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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature. Unfortunately, this is my last Jester King bottle in my stash.

L – Cloudy deep gold color with an everlasting 4-finger, creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. Amazing retention and phenomenal lacing. Looks fantastic.

S – There is so much going on here that it’s insane. I’m getting a bit of caramel malt, some peppery yeast, some funky Brett, a bunch of hops with orange, grapefruit, pine, resinous, and mango aromas, and a whole ton of cedar. The cedar really gives it a completely unique aroma that I haven’t smelled in a beer before. I’m sure there are other cedar-aged beers out there, but Jester King is a ground-breaker in my experience in this category.

T – It starts off sweet for just a moment with caramel malt and then rockets into spicy, peppery yeast and bitter grapefruit, pine, and mango hops. As the bitterness is building, woody, earthy, and slightly spicy cedar appears. After the wood fades, grapefruit and pine bitterness returns. There’s a touch of barnyard funk that shows up at the very finish. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, great carbonation, a creamy, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and an earthy, woody, bitter, spicy, and very dry finish. Tons of flavors mingle together at the finish and linger for a while such as earthy wood, spicy yeast, and bitter hops. All of those flavors pair well with the touch of throat-warmth from the alcohol.

O – This beer is fantastic. It has lots of elements of good saisons that I’ve had plus the additions of lots of American hops and cedar. It’s not one of Jester King’s most sessionable saisons but it’s certainly one of their more complex ones. Even with the higher ABV for a beer of this style, it’s still definitely drinkable. This is a really stellar beer from JK, and I hope to have more from them in the future.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks willandperry! Love me some Jester King. Batch #2.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with 4, yes 4 fingers of white head that lasts a good while and leaves some nice lace behind.

Smell. Cedar, Tropical fruits (mango and papaya mainly), pine and yellow grapefruit rind. Very aromatic and complex.

Taste. Sweet yellow grapefruits and cedar, a bit of melon and tropical fruit. Really not getting much else, but not much else is needed.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting and again, very aromatic.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Leura.

A - lovely .... Golden haze, fluffy wonderful head, lace to die for.

S - sour, earthy hops, tropics

T - integrated citrus, pineapple, funk, Brett, hint of pine, balanced not overpowering hops...

M - zesty, well carbonated, alcohol well hidden.

O - sensational brew.... Take a Saison recipe, and amp it up with hop and barrel notes... Not as dry as other JK beers I have had, and on the money. Delight to drink.

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Photo of ADZA
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my second bottle of this in some ways I think that's all I need to say on this review as its def in a world of its own but ill explain a little more it pours a slight hazed golden hue with the fluffiest four finger ever rising head and stacks of clingy lacing everywhere absolutely gorgeous looking,the smell is pineapple,piney hops,Brett,funk and citrus beautiful balance,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation and the taste is sublime with tastes of piney bitter hops,citrus,pineapple,Brett,farmhouse funk a slight touch if cedar and finished with a mandarin and piney hop bitterness and overall I love this drop its in a world of its own and now that I've drank my fair share of it time to try the rest I got left in my fridge cheers.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a cloudy orangey pour with 2 fingers of foamy detergent like white head. smells of cedar (LOVE THIS SMELL), grassy hops, jasmine, brettanomyces typical scents.. this is about to blow my mind i have a feeling. lots of cedar flavor with a hoppy grassy bitterness and a wonderful bretty aftertaste.. lots of lemon/grapefruit citrus notes.. the cedar really makes this beer amazing honestly. medium body with a modest amount of carbonation. really the only thing this could've had to make it better was champagne-like carbonation. honestly, it doesn't make much of a difference in my overall decision to name this as one of my top 10 beers this year.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.19.13
Batch #2 Jan 2013
Thanks John

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge light tan, foamy head with good retention.

S - Brett, hoppy citrus, pine, and some cedar.

T - Lots of Brett, tons of cedar, pine and some citrus. The Cedar really comes out as it warms.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Lots of Brett, more cedar as it warms. Pine Citrus finishes it out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to koufax21 for bringing this beer to March Madness 2013. Marquette Elite 8 baby!

Pours out a copper, golden and light orangey type of liquid. Small head on it, 1/3". Aromatics really hit you with the cedar and brett. Pretty nice right there. But wait, there's more! Hops. The hop bouquet seems primarily Cascade. Nice mix going on right there.

