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Das Wunderkind! Saison | Jester King Brewery

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Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mature beer, refermented in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria is blended with fresh, dry-hopped beer prior to bottle-conditioning. Dry and lightly tart, with notes of citrus, barnyard, and tropical fruit.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Near the end of an evening of terrific and very intense beers from Jester King, it's nice to move to something simpler. This is a very nice, straight-forward saison. Not wholly dissimilar to Dupont, which is high praise. Very drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing and hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes, 2012 vintage.

Bright gold color with minimal foam or lace.
Lightly funky aroma of wet hay.

Tart lemon and grapefruit rind in the taste, dry finish, very clean and well attenuated.
Overall this held up well and was very easy drinking. Thanks Dan!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart apple, lemon, pear, orange zest, pepper, clove, wheat, hay, grass, floral, funk, oak, light leather, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast notes with moderate barrel and hop notes. Taste of tart apple, lemon zest, pear, orange zest, hay, grass, floral, pepper, clove, wheat, oak, funk, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, floral, pepper, clove, oak, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and barrel flavors; with good robustness of flavors and no cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, lightly acidic, and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour saison. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale orange color with a heavy haze, subtle white head that dissolves into a ring with very thin patches of foam.

S: Yeast, tart apples, farm hay, funky bacteria similar to brett saisons I've had .

T: Tart yeast, green apples, pears, and sweet bready malts. I do pick up on some oak and it blends very well with apple notes. It has a nice dry finish but does leave a faint funk and aromatic herbal hop notes.

M: Medium feel with pleasant carbonation. Finishes well and briefly leaves a few interesting aromatic notes behind.

O: This is a unique saison. It's easy to drink with just enough tart and funk flavors to enjoy without overwhelming you like some sour saisons. It has interesting fruit, oak, and herbal notes. This was an old bottle (8 months) that I sampled and tasted a little stale but I still really liked it and will be getting it again.

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Photo of cmoody91
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think this beer is under-rated in JK's catalog. Maybe because it leaves those looking for too many saison or sour characteristics underwhelmed. I think it succeeds phenomenally!

Poured into Jacobins Rouge tulip from a bottle chilled for a couple days then allowed to warm up to proper serving temperature. Thin lacing, very small bubbly head. Smells amazing! Preserved meyer lemon, warheads, riesling, fresh hay, cheesy/barnyard funk and a finish of strong yeastiness from the saison part of the spectrum. Overall pretty clean but incredibly complex aroma, can only hope this will get funkier and more complex as it ages. First sip strikes you with a clean but sour lemon and lingering puckering quality. I drink quite a lot of sours, and while this isn't super sour, it does have a slow-puckering quality to me on the finish in an incredibly pleasant way. Reminds me of warheads when I was a kid. As you drink fresh champagne grape and yeasty qualities come to forefront. Definitely more saison forward as it warms in a great way. Really refreshing and drinkable. While the carbonation is low, I enjoy that aspect of the beer, too much would make it more saison forward to me and strip away too much of the sour qualities. However, the first time I had this it was on gravity and that definitely influence my perception of the beer.

Overall I wish I could drink this everyday, especially in the summer. Refreshing, but complex, sour and funky in that way that Jester King pulls off perfectly.

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Photo of Jonada
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch #14 July 31, 2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with 1 finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin coating and collar. Body is very hazy but translucent.

Smell: Lemon, fresh cut grass, tropical fruit, spices, slight floral and bready notes as well.

Taste: Lemongrass, doughy, citrus, green apple, peppercorns with slight hints of funk, pineapple and lacto. Just a twinge of sourness. Quite a bit of hop flavor but almost no accompanying bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Finishes dry with a light tart sourness. Super refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: My first Jester King beer and I'm relatively impressed. Priced a bit too high for what it is, but still worth a try at least once. Make this cheaper and put it in 6 packs and I'd buy this all the time.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the most recent bottling, poured into a HF Wine stem. Thick foamy head, golden body, lots of carbonation and spotty lacing as the beer is drank. The nose is overwhelmingly funky. Almost rancid vegetable/moldy smelling but at the same time really alluring (maybe it's because I'm a funk freak, who knows). A bit of hay and saison yeast on the nose as well. Taste is nowhere near the funkiness of the nose. Saison yeast, straw, a touch of funk, a little herbal, like basil, sage, or rosemary. Some oak, but not much. Just a hint of lemon and pepper on the finish. Not at all acidic as I was expecting. Feel is medium bodied, very dry, lots of carbonation. Refreshing. Overall, I like this but it feels like it has more potential. "Oak-aged Blended Saison" (what this bottle boasts) to me means funky and acidic. This definitely brings the funk but really could use some acid to pair it with. Right now it's more or less an american take on Saison Dupont. Excpetionally funky brett saison. That said... I'd still drink this again for sure.

