Boxer's Revenge
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #281
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,875
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
829
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Notes: Full-flavored, dry, champagne-like farmhouse ale, matured in oak whiskey and wine barrels with multiple strains of wild yeast and bacteria. Look for lots of tropical fruit and funk, with a sour, earthy edge.
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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from last night’s share. Pours out a cloudy opaque brown with a small beige head. Aroma is initially some light fruity notes, tartness also comes through, as does some of the barrel. Taste is initially the sourness, but behind that lingers the fruity tastes and a bit of savory spice.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 09, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, Batch #10, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.09.19, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours an orange amber color, cloudy with a soapy white head, modest retention and spotted lacing. The aroma is nice, strong stone fruits, candied apricots, some cherry and plum with something more like raspberry, funk and buggy cultures that bring out the oak, sweet amber grain and a hearty dose of boozy barrel. The flavors are solid, lots of stone fruits, from peach to plum, berry forward cultures, a candied and sugary quality with lots of caramel and amber malt with big time booze, especially as it warms, lots of spirit and heat. The mouthfeel is good, coating and smooth with a heavier medium body, tart and prickly at the finish with an assertive alcohol warmth.

Verdict: A good wild ale from Jester King. A bit all over the place and the booziness of the beer doesn't work for me. That being said, the funkiness and stone fruit elements of the beer are pleasant and quite enjoyable.

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kevanb from Illinois, Nov 11, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend #10 - April 2018. Really tasty. Very good farmhouse style. Dark golden brown cloudy color, dime high thick foam that dissipated quickly, minimal lacing. Smell is funky notes of brett, slightly tart. Straight up sour taste with notes of tart raspberry and apple. Definite presence of the wine and whiskey barreling. Medium bodied, mouth watering, boozy. It’s no Russian River sour, but better than rated.

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mschrei from Illinois, Aug 11, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Billed as a sour strong ale, and it was awesome. The smell was fascinating with aromas of both barrels, boozy whiskey and vinous elements abound, brett, orange, lemon, papaya, barn yard funk, caramel, pear, melon, pervasive oak, and this finishing apple cider vinegar that was floral and actually really pleasant. The taste wasn't as seamless, but was even more complex adding in grape, fuller apple, vanilla, lingonberry, and a lingering light acidity. Feel was smooth and somewhat filmy, but full of wood tannins and a slightly acidic and sour finish. Really impressed, artful, creative, and complex

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jan 26, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant barrel aged sour. Not over the top on the whisky or Yanina and great complex sour flavours of both lactic and pedo bacteria. Base beer has a nice sweet maltiness and the ABV heat is not over the top.

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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada), Sep 16, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, blend #9, bottled on 22nd March 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden copper colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Funky, tart, oak, hay with some light tropical fruit, mostly apricot.

Taste: Tart, funky, tropical peach and apricot, citrus lemon, oak, hay and a light earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice funk and fruit aromas and flavours. Although ABV is quite high, it still goes down really easy.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Jul 11, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #9 3/23/17 9.5% abv

Yellow/gold, lasting white head. Fruity brett, lemon zest, green apple, light oakey aroma. Lots of green apple/green grape, strawberry tart, grassy flavor. Smoothed out by malted wheat and oak earthiness. Can’t believe this is almost 10%. The flavors are so balanced and the sourness isn’t overly drying or too astringent. Really solid offering from Jester King. I looked forward to trying more.

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DavidR_9 from California, Jun 27, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L-Beautiful milky/amber-gold orange beer. One and a half fingered ale. The head is frothy and healthy. The body is bubbly and crisp in appearence.
S- Sour lambic smell, bubble-gummy brett aroma, grassy, extremely fruity wild yeast, earth, wheat and grass also. A true blend of amazing smells.
T- This beer is mighty tasty. Crisply-tart and sour lambic-like flavors are present and upfront; this is followed by a bubble-gummy almost pickle-y brettanomyces flavor, this is also followed by an extremely pronounced mixed berry/fruity sweetness, finally followed by a wonderful bitterness. Damn, this beer is like candy. Seriously delicious.
F- Perfectly dry and literally exactly the style to the tee 5/5 on this.
O- This is honestly the sweetest, candy-like beer I have ever had. It's almost perfectly balanced for the style. Beers shouldn't taste this good. An absolutely exquisite ale.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An opaque brown brew with a thin but somewhat clingy tan froth.

Aroma is subtle with notes of berry and over ripened persimmon.

Has a nice balance of tartness and funk with more notes of berry and persimmon as well as tea leaves, pith, grain and some sweet and spicy notes in the finish.

Medium body and dry, and just another stellar sour from JK. That's all.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, May 07, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For purposes of the review, versions seven and eight were compared side-by-side.

Appearance- The beer poured a straw yellow color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose had the light funk of a farmhouse with some apple sweetness.

