Noble King
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #699
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,922
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
748
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Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
88
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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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Photo of BerryKumquat
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, lemon color and mostly transparent with tons of frothy, mountainous head. Fresh, citrusy, piney, funky, tropical aroma. Hints of lemon and orange flavor. Pine and leaf. Ample Brett funk. Quite hoppy and dry with a pleasant and light acid. Light body, ample carbonation and dry finish. Standard for the style yet very well executed.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a light hazy yellow to golden haziness with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a weird somewhat clingy lacing that stuck at the top of the beer but slid for the rest of it. The smell had a light sour lemon to light orange. There’s a decent light grassy spice trying to make an appearance but stayed subdued for the most part. The taste was somewhat sweet but had a decent spice and wasn’t as sour as expected. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat there but tries to hide itself for the most part. Overall, definitely one of the more balanced sour/wild ales that I could have again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017-02-11
750ml bottle sent to me by a friend in OK. Batch #17, 03.31.2015.

Pours slightly hazy, light yellow, with a medium to large head that fades fairly quickly to a ring and a thin layer. Lot of carbonation. Smell is lemony, funky, grassy, a little yeast and spice.

Taste is lemony plus another fruit. Funky and spicy to a strange degree. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the flavor of this beer -- it's definitely interesting. It's crisply bitter, and strangely fruity. It seems like a flavor that will grow on me.

Mouthfeel is light, extremely dry, extremely effervescent. Works well with the lively flavor. Overall, interesting and pretty good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique bottle data: BATCH #19 - 08.16.2016

Cloudy, golden body topped with a thick, rocky, creamy white head. Echoes of brett funk, citrus, green apples in the aroma. Delicate flavor meld of sweet and sour qualities; lemon, lime; very subtle light cereal grain qualities; low-key hop bitterness poking through. Soft and dry body; gentle warmth with a tart twist on the tongue; crisp and delicate.

This is one fine, exquisitely balanced and complex farmhouse ale. All the sensory elements mix and blend together into one delightful sensory experience. The beer delivers a near cacophonous yet ultimately harmonious blend of pome and citrus fruit goodness; sweet yet sour; tart yet juicy; full bodied yet leaving the impression of lightness and dryness. This is one fine beer...

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch# 17, pours an effervescent gold with a sliver of cream colored head. Hazes up a bit as the bottle is drained, Zero head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & leafy hops, plus pears, & wet grass/Brett

T: A little bit of lemon sweet tart, ,leafy hops & pears up front. Grapefruit, lemon & leafy hops, some pear & Brett as this warms, plus dryness & hints of white wine barrel. Finishes with pear, white grape, oaky dryness & tannic notes & some Brett

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, some enamel clinging stickyness. Carbonation tones down a little as this warms

Wished I could've found this fresher, but tasty enough as it is, well worth a go

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the Jester King Farmhouse Ales and Noble King is a good low alcohol variety.

Look: clear golden hue with a thick bubbly white head.

Aroma: grassy, citrusy, a tad yeasty aroma.

Taste: It is grassy, a little bit funky/yeasty, sour-lemon and some pepper, no bitterness or alcohol. I think it is very good. Thirst quenching but perhaps not a lot of action.
Feel: A refreshing, light fruity farmhouse Ale

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Photo of babaracas
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw color, two fingers of soapy white head fading to a thin ring; blobs of lace trail down the glass. Smell: lemon zest, hay, mild spicy hopping, sugar cookie backdrop with notes of apricot, dried pineapple, and pepper. Taste: lemon wedge, snappy grain, whole grain bread dough, a little of that dried pineapple estery action, moderate grassy hopping, coriander and pepper finish. Medium-light body with a boost from fluffy carbonation, dry, crisp finish. Quite good but can't help feeling that the saison yeast could pull more weight; it feels a bit buried by the brett and bugs.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into a snifter. Cloudy golden yellow with a thick cream colored head and nice lacing. Floral smell with honey. Lemon and pepper, honey and a bit of cinnamon. Nice feel on the tongue. Nice beer!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tons of funk on this. It's hazy gold and smells of barnyard and goes down smooth on a hot day. It's advertised as hoppy, and definitely hoppier than say petite prince, but it doesn't come across in the bitter/tropical or piney sense you think of hops producing.

