Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.22 | pDev: 8.06%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Brewed with cubeb peppercorns, anise seed, lemon zest, and lemon juice, Coquetier is inspired by the woody, herbal, floral, and citrus character of the traditional New Orleans cocktail Sazerac. Lemon zest recalls the cocktail’s traditional garnish, a thin sliver of lemon peel resting on the rim of the glass. The beer was aged in French brandy barrels, as the cocktail originally called for Cognac brandy.

Coquetier was brewed in April of 2014 with Hill Country well water, barley, rye, hops, cubeb peppercorns, anise seed, lemon zest, and lemon juice. It was initially fermented in stainless steel with a 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. It then spent seven months continuing to slowly ferment and mature in 600 liter French brandy barrels. It was then refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks for another three months prior to release. Coquetier is 7.5% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005 (1 degree Plato), and was 11 IBU and 3.2 pH at the time of bottling. The label art was created by our in-house artist Josh Cockrell. Finally, the French brandy barrels, after first being used by us to impart spirit character into Coquetier, are now in our barrel room as neutral oak vessels containing 100% spontaneously fermented beer.
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark orange, almost bronze, opaque, with an off-white bubbly ring and slight lace.

There's that nutty smell again. It's becoming apparent that under certain conditions the house culture at Jester King really strongly wants to develop these attributes when it can. I'm also getting some blue cheese and woodiness.

Taste is acetic and oaky, with green olive, brandy, and tons of lemon being repeatedly pounded down by the culture. Very sour!!!

Finish is semi-dry.

2015 vintage

Aug 22, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into singature tulip glass; Blend #1, bottled 1/27/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, green apple, pear, orange, berry, peach, white wine, peppercorn, anise seed, hay, straw, floral, leather, oak, musty funk, cracker, bread, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, brandy barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, green apple, pear, orange, berry, peach, white wine, peppercorn, anise seed, hay, straw, floral, leather, oak, musty funk, cracker, bread, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, green apple, pear, orange, berry, peach, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, brandy barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spur/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from sour/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, acidic, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding sour saison! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, brandy barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, even with the elevated acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Aug 05, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft on 2/7/16. Deeper color now, almost amber. Funky nose, some citrus. Citrus more prevalent in the taste and combines well with the farmhouse funk. Medium low carbonation with medium feel.

Feb 07, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy and golden with a white foam head
S: Tart, lactic, lemon, oak, sour raspberry, musty, vanilla, peach, malt
T: Tart, bitter lemon zest, light sweetness, oak, light lactic, hint of licorice on finish, caramel apple, complex
M: Light and kind of fluffy but not like some other JK beers
O: This offers a wide variety of flavors on each sip. I need to try this kind of cocktail

Oct 22, 2015
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. Sour but it isn't overly tart and it fits the target well I believe. Pepper and anise are barely there like they should be. Lemon comes through and the body is a bit more than I expected but it's really nice. Really dry and tart. Spot on for a Sazerac beer!

Oct 01, 2015
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750 into my Portland Farmhouse Ales commemorative goblet.
L: Burnt gold. Quite clear. The head quickly dissipates, as expected for a beer aged this long.
S: Smells sour - beautiful brett aroma and slight acetic acid. Pleasant barnyard funk, maybe hint of oak.
T: Incredible. Lactic and acetic tang in lovely balance. A sweet burst of brandy barrel and oaky vanillin. Subtle citrus and anise flavour (thankfully- most br ewers overdo spice / herb additions). Really delicious.
F: Dry but has nice body, maybe from the oak?
O: Loved it. Jester King nailed it - one of the best JK (and a most unique sours from any brewery) I've had.

Sep 17, 2015
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a white head, about a fingers worth. Dissipated quickly.

Smells of lemon, apple, pepper, vinegar, and some nice barnyard funk. I get a faint scent of the brandy barrel in the form of sweet booze. As it warms I get a little of that bitter aspirin flavor.

Taste is sour lemon with a hint of vinegar and a touch of green apple. Finishes with a little pepper.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very little carbonation.

Sep 07, 2015
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Pete_IV from New York

3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting take in a sazerac cocktail in farmhouse form. Pours golden orange with a small bubbly white head. Smells woody, dry almost old wood. Tastes funk and dry wood up front with a lingering lemony tartness.

Aug 30, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Relatively hazy amber orange gold. Head is white and fizzy. Drops to a few wisps of cap with a small collar for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Lemon and lime. Something that smells vaguely sulfurous. Blend of lactic and citric tart notes. Tons of brandy and oak. The barrel character is assertive. A touch of sweetness from the brandy as well. Malts are light with some toasted bread and a small touch of caramelized sweetness. Slightly damp wood. Earthy in that typical Jester King way. A touch of cheese and sweaty sock. Decidedly funky. Some nuttiness as well. Lime juice, lots of lime. Almost salty in a way.

