Boxer's Revenge | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Update: 4/12 batch, enjoyed 9/13.
Coloration remains constant with a slightly soapier bubble. The funk has taken on hints of wet hay and horse blanket, all in a good way, with a slight bit of stinky cheese in the back. It’s smoothly sippable and slightly tart, with a great carbonation that keeps it light. I will miss this beer!

Update: Boxer’s Revenge from 4/12, enjoyed 1/13.
This beer has held up exceptionally well, with a mild funk, light carbonation and pleasing tartness. Certainly one where time has been kind to it, and one which very well could continue to evolve.

This pours a light ruddy-golden amber with foam bubbles that quickly dissipate. A mild wild ale? Certainly it doesn’t have an overpowering aroma but rather it’s lightly funky, with some wet hay and funky cheese in the next room over coming across. Palatewise it’s pleasingly tart with a bit of sour bite and some more wet hay on the finish. Cuts through a spicy and heavy meal with the greatest of ease. Great finish. Still wonderful.

Previously, from Tap: This pours a ruddy ruby-amber color with thin lacing. It has an incredible aroma, amazingly tart and sour with an incredible flavor and a funky, dry finish. I get an assertive mouthpuckering tartness up front and a sharp intensity of tastes which cut like a samurai’s blade. No hint of it’s ABV even as it warms. Fantastic! Utterly delicious!

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Photo of omnigrits
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the Draught House some months ago - thought I'd lost my notes but I found them in a pile of papers today. Deep joy.

A. An orangey-amber brew with a distinct cloudiness and next to no head, but that's cask for you.

S. Lots of musty funk, plenty of citrus, a little vinegar, and some tropical fruitiness.

T. Wow. I don't often give a beer five for taste, and from the bottle this is definitely a 4.5, but cask-conditioning has raised this beer into the stratosphere. All the sour characteristics are coming out in spades as are the dry, oaky flavours from the barrel-ageing. There's also a bitter hoppy finish that you don't get with Belgian sours.

M. The beer was nicely undercarbonated, as cask should be, but by no means flat.

O. As far as I recall I had three of these at the Draught House, and I can't even remember if it was served in pints or tulips or Jester King goblets. All I know is it was one of the most refreshing beers I've tasted in a long time and I couldn't get enough of it. Good job I was going home on the bus that night and didn't have to go to work next morning.

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Photo of DRyan
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy orange with thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing
S: Oranges, citrus, spice, cherries, with earthy, funky notes
T: Sour kicks in right away up front, tastes like a sour orange, with some funk to the backend, the more you drink the more pronounced the funk becomes
M: thin, lightly carbonated
D: Very drinkable for a sour, goes down easily and hides it’s 10% ABV easily

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Photo of brurevu
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The brew is aged in oak whiskey and wine barrels with multiple strains of wild yeast and bacteria and exudes a rustic earthiness as soon as you open the bottle. The beer holds a myriad of flavors that meld into a wonderful and unique experience. You can definitely pick up the whiskey and wine oak aging on top of the funky sourness and earthy barnyard qualities. Wrapping all these flavors is a hop blanket that weaves in and out of all the flavors and lingers on your palate. This is just an all around fantastic beer. None of the flavors overpower you, the sour fruits and barnyard funk hit the right notes with the hoppy bitterness and oak keeping everything in tune. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV brew and opening my palate to a larger world of sour and funky beers.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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 r0nburgundy69
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Batch #2 into Jester King stemware.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange, thin white head, decent bubblies, which is very good to see.

S - Funky sour, with faint whiskey barrel notes.

T - Sour fruits, very lemony, with boozy whiskey still detectable, slight hops. Delicious.

M - Dry and well carbonated, a step up from the previous bottling.

O - Probably my favorite Jester King offering so far, would love to see their dream of this becoming a year round on Texas shelves become a reality.

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Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a tulip glass
No bottled on or best by date

A: Pours a hazy, dark straw, golden yellow with 2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Decent retention. Leaves a moderate amount of cobweb lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Tart lactic citrus, lemon-lime, sweet fruits like peach and apricot, banana, white grape. There are also hints of resinous hop bitterness. There is certainly a vinous quality,along with a tart like sournes and hints of the oak barrel. Some funk as it warms. There are so many layers to the aroma, this is probably one of the most complex noses Ive ever experienced in a beer. Needless to say, its amazing in this regard.

T: Surprisingly, there is more hop characters than I anticipated. There is also a noticeable whiskey component. There is some lactic tartness, but not to the degree of the nose, and I wouldnt even describe it as sour really. Significant hop bitterness on the finish. I also get notes of raw oak, citrus rind, herbaceous/grassy characters, booze, hints of barnyard funk. Quite complex as well. Very good, I would have liked more tart sour notes, but thats just personal preference.

M/D: Medium bodied, pretty heavy carbonation which goes well with the fuller body, not thick but maybe a touch syrupy at times. ABV is well restrained (boozy notes are there but add well to the flavor profile rather than detract from it). Drinkability is very good.

