分 桃 (Fēn Táo) | Jester King Brewery

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分 桃 (Fēn Táo)分 桃 (Fēn Táo)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A barrel-aged wild beer refermented with peaches from the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg.

Added by Dicers on 08-27-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#612
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
504
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
Wants:
275
Gots:
121
Trade:
12
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Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been sitting on a bottle of Fen Tao for a few months, waiting for my next sour share... and then my regular trading partner in Austin sent me another bottle, and let me know that it's best when fresh, otherwise the fruit adjuncts tend to fade (speaking generally of Jester King beers). Being the calm fella that I am, this alarmed me a bit. I'm not sure how old that "older" bottle of Fen Tao is - so I did something stupid and opened the fresh bottle - blend #5.

So Jester King makes a lot of fruited sours, and I always forget which ones contain which fruit adjuncts - but when I opened Fen Tao, a whole bushel of peaches might as well have fallen on my head. The nose is lightly sour and ripe with delicious peach aroma - it smells fantastic. The carbonation appears just a bit effervescent and the head is minimal. Just my speed - I always prefer a lighter, more subdued carb!

I started with just a small sip of Fen Tao... and I couldn't help myself. I guzzled probably a quarter of my glass and then forced myself to stop. I'm still stunned by how delicious this beer is - it's not the typical mouth-puckering, blow out your tastebuds sort of sour that I love; it has a very understated, light sourness with just a bit of tartness, accentuated by a delicious, perfectly balanced level of peach. I was immediately reminded of canned peaches, in the best possible way. The barrel presence in the beer is so strangely complementary to the fruit that I didn't immediately notice it - but it's there. There's a very mild, dry presence of... oak? I think it's an oak barrel. Regardless, it's a welcome presence and doesn't override the fruit notes.

Fen Tao is probably in my top 3 of sours that I've ever had - I prefer it over Fuzzy, in the realm of peach sours, and I may even like it more than I liked Abricot du Fermier. Fen Tao is an incredible beer, and it has really set my expectations for sours in the future. I expect a lot of disappointing sours, relative to this one!

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Photo of Ssippisam
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RPM3334
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukiluka
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a hazy pale yellow, with a small head and a bit of lacing.

This smells like prickly and very sour peaches, fuzzy peach skin, dirty funk, tea, white pepper and oak.

This is absolutely wonderful. The peach flavor is incredible- slightly sweet but mostly dry, acidic, and funky. It’s obviously the star of the show, but there’s some other little complexities too. There’s some nice oak, a sort of dirty/herbal/peppery funk flavor, and peach wine.

This is light bodied, super crisp, and a slow sipper, due to the intense acidity.

This is a really beautiful beer. You can’t express peach much better than Jester King did here.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells and taste like fresh peach rind .. Perfect amount of sourness. If you are a peach fan, you will enjoy this beer thoroughly. Possibly best Wild Ale I ever had, world-class ..

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Photo of brocktune
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ragnar3
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grackos
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hcproff36
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange, clear, with 1 inch white head. Medium high carbonation.
Smell: Tart, peach cobbler, and apricots.
Taste: Lightly tart, a little spicy, warm peach cobbler, and apricots.
Mouthfeel: A little thin.
Overall: Excellent peach sour, I need more of this.

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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy apricot-orange with a short fizzy head that settles to a thin, veiny film with a thin ring and bubbly surface.

Smell is citric orange-lemon and sharp, bright, crisp peach with a slight bit of woody funk bringing peanuts to mind. As it warms, which you should definitely let it do for the majority of your bottle, golden apple, pie crust, a touch of oak and funky, sticky warm peach strengthens but is still subtle and not striking out too potently in any direction.

Taste is tart and crisp with toasted sesame-like oak, boldly sour peach and acidic grapefruit and lemon. Pear and golden apple round it out as it warms and becomes slightly less acidic and sour.

Body is moderate with a crisp carbonation, super tart feel and semi-dry to dry finish.

Blend #2 2015 vintage

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Photo of Casey_L
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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分 桃 (Fēn Táo) from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 504 ratings