Hibernal Dichotomous 2015 | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2015 Hibernal Dichotomous was brewed in late December of 2015 with Hill Country well water, malted barley, flaked oats, beets, hops, orange juice, orange zest, and thyme. It is a different recipe from 2014 Hibernal, which was a blend of pressed watermelon juice, young farmhouse ale, and mature barrel-aged beer brewed with rosemary, lavender, and spearmint. For this winter’s beer, we wanted the ingredients to reflect the flavors of winter in Texas using quintessential Texas winter produce. Peeled and grated raw beets from Johnson’s Backyard Garden were added to the mash, and orange juice and zest from G and S Groves and fresh thyme from Pure Luck Farm were added to the whirlpool. It was then fermented in stainless steel with our unique mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery in the Texas Hill Country. About six weeks into the fermentation, we added more peeled and grated raw beets, orange juice, and orange zest. Finally, the beer was naturally carbonated by refermentation in bottles, kegs, and casks. Mixed culture fermentation is a very slow and patient process, so while Hibernal Dichotomous is evocative of the winter, its release comes in the spring.

Hibernal Dichotomous is 4.9% alcohol by volume, 29 IBU, has a finishing gravity of 1.002, and was 3.5 pH at the time of bottling.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-23-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by tufetuf:
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1.75/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Sorry, but this is pretty bad. For one thing, it is not remotely close to "Hibernal Dichotomous" 2014. 2014 was lightly tart, but still had a wonderful watermelon flavor that was easily detectable. If you want to make a beer with different flavors, call it something else... Yes, it's earthy, and complex, but it's not at all what I want from a summer beer. I realize the description says they want to reflect the Texas winter, but it was just released, in June... There are a bunch of other sour beers that have these characters, and they aren't pulling the rating this is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WTKeene
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on the release day into a sixteen ounce jester king wine glass.

Appearance: bright red, could easily be a montmorency v Balaton. Translucent, slight orange. Pale pink, almost white head. Persistent crown.

Smell: loads of thyme. Lots of orange zest. Tart, jester King saison funk. Some skunkiness which works well with the rest of it.

Taste: medicinal herb character, lots of juicy citrus, perhaps a hint of beets on the finish. Tart and delicious even if the medicinal character takes some getting used to. Insanely crushable.

EDIT: Out of the bottle, the herbs are much more tame. This is pure juice, delicious. I think Ive drank upwards of a gallon in this weekend alone.

Mouthfeel: good level of carb, quite dry. Very drinkable.

Overall: not sure it's as amazing as that first batch was, and I hope it makes another appearance as something, but still delicious in its own way.

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Photo of do_ob
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Pours a noirish orange-brown-gray but settles as a beautiful, hazy deep amber in the glass. Outstanding carbonation, and topped off with a 1.5 finger head of snow-white foam, super sticky in composition. Relatively weak, but intersting aroma of earthiness, sour yeast, grass, and biscuity malt with subtle hints of beets, carrots, oranges, and lemon zest. Some barnyard funk in there as well. Medium-light weight with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel - very refreshing. Taste-wise, lots of tartness and sweet malt are presented up front with a bit of a vegetable character creeping in middle ways (carrots and beats mainly). Finishes clean, crisp, and dry. The aftertaste is an entity in itself, bringing forward a complexity of flavors including beets, carrots, orange peel, and lemon. While these flavors aren't intesne, they are notable. After a few minutes, the aftertaste levels out to an earthy, vegetal experience that's modest in intensity, but also very pleasant.

Overall, I feel like this beer is severely underrated. Is it a traditional saison? No. It's a Jester King beer, which, more often than not, are hard to put into a specific category or style. It has the earthy traits of a saison, but there is so much complexity thriving within the bottle that it's difficult to judge based on the standards of a specific style. It's much sweeter than I would've imagined - and became slightly sweeter as it warmed in the glass. However, there's a constant and substantial tartness there to remind you that this is part Wild Ale. I was honestly worried, reading about this beer, that it would taste like a V8 or something, but not at all. Any vegetable flavors are quietly tucked away, waiting for the right moment to emerge. This beer is JK all the way, and it was a treat.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryno3031
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - nice pink/light red color with a small fizzy head.

S - beets

T - beets up front with the regular JK sourness at the finish.

M - decent carbonation with a dry finish.

O - many JK beers to me are so similar....same sourness flavor and similar feel...only difference is what it's brewed with. With that said...if you like sours and like beets, seek this one out....otherwise don't bother.

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bugs318
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erushing
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2 3/25/15 poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep pinking red color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving some lace behind

S- vegetal beet aroma with some citrus aromas, spicy & herbal with some underlying dry hay

T- slightly tart beet flavor gives some vegetal flavor up front with some earthy herbal spice, a hint of citrus, earthy dry finish with some red fruit

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- high drinkability with lots of spicy herbal notes

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Photo of kbuzz
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into Teku at the Cellar at Duckworths in Charlotte, NC. Nice rose color. Dry, earthy, faint beet flavor. Very nice take on the saison style. Some citrus notes.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a right fuchsia/red with a thin frothed white head and some bubbles slowly climbing up the glass. Smells herbal, earthy, citric, and spicy. Flavor: citrus goes well with the tartness of the beer and the earthy beet goes great with the thyme and spicy/funky yeast. Finishes dry. I almost get something like a goat dairy funk in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with acid on the tongue and moderately prickly carbonation. Awesome beer from Jester King. Beet and orange is a great combination.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lot of complexity and so much going on, but maybe a bit too much because the base saison is so solid. Overall enjoyable, different flavors come through as it warms

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fievel
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Hibernal Dichotomous 2015 from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 151 ratings