Noble King
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #596
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,231
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
623
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2022
Added:
Nov 21, 2011
Wants:
  46
Gots:
  146
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: So what does this philosophy mean in terms of our latest batch of Noble King? Well, the beer initially surprised us — not in a good way. After being brewed in early March of 2015 and packaged by April 1st (somewhat appropriately), the beer had some off-aromas that we used words and phrases like “chlorine” and “shrimp shell” to describe. It was palatable beer, but not something we’d tie our reputation to and release. Rather than dumping it down the drain, we knew the beer would change with time because it’s alive and teeming with microbes that would take the beer down different paths over the long run. Now, after eight months since packaging, the beer has indeed changed to the point where we’re excited to release it! Among other attributes, the nose has become quite funky, and a nice, quenching acidity has developed.

This batch of Noble King won’t present like previous versions did at the time of release. The herbal hop aroma and relatively clean fermentation profile associated with younger Noble King is long gone. Funk and sourness are more prominent as mentioned. This batch is testament to one of the mantras we have around the brewery, which is “give it more time”. The mixed culture of microbes, not always, but often have a way of resolving a beer in the long run. This aspect of our beer making has resulted in our “new” batch of Noble King being released over nine months after it was brewed.
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Straw yellow with a hazy complexion. There’s a quarter inch of dishwater white on top. There’s a light Hoppiness along with earthy light malt and yeast. I’m tasting light earthy malt and lightly spiced earthy yeast. The mouth is crisp and lightly to moderately carbonated.
Nov 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 750 ml bottle into a Goose Island tulip, moderately hazy golden orange, nice one finger tight bright white bubbles. Fantastic construction, tasty ingredients that really shine through…yum. Nose includes some lemony sourness, light clove and even lighter peppery spiciness, as well as some bright floral notes and slightly green earthy citrusy hops. Moderate body and good liveliness. Controlled but pleasant funkiness.

Great news that they’re now distributing here. Looking forward to more of this.
Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a slight hazed golden color with a fresh white head . Smell is dank and wet wit grassy herbal notes . Taste has floral citrus notes mixed with spice and and musty noble hops ,grassy fruity and musty .
Oct 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Aug 17, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 750ml bottle produced September 2021. Pale orange color with a finger of fluffy white head. Belgian yeast smell. Medium body, slick feel. Light citrus flavor with a little sourness and a peppery finish. Nice!
Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by o29 from Texas

Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: It pours golden and mostly clear. It has a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has some sourness up front in the aroma. It has some lemon notes with some floral and spicy elements. There are some grainy sweet notes as well.

Taste: It has lemon and spicy flavors with moderate sourness up front. There are some grainy sweet notes with low levels of pepper.

Feel: It has a medium body with a dry finish.

Overall, a well crafted saison.
Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by prototypic from Ohio

Jul 19, 2020
 
Rated: 2 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
L: A light blonde beer.
S: A light hoppy flavor.
T: A weird light citrus notes. Like a little brother to Mothership from Great Notion.
F: A simple hoppy beer.
O: Not interest.
May 23, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.95 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Apr 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Feb 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a hazy yellow color with a small head of foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is nice with a sour note of apple cider vinegar and some bready malt. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of grain and yeast along with a touch of grass and yeast.
Taste – The taste begins with a cracker malt taste that has a moderate level of sourness. The sourness is mainly of an apple cider vinegar nature, but also has some sour notes of a green apple nature. There are some light harvest fruit tastes of apple and pear that are present upfront and which grow stronger as the taste moves forward. All the while some yeasty tastes as well as grass, herb, and some funk develop which in the end, leave one with a nice more sour saison like flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the sour tastes mixed with the light cracker, funk, and grass the feel is great and makes this one more easy sipping.
Overall – A rather nice somewhat more sour saison. Quite tasty and satisfying for an only 5.3 % brew.
Jan 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by safaricook from Netherlands

Jan 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.02 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Aug 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Jun 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Feb 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina

Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by SoCal_Matt from California

Sep 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by baklo from North Carolina

Sep 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Sep 14, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, a lot of barnyard funk, citrus, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of a mild bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a good shot of citrus (lemon, mostly), a ton of the barnyard funk (quite pungent), some pine, and a surprisingly high hops content. This is an interesting flavor for a saison, mainly due to the hops content. It's a sweet, slightly funky, well-balanced flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a light and enjoyable saison. Drinkable.
Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by frasergrove from California

Jul 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by brantleysmith from Texas

Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by sohearn from Alabama

Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by vande from Illinois

Jun 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jun 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

May 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.43 by ClarenceSweetMeat from Idaho

May 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by TheGent from New Jersey

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by birchstick from Colorado

Apr 02, 2018
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