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 snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 +5.6%
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 -1.8%
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 babaracas
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +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 GreatStoutman
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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%
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 +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 Immortale25
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
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%
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 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 Myotus
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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%
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 -8.7%
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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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 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 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 BeerSamurai34
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is probably my least favorite Jester King beer. It is still a pretty refreshing beer, but it seems out of balance. It is really hoppy and the farmhouse yeast doesn't seem to be offsetting it the way I want. May just be a personal prerence though.

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Photo of stumac
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like they clean their lines and didn't wash the cleaning agent out before they poured this beer. Kinda chlorine-like flavor and aroma. Will try this brew in the future for accuracy

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Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a SN snifter

A: golden yellow with a bright white fluffy head. Great lacing and clarity.

S: Light citrus with gentle hay and grassiness. Not much aroma tho... Slight funk if you swirl and get your nose in there.

T: slight pine and a little menthol with great grain flavor. A little citrus and grapefruit bitterness. Gentle yeast character and a little lingering funk after taking a sip.

M: Nice lingering bitterness and gentle funk.

O: This is an interesting beer for sure. At this point the bottle is 6 months since bottling so aroma must have diminished but definitely a tasty refreshing beer. This is something I could drink all day during hot summer days.

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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 BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Smell is light. Some lemongrass, a little white pepper, little bit of earthiness. Taste is light, with the lemon being noticeable upfront. Mellows a little bit but then you get a little funkiness from the Brett. Flavors that linger on the palate are a slight sourness that finishes nice and crisp with some pepper notes. This beer wasn't as funky as I was expecting, no hop character noticeable, but I'm gonna assume that is because it is a year old.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade and had in fridge for a while
22oz bottle poured into a glass, it has a murky gold color body with a large fizzy head. The aroma has a strong hop presence with s little malt to it. The taste is hop forward with a yeasty kind of finish. It has a little malt to it to. Mouthfeel is good and over all a good beer.

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