Estival Dichotomous (2014) | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 202
Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hinting toward cooler, more somber and festive weather, the Jester King brewers bring the summer Belgan seasonal beer from summer and into fall with a beer of rustic nature and a spicy cinnamon personality.

Dichotomous pour with a densely hazed burnt orange gaze. After causing excessive cleanup of the counter, the beer's arid and rocky head expels a host of earth, pepper, wood and citrus to form an earthy perfume. A taste of dry biscuit, winter honey and bread crust leaves the early palate brisk and mildly savory.

Its middle palate is bright with dried rustic citrus, while its sweetness trail into a nutty, woodsy memory. Lemon, lime, green apple and green grape suggests a mulled cider and spiced wine demeanor as the cinnamon finally comes out to play. Peppery, vinous and tart, the beer's lasting impressions are of cedar, oak and marzipan.

Medium-bodied and trending light as the beer falls into finish, the peppery, effervescent and citrus peel flavors suggest a lighter texture than what is actual. Its curious cinnamon additions add spiciness but never scream attention either. There's a lot to learn from this beer's spice handling.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from Jester King. Was very pleasantly surprised. Love the aroma of melon and it does come through nicely in the taste. Not so funky or complex but a nice clean tart finish.

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the "batch 2 12/8/15, poured from a bottle into a snifter. Very foamy right from the bottle, great head and lacing. Beautiful orange-gold color. Very fragrant with a floral smell mixed with orange and tangerine. The taste is citrusy and spice. Best when it warms a bit. Very enjoyable, very different!

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a Texas friend for this beauty. Batch 2, 8/15

Pours nearly turbid gold with a finger of white foam that ends up to be a lasting skim and thick ring.

Aroma is lemon limey and earthy funk, lighter barnyard. Rounded tart and melon notes make this a tasty and tempting med. strength bouquet.

Much more melon in the taste, woaahhh front and center melon attack. All the funk notes of the aroma are here, as well as some slightly bitter components that balance this into a delicious treat. The tart is outshone by the other flavors but it does end tart and fruity.

Med. viscosity, spritzy carb., decent finish make a fine mouthfeel that gives lots of flavor and still has a degree of refreshing character.

Not what I was expecting, but a very delicious beer that is unique in its flavor profile, and not over the top in any way. High recommendation.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice golden color with a gone-too-quick white head. The smell is earthy and grassy with melon... The taste is surprisingly strong on melon, but not a sweet melon, more of a bitter melon. Even though it isn't sweet the taste reminds me of honeydew and watermelon. Quite a nice saison variation.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew appears a hazy copper color with a white head that fades leaving stringy webs of lace on the glass.

It smells undoubtably of melons primarily with backing notes of grass, earth and herbal to citrus character. What an array of unqiue things to take in.

Thisntastes of melons upfront than grassy herbal bitterness that lingers with some vegetal components and minerals. Admittedly, at first I found this to be peculiar and disjointed but as I worked my way through the glass it started to grow on me.

This is medium to lighter bodied with modest carbonation. A really twisted, unique brew that is a standout as far as the most peculiar thing ive drank in some time. I think some of the bitterness could be dialed back a notch and I would have enjoyed it even more.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a melon bomb for sure. Such a great blend of several different melons in this beer and signature Jester King funk really made this beer fun to drink.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured this into a snifter and it poured a clear golden color with a white head. it smells like a lemon peel and in the taste you get a bit of sour patch and melons dripped with lemon juice. this is a tasty brew overall and it an easy drinker.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold. Thin head. Solid saison nose: grainy, yeasty with apricot notes. I don't get much melon. Flavor follows suit with bit more melon character, but not much. Dry and light tartness. Solid touch of bitterness. Light body with mild carb. Pretty good, but the weakest of the Dichotomous lineup that I've tried. Solid saison, but I expected to get more melon.

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Photo of Zaximus
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a light copper with white, fluffy head.

S - Mellons. Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Bananas(?). Little grass.

T- Very traditional saison-like with a more melon forward taste. Still get banana too. Touch of spice. Bit bitter on the backend.

F - Little thin, moderate carb, very dry.

