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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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.

Added by Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

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3.9
pDev:
26.67%
 
 
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Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml
$9.49
Sahara Mart (East) - Bloomington, IN

Saison Sunday! Noble King pours darker than expected, apricot orange. There's enough haze to make this beer look like fresh squeezed juice. The two finger soapy head is white but even has a bit of the orange tinge. It quickly falls to a finger, becoming dense, but shows good retention. There's not a lot of stick but it's a good looking beer.

This smells pretty authentic but does show a touch more sweetness than the classic Belgian brands. Appetizing orchard fruits are first to pop and in healthy doses. Peach and green apple mostly while being surrounded by soft wildflower florals and white pepper. It's a little musty, dewy. The malt base is sugar cookie driven with underlying graininess. The idea of sweetness seems to be more fruity than grainy, interesting. Bubblegum emerges with warmth.

Big fruit in the flavor again. Front to back are waves of underripe peach, Bartlett pear, minor green apple in that order of intensity. The peach picks up most on the backend. Sugar cookie and grain pick up in the middle with a touch of sweetness while the mustiness is on the periphery. I didn't pick up the noble hops on the nose but there's a firm grassy bitterness on the swallow that I am endeared to in the style while some white pepper spiciness kicks in. The grassiness alone bumps this guy a notch higher.

The finish is nice and dry with a moderately bitter linger. My only complaint, and it's a little one, is the sweetness up front, it's a little more than I prefer, not by much though. The dryness seems to pick up with each drink and the grassy bitterness grows. Highly drinkable and saliva inducing but missing that effervescent carbonation.

Jester King has done a nice job with Noble King. It has all the characteristics I desire in a saison. Orchard fruity, grassy bitter, and quenchingly drinkable. I would most likely grab this guy again in the future, not sure of the age but I'd imagine a super fresh bottle would be most excellent.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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 kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -19%
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.

C+

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Photo of sommersb
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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 macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a half-finger of fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Light cracker malt and tart lemon up front, with some wheat graininess, a touch of barnyard and pepper, and some citrus hops as well.

T: Lemony citrus, grassy barnyard, light wheat and cracker malts, and then black pepper and bitter citrus rind hop bite. Finishes with hop bitterness and an attenuated dryness.

M: Light body, average to a bit below average carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This was a pleasant beer, but in the end nothing to make it stand out. Not as hoppy as I expected, but the increased hoppiness relative to an average saison worked pretty well. If this were available in cans, I'd enjoy a few on the golf course. Worth a try if you're in a saison mood and it's around.

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Photo of jwchestnut
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
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 ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass; batch 11 dated 9/9/13
A: Light yellow color, 1/2-finger head, plenty of carbonation
S: Very musty, sour, some malt/yeast... honestly smells quite a bit like unfermented wort (or even more specifically having just toured several distilleries- sour mash)
T: Really nice & complex. Earthy, sour apple, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, light malt, a coriander/clove finish
M: Light-bodied, crisp, nice carbonation
O: I like this a lot. I'm surprised by the lack of head but the taste is the best part- light, sour and complex

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Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade but I forget who. Thanks! Labeled Batch #9/10, APR 2014. Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice creamy white head. Aroma if orange rinds, funky yeast, lemon peel, apples,and some spice. Flavor is citrus up front with and interesting hop bite and lingering spicy funky yeast to finish. Light bodied and lots of carbonation. Funk is very much on the front end and all the way through. Not bad.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Brass color, foggy appearance. White foam creates a thick & creamy crown. Copious rings on sides. Citric, toffee & bread aromas, anise, floral & herbal fragrances & sweet Belgian yeast hues. Acidic touch at firs sip but creamy sensation. Sweet notes & clean bitterness rounded by spicy touch. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Nice beer, complex & refreshing.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Well hazed orange brown color. Big, many fingered frothy, off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Man, JK just loves packing their beers full of herbalness. Floral too. Wildflower, jasmine, a million different flowers that I can't name. Some dry woodiness too. Really stellar is you are big into the herb and flower thing. Still good if you aren't.