Its not quite Bitter Monk territory, but the taste function of the hops, cedar and brett really are enjoyable. Lacks the tartness and overall hoppy nouveau of the Monk, but this one is quite good in and of itself, even if it lacks the aggressiveness of style leader here. This one is more like an ipa than a saison in my opinion.

Mouthfeel had just the right carbonation to let three distinct tastes exist in harmony, nobody muscling the other out. Bitterness just right, plenty of wood, good very dry finish. The mix of cedar wood and pine hop flavor is pretty cool. A peppery edge to it as well.

Pretty complex and enjoyable beer. Screw David Hurley at the El Dorado for flip flopping over their committal to support out bottle share the entire week. I won't be recommending anyone have anything to do with the El Dorado ever again if we're gonna play that way. I give you money, you give me your word, you lie and go back on your word, I'm never going to give you money again.

Support craft beer. Respect craft beer. El Dorado Casino in Reno supports neither. But we did get this beer drank before the dishonesty took hold in a guy in a cheap $79 suit who manages a crappy bar.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Jester King goblet (proper). Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that grew and eventually subsided to one finger after sitting for quite some time. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cedar, citrus, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, fruit, wood, earth, and big funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The combination of the cedar and funk was a definite new one on me to this degree especially when mixed with the saison aspect. This made for a quite refreshing brew that was very easy to drink on a nice day of weather in my area. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much respect to Cvescalante for giving me my first Jester King. Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

A- And foam fills up the glass from a soft pour. The body that's visible is a semi-hazy medium golden. As the head descends, a large, flat nipple protrudes and there are cobwebs of lacing surrounding. Eventually, the head settles at an 1/8 inch with various bumps among the surface foam.

S- Delightful cedar aroma wafts out of the bouquet with full force. Upon further sniffs, the Brett is detected and is a beautiful compliment to the cedar...at first. Soon the Brett/cedar combo dive into this odd soapy smell that clashes together. Then comes the alcohol and degrades things even more. Everything combined gives it a very bright aroma but I'm not sure if I enjoy it. The hops lay over all elements in the profile to provide some sort of template for what's going on but it's still not quite balanced. Every sniff tells a different story, so I give it extra points for complexity.

T- Strange. First there's cedar and immediately after comes the Brett funk, then it turns to a tart aftertaste before just cutting off. The hops provide a decent bitterness but the cedar is pretty overpowering and the lingering flavor of the Brett just confuses my palate even further. Alcohol and hops begin to dominate as the beer warms.

M- Dry, with a lasting hop bite. Body's on the lighter side with medium-high carbonation.

O- I don't find it unenjoyable to drink, but it's also not my idea of what a beer aged on cedar should be like. Although it is a creative hybrid of flavors, there's too much going on at once and makes for a frenetic drinking experience. The blurb on the side label had me cracking up though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is a really fantastic beer. its got a cloudy pale amber appearance, both light in color yet dense at the same time. several inches of mostly white head linger for a long time. this is my first beer with cedar, and its pretty intense in the nose here, combining that sweeter wood profile with a dry redish malt, not caramely really at all, and some bretty funk. the flavor is quite brett heavy, but this is a lot more complex than the classic saison. its very well hopped, spruce notes from the hops mix well with the cedar finishing, and there is a light orange rind zest to this as well. not very often hops and brett and wood all mix together this well, yet retain their own identities. that is the best feature of this brew. fuller body from the suspended yeast, but really uobeat, almost Belgian style carbonation and a funky finish that's capped off with cedar. not intense aromatic cedar closet cedar, but more subtle than that, in a supporting role only. jester king has impressed me a lot lately over the four or five beers ive had, probably none more than this one though. as complex and intriguing and also as drinkable as anything dubbed a saison in a really long time. this is liquid art.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium gold with massive three fingers of white head, which leave a wall of lacing. Excellent retention. Pretty good clarity.

S: Funky brett, mild orange sherbet, and cedar and spice.

T: Woodsy and spicy, a little citrus and malt, finishing with some mild hop bitterness on the palate and lingering tannins. I don't want to say that it's like sucking on wood, but...

M: Medium-light body and carbonation, very smooth and a little creamy.

