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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
694
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
136
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 694 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZombPumpkin
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nra818
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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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.
OVERALL RATING: 3.94

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

Photo of Hudson2508
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmf5581
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivybus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 drwatson32
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Deltoro
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Dreynolds1808
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 694 ratings.
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