Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale | Jester King Brewery

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse AleNoble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

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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 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 kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. I got a 12 oz pour into stemware for $5.00 USD at Jester King. 5.9% ABV.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of dull white colour. Somewhat thin. Not creamy or frothy. Lacks lacing. Retention is bad (<1 minute).

Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Translucent. Nontransparent. Above average vibrance. Some floating yeast sediment is visible at the top.

Looks pretty standard for a farmhouse ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Contained farmhouse yeast character is evident, with some faint funkiness, hay/straw, a kiss of lactic character, lemongrass, cedar wood, and orchard apples/pears. Estery. Golden malts. Clean barley. The hops complement the malts really well, with plenty of floral and fruity character. No herbal/oily/piney/nectary hop character is detectable. I don't find any alcohol either.

It's a mild aroma in terms of strength. I'm looking forward to tasting it.

T: Straw/hay forms the simple foundation for this farmhouse ale. Musty brettanomyces yeast lend it some limited funkiness. The lactic edge I enjoyed so much in the aroma is missing from the taste. Biscuit malts, biscuity yeast. Floral and fruity hops. A hint of lemongrass. It's very estery, yet still clean and never stale. It's an interesting build, but is pretty simple for a farmhouse ale.

Balance is good, but not great. It's tangy. Not real subtle. Cohesive, but not gestalt. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not as soft as I'd like. Overcarbonated. A bit biting, which doesn't suit the flavour profile at all. It's a decent complement to the taste, but there's room for improvement here. Decent body and presence on the palate.

Not oily, creamy, sticky, hot, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable but unreasonably priced farmhouse ale. I wouldn't get it again, but I'm glad I tried it once. Not world class, unique, or special. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

It's a good but not great farmhouse ale, and there are far better beers in this style below this price point.


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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a foam-up in the tall Aventinus Weizenbock glass. Hazy light yellow with the head sticking to the glass. Light aroma of hay and sage.

Light body with a fizzy mouthfeel. Plenty of yeasty bitterness. Very distinct farmhouse-style flavor. Fairly dry and not much malt to be found. Thin and bitter after some sipping. A mineral taste with loads of hoppy bitterness. Nothing floral or sweet to this, it's strictly take your medicine and like it.

A little harsh and over-done on the Farmhouse flavor. Definitely not a Saison, there's no hint of anything fruity here. Watery. A bottle of golden bock might mix well with this. This batch is 5.9% ABV. From the 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of jwchestnut
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

picked up recently on a trip south

A - golden yellow, nice white head that recedes to a nice lacing

S - as the name would lead one to think noble hops, saaz, grass, spicy yeast,

T - not following the nose much, initially a slightly tart saison, nice little green apple but soon became a little one noted - primarily tart, sour lemon, difficult discerning the yeast or any strong hop flavor

M - nice light carbonation, easy to drink, very nice dry finish

O - wasn't what I was expecting, which probably adversely affected the experience - more tart than i was hoping - still good, but not what i was expecting. the only jester king to let me down so far.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with two fingers of foamy, white head that fades into a nice, cloudy cap.

S: Tart, white wine/grape absolutely dominates, some faint funk, light faint yeast, and nothing else.

T: Barnyard funkiness, lemon, sour white grape, and white wine.

M: Light with subtle carbonation. Quite smooth.

O: This one's okay, but after tasting some of the best of what JK can push out (Nocturnal, Hibernal, etc.), this one kinda just ends up tasting like what the elephant cage at the zoo smells like. Meh.

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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 hoody711
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well here's a lesson in looking at bottles closely. Could have sworn I was buying a PA or IPA, but, not even closer, just plain inspection shows hoppy farmhouse. Not my favorite style but here it is, and the NFL season is about to start, so what the hell?

A - First off, amazing bottle art. Really cool. 25.4 oz bomber. Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Massive rocky white head that slowly settles with great lacing. Kind of a cloudy, pretty orange. Really can't complain about much here, a really nice looking brew.

S - Farmhouse. Next. Seriously though, these all smell the same to me. Bananas, Belgium, broken promises (?). A little funk, a little malty sweetness. It's ok.

T - Much different than the nose, if I'm honest...and why wouldn't I be? Not getting the fruity sweetness that I usually taste in farmhouses. It lacks any real huge taste at all. I'm coming back to this section, as my dinner is dominating my palate right now... Yeah, still not anything great here. Kinda average.

