Amicis Mortis | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’re pleased to introduce Amicis Mortis — a farmhouse ale brewed with sweet potatoes, chili peppers, and coconut in collaboration with Brasserie Dunham in Dunham, Quebec. We first tasted beer from Brasserie Dunham at Shelton Bros. The Festival in Los Angeles, California in the fall of 2014 and were completely and utterly impressed. The integration of yeast character, acidity, dryness, bitterness, and effervescence in their farmhouse ales was staggeringly good, and they’re wonderful people to boot. We instantly knew we wanted to work with them.

Amicis Mortis was brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, raw wheat, hops, sweet potatoes, and chili peppers. Sweet potatoes were added to the mash, and a small dose of chili peppers were added late in the boil. It was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. A couple of weeks into fermentation we added coconut and more chili peppers to the beer. Amicis Mortis was packaged on May 20th, 2015 and refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks. It is 4.2% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 0.999 (zero degrees Plato), and is 32 IBU.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 84
Photo of JamFuel
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Row 34 in Boston. Big thanks to Suzie!

Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy head.

Smell is very earthy, sort of like the forest floor in the fall. A bit of white wine also is hinted at.

Taste is quite sinple, but very clean, very crisp. There are slight hints of chilis and coconut, but mainly a very drinkable farmhouse beer.

Light bodied, but there is sort of an oily feel to it, which may be the sweet potatoes?

Very nice and interestning beer to try, also my first Texas beer. Once again, big thank you to Suzie at Row 34 for this one!

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Dry crisp saison. I do not get any of the sweet potato, coconut or pepper. However, it's still delicious. The Brett bread notes, farmhouse yeast, make for a great beer that is a table beer. Not sure if that was the intent; this is a year old. Maybe if fresh, the ingredients would have more of a presence.

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Photo of stephens101
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with a slight off-white froth. Smells of faint fruit such as melon and orange with distant notes of spice and yeast. Lemon, a squirt of orange juice, yeast and spice to the tongue. Dry as it gets. Not as flavorful as most of their offerings but not bad either.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really loved the look of this. Like so many other Jester King saisons, it has a nice golden straw color and fluffy white head. It was effervescent and a touch too dry. That characteristic and distinct Jester King yeast profile is present. I really liked this, my only disappointment was that the sweet potato and chiles were undetectable. It was still a nice standardized saison.

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Photo of Premo88
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(Batch #1 -- 5/20/15)

L: clear pale yellow ... light colored and with (I'd swear) a slight green hue to it ... might be background stuff causing that, but even with white/neutral backgrounds, there's almost a greenish hue around the edges -- I'm guessing the beer is so light in color that it's allowing for this; pushes up a fluffy but thick head of white foam that is super sticky; second pour has a lot of yeasty murkiness

S: kumquats, barn must and sweet ... really sweet, as sweet as a fruit beer; some grain; that sweet is something, at times smelling a generic malt sweetness, other times it takes on a candied orange aroma; the musty barn really takes over, like burlap sacks that held wet grain then dried out, or like walking around rice dryers; grapefruit juice

T: mostly Jester King's base flavor of musty barn ... instead of tasting like stuff was added, it tastes stripped down; as it warms and the palate adjusts, some sweetness joins in, lemonade ... even sweet tea (?) ... it's got a very earthy aftertaste, almost bitter, which makes me think tea

F: perfect ... light but full with good carbonation, nothing tricked up or slicked up

O: I'm not picking up on the adjuncts save a slight bit of taste and possible warming over time from the peppers; the sweet potatoes could be adding some earthiness, but it's not out of character with JK's typical earthy notes;

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Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 - Bottled May 20, 2015

L - Pours a hazy yellow body that really perks up when the light shines through it. The one finger eggshell head dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S - Grainy malts fighting for attention against chili pepper skin and coconut. Light tartness and earthy funk come on the back end.

T - Grainy, light tartness, mild lemon, earthy funk and pepper skin. As it warms, I'm getting a light lingering heat on the back of my throat.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Very crisp.

O - An interest beer in theory, but execution or the real world isn't kind to it. Just doesn't really deliver or keep me intrigued.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at hopodyssey's tasting.

Batch # 1. Bottled 5/20/15.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, earth, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer as it stands, but I am not getting any of the sweet potato, chili, or coconut the label describes.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of green apples, light citrus, very faint coconut, grainy malts and some funk. Not getting any of the sweet potato or chili peppers.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some light citrus and apples, light coconut, grainy malts, black pepper, very faint funk and a touch of chili peppers.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Giant bottle, could be used as a weapon in a pinch...even empty.

Served in a globe snifter.

Appearance : First off I need to comment that when I cracked the cap there was a bit of sludge around the inside of the neck of the bottle. Unappetizing, but once poured none of that came out. The body is mostly opaque, with a golden blonde glow. Head is initially large, 3 fingers, and recedes to a creamy bubbly ring.

Smell : Agitation yields lots of fruity and floral aromas combined; mostly watermelon, cantaloupe, some raspberry fizz on the nose as well. A slight sour crystal malt character as well.

Taste : Quite complex, but thin and spurious. Quite a bit of bitterness and rind out front, with a shot of cracked black pepper, and then practically nothing. I'm not getting any of the chili pepper or coconut described on the bottle. Lots of adhesive, too.

Feel : Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, and a pasty semi-dry finish.

Overall : Just not impressive. It was pent up to be so much, and it comes out like any other run-of-the-mill Saison, maybe even less impressive.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light, light yellow color with fizzy white head. Smells like linen, with a hint of coconut on the nose; weird on the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with chilis, coconut comes in lingering on the finish.

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Photo of Myotus
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch #1 - 20May15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a beautiful two finger's worth of white foam (not very dense, though) that finally dissipated to a half finger's worth after a minute and a half. Rising bubbles are very small and moderate in number. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is high and thin.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of chili peppers and malted barley, subtle hay, citrusy hops, and sour yeast aromas, and hints of coconut. Sweet potatoes are nowhere to be found in the aroma.
TASTE: Mild chili pepper, citrusy hop, and sour yeast flavors first strike the palate and are immidieately followed by mild hay flavors. Mild barley, subtle coconut, and hints of sweet potato (there it is, barely) enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for chili peppers, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down slightly smooth and finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: Needs more coconut and WAY more sweet potato.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a golden/slight unfiltered look. The nose is straight funkiness. The body is light with a very slight bite finish from the chili peppers, mellowed out with the mixture of sweet potato and coconut. The coconut sweet potato did not stand out.

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Photo of Tommo
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic jester king saison, very nice overall, however extremely plain. I barely get any hints of the adjunct ingredients, though a light coconut can almost be perceived as it warms

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Photo of Getalegup
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is amber/yellow with medium carbonation. Very little lacing. Served from firkin.
Hard to pick out the sweet potato, coconut and the chili pepper. Hint of spice on the end. There's a bit more sweetness, kind of viscous/oily texture. Might need more cellar time.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch #1 – 05.20.15 – at 44 degrees into snifter
Aroma – light coconut and sweet potato, no chili, doesn’t last
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to irregular three to five mm ring and layer
Lacing fair – multiple medium islands and ring fragments of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor – initially the coconut appears and then is gone, leaving an odd flavor with some faint chili heat; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of LouAleHead
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell, Look and feel are great, however for me the coconut taste was not there; however it is still an overall great Sour, and still recommend you try it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a wine glass.
Hazy-opaque golden honey yellow.
You can smell the coconut, and some sourish yeast.
The taste is disappointing. It's light and mild, with strong citrus zest and not a lot else.
Crisp, clean, and unassuming.

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Amicis Mortis from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 84 ratings