El Cedro | Jester King Brewery

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
590
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
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Photo of dwagner003
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of CSO
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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, a slightly cloudy yellow goldenrod.

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.

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, 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 just can't be compared with anything, so unique, a wonderful experience.

2015 vintage

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Photo of IPAchris
2.24/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Ivybus
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #7--bottled 10.08.15

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden Amber with 2 fingers of head with brilliant lacing

Smell: Citrus and fruity hop aromas and yeast esters

Taste: incredible complexity with hop bitterness and citrus zest working with the yeast and funk as well as a slight wood note from the cedar to offset the flavors and bring everything into balance.

Mouthfeel: Well attenuated and refreshing.

Overall: I was blown away by this. So many flavors going on but are all in sync. I can't believe there is that much hop flavor and aroma, yet doesn't over power the delicate yeast and funk going on. A one-of-kind farmhouse ale.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 7 - 10/08/2015

Pours a hazy orange and yellow with tall head of white foam.

Awesome smell of bright citrusy fruit and some funk. Good level of hoppiness.

Taste has a mix of sourness and bitterness, accompanied by funk and sweetness for a very nice variety of characteristics.

The feel of the beer is highlighted by a good level of carbonation.

Overall: This is an awesome beer with a good blend of hops and sourness along with some good funk complexity. In summary, this beer feels like a good big DIPA crossed with a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OmahaKF
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is huge citrus aroma - lemon peel and tangerine, with a hint of vanilla, some funky undertones, and west coast IPA pine aroma.

Taste is a hoppy saison - candied fruit, orange citrus, and pine resin all come together with a fairly bitter finish. Funkiness is somewhat subdued for being a Brett beer, but another solid JK offering.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured this into a snifter and it poured a nice amber color with nice lacing I take it. you smell the funk and cedar. it gave me about 3 inches of head and you smell the cedar once you pour it. the brew is tasty and its a mellow kind of hoppy with hints of citrus and cedar. overall its an easy drinker and i would like to have this after a bike trip.

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Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. big bomber poured into tulip
(Batch #6 -- July 1, 2015 -- 7.8% ABV -- 56 IBU)

L: brilliantly clear gold ... loads of yellow in the color with just enough peach/amber to get it up to gold (almost SRM 6); pushes up a big fluffy head of white foam, super sticky up top and lacing as it subsides into a nearly full layer of foam for a skin and massive fluffy white collar ... a classic farmhouse beauty

S: very American hoppy ... big citrus/pine notes dominating the now subdued base saison; lots and lots of grapefruit as it warms a little; the thin layer of cedar aroma under the hops is nice, almost pine/pine sap-like but definitely a hint (only a hint) that sharp pungent cedar note that hits you when you open an empty cedar chest

T: BITTER ... easily the most bitter Jester King brew I've tried yet ... just an assault of American hop flavors, citrus, grapefruit, a bit of tropical fruit sweetness, some pine ... like the nose, the grapefruit seems to be the big note for me; only picking up hints of the traditional base JK saison and very little cedar

F: classic JK ... full from carbonation but relatively light otherwise ... great combination that works for just about everything they do

O: this one might truly be the most non-JK beer I've tried -- if such a thing as an American double IPA acting as a gateway beer exists, this might be it, for it's in almost every way tasting, smelling and acting like a big American double IPA; the JK farmhouse notes, especially the musty barn, are almost totally subdued by the big hops. it's not what I love about Jester King, but at the same time it's also a fantastic beer and proof that those gals and guys on the little hill outside Austin can do whatever they want and pull it off. if you love American hops, treat yourself to this one.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool pour madeof an amalgamation of copper, gold and orange. Gives a thin off white head. Brett and cedar all over the aroma. Plenty of hops to then join that one. Centennial and cascade I'd guess.

Taste leans just as much ipa as it does saison. Always stays pretty involved approaching complex with the primary flavor drivers being the hops, cedar and brett. Yeast just doesn't jump into that mix as much as the other three.

Will look for this one again.

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Photo of cam12
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ubenumber2
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great farmhouse from the guys at JK. It has a ton of nice hoppy flavors which pair well with the traditional farmhouse yeast funk. There is a little subtle sourness, but overall this drinks more funky than anything.

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Photo of noxious_offender
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dubinsky
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
4.12 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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