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2015 Autumnal Dichotomous | Jester King Brewery

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2015 Autumnal Dichotomous2015 Autumnal Dichotomous

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Jester King, all of our beers reflect the conditions of their production: where and when they were brewed and fermented. The ingredients we use for brewing—Hill Country well water, locally malted grains, and native yeast and bacteria for fermentation—all evoke a sense of place. However, we also like to think that our beers evoke a sense of time. Most seasonal beers on the market are brewed to be consumed in a particular season. Our mixed culture fermentations, however, work at their own pace, taking several months to attenuate and develop complex flavor profiles, and don’t lend themselves to precise release dates. Instead, we like to make beers that, when finished, remind us of the moment they’re brewed and the conditions of their fermentation.

Autumnal Dichotomous was brewed in September of 2015 with Hill Country well water, two-row malt, Munich malt, malted wheat, rolled oats, and hops. In late November, the beer was recirculated through cinnamon sticks and Satsuma zest and juice, and refermented for another two weeks. It was packaged on December 7th and 8th. Autumnal Dichotomous is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. It is 6.8% alcohol by volume, 28 IBU, 4.22 pH at the time of packaging, and has a finishing gravity of 1.002.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 01-28-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into tulip
(batch #2 -- 12/8/15)

L: hazy orange, right up to the point of having amber in it (SRM 6-8); pushes up massive head of offwhite foam, almost 2 inches, and keeps a thick collar and almost full skin; beer is clearing up around the edges over time

S: very sweet, light citrus ... orange, sweet oranges; as it warms, puts out a bit of Jester King barn must, but it still has quite a bit of sweetness in it -- so much that the malt must be adding to it; no detectable cinnamon

T: earthy/orange mix ... dirt bitter in part of the swallow but with some orange-like sweetness balancing it; very earthy aftertaste, bitter, but between the malt and the oranges, this one almost has as much sweetness as JK's melon Estival Dichotomous

F: standard Jester King profile, very lightweight with loads of carbonation to fill it out, but strange as it might seem, it feels like a load of malt is softening it, giving it a slight stout-like slickness and weight

O: great beer and good enough that I'm going to grab another bomber if I find one; very much like the melon Dichotomous but a bit more earthy taste, especially the dirt-bitter aftertaste; might have as much malt character as any JK brew I've tried short of the stout

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HopsForBrains
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinkel
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has dusty cellar and barnyard notes. Taste starts spicy, peppery with a slightly bitter, dusty finish. Good but not something to look out for.

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Photo of zonker17
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8oz draft at brewery. Very hazy, near opaque dark yellow to amber color. Light citrusy nose. Not getting much cinnamon. Taste is farmhouse. A lot of potential to age. Light carbonation.

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Photo of JamLand
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick review: 2015 Autumnal has similar characteristics of the other Dichotomous. My biggest issue were a complete lack of the flavors described for this beer. Minimal citrus flavor and even less cinnamon. Not a bad beer, but not representative of flavors indicated on bottle.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out cloudy honey with a thick white foam. Loads of bubbles rushing to the top. Much citrus and cinnamon in the nose with a whiff of the house yeast/bacteria. Earthy fungal yeast/etc. blend is in the forefront of the palate, and it takes over any other nuances. Dull bitterness throughout. Definite citrus brightness and cinnamon warmth appear, but they struggle to strike a balance. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light, with some acid on the tongue. One of those Jester King beers that loses out against overbearing yeast and whatever else.

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Photo of Magery
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, Batch #2 12.07.2015 on the label. Acquired a bottle of this stuff as part of a lot of Jester King beers that were delivered to Chicago. "Farmhouse Ale brewed with Satsuma mandarins and cinnamon".

Poured into Mikerphone Brewing stemware.

A - Pours a nice hazy juicy golden orange body, not too much unlike an IPA, with about one finger of frothy white head that leavs some moderate scattered bubbly lacing. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Very unique and interesting aromatics. The wild & farmhouse yeasts blend nicely with the citrus from the Satsuma oranges & the spicy cinnamon. Together they form interesting results. Bright & fresh juicy orange pith takes the foreground.

T - Taste follows the nose: good balance between the orange citrus and the earthy crispy wild yeast presence. Not overly bacterial, sour or tart in any way, but the yeast is clearly a major player here. Cinnamon takes the back seat, and i probably wouldn't know it was in there without being told. The orange zest comes through very fresh & authentic; feels like it was freshly squeezed into the beer and goes wonderfully with the yeast blend.

M - Feel is smooth & crisp. Fluid and easy-drinking stuff, with hefty semi-bloating carbonation. Fluffy & spritzy. Very nice stuff.

Overall, a unique and interesting farmhouse ale from Jester King. Definitely recommended stuff if it is still available to you.

Jester King 2015 Autumnal Dichotomous -----4/5.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JGlitz87
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_lover89
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visually giving the impression of dark peach juice, 2015 Autumnal has a massive, dense fizzy head that dies down to next to nothing after a while. This puppy was a gusher, it exploded upon opening like a shook up champagne bottle, even though it had been sitting for two months since purchase.

The cinnamon isn't specifically detectable, and it seems to do the work of actually bringing out more of a spicy, peppery Belgian yeast quality, the most I've ever had from a Jester King beer, in fact. Orange too was also not detectable to either of us. Instead, we actually picked up some apple and pear properties. All of these attributes were readily detectable in both the aroma and flavor.

A little funky, but overall quite tangy and spicy for a JK, maybe a little too much. As others have said, JK has set the bar quite high for themselves. While this is a good beer, they make many saisons that are leagues better.

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Photo of kdown
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, 700ml foam, 50ml drinkable beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a gushing 750ml bottle. Hazy orange with a pillowy off white head. The aroma is amazing with funk, orange, cinnamon, and floral hop notes. The taste is barely sweet with great orange, flowers and cinnamon in the middle. The finish is bone dry with a lot of bitterness and raw cinnamon. This needs a touch of sweetness at the end to balance it. This is a quite tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of crobinso
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greenspointexas
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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2015 Autumnal Dichotomous from Jester King Brewery
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