Jester King / Crooked Stave / Trois Dames - Cerveza Sin Frontera | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King / Crooked Stave / Trois Dames - Cerveza Sin FronteraJester King / Crooked Stave / Trois Dames - Cerveza Sin Frontera

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’re excited to introduce Cerveza Sin Frontera, a three part collaboration between Jester King, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Denver, Colorado and Brasserie Trois Dames in Sainte Croix, Switzerland. The concept behind Cerveza Sin Frontera was to brew an identical recipe, referment it in the same type of barrels (Spanish sherry) at three different locations on earth, and allow the microorganisms unique to each brewery to impart interesting and differentiating characteristics to the beer. In other words, Cerveza Sin Frontera seeks to explore the impact that mixed culture fermentation has upon an identical recipe for wort (unfermented beer). It highlights how fermentation that exists outside the world of pure culture brewers yeast has the ability to create unique beer with a sense of place.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 187
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2014; drank 9/11/15 @ Yuss Haus Mach II.

Rusty strawberry appearance.

Minimal tan head; almost no lace.

Tart strawberry nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet strawberry flavors up front; mildly tart finish. A simple fruit beer; easy to drink & above average, but no complexity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with medium foamy head with light retention. Aroma of tart and funky notes with light touch of honey. Taste is a mix of honey and tart funky notes with subtle barrel-aged notes. Body is about average with oily texture and good carbonation. Not bad but sweeter then I had expected.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend #1, bottled 12/15/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, cherry, lemon, green apple, plum, white wine, pepper, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light white vinegar, wheat, cracker, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, sherry barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, cherry, lemon, green apple, plum, white wine, pepper, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light white vinegar, wheat, cracker, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, cherry, lemon, green apple, plum, white wine, pepper, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, sherry barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/acidic/tannic, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.4%. Overall this is an excellent sour saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, sherry barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had this alongside the crooked stave version. it is incredible how similar they are to each other, but I gotta give it to the jester king version by a hair. the only difference is the stave has a hint of the signature brett.

jesters is a bit smoother w a rounder body but same soft sherry flavoring over a mild sour.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Big sherry, somewhat vinous aroma and moderately woody.

A: Orange, hazy, with a thin ring of head. Light lacing in the glass.

T: Lightly sweet malt flavor, followed by cherry and strong vinous flavors that is moderately sour on the finish.

M: Medium-light boded with moderate carbonation. The beer had moderate, but pleasing acidity on the palette.

O: Interesting collaborative beer. The complex vinous character intermixed well with the malt sweetness to provide contrasting, yet well blended aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby in color with an off white head that sticks around a while.

Slightly sweet in aroma with a hint of the sherry and oak like a bit of oxidation but not the paper bag, bad aroma. Little floral with some red fruit and grape undertones. A bit of tartness as well.

Dryer in the flavor than the aroma. Very nice and easy drinking. Wine like and super drinkable. Well done. Much better than the Trois Dames version.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light ruby amber body with a good level of haze...a relatively thin bone white head that settles close to the beer. Aroma is bright lactic acid up front, with a very minor level of funk and earthiness underneath. Some notes of tart plum and raspberry with dry grape must. A bing twang of tartness in the front of the mouth, with a smooth medium mouthfeel, and a crisp tart finish. A nice well rounded sour.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Complex, incredible. I continue to be more impressed with the 750 format Jester King beers than the 375s; they manage to be experimental and approachable. You get a lot of oak out of this, some of the nuttiness / oxidization of Sherry, a ton of fruit flavors (raspberry and cherry flitter in and out of perception), vinous dessicated grape. Not overly tart or carbonated; medium body.

Fabulous beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. It is golden orange with an off white 2.5 finger head. Fades into thick collar and leaves blobs of lacing on the glass. A nice tart aroma of grapes, apples, cherries, and notes of sherry. A very nice flavor profile that has a hint of maltiness, but gives a nice tart punch to your pallet. Some green apple, tart grape, and cherry flavors complimented by the sherry notes. A nice light body with a clean and dry finish, very refreshing. Reminds me more of an AWA than a Saison, but either way it was tasty.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm very excited to finally try this. I heard the 3 way blend of this did not happen because something went wrong at one of the other 2 breweries. Lucky for me it was not Jester King's version. I had two 2oz pours then another 2oz from the bottom of the barrel, lucky me. Pours a cloudy reddish/brown with very nice light brown head. Great retention and average lacing. Has a great malt forward smell to it, butterscotch sweetness comes to mind. Wow! Extremely complex tasting. Very tart with this very appealing aftertaste that makes you want to try more. Sweet smell sour taste, love it! I would like to try this again if it is still available in bottles, not sure? I do hope this 3 way collab will happen again in the future, I like the concept. 4.75

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Photo of peensteen
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper-reddish colour, ring of off white head with some lace. Smell is a nice mix of sherry, oak and light funk, I get a bit of maple as well with the sherry, vinous. Taste is oaky with sherry and toffee, funky and lightly acidic in the finish, light lingering malt. Light-medium carbonation, medium body. An interesting beer, not quite what I was expecting but was truly very good.

