Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)
Jester King Brewery

Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.28 | pDev: 9.35%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)
Notes: Returning to the practice of bière de coupage or beer that is “cut”, Hibernal Dichotomous is a blend of young farmhouse ale (63%) brewed this past November (2013), mature barrel aged beer brewed with lavender, rosemary and spearmint in November of 2012 (25%), and fresh pressed watermelon juice (12%).
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 750ml into Duvel tulip. A pale and clear gold with a faint soap bubble head. You can tell that the carb is very low. A tart and lemony aroma with some melon and spearmint notes. A nice herbal farmhouse smell. It has more tartness than I expected and a pleasant watermelon flavor mixed lightly with the other herbs. Very low card and a tart dry feel. Interesting and easy drinking Farmhouse that would be nice on any warm autumn day.

Nov 21, 2015
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From spring 2014 review:

750ml, blend 1, 2/20/14
Jester King stem

A: Nice hazy bright yellow color with a hint of blush pink hiding in there. Didn't get a ton of head on this. Loose bright white head that forms a collar.

S: Pulling the watermelon even thought people say they can't. Nice hints of spearmint. Not so much the lavender or rosemary. Dry farmhouse character.

T: Tip of the tongue getting that bright spearmint meshing with other herbal notes. Then some refreshing watermelon and tartness from the bacteria used. Not sour, just the right amount of sharpness. Finish is dry and refreshing. Really like this one.

M: Lighter side of medium. It's not as carbonated as their other sour saisons, so might just be new batch issues.

Aug 07, 2015
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StArnoldFan from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 ml spotted at my local specs for $9.99, decided to give this a shot as usually all JK beers are on point. Beautiful appearance with a watermelon pinkish color. Faint hints of watermelon on the nose. Very weak flavor, literally almost like drinking water. Little to no carbonation, prob because its a blend of half beer and half juice. Not bad, just not very good either. If any other breweries name were on this I doubt the BA score would be as high.

Jun 07, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask (batch # 1) at the Hay Merchant, served in a 5 oz snifter, 25-Jun-2014. Interesting fruit (watermelon), savory herbs and funky tartness. Enjoyably complex.

May 31, 2015
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mig100 from Texas

3.07/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Great bright red appearance in the glass, floral lavender aroma, but overwhelming chalky cough syrup taste and mouthfeel. A bit difficult to finish and it was just a taster pour.

Apr 11, 2015
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Using lavendar and rosemary has never resulted in a good beer. Smells like soup. The taste is a bit better as you get a watermelon juice prominently. Too far.

Feb 24, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow body. No head, even with a vigorous pour. A very thin collar, nothing else.

Smell - A little acidic. Faint fruitiness. Musty. Kinda perfumey.

Taste - Nice tartness. Watermelon is present, as are all of the herbs, amazingly. The lavender is the most interesting. Lemony tartness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Very light.

Overall - Went back for seconds of this. Love a flavorful, low ABV beer.

Dec 23, 2014
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King Stemmed Glass. Acquired in a trade

Pours a light golden, hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a nice amount of lacing and some retention.

Interesting and very inviting - I actually get subtle cherries and watermelon upfront, minty herbs and spices, some farmhouse funk, lactic tart, and a barnyard fruityness.

Upfront are delicious tart citrus, watermelon, and sour fruity notes, followed by a nice herbal and spicy flavor that lead into a slight musty, funky barnhouse character. Aftertaste leaves a nice tart astringent flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is outstanding - light, refreshing, extremely easy to drink, medium high carbonation. I could drink this all day.

Overall this is an excellent beer - extremely balanced, flavorful, drinkable, and complex. One of the best I've had from Jester King. Well done.

Dec 12, 2014
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dar482 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%

A interesting brew that has all the flavors that are advertised. It literally tastes like a fruity candy watermelon bubble gum with a more subtle generic spearmint gum.