Pretty solid

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Photo of stakem
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle into a tulip appears a clear pale yellow color with a white cap 3 fingers strong that fades leaving patchy lace.

The aroma is a bit buttery like popcorn and vegetal matter. Some carbonics and minerals, sulfur and egg farts. Honestly, this does not smell appealing at all.

The taste is a real contrasting mixture of phenolic belgian yeastiness like clove and plastic meets lemony lactic tang, soap and herbal to vegetal bitterness. Individually the flavors are not bad but when blended together its awkward and disjointed.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Collectively this brew just seems like a bit of a mess. The lemony lactic character is appealling but not when coupled with the yeasty phenolics and especially not with the vegetal flavor/bitterness. I drank through a glass of this hoping it might get better as the bottle breathes/warms. That wasnt the case and I ended up dumping the rest of the bottle. Not sure what others found enjoyable in this but it was very hard to stomach the portion I tried to drink.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, Batch #17 - 03.31.2015. Excited to have landed a bottle of this unique batch of Noble King here in Chicago, and from my local bottle shop nonetheless. My second bottle from Jester King.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a pale light golden body, murky & bright, pulpy sediment in the glass, and lots of active carbonation leading to three fingers of fluffy airy white head with nice retention. Minor spotty patches of fluffy lacing.

S - A very pleasant aroma: tart & bright, with notes of citrus peel, lemongrass, orange, yeast, cold leather, & funk. Very unique and interesting. Definitely invokes a sense of terroir. No chlorine or shrimp shell on the nose.

T - Taste brings in more of the same: citrusy & herbal, with a healthy dose of sour / tart / funk, notes of earthy crackery yeast, white wine / white grape juice. Dry, earthy, herbal, & grassy on the finish, with some yeasty / bacterial flavor lingering. Pretty unique and complex stuff, to be sure.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, & spritzy. Medium-light body, bubbly carb gives it a champagne like consistency. Very delicious & easy drinking stuff.

Overall, a very unique and interesting 'hoppy' farmhouse ale from Jester King. Although this batch turned out much different than they had originally intended, it still turned out excellent in my opinion, and is a testament to the uniqueness of craft beer. Very glad to have tried this; it was everything i could have hoped for. Looking forward to trying many more beers from this Texas farmhouse brewery.

Jester King Noble King (Batch #17) -----4/5.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labelled as brewed in March 2015. A much different beer than what I expected it to be. More within the sour side than a farmhouse, hop driven ale. Tart, funky, has that feel at times that there are little to no hops present but that this is more a vessel for the wild yeasts. Dry, carbonated and citrus forward.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods - Lamar. Batch #17 04.01.2015. Pours out pale cloudy golden color with huge airy head. Spots of sediment for the white head. Yeasty, funky tartness in both aroma and taste. Not sure if it's the age or not, but coming off sour, not too bad, but more tart than your normal farmhouse ale. But it's Jester King...more yeasty funk on the finish.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried on cask, poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden light orange, a little hazy. Big frothy head, big bubbled with excellent retention.

Smell is funky citrus, lemon zest and orange peel. Smells of bandaids and earthy yeast. Some subtle green apple skins and white grapes.

Taste is green apples, bananas and cloves meshed with that barnyard funkiness and estery tartness. No hops or alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is very low carbonated, thanks to cask and a very easy and refreshing drinker.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says 03.31.2015

A- Pours a semi-hazy light golden color with a full two fingers' worth of white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Very floral aroma with some strange plastic-y funk.

T- Somewhat tart flavor with more of that plastic-like funkiness. There's also a soapy quality that's not all that pleasant. Tangy and dry. Hops are pretty much all gone due to the age of the bottle.

M- A bit sharp from the medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- Didn't realize this was over a year old. I had read the date before buying when a couple of these randomly landed at my local store courtesy of Shelton Brothers and I was thinking it said 2016. Pretty lame that these were dumped in our market when the beer is obviously far past its prime since it's supposed to be hoppy. Thanks a bunch Shelton Brothers...

