El Cedro | Jester King Brewery

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El CedroEl Cedro

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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.

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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 inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #6, 23 July 14, at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of yeast phenolics initially followed by cedar
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, veeery slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body straw, slight haze, effervescent
Flavor of cedar, light, some yeast phenolics; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 BigGold
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.2%
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 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 titty_mcbitty
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: foggy dirty golden yellow. Huge white creamy head. Lacing is very prominent.

S: Cedar definitely. Hops, brett, And bread.

T: Cedar wood is prominent. It's a nice touch. Hops, wheat, lemon juice, seedy bread, toast, caramel, and malt.

M: medium. Not very light either.

O: this was lovely. Not as great as the Mad Meg but a very nice brew. The flavor is insane and unique. Overall, an awesome beer.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good stuff, more hoppy than woody which is nice. It's a hazy brew thanks to the yeast but a great big hoppy aroma that carries through the taste is quite nice. The cedar takes the background which is nice. The dryness reminds me that it's a said on, as well as the somewhat funky and tart Brett finish. Happy to try this after a pecan smoke bomb from the jester.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled July 2014.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden apricot with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice (it is growing not fading so I'm glad I used a big glass) and there is plenty of lacing (understatement).

S - A nice tart funk from the Brett with plenty of cedar wood, yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy, lemon scents complete the nose.

T - Starts off with a funky and cedar wood flavor with a lemon and tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spiced hops to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Excellent Saison by JK and it reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier, but with cedar.

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Photo of Nagorg
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first few bottles I enjoyed had this beer as one of my favorites. It was a delicious IPA with very interesting character imparted from the cedar. This cedar character gave a beautiful nose and the flavor really blended nicely with the hops. This beer also has brett added and the related sourness was barely noticeable.
However, a couple that I've recently acquired have a much higher degree of sourness from the brett and it really seems like a different beer. I suppose this type of inconsistency might be expected from Jester King given the small and unique batches they brew as well as the use of naturally occurring resources from the area.
I do appreciate this recent bottling but I would much like to have that first experience again. Guess I'll have to keep buying this beer in hopes that day will come again!

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Photo of Myotus
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

All that copper, orange and yellow together at last. Around 1/3" head.

Wow, that cedar really pops in the aroma. Brett too. Hops are no slouch in the aroma department either. Impressive.

The hops, brett and cedar have some great interplay here. Carbonation just right to carry the mouthfeel into excellent territory. Nothing overwhelms or overshadows the other. Mild pepper aspect.

Really complex. Big thanks to koufax21 for bringing this gem, I will definitely continue to try and score a bottle every year.

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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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was from the bottle release in early 2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, floral, pine, pepper, grass, clove, light cedar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, spicy yeast, and brett notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, pepper, clove, pine, light cedar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness and slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, pepper, clove, pine, light cedar, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and brett flavors; with a great malt/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy brett saison! Great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and brett flavors; and very smooth to drink for 8%. The cedar aging was barely noticeable, but it wasn’t a determining factor. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 danieelol
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly cloudy, slightly darker yellow. Good head/lacing.

As I crack the bottle, huge Brett aromas present themselves. Smell is awesomely hoppy. Lemon, lemon sherbet, very vibrant and pleasant. Kind of like a lemon-flavoured soda but better. Also strong, raw pine. Sweet, inviting aroma. Spicy, with a dustiness and an oaked (or more accurately, cedar-ed) quality.

Taste is fruity flavours, with a nice bitterness from the hops, cedar or Brett. Spicy notes of cedar, dustiness, alcohol and finishes dry and Bretty, almost Orval-y.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, a bit of booze and wood and altogether has a strong presence.

Good, unique beer with a lot of character. The hops, cedar and Brett all mingle above a dry Belgian background to create a very complex beer.

Perhaps the cedar makes things a little bit too bitter but I'm very glad to have tried this beer.

Jester King is 2 for 2 in my book.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
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