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Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous (2014)

Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Saison
Austin, Texas USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Over time our beer making has been increasingly driven by the seasons. We make farmhouse ales when the weather is hot and temperatures are conducive to fermentation, and we make spontaneously fermented beers and barrel fermented beers when temperatures are cold and conducive to overnight inoculation of wort and slow maturation in oak. We also use the ingredients that are available to us at various times during the year. In the spring we make beer with strawberries and blueberries, in the summer we use apricots and cherries, and in the fall we use grapes. Hibernal Dichotomous — our winter saison — is a beer that’s reflective of the ingredients that are available to us during the winter months.

Returning to the practice of bière de coupage or beer that is “cut”, Hibernal Dichotomous is a blend of young farmhouse ale (63%) brewed this past November, mature barrel aged beer brewed with lavender, rosemary and spearmint in November of 2012 (25%), and fresh pressed watermelon juice (12%). The watermelons we juiced for Hibernal Dichotomous came from this winter’s harvest.

Hibernal Dichotomous is 5.8% alcohol by volume, 12 IBU, 3.3 pH, 4 SRM, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000. Both the young and old beer in the blend were brewed with barley, wheat, hops and Hill Country well water and fermented with a blend of brewer’s yeast and microorganisms native to the ranch land where our brewery is located.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy dark golden color with an average frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate yeast, herbal and rind aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex tart & sweet flavor with a medium to sweet & tart finish of moderate duration. Solid complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2016
750 ml bottle shared with Tmoney99 from Errl. Pours a hazy golden color with a small, disappearing off white head. The aroma and flavor have lemony citrus with a splash of lime, pale malts, funk, herbal and floral hops, mild watermelon with some rind, this has quite a bit going on and it all works well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle, thanks Miguel! Aroma is watermelon, oak, funky yeasts and light barnyard/leather. Tastes like barnyard mixed with watermelon. An odd combo but it’s still pretty solid. Mild sourness and a big yeasty finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2016
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of spearmint, apricot, florals, white grapes, watermelon, spruce, and citrus. Flavor of watermelon, white grapes, orange, lemon, spearmint, and florals.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is strong if watermelon and mint, a bit overwhelming. Taste is like a watermelon spritzer...fizzy, fruity, a bit of funk. Overall, not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4548) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2015
Hazy pale yellow colour, white head. Aroma of malts, hops, fruity, strong mint. Minty flavour, quite fresh, watermellon, rosemary, malts and peppermint. Minty finish. Nice and interesting.
(from 75cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8223) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2015
15/VIII/15 - 66cl bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2015-1059) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Clear pale yellow to blond beer, small aery irregular head, unstable, falls down quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: very funky, fruity, bit sweet, sourish, lemon rind, spicy, rosemary or something. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: I do get the watermelon now, lots of it! Little spicy touch, lemony. Aftertaste: more watermelon, nice tart finish, bit of alcohol warmth, fruity ending. By no means would this ever classify as a Saison, but very nice beer though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle @ Drink Rich’s American beer, thanks to Omgrich. Anno 2013. Dorée sur léger trouble, col fond blanc. Arôme met très bien en avant ce côté menthe verte qui arrive en léger rétro et laisse ample place au romarin pour cependant rester en balance. Palais est étonnant et assume sa description d’étiquette. La pastèque est bien là, alors que je m’attendais, vu sa concentration en eau, à qcq chose de minime. Ici, le fruité est bien présent et s’accommode aisément du romarin et de la menthe. Effervescence est légère avec un fini houblonné fruité plaisant. Sympa, complexe même avec deux ans d’age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6155) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2015
750ml bottle thanks to Paul. Pours out a brownish amber topped with a sand head. Nose is spice tartness funk some farmhouse and sweetness. Taste is more of the farmhouse funk and some spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (1977) - - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy, dissipating white head. Elegant funky, spicy aroma - flowery. Light in body, tart but not astringently so - in a very elegant way. Again spicy and flowery, but all very subtle and refined making this a very delicate and pleasant Sour. 170615

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