewery

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #52
Ranked #497
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Omniscience & ProselytismOmniscience & Proselytism
Notes: Ale Refermented in Oak Barrels With Strawberries: Strawberries from Fredericksburg, Texas were added to oak barrels containing mature sour beer. The beer was then allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned. The name Omniscience & Proselytism does not refer to any claims of inducing omniscience.
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Photo of kitch
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle, Blend 5, bottled in May 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour (from a careful pour) with a one finger white head that dissipated quite quickly while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, strawberry, oak, with some light funk and a splash of lemon.

Taste: Sour, tart, strawberry, vanilla cream, oak, with a touch of lemon and funk.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I love strawberries, but strawberries in beer hasn’t really worked for me at all. This is the one exception so far though as the strawberries come through nicely and provide a nice balance with the sourness and light funk.

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Photo of jhavs
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and bubbly pink with a thin pink cap. Settles into thin collar. Mostly clear with a careful pour.

Aroma is bright and fresh strawberries. A mix of earthy ripe flesh and hint of unripened strawberry tartness.

Flavor is layers of strawberry juice and flesh. Hint of citrus in the tartness and light oaky earth.

Moderate carbonation and clean, fairly light body.

A great use of delicate strawberry flavor. Melds nicely with the base brew and barrel.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kings last night.

mild amber with a thin white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing this looks solid. The nose is super strawberry, bright, fruity, jammy with a moderate seed character that adds a light acetone and tannin note. Mild lactic and lemon base sourness is noticeable. The palate opens with a big strawberry character, fruity, sour, bright, mildly jammy. The mid palate has a mild nightshade note to go with the phenolic crushed seed tannin notes that are present. Drying, tart on the finish with lingering lactic and strawberry note. Quite excellent.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at JK. Absolutely delicious softly tart fruit beer. Perfectly smooth carbonation. Rusty orange color with thin white halo and lacing. Hints of wood, hay and barn but strawberries underlay all with some touches of stone/apricot.

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Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker amber color with a noise, disappearing white head.

Smells of ripe, sweet strawberries with an additional straw and pith quality, making this not only very pleasant but complex on the nose. Has a whiff of green banana and dusty leather underneath with a whiff of floral, wooden and sweet vanilla. Just a hint of funky cream cheese is needed to act as a reminder of this being a sour beer, by adding a light tartness to the nose.

Drinks light and soft with a well fitting mineralic burst during the beers finish, making this, apart from the thirst quenching sourness, even more refreshing.

Tastes of bread dough mellowed strawberries, which appear stunningly natural in flavors. They taste ripe, mellow with an almost earthy pith quality, giving an incredible initial depth, which gets enhanced by a well rounded tartness featuring lime rind, potato peel, lighter blue cheese and a soothing aqueous softness. Finishes with a present sourness, which grants the strawberries to remain on the palate, turning a little younger and earthier with a light note of almonds.

This is another winner from jester king. The whole experience is defined by its subtlety, which allows a great flavor complexity to unfold in all its rich facetts. While this is certainly all about strawberries, it manages to be much more than a one trick pony. This is great even for people not liking strawberries in particular (that a thing?), because the fruits blend marvellously well into the beers tart foundation, producing flavors which go well beyond each ingredient.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

among the best jester king beers i have ever had, this is absolutely sensational. up there with atrial and the tempranillo one, just so amazing. it doesnt have a lot of head, and the carbonation is a bit light for what i look for in the style, but the flavor is positively next level. the strawberries are about as forward and natural here as i have ever known them to be in any beer, ripe, sweet, juicy, and really the essence of summer, with a funky and mature labic type beer underneath. the berries sweeten it up just enough, and the sourness accentuates the pulpy, seedy, perfectly ripe berry goodness, its on point! pink to almost unnatural red in color, very little head. sweet oak, light vanilla, lemons, red currant piquancy, floral funk, also very summery for brett, and as complex and awesome as can be, equal parts fruit and awesome beer in the flavor, and not too sour to drink a couple glasses of, at least for me. these guys do some of the most complete and special fruited wild beers anywhere in the world, and this is one of their very best in this impressive series. maybe the best strawberry beer i have ever had. after a couple of good but not mind bending jester king beers, this one was outrageously good! tons of strawberry and so natural too, wow!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Aroma has strawberry, yeast funk, light barnyard notes. Taste starts tart and fruity with nice farmhouse funk, clean, floral and fruity. Light, dry and refreshing.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend 4 May 2017

White head. Grapefruit color. Hazy.

