Jester King Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #64
Ranked #1,214
4.27 | pDev: 7.03%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Notes: Detritivore was made by adding the same cherries that were used to make Montmorency vs. Balaton to fresh beer in stainless steel and allowing the combined beer and fruit to referment to dryness. This was the same technique that we originally used to make La Vie en Rose with the raspberries from Atrial Rubicite. As with La Vie en Rose, the second refermentation of the fruit results in subtler, more delicate flavors, as compared with the more intense flavors that result from the initial refermentation.

Detritivore is fermented using native yeast and bacteria from the Texas Hill Country, but is not spontaneously fermented, as our brewers actively introduce our house blend of saccharomyces, native wild yeast, and souring bacteria to the wort, rather than relying on inoculation by ambient, airborne microorganisms. We brewed 100% spontaneously fermented beer both last winter and the previous winter, but all of this beer is currently aging in oak barrels and has yet to be released.
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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. A bright pink-orange color with a thin but persistent white head that left nice tracks in the glass. Aroma was quite funky with hay and even a little petroleum mixed with cherries and faint bread. The taste was less funky and showcased the slightly tart and delicious cherries. Tremendous cherry flavor. Light bodied with lively carbonation.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright burnt orange pour with clear bubble islands, rustic looking. Taste is mild, with delicate cherry, orange, melon and kiwi with funky and sour grains, nothing harsh, acidic, or anything more than a kiss of sour. Smell is more dank, with more pronounced grass, wood, hay, and funky lemon, cherry and flowers. Well crafted, lots of intentional nuance in the feel, with delicate grains, cool sourness, and an overall floral and dank finish.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pink in color with a white head that disappears quickly. Nose is tart fruit, bit of a peppery dried fruit note as well. Taste is tart as well but has a bit of mineral character too. Drinks super easy and refreshing. The spent cherries add a great note to this without it coming across as a flat out fruit beer and there is still a Saison vibe to it. I always love popping this one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma is has some funky and dusty farmhouse notes. Taste is tart and fruity with some dusty grains and unripe fruits.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull pinkish hue reminiscent of ruby grapefruit juice in color and clarity. Nose expresses tart cherries, a hint of brine and a slight medicinal quality akin to cherry Sucrets. Taste consistent with nose; however, it comes off a bit muted and watery. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, even carbonation and a mild astringency. All and all, a decent farmhouse albeit a bit watery.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful sparkling clear rose-peach with a soft fizzy white head that quickly dies to a collar and a spotty film.

Smell is bright funk with a little brie, oak, lemon and cherry, black pepper and even a little softened strawberry. It's definitely more vibrant and light-hearted than its big brother MvB.

Taste is tart, with freshly baked dark cherries, and lots of them, but far in the background, nice and round and deep. The tartness comes on the front end with a nice crisp feel, a little pie crust-like funk and malt with a hint of oak and blackberry follows.

Light and effervescent with a semi-dry finish, it's way too easy to down one of these bottles and wonder where it went.

Batch #3 2016 vintage

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery Aug 2016
Bottle dated Batch #3, 07.07.2016, at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – cherry
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white with pinkish tinge, mostly just bubbles from the pour, rapidly (< two minutes) completely gone leaving a partial ring of one mm, no layer
Lacing – none
Body – light orange, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – slightly sour cherry; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation

I don’t know how I missed reviewing the brew – I had it back in August in TX but somehow didn’t take notes. This is one I’ll buy again.

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

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 poured into small wine glass
Batch#2 3/23/2015

Fizzy, bright white bubbles quickly dissipate to a thin cover over the watered down ruby red grapefruit juice colored liquid. Classic Jester King funk here. Sweet cherries on the nose and in the finish. Perfectly light and tart with the right amount of fruit to sweeten this up. Another JK winner here!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden body with reddish tints with great head and lace. The aroma is basically funk with a sweet and sour cherry aspect to it. For a beer that has the amount of funk and sour cherries in it, this is a really smooth, easy drinking beer that doesn't even strike me as a sour thanks to balance maintained to a fruity, cherry sweetness. The beer hits notes on both sides of the aisle and is just one to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour at brewery. A pastel peachy, red color with light white foam head. Very cherry nose with a touch of funk. Taste is more farmhouse ale forward with cherry in the back. Medium light body and average carbonation.

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Photo of peensteen
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, ring of white head, little lace. Smell is cherry and funky, lemon, fruit and a light cereal malt. Taste is funky with tart cherry and lemons, lightly acidic and very dry in the finish. Lightly carbonated, dry, medium body. Another solid fruit beer from Jester King, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 09/10/15 notes.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with one inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Nose is super funky, and the taste has a lot of tart cherries, dark fruits, and tart citrus sour fruits. Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall a very good wild, though not as good as AR. Worth checking out if you can get it though.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cherry flavour, not overpowering but unmistakable. Lactic sour flavours and a lot of oak. Funky finish. Another very nice funky ale from Jester King.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed an aged bottle of batch #1. This beer is absolutely fantastic. The base beer has some nice saison elements to it and a nice subtle tartness. The fruit is also subtle but defintiely present.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely great! Beautiful pink, strawberry color, excellent head and retention. The aroma is subtly fruity with just a hint of sweetness and a perfectly balanced funkiness. The taste is lightly tart, mildly funky, and fruity while still remaining dry. The fruit that you get is subtle but also tastes natural and not at all artificial. The feel of this beer is amazing- spritzy, dry, crisp, refreshing as a tall glass of ice cold lemonade in the depths of hell, you could EASILY kill the whole 750 to your face.