O: Decently drinkable and the aroma is nice, but the cedar notes kind of overshadow the other flavors and don't quite come together.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Fantome Tulip

A: It is a golden yellow honey color with a thick fluffy white head that lasts for quite awhile leaving a pretty solid lacing. It is rather cloudy but there is some slight translucentitivity to the beer. Pretty good for a saison

S: Upfront it has a lemony aroma from the hops that is light and citrusy. As you get into it there is a definite brett farmhouse like funk but it is light as well. There is lots of depth from the cedar as it brings out the citrus with a wood like scent.

T: Upfront it is light and juicy with hints of lemony citrus, hay and grass, then the brett really comes out not necessarily with overpowering funk but definitely a prominent farmhouse flavor without being too much toward the horse blanket side of brett. The cedar is present in the background and really ties the whole beer together with a deep woody taste. Lastly there is a bit of spiciness in there that reminds you of a true Belgian saison.

M: The feel is medium between thick and thin, it is light in terms of drinkability but it is thick in terms of smoothness. It definitely has that significant barnyard funk but it is not overpowering and still very drinkable without being watery. There is basically no carbonation its not flat as much as it lacking carbonation, this does not come close to ruining the feel but I do have to mark it down here.

O: I really liked this beer it is good mix of traditional farmhouse saison with brett added and cedar to bring it all together. There really wasn't anything I didn't like about this beer it did not blow my mind but it is a great beer that I definitely recommend.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A hazy orange body with a huge pillowy head that lasts forever. Big glops of lacing as well.

S: Big fruity citrus, zest, pine, brett funk, and some cedar and bready malt.

T/M: A moderate punch of zesty citrus bitterness, pine, and tropical. The bitterness lingers through and is joined by more of the same hop character, but also a ver big fruity funk from the brett, a little peppery yeast, and a nice sweet cedar character. The finish is bone dry, leaving the way for a long-lasting funky, cedery, citrusy aftertaste.

Overall: The intensity and complexity of this beer may leave some stranded, but if one can get past that, they will be rewarded with a very balanced and unique flavor experience. This beer combines a West-Coast hop character with belgian wood-aged funk, not something that you see everyday. Jester King nailed it.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a wonderful straw-golden color with tremendous billowy clouds of foam atop. The foam takes its time dying down too.

Wow, this is brett-tastic! The aroma has a kiss of brett to it which turns into a full-fledged pucker on the lips when tasted.

The aroma has this incredible vibrancy to it, it’s like a sun-warmed lemon burst into fiery zest and then got smacked by some light brett, lending it an unparalleled complexity which develops as it warms. The taste is equally as rich and layered, with the lemony-straw hop character in tandem with a oh-so-light but definitely present funky characteristic, from farmhouse yeast and some cedar and the brett notes. It’s an incredible brew and easily one of the best I’ve had in a long time.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Daemose for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy, light gold to apricot color. Forms a sizable fluffy white head even with a gentle pour, despite lowish visible carbonation.

S: Huge funk, barnyard, cedar, some citrus (grapefruit) and mild tropical fruit (pineapple, mango).

T: Cedar punch up front with hop bitterness, then barnyard funk, citrus (lemon and grapefruit), the cracker malt backbone, then some more barnyard funk at the end. All of which fades into a dry finish.

M: Light bodied with a bubbly, almost champagne-like mouthful. The alcohol present is well-hidden.

O: Wow, this was awesome. I'm quite curious as to how it would age. It reminds of the Cedar-aged Dos Costas Oeste, but with lots more funk. My only complaint is there is a lot of dry and bitter flavors with very little balancing sweetness. But this is a mild complaint only. This isn't a beer for the faint-hearted, or one that I'd recommend for someone starting with funky beers. But I am really impressed with my first Jester King bottle.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Jan. '13 Batch 2
Riedel unmarked tulip

A: Slightly hazy light orange yellow color. Lots of head even with calm pour. About three fingers. Fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Nose is wild. Definitely getting that wood note. Smells like a lumber yard. Clean and dry. Brett funk.

T: Really nice beer. Nice sharp punch of Brett and hops up front. There is some pine and earth, but also some spice. The wood age is there. Cedar is very pronounced. That really clean wood flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Woodiness and dry coat mouth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flirting with all-things-wood, Jester King is at it again- a funky, spicy Farmhouse-style ale plays the field from notes of oak and cedar to pine and sandalwood. It's both funky-fresh with citrus and tropical notes and also deeply earthen with cellar and must- remaining dry all the while.

