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American Wild Ale
Ranked #69
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4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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Notes: A barrel-aged wild beer refermented with peaches from the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg.
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: light golden with a thick chalk white head

Aroma: peaches, citrus, some funk (in a good way)

Taste: The flavor and the aroma is peaches and citrus, some oak and yeasty funk.

Body/Overall: light to medium body, it is truly delicious.

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Photo of cbutova
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden body poured from the 500ml to a tasting glass. Small white foamy head rises up to a finger high with good retention. Lacing is spotty and some sheets form.

S- Big bold tart sour peach. Great authentic peach skin pit and all. Stone fruit dominated some funk and lactic. Ripe fresh peach.

T- Massive peach again. Fresh tons of full peach saturating all of the taste buds with skin, pit, flesh and juicy subtleties. Literal stone fruit nectar. Lactic acid, sour grape, pear, funk, must, hay and tropical hints. Bit of a sweet tart battery acid lemon sourness later on.

MF- Puffy and foamy consistency with medium high carbonation. Ends with a medium level of sourness.

Absolute peach bomb with a well rounded fruit flavor and some sour funky subtleties from the bugs and barrel that provide depth beyond the fruit.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Sirnickatnite
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Phineasco
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Sabtos
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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


Man, Jester King keeps killing it. I just had the most recent 2018 version and it was so unbelievably expressive it was like biting into a fresh, juicy white peach. Insane! That definitely warrants a bump in rating.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3, July 2016

Appearance: Pours with a cloudy peach color; two fingers of a quickly dissipating head on top; modest lacing action

Smell: Peach tones with lacto and a touch of funk

Taste: Unripe peach, with barnyard funk tones developing; fruity with a decent amount of sourness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty decent but a bit restrained on the peach flavor profile compared to other fruited sours I have tried

Thanks, CheChe, for the opportunity

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Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, bottled July 2014. Poured from a 16oz genie bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass. Enjoyed over 2 hours, allowed to warm to room temperature towards to end (and while writing this review).

Pours a super hazy, stunningbright golden body with a sizeable white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave little lacing or retention. The color is fantastic.

Aromas are heavy stone fruits, tons of peach here. Super ripe fruit notes, fermented fruits dominates as well as sharp lactic tartness, funk. Aromas are potent and pungent.

On the tongue is lightly tart, ripe, pulpy stone fruits, not so sour, peppery funk, light oak, dry citrus on the follow through and a yeasty fermented fruit flavor on the finish that sticks on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is easy, light, refreshing, less carbonated than expected.

This beer has aged beautifully, I think the sourness mellowed out and the fruit took center stage here.

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fen Tao - Blend Two, (2015) vintage

Pours a foggy yellow color with a medium sized white head, which promptly collapses to a small film of lacing.

Smells pretty sour with a nice funkiness to it, while the peaches add flawlessly to the sourness of the beer. First things first, the nose is defined by a profound sourness which brings some glue and vinegar to the table, which fortunately gets tamed by a well pronounced peach pulp infusion and a flowery hop note. The funk features old leather, moldy wood bark and dried citrus peel, creating a Lambicesque appearance on the nose, as for its intriguing fruity sour depth.

Has a lower, yet finely beaded carbonation, which compliments to the tart flavor profile by adding a pleasant refreshment. Light bodied, with a finish reminding me of organic made lemonade, which got a nice peach pulp undertone to it, lending an enjoyable sweet note to the finish.

Tastes of soft citrus pulp, silk on the tongue, with a soothing mineral quality to it, slowly diving deeper, bringing up funky notes of cream cheese, dried mushrooms and wood bark. The beer then develops a prickly fruitiness seemingly resulting from the already established lemons, which does provide a juicy, ripe peach pulp flavor after the swallow. Finishes incredibly soft, still very refreshing but smooth on the tongue, with lemon getting toned down in benefit of the peaches, which offer a young but juicy peach appearance on the palate, with some sweet peach skin to it.

Another winner from JKs fruited line-up, reminding me of Lambic in the best ways. Its incredibly well nuanced, thoughtfully put together, and its sourness does in no way numb the tongue, nor exhibit the fruits any artifical sensation. I love the beers softness, making it easy to pick up all the different flavor nuances, which add up incredibly well, topped off by the peaches which lend even more depth.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Boise stone fruit bottle share on 8/27. Bottle thanks to Rich. Hazy light golden color, scarce head. Fruity aroma, tartness you can smell. More fruit, peaches in the flavor, barrel notes. Tart without being too puckering.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from an in person trade beautiful Chicago, IL. Drank out of an Uppers and Downers tulip glass.

Look: Poured with two fingers of quickly dissipating bone white head, peach color, cloudy, opaque. Heavy spider web lacing.

Smell: Loaded with juicy peach pulp and peach skin. Sourness in the form of pedio and lacto. A touch of funk.

Taste: Jammy peach, sour unripened peach skin, sour peach candy. Definite acidity. A bit of a vomit, stomach bile which is unpleasant. A bit funky but not , and definitely has some of that Austin mineral heavy water.

Feel: Medium bodied, slick, drying on the palate but it's a slow kind of drying. Incredibly pleasant actually.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Have been sitting on this one for a while now waiting for the right time to savor it...I have had most of the other main Jester King beers and this one is right up there with them!! A little lighter on the tartness which I was ok with and still a nice amount of fruit on the palate! Would love to have more of this!

