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Jester King El Cedro (Batch 1-5)



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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, - JUN 8, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold, with a very large white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. There is an interesting blend of funky, leathery brettanomyces and dusty, woody cedar in the aroma; it smells a bit like a collection of antique furniture. There is a touch of lambic-like sourness up front, which quickly gives way to strong pine needle and grapefruit hops. Soft caramel and sourdough malt notes come into the mid-palate, matched with woody cedar. There is a little cinnamon in the finish and a mild lingering sourness. The cedar lends an interesting dimension to this beer. It is noticeably different to oak, and pairs nicely with the funky brettanomyces flavours. An unusual beer, but quite a good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrold (3054) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle. Pivni, York. Label states bottling date as November 2012. Batch 1. Hazy, straw colour. Thick, bubbly, glossy topped, lasting, white head. Stunning, funky, peppery hop. Lemon juice. Some orange rind. White pepper. Big hop presence, which I might not have expected. Some woody, walk through the woods fresh, piny notes. Taste is soft sweet, turning dry, funky, chewy, oily bitter. Soft, chewy, and so easy drinking. Finishes long, lemony, peppery, funky bitter. Utterly delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are sweet, boozy, pretty citrus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1769) - GREECE - AUG 2, 2015
From old notes. From tap. Clear golden color with white head. Yeasty and hoppy aroma, funky bretty, light spicy, citrusy fruity, wood. Sweet And light bitter taste, funky fruity with wood again. Medium oily body with Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
January 2013, Batch 2 bottle, drunk 6/28/15
Massive gusher, but I was ready for it, so didnít lose too much. Otherwise, a hazy blonde ale with a full white head that shows wonderful retention.
Neverending dry brett in the nose shows limeskins, guava, dry nectarine, band aids and oiled leather. Cedar is nicely integrated in to the brett character, adding its signature rich yet mellow wood aroma (cedar is pretty distinctive). Well-attenuated (especially by now) pale malts add honey, bits of cracker and there is a lightly tart lemony wheat character as well. It all comes off bright and yet soft and with tons of depth. No alcohol in the nose.
Flavor pours on the brett as well, not surprisingly. This stuff has been busy at work. Great tartness, yet the malts both sooth and balance, adding honey, sweet whitebread dough and soft wheat dryness. Hops add just a touch of lemon at this point, with very minimal bitterness. Some wood tannin is notable on the finish, building up a bit much and adding some unwanted astringency. Perhaps a touch uni-dimensional, as well. But thatís the extent of my criticism here. Otherwise, goes down immensely easily and shows no sign of its 8%abv. Another amazing beer from this brewery...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2015
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Travlrís sour beer tasting. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of cedar. Flavor also dominated by cedar with some farmhouse yeast flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3235) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle. Hazy yellow, whitish head. Barnyard, hay and wood on the nose. The citrus fruits are there too. Funky pineapple, some citrus and that spicy cedar woodyness in taste. Refreshing and quite good drinkability in this brew. Bit of herbs and funky spicyness in finish. While this being quite crisp, I believe it would be an excellent one for the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lefossoyeur (516) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
Clear blonde with a bubbly white head, becoming hazier with each pour. Tropical aromas with some leathery Brett and hints of cedar. Intense carbonation, sweet, fruity, dry leathery finish with some astringency and lemony notes. A bit heavy, boozy on the finish. Nice altough it was surely better in itís younger ‚ge...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours hazy golden yellow, light citrus nose. Oaky grapefruit spice taste, bitter bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Yellow pour with tan head. Citrus, funk, light cedar aromas. Nice funk, citrus, herbal and funky flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (155) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Batch #6 bomber - Light clear golden color. Unique and wonderful aroma of pungent grapefruit, lemon, spruce, fresh cedar, bitter orange zest and hint of sage. First mouthful is amazing! Like no other beer. Very layered. Flavors include big unique citrus like white grapefruit juice, cedar oil, juniper berry, lemon balm, pickle juice and clove. Almost like a perfumed sour. Wow

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