Provenance (Orange & Grapefruit) | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-17-2014

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384
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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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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3.87/5  rDev -2%
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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Provenance (Orange & Grapefruit) from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 384 ratings