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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: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3611) - 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 (1164) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
6th March 2015
Bottle share gathering at Bruce’s. Thanks to Theydon_Bois. Hazy pale gold beer, little white head. Limey nose. Palate is light, dry and crisp. Tart lime, little salt. Mild cucumber and a touch of sherbet. Light dry finish. Bitterish cucumber linger. Interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle in Glenwood Springs, thanks to Steve_0. Pours a hazy light yellow appearance with a white head. Green herbs, lemon, light funk, wheat in the nose. Somewhat tangy, floral, dandelion, watermelon, juicy fruit flavor. Actually tons of watermelon. Juicy and refreshing while still kind of a weird flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (5404) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared at Bruce’s place. Thanks to Colin for this one. Light straw yellow coloured pour with a lasting white head, aroma is fresh lime, mint leaves, crisp, mineral, salt, cucumber. Flavour is composed of lime leaves, straw, sharp, straw, wheat, mojito, little sharp, semi puckering. Palate is crisp, straw, slight sour, highish carbonation. Tangy lime a little coconut and sharp. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12738) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle split at Bruce’s, from an IP trade with a texan dude, 06/03/15. Hazed orange yellow with a moderate off white head. Nose is tangy citrics, spice, apricot, light menthol notes. Taste comprises lime jus, tangy citric rinds, straw, light farmyard, damp hay, herbal notes, touch of germaline. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok saison but probably one of the weaker beers I’ve had from Jester King.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3241) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
Bottled 2014, ’Blend #1’, 5.8%. Pale yellow, almost luminous, pretty still, small ring of white head. Aroma has lots of lime, pine. Body is medium, smooth, tingly carbonation. Taste is mostly Mojito cocktail, cucumber and lime, spearmint, tangy sweet, dry, no real bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9061) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. The nose is bready, lightly, funk, apricot, sherbet, gooseberry, vanilla, barnyard, musty and dirt. The taste is crisp, tart, lactic, citrus rind, gooseberry, white grape skin, grapefruit, sherbet, good mouth-pucker, light menthol and good deal of acidity with a dry finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Aroma is pretty musty, but it tastes rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (14040) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Colin. Pours hazy yellow with a frothy white head. The aroma has some rindy lemon and lime, menthol, spruce. Light sweet flavor with some tangy citrus fruits, pine, minty menthol, pale wood. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes with moderate sweetness, mellow acidity, some funk, lemon, peach. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2689) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jstax ! Pours a light golden color with a finger plus of white foam. Nice herbaceous nose with hints dry hay, lavender, mint and a hint of dusty funk. Palate follows with much more watermelon influence than detected in the nose. Nice backbone of watermelon jolly ranchers that supports the herbaceous tart body of the beer. Different flavor profile than your average saison and highly enjoyable !

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