Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong 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): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hop forward beer with dank, resinous hop flavor and aroma, balanced by lightly kilned malt flavors, farmhouse yeast esters and a bit of warming alcohol. Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale is an homage to thrash metal music, which often fuels us during our daily chores at Jester King.

Added by videofrog on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ReyG006
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341st review. I can see the seeswo. I've got him in my sights.

Thanks to bentwookie for this and the rest of the complete Jester King collection. Tulip glass.

A: Pours orange-tinted golden, three fingers of pillowy white head. Very good retention and a few streaks of lace.

S: Dried sugar-coated pineapple, floral, sweet malt. Smells really nice.

T: strong floral notes (jasmine, hibiscus). Doesn't quite come together, and there's a lingering, slightly off bitterness/alcohol on the backend.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation which imparts a nice crispness. Round and slightly alcoholic body.

O: Pretty good. I think I missed the boat on the "piney, citrusy hops" per the label, but fortunately what's underneath is still tasty.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from Jester King Craft Brewery that I decided to try, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale has a cloudy darker blood orange color to it. It also poured more of an off-white/cream colored head, but not much, only about 1/2 inch.

S - On the nose I get some grassy notes, citrus, and a barnyard funk type of smell, most likely due to the yeast.

T - On the palate I got a little bit of spice first, followed by plenty of citrus (lemon and orange), not over powering though. This beer finishes with interesting zest of citrus and, grassy flavors. Also interesting of note is the amount of Belgian style malt that comes through.

M - Medium-bodied on the palate, even a bit light due to the higher than expected amount of carbonation I feel. Which surprised me since I didn't get much head on the pour.

O - Another fantastic job by Jester King, Thrash Metal is well done. The beer is well balanced, and I didn't feel that any one flavor was specifically over powering. It has an interesting complexity that you just have to experience for yourself. I have one more bottle I'm going to let age for a little while and see how this beer changes.

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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy orange with bright bubbles all around.

S - Citrus and grass comes to the forefront. Good farmhouse elements along with white grapes.

T - Malty and light caramel, develops into orange peel with a hoppy finish.

M - Kind of heavy on the tongue but the carbonation is very lively.

O - Love it... Reminds me of a heavier farmhouse ale.

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Photo of jhhollier
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Humulus85
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third or fourth from Jester King. These guys really know what they're doing. From an electrical tape wrapped 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter. No bottle date.

Pours a hazy light gold. Relatively gentle pour produced a huge, billowy, three finger head. Eggshell white. Very nice retention and some, spotty, sticky lacing.

Tons of spicy and floral esters. Some lemon zest. Classic Jester King farmhouse funk. Some clean alcohol.

Follows the nose in regards to the esters; very spicy. More Belgian malts come through in the middle, and a more prominent funk. Almost Brett-y and a little tart. Still some citrus and grassy hops, moderate bitterness. Warming alcohol in the finish with some more of that tasty farmhouse funk.

Solidly medium in body lightened by the copious carbonation. Very smooth and almost creamy. Hop resins coat the mouth. Whiff of alcohol evaporates off the tongue.

Overall this is another unique and tasty offering from Jester King. Their farmhouse yeast takes center stage with a well done hop profile taking a supporting role. Maybe the best domestic "Belgian" Strong Pale I've had. If you have access to Jester King you are lucky. These guys are going places. Cheers!

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Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with plenty of yellowing around the edges of my tulip glass. This thing is effervescent as all hell. Tons of carbonation is visible and a monstrous white fluffy head is produced.

There is a farmhouse yeast funky quality with the hops are right underneath it producing orange and grassy aromas.

Big funky and citrus(orange and lemon) elements on the palette. Mmmm, musty oranges. Slight bitterness and alcohol presence. You do get some malty sweetness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. There is a lively carbonation. Quite crisp and could make for a good summer type beer. Who cares if its 100 degrees and 9.3 abv.

Zesty popped in my head while drinking this. I realized I have no thrash metal to listen to while imbibing. I was all good when putting back some Black Metal. I liked this beer but just like thrash metal in general I'm not overly impressed.

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Photo of acevenom
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange with some sediment and an off-white, fluffy head and plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass. The aroma is strongly of Farmhouse esters. There are some white wine characteristics to the aroma as well. I can also detect some hops and the malt. The taste really hits those Saison notes. There is that barnyard funk with spice and citrus. Those white wine notes are noticeable as well. There are some pine and grassy characteristics coming through from the hops as well. The hops really come through in the back end bringing a nice bitterness to the beer. There's a nice malty backbone that is grainy and sweet. It's nicely well balanced. The alcohol is present in the taste, but it is not overpowering. The body is light with abundant carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the carbonation lends crispness. The lighter body makes what this strong ale easy to consume. This really is an excellent beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jester King
Thrash Metal
750ml, Winter 2012
Deschutes tulip

A: Huge hiss upon opening.  Hazy light orange color.  Three fingers of slightly off white fluffy, rocky head.  Tons of carbonation, tiny bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass.  Tons!  Seems like there will be some lacing here, but the head is hiding it. *** I had a bottle stopper in the bottle, and due to the crazy carb it popped out on the table.

S: I get those Euro, East Kent Goldings, hops.  Light, citrusy and grassy.  Also, getting those farmhouse like esters.  Maybe some light white grape notes.  Sort of vinous. 

T: Tips of the tongue, I get those nice crisp citrus like hop varieties.  It's a very pronounced flavor profile.  I the middle of the mouth you get some of the traditional Saison notes: spicy peppery notes, light barnyard funk, etc.  It's not as good as others in the style.  Maybe a touch too boozy, but the carbonation helps to clear the palate and hide that a little bit.  This is a good thing.

M: Medium bodied.  Lots of prickly carbonation.  Helps clear the palate and thin it.

O: Jester King has better offerings, that is for sure.

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Photo of jhimstedt
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of amcmaho1
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jbeezification
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.10.12.

A - Poursa cloudy dark orange with a lively large light tan head that fades down pretty quickly.

S - Very subtle. SOme citrus, pine and Bret does come out.

T - Sweet citrusy-pine, and some Bret.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Unique beer here. Bret and some funky citrus, a touch of hoppy resin as well.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cmoody91
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of nataku00
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper color with a two fingers of loose off white bubbly head that quickly receded to a collar of bubbles. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is malty, toasted grain and caramel, a little grassy note. A red apple fruity ester note as it warms.

Taking a sip, malty upfront, caramel, toasted grain, fruity ester, apple and a light clove flavor. Finishes cleanly.

Medium body with plenty of soft carbonation that gently hits the tongue.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale from Jester King Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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