Birra di Sangiovese
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #198
Ranked #2,788
4.28 | pDev: 4.91%
Mar 03, 2021
Nov 23, 2017
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thank you Jake for this one! Greatly, greatly appreciated.

Blend 2 - 2018 (9% ABV) - 500ml bottle - poured into a Jester King balloon stem at 45°F.

Pours a beautiful brilliant garnet red, resembling cranberry juice in the glass. Zero head, zero bubbles, zero collar, and completely lifeless, save the lazily rising bubbles.

Nose: In classic Jester King style, there's a really nice, albeit quite subtle base of sweet toasty grains - crackery, serving as a clean platform for the fruit. The grapes are absolutely massive here, yet not over-saturated. Ripe, jammy red wine grapes - fairly fermented, with notes of blackberry and rasoberry - seedy, stemmy, with some black pepper and vanilla. A whisper of red wine vinegar, some sweaty brett, a touch of funky bleu cheese, rounded by some subtle farmhouse notes of wet hay, leather, and dusty stable.

Palate: Birra di Sangiovese greets the palate with a restrained grainy sweetness and some toasted wheat. The acidity is remarkably restrained - not sour, barely tart, but more of bretty tang with a hint of lemon, and a thin thread of bleu cheese. The grapes open up with some subtle blackberry, red currant, and gooseberry notes before shifting into peppery, bold, and quite tannic Sangiovese grape. Grape skins and some twiggy, stemmy, seedy notes lend a big kick of tannins that progress further and further into dry red wine, with a subtle undercurrent of fleshy Morello cherry and some spice notes. Notes of black pepper, grapeseed, and plum pit peak to a bitingly tannic, lingering bitter finish, backed by some dry white oak and clean grains.

Mouthfeel/Body: At 9% ABV, the body is surprisingly light and crisp, with little-to-no malt weight to speak of. The fruit, while not 100% dry, lends very little weight either, so the ale remains fairly light-bodied, fluid, and thin. Semi-dry, with a calm, relaxed, loose effervescence. Drying, semi-astringent, and highly tannic finish.

Overall: The overall structure is very much Jester King. The focus on the grain, along with the mild acidity really makes for a fantastic base beer. The subtle bleu cheese wild note is a nice touch. I'd even say that the level of fruit is close to its sweet spot, but these just happen to be some insanely tannic grapes, which lends a little more bitterness than is desired. It's tasteful, elegant, and reserved, but the tannic character does cut into the overall enjoyment. Everything else is composed and complete. A solid offering.
Mar 03, 2021
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle courtesy of SierraNevallagash.
Look: clear, ruby. Similar to watery cranberry juice. Minimal off-white head.
Smell: bretty, oak, Grape juice, lemons.
Taste: bretty, tart, funk, purple grapes, wine, oak.
Mouthfeel: medium, astringent, Dry.
Overall: enjoyable.
Nov 07, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Jun 14, 2019
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Rated by Rristow from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lots of red wine notes with farmhouse and earthy yeasty notes. Tart and puckering.
May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Ajlvt from Washington

Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vibrant ruby red, slightly hazy, with a short, bubbly white blanket.

This has an exceptionally woody funk that exhibits almond and walnut, most intensely on the nose with even some barnyard, blue cheese and a hint of red wine vinegar, but taste features more tart, mature red grape with a dry, peppery tanin and a tingly carbonation through the medium body.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Chaz from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 4.61 by Raziel313 from California

Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Jan 27, 2019
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Rated by donspublic from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Highest abv beer on the board when I was there, drank much lighter. Drank like a carbonated red, mild on the sour scale
Jan 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Definitely one of the more difficult JK fruits Ive rated.

This beer is as close to a red wine that I believe a beer comes.

Absolutely no head or head-retention. Visually looks like a red wine. I find this appealing, but others may be let down.

Smell is present; though subtle.

Tastes great, but Ill admit - I downgraded the Taste score because I think those that approach this beer still expecting a true sour/farmhouse ale will be disappointed.

Incredible smooth. Nice mouthfeel but low carbonation.

If there ever was a beer that would get me into wine, this would be it.

Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma is fruity and acetic with balsamico notes. Taste is sour, fruity, dry wine notes, grape skin, a bit acetic.
May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear almost rose hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light grape musk and vinous notes. Light malts, slightly funky. Generic red berries.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice berries and grape notes. Light tartness little musk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, but flemmy.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming beer. Was expecting way more from Jester King. Not really worth the hype.

