Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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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698
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
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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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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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Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
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