Buddha's Brew | Jester King Brewery

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Buddha's BrewBuddha's Brew

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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

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Photo of StuporJew
2.48/5  rDev -38.2%
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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Photo of Renegrenade
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of champ103
2.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. At first a tightly packed white head tries to form. On a very vigorous poor. Though that fizzles out in a second. No lace to speak of. Not a very attractive poor.
S: Up front is tart citrus and wheat, though that fades in a second to a very odd musky, wet cloths kind of aroma. Citrus in the finish again. Medicinal and metallic in the nose as well. Nothing meshes here and kind of messy.
T: Not as convoluted and messy here. Though very simple. Husky wheat, tart lemon rind, and citrus. A very light lingering acidic bite.
M/D: Very light body. Moderate carbonation. Though very thin and watery. I understand that it is low alcohol, but still you can make a fuller mouthfeel than paper thin. Really disappointing here. Not something I care to finish. Just ho hum, and not much here to interest me.

This is not doing it for me. No real character here. Just tart lemon and citrus with a really weak body. Not something I care to come back to.

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Photo of Grocerystowe
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of jbeezification
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of MightyDog
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this was similar to drinking regular, non-boozified kombucha--the first sip is nearly intolerable and I worry that I won't be able to finish the bottle. Then it get drinkable. Then I develop a taste for it and am sorry, some time later, when the bottle is finally empty.

I have no idea what goes into brewing with live kombucha but I'm willing to bet it's not particularly easy. Additionally, I got no ideas how to really review this beer since there's nothing against which it can be fairly based--it's not a regular wild ale, certainly. It's a whole new world of tart.

I can say, however, that this was not an easy drinking beer. Even as I came to enjoy it, it still went down awful slow. So while it's doubtless an excellently brewed beer, I can't quite bring myself to recommend it normal-like.

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Photo of huskermike12
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of zander4dawin
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light murky water appearance, the taste is peachy with a slight sour candy taste. Overall it's a nice sour ale by jester king but not their best offering to date. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable. Slight amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. I'd recommend this beer if you like sour ales but some of jester kings past sours have been better like boxers revenge.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of IrishColonial
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mhenson42
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks willandperry!

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear pale straw gold colour with a finger of fizzy white head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell. Sweet wheat and some slight lactic sourness. Maybe just a little barrel wood.

Taste. Very sour with a bit of lemon and green apple, a bit of sweet wheat and damp old barrel.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with low but fairly lively carbonation.

Overall. Reminded me of a sour berliner. Nothing bad about this beer, just nothing amazing. Refreshing and sour though. I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of MisterGrizz
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Buddha's Brew from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 155 ratings
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