Cerveza De Tempranillo
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #107
Ranked #1,076
4.31 | pDev: 8.58%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Cerveza De TempranilloCerveza De Tempranillo
Notes: Batch #1: A mature, barrel-aged wild ale refermented with Tempranillo grapes from California.
Batch #2: Refermented on 100% Texas grown Tempranillo grapes.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 296 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jester King Cerveza de Tempranillo

Appearance: This beer pours translucent ruby red. Mid flow from the bottle to glass it looks like watery, red wine vinegar. In the glass it looks like red sangria. The foam is light purple in color and disappears after pouring. No visible carbonation and no lacing. It’s a pretty looking beer.

Smell: Grape juice, juicy and jammy blackberry and raspberry, lemony citric acid and a hint of white vinegar. Red berry fruit by the foot. A hint of powdery, floral, earthy must. Zero indication of 8.1%.

Taste: Up front some sweeter, jammy, berry notes balanced by some more tart and acidic blackberry, Granny Smith apple and skin, light orange citrus in the middle. The finish is dry with bitter grape skin/tart red wine grape off the vine. Again, zero indication of 8.1%.

Mouthfeel: Virtually no carbonation. I think this detracts from the overall drinking experience, as some lively carbonation would really enhance the flavor profile of this beer.

Overall: This is a fine beer. It’s rather middle of the road for me from a sour and funky standpoint. Mildly sour on the flavor and funk other than slightly on the aroma. It reminds me a lot of drinking a glass of red sangria with a lot of fresh fruit thrown in, but more dry on the finish. I’m enjoying the beer but I would not buy it again.

Mar 03, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-hazy blood red with a hissing pastel red fizz that quickly dies to leave a silky smooth surface.

Smell is milky, almond-esque yet peppery oak that's somewhat charred and toasty with mature red wine grapes.

Taste has a bit of char and tart red wine as well as red grape with a hint of black pepper. Overall, CdT is very clean--it's quite possibly the cleanest, most straightforward expression of any JK genie I've had, with almost no hint of funk, which is quite unique for Jester King. I love their funk, but this is a refreshing change-up.

This beer is just fantastically smooth and effervescent all at once. Easily drinkable and perfectly sour, the finish is semi-dry and crisp.

Blend #2 2015 vintage

Apr 06, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more "beer" character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I've ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.

Aug 15, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.39/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken in 2014.

8oz cask pour for $8 at Jester King.

9.30% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Head lasts 10 seconds before fizzling out, leaving me ill enough time to note any of its characteristics. No lacing is left on the glass after the head dies.

Body is a rich dark red with purple hues. Somewhat translucent. Nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees within.

Appears undercarbonated.

Overall, it looks pretty good for a sour. I can see the red wine/grape influence pretty clearly just examining its colour.

AROMA: Faint aroma of dry red wine grapes. Light acidic twang. Neutral malts.

As simple an aroma as it is, the red wine character is lovely. Very pleasant and inviting, though the sourness is extremely timid. I'd like some tartness as well.

I detect no overt yeast or hop notes. I find no overt booze or off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a supple plain texture and a straightforward red wine flavour. Lightly tannic. I don't find any oak.

Sourness is barely perceptible - a handshake of brettanomyces and lactobacillus and that's it. Barely any tartness either. Lacks the wild yeast & bacterial intangibles of a true spontaneously fermented beer, instead evoking a clinically created faux-wild ale brewed in sterile conditions.

I do like its subtle notes of muted oak and grape must, but there's little ornamentation or nuance here otherwise.

Texture is smooth, with an aptly subtle dryness that plays to the wine well. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Appropriate thickness. Could be softer on the palate to better effect. It's unrefreshing, but has a decent overall presence on the palate. This texture is interesting, but doesn't act as a good complement to the taste per se, failing to accentuate specific flavours.

Its simplicity makes it an easy brew to keep balanceed, but it's not a harmonious gestalt whole of a brew. There's cohesion to its build, but it lacks complexity and intricacy. Red wine is well integrated - and that's the primary draw of this beer.

