El Cedro
Jester King Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #209
Ranked #4,089
4.1 | pDev: 10.49%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Roguer from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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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sjrider from California

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


Feb 18, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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t420o from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +1%
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
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
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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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Mar 03, 2018
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brew-Ed from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow gold, clear. Good white head, about a quarter of an inch, thins out. Good amount of lacing.

Light hoppines, oak.

Lemon, oak.

Light, carbonated

Very enjoyable, refreshing

Feb 24, 2018
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kemoarps from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Dec 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Jun 09, 2017
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Hop_God from California

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slight opaque neon yellow to orange. Thick white head

S: hops. Some subtle funk. Resin. Oak.

T: some barnyard funk. Hops. Oak.

F: creamy and smooth lovely.

O: for what it is I like it

Jan 08, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the Jester King Farmhouse Ales and this one is great.

Look: semi-clear golden and slightly amber hue with a thick solid frothy snow-white head.

Aroma: It has a wonderful cedar and citrus aroma

Taste: The taste is woody/cedar, citrus, grapefruit, mango, pine, elements of an IPA.

Feel: It is light, juicy, and fresh tasting.

Dec 24, 2016
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mpk_tx from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a Jester King fan at all. But this is top notch. Beautiful, hoppy, complex, earthy... it's really what I hope for whenever I'm lured into buying a bottle of Jester King. Usually, you end up getting repeatedly punched in the face by yeast. Not the case here. The yeast is there, but it is subtle behind layers of hops and woody-earthy-freshness. These layers take this from a very nice pale ale to a world-class beer. Cheers.

Dec 15, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy copper gold color, pours a huge white head that dissipates pretty slowly with lots of fingers of white lacing remaining on the glass.

S: Floral hops, with citrus and pine. A nice aroma of cedar in the background. Hints of Saison yeast and some pepper and spice. Toasted grain and malt in the background.

T: Citrus and floral hops backed up by pine. A nice spice and pepper from the yeast, with a mix of toasted grain and cedar.

F: Light body higher carbonation

Jul 24, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, labeled "BATCH #7 - 10.08.15," and 7.80 ABV, at Growler's Beer, Houston, Texas, into footed tulip. My first Jester King. A very complicated Farmhouse Ale, which may achieve excellence because--or in spite--of the cedar aging.

Mar 31, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery Amber color. Aroma is citrus peel and oak. Flavor is slightly bitter citrus and the barrel aged oak flavor. Has a solid body and overall this is very good.

Mar 21, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 45°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #7- 08Oct15) into a tulip. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with 2 fingers worth of dense, off-white foam. At 25 seconds the foam head loses its density and becomes poruous and rocky. At 2 and half minutes, the head has dissipated into a half fingers worth of foam, leaving behind very thick lacing. Orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a moderate amount of medium-sized rising bubbles with a very subtly amount of large rising bubbles. There is also a handful of large bubbles sitting on the bottom of the glass. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of peaches, apricots, mangos, oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines entangle with mild cedar, wheat, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle lemon zest, sour green apple, grass, and hay aromas.
TASTE: The initial flavor is comprised of strong hoppy orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors. Strong flavors of hoppy mango, peach, and apricot and mild cedar flavors immediately follow. Mild hay, wheat, and cedar flavors further unveil the taste complexity. Mild grass and bitter hop flavors along with subtle earthy yeast, salt-like mineral, and sour green apple flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: A deliciously complex beer from Jester King. Incredibly hoppy with little sourness. This was unexpected from JK, but the unexpected can be good such as this is.

Feb 27, 2016
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RoddyMedina from Arkansas

4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jester King does not disappoint. Ive not had a bad beer from them, but its so damn hard to find a favorite! El Cedro was one of the more hop forward beers I've had from. Great blend of citrus and piney notes. I didn't get as much cedar as i thought id get but it was still there. Fantastic brew all around from Jester King.

Feb 06, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A surprisingly delicious hop forward Jester King rendering...Aroma is a blast of bright hop citrus, some pine notes...Smells like a hop forward IPA. Coming through on the flavor is the fresh cedar, reminiscent of cedar plank fish (minus the fish)...which smoothly melds into a medium body and a bit of hop bitterness. Cedar smooths out after a few sips, and is quite enjoyable.

Jan 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy mother of god is this one hell of a brew.

As with all the beers I've had of theirs, it pours a generous head held up by a pillar of bubbles over a slightly cloudy yellow goldenrod body.

They sure aren't kidding about the cedar. Hops and cedar jump right out at the initial uncapping. Then super bright meyer lemon and peppercorn follow intensely and persistently after, with the cedar always present. It's worth noting, while this bottle was seven months old, the style and quality of their brewing has preserved the hop freshness phenomenally.

On the palate, the cedar is less pronounced, which actually turns out to be a positive because I've had beers that are too woody or smoky and it just kills the quaffability. It's a tad more tart and whispy than a typical farmhouse, with some pineapple notes on the back end. It's as close to a "fresh" mosaic NE IPA as relatively "old" beer can get, without any of unwanted flavors old IPAs bring to the table.

For the most part it's light and fizzy, but becomes softer and fluffier the further towards the bottom of the glass you get.

Overall, El Cedro is such an excellent brew. Normally very hoppy beers aren't my thing, and technically, this has so much going on, it doesn't come across as primarily hoppy. On the other hand, there are a few double IPAs that I've had that exude many of the same properties as this does, namely Konkey Dong and Pliny the Elder. But this beer can't be directly compared with anything, it's just so unique, and such a wonderful experience.

2015 vintage

Jan 16, 2016
El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 640 ratings