Amber and peach in color, the beer looks like winter honey but without the viscosity. Zesty carbonation quickly builds a thick and insular blanket of foam that settles into rocky structures, looking like ivory meringue as a topping. Mild hazing early, but the second pour clouds up significantly.

Wood, caramel and honey fill the nose, but do so with a firm whack of spice and earth. Dried citrus rinds introduce dried oranges and lemons with cellar-like must, light horse hair, weathered oak, perfumy cedar, peppercorn, and fruit punch. It's a complicated collection of scents that keep the nose guessing at every turn.

To taste, there's impressions of caramel and honey but with the associated sweetness. The dry malt taste is pleasantly grainy and aids the rustic Saison character. And that character relies on spicy shaved wood- sawdust, cedar, pine, and aged oak. Mildly wine-like the taste of white grape and sour apples rise in the middle. Peppercorn and cinnamon give added bite and detract from the alcohol spice. Finishing citursy and fruity- these hop flavors are favored over fruit esters and give the beer a pith bitterness that's surrounded by an aura of dust and earth.

Lightly textured, its the carbonation that provides an airy and somewhat powdery feel that lifts off of the tongue effortlessly and ushers in a quick, spicy, and astringent finish. Wood oils, spices, and pepper notes pang against the throat for a mouthfeel that finishes just a complex as it does in taste.

The beer is everywhere. Each sip gives a new impression that wasn't even hinted at in the previous one. But the ribbon that connects it all is the taste of wood; lead by cedar. It's an elegant, rustic, and experimental ale that keeps your attention from the initial aromas 'til the long lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of Ranz
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch #1, November 2012

A: With a slightly vigorous pour in my tulip, this farmhouse ale creates some huge head. The opaque orange color definitely belies the unpasteurized nature of this beast, and the lacing is thick and clumpy. Quite attractive, this is one of the more aesthetically pleasing saisons I've seen.

S: Dank, overripe citrus rinds with a sharp all-spice kick, the aroma here is powerful to say the least. Is that all-spice character from the Spanish cedar spirals? This smells like a mutant mimosa spawn-child--and that's not necessarily a bad thing. This is certainly one of the most unusual aromas of any beer that I've had.

T: That cedar takes center-stage, perhaps a bit too powerfully. The hop profile is quite acidic and bitter, which accentuates the cedar in an unusual yet pleasing manner. Those bretts create that ridiculous woodsey character--imagine that you're chewing slightly fungal citrus rind alongside pine needles with which to pick your teeth later. To put it mildly, it's bizarre. It's not bad at all, but it's certainly not my cup of tea. You could nearly consider this a sour, which may be why I'm not in love with this, since I do not particularly like sours.

I could see this as a great brunch beer: homemade waffles (sans syrup), poached quail egg, or a mushroom and swiss omelette would all do nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation, it has a hint of spicy aftertaste from those cedar spirals. Earthy funk predominates. And despite the ABV, it's really quite sessionable.

O: I knew that I'd get something unusual, and in that sense, it does not disappoint. This is not a beer for the light-hearted nor the unadventurous, so be forewarned that it offers some unique experiences. It may not be what I like in my favorite beers, but I can appreciate the progressive nature of my fellow Texans.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/7/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and orange - hazy and cloudy - quite a gigantic head, fades to a (still big), fluffy white cap, leaves blobs of lacing

Smell: Rich cedar and some funk, a rather interesting combination - the cedar is quite obvious and quite interesting - some citrusy and piney hops on top of that - some funky Brett, tart, yeasty - fruity, earthy, with some wet horse

Taste: So much going on, in a good way - woody, chewy, distinctly weird cedar flavor - quite potent, but doesn't totally overwhelm the flavor - some earthy, yeasty funkiness - some hay, some dry, tart Brett - some spiciness - hops appear mostly in the aftertaste (post cedar), with some nice citrus and some pine

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, excellently carbonated, smooth, with somewhat of a dry, earthy finish

Overall: Weird, weird, weird... and good

This is quite strange. Anything with cedar reminds me of a cedar chest that my parents use to store sweaters, so my usual response to the smell is "this is not drinkable." But after I get over that, it's quite intriguing. Aside from the cedar, there's so much going on here. Funky, earthy, citrusy, piney, and interesting.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to **** for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed gold. Head is bright-white, rocky, loose, and massive. Drops to an almost non-existent cap with a decent bubbly collar. Serious sheets of clumpy lacing stick to the entirety of the glass.

