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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
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
179
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 179
Photo of mindspin315
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick dense almost white head. Golden hazy orange body. A slight touch of lacing and the alcohol legs are quite nice. Head settles to a touch more than a cap.

Am I smelling an IPA or a farmhouse ale? The balance between the two are great. The hops come through with a nice pine, orange zest, sweet citrus, and white grapefruit aroma. A bready maltiness, faint floral, lemons, white grapes, and fruity yeast esters as well.

Creamy orange, light pine, white pepper, and rye bread flavors. Drys out nicely on the backend much like good ipa's/saison's do. The negative thing about that here is the bitterness from the hops and both the saison peppery dry finish clash. Some more hop flavors or sweet malts on the finish would help smooth this out. The aftertaste lingers with a light touch of pine, orange, and wild flower honey (not sticky sweet) that sits on the back of the tongue. A nice full-bodied beer which reveals hardly any alcohol at all. A quick alcohol bite on the middle of the palate but is shoved aside right away.

A truly unique experience here! Very much the farmhouse/saison style blends really nicely with a west coast style DIPA. It seems like a perfect marriage between the two. For me I would like it to lean a little more towards the IPA side. (But then again I am a Hophead) A hit more hop flavor and aroma would've totally blown me away, but I'm still thoroughly impressed. I think the balance is almost spot on. (the finish is my only slight complaint) I have not had a beer like this before. Some farmhouse/saison beers claim to be hopped up, but they can't say that after Thrash Metal has smashed them over the head. Another awesome brew from Jester King!

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Photo of gtermi
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours a very nice dark copper orange body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the side of the glass.

S: There is a strong amount of malt at first and it also has a nice bit of hops. It seems very sweet and fruity too.

T: The first thing I recognize is the nice hops on the palate. The big lingers for a long time and then has a very pleasant malt taste.

M: This to me is the best part of the beer. It is so smooth and easy to drink. When I pour it into my mouth it has a nice fluffy feeling that goes down with ease. There is a tiny bit of crispness too.

O: Just another very solid beer released by Jester King. If you see this, def get it!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden yellow with no head. The nose is outstanding with big notes of yeast, citrus fruit, and sugary sweetness. The taste doesn't translate with an overly hoppy, slightly gross aftertaste. I honestly don't like the intense hoppiness of this beer, it doesn't stay as clean as its nose. Overal I probably won't try this beer again, not my style.

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Photo of DRyan
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange/copper with very vigorous white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing
S: Sour and funky, citrusy, very faintly hoppy
T: Very slightly sour on the forefront – not as much as the nose would make you expect – nicely spicy, very light on the malt flavors and the bitterness; not sweet but not bitter, very well balanced
M: Tingly, smooth
D: Very drinkable, and would be very nice on a hot day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like all of the Jester King beers, this one is a great looker, with the clear amber liquid capped by a massive head that leaves copious amounts of lace behind

Smell: A combination of the spicy yeast esters and piney hops

Taste: The hops are there from the outset, with a resinous, rotting pineapple character that is joined by the spicy yeast character that becomes quite peppery, in the middle; after the swallow, the spice and resins build to a crescendo that tingles the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation; a hint of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Like Unibroue, many of the Jester King beers coverge in the mind due to the yeast they are using but this brewery still manages to create some very interesting brews; this is a very nice one with some powerful flavors

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into an unmarked tulip glass.

Thrash Metal displays a murky, yet brightly colored goldenrod body with a tall cap of off-white foam. Lacing sticks to the edges of the glass. Aroma is rife with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus from the dry-hopping. Belgian esters are phenolic and spicy in the background with a hint of booze chiming in with each sniff.

The flavor matches the aroma fairly well, with big, juicy bursts of orange flesh, pineapple, and mango. The Kent Golding hops are spicy and sharp, distinct yet juxtaposed nicely against the pungent, spicy Farmhouse yeast flavor. The booze is a bit unchecked, here, but it's forgivable. Mouthfeel is creamy thanks to the malted wheat, but spritzy with carbonation all the same. Finishes with a lingering alcohol and phenolic flavor. Overall, a unique offering from Jester King. Definitely a special occasion beer, and worth the effort to obtain.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, slightly dark, yellowish orange with an off-white head leaving nice lace.

N: Floral and bready yeast with spicy black pepper and hoppy notes.

T: Farmhouse yeast shines through with the peppery spice combines well with fruity citrus. Alcohol heat is noticed on the finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this. Not really a belgian strong pale ale, more of a hoppy imperial saison. Would like to have again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong banana and orange, with some pepper, clove, other spices, farmhouse yeast esters, citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with some citrus and banana flavor with some orange peel, lemon, and tangerine, with a bit of peppery spice in the background. Through the middle, more yeast character comes through with some clove alongside some sweet malts and a touch of pine hop and bitterness. Finish is a mix of banana, clove, farmhouse yeast esters, citrus flavors, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, warming, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors with some strong citrus notes and malt flavors. The yeast flavor is also solid here.