Serving Type: bottle
May 11, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Big thanks to rudzud.
Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, slightly clear almost ruby reddish-orange color

Nose big fruity aromas, tart berry and lacto like funky sour, berry, cranberry, mild funk and sourness, little floral rose like thing, mild funky sourness, bit of mild grape must

Taste is OK as well, tart flemmy notes, a little acidic, big tartness, a bit funky sour and grape and berry, more cranberry and reddish tart berry, a bit of candy sweetness, flemmy acidity later, some grape must red grape and generic dark berry, little juice

Mouth is med bod but syrupy, decent but lighter carb, little alcohol notes

Overall not bad but not nearly what I expected
May 11, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by stewartea from Texas

May 02, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 10, 2018
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle shared by James. Thanks man!
Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by fthegiants from California

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by bouncepass from California

Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by Evan from Maryland

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by Sirnickatnite from Texas

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
really special stuff, never had a beer that didnt totally turn me on from the small bottle from these guys, and this is no exception, although i immediately have to comment that it doesnt hold a flame to the tempranillo edition for me, which stands as one of the best fruited wild ales ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. i have to forget that one in order to fully appreciate this one, which is far more subtle on the fruit, and definitely a little sweeter. i think that is a reflection of the grapes themselves though, this one a bit more delicate, with notes of rose wine, cut flowers in full bloom, and clover honey. i love a sour wild ale that has some sweetness to it in the right place, and the grapes surely provide that here. jester king to me has easily one of the most recognizable yeast profiles in the game, right up there with jolly pumpkin, and its on full display here, although enhanced a bit by the oak, and seemingly a bit more mature and developed than some of their stuff, but i could pick this out of a crowd as a jester king brew. the fruit is great in here, coming on more and more as it moves along, always more grapey than winey, which i think is a cool feature. it has subtle raspberry and plum attributes, and does for sure have a little flattering residual sugar. lambic funk, fruity freshness, and a very italian sort of flare to it, the grapes make this something very unique and special, but still, the tempranillo one they do just seems to have so much more fruit character and intensity to it, and holds a special place in my heart. i hope they keep them rolling though, i picture a 20 bottle lineup with all sorts of special grape editions from around the world...

edit: opened up a blend 2 from 2018 recently, now four years old, and was impressed with how well this held up, still not over the top on the grape character, still with a little sweetness to it, well hidden alcohol strength, and a fully wild ferment to me, as much funk as there is acid, a lot of tannins and oak character, a sharpness that makes it finish quick, but also concentrated grape notes too, almost a port wine vibe, slightly nutty and rich. no fade to anything here but the fruit, which seems a little futher fermented and relaxed, still drinking just fantastic! i need to track down the others from this series!
Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by cd34 from Illinois

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by brocktune from Virginia

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(blend No. 1, September 2017)

L: clear red, very short head maybe 1/4-inch tall but eating away itself like a gose head and gone in seconds; keeps no collar; color and clarity are stunning ... a beautiful crimson

S: vinegar, some earthy yeast, light hint of meaty red wine to start off with; as it warms the grapes start sweetening and turn into a red grape/blackberry yogurt or cheesecake

T: first sip is like chewing on grapes *and* the grapevine the grapes are on at the same time ... sharply tart red grapes and an earthy something; as it warms just a hair already the grape flavor turns much sweeter ... rapsberry, raspberry tart

F: light, lightly crisp ... not as much carbonation as I expected for a Jester King beer, but it's a relatively young bottle (three months) by general JK farmhouse standards ... probably could've used a bit more time to condition in the bottle or maybe it's just a tad soft ... either way it's still very nice

O: tried 8 oz. on draft at the brewery last weekend, and from the first sip to the last I was convinced it was better than Atrial Rubicite ... the grapes were bursting, the mouthfeel was absolute JK perfect, and I had no choice but to buy at least this one bottle; glad I did — though it's a much drier, softer version, it's still got that wonderful grape flavor and sweetness mixing with some of JK's barn must; I'm making my scores kind of an aggregate of the two experiences but the bottom line is it's fantastic either way ... instantly my favorite grape beer by JK of the three or so I've tried and one I'll drink/buy each chance I get
Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by sd123 from Georgia

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by mig100 from Texas

Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the brewery.

Very similar to the Syrah. Raspberry red color. Grapes and tannins. A bit more flavor and fruit in this one so I do like it better. A bit more complex as well.

Bottle consumed 4/2018

Similar to the tap version but a bit more Brett and funk. Still pretty fruity. Very nice but I like the tap version better.
Dec 01, 2017
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