O: My first beer from Jester King, and needless to say I am impressed. So complex, yet so drinkable. I would have preferred a little more sour kick, but Im just nit picking. This beer is awesome. Highly recommend.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a real fan of sours, but I loved this one.

A: Hazy orange body that is topped by a soapy 2 fingered white head that dissipates quickly reducing to a thin ring around the top of the glass.

S: Tart, funky, tropical fruits like mango, hints of spice with subtle whiskey notes.

T: Follows the smell very closely. First sip is strong in the sour department, but quickly mellows out allowing the complexity of this brew to shine. Tropical fruits are at the forefront and are balanced well with the whiskey undertones.

M: Well carbonated, medium/light bodied.

O: My favorite Wild Ale to date due to its high level of drinkability and surprisingly complex flavor. I WANT MORE!!!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 750mL bottle of Jester King's Boxer's Revenge from the second round of bottling this year, poured into a tulip glass.

A - This pours a cloudy orange/light red with a good amount of white head at the top.

S - On the nose I light fruits, citrus, and yeast.

T - On the palate I mainly get the fruits that were on the aroma, some earthiness to this, having that funk that Jester King beers tend to have. And of course, it has a very nice sour edge to it on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and it seemed to be pretty highly carbonated.

O - Another great offering from Jester King. Boxer's revenge is a wild ale/sour that delivers a ton of flavor without being too sour and leaving an unpleasant taste in the mouth. I really enjoyed this beer and I am looking forward to seeing how this beer ages.

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Photo of ADZA
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a creamy two finger ever present head and lacing everywhere,the smell is vinegar,white bait,Brett,farmhouse funk and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,dry with moderate carbonation and the taste is wow it definitely could not be explained in one word but it does have tastes of funky vinegar,Brett,tangerine,herbal earthy hops,lemon and finishes with a sour dry tartness and overall I love it basically a wild imperial pilsner and ill be buying more cheers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange, minimal layer of white head clings on, small amount of lacing

S: nose features Belgian esters with notes of wild flower, citrus, and lactic acid, quite a bit of oak

T: super tart to begin with acidic fruit character, tannins come in and make for a rather dry finish, a moderate level of funk, nice range of flavors

Mf: heavy body for style, moderate carbonation

O: very interesting and unique, don't get much whiskey character, but overall this is delicious and worth a try

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours a medium copper color with low head and amazing lacing.
Smells funky, some hayfield and earthiness.
Taste is big! Huge sourness that I loved. Some fruit, good malts as well.
Mouthfeel was awesome, flavors lingered. Dry, but not overly so.
Overall, I loved this beer. If you like sours, you'll love this one.

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Photo of MarioM
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of tjmodica
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow with a thin small white foam layer, JK nailed the color. On the nose a light lemon tartness, grass and hay, downplayed sour. Lightly sweet citrus flavors, lemon tart sweetness similar to a lemon square desert, alcohol is completely hidden. JK's has accomplished what I have been waiting for from a Texas brewery or any brewery for that matter someone who can regularly put an excellent sour/saison on a Texas shelf.

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Photo of JulioH
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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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Photo of videofrog
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750ml bottle into a Jester King glass, careful not to disturb yeast sediment. Served at suggested serving temp around 50 degrees.

A: Yellowish orange, nearly clear. Carbonation bubbles visible, soapy lacing down the glass.

S: Sour, light funk, citrus, whiskey alcohol. Sour apple as it warms.

T: Sour up front, nice hop presence, citrus. Vinuous & whiskey in the finish.

M: A bit heavy, slightly lower than normal carbonation compared to other sours I've had. I like it that way for such a big brew.

O: Sampled Boxer's at the brewery, was happy to pick up a bottle. I like the elevated hop presence compared to other sours I've had. Glad to have access to a quality local sour.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm really excited to see some of the other Jester King offerings coming to my area. When I saw this I snagged it up quickly, hoping that's will find it on a regular basis.

A - Poured into a Deschutes snifter, the beer pours a rather opaque, bright orange. The pour yielded a foamy half inch head which stuck around long enough for me to write this much. The head eventually receded leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - The aroma is definitely not what I expected from an American wild ale. Coming to expect seriously tart and funk as I get from most Russian River sours, this took me fora spin. It's funky alright, but in a saison kind of way. The funk is slightly sweet smelling with notes of jasmine flowers, hay, lemongrass, with little peach and grape to round off the nose.

T - Much like the smell, this was not what i was expecting. Don't get me wrong, its a wonderful beer, just not very sour, as i was expecting it to be. Nice lemongrass, non-
distinct citrus, white grape and peach flavors immediately come to mind. There is some tartness happening here, just not overwhelming, and certainly not dominant. I think what may be throwing me off here is the whiskey barrel which is creating some of the sweetness that I'm picking up. This is a really unique take on an American Wild ale.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with moderate to light carbonation. Slightly on the lighter drinking side with a nice dryness, kind of like you get from a dry champagne. Slightly warming at 10.2%, but at that level its incredibly drinkable.

