Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Wild Ale
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Apr 16, 2020
Dec 20, 2013
Very Good
Notes: Ambrée was inspired by the rustic farmhouse ales of French Flanders, particularly those brewed by Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq — one of our favorite breweries in the world. Ambrée is a dry, tart, naturally conditioned amber ale fermented and matured with dozens of different strains of brewers’ yeast, native wild yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and souring bacteria. It’s 6.4% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005, and is 3.5 pH.
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Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from notes. Purchased bottle on 5/11/16 at a local bottle shop. Consumed shortly thereafter, though I did not make note of the date. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Hazy darkish gold, with a half-finger of foamy white head with good retention atop average amount of visible carbonation. Of note: despite the short storage period, and keeping it upright during that time, there is a gnarly ring of brown dried gooey sediment (yeast trub?) just under the cap. It didn’t seem to come off during the pour, but it’s not pretty.

S: Biscuit malts, some saison yeast, and a light spiciness. Hints of lemon citric acid.

T: A blush of lemons and lactic tart, biscuit malts, and saison yeastiness – doughy, and with minimal if any black pepper character. A light citric tartness comes back. Only a mild farmhouse funk, and hints of a woody dryness near the end. It finishes with lingering yeast and a light dry tartness.

M: Medium body for style, low alcohol presence, and average carbonation sensation.

O: A good lightly tart and lightly funky saison, but ultimately I think it blends into the pack and becomes forgettable.
Mar 26, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by jlvanderhoek from Canada (BC)

Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by thatche2 from Georgia

Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy dark red color with a slight cloudy light amber color close to the edges of the beer. The head was about two fingers worth of soft white foaminess. There wasn’t much lacing following the beer down. The smell had a dried out tart raspberry aroma cherishing a light woodiness as the beer warmed. The taste was a dry and tart raspberry that ended up letting out a slight acidic lemon flavoring as it warmed which lead to a naturally dry raspberry to slight lemon aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with not much of a sessionable aspect as there’s not enough balance in this one. Overall, I'm grateful to be able to partake of this offering that I may never see again.
Jun 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark copper color with a touch of amber in color. Excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of off white around most of the rim and half of the top that dissipates entirely after about 5 minutes. The aroma is of peppery to earthy yeast and light malt. It's odd that I don't smell the Brett, but I do taste it. I'm tasting a gentle dose of sour Brettanomyces, but it is well integrated with the earthy saison yeast and gentle light malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. This one is all about subtlety and nuances. Well played.
Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jan 17, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by Mikexw from New York

Dec 28, 2016
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Rated by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle. Tart Amber brew, light sweetness. Better than expected.
Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by suckaj from Florida

Nov 08, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by ArtZan from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by Dinkel from Texas

Sep 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Reviewed from notes taken at Ambree's launch:

On-draught @ Jester King. 6.40% ABV. 8oz pour cost $4.50 USD.

APPEARANCE: ~4-5 cm head boasts a nice luscious khaki colour and an excellent creamy consistency. Complexion is nice. Appears soft and even. Consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass when tilted, but fails to adhere. Retention is pretty good - about 6 minutes.

Body is a rich translucent but nontransparent amber. Clean, lacking any visible yeast/lees.

Appears adequately carbonated.

AROMA: Has a strange sweetness to it which is kind of close to what I'd expect aromatically from Belgian candi sugar. Amber malts. Bready malts/bread crust. Vague fruit - cherry, maybe? Some caramel.

This aroma is fantastic for an amber, but I don't pick up on much in terms of farmhouse character. Pleasant, though. Moderate in terms of intensity.

TASTE: Not as bready as I anticipated based on the aroma, but still bready for an amber ale. Caramel, amber malts, light toasty character. No overt hoppy or yeasty notes.

I find no overt alcohol.

I also pick up on expected traces of oak and wine. Some hints of candi sugar-like sweetness. I don't get any farmhouse character at all. It's pretty balanced overall, and boasts cohesion in its build. Not a gestalt harmonious whole of a beer, but an enjoyable brew.

Flavour duration, intensity, and depth are all average.

I like it; it's nice to see a brewery put out a Belgian-influenced amber.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Moderately thick, which is apt. A bit overcarbonated, which is surprising coming from Jester King. Texture complements the taste well.

Not oily, hot, boozy, or gushed.

OVERALL: A pretty drinkable amber, though it lacks the farmhouse character Jester King seems to be going for based on their release notes. Tasty stuff and an interesting take on an amber. If not for the horrid pricing, I'd definitely get it again.