O - Quite nice. I'd definitely drink again though it wasn't necessary overly memorable. Very refreshing however.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Batch #2.

A - Poured a hazy golden straw hue with an almost two finger fluffy white head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a creamy thin blanket.

S - Aromas of brett, light horse blanket and funk, little bit of hay, faint lemons. Very, very light melon notes. Just smells like the standard Jester King saison.

T - Taste is BIG melons up front, loads of honeydew and cantaloupe. There are some nice hay notes and faint citrus. The funk is really subtle with almost tropical notes. The melon lingers with faint tartness. This would be excellent, if not for a faint vegetative finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little bit fluffy. Gets thinner as it goes though.

O - Overall, the appearance was solid, as was the mouthfeel but the nose was on the weak side. The taste was just loads of melons though, which can be a rather hard flavour to get across. Nicely done.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 2- 18Aug15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with half a finger's worth of white foam that dies into a line after 30 seconds. Dull straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There are both small and medium-sized bubbles, but they hardly exist. Lacing is very subtle.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and hay that meet with subtle aromas of cloves and bananas and hints of sour yeast and wheat.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild earthy yeast and hay flavors along with subtle sour yeast flavors. Mild melon flavors enter right after and are then followed by subtle clove and banana flavors. Subtle wheat and spicy hop flavors finish off the taste as all previous flavors continue to push on.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp.
NOTE: Out of the several JK saisons that I have had, this is the first that had the banana and clove flavors that are found in a traditional saison. I really liked it. Melons aren't exactly the sweetest fruit in the world to me, so the taste could only be so great on this one. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of gman1602
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really interesting beer. They say it was inspired by agua fresca and I can see it. With a watermelon + other melon flavor coming through, this is a pleasant drinker that is very refreshing. It's another one of JK's that is a sour techinically, but it's not too sour at all. Sunshiny and bright!

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Photo of LouAleHead
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nice melon with a hint of spices, pours a nice orange color with a creamy head that laces. Right off the bat I tasted the melon, followed by the mild tartness and acidity. Overall another great beer by Jester King, and in my opinion they are producing some of the best sours out there!!!!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer, consumed 9/26/15

A: Medium gold, with some hints of tangerine, honey, and straw - pours with a medium size, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Lightly funky and lightly fruity - Jester King yeast and yeast funk, which is consistent with their lineup and always nice - flowery, with chamomile - light strawberries, and some light, fruity esters - nicely funky, with some damp, lactic aromas - nicely complex

T: Juicy, flowery, funky - nice array of fruits, with some light citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, apple, and, of course, strawberry - nice funk, with some yeasty funk, damp, musty cellar, lacto, and maybe a touch of Brett - some herbal, floral, and chamomile - some spice, clove - lightly earthy - some wood - finishes mostly clean

M: Medium body, nicely crisp, nicely carbonated, nice finish

O: Drinking the summer in the fall

I'm not sure what the theme of the Dichotomous beers is... Funk with an abundance of a fruit? Regardless, this is the second Dichotomous I've had, and it's the second one I've enjoyed. Jester King rarely disappoints.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red tinged orange yellow. Head is bright-white and drops to a small collar in short order. A vigorous swirl produces a creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Delicate strawberry flesh under a sharply lactic and citric blend. Hints of lime and lemon with a small dose of cranberry skin. Damp and musty barn. Slightly grassy with a light push of chamomile. Every so slightly woody with a soft yeasty spice. Some apple and pear buried in the back. Malt base is super light and clean. Some light wheat. Hard water adds a mineral base. White tea leaves. Soft almost mint.

Taste: Strawberry white tea. Lactic tart edge. Almost a berliner style base. Wheat and pale grain. Hay, grass, and straw. Damp and musty wood and stone basement. Hard water. Small punch of lime zest. A good amount of chamomile especially as it warms. White tea leaves. Strawberry is hyper delicate and might be missed if you're not looking for it. Something that borders on sweet cinnamon in the back. Apricot coupled with some mango. Malt base is incredibly light offering up a vague hint of caramelization. Ever so slightly toasted. Soft yeasty spice - black pepper. Leafy and woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp with a slight astringency.