Average depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Below average flavour intensity.

OVERALL: Certainly drinkable. It doesn't suffer from being served from a cask as obviously as many other cask ales I've tried. I'd like to try this again from the bottle; it's good in spite of its simplicity and narrow flavour profile. But why no commitment to the oak, and why such limited sourness?

B- (3.39) / WORTHY

Aug 08, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 45°F from a 500ml bottle (blend 2 - November 2015) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of light fuchsia foam that shrivels into a line of white within 15 seconds. Dark burgundy in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apples, hay, earthy yeast, and sweet/funky red wine are backed by mild aromas of oak and tobacco along with subtle grassy aromas.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple and sweet/funky red wine flavors first caress the taste buds and are immediately followed mild flavors of earthy yeast. Mild hay and subtle tobacco flavors further unravel the taste complexity as the funkiness from the red wine flavors grow slightly stronger. Finally, Subtle oak flavors and hints of grass enter as all previous flavors maintain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes with a very strong, yet somehow pleasant, dryness.
NOTE: I can see why some people are calling this a wine-beer hybrid. If you don't like red wine, you might want to avoid this one. However, I've been known to appreciate a glass of wine every once in a while. I loved how the wine characteristics played with the JK funk. Another great one, guys!

Feb 29, 2016
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NoZeFace from Texas

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Didn't think much about it at first when I down a taster when I was at JK. (Then again, I had to head straight to work). But after a bit of time to actually enjoy it, it is something real nice. More akin to a wine than beer (little to no carbonation/dry finish/smooth), but still has that JK funk to it. Curious on the age potential. Another worth a damn beer from JK

Jan 12, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color and aroma, grape, grape, grape. However, the carbonation was almost non existent and it finished very dry, definitely more wine than beer like. I'm hoping with age, this really turns into a monster beer.

Jan 04, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer and seems very similar to a wine beer hybrid. It wasn't very sour, but had lots of nice wine barrel notes, while not being overpowering like wine. Should be great with age.

Dec 30, 2015
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at JK day of release batch 2. Deep red color. Smell is of mild tempranillo grapes emerging as it warms. Taste is wonderful, though not very tart. The truest beer wine hybrid so far i would say. Good classic JK farmhouse ale with significant wine on the back. This is a very earthy and balanced offering, will age well i imagine

Dec 26, 2015
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mig100 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2

Wine red appearance in the glass, great effervescence and initial sizzling carbonation with half-inch chalky white head that remains for a good half hour before fully settling. Aroma is peppery and slightly spicy tempranillo grapes with some subtle sourness coming through.

Taste follows the nose as expected and is refreshing and drinkable at 7.2%. Creamtly soft mouthfeel. A true beer/wine hybrid and one of JK's best wime grape refermentations.

Dec 26, 2015
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Getalegup from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a light grape smell and flavor with a good tartness but no funk. Slight peppery carbonation to counter the grape sweetness.
Overall, more delicate than I thought it would be. Maybe some of the flavor has faded?

Nov 13, 2015
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antoines15 from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poor lacing, great color. Smells like a pinot noir and tastes similar. Very much like a dry-red. More wine-like than a beer. Kinda flat. I might not have guessed this was a beer if I didn't know better.

Jul 04, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep rich garnet in color. Smell is so delightful. Fruity, a bit funky and brett on the back end. Wow. Subtle yet flavorful. Deft touch with this one.

Mar 25, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Cloudy purple red with little head or lace. Aroma is very wine like with a good bit of oakiness. Drinks like a cross between a Flanders Red and a lightly oaked Cabernet. Dry with some bitterness and alcohol on the finish. Light body and medium to medium high carbonation. Aged about 6 months before drinking.

Aug 25, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Reviewing the Cerveza de Tempranillo, a barrel aged wild ale refermented with Tempranillo grapes from Jester King Craft Brewery out of Austin, Texas.

Score: 85

January 2014 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 08/20/14.

