Vulgar Affectation
Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #693
Ranked #14,374
3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Vulgar Affectation was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, rye, rolled oats, lemon beebalm, horehound, and hops. It was fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned in bottles, kegs, and casks. Vulgar Affectation is 5.0% alcohol by volume, 38 IBU, 3.6 pH at the time of packaging in April 2015, and has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 degrees Plato).
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- This saison pours into a very fine looking ale with a nice lacy head and a champagne-like bubblyness. Straw gold in color with some nice haze.
S- Smells great. First off there's a great sour funkiness, followed by a wheat maltiness, grassy hops, sweet honey and fresh chamomile, fresh herbs with a strong earthy floral scent.
T- Subtle, but good. Sweet, yet sour and funky. Sweet wheat, with a nice chamomile flavor. Spiced extremely well, with a great floral finish. All favors mesh very well to keep this summery and light beer interesting.
F- Nice bubbly mouthfeel, but heavier feeling on the tongue than I wish. Kind of juicy to be honest.
O- Very well crafted classic swing on the farmhouse ale style. Organic and earthy in nature. Seems like something perfect for the summer, so I'll have to check it out again when it isn't freezing outside.

Nov 24, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I drank this during the day when it was pretty warm (despite being January) and I have to say it was very thirst quenching.

Look: light yellow hazy with a very thick chalk white head

Aroma: It has a wonderful herbal/floral fragrance.

Flavor: The flavor is grains, wheat and oat, it's floral, herbal tea, Chamomile tea, and slightly tart lemon.

Feel: light body, tad watery, quite drinkable

Jan 07, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoying this beer!

Clear yellow with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Nicely fragrant floral and herbal smell. Tastes lemony and herbal. Not sweet but it has a satisfying and comforting flavor, with a hint of funk in the finish. Something I will get again.

Oct 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

holy cow this is good, 2015 bottle holding up incredibly well for being such a low alcohol and delicate beer, i was sure some of the herbs and botanicals would have faded out a bit, but i was wrong, aside from an obvious wild maturity and familiar jester king dryness, this beer tastes fresh and new and blooming still to me. maybe a touch more bitterness from the added plants has creeped in, but its all real flattering. i love the beers these guys make, especially these session wild foraged saisons, i love the medicinal property here and the unique seasonality of it, bretty and complex from a yeast side without taking over some of its delicacy, and tart without being too sour to be drinkable, i did the whole bottle almost entirely by myself and wasnt over it when the beer was gone! i can taste the rye in here and feel the contribution of the oats in the body, the multigrain base of this makes it sort of taste and drink like a grisette or something, especially with the wild elements. i could pick this out as a jester king beer out of a million beers, such a distinct culture. the herbs make it taste fresh, tea-like, springy, and alive. epic carbonation, a slight floral bitter thing like hibiscus or elderflower in the finish, brett and subtle peach and apricot. epic beer, way underrated, aged super well! i love these guys, cant wait to check out their brewery later this month!

edit: batch two of this is a totally different beer, down at super low alcohol and done with chamomile and holy basil instead of the herbs in the version listed here. its even more herbal and delicate than the first one, still with some wheaty body, surprising for its crazy low abv, and the basil element is subtle but awesome in here, tea-like with the chamomile. a brilliant beer, as good as the first one at least. hoping they keep tweaking the herbs each time this is made. i absolutely loved this!

Jun 08, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foggy gold with a large white foam that slowly dies to nothing and stays that way.

Smell starts with hints of amaretto and lavender after popping the bottle, then those permanently depart, giving way to sticky, wild and funky honey, beeswax, lemon bar filling, and pepper. Strange herbs with a dried floral bouquet wrap up the final smell, which is like a much less potent potpourri.

Taste starts with tart lemon and waxy honey. The yeast translates to something unique to Jester King, becoming airy and not very funky or woody like many of their beers. Hints of lime pop in, and an herbal and floral finish really bring to mind a bouquet of all sorts of wild plants.

Batch #1 2015 vintage

Jun 15, 2017
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is everything a traditional farmhouse beer should be. It's pretty subtle in flavor with lots of funk and a nice crisp clean finish. There isn't a ton going on, but this is perfect for a hot day.

Jul 12, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma offers white grape, some notes of wine, with layers of herbs and a paint funk.

