Equipoise | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’re very excited to introduce Equipoise, a farmhouse ale brewed with ginger salt and tarragon, and refermented with cantaloupe, made in collaboration with Chef Paul Qui. We’ve been great fans of Chef Qui’s cuisine for several years now, having first enjoyed his work at Uchiko and East Side King, and later at his eponymous Austin restaurant Qui. We’re also great fans of food and beer pairings. The right pairing can enhance both the complexity of a beer’s flavor profile and that of the dish with which it’s served. In working with Chef Qui, we sought to create a beer that would complement, and hopefully enhance, his culinary perspective.

Equipoise was brewed in September of 2014 with Hill Country well water, malted barley, oats, hops, ginger salt, and dried tarragon. 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. Puréed cantaloupe was added to the beer three days into fermentation. Finally, it was 100% naturally conditioned in bottles and kegs. Equipoise is 4.2% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 degrees Plato), and was 4.32 pH and 26 IBUs at the time of bottling in October of 2014.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-02-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
92
pDev:
7.34%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
25
Trade:
2
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Magnum bottle shared with family: pours a cloudy bright yellow gold color with minimal fizzy, dissipating white head. Floral notes, grass, spice, honey, citrus, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with wheat, spice, citrus, dry and a little tart.

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I had higher hopes for this beer, but alas it was just solid.

Melon quality is nice but a bit subdued. Just doesn't have the acidity that I want.

It's not worth it IMO for how limited it was. Whichever recent Dichotomous that released last fall with melons, go for that one. It was a shelf beer and was better than this.

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Equipoise from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 92 ratings