Bière De Syrah
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #27
Ranked #402
4.45 | pDev: 5.84%
Jun 22, 2021
Jul 30, 2015
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Notes: A barrel-aged sour beer refermented with Syrah grapes. Bière de Syrah consists of a blend of beer fermented in oak barrels for nine to twelve months with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. The blend was then refermented with Syrah grapes for about two weeks, transferred off of the fruit, then aged for an additional nine months in oak barrels. After packaging, the beer naturally conditioned for an additional two months prior to release. Altogether, Bière de Syrah is roughly two years old.

Bière de Syrah was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, oats, and hops. It was fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country prior to refermentation with Syrah grapes. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned in bottles, kegs, and casks. Bière de Syrah is 7.3% alcohol by volume, 9 IBU, 3.2 pH at the time of packaging in June 2015, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 degrees Plato).
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4.25 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jun 22, 2021
4.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Mar 26, 2020
4.52 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Dec 25, 2019
4.5 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Nov 23, 2019
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2019
4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 14, 2019
4.44 by rcjennings from Ohio on Aug 12, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Foggy garnet with an instantly fizzling out white pink head.

Vinous, grapey and wine-forward, a mild tannin accompanies a punchy oaky sourness in the effervescent medium-light body that finishes tingly semi-dry. Light pepperiness comes with a hint of char, but overall it's a clean expression of red wine grape with an appropriate sourness and minimal funk.

Blend One 2015

May 25, 2019
4.28 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina on Jan 11, 2019
4.41 by _JLPK_ from North Carolina on Nov 18, 2018
3.93 by 22Blue from Kansas on Aug 20, 2018
4.39 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jul 22, 2018
4.31 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jul 03, 2018
4.29 by hcproff36 from Texas on Jul 02, 2018
4.34 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Jun 14, 2018
4.25 by oline73 from Maryland on May 07, 2018
4.65 by stewartea from Texas on May 02, 2018
4.49 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Apr 28, 2018
4.27 by Beerbom from California on Apr 06, 2018
4.65 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Feb 26, 2018
4.43 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2018
4.47 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Feb 16, 2018
4.5 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland on Feb 09, 2018
4.24 by Wayne17 from Texas on Jan 16, 2018
4.31 by cd34 from Illinois on Jan 13, 2018
4.35 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Dec 12, 2017
4.4 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Dec 10, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

On tap at the brewery.

White head. Raspberry red color.

Funky and tart. Grapes and tannins. Pretty straight forward. Light acidity. Really easy drinking.

Dec 01, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DoubleABaird from Texas

Biere de Syrah
Served in a tulip at the brewery

Pomegranate color with bright white head that has poor retention and very small bubble texture. Clarity is good but not brilliant.

Initially funk with notes of grape tannins. More Syrah notes follow up the initial smells. No noticeable hop or malt aromas.

Dry, fruity berry notes. Funk is fairly tame, presumably from blending with the Syrah grapes. Beer has a nice balance between the funk and the wine grapes. Very refreshing. No noticeable levels of hop or malt flavor. No lingering flavors or harshness.

Dry with a light to medium light body. A little mouth-picker from the sourness of the beer. No alcoholic warmth, creaminess, or astringency. Medium-high carbonation.

Very nice. After having a glass I was compelled to buy a bottle. Maybe my current favorite of the wine blends.

Dec 01, 2017
4.69 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Nov 30, 2017
4.27 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Nov 29, 2017
5 by Buttstallion from Texas on Nov 26, 2017
4.3 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas on Nov 18, 2017
4.5 by petermethot from New Jersey on Aug 15, 2017
3.98 by Jhfinn from New York on Jul 30, 2017
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 29, 2017
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

Jester King Biere de Syrah

A: The fourth grape wild released from these Texas fruit masters pours a light, ruby red color with hints of orange, quite like the skin of a peach or nectarine. It is mostly clear if you leave the dregs out. There is a very little wispy white head that dissipates almost immediately, and lacing is nonexistent; the acidity hurts this of course, but to have next to no head or lacing is unacceptable. Interestingly at only 7.3% there are notable alcohol legs. Carbonation looks low. The color is beautiful and the alcohol legs are a nice touch, but the appearance is lacking overall. 3/5

A: Rich, jammy fruit is the highlight: raspberry, cherry, and grape skin. A vinous note that is much rosé in character (as opposed to a full-on red) comes through in the middle along with lactic acidity. Tannic oak is present throughout. Finally, classic wet hay funk and minerality, the hallmarks of Jester King's fermentation cocktail, finish the aroma out. The aroma is not intense but subtle in keeping with JK's general penchant for nuance. More funk would be nice, but most of the 500ml wilds focus on being representations of their fruit. As such, a little bit must be docked for coming off so nonspecifically as grape. 4.25/5

T: As if unsatisfied with the above remarks on lacking funk, the flavor makes up for it and then some. Rich jammy fruit notes of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and vinous grape (rosé again) are, of course, the main attraction, but there is definite damp barnyard funk going on here. It is not lambic levels, but there is much more here than the nose let on. The acidity is surprisingly moderate, mainly lactic but a little acetic vinegar sneaks in on the end and adds a pleasant extra complexity. Then the fruits come around for a bit more jamminess, grape skin, lightly tannic vanillin-heavy oak, and slightly sweet malts blend in to create the impression of a rich red wine. The finish is characteristically dry with only minerality and grape skin lingering on the tongue. This is an incredible-tasting beer and is up there with the best grape wilds in terms of expressing the fruit flavor. 4.75/5

M: The feel does its job but comes up a little short of perfection. Carbonation is low but sharp and prickly, and the acidity is definitely on the high end, causing puckering even more than halfway through the beer. The dryness is quite high (it is a Jester King beer after all), which will be off-putting to some in concert with the moderately high acidity. It is light on the palate and very drinkable for those who enjoy American wilds (as opposed to lambics). 4.25/5

O: As an unabashed lover of grape sours, especially red grapes, this is a delicious beer. It avoids the pitfalls of some JK 500ml fruits (namely Nocturn Chrysalis and Biere de Blanc du Bois) by reining in the dryness and amping up the jammy fruits that the best of these do (Montmorency vs Balaton, Aurelian Lure, Cerveza de Tempranillo, and, of course, Atrial Rubicite). It is not a perfect beer, but it is a wonderful entry into the long list of wine/beer hybrids that I personally love so much. Pair with Ever Forthright's self-titled meshing of jazz and djent that has some flaws but succeeds in all the ways I care about. 4.75/5

Dec 09, 2016
4.5 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GreatStoutman from Texas

Bottle had a little over a year of age on it. Beautiful pink color and lively carbonation. Taste was more tart with hints of funk; lots of fruit, but not obviously grapes. If you told me this was some other berry I would have believed it, but regardless it worked very well and was very delicious.

Sep 17, 2016
4.25 by Bsquirrelbrewer from Pennsylvania on Aug 01, 2016
Bière De Syrah from Jester King Brewery
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