Noble King
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #659
Ranked #16,446
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Jan 03, 2022
Nov 21, 2011
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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Ratings by Beer21:
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3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Beer21 from Florida

Oct 18, 2015
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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

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
3.84 by prototypic from Ohio on Jul 19, 2020
2 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by BerryKumquat from California

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
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
3.95 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Apr 10, 2020
4.25 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Feb 03, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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
4.16 by safaricook from Netherlands on Jan 13, 2020
4.02 by Nunya from Ohio on Dec 25, 2019
4.14 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Nov 02, 2019
4.02 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Sep 02, 2019
3.85 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Aug 13, 2019
4.53 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Aug 07, 2019
3.52 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Jun 15, 2019
4.09 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Feb 11, 2019
4.21 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina on Jan 07, 2019
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
4.13 by SoCal_Matt from California on Sep 25, 2018
4.13 by baklo from North Carolina on Sep 15, 2018
3.98 by WillieThreebiers from Arizona on Sep 14, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

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
3.79 by frasergrove from California on Jul 12, 2018
4 by brantleysmith from Texas on Jun 16, 2018
3.59 by sohearn from Alabama on Jun 16, 2018
4.25 by vande from Illinois on Jun 06, 2018
3.84 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jun 04, 2018
3.85 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on May 31, 2018
4.43 by ClarenceSweetMeat from Idaho on May 27, 2018
3.87 by TheGent from New Jersey on Apr 18, 2018
3.75 by birchstick from Colorado on Apr 02, 2018
4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas on Mar 31, 2018
3.96 by zotzot from Vermont on Mar 04, 2018
3.54 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Feb 04, 2018
4.25 by brew-Ed from Texas on Jan 20, 2018
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 15, 2018
3.97 by bcsbeer from Florida on Jan 04, 2018
4.34 by Eman17 from Illinois on Dec 28, 2017
4.44 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Dec 22, 2017
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