Provenance - Orange And Grapefruit | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 386
Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat foggy glowing orange-yellow, the moderate white foam head settles to a persistent fluffy blanket

Lightly tart grapefruit and orange meet an impressively unique, spicy woody oak that's got a uniquely herbal funk with an amped up pepperiness that's almost basil-like.

The light tingly effervescence brings up a sticky, peachy funk and an almost oceanic salinity furthering the complexity in this uniquely refreshing brew.

Batch One 2014

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

[Reviewed from notes taken in early 2015.]

Served on-draught @ Jester King.

5.60% ABV. Farmhouse ale.

Cost was $6 per 12 oz pour. Served into stemware.

HEAD: Head is about 2 and a half fingers in height and is white in colour. Boasts a fluffy soft consistency and a gorgeous complexion. Light and airy. Leaves uneven lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes, which takes about 2 minutes (average retention). Creamy and good looking overall; I just wish it retained a bit better.

BODY: Cloudy and witbier-redolent murky yellow colour of below average vibrance. Translucent yet nontransparent, appearing unfiltered (though no yeast/lees or sediment is visible within). It's a fitting colour for a farmhouse ale.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special within the style, but attractive. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it could appear more lively and inviting.

AROMA: Lemon zest, farmhouse hay/straw, biscuity Belgian style yeast with same faint concomitant funkiness, lemongrass, a kiss of orange-esque fruity sweetness, some dry crackery mlat starchiness, and mandarin orange. I find no grapefruit whatsoever in the aroma. Some floral hop character is all I get hopwise.

I like the rustic dryness of the aroma, which complements the emphasizes the biscuity yeast aromatics well. It's nowhere near as funky as brettanomyces-dominant saisons, but I find it lively and appealing. Belgian pale malts lend it a neutral malt aroma.

Aside from a faint hint of white pepper, there's no real spice profile, which is disappointing.

It could definitely evoke its constituent titular fruit more, but overall it seems like an expressive and balanced example of the style.

An attractive overall aroma of above average strength.

TASTE: Lemon zest greats the drinker from the open, with smacks of faint lactic sourness and some funky yeast character guiding the drinker into the Belgian pale malt backbone that sets the stage for the rest of the beer's structure.

Refreshing and approachable, with a kiss of white pepper lending it some subtle spice in addition to the natural spiciness of the yeast.

I find no grapefruit whatsoever, and little in terms of orange aside from a hint of mandarin orange sweetness as the beer comes to temperature. It has some zestiness, but overall the orange and grapefruit seem reticent at best (if not wasted on this beer given how little fruitiness comes forward).

Floral hops complement the Belgian pale malt backbone nicely. Sweetness is tame, fortunately, but more rustic spiciness would help bring this already deliberate profile into even clearer focus.

Overall, it's very well balanced and boasts impressive subtlety, but the lack of fruit presence and the absence of much spice signal missed opportunities, holding this back from the complexity and nuance of superior expressions of the style.

That said, it's damn tasty in spite of the lack of the titular fruit and it comes alive as it's consumed and rises to room temperature. In short, I quite like it.

TEXTURE: Ideally dry if a bit starchy. Smooth, refreshing, light-bodied, and approachable, with no harshness and only mild acidity.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

It could be softer to its benefit, to nitpick.

Flavour duration and intensity are average.

This mouthfeel supports the taste well; the apt dryness i particular hleps coax out a bit more depth of flavour from this brew (particularly in terms of the crackery malts). Admittedly, this texture is a bit uneven in its support of the beer's constituent notes, opting to play well with the starchiness via dryness but not the fruitiness via juiciness.

OVERALL: The rarely employed lactic sourness in this brew - while toned down - is a highlight - but it fails to cover for the blatant absence of the intended orange and grapefruit flavours. That said, this is still one hell of a drinkable farmhouse ale from the cats at Jester King, and I look forward to trying the others in the Provenance lineup. Very tasty stuff and absolutely worth checking out. If this is the stuff their new brewmaster is going to be putting out, I can't say I miss the old one much.

As it warms, I do detect a kiss of lime and sea salt.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hints of citrus on the nose, but the balance of fruits really shine in the flavor. A hint of bitterness from the pith to balance a juiciness that melds with the base saison. The zest gives a floral character. The base beer is lovely and dry like a sparkling white wine.

