Boxer's Revenge | Jester King Brewery

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Boxer's RevengeBoxer's Revenge

Brewed by:
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 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 brentk56
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot nectar color; hard to get much of a head to develop, though a few large bubbles cling to the edge

Smell: Bread, tropical fruit, lactic sourness, barnyard funk, Sauvignon Blanc grapes and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Bread and tropical fruit, up front, with a growing Sauvignon Blanc grape and lactic sour character that dominates the middle; after the swallow, the funk develops a bit alongside the tropical fruits; a hint of the vanilla from the whiskey barrel surprises in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but flat

Overall: Very complex and enjoyable flavors that hide the ABV surprisingly well; too bad the mouthfeel is a disaster

Thanks, mhenson42, for the opportunity

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cheers, willandperry!! Been wanting to try this one since it's release.

Appearance. Pours a cloudy honey-gold with just a little amber and a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell. A nice strong floral and honey-sweetened, light fruityness. There's a little funky brett and some old wood, but that floral fruity smell is pretty nice.

Taste. Sour grapefruits, oranges, lemons, sweet pineapple and pears, along with some almond-like, bitter fruit seed flavours. There's a bit of nice tannic wood and light brett that comes out as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel. Thin and just a little bit astryngent, really low carbonation.

Overall. An interesting, higher abv wild with some good sour citrus going on. Pretty easy to drink and at this abv, feeling pretty fine already. Digin' it.

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Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Hazy peached colored with residual white head. Its' smell is more bit of light citrus and some funk. Sourness is definitely there with funky and citrus hops. I can sense that there is some of brett into this really great sour beer. I definitely look forward to its' next release next year.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear vibrant orange. A small bubbly white head that fades quickly. A touch of lacing.

Tart aroma. Light gueuze like aromas of hay, lemons and grape. Slight hint of the oak and whiskey.

Semi-strong lemon/grape tartness up front. Earthy and funky hay/grass with a little pinot grigio flavor through the middle and finishes with some oak and whiskey in the back end. Really pretty good until the aftertaste where the whiskey doesn't fit well with the other flavors.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Hides the ABV pretty well. Finishes dry.

Have yet to really be impressed by a Jester King beer. This one is so close. I'd love to try a version that leaves out the whiskey barrels. I feel the base flavor profile and the wine barrels create a delicious combo, but the whiskey butts in at the end and completely clashes leaving an muddied aftertaste and overall lowering the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Boxer's Revenge

A-Rather clear, bright orange. Slightly hazy. Fizzy one finger head. Head disappears quickly but still has some lacing throughout.

S-Sweet and tart notes of peaches, green apple skin, bit of hay, lemons, green grapes, slight hint of oak & maybe whiskey.

T- Quick grape and peach tartness blended with a hint of whiskey. Light kind of dry, funky, white wine flavor in the middle with some oak notes and finishes with a solid barnyard/straw flavor and more oak.

M-Medium mouthfeel, moderate to light carbonation. Good warming alcohol at the back of the throat. Super easy drinking for 10%. Dry, but not overly so. Very smooth brew and very well blended.

O- Again another great beer from Jester King. This is a must buy when you see it. I would have liked it to have a bit more depth to it, maybe a little more sweetness, but it was still excellent.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1558th Review on BA
Bottle to GI Chalice

2012 Release

Thanks to Lnashsig for this one

App- Looked like a glowing orb of a DIPA really. Only a small 1/2" white head was there that fizzled quite quickly and maybe left a couple dots. The thing of this is the density and clarity of the coloring of the beer. Just pops out at the eye.

Smell- Quite a lot going on in this glass. Reading the label its 10.2% and it couldve fooled me. I got none of the booze on the nose but intstead got lots of the citrus and oak aromas coming up. I guess you could say it was booze but more of that distinct wine/whiskey treatment vs. just a generic nose. Little bit of tannins on it as well.

Taste- This was a very tasty albeit, large sour beer. The pairing and dueling barrel treatments created a nice depth of flavor with some great nuances in the glass. You do get a warming feeling from the whisky barrels but at the same time you get a good amount of lactic and tannins from the wine barrels. A bit sour, a bit thick and unique.

