Rare Corals
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #404
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,280
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.71%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
27
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 12, 2022
Added:
Mar 30, 2017
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Ale refermented w/ canteloupe, guava, banana, strawberry, toasted coconut, & chamomile.
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 vintage, one of the more sort of trendy beers ive seen these guys do, and not because it is trendy, but because of all the tropical fruit, cantaloupe, strawberry, banana, coconut, guava, and chamomile too, so strange a combination, not sure why they thought that up, but the beer is clever, unique, and predictably well executed from these guys. not sure why i expected more color on the pour, maybe its the label, but this is just pale yellow to straw colored beer, unremarkable in the glass really, a short white head and clearish most of the way. it smells like banana, really and truly, more real than i think i have ever known in a beer, and its cool with the coconut, which to me is the next most forward element and definitely toasted, sweet, and warming in here. the jester king funk brings out the strawberry sweetness a little too, melon and guava a little harder to find in aroma and flavor too, but there is an obvious tropical character through this whole thing. notable absences are mango and passion fruit, i dig them being left out! the banana flavor is good, not quite as forward as in the nose, and the strawberries somehow make it pop, a classic combination. the coconut brings the malt up a little bit, and maybe this is a tad more grainy than it needs to be, not all that light to drink for what it is, but its close. the banana lingers the longest too which is cool, pushed forward by some obvious sweetness from the melon, i pick up citrus nuance late too, could be the lemony bacterial tang of their house culture. the coconut makes this almost sexy, i love its presence here both with and against the fruit. good carbonation, relatively dry finish, light funkiness and even saison ester notes to the ferment, not too much acidity at all. real cool bottle, thanks to my buddy for sharing. definitely a little unexpected from these guys, but i suppose we should expect the unexpected from them by now...
Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by KensWorld from Florida

Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by Thankin_Hank from Texas

Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle.

Pours a lightly cloudy amber color with 2 fingers of frothy white head. The head isn't going anywhere because it is being reinforced by the most bubbles I have ever seen in a beer. It's like a freakin' water jet in a jacuzzi. One of the best looking beers I've seen in a long time.

Strawberry and banana dominate the aroma up front. There's a bit of lime, chamomile, and guava with subtle hints of coconut shavings, melon, and grass. Lightly funky and grainy throughout.

The flavor is surprisingly sour, but it's more like a fruity sour instead of brett or lactic acid tartness. Lots of strawberries, lemon and lime, and overripe melon. There's some very subtle coconut and banana on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Sharp and crisp, and exceedingly dry.

Overall, this one is all over the place. Can this really be considered a farmhouse ale? Perhaps more of a fruited sour? Regardless, the flavors come exactly as advertised and it's a fruity, tart, drinkable beer.
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottled 2021 June. Opened 10-8-21.
1 finger white head with good retention, holds steady at a solid cap.
Bright, glowing golden body with nice clarity. Slippery, spotty lacing.
Floral and lightly funky nose with banana being the addition that stands out the most.
Sour melon, some banana and a little tart strawberry in the bracing fruit filled sip.
Light body, bright mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Medium acidity - nice pucker/mouth water. Quick and dry finish.
Very Good.
Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
It is brewed with barley, wheat, oats, cantaloupe, guava, banana, strawberry, toasted coconut, and chamomille, hops of course.

Look: golden with a thick white head

Aroma: fruits, coconut and chamomille

Flavor: The flavor is very fruity, and moderately tart. I think I can taste cantaloupe, banana, strawberry, coconut and chamomille.

Body/Overall: medium body, it's a delicious fruit compote and a nice surprise, delicious
Sep 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by Magery from Kentucky

Sep 06, 2021
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
On tap at the new Big Owl Craft Brew House in Houston.

A: Pours slightly hazy. A yellow color, with a small white head that forms. That fizzles out to nothing quickly, and just spotty lace left behind.
S: An acidic fruit aroma up front. Not much else. The fruit is all muddled, I guess banana and melon...sure I'll go with that.
T: Like the nose, all the fruit is just muddled. I can't pick anything out, I guess a mix of canteloupe, guava, banana, strawberry if thats what they say. Though if becomes very sticky and sweet. A hard candy like sweetness takes over which makes this cloying.
M/O: A medium body and moderate carbonation. A sticky, resin, sugary candy coating covers the tongue. OK to drink, in that generic store bought fruit juice kind of way. Though not at all what I'm looking for in the style.

The delicate balance that I love for the style is nowhere to be seen here. Its just a muddled fruity sickly sweet mess. Which I can't really pick out any of the individual fruit additives, but thats got to be what I'm tasting right? Jester King is very hit and miss with me, and this is a definite miss.
Sep 04, 2021
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Reviewed by ELS from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I had this on tap at the Jester King Brewery and I will say in short that this is a world class saison. The added flavors of coconut, lime and camomile blend seamlessly into the flavor of this light highly drinkable beer. I really didn’t taste mango. I was surprised how good this was with just a little bit of tartness and enough flavor and substance to make the beer one of the best saisons I’ve ever consumed.
Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Jul 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.18 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap at Pkwy Tavern-Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV.

