Reposé | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The inspiration for Reposé came from dusty, hay-filled barns like the one near Jester King where we store our aged hops. We attempted to capture some of our sensory experience of the barn by adding ingredients found in the attic to the beer. We added bales of hay to the mash and old hops that had spent many months in burlap bags to the boil. Further providing inspiration for Reposé was Bière de Garde, a traditional French farmhouse beer that likely originated out of the stone-walled barns that dot the landscape of northern France. Bière de Garde was historically brewed in fall and winter to take advantage of cooler fermentation temperatures, and aged for months before drinking. Similarly, Reposé was brewed during February of 2014 and slowly fermented for months prior to being blended and packaged in January of 2015.

The wort for Reposé was brewed with Texas Hill Country water from our well, malted barley, hay, aged hops, and fresh hops. It was then pitched with Jester King’s unique mixed culture of brewer’s yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. After an initial fermentation in stainless steel, Reposé was then slowly fermented for months in Brandy barrels we received from France. It is 8.3% alcohol by volume, 12 IBU, has a finishing gravity of 1.004, and was 3.25 pH at the time of bottling. The label art is by Jester King’s Josh Cockrell.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-24-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,524
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
233
pDev:
7.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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33
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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle, blend #2, July 2017:
Fills the glass with a smoky topaz liquid, with some specks of rust thrown in. Pours more murky (especially later in the bottle-conditioned) then it ends up looking in the glass. A ruddy tan head disappears in first pour, but sticks around in later ones.

Nose is an acetic vinegar and lemon juice sourness that foretells the flavor. There’s a little apple orchard in there, and just a whisper of caramel sweetness that comes through with deeper inhalations - the most I really get of the barrels supposedly used in this one.

Taste is sour, vinegar, tart blackberry, crabapple squeezings. My tongue does pucker upon itself slightly, but gets a relief of a drop of caramel salve. This might be the barrel and its former contents, but is so light, it’s hard to say. The sour takes the place of carbonation, which is light and soft, if I am dissecting it properly.

More sour than I’ve had from JK, and the barrel is perhaps just a little too subtle. I wouldn’t want it strong-arming the sour, but I’d like a little more of it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; blend #2, bottled in 7/2017. Labeled at 6.5%. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, golden raisin, cherry, plum, raspberry, melon, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, oak, honey, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of caramel, pepper, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, brandy barrels, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, golden raisin, cherry, plum, raspberry, melon, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, oak, honey, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of caramel, pepper, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tart/sourness and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, golden raisin, cherry, plum, raspberry, melon, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, oak, honey, toasted bread, pepper, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, brandy barrels, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent wind Biere de Garde style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, brandy barrels, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on with the moderately acidic/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Great unique take on the style. Classic JK house Brett/Lacto funk complexity, with balanced malts and Brandy barrel notes. Not overly malty or sour either way. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer, with more sour finish instead of the usual spicy character of a Biere de Garde. Loved the subtle notes from the brandy barrel, just fit perfectly with the overall vision for the beer. Just a well thought out and executed beer. All flavors very complimentary to each other. Well done!

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color. Bottle.

More malty with some caramel notes to go with the farmhouse flavors. There is a smoked malt flavor but maybe the brandy is showing a little. Can’t taste the hay. Interesting but nice beer.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mush
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Earthy with a light sourness and lots of brandy barrel aromas.

A: Amber color, opaque, with no head at all.

T: Lots of vinous flavors, followed by a light earthiness, moderately light sourness that finishes lightly acidic.

M: Medium-full bodied with light carbonation and acidity.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great complexity and balance of components. Definitely an interesting take on a biere de garde!

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Photo of WadeBridgman
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eman17
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Reposé from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 233 ratings