Strawberries up front, but not overly fruity. Tart, light sour. Very straight forward sour. Classic jester king funk. Has a berry flavor in the finish. Light bodied. Easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just drank Omniscience and Proselytism from Jester King, Austin, TX. It is aged in oak barrels and refermented with strawberries, ABV 5.1%, IBU 12 (according to bottle). It was just released on Friday (July 14 2017). I have not had the previous releases but based on what I’ve heard this might be the best one, and I certainly loved this one. This is a really great American Wild.

Look: Orange/amber pink hue with a quickly disappearing thin white head.

Aroma: The aroma is wheat, oak, strawberry and citrus, just a tad funk.

Taste: It’s tart, sweet, a little bit of strawberries, then comes a grapefruity flavor, some funk, and then more strawberries in the aftertaste. I should add that there's no grapefruit in there, of course, but with the tart, sweet, funk, and the slight bitterness, there's an impression of sweet red grapefruit in the middle, or perhaps strawberry with lemon. Anyway, the funk was muted so it really was not too much. It was just the right balance.

Feel: It's juicy, crisp, some carbonation, thirst quenching in the Texas heat.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy hues of peach-apricot amber, with a soft, off white head dying to a thin film and ring with filmy, slightly clingy, funky arches of lace. The appearance is not necessarily carbonated and bubbly, but is still very active and alive.

EXTREME FUNK! Horse blanket, hay, straw, big blue cheese, with only a hint of fresh, wild strawberry right at end of a big, long whiff.

An initially tart sour flavor is rudely interrupted by nutty blue cheese and cow patties. Then all of a sudden, wild strawberry jam sharply cuts in. Oddly enough, as it warms, strawberry candy becomes more influential, while the funk does less so. When nearing the end of the bottle, a hint of peanut creeps by here and there.

Dry with no lingering aftertaste.

May 2016 vintage.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This might be the best Jester King beer that I have had.

The taste is slightly sour with a nice presence of tart strawberries.

Overall, a good summer beer.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 1 pt .9 oz bottle ("blend 2, September 2014"), poured into a Riedel Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright pink orange like a rose wine. White, soap sudsy foam and sparse lace. Bottom of the bottle pours hazy and deeper pink.

Smell: Wet hay, yogurt, earth, funk and ripe strawberries. Invites deep inhalation.

Taste: Refreshing lactic acidity followed by earthy yeast and strawberry jam. Sweetness emerges as it warms, but remains bone dry and crisp in its finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and carbonation.

Overall: Crisp, refreshing and wonderfully balanced for all its complexity. Strawberries are apparent but still subtle.

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Photo of antoines15
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best strawberry sour yet. Still a bit weird in the taste, but doesn't have that awful medicinal taste/nose that is present in most/all strawberry sours I've had. Subtle, strawberry jam. Glad I've had it a few times now but wouldn't seek out again. Strawberry is just not well suited for beer I suppose.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml at a Jester King event at Brainddead brewery in Dallas. Nice reddish blonde look. Some strawberry on the nose but very subtle in the flavor.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light reddish coppery color with off-white fizzy head. Strawberries, tartness, funk, oak, and earth on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering strawberry flavor, a little tartness, and dry.

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely red hue, smell is wonderful, jammy strawberry w/ funky brett in the background. Taste follows the nose, berries, leathery acetic mild palate, dry finish. I think strawberries and a tough fruit to tame and this beer is executed well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brief impression from a bottle: 4.00.

Impressions on draught @ Jester King in Fall 2014:

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Off-white in colour. Fizziness dissipates within 10 seconds, leaving a thin floater ring but no lacing. There's not much of a head here.

BODY: Vibrant lush bright red. Translucent. Nontransparent. Clean. Not as deep in colour or glowing as would be ideal.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's intriguing for a sour; I can't wait to try it. The lack of head is its primary flaw appearance-wise, but otherwise it's a good-looking brew. Certainly inviting.

AROMA: Powdered sugar, fresh juicy strawberry, raspberry, and fresh berries. Moderately sour - maybe a 5/10 in terms of intensity - with no accompanying tartness. Lactobacillus bacteria and wild yeast(s) are indicated, though I wouldn't bet on brettanomyces lambicus. Evokes wild microflora, but lacks the intangible intricacy of true spontaneous fermentation.

Doesn't seem real acidic. Not muddled by funkiness, which I like; they're after a clean bacterial sourness. It's a delightful albeit modest aroma.