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Photo of brandon911
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Jester KIng brewery on September 15th.

The beer was a pale yellow with a fluffy white head that disappeared fairly quickly. The smell had a lot going on, sour grape notes, some bright citrusy hops and some funk in there too. The taste was similar to the nose, a little sour, kinda yogurty and wheaty. The taste was pretty difficult to describe. The mouthfeel is pleasant, very light, low carbonation and very, very easy to drink. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had like 4 bottles of this, pretty sure I reviewed it, probably got lost.

Light fizzy foamy head, crystal clear orange color.

Nose funky sour malt, sour funk and tart, nice tart funk, sour mash, little musty mineral musty funk.

Taste nice tart funk, sour funk malt, tart fruit, little juicy malt with tart cherry funk, candy like, etc. Finish dry flemmy acidic funk, tart funk lingering.

Mouth med bod, decent carb, little acidity.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy yellow, with yeast in suspension with minimal head. Nose is full of sourdough, lemon rind, vinegar, and a bit of funk. Taste is light and tart with a bit of sweetness up front and a finish of lemon and tons of acid. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and fits the beer well. Overall, a clean refreshing brew with nice flavors.

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Photo of narwhal
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours light hazy yellow. Smell isn't hugely strong, but has nice tart notes. Good level of carbonation. The real highlight is the degree of sour on the taste, which I think is just perfect. Not overpowering but yet strongly present in fore & after tastes. A solid saison & definitely one I will drink again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, citrus, tart apple, yeast, little tropical fruit

T-toasted grains, tart apple, lemon, light tropical fruit, yeast funk, little spice

F1medium body with lively carbonation, crisp

O-solid saison, easy drinking and enjoyable

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Photo of gcamparone
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Jester King stemmed glass. Thanks nedvalton for this one!

A- Pours a mellow, slightly hazy, orange body with a small white somewhat fizzy head that reduces pretty slowly to leave leggy lacing. Love the label (+.25)

S- The saison qualities are immediately apparent.. belgian spices, citrus, fruityness, bananas and tart apples. Funky yeast, barnyard, oak and some sour lactic.

T- The first thing to touch the tongue is tart citrus & apple, slightly sour lactic bacteria, on the follow through is a belgian spiciness, some funk, resinous hoppy notes, slight oakyness and caramel. The aftertaste is slightly bland.

M- Thin with medium-high carbonation.

I always love trying Jester King beers.. you never know what you'll get. This one was definitely enjoyable, but I wish there was a little more flavor and/or body there. Given today's sour market, I expect a little more funkyness/sourness in an American Wild Ale. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of gtcastle
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For starters I love the art work on this bottle (received as an extra from @hambone85) which made it peak my interest right away.

Appearance: hazy yellow with 3 fingers of bright white that quickly disappears.

Smell: citrus, yeast, & a little funk.

Taste: just like the smell, citrus, tropical fruit, and funkiness.

Mouthfeel: more carbonation than a lot of other sessions I've had recently m

Overall: I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Medium orange with some gold and honey tones - hazy, lightly cloudy - pours with a medium cap, fades to a few wisps - leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Very aromatic and decidedly Jester King - some really nice funky notes - some citrus (orange, grapefruit) and some tropical notes - a ton of wood, and some nice, earthy aromas - some other light fruits, with some light malts in the background

Taste: Nicely funky flavors and some tropical highlights - some grass and straw notes - some orange and grapefruit - vaguely tropical fruits - some tartness, and some earthy sourness - musty, damp, lactic - floral, with a ton of wood - some pale malts as well - finishes pretty clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, clean

Overall: Das Jester King consistency

This beer probably would be mind-blowing if I haven't had any barrel-aged Jester King beers in the past. But I have. This is very similar to some other (great) Jester Kings beers. Some nice funk, fruit, and wood flavors. Great stuff, even if it reminds me of other beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A misfit of a beer for sure! With so much complexity and power of flavor- all crammed into a sub 5% beer. Yea, that's odd for sure. But wonderfully odd.

Its strong honey-gold appearance is hazy with unfiltered yeast to ensure bold flavor to come. But after the beer decants with a light, arid and fluffy sandy head- all that settles to a creamy blanket to cap the beer while lacing with intricate patterns. It's a classic Farmhouse look.

