Grim Harvest
Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #540
Ranked #12,440
4.02 | pDev: 5.22%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Ale refermented w/ "spent" blackberries.
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking Grim Harvest batch #4, a Farmhouse Ale from Jester King, ABV 6.90%. It was brewed in October 2020. It is brewed with spent Marion blackberries from Jester King's Nocturn Crysalis batch #7, which I guess is the same as leftovers in the beer world. But I'd rather have leftovers from Jester King than drink most other beers, it is still great. The label is so dark it is difficult to read even in daylight, but it is about death not being a tidy thing, which I presume is true. It is light and easy drinking. The temperature shot up from way below freezing to above 70 so I'm thirsty. It is thirst quenching.

Look: red with a thin white head

Aroma: blackberries

Flavor: The flavor is wheat crackers, slightly tart blackberries, mild citrus and dry funk.

Body/Overall: light body but not watery, fresh, crisp

Feb 21, 2021
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BerryKumquat from California

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A mildly dark orange red color.
S: Strong berry flavor.
T: A strong dry start into farm notes and a clean berry finish.
F: A light berry flavor.
O: A light sweet berry beer with a bit of farm note.

Oct 16, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Batch #3, bottled August 2019, so about 3 months old.

Pours with a reddish body and a small white head which persists as a thin ring and faint covering.

Aroma is a tart one.

The blackberry taste comes through, cutting the funk really well. It's tart, slightly sour, with a pepper hit now and then.

Mouth around medium, finish tart, lightly funky, and dry.

Overall, a decent wild ale taste, billed as a saison. I'm really intrigued by the two Jester King beers I've had. Keep 'em coming Tavour. (Or JK could just distribute throughout PA??)

Nov 16, 2019
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MFMB from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruby red to purple with a light slightly pink off white head. Nose is jam jar like. Berries and oak with light citrus notes as well. Taste is fairly juicy for the 2nd use berries thing. I’d say you get a bit more of the pithy sourness from the berries skins than the juice. Lemon peel and orange zest are light. Notes of cherries and un ripe plums also. Nice light mellow funkiness throughout this beer. Really enjoying the level of funk on this one. It’s enougg to take notice but not overpowering to where it overtakes the beer. Nice bit of tart kick and light pepper spice to finish along with smooth oak. Medium to full body which I am joying. Jamba Juice smoothie like, okay obviously not that thick but you get the point.

Apr 07, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX.

This one pours a lightly pinkish- purple, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like jammy blackberry, lemon rind, cherry, oak, and vanilla.

Even though this is second use blackberries, there’s still a good amount of solid fruit flavor. It certainly doesn’t be dominate, though, with nice lemon candy and funk, some vanilla, a hint of cherry pit, etc.

This is light bodied and clean, with a good level of carbonation.

Thought isn’t a primary fruit fermentation, it’s still a wonderful fruity sour.

Mar 19, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This appears like it could be nearly neon under sunlight, but the body is too dark and hazy, allowing for a color that's between a dark purple and ruby red grapefruit, topped with a loud fizzy pastel pink fizz that dies to nothing.

Smell has a kind of toasty marzipan pie crust, almost like a cherry sour in the MvB vein, with a dusty, walnutty oak funk and a touch of herbal blackberry in the background.

At first this actually tastes kind of like luxardo cherries, becoming a little more tart and herbal in the middle, even nearing wild conifer, finishing with hints of nutty funk and pie crust again. The aftertaste brings a distinct blackberry push.

The body is perfectly carbonated, allowing for a very drinkable medium feel with a crisp, barely semi-dry swallow.

This isn't anywhere near as wonderfully delicious as I'd thought it'd be. Considering Nocturn Chrysalis is one of my favorite beers of all time, my expectations were a bit high for the more drinkable version. Oh well, I still have a few bottles of the base to enjoy!

Batch #2 2017 vintage

Feb 20, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head. Faded raspberry red.

Light in flavor. Light blackberries. Some funk and Brett. Farmhouse notes.

All in all this was just a light beer. Easy to drink but I want more berries so I prefer NC to this.

Dec 02, 2017
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