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Photo of Sheppard
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, but has little to no aroma. A little bit of sulfur, a little bit of sweet peaches. Seems to be the case with the JK stone fruit sours. It's definitely juicy. The acidity is much more the defining characteristic. Some peaches in there, but they're definitely taking a back seat here. I like it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into tulip. “Blend One, July 2014”.

A: Pours a clear apricot color with a short lived finger of bright white effervescent head that quickly fizzed away and disappeared.
S: Tart notes of acidity and a musty barrel character mix with brighter notes of stone fruit including peach. The musty funk smells of damp basement with a touch of cheese and mushroom mixed in. Nice complexity to the funk for an American sour.
T: Light flavors of peach, honey, stone fruit and a soft tartness up front with hints of dry grains and base malts in the finish. The finish also has the musty funk from the nose that carries over into the aftertaste. I get hints of oak barrel, lemon, and touch of peppery spice in the aftertaste as well, but for the most part this beer doesn’t linger after the swallow. I do get the most juicy peach flavor in the aftertaste. Flavors are soft and smooth overall.
M: Medium-light body, rather creamy mouthfeel with a soft and well-rounded tartness/funk combination that is drying in the finish but not a desert.
O: I though the flavor had more of an ambiguous stone fruit flavor than it did straight juicy peach, but regardless this is a mighty fine and delicious beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The peach character is mild and the fruit's acidity blends right into the beer. The sour bite is strong, with a dry peppery, oaky finish. Reminds me of Atrial Rubicite for the lemon tang around the fresh fruit.

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Photo of enrique_m
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: golden peach color with nice head and white lacing.
smell: smells like oranges that went bad.
taste: like a peachy sour pucker that is not too sour.
feel: the sourness feels excellent on the tougue.
overall: one excellent brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a thin foamy head. Retention is virtually non existent. Lacing is mild. Sour peach aroma, but did seem a little rotten, though. Very tart, peach taste. Very, very good. Nice and smooth. Moderate bodied with some mild carbonation. At little on the off side, but still good.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros. Blend two.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and a nice halo.

S - Aromas of nice house yeast, good stone fruit with nice peach flesh. Juicy peaches, light fruity sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice fragrant stone fruit. Not super juicy peach, moreso fragrant. There is nice juicy peach flavour with good stone fruit. Nice peach gummy candy as well. Very clean.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was a solid peach beer. Nice juiciness as it warms. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer thanks to rudzud. 07/17

Pours light fizzy head, little to no lacing, crystal clear honey orange color.

Nose nice fruity tart funk, peach and stone fruit with little funk, mild acidity and sweet candy fruit, bit of acidity.

Taste tart funk, tons of peach and apricot stone fruit, loads of peach, fair acidity, little sweetness, juicy peach flesh, mild malt note, light bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kenny!

Hazy golden yellow body with a white cap. Aromas of peach, funk, grass, stone fruit. Smooth, easy drinking, light. Bright peach character. Juicy and delicious.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

07/2015 (batch 2) bottle, opened at nearly 12/2015, so I may have waited much too far past this one's peak.

Lovely pale yellow, not quite clear color, but, like the taste, nowhere near the expected/desired peach. Healthy, but not unruly head from the lively but pleasant carbonation.

Smell, again, tough to find any peach. Aroma and taste more of a sour beer/white wine hybrid. Makes for a very fine beer, none of the "horse blanket" funk that is just too much for me, being more tart than sour. It just really left me hugely disappointed for the absence of peach.

The lesson here is to heed the brewer's comments as tenaciously as possible, viz. "we recommend drinking it 'young', as we expect the peach aromas and flavors to slowly fade with time. " A few months from the bottle date doesn't seem like long enough for the peach to have dropped to practically nothing, but future buyers, learn from my experience. Drink it as soon as you dare to give it its best showing possible.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow straw
S: Tart, peach skin, oak, white wine, light earthy funk
T: Perfectly balanced tartness, white peach, very light funk, light acidity, oak tannin, sweet tropical fruit
M: Sometimes creamy and fluffy and sometimes watery
O: Another fantastic fruit sour from Jester King

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with light fizzy white head, but not much, about 1/2 inch. Peaches are very present on the nose, with some funk and tartness; follows onto the palate. Juicy, nice fruit. Medium bodied. Finishes with peaches, tart and dry.

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Photo of spoony
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (Blend 2, July 2015) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated October 14, 2015.

A-The beer is quite murky and light straw in color. The head is white and short, but retention is pretty good for the style. Lacing on the glass is spotty.

S-The aroma is nicely fruited and pretty tart; not fully sour. Lots of peach, and moderate amount of fruity funk. As is often the case with peach bears, I sniff some butter flavor, but I don't consider it a flaw.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, i.e., nice medium acidity, good fruit flavors of buttery peach and a bit of citrus, light to moderate fruity, dry funkiness.

M-The feel is heavy for the style with an almost gritty peach juice character. I actually enjoy the heft.

O-This is another pretty damn good beer from JK. Peach beers can be tough but this one has good fruit flavor, a good balance of funk, and just enough acidity and tartness to keep it interesting. Would definitely drink more.

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