Bière De Blanc Du Bois | Jester King Brewery

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Bière De Blanc Du BoisBière De Blanc Du Bois
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bière De Blanc du Bois was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, and hops. It was fermented with our unique mixed culture of microorganisms, which includes farmhouse yeasts, naturally occurring wild yeasts harvested from our air and land in the Texas Hill Country, and native souring bacteria. After extended fermentation and maturation in oak barrels, it was refermented with Texas-grown Blanc du Bois grapes. Bière De Blanc du Bois is 6.7% alcohol by volume, 3.2 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.004 (1.0 degree Plato). It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. The artwork for Bière De Blanc du Bois was created by our in-house artist Josh Cockrell.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 12-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#261
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
278
pDev:
6.05%
 
 
Wants:
139
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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by cocoapuph:
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Having this next to Blanc Blancs, I preferred this.

A wonderful complexity of white wine and saison quality. Grape seed and lemon seed tart qualities along with a medium minus funk. The beer reminds me of the balance of tart, funk, and saison of an Hill Farmstead saison, but with even more complexities.

Quite possibly the best beer from JK.

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Photo of vinceclortho
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap, on release day. Pours a hazy gold and thick head that dissipates quickly. Light body and refreshing throughout. Reminiscent of a Vinho Verde, extremely ripe and pungent with the Bois grapes shining through in the nose. Was unfamiliar with this type of wine grape, but I plan on seeking the style out after this. Really well balanced and dry finish. Fantastic hybrid and one of my favorites yet from the brewery. Kudos Adrienne, keep these wine inspired beers coming.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of a bottle share. Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Shared by my good friend Dennis - thanks, buddy!

Expectations are high given friends' recommendations.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. I dig the label art.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into an Adelbert's stem-tulip.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Thin head of white colour. Recedes inside 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Semitransparent translucent gold with copper and orange hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. Not unique or special looking for a sour, but appealing.

AROMA: Fantastically tart, with maybe a 6/10 sourness intensity. Clean Belgian pale malts are easily imposed upon. Mild farmhouse/barnyard character. The white grape aromatics are well-integrated.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Very inviting and lively. Evokes a smacky wild ale with some funky brettanomyces yeast.

TASTE: Boy. It's nicely tart and sour - about a 6/10 in terms of sour intensity. I do want more intense sourness and funkiness, but it has a nice farmhouse character and barnyard undercurrent. Hints of grassy hops, hay/straw, brettanomyces yeast, and white grape, with a slight dampened oak character.

Very well-balanced and built, with nice depth of flavour and above average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity. It's nicely complex and subtle, with enough nuance from the grapes without ever getting too wine-like.

Cohesive, but not a gestalt build overall.

No overt hop profile, overt alcohol, or off-notes come through.

TEXTURE: Acidic, tart, smooth, wet, clean, sour, and delightfully smacky on the palate. Good overall presence. Near perfect carbonation. Light-bodied. Dries towards the finish.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall, this texture complements the taste quite nicely - bringing that wonderful smackiness - but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: I could easily kill a bottle or four of this in one sitting. It's a satisfying well-executed sour with loads of nice elements. I'd like a better oak integration and more sourness/tartness, but the white grape goes nicely with the barnyard build and this never ventures too far into saison territory. It's a lovely American wild ale and is well worth trying. Admittedly, there could be more complexity/intricacy and subtlety, but this joins the ranks of Jester King's best beers. Tasty stuff.

Low B+

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another home run for Jester King. This one drinks a lot like a nice sparkling grape juice with a nice little farmhouse funk on the finish. Tons of carbonation and perfect mouthfeel like a champagne almost.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

so few reviews here, this must be quite uncommon. man is it delicious, thanks to my homie for sharing it with us! its the white grape version of the tempranillo one they did a few years back. i have always kind of thought white grape lends itself really well to this type of beer, wild and funky, lambic or gueuze type stuff. that white wine fruitiness and tartness, acidity, all of it just works in really nice concert. always a little less directly fruity or pungently so anyway than red grape or other berries, but i think thats because it marries in so well, so beautifully integrated, that it stands out a little less. i smell the grapes a lot here though, nice with the wild yeasts and well proportioned wheat malt. funk and sour both appear to be there, and in fact are in the taste, but its more of the acidity and pucker up front, with the fruit and wood being amplified by the brett, which is rather mature for a newer beer. dry and carbonated like champagne, this sort of blurs the beer/wine line a little in terms of feel, its awfully dynamic with a nice sharp tang at the end. overall maybe not quite as intensely flavored as the tempranillo or the atrial or those, but its a really well composed beer, and i dont wish it to be any fruitier than it already is. gorgeous brew, takes me to summertime.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben7773
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ldgrem
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dello
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly sour beer, a little too sour for my taste, fun to try, more variety of flavor initially, ends with a wild marker flavor

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Photo of acurtis
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Brewery "Bière de Blanc du Bois"
"Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Blanc du Bois Grapes 6.0% ABV"
on tap at the brewery 6 November 2015, $8 for 8 oz.

Notes: Surprisingly clear yellow body. Thin white cap drops to a collar quickly - expected for sour beers. Mildly tart, grape-like, and earthy and straw-like aroma. Flavor is fuller. Sour and just slightly funky... grape is clear upfront, and in the finish but not so much across the middle. Woody and more musty/funky in the end. Light bodied and delicately refreshing... more of a summer beer... kind of hard to appreciate in my current circumstance in the damp cold under a dark grey sky on their porch just feet from the falling rain. Black Metal or Watchmaker would be more appropriate at this point! Still I get it, but I wish I'd have been able to experience it in a better situation as it's expensive.

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Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of porter0209
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Minimal head. Thin collar.

Smell - Oak. Lemon. Kinda musty. Grape fruitiness.

Taste - Really sour. Grape and a white wine kinda flavor. Oak in the finish. Sourness doesn't linger, but it's very strong up front.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Very sour.

Overall - I'd like a bit more complexity, but it's nice. Grape isn't very strong, or maybe it gets drowned out by sourness. Tough to tell.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wonderbread-Colt45
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a bottle share. Vibrant grape taste that compliments sour aspect of this one. Almost had a hint of a hard cider which was a bit strange. Overall a masterful offering

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Bière De Blanc Du Bois from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 278 ratings