Das Wunderkind! Saison | Jester King Brewery

Das Wunderkind! SaisonDas Wunderkind! Saison
BA SCORE
89.6%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 772 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,996
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
772
Liked:
692
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
8.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
184
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ericchalifour
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Myotus
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Bunuelian
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of breadwinner
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe a bad bottle, but this was pretty bad. Really rough nose, eau de outhouse, faintly grainy malt, funky in the bad way, maybe some tart lemons thrown in there for good measure and some dry wood. None of the tropical fruit the description/others have suggested. Palate was busting with Bretty phenols, prickly, mildly plasticky, surprisingly bitter, thin body and buzzy carb amplifying the effect. There's an underlying grainy malt in there too, mixing with the Brett and tartness, but it's just dischordant as hell. With the whole blending bit, you can sort of, if you try really hard, see the echoes of a better spontaneously fermented Belgian beer, but the missteps are too egregious to really even mention them in the same breath. Clearly, others have had better experiences, so again perhaps this was just a bad bottle, but, to my palate, this was rough as hell.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nra818
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MattGrimley
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy, bright gold and beautiful with gorgeous head as big as you want! (depending on how vigorous a pour).
S: Orange, Lemon, Lime, ALL Citrus, light funk, large Brett presence.
T: Zesty, slightly sour, a nice traditional Brett farmhouse is here with all it's glory. The oak is here but not well defined.
F: Light body, dangerously drinkable, light in alcohol, wonderful carbonation and ALL THAT FRUIT!
O: Just a wonderful example of a wild blended Saison. Very reminiscent of Boulevard's Saison-Brett but with much less alcohol and MUCH more tartness than the aforementioned great beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 2015, poured into a snifter.

Big foamy head fizzes up and recedes to a small white ring immediately. No lacing. Opaque gold in color.

Nose definitely has a big brett note, some light bright fruits present as well.

Flavor s really nice - lacking in typical banana and clove I always expect in a Saison but what is here is a great surprise. Bright, sour, and FUNKY. Big on lemon and fresh, pungent grass. Funk is pretty huge - barnyard and wet hay. Acidic and juicy. Tart but not overpoweringly so. Really, really nice saison - really like this a lot. Finish is long on the bright grassy note, still bitter. Hop nots not overly present but bring a trace bitter that isn't there on the nose as would be expected but seems to linger on the finish - earth and wood come out a bit there too.

Feel is nice - body is a bit on the light side but not lacking for it. Carbonation is pretty great. I like a saison that is so tightly and overly carbonated it can be agitated near endlessly and evolve into a nearly different beer from the release of the CO2 - this beer isn't like that. At the same time, the carbonation level is spot on for this flavor profile - more carb and it might be too bitter or out of balance to that side. There is no watery note here.

What I love about this is this beer knows what it is. A lot of saisons (Blvd Saison Brett comes to mind, which I love) almost want to be played with when consumed - varying the carb via agitating, letting it warm and warm to feel it change that way. Somewhere in there is its peak level for enjoyment. This one - the carb is what it is, not much different comes out as it warms. This is just a spot on, funky, sour and bright saison. Would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of WanderFlora
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of neutralaction
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 thumperskibum
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of frasergrove
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of traxstar7
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Das Wunderkind! Saison from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 89.6% out of 100 with 772 ratings
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