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Das Wunderkind! Saison | Jester King Brewery

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Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
760
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.6%
 
 
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127
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184
For Trade:
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Photo of benclimbs
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit cloudy, not very exciting.

Smell is very nice - big fruit, strong sage, rotting citrus, strong grapefruit/orange peel along with - sir funk.

Taste is dry, funky, off sour - lovely saison - barrel Oakey wine notes.

A solid sour saison, great mix of yeasty funk , hops and big fruit.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending me this one lnashsig!

750ml bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. Can’t find bottle date info but I’m sure this is quite fresh.

A: Fairly aggressive pour leaves a white one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. After that, it’s pretty much gone. Body is a very cloudy honey peach color. Zero lacing.

S: Fruity barnyard funk! Lacto sourness. Light fruit and citrus...heavy green apple, apricot and lemon. A bit of woody oak.

T: Lovely tart sourness. Somewhat floral ...reminiscent of lilac. You get a flash of the fruit from the nose mid-palate along with grassy hops. Only a bit of the oak barrel shows up. Assertive puckering finish with pale malt biscuit in the aftertaste.

M: Light body. Overall carbonation is low but the acidic sourness makes up for it in spades, providing plenty of prickliness on the tongue. No sign of alcohol to be found.

O: The critters were busy with this one! I really enjoyed it and would love to have another bottle to share with others on a mild spring day. I bet this would pair nicely with creamy cheeses like Brie or Camembert.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart and refreshing. Light on the tongue, but wonderfully substantial. Nose is all morning dew and apple, with just a tough of breadiness. The wheat-bread and biscuit notes mix on the tongue with a honey-ish sweetness and a crisp finish. Very little in the spice department. Utterly drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The brew appears a hazy pale yellow color with white cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

The aroma is bretty with citrus, oak and earth. A lightly tropical aspect with a hint of lemon. Pretty splendid aromatics to this.

Taste includes a little bretty almost cracker or dusty flavor upfront, than it becomes mineral filled with a backing of wheat grain and faint citrus to lemony tartness with a zesty pulp bitterness.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. An effortlessly drinkable brew with intoxicating aroma that slightly outshines in flavor profile. If some of the mineral/carbonic character was toned down this would be world class. Id love to try other batches of this offering...both older and newer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/30/12 notes.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, peaches, light citrus, earthy notes, floral notes, yeast, and some light funk. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of sour peaches and fruits, wine, yeast, funk, earthy notes, citrus hops, spice. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Very smooth.

o - Overall a very nice beer. Some nice light sourness and funk, but not too much, and very easy to drink. Would love to get more of this one.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, lemon zest, tart green fruits, funky Brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, Belgian yeast, light spices.

T - Sweet grainy malts and wheat, tart green fruits, funky Brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, Belgian yeast, coriander, some other spices, lemon zest, citrus hops.

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

D - Great sour saison. Good balance with nice complexity and body.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks willandperry!

Appearance. Pours a nice peachy-gold with almost two fingers of frothy white head, decent retention.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast and orchard fruits, nice fresh oak barrels and sweet fresh hay. Smells really nice.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast at first, then lots of sour peach, lemon and orange. Some grass and a light bitterness in the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium-low amount of soft carbonation.

Overall. Very nice and refreshing. Loving this type of beer these days and this is no exception.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, straw colored body with a big fluffy white head that gives some bright floral notes on the nose. Well made saison that's completely in balance with just the right amount of tartness. You could drink this for awhile on a warm day and not need to go elsewhere. Definitely recommend as a very interesting take on a saison.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of citrus notes. I get a lot of orange and lemon character, as well as a little bit of tartness and a little bit of barnyard funk. Very nice.

The flavor is similar. The orange and lemon notes dominate the flavor, but there is also a nice acidic component which adds some sourness to the beer. The two sides of the flavor go very well together and make the beer very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass at the Draught House 43 Anniversary party.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with the only head being a white ring around the center of the beer.

Aroma: Citrus, lemons, orange zest, lactic acid, and a touch of funk.

Taste: Very citrusy with subtle earthy notes and a mouthfeel with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Tart and acidic with a very dry lingering acidic finish that is highly drinkable.

Overall: I could easily drink this all summer, which means they need to get it bottled and on the shelves so I can do so. I look forward to being able to have some more.

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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange color with a thick, slightly off-white and creamy head that quickly recedes. A little lacing, but still nice.

S - Barnyard, tart lemon and hints of green apple.

