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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%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1070) - 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
January 2013, Batch 2 bottle, drunk 6/28/15
Massive gusher, but I was ready for it, so didn’t 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 that’s 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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4300) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2015
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Travlr’s 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2985) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lefossoyeur (490) - 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 it’s younger âge...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy golden yellow, light citrus nose. Oaky grapefruit spice taste, bitter bite.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4654) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (102) - - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Batch 2 dated Jan, 2013. Major gusher losing easily losing about 5 oz. out of the bottle. Fucking geyser all over my buddies kitchen. Looks like grapefruit gold with fluffy head. Aroma is nice, light Brett funk, black pepper, and wood. Flavor shows funky yeast, citrus, tropical fruit and a spicy pepper finish. Holy shit, this is damn pretty nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (3515) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2015
This is batch 2. We lost about 28% of the bottle to a gushing. Bottle was room temp, not moved recently. So the appearance is a bit messed up since the yeast cake got all stirred up. Bottled on January 2013. Very hazy and dark orange. 1 finger creamy head with a yellow sheen. The nose is amazing. Just fresh cedar plank, wood chips, really gorgeous! I get pineapple, ginger, loads of delicious fruits.Whoa. this tastes awesome. Cedar for days which I LOVE. This is so pineapple, grapefruit, kiwi and tangerine with a lot of wood. the funk is subdued, sourdough bread, ultra nice no tartness at all except the grapefruit acidity. Dang. I could drink a lot of this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[5911-20131010] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Herbal straw pencils and lemongrass aroma. Hazy, pale orange yellow body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Lemon grassy hops and mild sweaty flavour has a hot spicy undertone in the finish. Medium body. Tasty but a little too spicy for me. (7/3/7-/3/14) 3.4
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, jercraigs, mds)


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