M - Very nice and smooth, medium, a little creamy. Just a tiny bit of booze at the end. I could use a little more carbonation.

O - Blah, had such high hopes for this. Great bottle, brewed by guys in my college dorm. Just not anything to write home about. Another Texas beer that fails to really impress. Does this state brew anything outstanding? Really hoping that their rye IPA pulls through for them.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle that a friend split with me, interesting label. Cloudy orange color, almost amber. Smells sort of belgian, a little rustic (what does that even mean really?), yeasty. Taste has a hint of aspirin, I think its the hops but my buddy swears its the yeast. Either way this was quite a refreshing beer and I'd like to taste their other offerings.

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Photo of Premo88
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
November 2013 batch

L: murky yellow, almost looks like orange juice or mango juice; white foam head, not huge

S: lemon, sour apple ... sour is the key note

T: sour ... lemony and with some grain but mostly lemons. no hops whatsoever

F: nice, solid all around with plenty of carbonation

O: super tart and not much else, which is definitely saison-like. But this is a letdown for a handful of reasons, notably the hoppy lion on the bottle and "Noble" in the title of the beer that promises to deliver hops (it doesn't) and the over-hype of the brewery, which is a favorite among the beer geeks in Texas but hasn't delivered a memorable beer for me so far.

after this one, I'm done with Jester King for awhile. i'm not a big sours fan, so there's no reason to bother.

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Photo of Allab8
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden appearance.Very tart, crisp. Very citrusy. Good refreshing beer for a warm day. Not heavy. Almost has a champagne taste (I hate champagne) but turns citrusy. Really impressed me. This is the first beer of its kind I've tried and enjoyed extremely. Since then I've sought out many similar types.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bulbman for sending this one over to me. The beer poured out with a very active with a big white head on top of a hazy yellowish orange body. The smell of the beer is bready with some earthy hops and grains. The taste is slightly spicy with a mild hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a decent beer. Not something I would seek out again but was nice to try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average brightness in the orange color, looks pretty, and even more formidable lacing and retention, it originally started out at about 1.5" and stuck around for quite some time, taking well over a few minutes to get down below the 1/2" range.

Aroma was lemony and noble hop, I enjoyed it, reminiscient of that first warm spring day when all the hotties on campus or wherever you might be start putting on their first sun dresses of the season, but I digress.

A real earthy body presence to it, its like there's almost dirt in the bottle, but the good homey earthy kind. Definitely way more hopping than I am used to in a saison, but that's kind of the trend for the last few years, just make an "innovative" take on a style by dumping hops in it. It works just fine here. Crisp, lemony edge to a saison that isn't massive in its yeast flavors. Pull some pepper and grass out of it from time to time.

Something I wouldn't talk someone out of trying, but I don't see myself coming back to it, not because it was bad, it was actually fairly decent.

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Photo of bmwats
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Lots of effervescence. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving some dry residue behind as it retreats; and leaving a little blanket. Some decent dry, beer ring lacing.

S: Lightly floral, very yeasty, with a little funky raspberry.

T: White and sourdough breads accentuated with a little subtle hop, and and some light floral and fruity components.

M: Light body, crisp feel, really steely finish and aftertaste.

D: This is one of those brews that is best enjoyed in smaller quantities.

Appearance is very nice. Plenty of carbonation, and a really nice head, that lingers in some state throughout. Also, plenty of lacing. Nose is yeasty, floral, fruity. The bread components really stand out. Light, crisp body, very bready flavor with some complimentary hops, fruit, and flora. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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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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Photo of Sean9689
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors.

A - Pours mirky golden color, big frothy white head, lots of lacing and a nice cap on top.

S - Light yeast, hay, malts, light hoppy notes, grass. All very subtle and not overly hoppy or too much yeast.

T - More hoppy then the nose suggests, grains, malts, hay, light spice, and herbal notes. The yeast doesn't quite come thought as much as it does on the nose.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent Belgian Pale but more like a saison to me. Not something I'd continue to go after. Very easy-drinking but a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

From Leura. The bottle says 'best within 9 months of brewdate'... all well and good, but what if you cannot locate a brewdate?

Anyways, thoughts here not a review as once I had type in scores and started to write I had a visitor...