A really fun brew that offers a good amount of flavor, but after a few ounces, the herbal qualities slightly overpower

Oct 21, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

2.97/5  rDev -30.6%

Bottle from trade. Have had this for a good while and finally cracked for some Sunday night football. Blend #1, Feb 19, 2014 poured October 12, 2014. Pours perfectly clear light golden yellow with essentially no head. Tart aroma of lemons, honey, soapy pinesol, hay, funk. Flavor is a soapy watermelon juice flavor with a hint of nail polish, a good bit of tartness, and the mint and lavender coming through in a way that I’m not sure I’m a fan of. Light bodied with lightly prickly carbonation. Not really my cup of yea here. Tough getting down more than a few ounces.

Oct 13, 2014
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Gunch52 for this one!

Appearance- Bright, straw orange color, with some good bottle yeast bubbles that rise and fade quickly, leaving a thin halo of big bubbles and white haze. Looks like a good bottle conditioned farmhouse ale.

Smell- Smells citrusy tart and grassy with a bit of funk. Trace amounts of aromatics linger- think flowery, earthy, and grass/hay notes, finish with a minty snap. Like sunshine in the hill country!

Taste- Sour bite at first that fades out to a herbal, then juicy, vinuous, white grape and mint cocktail character. a bit of sour pucker twang hangs out on the tongue, but is quickly overpowered by a cooling, creamy, lingering watermelon essence. I knew ahead that this was brewed with watermelon, but wow! Awesome flavor for no watermelon on the nose.

Mouthfeel- Soft and slick, and even a bit dense and sugary on the finish with the watermelon flavor. The texture works very well with all the layers of flavors.

Overall- Like a great farmhouse ale that brings a lot more to the table as it unfolds. Tart refreshing farmhouse ale at first that becomes even more refreshing with all of the flavor nuances. The PERFECT summertime beer with the incorporation of the fruit and spices. This could make you never want a shandy again. I would drink this any time an opportunity arose.


Aug 08, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.6.14
Blend #1 Feb. 20, 2014

A - Pours a cloudy very pale orange, almost yellow with a very small white head that is gone fast.

S - Fruity, very floral with some spearamint in the back.

T - Soft floral with a watermelon rind middle. Finishes tart-spearamint.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice layers, unique for sure, but I realy enjoyed it.

Jul 15, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review from notes, 7/4/14

Appearance: Somewhere between honey and yellow gold - mostly hazy, but there is some clarity - big carbonation to start but rapidly fades to a small, off-white head, then fades to a few wisps, leaves minimal lacing

Smell: Very, very, VERY unique - fruity, juicy, floral, and minty - some Jester King saison/funky weirdness - to me, the spearmint, the lavender, and the watermelon are the biggest aromas here secondary to the floral, funky saison aromas - maybe a light hint of sour - lightly sweet malts with some lightly sweet fruitiness

Taste: Somehow even weirder than the aroma (which is not a bad thing) - saison yeast, with some funk, some light tartness, and some fruity esters - green apples and pears - watermelon is more obvious than in the aroma, with some nice, remarkably fresh-tasting watermelon flesh - lavender and rosemary, with some spearmint - light sweetness, light tartness, a touch of funk - some truly bizarre co-occuring flavors here, but it works surprisingly well

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, nice carbonation, very drinkable

Overall: Judgment of this beer is not dichotomous; the answer is always "yes"

Jester King makes a lot of odd beers, yet they still can surprise me. The use of spearmint and watermelon juice seriously makes no sense, but somehow they made it work. Yes.

Jul 12, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yeti1979 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold with a tiny bubbly bright-white cap. Drops to a non-existent cap and a tiny bubbly collar. No lacing. Typical Jester King vigorous carbonation on the pour.

Smell: A big sprig of spearmint stuck in a glass of farmhouse/saison. Somehow the spearmint smells fresh and slightly woody. A very faint hint of watermelon, but it's so mild. Some tart edges with some citric elements thrown in. Herbal and deeply floral. Rosemary in abundance. The lavender is mild but adds a bit on the back. Typical damp and musty Jester King funk. Clean pale maltiness adds a light biscuit sweetness. Some mild lactic edges.

Taste: Spearmint right up front and it almost seems to aggressive but drops off rather quickly. Woody spearmint sprig. A very mild push of watermelon through the back. Sneaks through the back. Super pale malts with a touch of biscuit and a mild crackery snap. Musty cellar with some oak. A touch grassy. Deeply herbal with a ton of floral elements. The rosemary sits with peppermint on the back. Mildly lactic with some almost bretty notes. Crazy light with a tart flash and a mildly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Super clean with a bit of a bubbly sip.