Looks more like a NEIPA than saison. Strong spice aromas, not much malt or yeast, but spices are fresh and inviting. Dominated by something exotic I can’t place—chamomile? Flavors are tart and focused on the same spices. Not much else going on. Thinnish body with moderate carbonation. Hops bitterness is augmented by slight tartness and a bit of astringency, apparently from spices. Jester King is one of my favorite producers and I love their unusual, funky beers, but this one misses the mark for me. This is not an outstanding beer to me, but it is still refreshing and drinkable and different.
Feb 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.62 by rcjennings from Ohio

Jan 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Dec 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.86 by Barettes from Washington

Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into a pint glass. Batch #2, September 2019, so not even 3 months old.

Looks like a pear/orange juice in the glass. Head quickly fizzes out to a thin ring leaving no lacing.

Aroma is sharp and tart, almost acidic.

Upon tasting, the word that comes to mind is quality. This is a meticulously crafted beer. The lime juice is subtle. Camomile comes through. There is a light sweetness from the mango. A very slight oily finish which may be from the coconut. The end manages to be both dry and make the mouth water. Having said that, to this palate anyway, it is just pretty good.

Mouth about medium, finish tart and dry.

Overall, a unique and interesting beer. Hard to find the saison here, but leaves me wanting to try a lot more from this brewery.
Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Nov 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Nov 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by hcproff36 from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
The pour is mostly clear burnt gold but it fogs up slightly as a minimal white blanket fizzles out to nothing just as quickly as it surfaces.

In aroma, a hint of chamomile pairs well with the wildly spicy and woody Jester King funk that's slightly peppery and almost cinnamony, but is brightened by hints of lemon, strawberry and guava, and accented by a pinch of herbal toasted coconut.

Taste starts with spicy Jester King funk, but it's lighter than normal and instantly makes way for the wacky melange of fruits and spices that are at play here. This is the first saison, or even sour or wild beer of any kind that I've had where the flavor of fresh banana actually comes through after having been added. It's mild but presently there, as an almost creamy just ripe banana, with just enough accent of strawberry to start you off by giving that classic strawberry-banana flavor. After it becomes a little more tart, the lightly earthy cantaloupe counters the banana but plays well with it, which is aided by faint coconut. The only thing I'm missing is the guava, but there's plenty else going on here.

The biggest knock here is the light body that's nearly watery, but it has a crisp carbonation before a lightly powdery dry finish.

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I had batch 2 in March of 2020, and continuing a criticism from above, found it to be too light but almost water. But also, the flavor was a little odd and unexpected, with a lemon-lime dominance sort of tainted further by overwhelming notes of ginger. It was very weird for a Jester King, to say the least, and one of the least enjoyable beers they've put out. I'm reducing my rating of this beer overall as I don't think most people will ever get ahold of batch 1, which wasn't all that great to begin with.
Nov 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by Kurmaraja from California

Mar 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Oct 20, 2017
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Reviewed by thatche2 from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass after 5 months of aging. Appearance is a moderately hazy yellow and light brown color with 1/2 finger thick head. Smell is a good balance of funk and delicate tartness with notes of guava, banana, strawberry, toasted coconut, and hay/oats. Taste has a good amount of Chamomile with guava and banana rounding out the flavors nicely. Strawberry is present and a hint of toasted coconut, but it was difficult to pick out the cantaloupe. The cantaloupe, guava, banana and chamomile seemed to blend together into a unique flavor. The toasted coconut was more noticeable in the aroma. This beer is fairly dry (less sweetness than expected) with a decent amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light and effervescent with a nice tart finish.

Overall, this is a delicate and drinkable tart farmhouse ale that has the typical funk notorious of Jester King. There were so many flavors added that I had no idea what to expect. Instead of getting a fruit/tea bomb, the adjuncts add a delicate and somewhat complex flavor to the base saison. It will not blow you away and is a little more bitter than I prefer, but Rare Corals is a delicious and drinkable tart farmhouse ale. I would open this soon if you're sitting on a bottle. There is a good amount of tartness after 5 months, and I imagine that this would drink well with significantly more age. However, the balance is good now, and the adjuncts will fade over time.
Sep 04, 2017
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
4oz pour at ANXO during CBC 2017.
May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by GRG1313 from California

May 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by IrishColonial from Texas

Apr 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by SuiGeneris1 from Texas

Apr 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.63 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Apr 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by sd123 from Georgia

Apr 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by mig100 from Texas

Apr 01, 2017
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