Earthy and brisk, the beer's opening aromas are of wet hay, grain, husk and bread crust. A quick follow of lime, tart berries and white grape gives a glimpse into the ester profiles. Balanced by high spice of wood tannin, white pepper, cinnamon, sea air and cumin- the ale shows its earthy tones.

To taste, there's relatively no sweetness as tart acidity greets the palate first. Its dry character is of limes, sour grapes, tart berries, apples, oranges and playfully of cider. All that fruit is met with a balance of peppercorn, clove, cumin, cinnamon and saltwater to round out its middle palate. Closing with weathered oak, cork, and vermouth; the ale is as refreshing as it is characterful.

Dry from start to finish, this characterful and woody taste is equaled with the texture to meet. Its powdery wood texture is spicy with wood, must, dust and dry cracker-like malt. Spicy with pepper, light alcohol, and wood spice- the beer has no option rather to finish like dry wood aged white wines.

Those wines might be falling out of favor in the vineyard community, but the beer world celebrates it hard right now. It appears that the misfit of beer is coming en vogue. You sexy Mo-Fo, you!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice basic saison. It hits all the notes you expect from the style. Nice carbonation, nice funkiness, and easy to drink. It didn''t blow me away, but was a really nice refreshing drink and would be perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange. White head.

Aroma/Taste: A nice amount of fruity citrus. Orange and lemon. Some yeast and funk with tart green apples. It has a sourness to it as well. Kind of line a berliner and a gueuze.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was really easy to drink and really enjoyable. I was surprised by this one. I wish I could drink this more often.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a gush. Pours a hazy golden body filled with carbonation. The beer is topped with a thick fluffy white head.

Has a musty, hay, lemon, peach and sour aroma.

Nice flavor of funk, sour, fruit, and wheat.

Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Dry.

A great lightweight saison.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a cloudy orange color with a thin white head around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is tart with some notes of sour lemon to it. There is a little funk there as well. The taste follows through with a little more of the sour lemon flavors. The taste also shows a little bit of a white wine/grape like quality to it at times as well. A hint of some earthy yeast spice peeks through. It's very tart and crisp with a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with carbonation being above average. Overall, it was a very solid beer. I especially liked the sour citrus notes to it. It really came together pretty well and was very flavorful and drinkable. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of enrique_m
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a grand cru glass and it is a golden color. It gave me about 2 inches of head and you can't see through the brew when you put up to the light. The smell is a metallic funk but it tastes very good. You get a slight sour taste with a light oak taste that compliments the brew. Overall it's an easy and tasty drinker.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of lemon, orange peel, candied fruit, and some general funkiness.

Taste is initially tart, although not overwhelmingly so, with nice citrus flavor. More of an orange or tangerine type of citrus with a slightly bitter finish. Once again, I like the somewhat creamy mouthfeel from the beer being unfiltered.

I've really enjoyed my first two experiences with Jester King beers - really drinkable but with some complexity and interesting characteristics.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap in the brewery's indoor tasting station on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a large bottom wine glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got to sample Das Wunderkind at the brewery before they bottled it... so I've always had a soft spot in my heart for this beer. I saw bottles on the shelf today at Whole Foods and had to pick 'em up. Served in a Jester King stemmed farmhouse glass.

The beer looks... well... like some of my undercarbonated homebrew. Nonexistant head. Still, the body does have a nice hazy yellow-orange feel to it.

The nose is wonderfully complex. First sniffs revealed a saison-y farmhouse funk. This was followed by a tangerine-like brett funk. Layered with that is some tartness and maybe some hay. The brett is the strongest aroma at the end... and that's the way I like it. Excellent nose.

The taste isn't quite up to the nose. The brett is more subdued and a yogurty tartness is the main flavor. A bit more bland than I expected / wanted. It's almost like a Berliner. I like the flavors and they're building on me as I drink it... but I wanted more. I'll let my other bottle sit for a while before popping it in hopes of more funk.

Overall, this is a very good beer and something I'm ecstatic to have on the Texas market. Can't wait to have something like this year round. That being said, I feel like the flavors could have been a bit sharper on my tongue.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is bright and bubbly with a fizzing froth. Lots of tangy Apple, pear and cider like tones hit the nose but the flavor is more tangy and a touch less flavorful. Plenty of sprite orchard fruitiness just subdued a little. This is very good, plenty tasty and an easy sweet treat.

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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
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