Overall: Dig that well and hook up the sink.

This is delicate and clean with all of the typical Jester King funk. The yeast blends well with the bright fruit and souring blend. Another Jester King win.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow golden color with white head. Funk, tartness, strawberries, and yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a lingering strawberry note, yet tart and dry.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Foams up a little over the lip of the bottle and pours a cloudy honey color; the cap is impressive as is the lacing

Smell: Earthy, with chamomile, oak and strawberry tones

Taste: There is a dry, fruity, chamomile character that dominates from start to finish; within that, there are subtle tones of strawberry, oak and honey; yeasty spice tones build, after the swallow, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer but I am not a big fan of chamomile so I am not loving it

Thanks, domvan, for the opportunity

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Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1
Bottled on 8.26.2014.

This pours a pleasing, slightly ruby tinged tan color.
There's an incredible, nuanced aroma to this. Complex in its understatement. I get an earthy, warming note. Some fennel pollen and a light funk. Wet hay, and a touch of clover honey. It tastes wonderful too, with a rounded sweetness very smooth. Some earthy notes, wet hay, a light bittering, a drying finish. The strawberry was so delicate as to be easily overlooked. This was fantastic.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions below from a bottle shared at a tasting. Full review to follow.

A: Half finger wide. White colour. Nice lacing. Retention is below average - ~40 seconds.

Nontransparent orange of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Faint earthy funkiness. Orange peel. Flowery and floral notes. Fresh strawberries. Chamomile tea/white tea. Elaborate sour yeasts and bacterial notes. Miscellaneous flora. Sourness seems like mild - maybe a 3/10.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

T/Mf: Has a nice smackiness on the palate which accentuates the sour and bacterial notes nicely. Plenty of funkiness throughout, though some just seems to emerge from crazy wild yeast strains rather than isolated brettanomyces per se. Earthy, but not too barnyardy; it doesn't have any overt straw or hay notes. Chamomile works wonders here, bringing cohesion and unity to the build. Fresh strawberry does come through, but is lighter than would be ideal. Nice depth of flavour.

Slightly overcarbonated, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and soft enough. Nice presence on the palate overall. Acidic.

Ov: Highly drinkable. An interesting American farmhouse ale with unique notes of local flora, but not much in terms of a traditional saison; it lacks a spice profile. Its balance and complexity are notable, and the strawberry in the third act is a high point.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Batch # 1. Bottled 8/26/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with earth, spice, wood, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour earth, spice, fruit, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earth and spice qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 oz. on tap in the brewery's indoor tasting station on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a small bottom wine glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is cloudy yellow, sediment and large chunks floating, thin bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is light bubblegum, a hint of bandaid esters, lemon and notes of grain. Flavor is very thin, watery, faint strawberry, light grain notes, and hints of lemon in back. Moderate carb, light body, semi dry finish.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #1, 08-26-2014.

Real nice forming off white, and very creamy controlled head. Head grows real nice three to two fingers with a soft topped and shaving cream appearance. Body color is opaque, a bit solid, and a nice light peach orange and yellow. Very nice, a little solid, but still impressive.

Big fruit like aromas and esters coming off of this. Cantaloupe, and melon rind quite a bit, with some soft wheat like chew senses. Soft herbal notes of chamomile senses and thyme, almost floral a bit. THere is a lot going on here through a big fruity juicy bouquet, like a trip through a blooming garden.

Fascinating palate. Juiced front but a little bit light on the body. Fruits wash over and the herbality and spicy yeast seem to kick in. Slightly wet but good coating malt forward depth and body. Toned down pepper notes, with some melon like wetness that takes away from the body a little bit. Not getting much strawberry notes out of this.

A real interesting and decent brew, slightly needing a bit more depth to really push this into some stratosphere territory..

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Photo of LittleDon
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on draft at Jester King on 11/23/14. Gets better as it warms. Straw with tons of head. Subdued aroma of wheat. The chamomile is the predominant component in the flavor next to the grains. Very dry and a bit on the earthy side. Light bodied and low carbonation. Mild bitter finish.

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Estival Dichotomous (2014) from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 202 ratings