Taste - aside from the farm house funk, I detect dry sour apple. The Apple is more tart in batch eight. It reminds me of a sour apple wine, pleasantly puckering.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation is not overly abrasive. This could be an easy drinker.

Overall- I am not big into the style, but overall I can certainly tolerate this one.

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Photo of Myotus
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (blend #8 02Mar16) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 17Aug16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of balsamic vinegar, sour green apple, and earthy yeast entangle with mild aromas of hay, oak, muenster cheese, and white bread. Subtle aromas of salty minerals, wheat and red grapes along with hints of alcohol, peaches, mangos, and papaya provide the smell with the complexity that is expected from a Jester King beer.
3.75 out of 5.
TASTE: Strong flavors of sour green apple open the taste profile with a playful aggressiveness. Strong balsamic vinegar flavors and mild flavors of white bread and salty minerals quickly support the tartness as it grows stronger. More funk develops as strong flavors of hay and earthy yeast enter while the white bread flavors grow slightly stronger. A subtle fruitiness begins to form as flavors of peach, mango, papaya, red grape, and white grape tag on to the profile. This sensational symphony concludes with mild flavors of oak and hints of alcohol as red grape flavors grow slightly stronger while all others maintain.
4.5 out of 5
NOTE: What smelt somewhat questionable turned out to remain amazing as I recalled from my draught experience. Everything was well balanced with the tartness having an ever so slight dominance. I am excited to see what time will do to this. I highly recommend. One of their best non-fruited sours.

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Myotus from Texas, Aug 27, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper-red, nearing prune juice, with an uneven, bubbly ring.

Aromas of caramel, sour cherry, and raisin, with an acetic bent, yet the smell is really smooth, if that's possible, and not ridiculous or painfully sharp like other Flanders Reds.

Strong sour flavor, but smooth again. Dense, soft and delicate, not at all going overboard, with a faint apple skin. Really sticky caramel, prune, and molasses come up on the edges.

2016 vintage

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Sabtos from Ohio, Aug 22, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last evening I drank a 750ml bottle of the most recent Boxer's Revenge. I bought it at Jester King a couple of weeks ago, ABV 10.60%. It was delicious and thirst quenching. I think it was extremely good.

L: It had a dark amber cloudy hue with an inch thick snow white head.

A: The aroma was sour and fruity like apple and grape.

T: It had a lot of flavors, grape, lemon, apple, dark fruit, tart and juicy, and almost no hint of the alcohol. I could have guessed ABV 3.00% but not 10.60%.

F: Medium carbonation, light, easy drinking (watch out), thirst quenching in the heat.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Bottle – Oct 2015

A: Vinous aroma upfront, followed by some light grains, oak and funk.

A: Dark orange/amberish color, hazy with a thing ring of off-white head. Just a touch of lacing.

T: Sour vinous flavor, mixed with stone fruits, along with some oak presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit of alcholic warmth detected. The beer has a slightly sharp acidity and a dry finish.

O: Solid, the beer has an interesting aroma and a nice full flavor. However, it’s a little boozy and the acidity is a bit sharp.

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Phil-Fresh from California, Oct 13, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-amber colour, ring of off white head, some lace. Smell is full of oak, light char and caramel, acidity as well as a bit of berry and brett also. Taste is both sweet and acidic, oak and woody flavours, a little bit of alcohol, some dark fruit, caramel and cherry. Nice mouthfeel, medium carbonation with a medium-full body. A good beer, certainly worth trying but not something that stands out as excellent to me.

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peensteen from Ontario (Canada), Sep 23, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The alcohol is palpable in this one. A lot of heat, obscuring some of the other flavours. Sour, oak, stone fruits. A slightly bitter finish. Nice flavours but the alcohol really gets in the way.

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jrenihan from Ontario (Canada), Aug 30, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Will last night, thanks a ton man. Blend #7.

This one pours a murky dark orange, with a half inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells a bit earthy, some funk and acidity, a bit of caramel and breadiness, and some mild grapiness.

This is really tasty, and it's absolutely astonishing that it's 10.8%. I would've guessed like 6%. The strong ale aspects of this are still present, despite the Jester King treatment, I get some breadiness and caramel here, with a earthy and grassy character, with some citrus and white wine.

This is definitely one of the more refreshing 10% + ABV beers out there, so drinkable and tart and nice. There's a moderate level of carbonation, and a pretty juicy mouthfeel.

This is a very unique and tasty sour, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jun 07, 2015
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second or third time trying this horsey beast. Blend 5.

A- Last pour from the 750ml reveals a chunky murked light amber brew. Creamy white cap to over a finger with good retention. Spotty lace here and there.

S- Fruity and funky horse bomb out the gates with huge barnyard and sour bacterial notes. Wine grapes are big time leading to oak, pie cherries, green apple and earthy.