O - I'm really excited to see this brewery available to me in such variety. I have had several of their beers, and they are all very good and distinct, in their take on standard styles. This was no exception. I really enjoyed this beer. I think part of my problem was that I was expecting it to be sour since in my mind all wild ales are, and that just simply isn't true. The wild yeast they use is very distinctive and very nice.

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Photo of Fux
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Borefts Beer Festival 2012.
A: Hazy dark copper orange with a very small head, that quickly fades to nothing.
S: Smell is tart, slightly funky with notes of citruses (orange)
T: Taste is sour but quite smooth, quite fruity and a bit sweet, aftertaste is long and reminds me of a dry white wine.
M: Light carbonation, crisp and refreshing, the alcohol is barely detectable.
O: A very good sour ale, not too heavy given the ABV and perfect for the aperitif for instance. I would love to get more of this!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Wheat, caramel, and bready malts, oak, vanilla, wine, whiskey, citrus hops, lemon zest, funky brett, tart green fruits, lactic acid.

T - Whest, caramel, and bready malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, wine, funky brett, tart green fruits, lactic acid, lemon zest, citrus hops, Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great sour beer. Fantastic overall complexity and balance.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks in part to all of the great traders that helped me amass plenty of this great beer, standuptj, dcloeren, dirtygrind (Reddit).

Pours a very light fizzy head of mostly bubbles, over hazy orange red color

Nose tart sour fruit, hint of sour cherry and light lemon, light vanilla buttery oak, light malt, light musty almost vinous quality.

Taste fairly tart sour fruit, buttery vanilla oak, hint of sour cherry and lemony like flavors, nice acidity, hint dry malt, some tannins. Finish is very dry, hint of bready malts but not much, more tart fruit, little flemmy, a bit more oak as well. This being a very high abv for a sour, but still comes off as lower abv.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb, some acidity.

Overall quite nice. A very nice American made sour, with great tartness, sour fruit flavors, good acidity and tannins, and lots of buttery vanilla oak to round it all off. And a big abv that is hidden well as lots of booze is hard to go with sours.

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Photo of afluentturtle
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored from a bomber into a pirat tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark golden hazy amber with a fingure of head. I guess I poured more agressive than other drinkers because I had no problem getting head. (haha)

Smell: Wine up front, fruit and oak/musty wood notes also. Fruity and earthy floral scents are also detectable.

Taste: When right out of the frige all you get is sour and bitter hops. As it warms sour raspberries and orange, wine and a little floral notes dominate. Lambic and tartness also apperent. After taste is sweet, almost like honey. A little hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth, a little seems to bite and hang in your mouth, maybe that's the alcohol but I don't know for sure. Decent carbonation.

Overall: Pretty damn good I would say, has a decent about of alcohol so you will feel good after knocking back a bottle. A good sour taste but it's not overly sour, would seek out again if it was easily found in Houston. Would like to see if aging has any changes in flavor.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a glowing, super hazy dark apricot color with deep golden edges. A huge foamy cream colored head takes a long time to go down.

S: A much sweeter smell than I was expecting. Candied apricots, white grape juice, a healthy dose of farmhouse funk, sweet moscato wine, mango and some faint wood. Smells pretty tasty.

T: Opens with a slightly sour, sweet white wine flavor. Some fairly complex malt and wood flavors with a dash of brett. Faint hints of citrus, tropical fruit and barrel. A nice dry finish with a touch of wood and more funk. A really interesting beer. Dry but sweet. Tart but smooth. Big in alcohol, but light on the mouthfeel. Really good stuff.

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Photo of RustyP
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden-amber color with a slight haze and very thin cream-colored head. Had to pour vigorously to get even a ¼” head of loose bubbles that all but disappeared immediately. No lacing.

S: Slight musk buried beneath citrus and oak. Some grape notes in there too. A longer sniff reveals a hint of caramel sweetness that supporst the other components.

T: Mmmmm….fruity and tart to start with, but not puckeringly sour. A mild funkiness carries throughout. Nice pithy citrus bitterness kicks in mid-palate and lingers throughout the finish. The wine- and whiskey-barrel aging show through in the taste; the first breath after swallowing reveals plenty of oak notes as the back of the throat, and the fruity components of the flavor definitely carry a sharp, vinous quality. Fairly dry finish that still leaves some grapefruit rind bitterness along the sides of the tongue, and very light whiskey sweetness on the back of my tongue. The alcohol is well-hidden, but still discernable in this fresh bottle. The overall taste leaves me wanting more immediately after each sip!

M: medium to full-bodied with just barely enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. The tart character of the flavor also aids in keeping Boxer’s from being too heavy on the palate.

Overall: Simply put…I really dig this beer. The flavor starts off tart and simple, but becomes more complex through the middle, wrapped up again in simplicity by the end. Another very solid offering from JK!

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Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd brewing bottle, poured into tulip, tried again after warming some from refrigerator

A: murky orange with heavy carbonation, thin white head that dissipates after a few minutes

S: strong sour notes of yeast and fruit on the low end

T: starts strong with a tart finish on the front of the tongue, light sour grape with funk sprinkled on top

M: Dry, light, hint of carbonation

O: very interesting beer, strong flavoring mainly dominated by the sourness, will definitely try again

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