Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale | Jester King Brewery

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse AleNoble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium strength, dry, golden ale brewed with our farmhouse yeast, and, as its name suggests, an abundance of noble, European hops. Thoroughly hoppy, yet elegant, dry, balanced, and drinkable.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got a hold of Noble King by Jester King and i was definitely pleased with this beer. Not what i expected but it was a fantastic brew all around. Cant wait to go back to Dallas in a few weeks to snag an arsenal of Jester King beers.

A: Milky neon yellow color to it with a nice and steady head.

S: Very funky and different, not a lot of citrusy notes to it but theres some. The hops were there but not overly pungent like a regular IPA.

T: Well carbonated, hints of pine, citric fruits and hops with a nice different yeasty finish to it.

O: My first and definitely not last beer from Jester King, definitely a different take on beer but i loved it.

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Photo of bschweis
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Very pale yellow in color. Initial taste is lots of carbonation and slightly sour. Finish is a little sweet but still complex. Lots of grassy/funky flavor. Very nice farmhouse beer. Can't say I taste a ton of hops so this may not be marketed properly. However, it's still a great beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with an attractive head; both the retention and the lacing were authentically Belgian

Smell: Bready pilsener malt with a grassy noble hops; undertones of peppery yeast

Taste: After a hint of the bread, the grassy noble hops take over and assert themselves in a big way through mid-palate; the impact from the yeast is less pronounced but starts to develop in the middle and lingers, underneath, through the finish, bringing a peppery, slightly funky character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: Like a pilsener with a Belgian twist, this is another great beer from Jester King, a brewery that is fast climbing the reputational ladder with me as one of the best in the business

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Jester King 1st Anniversary Party

Pours an incredibly hazy yellow with a thick 1 and a half finger white head that leaves much lacing.

Smell starts of with citric hops and follows with a lot of spices. It is very earthly.

The hop character continues in the taste, but a bit of funk is also present. The spices also come through in the taste and is joined with some caramel malt to provide great balance.

Carbonation is on the higher side, a bit prickly, and the body is medium.

Surprisingly, this was actually my favorite beer at the anniversary party. Vastly exceeded expectations as this wasn't even really on my radar before going to the event.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bro tjkinate for the bottle. I've had a couple other of Jester King's stuff and haven't been disappointed. From a 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow. Two fingers of off-white head has solid retention and some decent lacing.

Classic Belgian Pale nose, with an extra kick of noble hops. Herbal yeast with some bubblegum notes and a bit of barnyard funk. Bunches of grassy, slightly floral hops. A touch of cereal like grains. Very nice nose.

Taste follows the nose. Starts out with the spicy Belgian-style yeast. Followed up with some lovely noble hops; super floral, super grassy, a bit of citrus zest. A touch of pale malt rounds it all out. Very nice.

Light in body, wonderfully crisp carbonation. Very clean, dry finish. Exceedingly drinkable, but perhaps a touch thin.

Overall this is just a well crafted, and tasty beer. Is it really a Belgian Pale Ale? No. It comes from Texas. About as far from Belgium as you get. I think American Farmhouse Pale Ale is a more apt description. Yet Jester King's yeast seems to be of a Belgian persuasion. Belgian yeasts are known for their complex flavor profile, and that is exactly what Jester King's yeast strain possesses. It adds a little something special to all of their brews. The addition of European Noble hops only makes this beer that much better. Like a hopped up Orval. Recommended to any who can get it. Cheers!

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Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz pry-off bottle to a teku; stored and cooled upright, and refrigerated (almost) 24 hours before opening (okay, 22 . . . I’ll chance it), as per instructions. Batch info: “Batch #11 – Sept. 9, 2013”—making this beer a little over four months old. Brett should still be relatively young, I’m guessing.

Appearance (4.0): Now that is a pretty beer. The body is a pale, straw-yellow color—very pale. The head rises easily, with a finger or two (depending on how you pour it) of creamy, bone-white foam that dies down gradually. It leaves scattered splotches and sudsy spots all around the glass.