Appearance: Clean appearance; red grape/cherry juice red in color,. Pours a thin layer of off white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, solid retention. Love the color, though its not as vibrant at other fruited sour projects I have encountered in recent memory. 4.25/5

Smell: Sweet grape, must, oak/wood, dusty attic funk and a hint of bleu cheese. The funk seems more present on some whiffs, while absent on others. Bizarre. 3/5

Taste: Red wine-like, dryly sweet grape flavor with a little bit of cheesy funk on the finish. Vinous and a bit tannic. Cold and right after the bottle is opened, there is a bit of funk that largely breathes out after about 20 or 30 minutes. Tastes more like wine than a (sour) beer. Finishes with a mix of acidity and fusel alcohol, plus a hint of residual vinegar. Not quite what I was expecting, but solid. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation (maybe a touch under-carbonated). Modestly sweet profile with a tannic, dry finish. Drinks very wine-like, and unlike a beer. 3.75/5

Overall: Solid, but nothing special. Drinks more like a red wine with a bit of funk than a beer.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

Aug 21, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

500ml bottle of Blend One (is there any other?) poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 8/17/2014.

A- Dark purple body, similar to Nocturn Chrysalis in appearance, but with a very short-lived head and minimal retention time. Not much lacing either. [3.75]

S- Red wine grape must, tannins, oak, tart lactic acid, a bit of the Jester King funk that I'm learning to pick out now that I've tried a couple of their coolship AWAs. It reminds me far more of a red wine, perhaps a syrah, than anything else. [4.5]

F- The palate on this beer definitely reminds me of a syrah that is on the fruitier side. Perhaps a blend of syrah and cabernet. Either way, there is a good bit of tannic red wine must, a very subtle chalkiness, oak, a hint of vanilla, hint of yogurt and lactate and a bit of vinegar. Less so on the funk. This is a very good flavour profile. [4.25]

M- Medium in body, a bit thinner and a bit less carbonated than I would like. Still, this is a very easy bottle to finish on my own. I can't quite tell this is 9.4% ABV, much like you'd think a good glass of red wine wasn't 13% either. [3.75]

O- Remarkably similar in character to a red wine, except it's carbonated and chilled. Very complex and interesting beer that brings a lot to the table. I enjoyed this one more than Atrial Rubicite and Nocturn Chrysalis, although it's of course not quite on the level of Cantillon Saint Lamvinus which is the only other similar beer that I can think of. [4.25]

Final score: 4.225

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Aug 18, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.18.14
Blend One
January 2014

A - Pours a deep wine-like ruby red with a light pink head that fades very fast.

S - Very red wine-like, subtle tartness.

T - Tart red-wine, very vinous.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Lots of red-wine style and influence. Dryer and lower sweetness.

Jul 29, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is deep blood red with a light pink head. Nose does have a huge red wine, merlot, quality to it. Earthy and fruity with a vinous quality and some lacto. Taste has the same vinous earthy quality, strong red grape, gets a bit creamy and has a touch of a metallic note in the finish. Well carbonated and juicy full bodied.

Jul 15, 2014
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a batch 1 bottle on 4/17. Apologies for the long delay, but the review remains fresh in my mind and my notes were good.

Appearance: A beautiful hue of purple with a white head that persists as a crown. Somewhat translucent for a Jester King sour.

Smell: A bunch of oak and sweet creamy red grapes, and of course the signature Jester King funk. It's quite beautiful actually.

Taste: Light bitterness, sweet grapes. Some brett is there too, but I wouldn't say it's particularly sour. It's tasty, but by the high standards set by Jester King fruited sours, it's a bit of a letdown.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry like a good red wine, with a prickly champagne carbonation.

Overall: Very good by any standard, but most of the other Jester King sours I've had were better by a lot. Perhaps it just needs some more age on the bottle so the sourness increases and it becomes a bit less sweet.