The flavor follows with that underlying paint funk, hints of grape skin, lime peel, earthiness along with a dry finish.

Feb 26, 2016
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice work from JK. The lemon beebalm and horehound are subtle. The aroma leads with a whisp of lemon and the taste ends with a herbaceous note. Lovely JK yeast. Will look forward to the next batch.

Feb 17, 2016
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 - Bottled April 2, 2015

L - Pours a semi-opaque straw colored body with a fizzy eggshell colored head. No lacing or retention to the head.

S - Like a bouquet of flowers. Not pungent or in your face, but lovely on the nose. Tart lemon and a grassy note after the bouquet.

T - Pretty much follows the nose. Floral notes up front that transition into earthy notes then a tart lemon finish.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Wet/dry finish, hard to explain.

O - Definitely a floral forward beer that I'm enjoying. Very solid.

Dec 24, 2015
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mctizzz from California

3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into FW taster. Starts with a nice dry, crisp, funkiness but finishes with an unpleasant bitterness at the end. Gf doesn't like it so this one is going to the dome.

Dec 03, 2015
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TinTin777 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very hazy yellow. Light head that barely sticks around. The bouquet is full of earthy florals and tart lemon as well as some mild green grassy notes. Taste is very a repeat of the bouquet with mild earthy funk up front and mildly tart lemony notes transitioning to the finish. The carb is fine and it has a nice weight on the palate, it feels mildly substantial while maintaining it's refreshing nature.

Oct 21, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with not much head. Funk, barnyard, and floral notes on the nose, wow, flowers; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes florally and dry.

Oct 19, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled Batch # 1 – 04.02.2015 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 12/bottle at Jester King
Aroma weak – horehound candy my mother used to buy and some lemon
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular one to three mm ring and large center island
Lacing poor – part of ring is retained but rapidly slides back to rejoin the rest
Body straw, hazy
Flavor – really hard to describe past the dominating lemon but even that is weak. The horehound is barely noticeable and I haven’t a clue what beebalm tastes or smells like. No noticeable malt, rye or otherwise, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. At least the belches aren’t bad.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Sep 18, 2015
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Getalegup from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous like a dessert wine. Flavor is sweet with a lingering light tartness. Little foam fading to thin lacing. Carbonation is light effervescent. It has lots of flavor. I agreed with other viewers that it kind of grows on you.

Sep 08, 2015
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Tommo from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to provenance flavor of yeast. The overall character is dominated by the flowers that were added. Overall its very nice but nothing to write home about.

Aug 20, 2015
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy this beer, moreso as it warmed and after I had it. It needs to be just a little more tart to really hit the spot for me, but I'm hoping it will get there with some age. Great saison qualities, very herbal with the horehound and lemon beebalm. Hopefully it'll do well with some age.

You just can't beat JK mouthfeel. So dry and refreshing.

Edit: Bottle #2 on 9/19/2015.

Maybe variation, but this bottle had really poor head retention. Other than that, similar nose and flavor to the first bottle.

Aug 19, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 1 - 02Apr15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down to a line after a minute. Straw yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Ascending bubbles are subtle. Even though I decanted the bottle carefully because of the yeast settlement on the bottom, small pieces of yeast are in my glass. I hope this doesn't alter the taste too much. Lacing is practically absent.
SMELL: Strong earthy yeast and barnyard funk aromas immediately hit my olfactory receptors. Mild aromas of lemon beebalm, horehound, sour yeast, wheat, and rye along with hints of barley malts are also present. This is a truly unique smell that infuses the Texas hill country.
TASTE: Inital taste consists of strong honey beebalm and horehound flavors that combine with mild sour yeast. Hints of earthy yeast, barnyard funk, rye, wheat, and barley malts all enter immediately following the initial flavors as they continue in flavor strength.
FEEL: Light-bodied (that's disappointing) and mildly carbonated. Has a somewhat syrupy feel despite being so light. The finish is too dry and definitely not anything I would call "crisp." Sourness playfully stings the tongue.
NOTE: This definitely isn't one of their best brews, but it is a truly unique flavor. I am disappointed that the horehound and honey beebalm dominated this beer instead of merging evenly with the yeast and various malt flavors. This was still a good beer, though.

Aug 11, 2015
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