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Photo of donspublic
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip with 2 finger cream head that sticks around. Beautiful golden in color. Smells like a straight up saison. Not getting much orange or grapefruit, even in the taste department. Nice saison though.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma was a strong an assertive grapefruit and orange with a bit of soda water. The flavor tried to emulate the smell but the soda seemed to win out. Taste a bit like Fresca. What I found most odd was the finishing feel. So thin and odd that I can't even describe.

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Photo of FalconCount
2.59/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml into a snifter. Straw yellow color with white head that sticks to the sides. Nose was harsh, and taste followed suit. Acidic mouthfeel.

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Photo of Myotus
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch #2 - 27Apr15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Large amount of rising bubbles. Gold in color with a heavy amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Has strong sour yeast and hay aromas that combine with mild aromas of grapefruit and orange peels and a hint of wheat.
TASTE: Mild flavors of grapefruit and orange peels strike the palate initially. Mild sour yeast and hay flavors enter right after. As grapefruit and orange peel flavors grow slightly stronger, but hay and sour yeast flavors maintain, subtle wheat flavors enter lastly.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down a little rough. Finishes with a subtme dryness.
NOTE: Another great JK brew. The bottle says it was brewed with grapefruit and oranges, but it smells and tastes like it was brewed with the peels of grapefruits and oranges. A tad too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Batch #2, 4/28/2015)

L: relatively clear yellow with gold highlights ... only a slight cloudiness; full 2-inch head of white foam, looks light and fluffy and sticks like paint, also laces nicely off a constant collar about 1/4-inch thick ... absolutely gorgeous

S: classic Jester King musty barn/sour grain smell ... it's like bunch of empty burlap sacks that had once held seed rice and got damp ... very tart, musky, ripe

T: bitter orange peel ... the bitter is all dirt, like eating dust or a spoonful of dry dirt, very earthy and super dry; as it warms, a passing hint of citrus orange flavor suggests itself -- you don't taste it so much as you think you tasted it, because something is cutting into that dry dirt taste, something faintly sweet; hops ... the bitter is taking on more of traditional earthy hop flavor; a third into the first glass, the palate adjusts to allow some more standard saison flavors, mainly tart lemon; also a bitter unsweet grapefruit flavor is taking hold

F: sturdily constructed, great carbonation, lightweight and easy drinking

O: it starts off as dirt-bitter as anything I've tried -- there's next to no taste other than dirt, like sticking your tongue on a baseball infield; over time, some light citrus flavors cut into that frankly awful dirt flavor, and better news: the dirt bitterness begins rounding into a more standard English fuggle-like earthiness with a hint of sweetness; about as far from a "gateway" beer as it gets, this one requires a bit of patience, but the sour/farmhouse fan might find something here they like that's a bit different. a unique beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #2 4/28/15at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak – citrus, predominantly grapefruit
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to three mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing good – complete ring and curtain of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor slightly bitter, somewhat lemony; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very cloudy dirty yellow with a 2.5 finger white head. A nice bouquet of citrus from the oranges and greapefruit. Typical yeast saison base that isn't very funky or spicy. Has a few nice tart notes, but nit really sour. Light, with a prickly feel with a dry finish. Pretty solid saison that I think would be terrific with Brett.

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Photo of brock125
1.69/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One word....disgusting. This beer tastes like they added some kind of artificial flavor to it. It has a distinct chemical taste to it. I can't believe they actually sold this "beer". Jester King should be ashamed of themselves. I enjoyed the lemon/lime version but not this one so I don't know what they did to screw up the orange/grapefruit.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really great sour saison. It has just the right amount of sourness while still staying true to the farmhouse style. There is lots of citrus on the nose and the flavor is very balanced.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Found at a local Specs in Houston, decent price for a JK beer so I picked it up.

Quite honestly, this might be the worst beer iv ever had by JK. The standard funk I get from all their beers is absent on this one. Overly bitter from the grapefruit. It doesn't even smell that good, especially for a fruited beer. I'll never buy this one again.