T - Nice funky, yeasty Brett flavors with tart citrus and green apple.

M - Nice and dry. Medium carbonation. There was a lot when I opened the bottle, but it settled a bit through the drink.

O - This is just a really interesting beer. A great saison with some wild yeast characteristics that are balanced very well. I could drink this all day, especially when it's hot. Any saison fans should seek this out.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jester King is quickly becoming my favorite brewery.

A: Single fingered soapy white head that displayed good retention settles to a thin soapy ring around the glass leaving little lacing in its wake. The body is a cloudy yellow with hints of orange, kinda looked like a mango!

S: Barnyard funkiness is detectable but not overpowering. Sour cherries, lemon tart, and oranges are the most dominant scents that really got my mouth watering.

T: This is definitely a sour Saison. After a few sips the sourness on the front begins to mellow allowing hints of tart cherry, lemon, and bitter citrus to present themselves. Grains and spice pull up the backend and really round out this unique entry.

M: Light bodied, extremely well carbonated, fairly dry.

O: I'm usually not a fan of sours, but this one seems to be the exception. I enjoyed this beers complexity not found from competitors. I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys sours, or to those looking to make the leap into sour beers. Holding onto my remaining bottles to see how time will affect the flavors, hoping for the best.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod colored body. A one and a half finger bone white head develops. The head recedes is short order, scant cap is left floating atop. Slight amount of lacing is left behind.

Funky, rustic aroma is noted right off the bat. Underlying graininess from the malt provides a pleasant base. Bright lemony aroma is coupled with a sweeter tangerine aroma. A bit of a bretty mustiness develops on the back and. Slight woody earthiness noted through out. Very pleasant aroma, develops nicely from beginning to end.

Tart fruit flavor immediately develops on the tongue. Tart lemony flavor is not over powering but develops as it sits on the palate. Mandarin orange sweetness accompanies the tart flavor up front. Very subtle malt flavor, again displayed with a slight graininess. Brett flavors are not assertive, they become most notable post swallow as they linger on the tongue.

Very light bodied Saison. Carbonation is much lower than I expected but still manages to hold up the beer. Finish is rather dry, nearly zero residual sugars or lingering flavors.

An impressive beer. Light in body but full flavored. Jester King has not developed the complexity that Jolly Pumpkin has in similar beers but that should not be held against them. The flavors that are developed are tremendously enjoyable. If this were to be available locally I would drink it often. Big thanks to Lee for the bottle.

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Photo of Myotus
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #18 - 26May15) into a tulip. Consumed on 22Apr16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. This dense, foam head refuses to die nor shrink well into 3 minutes. Yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a plethora of small, rising bubbles that explain why the head will not die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay, grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines are met with mild mango, peach, apricot, sour green apple, grass, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle aromas of oak and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: As I could have guessed from the aroma, strong flavors of hay, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit pleasantly bombard the palate upon first sip. Mild oak, sour green apple, mango, peach, and apricot flavors immediately follow to give way to a hopped sour that is so far, quite enjoyable. Mild grass and earthy yeast flavors along with subtle flavors of bananas (which weren't detected in the smell) and bitter hops close act 3 as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: Jester King manager to orchestrate a delicious, sour hop bomb that isn't too bitter. This is easily one of their best Saisons.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a DogFish Head Signature snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, orange, funk, orange zest, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon rine, citrus, funk, fruit, and lemon juice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While this one was not quite as robust as some from the style it managed to be very refreshing and very well balanced. The lemon note going on in this one was very nice and well incorporated. Wish more breweries would do the same with their saisons. A must try if you have not done so already.

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Photo of FTowne
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend #4. March 2013

Appearance: fast fading head. Tiny bit of lacing. Golden and cloudy, like a glass of grapefruit juice.

Smell: yeasty is the dominate feature here. Followed by tart fruit such as grapefruit (again), green grapes and Granny Smith apples.

Taste: Lots of hops listed on the label in the ingredients, but they are almost non-existent. Tart (bordering on downright sour) is the main player here. Much like the smell I'm picking up on a lot of unripened fruit in a very good way. Yeast plays along well with the sour fruit.

Mouthfeel: starts off nice and juicy, and then the sour aspect kicks in and dries your entire mouth out. Taunting you in to taking another drink. So light and crisp. Maybe this is where the hops have been hiding.