Mouth- A very large medium body for a sour. Although with a 10% ABV I was not expecting this to be like a 'Loon or a 3F sour either. A good medium carbonation with a good amount of fruit on the finish and a bit of prickly whisky flavors.

Drink- This was a good beer. It was unique, well crafted and very flavorful. I enjoyed the duality of the treatments but I think the ABV and body needed to come down a couple touches. I would say this might get better and I might wanna go find a couple more bottles.

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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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.19.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, bright reddish orange with a small light tan head that quickly is a small ring around the edges.

S - Lots of funk, subtle fruit, cherry maybe.

T - Tarty cherry, barnyard funk.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body. Tart finish.

O - Tart and funky, not much carbonation, but still nice.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a layer of fluffy white head. The head sticks around fairly well and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very sour and just a bit sweet. There is definitely a fruity undertone along with some alcohol. In the very end I'm getting some barnyard like funk.

Taste: Just like the smell, the sourness dominates here. Some fruity undertones here as well with a strong barnyard sourness at the end of the sip. I'm getting some wine notes in there as well. The finish has a touch of bitterness along with the sourness from the rest of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a really interesting sour. Lots of complexity. I really enjoyed the wine notes very much. I don't think the whiskey added much here. I would definitely have another bottle of this one.

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Photo of claytong
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very odd. Soapy head, looks like a sorgham beer.

The nose is much better. Very faint when cool. But random funk, coming very in and out with wine and alcohol and sugar. Not bad

The taste is with the nose, a lot of things going on, less funk than I hoped for. Too much alcohol and sugar.

Mouthfeel - oddly I feel quite a bit of puckering despite the taste. A bit too much sugar and alcohol burn (and normally I like booziness especially in autumn)).

Overall - a pretty good beer but there's so many better sours out there.

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Photo of pschul4
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BDavids for sharing this on with me!

A- Pours an Illini Orange (in anticipation for the start of the college football season) with bubbles coming few and far betweeen

S- Lots of sour tartness on the nose and not a whole lot else. Some citrus in there as well but that could just be more sourness. Touch of red wine in the background

T- Nice and sour! No let down in that catagory. Very acidic and the wine comes through nicely

M- Very light and watery. Could use some more carbonation

O- Good sour, not too complex but no complaints either

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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 inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Batch 1 I think
Unmarked tulip

A: Pours a yellow orange color. Ring of bright white head. Some lacing bits. Head faded quickly but there was carbonation.

S: Nose is less aggressive than expected. There is certainly funky notes. That Brett character is there. It's sour but not super sour.

T: It's sour but not as sour as I expected. Nice tart hit on the tip of the tongue. Mellows in the mid mouth. Smooth funk and oak. Hints of vanilla. You do pull that barrel character.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation but not overly.

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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 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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt orange color, cloudy with a nice 1/4 inch white cap, bubbles and decent amount of lacing

S: Well, lets see, tart and plenty of funk with light whiskey and wood with a big fruitiness

T: Big funk, tart and fruit initialy. Like funky fruit basket. I pcikup a little hay, earth and wood with a somewhat dry, tart lingering finish with a little bit of booze throughout

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, no major issues

O: Good overall. One of my Favorite Jester King beers

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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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a light straw color with a white head. Very lactic aroma with tons of lemon and lemon zest. A bit of straw, lightly tropical, and maybe some other citrus notes. Very mild oak. High acidity on the palate with lots of tart lemon and green apple flavors. Hints of tropical fruit and oak, minimal funk, and straw.

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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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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 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 silentjay
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very hazy glowing brownish orange with a pure white head that isn't too big, recedes quickly, laces well.

aroma is tart as hell. sour patch kids candy. red wine vinegar. sour cherries.

again, tart, but with a lot more woodiness than the aroma presented. red wine vinegar and sour candies. just a touch of sweetness, but plenty of funk.

a bit thin and undercarbonated. I really enjoy the fluffy carbonation of the traditional Belgian examples of sour ales that really accentuate the puckering.

I like it. Never had a beer from this brewery before, and I'd definitely be open to try more. this particular beer I wouldn't go through too much effort to seek out, but its an enjoyable quaff.

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