Buddha's Brew | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first Jester King beer to be brewed entirely in oak. Unfermented wort was racked directly to oak barrels and inoculated with souring bacteria. From there, it spent months aging in our barrel room before being blended with live kombucha at bottling. Unfiltered, unpasteurized & naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

Added by brandon911 on 09-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Glad to see a new sour from Jester King.

The beer pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is full of wheat and a lactic sourness. I also get a little bit of pepper. The flavor is similar. There is a good bit of lemon and tart wheat notes, as well as a hint of oak and some light funk notes. As the beer warms the oak gets a little more pronounced. The sourness is not too intense, more like what you would find in a Berliner Weiss. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An incredibly easy drinking sour that would go very well on a hot summer day. Still, I wonder if this beer would be better and more complex with additional age on it since it tastes a bit young.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.
Hazy golden body.
Unusual aroma with a funky component that's really separated from a pineapple-tropical fruit component.
Moderately tart. Limited Brett and funk. High complexity.
Excellent for style.

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2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Cloudy, Straw yellow, little to no head, but good effervescence.

Smell - REEKS of Kombucha! Dried grape/raisin notes, wheat malt, & Lemon. Pretty funky... Can't tell for sure if the funk stems from the Tea or the bacteria alone.

Taste - Tons of Kombucha funkiness, dominated by the whiskey top-note from the barrel aging. Sharp acidity, and lingering twang.

Mouthfeel - Rich Lactic mouthfeel. Good Carbonation.

Overall - I went into this beer without very high expectations, seeing as I'm not really a fan of Kombucha tea. I AM a huge fan of the sour style, however, and have enjoyed many of JK's experimental beers. (Boxer's Revenge was pretty boss.) I look forward to Funk Metal, but this was just not the beer for me, although it may appeal to some. All in all, an interesting take on the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale hazy yellow. No head.

Smell - All sorts of lemony acids. A variety of aromas. A little bit floral and grainy.

Taste - Very sour. Lemon citrus sourness. Not a lot else going on, but it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Well carbonated. Nice sourness.

Overall - Tasty beer that might have suffered from being too late in the tasting.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, sour, tart, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There were some nice notes going on here with a fairly good balance. Upon first inspection of the nose I wasn’t really expecting anything really special for the style, however on the flavor I did find it to be quite good. The fruit aspect was what truly made this one on the flavor. It was quite refreshing and rather enjoyable. Glad I got the chance to try this one.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Buddha's Brew from Jester King Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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