Overall: Uniquely weird.

Just odd. In a really good way. The funky tart spearmint is delightful. I need more.

Jul 05, 2014
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JDV from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous vivid and hazy golden yellow color. Smell is herbal, slightly funky and saison like. Taste is moderately sour with a clean wheat finish, light herbal quality and subtle refreshing watermelon in the finish. Very drinkable, refreshing and no funk in the flavor. Clean, sour and nice fresh refreshing flavors. Didn’t get any watermelon the first time I had it on tap, but definitely did the 2nd and more the 3rd time. i wonder if the watermelon appears more as it ages? Very delicious.

Jun 23, 2014
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champ103 from Texas

3.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On my second bottle, not very impressed at all. Mint and watermelon juice up front in the nose. Nothing else, no finish. Taste is the same, but finishes with a pickled brine flavor. Paper thin and way under carbonated mouthfeel, and not something I am seeking out again. Like all Jester King beers, duplication and overall finesse seems to elude them. They have marketing and hype down pat. Overall, just another example of a style I love, that is poorly done.

Original Review...

A: Pours a lightly hazed honey/yellow color. A small, bubbly white head forms for a minute and recedes to nothing. Not a lot of active carbonation visible. Light lace.
S: Light basement funk and tartness up front. Minty, and fruity. Lemon and watermelon for sure.
T: Again, just a bit of basement like funk. Slightly medicinal. Minty, and slightly tart with juicy fruit like watermelon. The watermelon juice keeps this a bit on the sweet side. Nothing really lingers either. Everything is is up front, finishes in a second.
M/D: A light body. Well, beyond light. Paper thin and watery. Not nearly as crisp as I would like, and the juicy fruit flavors keeps this from being dry enough for me. Though, all that being said, I do enjoy drink this. A good summer beer.

Not bad at all. The lightly sweet, fruit juice makes this enjoyable, especially during the summer months. Though, for my money, not nearly as good as Atrial. Let alone, truly world class Saisons. A sold B, almost B+

Jun 06, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to egrace84 for the share!

750ml bottle poured into CS tulip glass.

review #850!

Appearance: opaque yellow bodied beer almost the color of super concentrated urine. Thick cap of white colored head. The head quickly drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Lots of Spearmint. Wheat malts that are complimented by herbal and floral notes. Slightly medicinal.

Taste: Light tartness in the form of lemons and limes. Light and juicy watermelon. Decent dose of spearment. Its medicinal when its cold, but the medicinal qualities seem to go away as the beer warms. Alot of complex flaovors in this beer that I really have a hard time describing, so I will not qualify the flavors as a "guess", I will just omit them from the review. Pleasant experience non the less.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carboantion. Slightly syrupy. Very drinkable, none the less!

Overall: Really interesting beer. Lots of adjuncts to try and sort through, but it was fun trying. Alot going on in this beer and its honestly hard to explain how this beer tastes. Quite frankly, I enjoyed the challenge! Another example of how diverse that a saison can be. Creative attempt by Jester King for sure.

Jun 02, 2014
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Halfbrother83 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors Jester King tasting on 5/30/15.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a light, fizzy head that quickly disappears.

S: TONS of mint and rosemary notes, very nice! Lemony funk, some faint vanilla sweetness.

T: This is where the watermelon comes through, though it's not overly pronounced; it comes and goes quickly, fading into strong herbal notes of rosemary and lavender. Some citrusy sourness that melds nicely with the light funk notes.

M: Light and dry, remarkably refreshing.

O: Given the description, I would have never chosen this beer for myself, which just goes to show that you can't judge a beer before you taste it. A very light, crisp, sour that unfolds with each sip.

May 31, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Blend # 1. Bottled 2/20/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, mint, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour watermelon, herb, and mint flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing, but the watermelon only comes across in the flavor to me.

May 26, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, it poured out as a hazy looking yellow color wit ha bubble white head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with fruity spicy herbal aromas. The taste of the beer is very refreshing, the watermelon really shines with the spearmint coming in later on. The feel is very nice, light to medium body. Overall an outstanding beer.