Fabulous looking saison, and exquisite in the mouth. Not actually too hoppy, a lot of lemons and zestiness, but oh-so-dry. Major failing for this reviewer. Very very dry finish.

0.5 off overall for price point given ABV.

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Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Hunger Mountain Co-Op. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear gold with a one two finger head that was fizzy and faded quickly into a thin blanket. Next to no side lacing.

S - Nice light green notes, bananas, light funky esters, light coriander, grape, and noble hops.

T - More of those light bananas and coriander. The noble hops come through along with some light funk. Its nice and quite enjoyable...until the back end hits. I've getting alot of alcohol, almost ethanol type. What the...

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice and enjoyable. Great fresh, crisp mouthfeel on this one.

O - Overall the lack of a decent head retention and lacing as well as that rather odd burning alcohol kinda ruined this beer for me. Very unfortunate.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a very slightly hazy gold with a huge white head that fades to a ring with lots of bubbles and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very funky at first with a musty aroma I can't quite place, almost like a Brett smell, along with some lemon and yeast smells as well. Smells more like a Saison than a BPA.

T: The taste is about like the nose with more of the lemon and yeast flavors coming out and a bit of the funky flavors like Brett on the finish.

M: The feel is crisp and clean with a dry finish.

O: I would consider this a Saison rather than a BPA but I've never really had much of the latter. The funky aromas and flavors were good but not what I would expect from the style.

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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 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 Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 3/23/13.

Batch 9
Bottled 01/04/13

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Cloudy, light peach and light pineapple hues. Two finger head drops to a large island-like mass of bubbles. Soapy lace across half the glass.

Bright, fruity aroma with notes of pineapple, lemongrass, and peach tea. Herbal overtones and maybe a little touch of the herbal. Pilsner malt and biscuit dust.

The taste is grassier with hits of zesty citrus mixed in. The fruity aspects are still pretty expressive though. Toasty grain and biscuit. The finish is a bit soapy.

The body wants to be a plodding medium but carbonation is too high to let that happen.

Overall, it tastes and smells good but the feel is cumbersome.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this bottle...

A: Pours a a cloudy gold with a massive pure white head. It's big and billowy. That's right... billowy. There is a serious amount of lacing sticking onto the glass.

S: The nose is sweet, spice, funk, and grass. It's malty, peppery, yeasty, and earthy. It's a nice mix. It's reminds me of Le Petit Price, but bigger.

T: It starts out sweet with a hit of banana. That quickly transitions into mild pepper and funk. The fresh cut grass starts to come along in the middle and last through to the finish where is mixes with some bittering hops.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out sweet, turns funky, and finishes bitter. Nothing lingers for too long. Solid.

O: This is a decent beer. I like it, but it's not something that I'd want to drink again. It's kinda like this beer is a mix of idea that fell short. It's funky like a belgian, and yet it falls short. It's spicy like a saison, but it's not quite there. It's bitter like an IPA, but not exactly. This all leaves a lot of room to be let down.

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Photo of sommersb
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 02-06-2014
Freshness: Batch #11 from 09-09-2013
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Wish You Were Beer, Huntsville AL

Color is pale gold, with the first pour clear and the second cloudy from the yeast settled in the bottom of the bottle. Lacing is very good and retention is good for the white head.

The smell is first of citrus fruits, and then has a dry, white-wine like aroma.

The taste starts off extremely dry. The beer is lemony and fruity, but not sweet at all. A fair amount of hop bitterness is present, with a piney flavor. The taste reminds me of a dry white wine with bittering hops.

I'd say the body was somewhere between light and medium, with a prickly feel from high carbonation and a finish that is tart and dry.

So overall I liked this beer but think it was more dry and tart than I'd care for.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice hazy lemon yellow with a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention.
S: Lovely aromatic hops can be appreciated a few feet away. Citrus and pine hops. Dry white pepper. Floral, spice, and fruity esters. Hint of earthy wheat. Very pleasant.
T: Funky, earthy hops. A mix of citrus (lemon and lime especially), spicy pepper, and dry wheat. Not quite up to the aroma.
M: Light body. Sharp, crisp, and bitter hop bite. Dry and tart finish. Feels bigger than the ABV.
D: Nicely refreshing. The hop notes get a bit jumbled. An interesting and decently complex brew.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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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