Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #154
Ranked #3,156
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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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mhksuccess from California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 20, 2014
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Jpepe08 from Vermont

3/5  rDev -27.7%
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
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Slightly cloudy, orange-yellow body, one finger fluffy white head. A fair bit of retention, more than expected.

S- Chili peppers, lactic acid, pale malts. And that distinct sweetness that you typically smell in agave, similar to tequila. Smells crisp but sweet. A solid touch of oaky funk.

F- Unique. Slight chili heat, pale malt sweetness, agave, lactic acid and some stone fruits. Complex and different; the sourness tightens everything up and keeps any single component from going haywire.

M- Thicker bodied for a sour; does not drink like a 11.1% sour though it certainly feels like it. A bit syrupy, presumaby from the high gravity nature of the brew. Dry but very sweet, not sure what to make of it.

O- Unique, interesting, flavourful and complex. Not my cup of tea- never really was a fan of agave/tequila but this is pretty darn good.

Jun 22, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Jester King stem.

Pours a radiant orange with opaque copper highlights. Bountiful beige head made up of tiny bubbles. As it settles it leaves patches of lacing sporadically on the sides of glass. Hazy as most farmhouse ales should be. Gorgeous beer.

Aroma is so intriguing! Farmhouse funk, lactic acidity mix with a sweet corn and agave syrup character, oak, and dry tequila. Then you get a huge floral and fruity note. Almost peachy and definitely some big sweet apple.

Then comes the taste where the chilies come through big as well as the mescal barrels. Lemony sweet and sour. Can taste that malt base. It's really not sour, mostly just tart. Some tangerine reveals itself alongside green apple offering a nice contrast to the more syrupy sweetness, oak, and slightly boozy mescal essence. It's actually a tough brew to break down as there's many components yet they blend well and offer a pretty straightforward flavor profile. The flavors don't morph, they stay constant.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than light. Good carbonation on this which is a big plus as it cleans the palate a bit from the sweetness and barrel. A lingering sweetness and oaky astringency are left on the tongue after the finish.

Another unique offering by jester king. A few tweaks and this could go world class. A bit less sweetness and even more pucker would do this nice. As it warms the mescal and chile come through even more. It's actually pretty dry but somehow a residual sweetness lingers. Not sure if that can ferment out or not. I guess for the abv on this they have done a great job drying it out. This seems to be a problem with many high abv wilds/sours I've had. Always some lingering sweetness/malt character that brings the beer down a notch for me. Ale Apothecary has done some really nice 9ish percent wilds that hid the malt extremely well. Overall all a very pleasant and enjoyable beer.

Jun 06, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this on a rainy, dreary 4th of July

Consumed 7/4/14

Appearance: Medium amber, with with some nice golden tones and copper - pours with a gigantic amount of carbonation (bottle probably didn't sit long enough), fades to a medium cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Chili peppers, wood, and some sour notes - a slight aroma of tequila, but it's really not that potent (at least for me) - some damp, lactic sourness - musty with some light fruits, like green apples and pears - some oak and funk

Taste: Lightly musty funk, light chili heat, tequila, and a nice array of fruits - a lot of potentially big flavors, but nothing dominates - lactic sourness and some wet, musty, dirty, earthy cellar funk - some oak and some genuinely nice tequila flavor, more obvious than in the aroma - some chili flavor, but it's very subtle - some light, pale malt sweetness, some light sweetness from some fruity esters - green apple and pear, with a touch of smoke - decidedly interesting overall, absolutely no indication that this is 11%

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes with an interesting dryness that (appropriately) reminds me of tequilla

Overall: Just add sweet and sour mix

This is maybe even more interesting than I expected. There are a lot of big, potent flavors here, but everything is nicely mild and nothing really dominates. The alcohol is oddly not apparent here, although I can quite literally feel myself getting buzzed as I review this beer. At the very least, Jester King should get some serious props for excellent use of tequila barrels.

Jul 04, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to yeti1979 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed golden orange. Head is creamy amdnoff-white. Decent retention with some minor sticky lacing. A bit of a gusher with a moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: A small dose of mezcal running through the back. Sweet with some bready caramelized malts. A bit of peppery spice and a slightly earthy smoked element from the anchor. A nice backing clean sweetness. Damp and musty yeast with the distinct earthiness of Jester King. Mezcal builds as it warms.

Taste: Mild lactic funk overlays the mezcal. Slight warming on the back of the sip. Mildly funky with some damp and musty yeast. A bit of lemon peel and citric acid. Funky and sweet, but it's all clean. Funk and mezcal blend in a really fun and unique way. A bit of alcohol heat running through. Fruity like apples and mangos with some agave. Lingering push from the barrel.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Moderate to light carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Set fire to my brain.

I hate tequila. I really enjoy this beer. Mezcal blends with the JK funk in a great way.

Jul 04, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Dec 16, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Nice off white head. Laces nicely, too. Good retention.

Smell - Some light fruits. A bit citrusy. Stone fruit. Some caramel malt. Light acidity.

Taste - Weird oaky flavor, which I guess is the mezcal. Grapefruit. Stone fruits. That mezcal barrel flavor peaks in the back end with some mild sourness. I don't get any peppers except a light flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mezcal barrel makes it a little difficult. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Intense flavors. Left my taste buds reeling, for better or for worse.

Jul 29, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Jul 08, 2014
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wtkphoto from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 02, 2014
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 18, 2014
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Janeinma from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 22, 2014
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Radome from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 10, 2014
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hoober27 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 15, 2014
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GregSVT from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 09, 2014
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PhatAtUT from Texas

3/5  rDev -27.7%

Apr 25, 2014
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lillitnn92 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jun 20, 2014
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oline73 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 14, 2015
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nathanmiller from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 28, 2014
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masterofsparks from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 24, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 24, 2015
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siege06nd from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 29, 2015
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Phoenix2443 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 24, 2014
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aasher from Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 15, 2016
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 17, 2015
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