Jester King / Kernel - Colonel Toby | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King / Kernel - Colonel TobyJester King / Kernel - Colonel Toby

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’re delighted to introduce Colonel Toby — our collaboration with The Kernel Brewery in London, England! Colonel Toby is a hoppy little farmhouse ale we brewed with Toby Munn of The Kernel at Jester King last fall. Toby was kind enough to stop at Jester King after his multi-month bike tour across America. We’ve long respected Toby for his commitment to balance, simplicity, and restraint when it comes to brewing, so we felt compelled to make a beer that does justice to this philosophy. Colonel Toby is just that — a hoppy, simple little farmhouse ale, that we think is great for casually enjoying with friends and family. That’s what beer is all about, right?

Colonel Toby was brewed on October 24, 2016 with Hill Country well water, 93% Crisp Maris Otter, 7% rolled oats, and Cascade hops. The 1.023 specific gravity (5.8 Plato) wort was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. Prior to packaging, it was dry hopped with Citra and Centennial hops. Colonel Toby was packaged on December, 2016 and naturally refermented in bottles and kegs. At the time of packaging, Colonel Toby was 3.4 percent alcohol by volume, 56 IBU, 4.6 pH, and 1.000 specific gravity (0.0 degrees Plato).

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 56
Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this with my meal to celebrate my 34th wedding anniversary at a local farm to market restaurant. Went great with the meal of lamb strew!

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Bright cloudy yellow color with a wonderfully foamy white head and great lacing. Lemon smell and taste with pleasant earthy funkiness for which this brewery is famous. Enjoyed the beer, the meal, and my company immensely!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

low alcohol with this much flavor is the best thing ever. tons of body here too, i love the high maris otter and the bitter american hops as well, and i do think the jester king culture sometimes is best in a stainless rather than oak situation. a simple yet complex beer, i love that about it, and all the intangibles are there, super dry, great carbonation, and enough flavor to make it seem like i am drinking something much more substantial. i really adore the hops, piney and bright in here, a little goes a long way, and the classic english malt is a nice base for the yeast, i feel like these specific elements do not get together often enough, and its a nice union. also cool its a collaboration with the kernal, i will be over there later this month and will definitely be checking those guys out. the beat goes on here for jester king, an infinitely sessionable full character brew with a ton of life to it and the classic fermentation profile. really well done, almost chuggable for a wild beer, crazy! summery and refreshing, good morning beer too i would think, loved it!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, semi-translucent yellow-orange body with large, patchy head that dies slow. Aroma isn't much for funk or yeast but really more of a spicy, peppery aroma with some minor malts. Light beer, smooth, easy to drink, love the slightly funky, spicy and peppery feel with the yeast making things smooth, and the sweetness on backend adds great balance and makes beer a treat.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Foggy burnt gold with a large off-white foam settling to a thin film then nothing.

This is a very aromatic yet classic Saison, featuring notes of lemon pepper, Brett, hay and light barnyard, finishing with a whiff of soggy bread, but also hints of champagne.

Flavor starts with a mild presence of peppery, phenolic Brett, which is joined by yellow apple, pear and hay with a slight sting of floral and fennel-esque hops in the swallow. A biting, semi-bitter grassiness comes out in the aftertaste.

The medium-light body is lightly effervescent, but that quickly disappears off the tongue in the finish.

Perfectly bitter and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX.

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells lightly dusty and funky, with clove, grassy and floral hops, biscuity malt, lemon and grapefruit.

This is really well done. It's got a light toasted biscuity malt flavor, with a moderately strong hop presence, slight fruitiness but mostly piney/grassy/floral. There's a very subtle dusty/clovey funk, but it's very mild. This could probably develop stronger with time.

This is unbelievably drinkable, with a crisp and clean feel to it, and a soft mouthfeel.

This is a really fun beer that would be very excellent to drink by the gallon.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored pour with a small white head. Aroma of grain and lemon. Light bodied with a flavor that follows the nose. Lots of grain flavor upfront backed by a bit of lemon, hops, and some citrus flavors. Finishes with floral hop and grassy flavors.

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Photo of brew-Ed
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow gold, hazy, effervescent, head dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Citrus and hop aromas, with a hint of spiciness.

All citrus, lemon, orange, no alcohol, lightly sour

Felt watery, carbonated

Light, refreshing, something for the summer. I just think there are better alternatives, won't buy again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 9.57 (Including tax)/750 mL capped bottle ($ 0.377/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala Road, San Antonio, Texas.
Bottle labeled Batch #1, 12.13.16, stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Opens with a “Pop” and without any overflow.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Light golden yellow, clear, effervescent. Some bottom sediment which shows up in the second pour.
Head – Average (Maximum 2 cm, aggressive pour), white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin large island that nearly covers the surface.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3 – A bit of yeast funk typical of Jester King brews.
Flavor – 3 – Odd for a saison. Very grainy with a definite lemon middle and end palate. The lemon ending has an extremely long hang-time and gives the impression of Lemon Pledge. The yeast funk from the aroma does not translate to the taste. No alcohol (as expected) from a 3.4% ABV brew. No diacetyl
Palate – 3 – Unremarkable. Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 - Unremarkable appearance and aroma, although the lack of lacing is atypical for a Jester King brew. The flavor leaves something to be desired, like mouth wash. Overall, possibly the worst JK brew I’ve ever had, other than Figlet.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pour hazy yellowish orange color with nice bubbly white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass spots of lacing on the sides.