May 27, 2014
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice looking beer. Deep purple, red wine like, some decent lacing. The smell is just phenomenal. Red wine, sour grapes, oak, a small amount Of something funky, and a cherry presence. The taste seems like a small drop off from the smell. Was expecting a huge punch in the face of sour grapes, but it is mellow and smooth. A slight tartness. Can detect the oak a bit more in this than the other two JK sours I've had. It's not as fruity as atrial or MvB, but just as good in it's own right. Definite wine like aftertaste. This seems to be a great blend of a sour beer and wine, really enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a small amount of carbonation that seems to be just right. Finishes dry, as well. Pretty happy with my recent trade of this. Something a bit different and very tasty. Probably stay clear of this if you don't enjoy wine even just a tad, though.

May 12, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Oh it's pretty. Deep red. Pink head. NIce collar.

Smell - Smells like red wine and yogurt funkiness. It has the aroma I don't like in red wine. Very odd.

Taste - Nice sourness. Red wine grape flavor. Kinda cherry-like also. Has that same yogurt-y lactic sourness, but it isn't as funky and weird here. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant sourness. Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Far better than the other Jester King sours I've had. It isn't overwhelmed by sourness and the fruit flavor is complex and interesting.

Apr 29, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

best grape beer hybrid out there hands down. this is by far the best grape or wine influenced beer i have ever seen. as good a use as grape as atrial uses raspberries or some of the best i the world use their additive. deep dark purple, this thing is rich from the get go, with reflective purple notes and a rube red grapefruit imperial tone that mixes asian rugs with low budget french wine, in a good way. a nose like a bottle of aged tempranillo, its simple but elegant, richer in the earthy terroir grape sense. fruit juicy, but still acidic and weirdly funky like wild ale should be. i get so much acid on this, and loads of fruity finish, its hard to imagine just how much the grapes have change this, its positively rubicite with grapes, which makes this thing magical and one of a kind. the best beer wine hybrid out there for my money, and even one of the best jester king beers. not only do they have the best packaging, but they brew the most dynamic and fun fruit beers. give me more availability, and we have a grand champion. the best ever, wonderful, get me more, these bottles are beautiful and special. so semi dry and jovial, so effervescing, so intense, get me more.

edit: just got the chance to share a blend one from january 2014, more than seven years old now, wasnt sure how this would hold up, but it is well ahead of some of the other old ones i had recently, and still is quite delicious, although a little melted in on itself now, and with quite a bit of coagulated sediment at the bottom of the little bottle now that finds its way into my glass. not sure i ever knew it was this strong either, probably because it doesnt show it in the least, especially at this age. the color is still a stained glass luster and rather clear, but lighter looking in color now, like a glass watered down glass of pinot, quickly settling head but it does have some carbonation. the grape element has seemingly overtaken the yeasts now, less funky more tart, but not sharp or too sour to drink, not at all, in fact i almost get more balancing sweetness now, some raspberry and blackberry notes to the grapes, and still i think identifiable as tempranillo specifically, which sounds crazy until you taste it. light vinegar but its out of the way, lots of oak and tannins, faint sulfur and jam too, minerals and maybe more of the water profile than was there before, although not sure how stable that would be. in any event, this has evolved pretty favorably, and even this original blend is past its prime now, its still enjoyable for sure. we paired it with fresh oysters and it was just right! a special treat, almost beer archeology at this point...

Apr 11, 2014
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WSL_ATX from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark Ruby Red with a very light head that disappears very quickly.

Smell: red wine with fruity notes.

taste: slightly sour sweet wine after taste.

mouthfeel: full bodied with a light carbonation nipping at my tounge.

Overall: Another world class beer from Jester King. While not the best they've ever made, it comes close.

Mar 19, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a gorgeous garnet red body with a thin purple tinged head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Immense amount of grape on the nose. Very vinous. Wild yeast, blackberry, and oak round it out.

Again lots of namesake grape on the flavor with wood from the barrel. More fruitiness with blackberry and plum. Very mild tartness. Gives off a little warming heat almost like you are drinking a wine. Medium bodied with some milder carbonation. Ends dry like Jester King beers are wont to do.

Loved every drop of this.

Mar 08, 2014
Cerveza De Tempranillo from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 296 ratings