Detritivore | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by markgugs on 07-08-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
331
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
7.36%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
82
For Trade:
6
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Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdimento
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddiehop
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan_Schmidt
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatche2
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DangerDawg
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inglewood
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Detritivore from Jester King Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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