B- (3.35) / WORTHY
Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by malfunxion from New York

Jul 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #3) into a tulip. Consumed on 15Jun16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam shrivels to a quarter fingers worth within twenty seconds. Amber in color with a mild amount of cloudiness. Large quantity of tiny rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of chocolate, caramel, toast, sour green apple, tobacco, salty minerals, and earthy yeast are balanced by subtle hay, peach, banana, pear, white grape aromas, and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: The malt profile immediately boasts as mild toast, chocolate, and subtle caramel flavors cover the palate. Mild salty minerals and subtle sour green apple bring some of the Jester King funk that we all love as caramel flavors grows to mild and chocolate flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild earthy yeast and subtle tobacco and hay flavors enter next and present more of that JK funk as flavors of sour green apple grows slightly stronger. Subtle peach, pear, banana, white grape, and bitter hop flavors trail lastly to offer a bittersweet balance as hay grows slightly stronger while all other previous flavors maintain.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is mild. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a mild and somewhat pleasant dryness.
NOTE: Another great from Jester King that emphasizes the malt presence while the yeast profile engages in a background performance. I recall having this batch fresh on tap last summer. If my memory serves correctly, the main difference was that the tartness of the beer has faded. I look forward to trying their next batch fresh and aging it to acquire a proper comparison.
Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by Nuggetz from Texas

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Jun 02, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by DrinkSlurm from New York

May 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Sak3 from Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Look: After a quick little pour it gives a hint of it not being very rich and deep but once you fill the glass the look quickly mans up.
Smell: I got a sense of oak and some fruity smell that I couldn't quite put a name to it.
Taste: The taste was very similar to a lemon.
Feeling: A fairly smooth drink with a kick from the taste. The kick might also be from the liquor but according to my senses I feel more of a shock in my taste buds.

Overall: I would personally get more excited for some some other drinks down in Texas then this.
Apr 29, 2016
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Reviewed by stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2013 offering.

Dark brown with crimson hues and a quickly growing tan froth. Big yeast notes up front with faint spice and ripe apricot underneath and a good dose of pungent murk enveloping it all. Tastes of dark fruits (plum, cherry, prune) with notes of Brett coming into play quickly. An underlying graininess for support and a faint and lingering funk for good measure. Definitely vinous in nature and quite dry all the way down.

Not overly tart like some Wild Ales but could also use some more punch. That being said, like it goes with women, I can usually find something sexy about each and every JK brew I've tried.
Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Magery from Kentucky

Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by Fitze from South Carolina

Mar 25, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by FanbladeNoise from Arizona

Mar 16, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3, July 06, 2015.
Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Beer_lover89 from Texas

Mar 09, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Lare453 from Florida

Feb 28, 2016
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Rated by Intlpostman from California

1.66/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25
Bad Bottle
Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Feb 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I bought a bunch of bottles when I visited the Jester King brewery six days ago, and I recently opened and drank this bottle, and it was a delight.

(L) It had an amber dark golden somewhat hazy color like apple juice. I got three finger thick white head.

(A) Pleasant aroma of lemon and oak.

(T) Roasted malts, citrus, some apple, and some dankness, a nice blend of taste.

(F) Light body and nice carbonation.
Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by frasergrove from California

Jan 30, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by Hudson2508 from Texas

Jan 18, 2016
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Reviewed by cvm4 from Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Batch #3 - Bottled July 6, 2015

A - Pours an amber body with a fizzy one finger eggshell head.

S - Subtle nose. Oak aroma, lemon & orange peel. Malty body.

T - Malty body at first that has oak & apple in the middle. Lemon tartness at the ending.

F - Light bodied & medium carbonation. Somewhat wet/dry finish.

O - Enjoyable farmhouse that is oh so subtle. Not in your face at all.
Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by SimcoeKid from California

Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by enrique_m from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
the bottle i says 4.5 alc/vol... and i poured this brew into a chimay glass and it is a rich amber color and it gave very little head. the smell is of lemon peel and it has a light sour taste that is nice unlike other sours that are like vinegar sour. you get hints of sweet tarts and orange peel in the taste and it the sourness feels good on the tongue similar to having salt and lemon.. overall this is a refreshing brew that is tart and tasty.
Dec 21, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by 2beerdogs from California

Dec 17, 2015
Rated: 4 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Dec 06, 2015
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