Smell (4.25): First it’s funky in a musty and very earthy way, with some overripe bananas, damp mustiness, and freshly turned soil. Then it’s floral and grassy, with wildflowers and wet, fresh-cut grass (like after it’s rained). Finally it’s lightly spicy and lemony, making the most of the combination of farmhouse yeast and noble hops. Very light and pretty.

Taste (4.5): This is a fantastic, crisp mixture very grassy, floral hops, pale and subtly spicy saison, and earthy, slightly tart brett. It starts with a lightly bitter, very floral tone that has a light citrus character to it; then it moves into a mixture of subtle, pale, grainy, cereal-like malt and a gently but solidly spicy saison yeast character (a tiny bit of pepper and some garden herbs, like dried sage and basil); finally it gives a solid, bitter finish that’s grassy and very, very floral, bringing in some more of that lemony, spritzy citrus character. The brett is still earthy and subtle right now, but I’m sure it’ll develop—you can taste it, hanging back there quietly. It’s remarkably well-integrated, with no noticeable off-flavors or weird phenols.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Incredibly easy to drink: light carbonation fills every space easily, tingling lightly and foaming softly all over. The body is slightly on the light-side of medium-weight, and very dry without parching at all. It is very, very hard to drink this slowly, but I’m trying.

Overall (4.5): Everything about this beer is so bright but subtle, complex but elegant—I love it. It doesn’t quite go anywhere ground-breaking, but it does everything it intends to do extremely well, in my opinion, pulls off something a lot of others have tried but haven’t quite nailed, shows a level of precision and craft that really is notable, and promises to develop and evolve even further. What more could you really ask from a beer? (Answer: a limited-availability wine barrel version, but that’s really it.)

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A near pure white froth layers atop a brassy orange brew. Smells of fresh cut hay and lemon. Light and smooth going down with a mix of tasty green apple, distant earthy hops, orange peel, a hint of funk and distant cinnamon. If JK had a "lake" beer, this would be it, but thank goodness they don't.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the first pour and impression of a farmhouse ale this has the perfect appearance. With a perfect cloudy golden color that has a nice frothy white head that settles very slowly with a conservative bit of lacing down the glass. I attribute this lack of lacing the the richness of he ad. It looks as if the shrinking head were pulling the foam down from the sides. There the foam sticks the lacing is not so much lacing as it is more of a ramped up foam that is about 1/2 thick and just doesn't go away.

The beer is fairly effervescent with strong pine scents from the hops and subtle sweetness from the malts. Overall the nose is not as complex as I was expecting with just the faintest traces of bread. The hops are dominant and the malt is in between.

The taste is a very Americanized farmhouse style ale with overpowering hoppiness as one would expect from American brewers. The undertones are very much like a Saison DuPont farmhouse ale. The flavors are near perfectly balanced and extremely enjoyable.

The moutfeel is a tad bit more watery that I expected, especially given the richness of the head. Not bad, but could be a tab bit more rich in my opinion.

Overall this is extremely drinkable and very good. The palate is pleased by the balance on hops riding on the malt. I find this one extremely satisfying and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More awesomeness from Jester King! poured from bottle into JK Farmhouse Ale Glass. Pours a murky yellow/orange color (pretty similar to Le Petit Prince in appearance). Unfiltered, unpasturized ale. Nice stickiness on the side of the glass and nice head retention on this one. Smell- musty, over ripe orange, liquorice?, lemon. Taste- really nice hoppy punch. Explosive hops on the tongue, nice waves of something that appears to be liquorice and cracked pepper mixed with orange peel (and its awesome!). Complex, hoppy, airy, light, and delicious. Another hit from JK, something I would go back to again and again.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle at 46F poured into a HF wine glass. Thanks to Wayne17 for this bottle.

A: Pale cloudy straw colored body with thick creamy 2" white head. Fine carbonation. The head holds for 2-3 minutes and is payially revived with swirling. Thick lacing remains on the glass.