3.75 T: Again lots of herb and flower going on. Mild bitterness. Herb and flower are pretty much the only thing going on, but this is quite complex. The flavors layer on each other. I just wish I was better at picking out these specific flavors. Quite good.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Really nice saison. No complaints.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a Hazy golden. Thick foamy head. Retention and lacing excellent. Very yeasty farmhouse aroma. Mild citrus and hops. Strong hoppy farmhouse taste. Great sour aftertaste. Can taste the wild yeast strains.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque lemon-orange with a frosty 1/2 inch head from a 750 ml. Musty citrus smell, hoppy, Dry taste, bitters, lemon peel, oily citrus tastes. Very nice carbonation, thin, subtle bubbles. For an IPA, it warms well, with the dry hops, pine, semi-sweet citrus flavors more pronounced.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy brass with a thin, frothy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cerealy grains, a bit of toast, and some noble hops. Some tropical fruit and stone fruits from the yeast comes out in the nose as well. Flavor has more fruity yeast character up front than in the smell. Works well with the earthy, floral hops. Sweet up front with a bit of dryness in the finish. Solid bitter rounds it out. Mouthfeel is lightbodied. It's lacking a bit of carbonation, though. Overall, this is a really tasty beer. My only gripe is the carbonation, which must be off. Will have to try again on tap and compare. As good as it is, I'd take a Petit Prince over this almost any day.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a big, fluffy, white three-fingers head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and a thick sheet throughout that billowed nicely. the body was a bright orange color.
s - floral hops, lemon, grassy hops, and wheat.
t - lemon, grass, and herbal flavors with a spicy kick.
m - bubbly and medium. really dances.
o - really nice take on a saison. well done and i love the hops with this.

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Photo of danieelol
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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 dgilks
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Good head retention. Some lacing. Okay.

BIg spicy aroma. Lots of coriander. Nice. Bits of lemon and some light malt.

A light malt backbone allows herbal hops and some nice coriander to play together in the glass. Nice bitterness. Quite interesting.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

I quite like this. It is a bit herbal but the overall balance works nicely and it results in a crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy, rocky, white head. Great retention and some awesome lacing. Initially clear with tons of bubbles but eventually picks up some haze on subsequent pours. Looks great.

S – Grainy, bready, cereal malt and wheat, peppery and mildly tart-smelling yeast, and herbal and floral hops with lemongrass being the most prominent hop aroma.

T – It starts off with grainy, cereal-like malt and wheat with some sweet citrus flavors and then picks up spicy, peppery yeast notes. As the taste progresses, bitter earthy, herbal, spicy, and floral noble hops appear. I can’t pick out the exact hop flavors but, as in the aroma, lemongrass is one of them. Tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, great carbonation, a creamy, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and an earthy, bitter, mildly spicy, and very dry finish. Spicy, earthy, and bitter yeast and hop flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a nice saison. It’s drinkable, refreshing, and has everything that I would look for except for some funk. If JK threw some Brett in here, this would be unreal. I can only imagine how that dry, musty funk would pair with the spicy and earthy hops and yeast. Either way, it’s a good beer. Another nice job from Jester King.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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 JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: hazy golden with orange hints and a fluffy head that maintained throughout the glass

Aroma: was not to big but it did have some nice earthy and estery notes in the smell

Taste: big munich/Vienna malts, hay and straw. a bit spicy/peppercorn and a touch of orange citrus. very balanced and easy drinking.

mouthfeel: was to be expected for a saison, nice and dry but the 3711 gives the mouthfeel more perceived body.

overall: very nice, nothing earth shattering here but it does what its meant to do. quench your thirst after yardwork but still giving you a little something to think about as you drink it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received form Mattsander in CANBIF8
Poured in to tulip.

A - Hazy medium orange with a big yellow glow around the edges. A huge amount of fluffy bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, lemon and some sweet bready notes.

T - Spice/pepper and yeast esters up front. Sweet bready malts, lemon and clove notes in the background.

M - Light to medium boy. Dry. moderate carbonation.

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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.
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