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El Cedro | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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4.11
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28.95%
 
 
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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 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 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 Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 SebD
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick frothy white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, pine, faint grass, cedar, Brett and some definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite citrus and lemon notes upfront, some piney/grassy undertones, subtle notes of cedar witch blends very well with the rest, Brett and some barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is a wonderful beer. This is my first time having a beer from Jester King and it surely won't be my last. ISO anything Jester King!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a freshly cut white grapefruit follow by walking into a well stocked humidor. The taste is grapefruit from juice to rind to pith. Only a hint of cedar on the finish. A real winner. So much flavor in perfect balance.

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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 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 Sabtos
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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 stephens101
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is a resplendent creamy orange.

Smells of overripe orange and sour white grapes. Pungently beautiful. A bit of grapefruit with sugar on top is also noticed.

Tastes of fresh squeezed grapefruit, hops, cotton candy and a unique, damp, woody brett character.

Medium bodied and fairly creamy with a slight alcohol heat noticed as it warms. Good cask smoothness.

A true Texas original.

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 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 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 MattSweatshirt
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a big white head. Laces nicely.

Big hoppy assault going on here. Hits with fruits(orange, peach, mango) and pine notes. The wood doesn’t hold back either. Plenty of cedar going on here. Some lingering funky brett going on.

It’s got an assertive little bitterness that pops on you. Lighter side of medium body with ample carbonation. Lots of woodiness about it that lingers well into the aftertaste. The alcohol peeks through a tad. Pretty musty with that yeast. Yummy. The hops are there of course lending some pine and lots of orangey fruit flava flaves.

An interesting brew for sure. JK has been releasing a lot of sour limited releases lately so this is a nice change of pace with the big hop load delivered in an unconventional way with cedar and funk.

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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 ronricorossi
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Cloudy yellow/orange. Tart grapefruit citrus, black pepper, brett funk mixing with the cedar to lend a bitter, soapy quality that sticks to your gums at the finish. If soapy brett isn't your thing, this isn't the beer for you. Very good overall.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Brewery - El Cedro, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a cloudy mimosa color with a sizable bubbly head that dissipates quickly but retains a bit. Lots of chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is brett and fruity sour with a hint of the cedar. Hops are there but they can barely push through all the other aromas.

Taste - Holy brettanomyces!!! So much flavor! This blasts you here with brett and cedar for sure, with a touch of bitter pine hops.

Mouthfeel - Sits sour brett, dry cedar, and a little warm. Slightly boozy but even still the drinkability is good. Light and refreshing even with the extreme flavor in this brew.

Overall - As far as this particular style goes, this is one hell of a brew and probably the most unique of this style that I have ever had. Balls to the walls but good. Not for the faint of heart or palate!

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Photo of BigGold
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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 T-34-85
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden color with thick foamy head. Retention and lacing are excellent. Farmhouse yeast and citrus aroma. Citrus taste with farmhouse yeast and oakiness at the end. Moderate hoppiness. Cedar aftertaste. Moderately astringent. A very good beer. The Brett yeast flavor is very evident.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
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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El Cedro from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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