Snörkel | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse ale brewed with alderwood smoked sea salt and oyster mushrooms grown by our neighbor Logro Farms. Logro Farms is located just a few hundred yards from Jester King Brewery at Ceres Park Ranch. They use spent grain from our beer to sustainably grow delicious oyster mushrooms.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-21-2014

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Bottle into Jester King oversized wine stem.

Pours out with a typical Gose-like appearance. Hazy, soft yellow, turbid. Active white head recedes to a small layer of bubbles.

Aroma is also Gose-like. You get the saline nature from the salt, lemon rind, and lactic acid. But then those mushrooms appear offering a deep earth, meatiness, and some dirty socks. Maybe it's that alderwood smoked sea salt that is also adding to the meaty quality.

The taste thankfully shows a restrained saltiness. It's just right. Flavors of pale oranges, lemon pulp, grains, corn flakes, umami from the mushroom, and some faint smoke from the salt. Funny, that faint smokiness almost reminds me of Fantome.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, in contrast to some Gose that can be almost gritty from the salt. Carbonation is on the low end.

A very enjoyable beer. Maybe a bit more carbonation would take this up a notch. But the integration of the mushrooms is very well done and makes for another unique offering by Jester King.

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Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -22.3%

A: After the initial hazed pour, this is a clear golden/yellow color. At first a dense white head rises to over two fingers, then recedes just as quickly as it formed. Not much lace, but a small white cap rests on top of the liquid.
S: Musty, funky, a light lemon tartness in the nose. Not briny at all, but that smoke comes through plenty on this.
T: Light musty basement like funk and lemon tartness up front. The tartness fades in a second and leaves only smoke, and kind of ash like in the finish.
M/D: A light body, and thin carbonation. I was hoping for a much more spritzer like carbonation level. Paper thin, and then that smoke character makes this seem kind of dirty. Not something I am particularly enjoying, but this is going down a lot better than I was thinking it would.

Honestly, I thought this would be a disaster. As it is, just odd. The smoked salt leaves a lingering ashy character, and dirty mouthfeel for me. Interesting to try once, that is it for me.

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Photo of FrogOut69
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Bottle shared with a volunteer friend.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Jester King’s Snörkel, Farmhouse style ale brewed with Oyster mushrooms and smoked sea salt. Bottle date: 6/17/2015.

Poured into: Brand new Snörkel snifter, courtesy of my generous BA friend, Ozzylizard

S: A golden-delicious apple gold body that supports a quickly dissipating thick, stark white head. Tiny bubbles journey to the top like they mean business. There’s a fair amount of haze in this one,

A: Lemony citrus greet the senses, mixed with a gentle spice and a bit of barnyard funk, as most would term it. No discernable hop aroma wafting off the head.

T: Wow. Lots of flavors working together in this beer. An initial lemon zest gives way to tart, almost mouth-puckering acidity. Tangy wheat and sour yeast. It certainly took me by surprise. There’s a bit of pale-malt doughy sweetness in there, but briefly. The conclusion of my first sip yielded earthy, woody, umami richness. It ends quite dry, and the mushroom presence lingers a few seconds after the liquid is on its way down. One should also take note of the sea-salt, and a very maritime, mineral like flavor, plus a bit of smoke not unlike peaty scotch. This would be an excellent addition to a plate of raw shellfish, especially the briny, salty varieties of oysters and mussels. It’s sort of like getting the whole “raw bar” experience in one beer- perhaps minus the cocktail sauce.

F: Light, well attenuated, and showcasing excellent effervescence for not being something like a Belgian tripel (my general benchmark for bubbles in beer). Long finish, as evidenced in the paragraph above.

O: Unusual but flavorful example of the farmhouse style. The components play well with each other, especially the funk and salt and umami. One of the best I’ve had, in part appealing to my love of mushrooms.

Suggested food pairing: Raw shellfish, salads with lemon based dressing, stir-fry with mushrooms, hummus and pita chips

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale straw color. almost to two finger white head with a strong retention and a pretty solid lacing. some what of a white milky haze to it that makes it opaque.

Smell: Mushrooms, salt, slight tart lemon and farmhouse yeast.

Taste: opens up with salty and earthy mushrooms. some slightly tart lemon flavors come through along with a strong earthy farmhouse yeast. some grassiness to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: extremely light, dry and salty,

Overall: certainly a unique ingredient, but I can't say I am too fond of the outcome. the beer is almost to light and flavorless for me as well. Definitely some gose-like aspects to it

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Photo of joeyfeets
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Its not a Gose but is inspired by one. The beer uses local mushrooms grown from spent grain. While Im not a fan a mushrooms in food, I am a fan of this beer. It pours light gold in color w/ noticeable effervescence & no head. Smells very crisp & slightly salty, almost like the gulf breeze. The taste mirrors that but also includes a bit of citrus & tart. The backend has an earthiness to it that Im thinking is from the mushrooms.

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the weirdest beers I've ever had the privilege of consuming. It's like entering an alternate reality of beer, one where everything's made of acetone and salt instead of hops and yeast. Very fun.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jesus, this was not at all what I expected! Very special gose, and not close to be a gose.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Snörkel from Jester King Brewery
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