Provenance (Tangerines & Clementines) | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-17-2014

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 16
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Photo of MarcWP
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottle into Provenace tulip.

Pours a very pale orange color with small one finger white head that settles quickly. Hazy, and the carbonation bubbles rise quite lazily. 4.25

Aroma on this is absurdly good. The best aroma of the three. Can certainly tell this was aged on tangerines and clementines. Literally, that's what I get on the nose plus some white grapes, banana, and big floral component. 4.75

Taste also seems to be the sweetest of the three variations. And I'm liking that. Just gives it that juicy fruit component while the others were more on the tart citrus end of the spectrum. Sweet tangerine, mandarin, tangelo, rice cake, faint grassiness, and some raw bread dough. 4.5

Sports a light body, bubbly carbonation at the front of the tongue before the dry,tart finish comes in and cleans the palate. Nice amount of acidity keeps you coming back for more. 4.5

Overall the best of the three Provenances. Sweet, juicy citrus fruit on the flavor and aroma. Nice malt backbone and about a perfect level of acidity for a saison. Could use a bit more mouthfeel and the flavor could add a tiny more complexity but otherwise topnotch stuff. I'm easily at about 4.55 or 4.6 rating here, but will have to round it to 4.5. Go back to the old rating system!

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A: Pours a hazed, pale orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Musty basement like funk up front. Some nondescript fruitiness lingers with a nice tartness.
T: Funky, tart, and fruity. Some cereal grains. Kind of a nondescript fruity flavor, but still enjoyable.
M/D: A light body, and not as crisp as I would like. Thin and on the watery side, but still refreshing. Like the others in the series, easy to drink.

I enjoy the light tartness and refreshing quality, but the fruit seems nondescript. Also, to watery for me. Enjoyable, but not as much depth or character as the Orange & Grapefruit.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass. Good label art. Branded pry-off cap. Batch #3. May 27, 2014 vintage.

6.2% ABV. FG 1.000. pH 3.6.

Served cold into a Jester King goblet at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are high. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Somewhat thin. Has a weak consistency. Retention is below average - not even 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear apple cidre colour (i.e. it has orangey and coppery and honey-gold hues). Average vibrance. The clarity of this beer is surprising; did they filter it? Lacks the characteristic haze of the best farmhouse ales I've had.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a nice overall appearance for a farmhouse ale, but I do wish the head were more robust and that it didn't look so sterile and filtered.

AROMA: Has a clean fruity edge redolent of clementine and tangerine, with apple cidre notes and orchard apples in there too. Clean wheat, full barley, and Belgian pale malts are suggested. It does have some mild farmhouse/barnyard characteristics - primarily from a bit of funkiness and a weak (~1/10 in terms of intensity) sourness, but the rich brettanomyces funkiness I look for in a farmhouse ale is absent, and it does have a sterile clinical clean profile. The bacterial/sour notes are the best characteristic, but they're also quite faint. As it comes to temperature, hints of dough emerge. This could use a spice profile, for starters - clove, white pepper, etc. would do wonders.

Aromatic intensity is average.

In spite of its flaws, this is a pleasant evocative aroma and the fruit notes have me excited for the first sip.

TASTE: The Belgian pale malt, honey malt, wheat, and clean barley base is pretty standard. The tangerine and clementine are nice, albeit a bit reticent, and the weak bacterial sourness isn't really committed to; the sourness intensity of this beer is maybe a 1-2/10 at best - on par with your average gose. A light grassy hop profile complements the farmhouse character nicely. Overripe fruit peel.

It's lacking a spice profile of any kind, and the absence of white pepper is sore. There're hints of lemon twang, but it really just lacks fundamental barnyard character, with no emergent funkiness or brettanomyces yeast presence at all.

I wonder which strain of house yeast they're using, as the yeast doesn't guide the beer the way it should. As a result, it never feels like a gestalt whole, and instead is an indeliberate hodgepodge of constituent notes - many of which are nice. I do find it to be balanced, but this just can't compete with world-class beers in the style - mostly because it lacks the intricacy of the best farmhouse ales. Play up the bacterial sourness, inject some funkiness in there, introduce some barnyard straw and hay notes, utilize something more. Oak aging wouldn't hurt. And the fruit needs to be more prominent; it kind of disappears beneath the malt backbone. This isn't a shallow brew, but it does need more depth of flavour. It could be far more expressive and evocative.

TEXTURE: Mildly acidic, but lacking the twangy smacky characteristics observed in the best farmhouse ales. It's smooth, wet, refreshing, and light to medium-bodied. I do find it somewhat thin, though I wouldn't go so far as to call it weak or watery. It's clean (perhaps overly so for a farmhouse ale).

This texture doesn't elevate the brew, but it does a decent job of complementing the taste. Needs honing. I'd like more smackiness and acidity, and a drier feel would help accentuate the fruit and wheat.

APPEARANCE (cont.): Additional pouring yields plainly visible yeast and makes it more hazy than it was initially. I retract that bit about it appearing filtered.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable for a farmhouse ale. While it's enjoyable, this won't impress the discerning drinker and can't hold a candle to the best traditional expressions of the style. The premise is great, but the execution just isn't there. I'd like to see them dial in this recipe; there's a lot of potential here.

Low B-

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Nice white head.

Smell - Lemony acidity. Yeasty. Pale malt. Very light orange, if any.

Taste - Lemony tartness. Kinda grainy. Mild pale malt sweetness. Orange is faint, but shows in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - At first, I appreciated that this one wasn't dominated by lemon and lime, but after a few sips it just seems bland.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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