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Photo of Sheppard
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold, a little bit pale straw, with white head. Some mild cheese funk on the nose. Perhaps some stone fruits. It actually smells pretty good. There's some pear and grassy hoppy character. The finish is a little metallic. Overall, it's a little disappointing.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra, was thrilled to find it was a batch 17. Love the layers of hop, tart, funk and citrus here. Killer beer from top to bottom. Love that tangy finish that seems to stick.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The top of the bottle is very lime-green color, with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly. At the end of the bottle, the color is murky and yellow-green, like orange juice.

I smell lemon grass and floral notes. Some of that yeast comes through as well.

I really like the taste. There is pear, apple, light hops, earth, brett, and hay. It's a nice crispy farmhouse ale. More faintly, I get orange juice, lemon rind, and funk.

The mouth on this is great - bubbly like champagne, and yet a little more thick. When it warms it gets juicier.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. This is one of the better farmhouse ales I've tried, and I love the unfiltered and unpasteurized ingredients in this beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently at 50°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #17 - 31Mar15) into a tulip. Consumed on 31Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in quantity and both small and medium in size. There is a moderate amount of thick lacing. 4
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat, lemony zest, and earthy yeast entangle with mild aromas of spicy hops, earthy hops, sour green apple, wood (not quite oak), and salt-like minerals. 4
TASTE: Strong spicy hop and mild sour green apple flavors first enter onto the palate. Mild mineral and wheat flavors immediately follow as sour green apple flavors fade to subtle. Mild lemony zest, earthy hop, earthy yeast, and wood flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist. 4.25
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a mild crispness. 3.75
NOTE: I can't fathom what others are complaining about. This was deliciously complex. More wheat than I expected, but that just balanced out everything else. Usually something with this much mineral flavors would be displeasing, but swinging back to balanced, yeah.
OVERALL RATING: 4.13 out of 5
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Batch #18
Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (04Aug15) into a tulip. Consumed on 14Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and a half's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of foam within 1 minute and 30 seconds. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a moderate quantity of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate. 4
SMELL: Strong aromas of salt-like minerals and lemon zest are backed by mild aromas of sour green apples, wood, wheat, spicy hops, earthy hops, floral hops, and earthy yeast. 3.75
TASTE: Strong wheat and mineral flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild spicy, floral, and earthy hop flavors. Strong lemon zest and subtle sour green apple flavors further unveil the taste profile as earthy and floral hop flavors grow stronger. Mild wood and earthy yeast flavors end this symphony of taste as all previous flavors persist. 4
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with a mild crispness. 4
NOTE: This batch was more mineral forward than the last, which I did not like too much. This one was also more hoppy, which I did enjoy. Overall, I preceded the last batch over this one.
OVERALL RATING: 3.94

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... I sort of feel terrible saying this as I am a huge fan of Jester King, but I was very underwhelmed by this offering. I got spoiled with the such quality offerings as Black Metal ... this was sort of "meh" for me. When first poured I super excited, golden orange color with a clean zesty smell ... but the flavor and mouth feel fell completely flat for me. There really isn't much going on in the flavor house ... just a mild blah yeasty flavor for me ... this is going to sound so bad ... but it almost felt like I was drinking a Schlitz ... sorry guys ... really love the brewery overall, but this one felt phoned in ...

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bright golden hue with a massive but tightly constructed head of tiny bubbles.

The smell is the most aromatic, herbal and floral standard farmhouse ale I've experienced. Now, standard is a key word here--this is not an experimental or off-the-wall brew. There is nothing offensive or unusual, everything in its right place.

Flavors meld together well, it's not hops, it's not yeast, it's not banana or clove, it's a marriage of these things into a very well developed and cohesive, mellow saison that's not too spicy.

Extremely refreshing and bright, it is both eye opening and relaxing. It makes you want to sit back and relax, with a certain energy that promotes absolute clarity and awareness.

2015 vintage

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rather bright orange color, wasn't expecting that. Big clumpy head, retention like a gangster. Aroma dropped the noble hop likeits hot. Or hop. Drop it like its hop. Smells like grassy spring.

Bitter, humid, earthy hops in the taste profile. Bitter. Plenty drinkable, but kinda pricey for what you get. Lemon bitter hops. Malt profile isn't really all that distinguishable.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 748 ratings