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sherry barrel aged brew by JK. Poured into a tulip to share. Color was amber, almost a faint brown color with a fast fading light head. The smell is up front, fruity and slight vinegar like on the nose. The sherry barrel character is present in the taste but still a fruity sour, like a tart jolly rancher. Great beer collaboration and much better on the JK side than the Trois Dammes variant (which I utterly hated). A must try!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the only sherry-barrel aged beers I have had- I think Harvest is the only other one. The sherry is quite strong and it is an unusual flavour to encounter in beer. A variety of light fruit flavours, notably green grape, both from the sherry and the beer. The aftertaste is strongly sherry. A bit tart, a chunk of oak. I like this but don't know how much I could drink- or how often.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly I get sherry in the aroma - that's the overwhelming presence, from barrel to grape. However, I didn't find the same overwhelming sherry flavor in the taste - rather, it seems a lot more subdued under what appears to be just notes of funk and maybe caramel. Good, yes, but not the best JK in terms of complexity and creativity.

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Photo of shleepy
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from 33cl bottle. Poured totally flat. Amber color. Smells funky (horse blanket), vinous. Very dry, but not too sour. Very light body. Tasty but wish it had some carbonation... Perhaps my bottle was too old / had some seepage.

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Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Pours light gold with a slight brown hue, and settles a rich, clear amber in the glass. Great carbonation. A thin, but dense film of off-white foam resides on top. Definite notes of sherry on the nose (vinegar, grapes...), along with sour notes from the bacteria and yeast. Overall, this beer smells more like a white wine than a beer. Quite light in weight with a gentle, slightly crisp mouthfeel. Surprisingly not overly carbonated and incredibly easy to drink. Lots of sour notes up front (green apples, grapes...) with a bit of basement funk. An it warms on the palate, the sourness intensifies quite a bit! Whew. Very pleasant. The carbonation also builds on the palate, making for a crisp, wine-like finish. It's on the back end that a lot of the sheery notes come into play; tart vinegar, grapes, apples, and a wine-like dryness engulf the palate on the aftertaste. An everso slight hint of biscuity/caramel malt on the aftertaste as it warmed.

Having never had sherry (had plenty of white wine, though), it's a bit tough for me to decipher every specific flavor and place them with their respective host (beer or wine?). However, regardless of the fine print, this beer was very good. Surprisingly tart, even for having been aged in casks. While there aren't many traditional saison characteristics to be found, I feel pretty confident that anyone who likes sours would like this beer. On the flip side, if you're a fan of sherry and/or white wine, I think you'd also dig it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep orange almost brown in the glass

S-Caramel, dark fruits, mild acid, what I can only assume is the sherry.

T-Starts with a dark fruit, almost brown ale eqsue base. Sherry is not very present. Mild tartness.

M-Medium to lighter in body, some carbonation.

O-A good collab but nothing special

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy light ruby, reddish amber color.

The aroma hits of cherry skin, green apple, grape must, a bready sweetness, a slight funk, herbaceous qualities.
The flavor follows with a fleeting crackery malt up front, then onto a Flanders Red type of tart quality with cherries, tart grapes, and apple again. An herbaceous quality with a bit of mint and chive quality. There's a great tannic structure throughout with a wonderful drying of oak on the back end.

An extremely impressive saison from Jester King. Balance of tart, malt, oak, sweetness is stellar.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

yet another beer that is double listed here on BA. you people need to take 30 more seconds in your enthusiasm and check whats already here. there are thousands of these, seems lazy and careless. the beer is anything but that though, which is awesome, and totally different from the crooked stave edition. its less than half as sour, which lets the sherry barrel really shine, and there is something about that jester king yeast culture thats just so tart and funky all the time, i think it loves the sherry barrel here. its like a mushroom sautee or something, like a dish that needs to get cooked and served and shared, its got such a cool expression of the barrel, different in every way form the crooked one, which was so sour it got distracting. different even from any of the sherry barrel beers crooked stave has done, its so sherry forward, like a fresh fill, and the beer seems young for how woody it is, its alive and effervescent and refreshing and scary drinkable and just totally unique. i think the bottle conditioning is a big deal here, a beer like this begs for it, almost requires it to fully develop, and while i am sure this one will age with the best of them, its drinking awfully well right now. was a pleasure to share this one with my brother while he was in town. we both liked this a whole lot. jester king can do no wrong in my book.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat transparent orange body with sticky white foam.

Deep barrel presence on the nose thankfully since that's the reason it costs so much. Some house JK aromas emanate from underneath the barrel. Wood, sherry, brown sugar, cinnamon, floral, grass. Touch of tartness but mostly on the funkier yeast side.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts out dry and finishes dry sandwiching the sherry barrel vinous flavor. Taste comes out more as it warms. This makes me very curious to try the other two versions of this beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with white head that laces nicely. Funk, tartness, and sherry oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with funk.

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Photo of Tommo
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The sherry is very apparent and somewhat harsh when this is cold, however as the glass warms the whole flavor profile smooths and gives way to a wonderful tart finish

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Photo of WTKeene
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8oz poured on tap at the release into a JK unlabeled tulip.

Appearance: Hazy dark Amber with a small head and eggshell lacing strewn randomly across the glass.

Smell: Lots of balsamic, grapes, earth, and funk. Tart on the nose but not acetic. A good portion of caramel, burnt sugar on the nose too, almost like a good old ale or crunchy brûlée.

Taste: Very similar to repose at first, but lighter. Fruity balsamic and wine notes, an earthy farmhouse hay like note a little further on, and as your mouth quickly dries that brûlée sugar note finishes it off.

Mouthfeel: A bit bracing, and remarkably dry. Remarkably dry. Semi Long finish, well carbonated.

Overall: If you liked Repose, you'll like this. Will be interesting to see how the other brewery's versions of this taste.

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Jester King / Crooked Stave / Trois Dames - Cerveza Sin Frontera from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 187 ratings