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Photo of popery
3.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is amber and a bit cloudy. They’re a smallish white head, dissipates quickly. The aroma has a nice sweet cherry note and not a lot else. Similarly, the taste just feels washed out. It seems fairly watery, really. There’s some cherry flavor but not much beeriness and no real funk or depth. Light feel. Very flat flavor with no real funk or brightness. It's just boring with some oddball phenolic notes bouncing around.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the beer suggests, the remnants of MvB, but still quite an amazing beer in of itself. Medium cherries, ton of carbonation, slight funk, a grainy saison malt quality, a dry finish. Refreshing, balanced, and fruity.

Just like La Vie en Rose, an underrated brew. MvB and Atrial get tons of hype, but their more accessible children are almost as amazing.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange body and the scan test if white heads.

Aroma is sweet cherry, cinnamon, herbal and grassy.

Flavor isn't as pungent and awesome as the aroma unfortunately.

Solid but it def ain't no MvB.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Jack last night.

Pours a golden amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite nice- lots of tartness and funk, with some cherries and oak.

I've never had Montmorency vs Balaton to compare this to, but on it's own, it's a very tasty sour. It's quite sour and tangy, with a subtle cherry presence. The cherries are definitely there, but this one seems to let the grain and yeast talk a bit more- I get some lemon, oak, hay, vinegar, and funk. It's nice to get the whole feeling for the beer, rather than just being a fruit bomb or a sour/vinegar bomb. All the flavors meld well together.

This is fairly light bodied, with a crisp and slightly effervescent mouthfeel. There's a good amount of carbonation. It's very drinkable.

Another great sour from Jester King. They really seem to know what they're doing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Medium white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Light cherry. Lightly acidic. Not a very exciting aroma.

Taste - Cherries. Kinda sweet. Citrus tartness. Lingering cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Meh. A little muddled in flavor. Never quite materializes into a good beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

The nose is a touch acidic with tinges of tobacco and smoke. Despite this odd array I get notes of tart lemon and fruity citrus.

The flavor has a sour Apple tone and a bit of Apple tartness. The middle gets an earthy mineral turn before it his a tangerine fruitiness. The feel is light, dry and easy but keeps a tanginess to the end.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

With the indigenous taste of the region, Jester King's happy microbiotia is at it again, churning away at those malt and fruit sugars to provide a vernacular farmhouse ale that speaks to Belgium and Texas.

Detritivore captures a tangy fruit and spice balanced aroma that swirls above a sprite and lively golden-amber body beneath, acting as much like champagne as of ale. Earthy wafts of oak, soil, must and pepper link up with zesty lime, dry cider, green cherry and white grape aromas and flavors. Its skim sweetness is lightly of wheat and pilsner malt.

Short with sweetness, the effervescent ale thwarts its grain sugars and bready textures quickly in order to favor dry and tangy fruit over the middle. Those added cherries lead the way with their own distintive robust flavor and tart acidity. But the yeasty sourness of lemon, lime, cider and chardonnay gives the beer a racy bite while weathered oak, brine, damp sod and leather offers a backdrop of earthen complexity.

Dry in finish, the medium-light farmhouse ale carries a stern carbonic bite that ensures a clean and refreshed palate. Its thirst-stripping tang enlivens the tastebuds and allows for a high rate of drinkability. Sourness lifts quickly but a quick echo of wheat pierce through the light must for new adventures with every sip.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a deep gold, super hazy body with a big fluffy white head that rises quickly and reduces slowly to leave a ring of foam.

Aromas of sharp lactic, tart citrus, fruit skins, some funk, sour cherry.

First notes to touch the tongue are big tart fruit notes, citrus rind, astringent fruit skin, lactic acid, champagne, and apples. The follow through/aftertaste reveals ever so slight cherry notes.. very subtle but definitely there and delicious!

Super crisp with high carbonation and a light, easy drinking body.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer, one of the best I've had from Jester King. Super solid as a wild ale, complex and balanced with a nice touch of cherries on the finish. Hope they brew it again!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%

Thanks to Jared14 for this bottle!

poured into JK stem.

batch 1; March 2014.

Appearance: Orange hue light red translucent bodied beer with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: cherry lifesaver brand candies with a light tartness and funk.

Taste: Lightly tart cherries and lemon. Slightly sweet cherry lifesavers candy. Hint of lacto funkiness and oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This comes across as a cherry Berlinner or Wild Ale to me more so than a cherry saison. Irreguarless, its one of the best Jester King beers that I have drank.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Into my JK wine glass. A light pink/orange, small white head.

Smell is very light, grass, cherry, apple, funk. Not overpowering but a nice light smell.

Taste is light, as well. A little tart, some cherry up front with a little funk towards the back end. Slight touch of cinnamon at the end? Can also pick up other flavors that I mentioned in the nose.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Perfect amount of carbonation, not too heavy or sour. It's super easy to drink. The dry finish is a nice touch, as well.

Pretty much what I expected, MvB's little brother. With a little less cherry than MvB you can pick up some more subtleties. Barrel, funk, grass. It's pretty good!

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Detritivore from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 370 ratings