Hibernal Dichotomous 2014 | Jester King Brewery

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Hibernal Dichotomous 2014Hibernal Dichotomous 2014

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%).

Added by Uanof on 04-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 421
Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Afroman
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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