El Cedro | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmhouse ale hopped with piney, citrusy American hops, aged on Spanish Cedar spirals, and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.

Added by lokieman on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,987
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
610
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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64
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this beer. We do not get jester king here in Alabama, so this leads me to be very excited and euphoric. Here we go.

L- Pours a humongous three finger frothy/soapy head with a straw colored, slightly hazy body. Lively carbonation. Looks the part for sure.
S- Right off the bat a ton of sweet spruce, cedar and oak, combined with an earthy, almost soil aroma. Spicy undertone with notes of fruit such as apple and pear. Slight phenol, dank sourness and ground pepper along with other undistinguished spices. Overall very funky and unique.
T- Lemon zest, apple, pear, cedar, oak (earth), bitter hops, boozy following. Altogether very similar to the aroma. Extremely earthy and unique. Spicy too! Funky as hell with a sweet malt and bitter-y hopped/slightly sour finish. Very pleasant.
F- Juicy yet exceptionally dry. Can that be possible? This might be one of the best MF's I've ever had in a beer. Extremely smooth and rewarding.
O- Damn good saison. I have a love for earthy, wild flavored farmhouse ales and this is exactly that. It knows it too. I can absolutely taste and smell the aged cedar. Absolutely amazing idea. This is by far the best beer I've had all year. I cannot wait to try other wonderful beers from Jester King. My God, this is great. If you are in and around Texas and are able to snag this Farmhouse, do it.

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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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Look
Straw yellow gold, clear. Good white head, about a quarter of an inch, thins out. Good amount of lacing.

Smell
Light hoppines, oak.

Taste
Lemon, oak.

Feel
Light, carbonated

Overall
Very enjoyable, refreshing

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Batch #8 (July 2017)

Pour is a very pale yellow. Massive silky white head. Looks like stiff peaks if you've ever whipped egg whites for a recipe. Lingers lingers lingers. Heavy lacing.

Nose is tart and funky, but light. Maybe a dusky woodiness, though it's subtle enough that it may well be my wishful thinking with the promises of cedar.
As I drink, an earthy pulpy woodiness definitely asserts itself.

Flavour has a heart of tart brett, but it's more muted and greyed in the flavour than it was on the nose. Covering that is a pulpy woodiness that is almost smoky at turns, and hinting towards flavours that are almost umami of character. Coming in the finish is an herbaciously bitter green finish that reminds me of biting cedar boughs.

I don't get a huge amount of hops on either the nose or the tongue, though this was also bottled 5+ months ago. I look forward to drinking it again, next time hopefully fresher!

Fine points of effervescence punctuate and bring forth the tart notes before mellowing to leave lemon and wood as a lingering finish. Overall, I was really looking forward to this one for several reasons, and I as such I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think I liked it more than the average person might for intangible reasons, but even if I'm a little more bullish on it, I think most people will still enjoy it and appreciate it for what it is: another very well made farmhouse beer out of the hill country.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to yellow color with a slight ability to see small carbonation bubbles rising at the edges . There was a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light spider web lacing. The smell was absolutely amazing through a piney/resinous aroma with a nice entanglement of lemon zest, lemongrass, sweetened freshly cut grass and cracked pepper. The taste takes those flavors and jumbled them up to practically perfection. The aftertaste, probably one of the absolute best aftertaste I’ve ever encountered in any beer. Okay, it’s a long intriguing sticky sweet lemon with a slight dry touch from the lemongrass that lets in a tad of refreshing tropical fruitiness. The finish is sticky and sweet that brings in a light grapefruit with a light sweet grassiness to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Would I have this with food? I might if I could get it again. At the beginning of the beer, the carbonation felt a bit sharper but as the beer warms, it really smooths out. Overall, hot damn! Way to knock one outa the park, Jester King!

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