Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #276
Ranked #5,939
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

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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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BeanBump from California

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
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jun 15, 2020
3.92 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Jun 07, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.43 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
4.46 by Casey_L from Texas on Apr 12, 2017
4 by aasher from Indiana on Dec 15, 2016
3.94 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Feb 14, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by devilfluff from New Jersey

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
4.46 by Jamison85 from Indiana on Dec 27, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by James_Michaud91 from California

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
3.66 by madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin on Nov 12, 2015
4.2 by MammothTarantula from Colorado on Aug 26, 2015
4 by orangesol from Pennsylvania on Aug 24, 2015
3.63 by kidzord from Illinois on Aug 12, 2015
4.35 by Kurmaraja from California on Jul 05, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by IMFletcher from Kentucky

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
4.24 by yeaprolly from Washington on Jun 30, 2015
4.1 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jun 28, 2015
4.29 by whitenads from Michigan on Jun 27, 2015
4 by Vivs85 from New York on Jun 06, 2015
4 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 18, 2015
4.22 by mklisz from New Hampshire on May 11, 2015
3.69 by Kramerbarthomer from Colorado on May 11, 2015
4 by drebrew from New York on Apr 20, 2015
3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Apr 17, 2015
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Apr 14, 2015
3.78 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Apr 09, 2015
3.89 by siege06nd from Virginia on Mar 29, 2015
3.79 by billab914 from Virginia on Mar 29, 2015
3.79 by chippo33 from Vermont on Mar 23, 2015
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3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Jpepe08 from Vermont

Not for me. The flavors seem a bit disjointed and collide harshly rather than melding together.

Mar 23, 2015
4.36 by drarant from Texas on Mar 22, 2015
3.68 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Mar 18, 2015
4.13 by xdtfx from Illinois on Mar 02, 2015
4.42 by DrinkDrankPunk from Virginia on Feb 11, 2015
4.83 by mdeluna from Texas on Jan 28, 2015
3.61 by cocoapuph from California on Dec 30, 2014
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