Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)
Jester King Brewery

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Hibernal Dichotomous (2014) from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 430 ratings