Synthesis Analogous
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #178
Ranked #2,086
4.31 | pDev: 7.42%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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Notes: Synthesis Analogous was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, oats, and hops. It was fermented with our mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery, and refermented with raspberries and blackberries. It was packaged in July of 2015 and is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. At the time of bottling, it was 5.6% alcohol by volume, 1.003 specific gravity (0.75 degrees Plato), and 14 IBU.
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Would I buy this again? Definitely. This Jester King offering is way to rare to not have it if you can get it.

That said, both fruits (raspberry & blackberry) are very subtle throughout. The sherry barrels are more noticeable on the nose then the fruit.

Fruit is present in the taste & smell, but not overly noticeable - which is reasonable considering both fruits were on their second refermentation for this beer.

As a huge Jester King fanboy (they are my favorite brewery - by a mile) this beer would fall as a low-end "Top 10 JK beers" for me (#9 or 10).

Score based on blend #2 from June 2017.

Jan 20, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hazy without any sediment, the color is consistently dark salmon from top to bottom, with a fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing but a thin ring.

Smell is seedy blackberry and raspberry with softening peach and cranberry that are all nearly overtaken by an intensely complex oak presence that is like heavily roasted pecan, almost maple-esque. At the very back end is a hint of stinky cheese.

Synthesis is surprisingly juicy and jammy for a Jester King beer--I don't normally get that characteristic from them--but also sharply tart and deeply black peppery. This intense oak flavor is a very complex and completely appreciated contribution from the Sherry, which is still coming across as roasted pecan to me. Gummy apricot and notes of caramel corn-esque pie crust arise as it warms. The specific notes of raspberry and blackberry don't actually come through distinctly in flavor, but this is unbelievably drinkable for a fruited Jester King sour.

Feel is crisply carbonated, nicely tart sour, with a slick swallow but just barely semi-dry finish.

Batch #2 June 2017 vintage

Sep 18, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a lightly hazy, light reddish-pink with a one finger white head, nice lacing. Fair retention. As you'd expect, this is a pretty beer. Smell is a rich raspberry sweetness with a tarter blackberry-like tartness, light hay, dark fruit, mild lactic acidity, some minerality to it. There is a ton of fruit here, and the aroma is akin to Atrial Rubicite, but a bit more complex. Really a nice fruit-forward nose. Flavour pulls back a little bit on the fruit, in favour of a more dry saison-like vinous, earthy and grainy wheat-like character. Raspberry jam sweetness is perfectly complementary here, but there is a big, big acetic bite on the backend that isn't so much tart as it is sour. Somewhat unexpected, given that Jester King loves their 1.000 final gravity designations, but very welcome. I'm guessing the sherry barrel is mingling in with what I am perceiving to be the fruit flavour. The blackberry isn't really anywhere to be found, perhaps the tart character is from the blackberry. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshingly sour on the finish with a rolling fruit flavour that lingers. A really nice treat from Jester King, and a damn nice fruited wild ale to drink on a summer evening.

Jul 16, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best Jester King beer out there IMO.

L: Beautiful pink to red to purple hue with a soft pink/white head. Looks like raspberry jam.

S: This is incredibly complex. Jammy raspberry and blackberry, lambic like funk, dry sherry, tons of oak. Just perfect.

T: It really holds up to the nose, and probably even better. Jammy berries that are balanced with the sherry, funk and oak. So complex and incredible.

F: Light and subtly effervescent with a great dryness on the end, not sweet at all.

O: I don't think there's a better JK beer out there. The complexity of this is incredible and reminds me so much of lambic. The sherry barrel in unique and very awesome and is goes perfectly with the fruit. Better than Sherry Atrial.

Apr 05, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to trying this one: pours a slightly hazy coppery color with off-white head. Berries, funk, tartness, and some light yeasty notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and fizzy. Finishes with jammy berry flavors along with a nice slight tart note.

Mar 15, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do not drink this cold. Have had it several times, warmer is the better

Pours a nice berry color. Smells like sherry and not much else. When cold it tastes like a lightly tart sherry barrel aged saison. As it warms it really opens up with berries and a more balanced sherry tone. Overall very nice

Edit: 5/14/16: Have had this several more times from the bottle. Sherry heavy at first, but fruit and tartness burst through as it warms, excellent

Feb 05, 2016
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Domvan from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another sherry barrel beer that was exactly as described, but the base beers in this are probably better off and liked by themselves, at least for me. Great beer though

Dec 01, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 1 - no bottling date, which is strange because JK always labels the date on their bottles) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 15 seconds. Red in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There are some particles of yeast even though I decanted the bottle gently. Rising bubbles are small and very subtle. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of raspberries and hay that entangle with mild aromas of oak, sherry, earthy yeast, and sour yeast along with subtle aromas of cherry, and hints of blackberries.
TASTE: Strong raspberry flavors and mild sour yeast flavors enter initially and immediately followed by strong hay flavors and mild oak flavors. Mild flavors of earthy yeast and subtle flavors of sherry and cherry (ha, that rhymed) continue the taste symphony. In a final act, hints of blackberry and spicy hops enter to finish off the incredible display of taste.
FEEL: Extremely light-bodied (feels like water) and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Ends with a mild dryness. Sourness from the brew doesn't do too much to the tongue.
NOTE: Another spectacular brew from Jester King, but my question is, where the heck are these cherry flavors coming from? Oh, and where was the blackberry? It was too subtle. This needs to have more blackberry.

