dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A soft hiss upon opening but the bottle nearly gushes, stopping short just before the foam erupted. Effervescent body is a hazy golden color, bright and yellowish with a thin wisp of off-white foam. Excellent aroma, with fruity hop notes balanced nicely with a whiff of Bretty funk and a tinge of sourness. Grassy, with barnyard hay and earth, too. The dry-hopping has really worked nicely for Das Wunderkind!
Oh wow. I am now sold on Jester King’s mission of bringing Farmhouse wild ales to the imbibers of Texas. Tart notes from the Lactobacillus mesh beautifully with funky Brett and earthy, grainy malt notes. Sour grips the sides of the tongue, but not so much that the rest of the palate can’t enjoy the delicate hop flavor. Crisp, medium-thin body with a perfect carbonation level. In many ways, Das Wunderkind! reminds me of New Belgium’s Le Terroir---the sour, dry-hop, and funk all blend together supremely well. Really enjoyable, and at 4.2% ABV, immensely drinkable. Easily Jester King’s finest effort to date.
UXO (536) - CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy straw with one finger of rocky white head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is complex - wet hay and barnyard funk, woody oak, apples and pears, grapes, stone fruit, vinegar. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet, mild bitter, mild tart. (6/10) Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. (3/5)
Well, that’s different! Dunno how "saison" it is, but there’s loads of wild funk flavour there, along with some mild tartness and even a slight saltiness. Not to mention, oaky white wine and whiskey flavours. Bit of a kitchen sink, really, and takes some getting used to, but ultimately interesting and not at all unpleasant. A tad pricey for an interesting experiment, mind you... (12/20)
Dr_Fellini (677) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with an off white head. Slightly hay. Smooth, drinkable barnyard hay character tasty. Very nice.
tectactoe (2739) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks to huskermike. Light-orange, cloudy & hazy with a burnt center. Big-bubbled white head grows big & settles quick, some wet, sloppy lacing left on the glass. A nice cloud of funk blankets the aroma, alongside tart fruits; apple, white grape, lemon zest, generic stone fruit. Very mild vinous & tart character, hint of wood, vinegar, & acetic sourness. Back-end with more of a mild damp hay, horseblanket, & musty cork finish. Flavor has a nice cellar-floor, old cork & farmhouse funk right out of the gate. It settles in quickly to a sharp tartness; sour green apple, grape, lemon, mild apricot. Slightly acidic with some pleasing white wine vinegar notes in the latter half. Finishing wet oak, tannins, hay, must, & white grape. Light bouts of biscuit yeast, ending pretty clean & super dry. Loved the hell out of this one. A favorite JK regular rotation beer for me.
KyotoLefty (6913) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hoppy, funky nose, some urinal cake, grapefruit, cream, some honey. Hazy gold color, lace. Funky, earthy flavor, grassy, grapefruit. Nice prickly carbonation.
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from unknown via trade. Pours a cloudy straw color, little to no head. Aroma pears, some funk, Brett, new oak. Body lively, finish lively and sweet, with a broad, arch, oaky character. Really nice. A great example of the modern saison.
ChrisSc (321) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into wine glass. Minneapolis.
Pours cloudy golden/orange. Lacing on the glass. Nose is a little funky and tart peach. Taste is dry, tart. Texture is light, frothy, longer finish. Overall, this beer is really nice. Taste is not what I expected from the smell - which is very nice. Beer is very easy to drink.
wchesser (1305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From errl-thanks, Chris! Batch 15-Feb. ’14 in Dec. 14. Cloudy light gold. Nose is initially light wheat, light funk, lemon, but as it warms became soaring wet dried grass, light minerality. Could just sit and smell this. Wheat base, strong limestone minerality, lightly tart with lemon citrus. Not particularly ’saison’ to me, but good stuff regardless.
suprchunk (2454) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very bright straw colored pour. Big white head. Not much lacing. Sour aroma with notes of whiskey and grape. Some peppery notes as well. Taste is a sour melange of the same. Finishes tart.
mR_fr0g (4391) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 09/08/2014. Many thanks to Rich for this one. Aroma is apple, funk, wheat, lightly musty funk. Cloudy, yellow / orange coloured pour with a lasting white halo of head. Flavour is tart apple, musty funk and slightly dusty, tart granny smith apple/ Palate is dry, wheaty.
Danyel (1198) - Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, orange, Brett. Taste is Brett, dry, bitter, crisp. Overall, good. Different but good.