No detectable hop aromatics or off-notes. The malts disappear into the sourness.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a smacky luscious finish replete with mild (~5-6/10 in terms of intensity) sourness from lactobacillus. No true lambicus yeast here, but there are hints of wild microflora.

Fresh juicy ripe fruit. Powdered sugar covered strawberry. Tart raspberry. Maybe maraschino cherry?

Any neutral malts get buried beneath the pleasant and refreshing sourness. The sourness reaches its apex right on the finish.

To style, there are no detectable/overt hoppy flavours or off-flavours.

Smooth, wet, refeshing, fresh, and quenching, with a fitting soft presence on the palate. Aptly light bodied and not overbearingly thick or watery/thin. Near perfect carbonation.

Balance is excellent, with the perfect amount of natural fruity sweetness. The sourness and fruity flavours play off each other well, and I'm pleased to find tartness in a strawberry beer. Well built, with a natural cohesion of flavour. This beer is a gestalt whole, assimilating its complex constituent notes impressively well.

The strawberry isn't weak or muted, and is seamlessly integrated into the flavour profile.

I'm really enjoying this, but it could be more tart and more sour, and it does lack the intricacies and subtleties of more complex, better executed sours. The strawberry helps set it apart, but it tastes of other fruits too, preventing it from truly tasting unique.

OVERALL: Another very good but not great sour ale from one of America's best producers of the style. This brew is not one to miss when in Austin, but it's not worth hours in line or trading away a kidney. Delicious, drinkable, and impressive, but there are better sour ales out there. This won't disappoint even the most discerning of drinkers. The powdery smacky feel coupled with the inexplicably tart strawberry fruit notes makes for a real treat.

I'd recommend this to any fan of fruited sours.


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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color topped modestly by the head; retention is not great though it leaves some dots behind

Smell: Very dry aromatics with the strawberry fruit coming through along with the Brett

Taste: Not quite ripe strawberries and leathery dryness from the Brett; the tartness picks up moderately, after the swallow, and lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; very dry and moderately puckery

Overall: I really like the subtlety here; the fruit, the leather, the dryness and the tart elements combine very nicely

Thanks, domvan, for the opportunity

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Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rose with small amount of bubbles rising to the top. Barely any head. Smell is of brett, lemon, strawberry, and other berry aromas. Solid acid throughout. Never feels unbalanced. Dry, but with some sweet up front. Strawberry, wheat, fruit roll up, brett. Mouthfeel is light and prickly, with some acid on the tongue. Another excellent fruit sour from Jester King. This went amazingly with some runny goat brie.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as an orange color, some light haze, and a thin white head. The smell of the beer is funky, but does have some tart strawberry notes in there too. The taste of the beer is solid, good sourness and good sweetness too. The feel is pretty light bodied. Overall it's a good brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Ruby red and pinkish body. Medium white head.

Smell - Lots of strawberries. Really comes through. A little jammy.

Taste - Strawberry. Lightly sour. Kinda yeasty. Astringent and woody. Not a very strong flavor.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Pretty light. Pleasantly tart, but not what I'd call really sour.

Overall - What flavor it has is nice. The strawberry doesn't quite come through as much in the flavor, but that's not really a surprise.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade

Pours a bright cherry, slightly hazy body with a bubbly white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing or retention.

Aromas are sharp and inviting.. big, juicy strawberry aromas upfront mixed with tart lactic, vinegar, oak, farmhouse funk, cherry, lemon. I could smell this all day.

Upfront the strawberry shines with a pretty acidic sour berry taste, lemony citrus on the follow through with a nice oakyness to compliment. The finish is tart, unripe berries, funk, and a sour fruity bite. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Tough to sip this one!

Overall an outstanding beer, nicely balanced and very flavorful.

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a beautiful pink hue.

The beer has a decent amount of strawberries and tart qualities. Reminds me slightly of an Almanac fruited sour. More towards sour with touches of strawberry flavor instead of a jammy note like Atrial. The tart qualities burns at times. Seeds come through of berries, strawberries and raspberries.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is clear grapefruit pink with very little foamy off white head. Nose is a bit watered down fleshy strawberry, moderate plastic, light grain notes. Flavor is has the plastic right up front, ripe strawberries, some burnt rubber lingers through the finish, faint acetic acid, lightly sour. Lighter body, lower carb, fairly palatable.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, Blend two.

Killer strawberry aroma. Taste is pretty good. Really nice tartness and balance of flavors. The wood is more present as it warms. I wish the strawberries were as pronounced on the taste as they are on the aroma (like the raspberries in Atrial), but it is still very nice. Another great fruited sour from Jester King.

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