Smell: Spicy sweet cedar. Some small hints of citrus over a mild earthy funk. Really hard to get anything over the cedar at the start. Nice level of spiciness. Some pale malt sweetness in the back. Some light bretty funk.

Taste: Deeply woody with a big cedar hit. Some nice powdery and earthy yeast under it all. Nice punch of citrus on the back end. Light, pale malt sweetness. Some grapefruit and slightly bitter pine on the finish. Warming pushed more cedar with it's unique sweet spiciness. Splintered wood stems. Touches of lemon. Flower petals. The dry hopping is a weird addition, in a good way. Lingering, almost like real cinnamon, spiciness. Woody earth with some grass and hay.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a slightly above average carbonation. Nicely dry without being too much. Relatively clean.

Overall: A deft and enjoyable for sending of cedar.

Nicely funky with a ton of woody spicy cedar character. Unique and well done.

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Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip
Batch 1- Bottled Nov 2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden, dark straw color with a huge 3plus fingers width of dense sea foam white colored head. Leaves tons of thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, brett funk like barnyard and wet hay. Im surprised by the amount of lemon-lime citrus. One I get past that, the cedar notes do come out, although not as prominent as I anticipated. Very nice aroma though.

T: Cedar is much more prevalent in the taste, and is the first flavor I get. This is followed by some herbaceous and light citrus hoppy notes, and some piney bitterness on the finish. Initially I get little to no brett notes in the flavor, but as it warms some barnyard, manure-like characters come out.

M/D: Medium body, moderately heavy carbonation, crisp. No hint of the ABV. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a good beer but it didnt blow me away. Interesting combination of hoppy and heavy cedar notes, with a touch of brett funkiness. Im glad I tried this one, but its not something Ill add to the regular rotation.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange, hazy, white head, two fingers, plenty lace. Brett funk aroma, with a spicy wood note, floral notes. Citrus tones too. Spice notes on the taste, some herbal, spicy wood notes, Bretty hay notes, mild lactic note, biscuits, light colored fruits, citrus zest. Not really crisp, medium body.

Overall, nice funk a delic brew!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle pours a heavily hazed gold color with a plentiful cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing, pretty damn good looking beer here.

Nose is stronger on the brett than I anticipated and the cedar wood plays along quite well with it. Lemony, tart, slight funk and cedar planks. Hops are strangely tropical and fruity...one would probably have expected something piney. It all works nicely though, impressed so far.

Taste is an excellent blend of hop flavor and brett. The citra hops stand out to me and I probably would have guessed Sorachi with the mad lemon flavors I am getting, though I see that is not one of the hops used. The wood is subdued, which is surprising with the combination of cedar and brett. The brett is lighter on the flavor than it was on the nose, but still imparts both funk and dry tartness. Yeast does more than it appears, I think, with lots of traditional saison flavors oozing out of the brett and wood facade. Mouthfeel is light and airy due to the light malt bill, but the fine carbonation gives it a smooth, buttery feel that is very nice. I have not been this impressed by a JK beer in awhile...I did not expect to like this beer as much as I do...I really dont have a single bad thing to say about it. An excellent example of a saison, well done JK...well done indeed.

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Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch head, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, fruity aroma, with some traces of hops as well.

T: Like the aroma, there was a good amount of fruit (mango especially). A fair shot of hops, along with the advertised brettanomyces and slight funkiness make for an interesting combination. A light, vibrant, complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not your typical saison, but certainly an interesting take on it. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BrutalSusan
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer is like walking through a dry and hoppy texas "forest" (no forests or hops in texas, just sparse trees). the smell is incredible.

smells woody, hoppy, floral and fantastic.

tastes REALLY GOOD. the cedar adds so much to the flavor. it blends so well with the hops that had you not known about the cedar component, you'd think the greatest brand new, albeit bastardized, strain of hop had just been invented.

finishes dry.

This is the first time that i've had cedar fever and been happy.

i love you jester king.

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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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