Aroma - Pepper, lemon, yeast, little funky horse blanket, hops and orange peel.

Taste - Light floral hops and grass, lemon, yeast with a light spice bite.

Feel - Light bodied well carbonated dry bitter finish.

Overall - A really well done farmhouse ale, very light and easy drinking great flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch #1, bottled on 12/14/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/fruity hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness, herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness, and light lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/fruity hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, grainy/sticky, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.4%. Overall this is an awesome session saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/fruity hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV, and never watery feeling. Well rounded classic JK house funk/saison yeast complexity, with nice C hop presence, and solid malt backbone. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Given to me by @mr-jj. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Pours a clear straw golden with a medium head and a ton of carbonation. Smell is funky, spicy, a little fruity/floral.

Taste is surprisingly mild. Bitter finish, strong funk. No, that flavor is building. Strong on the funk, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, dry, and light. Overall, good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange body with an enormous head. Smells hoppy, yeasty, soft doughy malts, oats, and some brett. Tastes of bright hops up front. Immediately bretty. Soft doughy malt with a hefty oat flavor. Strong brett yeasty bitterness. Light body with medium carbonation. Flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As an old world saison guy rather than a new world saison guy, thought this callaboration would be better balanced, but it tasted 100% American to me. Not for my taste buds, but for people coming from the other direction, give it a try if you come across it.

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Photo of Tommo
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this, but everyone we were drinking it with just kept talking about soap and i had to agree, this tastes like soap. It has all the makings of a nice jester king saison, but by golly if there isnt just an overwhelming detergenty aspect to this beer

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light yellow straw, slightly cloudy, white head
S: Earthy hops, light melon, lemon, grassy, musty, slight bubblegum
T: Very earthy yeast and hop character, grassy bitterness, wild yeast Brett mustiness, hay, seltzer, lemon rind, pineapple, white pepper
M: Light but surprisingly not watery for the low abv
O: Very nice table saison that packs plenty of flavor for such a low abv. The yeast and hops go together well to create a complex earthiness.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I don't agree with other reviews. Super bland and boring. Not much going on and its missing the JK funk I usually get from their beers from the native yeast and bacteria. One and done on this offering.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours golden with a slight haze and ample head but recedes to a 1/4 finger rim

Smell: Funky farmhouse yeast and hop aromas of citrus and pine

Taste: yeast character is dominant upfront but then the hops come in the middle leading to a hoppy finish of grapefruit and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Dry and very clean

Overall: A simple yet incredibly well done beer showing that restraint can actually produce amazing things. I'm amazed at how much flavor these small table beers can really produce. Refreshing.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What an excellent sessionable saison from Jester King, a brewery that literally lives in that space. This particular beer (in collaboration with The Kernel out of London) pours a murky straw color, the head a bubbly bone white cap.

The aromas are the ubiquitous JK yeast - and hops. Juicy Citra hops. The taste is dominated by the funky yeast esters, but then the hops slip in, and at the very back of the taste, there's a slightly salty quality, similar to a gose. I just finished mowing my lawn after a cardio workout and lifting before I had this, so I was ready for a quencher.


Simply outstanding by the fine folks at Jester King.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright pale yellow with a bit of haze. At first a two finger white head rises with good retention. That recedes after a minute with some lace.
S: A fragrant tart fruity nose up front with some basement like musk. Lemon and orange peal, very citrus like overall. Grass, herbal, earthy hops lingers a bit with some dry cracker like malts for balance. Really nice.
T: Again, up front is slightly tart, with a musty basement character. Lemon and orange peal, and again very citrus like. That leads to a more aggressive grassy bitterness in the finish. Cracker like malts, grains, and more linger bitterness.
M/O: A light body that has great carbonation. Very crisp, but smooth at the same time. Finishes ultra dry. Really easy to drink and a true session beer. That gets a lot of points from me.

An excellent example of a session Saison. At the same time, beautifully simple, but deceptive in how much I can pick out. Like a true session beer, something you want to keep coming back to. Hoping for more releases like this cause this is excellent all around.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/cloudy bright yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Citrus, funk, grass, a light pine, some tartness, and a bit of barnyard on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a hoppy profile, reminds me some of Drinkin' The Sunbelt, nice light but flavorful summer beer.

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Jester King / Kernel - Colonel Toby from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 56 ratings