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Das Wunderkind! Saison | Jester King Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#3,084
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
775
pDev:
8.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 775 |  Reviews: 101
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1%
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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3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another saison from the darling brewery of Texas. Refrigerated for a few days prior to opening. 4.5% ABV confirmed per the label. OG: 1.035. FG: 1.002. IBU: 16. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and fantastic cap art (on a branded pry-off pressure cap) acquired at a local HEB Grocery and served into Cantillon stemware.

Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like their sours but I've yet to be blown away by one of their saisons. Reviewed as a saison because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption.

The beer does rise after I pop the cap; it may be overcarbonated. Expect a gusher if it hasn't been refrigerated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No real frothiness. Head retention is poor - about 40 seconds. Little lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent hazy bright yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's definitely within style conventions and is pretty standard fare for a saison.

Sm: Plenty of doughy and bready yeast character. Lemon zest, lemongrass, lemon esters. Lightly funky farmhouse yeast. White wine skin/wine must. Straw. Heavily grassy. A bit lactic. I wouldn't call it sour. Floral hops are definitely present. Timid green apple. A kiss of lime. Maybe some white pepper, but nowhere near as much as I'd want in a good saison. Seems to have decent complexity. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Not fantastic for the style, but within conventions. I'm looking forward to trying it.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Green apple, lemon zest, lemongrass, lemon esters, floral hops, clean doughy/bready yeast, buried unevocative white pepper, a blip of lime, brettanomyces-induced light funkiness, straw/hay, crackery malts, and timid white wine must/skin. Where is the purported oak barrel? Nowhere to be found.

Pilsner malts. Has a blip of sourness, but by no means is it truly a *sour* saison. A biteen salty, actually. I'd like a bit more of a dried fruit presence. Good sweetness/bitterness balance.

It's complex enough, but the style demands more. It could also be more subtle. Well-balanced for what it is; I quite like it. Depth of flavour is below average for the style; saisons may have the most depth of any style out there and this beer doesn't bring enough to the table. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Overall, it's pretty good stuff - especially for an American-brewed saison.

Mf: Spritzy, smooth, wet, and crisp. A biteen acidic. Well-carbonated; bottle conditioning was an excellent choice. Has good body and thickness. Supports the flavour profile and complements it well, though it doesn't seem custom-tailored to it. Good presence on the palate. It's somewhat soft.

Not oily, harsh, boozy, hot, astringent, or gushed.

Dr: Quite drinkable, though if I had it blind I'd guess the ABV was actually higher than it is. It's pretty good stuff for an American saison, but it's not quite up to par with the best Belgian offerings. I'll easily kill this bottle alone. A damn solid offering from Jester King, but I doubt I'd get it again given that it's priced right around Fantome's price point (as an import, no less). If only they'd make the price a bit more reasonable, I'd indulge much more often. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Well worth trying, and I'm glad it's a shelf beer here in Texas. But it's far from world-class; this style demands more.

Lowish B

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw color with a rather modest head that fades rather quickly though it does leave some splashy stippling behind

Smell: Tart and citrusy, with a range of fruit aromatics (lemon, strawberry and green apple); lactic sour elements build though they are complemented by a floral perfume

Taste: A range of fruit flavors (lemon, green apple and strawberry) is joined by the lactic sourness in the middle; the oak adds another dimensino, after the swallow, along with a hint of floral flavor that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Jester King has a real way with low ABV beers, packing them full of a range of flavors; having made my way through almost a dozen of their offerings, this one may well be my favorite

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with a medium size head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light barnyard notes is refreshing. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with light oak notes and some barnyard notes that are not overly dominant. Some acidic notes are also discernable but not too the extent where they overwhelmed some of the other flavours. Body is about average with medium to low carbonation. Not the most complex sour beer but very well balanced with acidic notes not taking over all the flavours.

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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1%
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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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 775 ratings
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