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Jester King El Cedro (Batch 1-5)



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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
El Cedro, an 8.0% ABV farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Citra hops, aged with Spanish Cedar spirals and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. It combines tropical, fruity hop flavor and aroma with funky, barnyard yeast character and the unique flavor and aromatics of Spanish Cedar. El Cedro is brewed with Texas Hill Country well water, 100% organic malt (Two Row, Carapils and Wheat), Millenium, Cascade, Columbus and Citra hops, farmhouse and Brettanomyces yeasts, and Spanish Cedar spirals. After primary fermentation with farmhouse yeast, El Cedro is dry hopped with Citra hops and aged for weeks with Spanish Cedar spirals. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation with Brettanomyces yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 2, 2014
bottle-Batch 4 from July 2013 Sampled December 2014 Pours hazy orange with a nice fluffy white head with big bubbles all over. Nose is crazy-lots of cedar, citrus, lemon, orange peal, very subtle citrus here, but the cedar age is so heavy on this. IT sort of reminds me of the cedar aged Jai Ali from Cigar City on the nose. Flavors show the wood age with lots of bright citrus as well. THis beer is 1 1/2 yrs old and it still shows quite a bit of hops. THe yeast created something truely unique-lots of crazy funk along with the woody notes and hops. Its really hard to pinpoint everything that is going on here. Long woody, grapefruity lemony finish with quite a bit of bitterness. I really dig this beer! THe carbonation is a bit on the high side, that maybe the only detracting thing here. still quite good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2300) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Slightly hazy yellow orange in color... Spanish Cedar and citrus hops portend a shockingly vivid grapefruit aroma... Cedar is initially very pronounced, grapefruit and citrus notes come through with a funky Bretty finish... Light citrus and pine hops on palate... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle: Hazy amber body with a foamy white head that settles rather quickly. Lots of peppery & woody spices all around; you can definitely smell & taste the cedar. Super woodsy, reminds me a little of a cigar humidifier even with some notes of earthiness & tobacco. Kind of tastes salty, too, with a brine-like finish. A little bit of tartness & some modestly funky barnyard notes from the brettanomyces, but certainly understated compared to the spicy cedar. Lightly floral with notes of peppercorn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Nice woody cedar base, some spicy yeast, light fruity sweetness, and some faint rustic notes. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Artistdave (65) - Austin, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Not bad, nice mellow bubblegum aroma, somewhat sugary. Tasted banana cloy sweet but not too overpowering in each respect. Decent finish, slight warmth, decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
5/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a, bottled: VI/22/13, batch #4 (2014-743) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy pale orange to yellow beer, creamy white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of cedar, soapy, deodorant, very weird. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: way too much of that cedar stuff, no subtleties, very bitter, wood, tannins, meh. Aftertaste: very soapy, unpleasant bitterness, weird. I don’t like this one little bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
1.5 year old bottle. Almost a gusher. Poured 99% foam and 1% beer. After 10 minutes of settling and pouring, I had this:


Anyway, that’s what it looked like. Aromas of funky brett and wood. Taste is bitter and funky. Flavors of cedar and sweaty Brett. Bone dry. I guess this kind of dried out during the past year and a half due to the brett and really built up some carbonation. Pretty nice metamorphosis. The end result is a woody funk train, bone dry and cracklingly decadent. Really glad this beer had time to bottle condition with the Brett, as it turned out amazing. Finishes woody, dry and Brett-tastic. Very nice and an amazingly unique experience!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
750ml bottle, batch 3, honey gold color, with a big frothy white head, nice will bretty, funky yeast, dusty, barnyard, spicy cedar woody nose, with a mild floral leafy, citrusy, grassy hop, faint lemon juice accent,with a lemongrass, pine bark, bread dough note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a good funky, bretty, fruity yeasty, cedar wood barrel, earthy floral cedar bushes and trees, flowery leafy, grassy, cedar hoppy character, with some dusty, lemon, lime rind, light acidic lemon juice, spicy peppery, doughy flavours, leading towards a funky, bretty yeastiness, woody cedar, dry leafy, grassy, citrus hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (2713) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Batch #4 - July 22, 2013. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to yellow color with a slight ability to see small carbonation bubbles rising at the edges . There was a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light spider web lacing. The smell was absolutely amazing through a piney/resinous aroma with a nice entanglement of lemon zest, lemongrass, sweetened freshly cut grass and cracked pepper. The taste takes those flavors and jumbled them up to practically perfection. The aftertaste, probably one of the absolute best aftertaste I’ve ever encountered in any beer. Okay, it’s a long intriguing sticky sweet lemon with a slight dry touch from the lemongrass that lets in a tad of refreshing tropical fruitiness. The finish is sticky and sweet that brings in a light grapefruit with a light sweet grassiness to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Would I have this with food? I might if I could get it again. At the beginning of the beer, the carbonation felt a bit sharper but as the beer warms, it really smooths out. Overall, hot damn! Way to knock one outa the park, Jester King! When are you going to sending your beers to Alaska? Don’t make me have to trade for this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
75cl bottle at Gainsbar in Kortrijk - Belgium. Pours a amber orange color with white head. Light aroma of pepper and cedarwoord, very carbonated but still balanced, slightly bitter bretty finish. Lovely.

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