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Synthesis Analogous | Jester King Brewery

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4.28/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,899
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
81
pDev:
7.48%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Synthesis Analogous from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 81 ratings