Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Bière de Garde
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,936
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Mar 19, 2021
Feb 24, 2015
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jul 26, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 4 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by StoutSnob40 from California

Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a dense and rocky finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of slight sour cherries, musty barnyard, a little leather, and some slight brandy
T: Taste is sour cherries mixed with brandy notes, funky barnyard, must, a little bright acidity, and some light spicy notes. On the swallow this one is more sour cherries, brandy, oak, spices, and lingering musty barnyard.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly pillowy feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but well hidden while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors and killer complexity that make it a really nice beer to sip and savor. It sounds a little odd to brew a beer with hay but overall the execution was excellent. This one is well worth picking up if you can get your hands on it.
Apr 02, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by bcsbeer from Florida

Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Nov 23, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by Nunya from Ohio

Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Oct 22, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle. Teku glass. Darker reddish brown body, slightly murky, one finger white head. Good retention. Not much lacing. Smell is slightly smoked malt, light toffee, moderate vinegar/acetic acidity, light oak, trace chocolate, a bit of lemon and leather. Flavour is an interesting combination of acetic acidity, light toffee with a dab of chocolate, touch of vanillin and oak, without much of that slight smokiness that came on the nose. Nice complexity, tasty and refreshing. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, not particularly heavy, good carbonation. Was hoping for more brandy on the finish or even a bigger mouthfeel from the brandy but that didn't come through. Still, a very nice Biere de Garde that drinks lower than the 8.3% listed here.
Sep 07, 2018
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Reviewed by CollinaTiger from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a pint bottle...
Look: Hazy amber brown color with little head.
Smell: carmel and malt; hints of lemon, spice, oak.
Taste: Tart with hints of red wine, vinegar, lemon, brandy; malty sour with dry finish.
Feel: Light to medium body; Lightly carbonated.
Overall: Drinkable. Not my favorite style but a pretty good farmhouse ale.
Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 3.19 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
i love the idea of this, a biere de garde brewed with hay, but the execution is a little weird, and as much as i like some of the nuance here like the faint brandy barrel character and the aged hops giving it a lambic base type of character, im not sure i am in love with the execution of this one as much as i hoped i would be, i thought this would be different somehow, more earthy and less malty, perhaps a more delicate saison rather than such a sturdy malt forward beer would have been a better foundation for the special ingredients, but nevertheless this is a jester king beer and its awesome, funky and tart at the same time, balanced well by sweet bready baked malts with chestnut, maple, and honey characteristics, and with a cool grassy straw element from the hay that makes this even more wild and funky. it pours dark rust colored and kind of flat looking, and the mouthfeel is heavier with the oak and brandy and relative lack of carbonation, not nearly as lively as so many of theirs are. cool red winey character at the end from the brandy, sturdy oak highlights the hay, and the base beer stands up on its own too. overall this is complex and interesting, but a radical departure from my expectations and one i am curious to try after some time maturing in the cellar. this is weird.

edit: cracked a five year old bottle of batch 2 from 2017, its even more sour now, almost flemish red character to the pucker, light fruit vinegar to me, raisin and date richness in the grain still too though, and more sweetness somehow than seems possible after this long in the bottle. it smells like a barn, funky and the hay is there, more wood than brandy from the barrels, and a lot of minerals, even almost a salted note in the middle. weird as ever, not as subtle and nuanced as expected once again, but objectively cool beer! very autumnal.
Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 01, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by zimm421 from Ohio

May 27, 2018
Rated: 4.53 by GreatStoutman from Texas

May 08, 2018
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.
May 04, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by FBarber from Illinois

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana

Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by BeerBeast from Florida

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%
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.
Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by MickeyHops from California

Mar 12, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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!
Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Jan 05, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5%
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.
Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by mush from Illinois

Nov 23, 2017
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