T- Very much like the nose to me but a sour lemon flavor becomes powerful. Funky barnyard, sour passionfruit stone fruits, green apple, grapefruit, cherry pie with pits, spicy earthy bitters and fresh winey oak and huge white wine.

MF- Dried out light end body like many Wilds with a crisp and somewhat foamy body. Sour finish.

For me the standout flavors in this brew are the barnyard funk and the wine barrel. They compliment each other rather well and lay down the framework for sour, earthy and fruity flavors to live on. Whiskey barrel I do not find.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Apr 22, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost textbook pour. Nice nose that's boozy, funky, and tart. Hints of under ripened berries. Promising.

Sour up front with a dry finish. Some unpleasant cheddar in the finish. Good, but not among the best.

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TheBungyo from Washington, Jan 05, 2015
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart and oak notes with some light funky ester is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by tart and oak notes with some funky ester with low level of acidity. Hops presence had pretty much disappeared which is no surprised considering the age of the bottle. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite complex beer that retained some good drinkability.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into an Allagash Coolship tumbler.

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Appearance- Hazy orange color with half finger of white head that hasnt really left.

Smell- Caramel, vanilla, apples, pear, green grapes, lemon,yeasty funk, light oak. Not boozy smelling, but it smells like a big beer.

Taste- Much of the same fruits but I pick up on more grapes and cherries than in the aroma. Vanilla oakiness is there for sure. Light hint of booze. Super light tartness. Buttery oak.

Mouthfeel- Big, well carbed, lightly hot, lightly tart, buttery.

Overall- Another good beer from JK, but not my favorite. Reminds me of Chardoneighbor of the Beast.

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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island, Jun 17, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SOUR.

Very nice sour beer. Pours a nice amber beer, and really has little head. Smell is very subdued and yes, you can tell it has those funky agents in it. Taste is great. Not overly sour, but sour enough. Has a bit of dryness toward the end. Lots of fruits involved. Light beer also.

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JulioH from Florida, May 10, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blend #5 Sept 5, 2013 at 45 degrees into flute
Initial aroma of oak and vinegar
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy with rocks, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and 1 mm layer
Lacing fair, mostly occurring on the side of the glass drank from.
Body medium amber, cloudy
Flavor begins with oak and sourness; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends slightly sweet. After several minutes an alcohol burn begins in the stomach.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very oaky wild ale, heavy on the vanillin. IMHO, not up to the usual quality of JK.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, May 04, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy orange, very close to an amber color. Nose is sour fruit, slight citrus and funk. I am not a true sour aficionado but I definitely enjoyed this. Taste is like the nose, sour fruit, funk and citrus notes. Ending in a dry white wine finish. Not sure if the whiskey barrel aging blend came out at all in this.

I stored the remaining beer in a swing-top half growler and had it the next day paired with chicken salad. I have to say it was still very drinkable; even more wine-like characteristics showed while enjoying it with dinner. It paired nicely with the homemade chicken salad.

Definitely a sipper but it was still a very interesting and enjoyable beer. Not too off putting at all if you are unfamiliar with the sour/farmhouse style beers. Jester King is widely known for these.

Seek it out if you can. It's available in Texas. Trade for it and see how it is. I hear it ages really well and I do see that as a good possibility although it would be best in a fridge to slow the souring bacteria growth.

Cheers!

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AMG55 from Indiana, Apr 17, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a Jester King Stemmed glass. Blend #5 - Sept. 5, 2013

A: Pours a beautiful golden almost orange color but extremely clear. Head is a one finger almost off white and kinda rocky with great lacing and amazing looking texture. Medium carbonation and looks extremely delicious.

S: As soon as I popped this baby open I got a huge hit of fruity Brett character with a tad bit of lactic tartness. Taking a closer sniff it almost appears mildly vinous but with a more Brett and spice forward thing going on from the wood. Aroma seems slightly sweet and fruity from the oak I'm guessing with slight notes of spicy vanilla.

T: Wow, very mildly sour but does have a pleasant refreshing tartness. A little bit of vanilla from the oak. What's great is it is very dry and has hints of Brett but mainly wood aged vanilla like character. The wood aging is definitely present and makes this beer what it is but could be better if it was a little restrained for my taste.

M: Dry and reminds me of drinking a white wine but with a very distinct american oak vanilla character that I'm enjoying but surprisingly only like in JK beers. Maybe I'm biased but its a more restrained oak character as compared to a beer aged in whiskey or bourbon.

O: An amazing beer from one of the sickest breweries and friendliest brewers in America. True fact. This is a refreshing and surprisingly drinkable brew for a 10.2% abv tag. Does not seem like it at all. That in itself is amazing. but regardless, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you can buy a bottle or two, or at least sample any JK beer, DO IT!

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MarioM from California, Mar 22, 2014
Boxer's Revenge from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 829 ratings