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
Ratings:
769
Reviews:
98
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.6%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
183
For Trade:
17
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a massive snifter at the brewery during Austin Beer Week. From notes. Reviewed 1 November 2014.

A: Hazy with light head.

S: Tart and soft and delightful.

T: See smell. Hints of nice fruit. Long finish. Delightful. It makes me smile.

M: Crisp and nice. So drinkable.

O: Phenomenal sour. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is cloudy fuzzy orange with a thinner white head with loose . Interesting stuff, lots of dry wood, notes of tart lemon, a touch of lacto, notes of citric orange peel. The taste follows, a touch tannic and a hint of whiskey. Semi dry finish, high tight carb, about empty in the back. More oranges towards the back and a decent sweetness accompanies the lactic acid notes.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a small white head. Lots of lace but not much retention.

Nose is surprisingly equal parts saison and sour. The grain and yeast are pleasantly prevalent. Peach, white grapes, honeydew melon and dough. Light tartness.

The base saison is quite impressive - light, grainy and yeasty. If you want a super sour beer though, this is not the beer you seek. The sourness is noticeable, but it is light and delicate. Too light for an expensive 4.5% sour, at least for my wallet. Its a really nice beer, but I just wish it was more sour, either that or less expensive. Mouthfeel is really nice, the carbonation is superfine and the base saison could hang with many of the better saisons from Belgium.

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Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden body with a inch thick head that slowly fades. The head never really goes away though.

S: A LOT of sour notes and a some sweet saison scents. It really reminds me of sweet candy.

T: Its pretty light at first, but has a nice amount of sour flavors. I also get a little bit of sweet grain too. The flavor lingers for a while, but goes from sour to sweet.

M: There is a strong amount of crispness all across the tongue and as it goes down the throat. It also has a nice thin body too.

O: This is a very nice beer and super excited to find this. I prefer Boxer's Revenge more, but this is still a delicious beer.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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

Slightly hazy golden-yellow with a large, fizzy white foam that settles to a persistent, very thin blanket with a thick ring.

Smell is world class. Very balanced levels of funk, citrus and spice bring in varying degrees of barnyard hay and straw, peppercorn, wild herbs and flowers, lemon, spiced orange marmalade, and a fruity, bright white wine or even champagne oak.

Taste confidently follows suit, but is a little less explosive than the nose suggests it might be. I'm getting tart lemon, orange, spiced but lightly wild herbal funk and a little oak, ending with a faint hint of licorice or allspice.

Body is medium, crisp and nicely carbonated, with a semi-dry finish that just glides down way too easily. I could have used about 20 more bottles of this. No wonder they're so successful if this is their base for so many of their one-offs.

Blend #19 July 2015 vintage

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Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to huskermike for throwing this in as an extra. Pours a light-orange sunburst, hazy and cloudy like any saison ought to be, with a a big-bubbled, light white head that grows big and settles quick with some wet legging left behind.

A big cloud of funk blankets the entire aroma, under which lies a collage of tart fruits; apples, grape, maybe even some lemon zest. The fruits have a tartness to them, as well as a light vinous character that's floating around somewhere.

Slightly vinegary and acidic on the aroma as well - this one definitely smells like it's gonna be tart. The funk overcast is comprised of some oak, wet hay, musk, cork, and a solid handful of yeast. Pretty spot on for a saison, I'm really digging the way this smells.

The taste starts off with some damp and musky cellar-like funk at first, but a sharp tartness quickly escalates and takes over; sour apple, grapes, lemons - very acidic and vinegar like, not as vinous as the nose suggested, but there's still a bit of oak and tannin notes to be had.

There's a nice harmoniousness between the funk and the tart, masterfully balanced here, making this one super drinkable. I guess the fact that it's only 6.5% ABV helps a bit, too. The aftertaste is made up of some fading tart-turned-sweet fruits, along with a mildly wet, oaky and funky finish, dry and full of yeast. Light-medium bodied with higher carbonation.

Didn't know what to expect from this one, but I've heard good things about Jester King. So I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This was a damn good and easily drinkable saison with lots of tartness and lots of funk, especially at the moderately low ABV tag. Hell yeah!

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Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mig100
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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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Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 769 ratings.
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