Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #148
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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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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettier Wilds I can remember, clear and burnt amber orange. Smells are more common, more lemon than I need. Tastes follow, but the lemon is less tart than I expected... as is the overall impact on my palate. Sufficient bubbles for a Wild; Detritivore cleanses the palate well for more food. I had it with vegetable soup; flexible enough for that medley. I had half a burger with a sweet mustard sauce; good enough. I had the other half with a sweet BBQ sauce; it won.

Only my 8th from The Jester King, but my first Wild from them. I've focussed on their saisons because I figured they were designed to match what looked like a creative pizza kitchen. But, I could easily have Detritivore with their pizza. Does Jester King have a frozen line of pizzas. J'en doute.

Jan 24, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was fortunate to have this on draft at a local burger joint. It was pour d in a Piraart tulip glass.

Pretty beer. Cloudy pinkish yellow with a nice head and great lacing. Nice berry and cherry smell and taste. The flavors are a kaleidoscope of different fruit: cherries, raspberries, strawberries, lime and watermelon. As it warms, the beer becomes more floral and herbal, with a very pleasant funkiness. Tasty and refreshing and yes it went well with a hamburger!

Nov 15, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours cloudy and the color of pink lemonade; the one finger head lingers nicely and leaves splashy lacing

Smell: Tart cherry and farmhouse funk

Taste: Tart cherry flavors with an earthy funk character; moderatly sour from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Tart, refreshing but not overwhelming

May 14, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a reddish amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has sour cherry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a tart cherry flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Saison

Dec 26, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Detrivore batch #5

This pours a slight light pink color. Light cherry notes come through on the nose. There's definitely a sour cherry blast, mellow and tart, matched by the effervescent. Fantastic beer.

Nov 29, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Jul 12, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Feb 07, 2019
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

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.

May 23, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Sep 20, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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.

Jul 03, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

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

Feb 17, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 30, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

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!

Nov 24, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Oct 05, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

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.

Aug 19, 2016
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 23, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

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.

Sep 11, 2015
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

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.

Aug 30, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

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.

Aug 16, 2015
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James_Michaud91 from California

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.

Aug 03, 2015
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popery from California

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.

Aug 02, 2015
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dar482 from New York

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.

Jun 25, 2015
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

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.

Jun 12, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Jan 24, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Dec 23, 2014
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