Omniscience & Proselytism
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #51
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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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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

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.


May 08, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle pour into HF wine stem split 3 ways.

bottled September 2014.

Appearance: bright and translucent red bottled beer with one full finger of white head that drops down to no head.

Smell: This beer literally smells like a strawberry jolly rancher. Very appealing nose on this beer.

Taste: This beer tastes just like it smells. Strawberry jolly rancher all the way. Mild level of sourness. Not much funk. The strawberry flavor in this beer is probably the most authentic strawberry flavor that I have tasted in a strawberry wild ale besides Upland Strawberry lambic. It is quite well done.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is really drinkable. For having a pH level of 3.2 this beer is really easy drinking. It is not dry, rather the beer has a juicy mouthfeel and slightly creamy carbonation which pairs nicely with the strawberry flavors that it has.

Overall: This is a pretty nice offering from Jester King. Like I mentioned earlier, only one other strawberry wild ale has delivered a true authentic strawberry flavor profile like Omniscience & Proselytism has and that's Upland Strawberry Lambic. Honestly I like Omniscience & Proselytism better than the Upland Strawberry wild ale, but they are both pretty fantastic beers. Either way, Jester King continues to prove that they make some delicious sour beers! If you love strawberry beer you gotta try this beer. Plain and simple.

Nov 08, 2014
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antoines15 from Indiana

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.

Jul 04, 2015
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Omniscience & Proselytism, a wild ale fermented in oak barrels with strawberries from the Jester King Craft Brewery out of Austin, Texas.

Score: 97

Fall 2013 vintage bottle served in a Kuhnhenn chalice glass and enjoyed on 05/28/14. Thank you Scott for sending me this delicious treat!

Appearance: Pours a nice sunset orange color with a nice orange-to-yellow fade. Okay lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Bright strawberry jam and seeds, oak, hay, black pepper and a hint of plastic. A hint of lemon zest too. So jammy, so strawberry forward. 5/5

Taste: Strawberry jam, crackers, lemon rind, oak, hay and more strawberry on the finish. Although somewhat simplistic in how strawberry-forward this beer is, it has some nice supplemental complexities. Lasting strawberry fruit-by-the-foot finish. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-light bodied, spot on carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Great tartness, mild acidity. 4.75/5

Overall: Wow. So...much...strawberry. This was better than Atrial Rubicite in my opinion, perhaps because I love strawberries so much. This is my favorite strawberry sour sampled to date.

Cost: Unknown (bottle was a gift).

May 29, 2014
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amex_platypus from England

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Lovely initial creaminess from strawberry, though this disappears after a few sips. Tart, oak, cedar, mild funk. Similar to Colour Five except for creaminess.

Nov 04, 2014
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

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.

Jan 14, 2015
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LopeJuice from New York

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Heavy plastic phenols. Very unpleasant. Maybe let this one sit for a while

Nov 08, 2014
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dkw0063 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Oct 28, 2013
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Roze from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Oct 30, 2014
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RRtransvestification from New York

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 31, 2015
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 01, 2020
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BeersAndBears from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 16, 2015
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MCain04 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Dry and tart but not the most sour. A tad too sweet from the overwhelming jammy strawberry flavor, but definitely goes down smoothly. Close to perfect.

Oct 16, 2014
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.9/5  rDev -11.2%

Nov 09, 2014
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ldhughes3 from Louisiana

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Oct 27, 2013
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Wayne17 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 01, 2014
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scotv from New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Dec 26, 2013
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ldookmariot from Texas

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nov 24, 2013
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TBlightning from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Nov 24, 2014
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Yeti1979 from Louisiana

4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 27, 2013
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sfr26 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Oct 24, 2014
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 13, 2019
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Texsuds from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

May 26, 2014
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Inglewood from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2017
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FrankHammer from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Dec 05, 2014
Omniscience & Proselytism from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 447 ratings