S: Classic Belgian earthy/bready nose covers light, crisp European dry hopping and a firm malt backbone. Hints of wild yeast and sour fruit.

T: Fantastic blend of classic saison (straw/y/barnyard funk) and something approaching lambic. Lemony citrus fruit balances tart and earthy/dirt undertones. Hops are muted, but this was bottled in November 2013. Malt blends into the background seamlessly. Tart citrus lingers softly with no unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation as a saison should be with no slickness. Medium body. Very approachable without any dominating sharpness to the acidity. Soft finish that begs for another taste.

O: Very impressive offering. I would have liked to try this a bit fresher to taste the dry hop, but it has developed wonderfully and is a lovely example of an American take on a classic Belgian style.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jester King Craft Brewery - Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

Look - Pours a hazy honey golden with an ever so slight amber tinge. Smaller fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Abundant sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet honey with a spicy snap Saison feel (obviously), sour bready Belgian notes that are mouth-watering and round this out quite well. Slight citrus hops here but generally absent in the nose.

Taste - Creamy and fizzy carbonated, a smooth farmhouse intro then a rapid introduction to sour citrus hops blast in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is sticky and full, sour citrus lemon, lime, grapefruit, and maybe slight pineapple hops rest on the palate.

Overall - This brew renewed my interest in the style, though admittedly it is a fusion and not fully representative of Saison alone. The hop character did tickle my funny bone just right. Would drink this brew again.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ulfitered glowing orange-yellow. Beautiful creamy off-white head. A bounteous pillow of beer head.

Aroma: Esters. Tart fruits. Hint of mineral and metal. Definite pear. faint cinnamon. Secondary of fresh baked apple pie crust. A mild vegetal herbal bitterness.

Taste: Yeast. Sourdough bread. Grassy clean finish. Moderate citrus with a tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Delicate tart. Slightly funky. Mild and light to medium light.

Overall: Nice well constructed Belgian style pale ale. A good exhibition of multiple hop and malt flavors blended nicely.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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 SunglassesJoe
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a real solid beer. Refreshing, citrus but not too overwhelming.
It tastes exactly when I think of a Saison/Farmhouse ale. It's nothing crazy or out of the ordinary but it's definitely one of my faves from Jester King.

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Photo of danieelol
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy mango with nice head and rather substantial lacing.

Smell is a metallic fermenting fruits. Galaxy? No, it recedes to a lemon-y, apple-y, almost Sorachi-Ace like note. This lies on top of a bed of apple-y Belgian yeast. Very perfumed. And fresh hops.

Taste is apple-y, peach-y. Has a dry, alcoholic, fruity tang to it. Lots o' hops. Bit of rice to accompany the perfume.

Mouthfeel isn't too substantial, about as expected for the ABV. Nice and spicy, think that's the hops working with some contribution from the yeast. Has a nice lingering hydroponic hoppiness.

Lovely, fresh tasting Belgian IPA.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 16/10/12

A very hazy yellowish orange with plenty of bubbles and sediment, very well sustained three fingers of foam slowly falls to an island leaving lots of soapy lace deep down the glass

S big nose on this one, very citrus, orange peel oil, lemon and grapefruit rind, with some spice, faint booze, bubblegum, hay, and loads of their farmhouse yeast, smells massive

T spicier then the smell but the citrus and yeasty notes are toned down just a tad, leafy and herbal and still pretty solid

M a little airy and medium bodied, after a few swirls you take out enough bubbles and it has a creamy feel, just a little grit and a rind finish

O I enjoyed this one and could easily tackle another 750ml, perhaps two, great nose and I have little to complain about anywhere else

I wish I had a hot Sun to drink this one under but even on this cold fall evening it went down in no time

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Photo of LittleDon
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze, bleached white fluffy head with some staying power. The aroma has me somewhere between Belgium (spicy, with hints of sour fruit) and Germany (earthy and floral). There's also a touch of caramel when the other characteristics fade. Yes, plenty of hops. Spicy bitterness middle to finish, like a German Pilsner on roids. Dry. This, along with the bitterness, cause my tongue to beg for mercy while my palate asks for more. Lots and lots of carbonation makes for a bit too much foaminess on each sip. Light body.

