Demi-Tone | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Demi-Tone (blueberries) follows in our lineup of refermentations with spent fruit, which includes La Vie en Rose (raspberries), Detritivore (cherries), and Grim Harvest (blackberries). The result of refermenting on spent fruit is a more subtle fruit character and arguably more complexity in terms of the fermentation profile.

We’ve always been a little cautious when working with blueberries, as we’ve encountered acetic (vinegary) issues in the past, which we’ve always dumped down the drain. Some may recall our Blueberry FAIL of 2014, which resulted in a beer with some very harsh, sharp acidity. We’ve come a long way since our first attempt of working with blueberries, and we believe Demi-Tone is a really great expression of one of our core philosophies — allowing native yeast and bacteria to create interesting flavors and aromas through the fermentation of grains and fruit.

Demi-Tone was made by taking a young (1-2 month old) farmhouse ale brewed with well water, malted barley, malted wheat, oats, and hops, and refermenting it with the spent (or leftover) blueberries from Jester King Colour Five. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. Demi-Tone is 6.3% alcohol by volume, 11 IBU, 3.6 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 Plato). It was packaged on March 7th, 2017.

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Photo of thatche2
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, aged 5 months. Appearance is bright ruby red/purple with one finger thick head that vanishes quickly. Smell is fresh and tart blueberries that meld beautifully with Jester King's earthy house yeast profile. There are notes of wheat, hay, soil, blueberry jam, and maybe pomegranates.

Taste follows the nose with tart blueberries giving way to more jammy notes. Demi Tone is fairly dry with low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and effervescent with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, this is an excellent fruited sour with good balance between an earthy yeast profile and tart blueberries. It is very refreshing with just enough body. Jester King's standard fruited sours are great, but I almost like the versions with "spent" fruit equally as well. Highly recommend.

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Photo of crobinso
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

having had the colour five, i found this to be a nice relative of it. this second use fruit thing is really taking off, as more and more wild breweries are realizing the potential in this stuff. the blueberries obviously still have a lot left to give here, they stain the beer deep purple, and it looks almost thick on the pour, as colorful as its parent beer for sure. the nose smells like blueberry preserves and red wine, there is some light vinous tartness here, a good amount of the classic jester king funk, and some really honest fruit sweetness, very enticing. the flavor is excellent, the blueberries still give off strong flavor and with the sour and funk together, its really impressive. for me, this seemed just a touch one dimensional for them, a little less complex and involved, especially next to a few of their other wild beers, like the blueberry jam note is strong enough to cover up some of the subtleties here, and like the base beer just doesnt have all that much going on outside of the fruit. less lambic-esque than many of their others, and not as sour in the end, which i really dont mind at all. this is a cool beer, almost more of a blueberry saison, and in that context its pretty epic. amazing how much blueberry character still exists in this fruit, tart form the skins and sweet from the flesh alike, delicious, if a little less nuanced beer from these guys. lucky to have been able to drink it on tap!

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dynamite149
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Doing a side by side with Colour Five, I'm surprised to find these have a really similar color and appearance, but Demi-Tone is slightly lighter. The other spent fruit beers I've had have been drastically lighter than their full fruit counterparts. Demi-Tone is hazy purple-red with minimal light purple hued head that dies off to leave a red wine appearance.

Smell is bright funk, sharp grapefruit, lemon, green apple and hay. Blueberries are faint, but bright and still seem ultra fresh like they did in the base!

Taste is tart lemon-blueberry jam, Sweet Tarts, light barnyard funk, all really crisp and more balanced than the base, with a light effervescence and semi-dry to semi-wet finish.

Really easy drinking and great for enjoying the summery sunshine on the patio.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color, mild Blueberry and tartness. Very good sour.

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Photo of sd123
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juneof44
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Demi-Tone from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 18 ratings