Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.02 | pDev: 8.21%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmm this is the first one by JK where I don't think the aging worked to their advantage. I'm not sure if they used fresh hops but it kind of seems like it, as they usually excel at using aged hops. It's spicy and almost funky but overall more like an older IPA with a really ruggy quality bringing catty hops. Lightly tart grapefruit and woody cedar underlie the big froth body that comes to a tingly semi-dry finish, exhaling some toffee and caramel.

May 23, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Price not noted (And no itemized receipt) but between $10 - $14/750 mL bottle.
Batch #1 June 2017. Stored in my garage at 40 degrees, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Generic hops, fresh and fruity with some floral accents.
Head – Large (Maximum 7.3 cm, aggressive pour), white, low density froth, good retention, slowly diminishing to a raggedy eight to ten mm ring and a complete layer of varying thickness. Islands of foam remain as the head retracts. Subsequent pours are equally large but of higher density.
Lacing – Good - irregular thick partial rings of tiny to medium bubbles.
Body – Light gold, hazy, effervescent. Unfiltered.
Flavor – Begins very bright and fresh with loads of fruit and flowers, ends dry and yeasty. Malt is not particularly noticeable and the alcohol (8.5% ABV) is completely hidden. No diacetyl.
Palate – Light, watery and lively but not fizzy.
Impression: Very light and refreshing. A collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin. This is yet another brew from Jester King that keeps me coming back to Austin twice a year (at least)!
Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

Dec 29, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

an intensely hopped funky saison type in collaboration with jolly pumpkin, who seems to have been getting around a bit lately on their collaborations! this is cool beer, but almost too intense on the hops for me, even in a beer at this strength. i taste vegetal matter, like the pellets themselves, not the hops contained therein, at least in the sense of overly bitter and leafy, harsh even in the finish, and i think the over the top nature of these cover up some of the nuance of the beer. i generally by beer from jester king and jolly pumpkin for their wild yeast profiles, these guys have two of the greatest house cultures in the game, some of the most recognizable wild qualities in their beer, and a real knowledge of the process, i dont buy their beers for hoppiness, generally speaking. its all there, sour and funky alike, earthy, mossy even, rustic and wild for sure, but i think we lose what would otherwise make this great a little bit because of all the hops. its strong too, a little warmth coming on late with the acidity, a weird mouthfeel as a result, but i like it! notes of white grape and lime in here, some orange from the hops, and just a lot of plant matter and bitterness, especially after the swallow. i had this beer on tap, but also bought a bottle. i am hoping the hops settle down a little over time, i am no hurry to open it, but will report back when i do. scaled back even a little bit, this would be a much more well rounded beer. i like the yeasts and i want to taste them even more here...

Oct 18, 2017
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gilgar from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look and taste reminds me of Wytchmaker but a little hoppier and without the rye taste. Overall a good beer that I now prefer to Wytchmaker. Mine was very carbonated with tons of foam on every pour

Sep 26, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden orange brew with a full off-white froth.

Quite aromatic with waves of florals and spice forward. Other notes of yeast, light fruits (pear, peach, orange) and a very faint honey sweetness also flow freely.

Big light fruits on the palate with a long-lasting zest/chalk/crackery feeling as it goes down. Slightly funky from the spontaneous fermentation and finishes with a touch of honey sweetness.

Very clean and dry (almost to a fault but not quite). Light to medium and I get very little in the way of alcohol.

A complex beer that yearns to be paired with something spicy and maybe even some of that famous Hill Country BBQ.

Sep 26, 2017
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