While I found Noble King to be enjoyable, its intensity make it difficult to have more than a pint. Best to share this one with others.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Golden yellow in color and cloudy. Pours a bubbly four inch head.

aroma- Citrus, floral notes, and funk in the background.

taste- Big on juicy citrus fruits at first, followed by dry cracker malt and grassy hops. Not really getting any of that barnyard funk that's in the nose. .

feel- Medium carbonation, light/medium bodied, and dry and crisp in the finish.

overall- This is an awesome farmhouse beer with great citrus flavor and a refreshing light/crisp finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from Jester King Craft Brewery that I decided to try, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale has a cloudy darker yellow/orangish color to it. It also poured more of an off-white/cream colored head, plenty of it too, about 1 1/2 inch.

S - There is quite a bit of hops to this, not surprising given the name. In addition, I get some grassy notes, citrus, and a barnyard type of smell on the nose.

T - on the palate I got a little bit of spice first, followed by plenty of good hops, not over powering though. This beer finishes with interesting zest of citrus and, well, green grass is how I would describe it. Quite interesting, something I haven't tasted before, but I like it.

M - full-bodied and a bit chewy since it's unfiltered. The carbonation is just right.

O - another great job by Jester King, the Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale is well done. The hops are present, but play in harmony with the malts, not over powering them. The hops really do contribute a good deal to the flavor and aroma of the beer giving an interesting complexity.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no bottle date. Poured this into my Victory GM tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, golden yellow color. Tons of carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy bright white head. Lots of bubbles off the bottom of glass. Sticking lacing.

S: Smells crisp and clean. Grassy hops and grainy light malts. I get a little of that farmhouse note too. Some bright citrus notes.

T: Up front you get a touch of tartness from the farmhouse yeast. Then some nice light citrusy hop character, lemon rind notes. Czech noble hops definitely come through. Very nice grainy malt balance. Perfect sunshine beer. Crisp clean finish. Leaves you wanting more.

M: Light bodied.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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 BeerImmediately
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml into wine glass, north of 55.

Pours with a faint, soapy white head over a clear golden body. Good lacing.

Aromas are buttery, sweet, soapy, and peppery... some cardboard as it warms, and plenty of 'fresh' barnyard in the finish.

Flavors continue down a great Saison path. Lemongrass, lavender, light citric bitterness, bubble gum, and white pepper. Lots going on here. Mouthfeel is very smooth up front, with the sharp bitterness bringing a dry finish. Superb.

Great beer. Exactly as advertised - a hopppy farmhouse ale.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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 elcatan
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lovejoy's, Austin, in a faceted whiskey glass.

Cloudy, pale yellow; thin white head, similar to a wit. Solid, hoppy nose with whiffs of fresh hay and yeast, though some of this could be the particular ambience of Lovejoy's itself. The taste: delicious, a very well-executed balance of funky, spicy, and sweet. I finished and immediately had another; this is beer I could drink multiples of without it becoming cloying or insipid. A great beer. Try it.

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Photo of gtermi
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours a nice orange cloudy body, with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: There is a good amount of Belgian yeast, some malt and a tiny bit of hops. The beer has a nice fruit smell, but it is also a little weak.

T: Just like the smell, it has a good amount of fruity flavors and a bit of malt. The beer fades very fast

M: Now the mouthfeel of this beer is beyond amazing! It is so smooth and only has a slight bit of carbonation on the back of the mouth and tongue.

O: Just another very good quality beer from jester King. There isnt any part of this beer that is bad and only wish this came in a 6 pack.

New Wild Ale batch

A: Cloudy orange body

S: Bit of funk, yeast and wheat

T: This beer has a delicious wild ale flavor to it and really ages well

M: Strong carbonation.

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