Nov 12, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark pink, almost rose color with a simple white head. Smell is very fruity, dry and some port/sherry flavors. Taste is a delicious fruit cocktail, sour and slightly funky, an almost candy character. Feel is lightly carbonated, not prickly and a dry finish. Incredibly complex sour beer that is drinkable and super enjoyable.

Oct 05, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Shared by Dennis and Collins - thanks, guys! Appealing white label. Branded pry-off crown cap. Brown glass. 750ml "genie" style.

Served cold into an oversized snifter and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high given its reputation. Reviewed live as a farmhouse ale per the label.

5.60% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None. No lacing. Just an off-white ring.

BODY: Reddish-orange of average vibrance. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Not clean or clear.

Appears undercarbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a wild ale, but it looks nice.

AROMA: Raspberry, lactobacillus bacteria-induced sourness (about a 4/10 in terms of intensity), lactic acid, cherry, neutral malts, supple fruitskin, redcurrant, backgrounded oak, and additional bacterial/flora-derived complexity. I find no overt blackberries, and no explicit wine or sherry.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No off-notes, alcohol, or overt hops are detectabe.

Suggests a balanced wild ale with impressive subtlety and nuance, but as a farmhouse ale it's way off base, lacking any brettanomyces funkiness, straw, hay, barnyard notes, leather, et al. Still, if one considers it a wild ale, it's very appealing.

TASTE: Marvelous fruit-skin notes evoke sour cherry (I'm not sure why), luscious raspberry, and redcurrant, but I find no blackberry. Fruity notes are deep and expressive, playing in perfect harmony with the lactobacillus bacterial sourness (which is a 6/10 in terms of intensity, and hardly pucker-inducing). Additional bacteria/wild flora intangibles lend impressive intricacy to this already gorgeous brew, and it's impeccably balanced.

I'm not sure why it's billed as a farmhouse ale; it's definitely a wild ale. No brettanomyces funkiness, straw, hay, leather, barnyard notes, biscuity saison yeast, Belgian pale malts, etc.

Its acidity accentuates the sourness and bacteria, but it never comes through acetic or vinegary. Oak is backgrounded but not reticent, lending the build natural cohesion and helping it come off as a gestalt whole. Very well-built, but I find no overt sherry wine notes in the barrel presence - and I highly doubt anyone would in a blind tasting.

Depth of favour is superb. Impressively nuanced, with many intangibles coming through.

No traditional yeast character, overt hop notes, off-notes, or booze comes through.

Very well put together. I'm loving each sip. The barrel is so subtle it never overwhelms the base. Flavour duration is impressive, with the acidic raspberry lingering in the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is pretty high - at least in comparison to traditional Belgian/Flemish sours.

TEXTURE: Acidic, supple, somewaht soft, highly refreshing, smooth, wet, and perfectly carbonated. Overall presence on the palate is excellent, with - as abovementioned - the acidity accentuating the sourness. This mouthfeel elevates the beer, serving the beer's aims and supporting the taste.

Not too powdery like many raspberry sours.

Some drinkers may find its acidity palate-stripping - which is fantastic in my book.

There's a natural harmony of texture and taste; the two seem inseparable. Hat tip to the cats at Jester King.

OVERALL: Obscenely drinkable in spite of its high acidity. I'll enjoy finishing the glass, and could easily down it by the growler. Jester King's designation of this as a farmhouse ale is mind-boggling, but it's certainly amongst their best work when properly assessed as what it actually is - a wild ale. Hides its modest ABV well. I actually like that the sherry doesn't come through much, and the subtlety of the oak is marvelous.

I would have liked some blackberry character, but it just didn't come through.

High B+ (3.94)

Oct 01, 2015
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greenspointexas from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar taste to Sin Fronterra (which was also Sherry BA). More sour than I expected (which I liked), but flavors are very muddled. Very weak raspberry smell and interesting finish. Overall, a nice experiment but not my bag baby

Sep 21, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle the weekend of release into a JK wine glass.

Appearance: Light Orange/Red/Mahogany without a significant head but instead a persistent pale mauve crown, light lacing. Darker red at the bottom, fades to an orange, almost pink toward the top of the glass.

Smell: Very Sherry forward, with raisins, the berry is strong. Raspberry, blackberry, a pretty even blend between the two fruits. Tart muskiness of the blackberry, sweet fruitiness of the raspberry. Smells a bit boozy for a 5.6% abv beer. Maltiness blends with the Sherry to create a nutty character, like tawny port.

Taste: Smell follows through here too. Very berry forward, lots of raspberry and blackberry. More raspberry than blackberry, odd considering the respective ratios. Significant Sherry character here too, blends better in here than in the nose. Very slight bitterness on the close. Light hit of lacto. Slight burnt toast thing on the finish as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Very very dry, healthy carb but not too much. Medium body for the style.

Overall: Been looking forward to this guy for a long time, very very impressed. This is easily one of the best Jester Kings ever done, a masterful and nuanced use of fruit, paired well with the barrel, and certainly in the top three this year along with Syrah and Sherry Barrel Atrial.

Sep 19, 2015
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