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Photo of Tommo
2.24/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Jester king, 6/26/15

Two words, chloramine + fusels, I am honestly offended they are serving this beer. It tastes and smells like bandaids/plastic. Honestly the worst beer this brewery has produced. Bought one bottle to see if something is different, will update if there is change

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Umberto (I think?) last night.

This one pours a cloudy yellow, with a quarter inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells, naturally, like orange and grapefruit, with a bigger emphasis on orange, I'd say, along with some mild farmhouse funk.

This was good, for sure, but it seemed to lean a little too heavily on the fruit additions, without additional complexity from the base saison. There's a little bit of farmhouse character to it, but it's certainly mild.

This one has a juicy and crisp mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

This was certainly tasty, but I'm left wishing for a bit more complexity.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After a year in the bottle this still has an impressive amount of citrus aroma and flavor. The aroma, in particular, is excellent - hay and barnyard must, citrus pith, a touch of grapefruit's floral elements. Taste adds in some biscuit flavors. The only flaw for me is the overcarbonation. Mine gushed a bit and the body was a bit too prickly. Keeps it a notch below excellence.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with thin head. Smell: grainy, wheat, light citrus, funk, fungal spicy yeast. Sweet up front with citrus and building acidity in the middle. Finishes tart and dry with a yeasty mustiness. Acid on the tongue with a light body and stinging carbonation. This is good, but I'd like more apparent citrus oil from the peels.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass.

Pours a super hazy golden yellow body with a big frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving blotchy lacing.

Aromas are fruity and tart - sour apple, ripe bananas, oranges, zesty citrus and lime, Belgian style spice and farmhouse yeast.

Starts off tart, sour citrus; lemony with grapefruit, oranges and bananas, peppery spice, wheat and farmhouse funk on the finish. Aftertaste is tart. Refreshing on the tongue, easy to drink with low carbonation.. a little more carbonation would have beefed up the crispness.

Overall, as for with most of the Jester King wild ales, I am very pleased with this beer. Super balanced and complex, very easy to drink. Wish I was in the JK distro!

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a gusher; the cloudy goldenstraw liquid is capped by a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Citrus and Brett tones; modestly funky

Taste: Citrusy tones, more grapefruit than orange, up front, with the Brett character quickly taking over; slightly funky and slightly tart, mostly refreshing

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a mind blower, but a nice refreshing Brett beer with tart, citrusy elements

Thanks, air, for the opportunity

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Photo of cvm4
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #1 - April 21, 2014

L - Pours a cloudy orange hued body with a frothy two finger head that has great retention and lacing.

S - Pale malts, mustiness, yeast and astringent citrus fruits.

T - Lemon tartness from the start to end. In between I get pale malts and a great citrus base.

F - Light bodied and medium to high carbonation. Really crisp and easy to drink.

O - A really enjoyable citrus forward beer. Something about it just left me wanting more as if another layer was going to develop, but it didn't.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy small white head.
Aroma of bretty funk and orange with becoming stronger and stronger.
Taste has some astringency, and a pronounced limestone minerality along with some citrus pith bitterness not at all pleasant.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: cloudy golden straw with one finger foamy white head. Beautiful bottle though, so I'm giving it a .5 appearance boost
A: cidery, some sour beer funk, hints of citrus
T: tart, some citrus, then bitter pithe, fades to sweet, almost smarties flavor
M: crisp an refreshing
O: real good

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow and hazy. Nice white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Grapefruit. Lemon acidity. Musty yeastiness. Some pale malt.

Taste - Pleasant tartness. Lemony. A bit of grapefruit. Yeast. Less bright than the other variants.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It tastes like the others, but even more dull.

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Photo of jbwimer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fours across the board. A well made farmhouse with bright, clean citrus aroma and flavor. Nothing really stands out about this beer, but it is pleasant in all of its characteristics. Jester King delivers on what they advertised.

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

The beer comes in a hazy bright yellow.

The aroma is funky, lemony, a bit of hay, tart.

The flavor follows with that profile. Tart and lemony up front. A hint of hay and funk. Refreshing with tinges of grapefruit and citrus peel coming through. Dries out without too much leftover tart quality.

While the fruits between the Provenances do not show up too aggressively, the base beer is just a refreshing gem.

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Provenance - Orange And Grapefruit from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 386 ratings