Vulgar Affectation
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.96 | pDev: 8.08%
Apr 16, 2020
Aug 06, 2015
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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4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

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
3.5 by BerryKumquat from California on Jun 09, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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
3.77 by ckeegan04 from Texas on Dec 01, 2018
4.13 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Nov 20, 2018
4.04 by MichialTanner1 from Texas on Nov 08, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

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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5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by chicagocraft from Illinois

World Class!

Sep 27, 2018
4.14 by mamaraza from Texas on Aug 27, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
4.62 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4 by cyrushire from Florida on Oct 10, 2016
3.75 by GRG1313 from California on Aug 22, 2016
3.85 by orangesol from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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
4.04 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Jul 05, 2016
4.16 by SteeleWright from Texas on May 25, 2016
4 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Apr 22, 2016
3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 14, 2016
3.5 by w5baron from Pennsylvania on Apr 13, 2016
3.85 by Beer_lover89 from Texas on Mar 28, 2016
3.71 by Dicers from Colorado on Mar 21, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dar482 from New York

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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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Can_has_beer from Texas

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
3.71 by Bung from Michigan on Jan 02, 2016
4.27 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2015
3.65 by Pete_IV from New York on Dec 27, 2015
4.25 by Zach136 from Georgia on Dec 24, 2015
4.49 by hollywood_15063 from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cvm4 from Mississippi

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
4.23 by gtermi from Texas on Dec 19, 2015
3.91 by CityofWind_brew from Illinois on Dec 05, 2015
4.34 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by mctizzz from California

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
4.25 by Keith_R from Georgia on Nov 22, 2015
3.75 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2015
3.5 by SocalKicks from California on Oct 29, 2015
4 by yeaprolly from Washington on Oct 28, 2015
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