Reposé | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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.

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Photo of Theortiz01
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8 oz pour on draft at Jester King this past weekend.

Dark amber with a creamy white head that dissipated almost instantly.
Carbonation was a 4 on a 1-10 scale with 1 being non-existent and 10 being of Saison-Brett proportions after a few years.

Smell was slight funky, with light barn-yard hints. Sweetness from the brandy barrels was apparent but not overwhelming. Also, that one and only smell of acidity from Jester King beers made its appearance. Pleasant but not mind-blowing.

First sip was a complete shock of deliciousness. I've never really been a biere de garde fanboy, but this is unlike any other that I've had. I'm not getting much in flavors of the hay. A slight amount of earthen funk was noticeable, which I think would change with some age. The sweetness of the brandy barrels paired incredibly well with the malt flavors, and balanced the acidity perfectly. In terms of taste, I getting flavors that resemble a hybrid of Boxer's Revenge and RU55 and Encendia, if that makes sense.

Just like other JK beers. The beer has a medium to light body with a great dry finish, which makes this 8%er easily drinkable. My 8oz pour only survived a couple minutes before going back for seconds, like I was some kind of alcohol-induced Oliver Twist. After my careful plea to the server of "I want some more!", the lap time on the second glass followed par with the first.

This is a really outstanding beer. I think that the hay and the term "Biere de Garde" to some might be considered more off-putting than a Beiber concert. But don't let that fool you friends. This angel in-disquise is that new-new that is on-par with some of JK's finer offerings. Like a newlywed admiring his beautiful spouse, I'm interested to see how time will change this masterpiece. Get some.

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

Poured at the release on draft into a Jester King wine glass.

Appearance: A clean, dark mahogany or chestnut, with hints of Crimson and beige in the light. The light beige head, however little there may be, is loose and wilted, a stray bubble against the glass and a loose crown is all that remains.

Smell: Musty and fruity. Hints of balsamic (but not acetic), jester kings trademark funk and citrusy tartness. The Brandy comes through nicely here too, imparting a strong fruity note, hints of raisins and a light booziness. I'm impressed so far.

Taste: Fruity and vinous, tart balsamic notes are prominent, but none of the vinegar flavors that typically accompany it. Brandy is there too, and is likely contributing to that balsamic flavor, and an added sweetness toward the bottom of the glass, even a slight hint of vanilla. The hay shines on the finish, leaving a long, dry earthen note which is frankly delicious. It tastes like hay for sure, but don't let that scare you. It's really good.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, like a Popsicle stick. Effervescent, but far from excessively so, rather full bodied too, for a Biere de garde. Surprisingly easy to drink considering the abv too, this could be dangerous.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised, as I often am with these less conventional beers. It reminds me of encendia in flavor profile and such, particularly with that earthy malty finish. Maybe somewhere between Encendia and Ambree b2. Id also like to commend Jester King for consistently being able to brew dark sours, even one like this with balsamic notes, and being able to avoid acetic acid getting involved. They're masters of the craft.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Let me start by saint that the color of this beer is beautiful. Like liquid Amber. Taste is farmhouse earthly, funk. Well, I guess hay is a good description since Reposé is brewed with hay. The brandy just comes through ever so slightly on the back end. Great beer from an exceptional brewery.

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Photo of Ben7773
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Ryno3031
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamjbauer
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

750mL served into a tulip glass.

Settles in the glass a brown color with fruit hues akin to plum skin. Carbonation seeps upward endlessly and feeds a persistent, fluffy, frothy oatmeal-colored head. The thing just lingers forever and I am in no hurry to drink the beer, as I'm enjoying the appearance. 5

The aroma is kriek-like with fresh but tart cherry, earthiness and funk. Lemony acidity gives the nose some sharpness. It's clean and straightforward. 4

Much more dimension to the flavor, as lemony acidity, earthy red wine, faint dark chocolate and bready malt, and brown sugar. The more I get into it the more it takes on a fruitier wine quality, offering berries and stone fruit. There's really quite a lot to enjoy. 4.25

There's a lot of vinous quality to how this drinks, from the dryness, to the woodiness, tannins, and the way the beer shows creaminess yet is still light and drinkable. Of course it also has a pronounced tartness and acidity but it is in perfect concert with the wine aspects. 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap last visit to Jester King and I knew I had to pick up some bottles... It's nice to try months later and discover that I was right back then. This beer is excellent.

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Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bugs318
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber/red body. Medium white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Smells a bit like a Flanders. Cherry fruitiness. Oak. Dark malts. Just a hint of roasted malt, too.

Taste - Sour right up front. Toasted malts. Even a little roasted. Light coffee flavor. Oaky throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate sourness.

Overall - So I wouldn't know I was drinking hay. I don't get anything that would indicate this isn't a standard Biere de Garde. Maybe a little too sour to be really great, though.

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

Photo of robgage
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 zonker17
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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