Grim Harvest
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #407
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,983
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 5.22%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
41
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 13, 2022
Added:
Apr 04, 2017
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  3
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Ale refermented w/ "spent" blackberries.
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
been saving this one awhile, batch 2 from 2017, so cool to have this right after an old bottle of nocturn chrysalis, this uses the second use berries from that one, much like the le vie en rose uses the spent berries from atrial. this has a very light pink tone, some soft frosted haziness to it, almost no head at all, and is a little less expressive on the carbonation and bottle conditioning than their best beers, it sags slightly in mouthfeel. it seems like the blackberries have given up a little more of themselves in the original beer than the raspberries did in that one, the fruit is really light on the nose here, almost a generic rather than blackberry specific fruitiness, hints of raspberry and cherry to my actually. the funk is still there, and this kind of hits like a natural rose wine to me, grapey and wild and tannic. the flavor is pleasant but subtle, especially right after the nocturn bottle, more of the ghost of the blackberries than their soul, again quite vinous, tart on the ferment but pretty bretty and wild too, i can feel a little wheat in the base i think and i like having some body set against the acidity. subtle hibiscus, cranberry, and red currant to close. perhaps i let this bottle age a little too long, its not faded but its not bright either. i hope to try a little newer vintage next time. i love this series of first and second use fruit beers though, such a cool way to understand these fruits and how they respond in different conditions and beers, just super educational and fun!
Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cellared a year. Cherry red pour with visible carbonation and a small white ring. Tart jammy blackberry with rustic grains, mild brett funk and earth aromas. Taste has more a blackberry tart juice complexion with again a rustic grain, almost like a buckwheat, with elevated yeast, milder brett and funk, light lemon essence whispers in. Feel is tart yet refined, lighter bodied, decent carb, and has a decent grainy chew. A more rustic and fainter nocturn chrysalis, I personally prefer NC, but found this to be beautiful as well
Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Jul 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by Gagnonsux from Texas

May 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Apr 24, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Feb 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by Lucnifter from California

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.08 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.91 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Apr 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by chubenzino from California

Aug 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 05, 2018
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Rated by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Batch 2
Aug 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by frasergrove from California

Jul 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jun 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Jun 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

May 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by videofrog from Texas

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana

Apr 19, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.37 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Mar 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Feb 26, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland

Feb 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jan 08, 2018
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