Overall: I wish I would have saved this bottle for a sweltering hot, typical summer day here in St Louis but I don't regret drinking this whatsoever. Tart and dry, yet very refreshing.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Blend #4, 03/2013
A: Hazy light orange; 1.5-finger head
S: Sour apple, citrus, grassy, earthy... complex
T: Sour. Sour apple. Tart citrus. Belgian yeast. Earthy. Very tasty, very complex
M: Light-bodied, crisp/sour, pleasant carbonation
O: Not inexpensive ($14/750ml purchased in KY) but would I buy it again? Absolutely

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Photo of darktronica
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a haze of golden sunshine with quickly dissipating head. Smells of pineapple and fruit cocktail, with hints of juniper, red currant, and resin. Tastes less fruity, with more evidence of the dry-hopping. The oak is present but unobtrusive, propping up the biscuity notes that complement the straw and sage flavors.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yello-orange. The off-white froth escapes quickly.

Aroma consists of lemon, grapefruit and brett.

Tastes of passion fruit, lime, lemon, faint grain and brett. Slightly tart, and so perfectly light and crisp.

Simple and seriously effective.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Has a typical Belgian yeast, farmhouse aroma. Kind of oaky with some citrus aroma. Nice smooth taste all the way through. Bready with some farmhouse flavor and stronger, refreshing citrus taste at the end. The end is a little too oaky and astringent but good nonetheless.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike (Thorpe429) in an attempt to prove that Jester King brews shouldn't be judged by their hideous labels. Served in a tulip.

A - An finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, topping a hazy peach body.

S - Nice funky brett, some sour lemons, mild toasted grains, crackery malts, and a hint of lotion.

T - Taste is equally enjoyable, with lemon and lactic sourness, a bit of dry wood, mild crackery malts, and some stone fruit in the periphery. Quite refreshing.

M - Smooth yet dry texture, surprisingly hefty medium body, medium-low carbonation, and no apparent alcohol. Thought this was bigger than 4.2%, so color me impressed.

D - Quite nice - if Jester King is getting these flavors from their local terroir I may need to seek out future farmhouse offerings from them. Well played Mike - this was a really nice beer that was a well-timed palate cleanser during the evening. I may need to trade for a bottle or two to enjoy during the summer months - or hopefully this gets distributed in our neck of the woods.

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Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label picture shown is of the Das Uberkind ... FYI

A - The beer pours golden, slightly opaque with a one finger white head.

S - Lemony, citrusy, good amount of yeast, hay and funky.

T - Lemon zest that develops into a green apple sour. Very funky/yeast/brett flavors.

M - Light, effervescent, high carbonation.

O - An awesome lightweight sour saison.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Batch 18, bottled 5/26/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a pale, opaque yellow orange with three fingers of near-explosive white head. The froth is slow to settle, leaving a fluffy collar that imparts some large sheets of lace.

Aromas of semi sour citrus, earthy funk, pineapple, wet hay and a slight hint of oak. I've come to enjoy a Brett-heavy nose and that is exactly what this has going on.

A familiar, earthy Brett funk is first and foremost in the flavor blend along with supporting notes of pineapple, oak, wet hay, apple skin, mild spice and apricot. There is considerably more fruit than expected and this is super easy to drink.

Light, fluffy body with smooth carbonation. All the right elements (for my tastes) of Brettanomyces continue in the fruity, earthy, funky finish.

Das Wunderkind is one of the fairly rare saisons that I really enjoy. The light body seems to be an ideal vehicle for delivery of optimal Brett and oak character, making this on of the more flavorful low abv beers that I've had.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale yellow color with a tall white head. Starts off with a mild lemon nose and some tart melon. Great wine aroma and a moderate funkiness, mostly straw and grass, maybe a hint of must. The flavor is more enjoyable than the nose. Great lactic tartness with some white grape, wine, and a hint of green apple. A light citrus note, plenty of straw and grass, and a bit of oak. Really an all around great beer.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled nearly 1 year ago. Batch #14 - July 31, 2013

It has been sitting in a closet in Florida for the better part of a year. The temperature never got above 78, or below 60... Let's just say I've been trying to let the sourness speed up with out keeping it in a temp. controlled setting.

Ap - Gold. Almost no head. It seemed like this would have a thick billowy head after I popped the cap and it hissed like hell. There is still a slight hint of lace.

Ar - Dust, tropical fruit, tart apples/lemons.

T - Dry, bretty tartness. Subtle apple, kumquats, and tropical fruits. This is better than I expected!

M - The mouthfeel is a little too thin, oily, and under-carbonated for my liking. Otherwise the beer finishes great and wanting more.

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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
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