Taste: Initially it hits to sweet and sour mix. Tons of lime. Some lemon juice. Lime zest and flesh. Lots of oak. Brandy adds a touch of boozy sweetness to the mix. Hints of caramel. Malts are lightly bready with a touch of sweetness. Sharp funky cheese. Sweat and sock. Ever so slightly nutty. Some leather. Hints of sour cherry and vague dark fruit. So much lime. Damp and musty wood. Slightly earthy. Wet grass. Hay. Very soft yeast runs through the back. A touch acetic as it warms, mostly white vinegar. Slight push of clean pepper. The anise is almost completely lost.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Incredibly dry with some serious astringency. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Put it in a tequila barrel and you have a homemade margarita.

Lime. So much lime.

Aug 02, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/1/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Medium copper, with some honey around the edges and some copper highlights - pours with a medium size head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks

S: Very, very odd - citrus, with a huge emphasis on lemon - so, so much lemon - something reminiscent of lime - Jester King funk, with some yeast, some musty aromas - peppery and spicy - some wood, oak, and some booze - some pale malts, caramel, and some sweetness

T: It's peppery, sweet, alcoholic lemonade - citrus, with some hints of orange, but mostly lemon - lemon juice, lemon zest, lemonade - spicy, with a load of pepper - pale malts, caramel malts, and some sweetness - this sweet character is particularly odd considering the fact that it is very dry - Jester King saison yeast, with some funk, and some musty flavors - some oak, some booze and heat in the finish

M: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, dry finish

O: Weird name, weird beer, worth drinking

The lemon and pepper are not an unheard of combination for a saison, but I still think it's weird. This flavor mixed with the brandy booze is also not really my favorite. Regardless, it's very interesting!

Aug 02, 2015
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Jovial_Libations from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium carbonations. Darker and bronzey than I thought it would be be. Smells like lemons, don't get much of a brandy smells. Taste is all lemon zest. Quality sour but nothing to scream home about.

Jul 13, 2015
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Domvan from Texas

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Amber colored, decent size head
Smell - Lemony and spicy
Taste - The complex ingredients led to a nice enjoyable sweetness that the Brandy barrels definitely helped out with
Feel - A nice fuller bodied beer
Another unique brew from JK

Jul 12, 2015
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light Amber with a white fizzy head. Smell has aromas of coriander peppercorn lemon and a lactic sour aroma. Taste follow Los the nose, peppercorn, coriander lemon zest and plenty of lacto sour flavor that works well with the lemon. Not much brandy barrel presence but a delicious sour none the less.

Jul 05, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a crisp clear golden amber, like good apple juice. Small white head but decent lacing.

As soon as the first hint of the cap is open, the brandy is readily apparent. Upon deeper inspection there's an almost meaty quality to it. The other adjuncts filter in in layers: peppercorn, lemon zest, the anise is probably the most muted. Tart throughout and not just the lemon, but definitely the lemon as well. Some honey/apple sweet underneath as well. Layered, unique, interesting.

Tart for sure, but not so bitter as to be difficult. Lemon tart for sure that feints towards that same apple sweetness, but is taken over by a drier woody and peppercorn character. Finish is definitely lemon tart with a little flourish at the finish. Again the anise is restrained and a supportive role if that.
Solidly enjoyable. Complex. Probably not for everyone, but if the descriptor sounds enticing, JK does great work and this is no exception.

Jul 03, 2015
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy orange body and a small dense creamy white head that leaves some lace.

Brandy barrel comes through nicely on the aroma, bright lemon, herbal and floral.

Hefty brandy barrel on the flavor along with the lemon and herbal all dominating. Very light sourness to it.

Carbonation is fairly mild with a medium body. Drinks really smooth.

Really cool beer by JK here.

May 21, 2015
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Getalegup from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can taste a lot here. Peppercorn, anise, lemon and a little of the Brandy barrel. Finishes a little flat from the keg, but I bet it will improve in the bottle.

May 09, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a Jester King tulip. 8oz.

Appearance: Orange/Amber, hazy. Kind of opaque, loose white head that sticks around a while. Big bubbles, very typical of JK Saisons.

Smell: Lots of the Brandy barrel, lemon drop, lots of lemon juice too, a portion of booziness which works well and reinforces that this is a cocktail inspired beer. As it warms up the malt gets stronger, very earthy malt. Slightly peppery.

Taste: Per the nose. Prominent Brandy barrel, lemon. Not much in the way of the pepper, perhaps a slight anise on the finish. The earthen malt on the finish is really nice too. Slightly boozy here too, works well though. Beer is quite tart too.

Mouthfeel: Very good carb, semi high which I like with this. Long linger, quite dry.

Overall: Very tasty, I really enjoyed this. Definitely get the cocktail inspiration here. Kudos on another very drinkable, tasty beer.

May 02, 2015
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Gogomikey from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It is Amazing !!! It's French Brandy Barrel on the nose with funk. Tart green apple, white peach, caramel, lychee, star fruit, kiwi and green pear on the palate. It's incredibly complex with layers of flavors and every sip makes you crave more. It's my favorite Barrel aged saison by JK so far. GREAT JOB GUYS !!

May 02, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange golden color with white head. Oak, brandy, citrus, anise, this smells like a Sazerac with extra lemson citrus added to it on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with oak.

Apr 27, 2015
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