Grim Harvest | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 34
Photo of MFMB
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Grim Harvest from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 34 ratings