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 JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +2.9%
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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Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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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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 Phil-Fresh
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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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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 cbutova
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of TheBungyo
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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Photo of Seanniek91
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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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 Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of AMG55
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.


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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 mtomlins
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends.
Big thanks to Seblp for the bottle!!

Nice copper color with a big foamy head and decent lacing. The nose on this brew is strong and has a lot of sourness right out of the gate with a some funk; some oak and maybe some tart citrus rind, grass/hay, earthy. The flavor kicks like a mule though and is face-melting sour...but in a good way! This is a massively sour ale with plenty of funk and on the finish some more subtle notes of the farm, earth, grass and hay. A delicious beer, but I am glad I had help with this bottle!

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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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light copper with ample head. A bit of a gusher. Served at cellar temp, so maybe best to chill this a bit prior to opening. The aroma offers funk, oak, white wine, earth, residual citrus. Champagne and white wine notes amid an earthy, grainy body. Very nice. A great afternoon sipping beer, which is exactly what I did. Dry finish with lingering funk. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a slight head, a bit opaque very nice.

Smell is VERY hop driven but still maintains an incredible barrel aged sour character, peaches and citrus fruit with a very pleasant funk, wow!

Taste is very good but a bit too mineral/vitamin-taste or medicine mouth-driven with the alcohol coming through a bit, good but not fantastic compared to the nose.

Mouthfeel is as it should be.

Overall this is a great beer, not as outstanding as the Oi Oi in my opinion but the interplay between the hops and wild yeast is pretty incredible.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks seblp for this lovely brew, unsure how to tell batch/bottled dates
The beer pours a tarnished copper that gushes thick foamy white head from the bottle, but settles into a residual thin halo around the perimeter. There's decent lacing and some flecks of sediment on the bottom. Buttery whiskey and vinous oak presence upfront, funky citrus, and some booze dominate the nose. However, the beer's citrusy tartness is amplified in the taste, leaving a strange orange juicy concentrate mix of spirit barrel caramel/vanilla and tannin bitterness. This beer is thick, medium bodied with modest bitterness, citrusy sweetness, a distinct alcohol presence towards the finish, and residual bitter/semi-sweet finish. The beer definitely reminds me of bottleworks 14 from cascade, and I'd say this is safely in second by comparison.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jester King Brewery - Boxer's Revenge, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy dark ruby amber with some floaties and a decent sized foamy head that retains some. Good lacing.

Smell - Smell is funky sour with some woodiness from barrel aging. Fruity and estery. Slightly sweet underneath.

Taste - Taste is quite fruity and tart with a slight funk (sour like white wine) and some hops on top. Not much oak woodiness but there is a touch.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and warm in the throat and stomach. Light bodied with low carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall - This is a great brew. Definitely quite the acquired taste (wife hated it, you better like sour and funky!) but I dug it!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With an incredible sense of earthen tartness, dry wood character and a shard of robust caramel sweetness, Jester King now flirts with whisky and wine barrels in order to exacerbate the savory tartness and drunken oak character of that each barrel holds.

Its appearance is a rusty chestnut brown with a haze that denotes its unfiltered charm. White a billowing sandy-stained head forms upon, it settles with clinging lace that creates a spider webbing of creep. Strong in its retention the ale seems to defy logic as sourish ales aren't supposed to have this type of foam character.

Sharp and woody aromas abound as the scent of light caramel and toffee play out upon a pecan and cashew base. Lemon, crab apple and under-ripened berries spring to live as the beer's character opens up with a tarter note heading into taste. lightly pepper with wood spice, there's a soft cedar note that is charming and perfumy.

But to taste all that delicate wood character is cast aside as the sweetness is short and its acidic tone takes hold. After that, the middle palate is alive with lemon, berry, sour grape and green apple. As the ale closes, it does so with a winey tinge, a peppery spice and a dry wood tone that celebrates all things whisky and wine.

Its mouthfeel is rounded, smooth but even dry to start. As the ale travels cross the palate it becomes increasingly dry, woodish and somewhat powdery. Like fine Merlot, the bulk of its taste is much more appreciated in finish where the perfume and cedar return and reward the palate.

Boxers Revenge is a masterfully blended ale that doesn't push the barrel aging too far but allows them to make a meaningful mark upon the ale with nuances of both wine and whisky. Despite its complexity, it's a highly palatable ale that is begging for cedar plank salmon and pecan pie!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

unique brew here, even in the out there context of wilds anyway, this is just different. tons of yeast floaters snowglobe style in a hazy brown amber liquid with an inch of thick white head and an aroma of heavy whiskey barrels and farmy yeast. fruity notes, apples and pears, give it a sweetness, while bacterial sour notes dry it out. as far as the flavor goes, its complex as anything and well built, but im not sure the right barrel was chosen to compliment the beer itself. i miss the subtle pucker and malt balance. i get a ton of vanilla, and it clashes with the sour a bit. getting more and more funky as it warms, the alcohol strength remains well hidden, a real impressive feature of this slightly confused but very intriguing brew. fuller bodied for a sour type, and not quite as well carbonated, but the feel works fine. overall this is a one of a kind beer, but for 16 bucks a bottle its not good enough for me to justify another bottle.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Blend #4, bottled on 6/6/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours an opaque light brown/amber with some nice orange highlights. An off white, tightly bubbled 2 finger head quickly forms and recedes at a good pace. The head leaves little to no lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.25)
As as the beer is poured, huge aromas of ripe red berries fill your nostrils. Notes of juicy peach, pineapple and blood orange begin to surface alongside the berries as beer warms. A lactic tartness makes itself know immediately with it's characteristics of cherry pie filling and plum skin. There is a mild, musty barnyard funkiness alongside the mostly fruit forward nose. Along with some faint bread-y-ness, some soft notes vanilla and coconut from the bourbon and wine barrels round out the nose.

Taste: (3.75)
Immediately, as soon as the beer lands on your palate, you're blasted with clean, lactic acidity; predominately notes of tart cherries, berries and lemon juice. Following this tartness are some notes of citrus and a lightly herbal hop character. The beer finishes dry, tart and bitter with a touch of bready maltiness. Long, lingering notes of bitter lemon peel, faint musty earth, coconut, vanilla and wood tannins. A tad boozy on the back end; noticeable bourbon barrel characteristics.

Mouthfeel: (4.25)
Heavy bodied with a creamy texture. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
A wonderfully aromatic sour.; definitely one of the fruit forward(without having actual fruit added) that I've ever smelled. Unfortunately, most of the fruity aromatics are not carried over in taste; Most of the juicy, tropical yeast driven characteristics that are there in taste initially, are quickly overwhelmed by barrel presence and hop character. This is a very unique sour beer.

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