El Cedro
Jester King Brewery

El CedroEl Cedro
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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #318
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,514
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
547
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 23, 2022
Added:
Jan 11, 2013
Wants:
  62
Gots:
  131
SCORE
91
Outstanding
El CedroEl Cedro
Notes: Farmhouse ale hopped with piney, citrusy American hops, aged on Spanish Cedar spirals, and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.
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Rated: 4.6 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Hazy orange color with big billowing white head. Smells terrific and slightly sour. The up front taste is sour and bitter. Somewhat off putting but rounds out in the end. Mouthfeel is good and overall I like trying the Mad Scientists of Jester King beers but this is not one of my faves.
Sep 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

May 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by 10Crumra from Texas

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by o29 from Texas

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch #12. November 2020. 7% ABV.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with very active carbonation jets fueling a 2 inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: Apples, pears, cedar, honeyed melon, white pepper, lemon, lime, and bready yeast. Very nice!
T: Pine, cedar, bitter lemon, earthy pepper, Brett funk, dry minerals, tart tropical fruit, lime, and a hint of bready yeast. Quite complex!
M: Light body. Very dry (cedar wood tannins) and moderately bitter (hops) throughout. Effervescent with light fruit sweetness.
D: What an interesting brew! The piney hops and cedar wood really play off each other. Great summer sipper.
May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by smithj4 from New York

May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Even a modest pour yielded a huge soft white head. Little lacing. Cloudy gold

Strong complex smell. Corn, bread, maybe vanilla, some toasted wood.

Taste Started to follow the nose, toasted biscuit malt, but than hit some banana and citrus tone - maybe mango, grapefruit. Very crisp.

Heavy carbonation hid too much of the finish, tart more than bitterness in the finish. Lingering sweetness.

Complex, unique,, but very easy drinking farmhouse. Enjoyable.
Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Huge, fluffy snow white head, with impressive retention to match. Nice lacing. Golden straw color to the body. The head suggests Brett, or a similar wild yeast.

The nose features funky, dusty Brett, bright hops, cedar, lemon, and honey, not entirely unlike lemon honey tea. Also a bit catty, which I attribute to the hops. Very complex, with something new from each sniff. Mushrooms, leather, cheese, oak.

The amount of hops tends to dominate, at least up front, before the musty Brett builds and takes over. Lemon, pine, and honey are fairly consistent tones, as are rustic and earthy notes of mushroom and aged cheese, accented by cedar at all times. Funky, not sour.

Drinks semi-dry, despite the high ABV, with a relatively short finish.

A fabulously complex and rewarding beer. Not the easiest or most approachable beer, but well worth your time.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
This initially gushed out despite very little agitation. Straw yellow in color with a hazy complexion. There’s an inch of densely packed frothy off white on top. It quickly dissipated, but covers most of the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of cedar and lightly fruity and earthy yeast. I’m tasting cedar, wheat, and lightly tart lactobacillius. The mouth is bone dry and moderately carbonated.
Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle -clear medium gold color with foamy white head leaving significant foamy lacing. Nose is mildly sour with hints of fruit. Taste follows , not sure how old this is as the bottle shop I got this from had lots of 4 year old bottles on the shelf,this happened to be in the cooler. A reasonable saison even if it's quite old. I like the style. Would like to try more from JK.
Jul 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jun 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 25, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Having this beer with best friend Passow, as he brought this from Texas when he drove through there on his way back to Cleveland. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy golden color with a very thick, fluffy white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured. Head eventually settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice thick film layer of surface foam and decent lacing. Aromas of some malts along with apricot, pineapple, mango, and a bit of yellow cherry tartness. Also has some Brett notes and a bit of peppercorn spice. The flavors are very similar, with me malts along with apricot, pineapple, mango, and a bit of yellow cherry tartness along with a bit of barnyard funk and Brett notes that's all rounded out with some peppercorn hints. Oh, and a lot of hop bitterness for this style of beer. Much more than is usually present. Too much for my palate. This really holds back the flavor profile in my opinion. Has a somewhat crisp, also smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a nice funky and just slightly sour, tart aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but needs improvement.

Eric
Feb 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap:
All but shadow blocking haze on an amber-leaning golden body. White sheath sits atop this waiting to be broken into. Once it is, it holds on to the sides before giving in near completely.

Brett comes through with a bit more tartness than funk; wood is noted but the cedar specifics elude me initially and only become a bit more evident later. Something floral is emitted as well, from yeast or hops or both I can’t discern.

Taste of the Brett combined with the cedar adds a dull, wet wooden note to the whole beer. The fact the beer is pretty dry helps here, as does the tip-of-the-tongue acidic note - a tangerine/grapefruit/lemon mix that devolves to a slight cheesiness as the musty Brett asienta come in. Generic wood adds a dullness mid-taste before a more cedar-specific note saves things.

The Brett and cedar seem to work pretty well together in some sips, and not so well in others. The dull wood aspect isn’t avoided in either case, but it doesn’t last too long regardless of how the overall sip is going. Just odd enough to reduce my overall enjoyment as a whole beneath the individual components.
Nov 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Nov 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by mflamar from New York

Oct 28, 2019
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Reviewed by t420o from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Jester King El Cedro

Batch #11/May 2019

A - like several Jester King beers I’ve had, this gushes a little upon opening. Light handed pour produces a large 3 finger head that’s slightly off-white in color. Carbonation is very active and the head stays in place for a while. Beer is a beautiful hazy gold/straw in color. Looks excellent. 4.5

S - lemon, lemon meringue, earthy, oak, some spiciness, tart, some funk. 4.25

T - very dry. Some light funk, woody, lemon, earthy and somewhat bitter hops, lime, spicy. Good. 4

M - nice effervescent carbonation and viscosity. Maybe a bit more weight than a typical saison but it’s welcomed in my case. 4.5

O - an excellent beer but a step down from my favorites that Jester King produces. The cedar is interesting and may be the contributing factor to the dryness of the beer aside from the Brett. 4

Low A
Oct 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Oct 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by bdlusa from Texas

Sep 14, 2019
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the brewery. Golden color with white head. Floral aroma. Medium feel. Taste is floral and a little sour, some light malt flavors with a bitter finish.
Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.42 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by DamienArk from Iowa

Jul 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.01 by socon67 from New York

Jul 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by bl00 from Pennsylvania

Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by sumnerw from Texas

Nov 20, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bright yellow gold, medium soapy barm. Aroma has lots of pine, citra, lemon, loam and some Brett funk. Taste is similar - it is bouncy & crispy with a few layers of the aforementioned notes. Hops are incorporated well and is married well with the Brett. Finishes a tad bitter for a saison but otherwise excellent.
Nov 08, 2018
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Wonderfully foamy head atop a clear yellow body, great lacing. Fragrant floral citrus smell. Taste of lemon and lime. Nice oak notes. Refreshing and tasty. Would buy again.
Oct 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by Tomesco from Canada (ON)

Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Sep 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by brantleysmith from Texas

Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by Jodio from Texas

May 17, 2018
El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 645 ratings