Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
4.11 | pDev: 10.22%
Jul 14, 2020
Apr 15, 2014
Notes: Encendia is a dry, well attenuated, farmhouse ale aged in Mezcal casks from Oaxaca, Mexico for eleven months. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and 100% bottle condition. Brewed in collaboration with our dear friend Kristina Bozic of West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL

Ingredients: Hill Country Well Water, Malted Barley, Roasted Barley, Agave Nectar, Hops, Ancho Chile, Epazote, Farmhouse Yeast, Wild Yeast from the Texas Hill Country, Brettanomyces, Souring Bacteria
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I drank Encendia batch #2. It is brewed with roasted barley, wheat, Agave nectar, epazote, ancho chili, brettamycines, and it was barrel aged in Mezcal barrels for 10 months, ABV 11.90%. It is great with spicy food.

Look: dark brown like coca cola with thick off-white, almost mocca colored head

Aroma: margaritas

Taste: The flavor is complex. It is tart and sweet with brett funk but there are other flavors. I taste lemon/lime, pepper, agave, a slight mezc liqueur flavor. The alcohol is barely noticeable despite the 12%, but what is there only compliments the flavors. It is really delicious.

Body/Overall: medium body, relatively easy drinking
Jul 14, 2020
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle served in a SIP Fest snulip. Blend #2, January 2020. Label says it's 11.9% abv. Bought it on Craftshack.com.

Pours a dark brown, translucent when thin enough, medium to large head that seems to be fading pretty slowly. Smell is lime, tart, something that makes me think of margaritas, sweet tarts. I thought for a second a got a hint of crushed red pepper.

Taste is tart, oaky, lime is still there but not as bright. Maybe a tiny bit of fig. Booze is noticeable but not dominant. Something slightly smokey really late in the taste. Not really tasting any pepper but I think there's a slight burning sensation building on the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, refreshing (dangerous at 11.9%). Overall, nice tasty beer, with a lot of different things going on. Looking forward to experiencing it change as it warms up.
Jul 06, 2020
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting something with a kick of spice and strong, smoky mezcal flavor but what I got was much more subdued...in a great way. Sure, the beer has tones of smoke and chili but, to me, it bears a striking resemblance to a Flanders' Red. It's tart, slightly vinegary, rich and deceptively smooth considering its high ABV. Great beer.
Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jun 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark yet clear cola brown with a tall khaki head that settles slowly to a bubbly, lumpy film and fuzzy but tall collar leaving some spongy lace on the glass.

Delicately smoky, it actually does have that uniquely, botanically smoky mezcal note that's floral and herbal, all pleasantly so. I'm a lover of mezcal so take that for what you will, but I feel it's in very moderate measure, pairing with tart crabapple.

The smooth medium round body has a fine yet soft carbonation lifting a cask note that almost brings a darker char element, without the unnecessary decadence, coming to a semi-dry finish.

This combination of ingredients and barrel really works, much more so here than some of their other dark sours, where the smokiness they achieve becomes too savory. 14.5%, and not even a hint of booze?! In fact, if true, it's super smooth, not even relatively speaking. Shockingly so.
May 24, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Casey_L from Texas

Apr 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Dec 15, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Feb 14, 2016
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Reviewed by devilfluff from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This was one of the better tequila/agave related beers that I've gotten to try. This is a big saison, and has enough backbone to withstand the treatment. I enjoyed this tremendously.
Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by James_Michaud91 from California

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Orange/rust color, faintest trace of a head left in the glass. Smell is fascinating, reminds me of a mix of rose water, something exotic like super ripe papaya and a slightly funky/putrid(in a good way?) apple cider vinegar.

This beer feels like it has its route in being an Oude bruin/red but has taken an exotic turn from the additions. The taste adds some spiced tea like flavors to the ripe fruit.

The acid and big malt base balance each other nicely and neither is distracting. This is really easy drinking for its abv and ph (3.4). I've read other reviews saying they smelled a lot of burnt plastic or strong mescal flavors but I can just barely detect the mezcal outside of some oak presence in the beer.
Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 3.66 by madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by MammothTarantula from Colorado

Aug 26, 2015
Rated: 4 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by kidzord from Illinois

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by Kurmaraja from California

Jul 05, 2015
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Rating based on bottle pour of 2014 bottle in July 2015; not a lot of spicy heat, but it's there. Color seems off, but that might be from the barrel aging. A great beer nonetheless.
Jul 05, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by yeaprolly from Washington

Jun 30, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by whitenads from Michigan

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 4 by Vivs85 from New York

Jun 06, 2015
Rated: 4 by emerge077 from Illinois

May 18, 2015
Rated: 4.22 by mklisz from New Hampshire

May 11, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

May 11, 2015
Rated: 4 by drebrew from New York

Apr 20, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Apr 17, 2015
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Apr 14, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by siege06nd from Virginia

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by billab914 from Virginia

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by chippo33 from Vermont

Mar 23, 2015
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Rated by Jpepe08 from Vermont

3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not for me. The flavors seem a bit disjointed and collide harshly rather than melding together.
Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by drarant from Texas

Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Mar 18, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by xdtfx from Illinois

Mar 02, 2015
Rated: 4.42 by DrinkDrankPunk from Virginia

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 4.83 by mdeluna from Texas

Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 3.61 by cocoapuph from California

Dec 30, 2014
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