Noble King
Jester King Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #699
Ranked #11,922
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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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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Reviews by BerryKumquat:
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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Saison Glass
A ~ Pours a hazy sunset Amber (orangish) with a nice cap of white head w/ delicate carb to style.

S ~ Farmhouse Yeast, Bread-y malt, Banana peel & faint floral attributes finishing w/ soft Prairie grass & powdered sugar. Pears & Stonefruit are in there.

T ~ Bread-y malt with an emphasis on Pilsner malts follow through with Earthy & semi-floral hop notes moving down the tounge & finishing w/ apricot, sweetened peaches & mild candi sugars. Finishes peppery & dry. Ester-y banana peel notes are present as well.

M ~ Sweet, light, & delicate malt backbone feels good on the palette w/ earthy hops that finish spicy. Belgian Pales are all about the yeast in my opinion, & this one does it nicely.

D ~ The clean & crisp malt profile carries the Noble hops through fairly well, & the two together are a perfect match for the floral qualities of Farmhouse yeast. Intense drinkability. Big ups to my boy Brad.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle hazy light lemon yellow with one finger of bubbly off-white head. Light lacing left behind.

Tart aroma of green apple, lemon zest, brett, Belgian yeast, and a bit of earthy notes.

The taste delivered some of the tartness found in the aroma with the green apple, lemon zest, and brett. Though, not nearly to the same degree. Tartness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a sharper carbonation.

An interesting farmhouse Ale from Jester King. Quite tasty but not great.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this reminds me a lot of prairie hop, but not as good, and with a jester king funky fermentation touch that goes beyond saison type yeast to the bacterial realm. the color of this is almost green, limey, hazy, pale, minimally heady. smells of noble type hops, saaz and other, low sourness but good outdoorsy atmospheric yeasty vibes. the flavor is cool because the hops are all on the font end. usually you see them come in on the back side, bittering up the finish, but not here. it starts hoppy, more grassy than anything, and than comes a wheat malt base and a bunch of crazy yeasty bretty stuff that gives this otherwise fresh beer a well ages component. complex but approachable, a really need flavor profile that is very hop forward. well carbonated but a little weighty from the residual yeast sediment. as good as anything else from jester king ive had, save maybe viking metal and atrial rubicite. would love to have this available all the time. more spring than winter too, but thats okay.

edit: the more i have attempts at this sort of thing from other breweries, and there are a lot of them out there now, the more i come back to and appreciate this one as one of the best. the noble hops with this kind of funk is amazing, no need for the new school stuff. one of the classic jester king beers for a reason. timeless.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Very effervescent golden body that is hard to see through with all the bubbles. A cloud of white head sits atop the beer.

Earth, grass, and a bright lemon character in the nose.

More earth, grass, and lemon but with more of an added orange component. Pepper and a slight graininess.

Light body with ample carbonation washes over the tongue fast. Dry.

A great sessionable brew. I'm predicting picking up a couple more bottles over the course of this upcoming Texas summer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Noble King from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 748 ratings