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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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dirtygrind (Reddit) for this interesting beer, excited for it. Share with rudzud cause he can be a cool guy when he puts his mind to it.

Nice looking fluffy head hits 1/2 finger but looks bubbly and nice, great lacing, pale grapefruit tangerines hazy colored.

Nose very nice, lots of earthy farmhouse saison aromas, light earthy floral spices, nice hops with a grassy undertone, light citrus, like, very earthy leaf like, little tangertine and grapefruit, great farmhouse grassy hay wheat like light funky aroma.

Taste earthy, very nice Belgian flavors, saison, farmhouse, grassy wheat and hay like, little grainy, nice floral spices, light citrus, light fruity esters pear like, little farmhouse funk, light bitterness great grassy earthy hops, little pine, some grapefruit and tangerine like hops, hay grassy flavors, light Belgian golden malts, some esters, little booze. Finish is dry light bitterness, lots of grassy hops, light fruity citrus and grapefruit, earthy farmhouse funk, light floral spices all lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb.

Overall great, nice Belgian malts and yeast esters, great floral spices, light but good farmhouse funk, saison flavors, nice grassy light grapefruit hops, and very drinkable. Another big winner from jester king.

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Photo of natemort13
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy ruddy orange with a pillowy off white head that leaves nice web lacing.

Nose is spicy with some astringent hops. I get some orange and citrus with some dry grass.

Taste big, citrusy with a pronounced spiciness. Lemon and lime rinds appear on the finish. Some candy sugar on the mid palate that lingers through as toffee on the finish. The spiciness and the sweetness complement each other beautifully. There's also a very nice floral component on the mid palate.

Mouthfeel is tingly and slick with a nice medium full body.

Overall this is a fantastic belgian strong. Delicious, would love to have it all the time but won't b/c of the price point.

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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 Thickfreakness
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden honey orange into my DFH signature glass. A huge, fluffy, citrus tinted white head floats ontop and takes a really long time to fade away. Really nice sticky lacing dripping all over the glass. Has a nice hazy, grainy appearance.

S- Lemons, honey and a nice mild citrus hop note. Really nice malty backbone on this one. Touches of dried bananas, tangerine, necterine and something just a touch musty. Hints of clove, Pink peppercorns and wet grass.

T- A touch tart and sweet all at the same time. Bright notes of lemon with a sweet honey, maltiness. Really big pepper flavors come thru as it warms up. Nice citrusy hop punch! Subtle hints of banana yeastiness, piney stone fruit hops, and fresh cut grass.

M- Really nice carbonation that pops with lemon, thyme and rosemary. Really nice sweet citrus and piney hops that blast your tongue. A really nice balance between the sweet honey malts and the peppery, lemony, herbal hops.

O- Very well balanced! Amazing mix of honey sweet, lemony citrus, floral spring grass, and belgian yeastiness. I gotta trade for a few more of these. Received as an extra in a very generous trade with bentwookie.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this beast! I thought this would be a version of their Black Metal imperial stout so imagine my surprise when it poured a cloudy straw color with lots of foam atop! It has a yeasty estery aroma and is flavor-forward with a little sour, some tartness and a lemony note that opens as it warms. Is this a sour saison? Zesty, vibrant, big and not to be messed with!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10th review for this beer. Thanks greid!

Deep golden straw color with a thick haze. Frothy white one inch head.

Smells like a Saison, but I know the ABV is too high for that. Pears come to mind, with a steady dose of bananas as well. Spicy smell. The fruit smells very sweet, like banana bread.

That banana bread smell really translates to the taste, but that pear comes through as well. Like a sweetened fruit. I can feel the wheat malt, as it feels like a Weizen Helles Bock. Picture if Weihenstephaner made a Weizenhellesbock, and youd have this.

Very full mouthfeel, but a light body. Just like a Weizenbock.

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Photo of BierGiek
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite beer, and one that is absolutely perfect in every respect. Wonderful turbid appearance, beautiful color, and perfect head formation/retention/lacing. Great earthy and spicy aroma from the house yeast and the liberal use of hops. Taste is out of this world, with a yeast forward spiciness and a nice balance of hops. The wheat addition is also a very nice touch, as it comes through very subtly while adding a thickness to the pleasantly mid-to-full bodied mouthfeel. I really cannot stress how much I love this beer, and it definitely turned me on to Jester King, whose other offerings (Petite Prince was too watery, Wytchmaker was infected and oxidized, Noble King didn't stand out) were nothing too special. Well done, and cheers!

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