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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pecan Wood Smoked Saison Crafted in the once commonplace, Old World tradition of bière de coupage, young, dry hopped ale is blended with old, barrel-aged sour beer fermented with native yeast. A portion of the malt was smoked over pecan wood at The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.

Update: Our original label application for Salt Lick Pecan Wood Smoked Saison was rejected by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), after having been approved by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB). We have renamed this beer "Censored" for sale in Texas.

Added by ThirdEyePA on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just when you think you've tasted it all... A smokey sourish Saison? Clever in its recipe formulation and grounded in rustic history, this ale is as curious to the palate as it is drinkable.

The pour delivers a rusty-straw color that's just a shade deeper than your average farmhouse ale. The hazy beer releases an exuberent level of carbonation to fuel a fluffy ivory-white head. Firm withstanding and intricate lacing all indicates a well made beer.

Incredibly tart aromas strike the nose with white wine and cider-type acidity. A wrap of fragrant smoke wafts about the sour fruit for a tale of two beers living in the same glass. Musty grain, straw and wet hay give an earthen component that brings the tartness and mesquite together.

Then to taste, the early palate is all sour saison. Sour white grapes, crab apples, orange peel and grapefruit align on the tongue- all in a supple under-ripened way. The middle delivers a brine and earth melange that's common to sea salt, grain and hay. Cork-like wood is just the hint of something unexpected to come. The late palate sheds all that fruit and introduces a taste of campfire, scotch, and mesquite. The unique balance is void of meaningful sweetness as the smoke is unsupported, much like more fragrant nutty cigars. Just as soon as the taste subsides... Bam! ...a late aftertaste of heavy peat echoes in surprising form.

Light on the palate, the carbonation pushes the grain from the tongue and ushers in a racy finish of sparkling white wine, acidity, peppery warmth and a powder-dry ash that's oddly compelling.

The unique combinations of taste seem to swirl around each other and never come together. It's unusual that I prefer it that way. The beer continues to deliver flavors and textures to different parts of the mouth even as the mouth acclimates to it deep in the session. Quite a mysterious ale!

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks very saison-y: opaque golden hay in color with a white, fluffy head.

S - BBQ pit smoke-bomb... I was a bit afraid I was not going to like this one after my initial smell. Smells extreme for a beer; reminded me of some smoked German beers I have tried and did not care for.

T - Barnyard and hay...Salty And smoky. Very different than anything else I've ever had before. The sourness reminds me of apple cider vinegar. There's a slight bit of spice in the back of my mouth in the finish, maybe some lemon and black pepper. ***I'd love to see a 100% barrel-aged version of this with some ancho chiles.

M - really nice... Not heavy at all; it's perfect for summer. I can hold a sip in my mouth and feel like there's nothing there... I really like the level of carbonation.

O - I wish I would have had some Feast BBQ tofu to go with this brew; that is a match made in southern-flavored heaven. JK has become one of my most sought after brewery, and this is just another example of why that is.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MacQ32
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - light watered down hazy straw color. Not much else (head/lacing).

S - tons of smokey sweet tobacco and salt. Extremely pronounced

T - Slightly sour and heavily salted, all smokey tobacco at the finish. Vinegary sours aftertaste. A bit too smokey imo

M - light bodied, ok carbonation, sourness makes it quite drinkable. Kind of hitting the back of my jaw a bit

O - Thicker smoke bomb with nice sour complimentary flavors but the smoke is just too much

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Censored from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 263 ratings