May 24, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much white head develops off a hard pour. Body is a hazy gold. Lacing sticks around.

Rosemary, spearmint, and lavender stick out from the additions to the beer. Gets a little funky and has some lemon. Pretty big mint character.

The watermelon finally rears its head on the flavor but with just a flash. Mildly tart and with some citric acidity. Herbal and fruity. Improves upon the nose for me with that added watermelon and the lingering mint.

Light and soft bubbles on the tongue. Very dry, but a totally mouthwatering and refreshing.

Very nice beer. Was unsure how the ingredients would work together but the flavors mesh well. Perfect spring/summer drinker.

May 21, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 into Hill Farmstead stem.

Pours out a bright light yellow, hazy, with a small white head that settles quickly.

Aroma is a gorgeous potpourri of sage, peppermint, rosemary, nutmeg, along with lemon rind, tangerine peel, flowers, green tea, and a floating musk which only is viable due to a brettanomyces presence. Quite the unique nose on this.

The palate displays that ph of 3.3 unabashedly. It's awesome as it contrasts the delicate flavors of sweet herbs, spearmint, lemon juice, sage, jasmine, hay, wheat, vanilla, earth, and soft watermelon essence. It's not a straight watermelon flavor, more in tune with the flavor on the edge of the watermelon where the juicy red meets the white interior of the shell. Very drinkable. Not extremely deep on the complexity side but certainly has many points of contrast putting it in the complex category as far as I'm concerned.

Mouthfeel is light with soft yet prickly carbonation. Very dry beer, super plus. The funny thing about this is it's drinking much like a mild Gueuze. Like those low carbonated gueuzes that have restrained pucker.

Overall this another one of those unique beers you only get the chance of trying once in a while. The ingredients, blending, and aging of this beer have resulted in a tart, flavorful, balanced, and one of a kind farmhouse ale. Think Convivial Suarez but instead of tart lemon, lime, fruit, and hibiscus flavors you get soft fruit, minty, herbal, and jasmine notes working harmoniously with the acidity. Also softer on the carb. Hopefully Jester King will make more Saisons instead of focusing mostly on their sours.
Awesome stuff..

May 13, 2014
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my newly acquired teku glass. It's so bright and cloudy. Vibrant yellow, very nice color. Not much of a head but some nice bubbles cling to the side of the teku. The smell is pretty unique. Minty, and some other herbs that i can't pick out. Very interesting. Cannot detect any watermelon juice, can smell a little bit of sourness. Well this taste is just delicious. So many flavors, none of which I can really pick out, other than spearmint. The watermelon juice is very mellow, but does a great job of balancing out the herbal qualities in this. Slighty tart. Incredibly light and refreshing. Thin to medium bodied, just a touch of carbonation that feels great right at the end. Very nice beer, and different.

May 09, 2014
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle generously goandpickitupformebro'd by gfg0020 into a Prairie Teku glass. Super stoked to try this.

Appearance: A pale floral yellow, with just the tiniest fizzy champagne-style head that disappears instantly, leaving behind no crown or lacing. Really clean and quite gorgeous. EDIT: Second pour from the bottle has a thick creamy head that sticks around a long time and leaves behind significant lacing.

Smell: Loads of mint, rosemary, vanilla and some vague, sugary sweetness, which is not to say I can't tell this is a sour beer by smelling it. I can, and there is some faint funk as well. Really smells delicious, can't wait to taste it. I'm not getting any watermelon specifically, but perhaps that's where the sugary sweetness is coming from.

Taste: Oh my. OH MY. This is incredibly complex. The watermelon hits hard and fast, then fades off quickly. The herbs make their presence known right after, and the fruity, lactic and mild tartness puckers the mouth along with them. The crackery malts I've come to expect from Jester King sours follow up on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate to low, and this is incredibly refreshing. The mint lingers longest, having a cooling effect. I wish I could drink this stuff all summer.

Overall: Jester King knocks it out of the park, again. This beer is ridiculous, and very unique. I want so much more of it than what I've got so far. May have to go get a case later on.

Apr 28, 2014
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