Theis (11061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - Shared white Mette. Cloudy yellow - white head. Wheaty, hay, light flowery, light to medium hoppy, light comomile notes, citrus, orange, yeasty, zesty..... pleasant light beer.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light amber beerwith a whitish head. Spice and light malt aroma with yeast and light fruity esters. Light citrus and summer fruit flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Light citrus/summer fruit lingers with light yeast and light spice.
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
#1455 bottle; nose is some banana, hay whiff, celery, sweet pea, moldy, later weak rubber, feel is watery, carb is mediumheavy, taste is lemon, little piss, banana, hay, mediumweak barn yard, later soda
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy milky yellow, with a small frothy head. Aroma is lots of wheat, banana, cloves, floral, esters, tangerine, elderflower, some brett, mouthfeel is bit watery, Taste is: grassy hops, soapy, wheat, banana, le,om peel, dandelion, dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste, citrussy notes, easy to drink, a bit uninteresting.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, pale, white colored head; and despite its lightness, this leaves some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold hue that shows a clear’ish, pale amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy and cracker like grain, backed by a green-ripe fruity character, a touch of herbal notes, perhaps a hint of clean lemon-leaning citrus zest character. The citrus zest hoppy character gets more prominent the more I dig into the aroma, it is almost the dominant note, but it is well balanced by the pale malt / grain character, as well as by a spicy, earthy, slightly musty, fermentation character that nicely perfumes the aroma.
Dry, effervescent, bitting in its bitter / carbonic acid and grassy malt character, but exceedingly characterful for a beer of such low alcohol. Lemon zest notes become a bit more expressive in the second and subsequent sips and there is a firm, biting bitterness that is accentuated by a dried hay like grain / hop character. Earthy spice notes evoke flavors of green coriander, woody straw, and a definite musty, damp wood and cellar like note; these are predominantly phenolic in character, though clearly restrained. There is a really nice hop character to this beer, lots of smooth herbal notes joint the lemon zest notes and there is also a spiciness that is brought out by the fermentation character and the carbonation. The carbonation on this beer is really light for something I would describe as a Saison (but is well carbonated for a standard ale), but it is so light bodied that it still manages to seem quite effervescent and lively. This is very light bodied, but somehow doesn’t seem overly thin or watery; actually given the original gravity, this actually finishes fairly high (probably near 1.004) and does have a noticeable malty chewiness to it, but only if you really consider the strength.
Ridiculously expensive for a beer for a beer of this strength ($9/750ml), having said that, I am quite happy to have paid for this beer, and if these weren’t so ridiculously easy for me to brew I would gladly buy it again. Incredibly forward thinking, but yet ancient in concept; this is the first / furthest-reaching, commercial attempt at a full flavored, refreshing, really low alcohol beer. It is something I am particularly fond of in my own brewing practices (though don’t brew consistently enough), and it is nice to find a commercial example / attempt. Having said all this, the closest beer I can think of is Dupont’s Avril, which I enjoy a bit more when it is fresh, but damn, this is quite good too. I could drink a whole lot of this beer and be quite happy for a whole day, or perhaps even a week before I needed something new. I am going to hazard a guess that, for my particular idiosyncrasies, this is going to be the best beer I will ever have from Jester King (it is certainly a great first experience with this brewery & I am happy that I have 5 more of these lined up).
Mora2000 (4040) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a very light, slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and oranges, but other than that there is a not a lot going on. The flavor is a little bit more complex. I get some wheat and yeast notes, as well as some orange and lemon characteristics. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. By the taste you can definitely tell this is a very low alcohol beer, but for what it is, it is not bad at all.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle… Hazy yellow ale with a small, wispy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is an earthy medley of spicy saison phenols, pale grains and citrusy lemon peel. Light-bodied and raspy with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is basically seltzer water infused with mild bitterness. Not a whole lot going on here. Finishes short, crisp and dry. I’ve certainly tried better examples of Belgian table beer, but this one is inoffensive and unflawed. I’m not a fan of farmhouse yeast, pilsner malt or noble hops, so I’ll leave this brew on the shelf for others to enjoy. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
ngeunit1 (1536) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of banana, clove, Belgian yeast, lemon peel, bready malt, with some light citrus and floral hop.
T - Starts off with some lemon peel, spice, Belgian yeast esters, biscuit, and a bit of floral hop. Through the middle, some more yeast and light funk comes through with some citrus hop and a touch of bitterness and more pepper and other spice. The finish is a mix of lemon, belgian yeasts, light funk, floral and citrus hops, and some spices.
M - Light bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly funky, and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Great session Saison that is very crisp and clean but still has some great flavor for only 2.9% abv.
beersearcher (1950) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably one of the least scary labels from Jester King. This is the lowest ABV beer that I have had, ever. And it is really good. A simple but tasty farmhouse beer with a little funk to it. Pours a light yellow with orange tint. Good lacing on the glass. Some citrus to it. Perfect for a hot day.
KAggie97 (3530) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ted Underhill. Pours a deep cheddar yellow with a hazy body and a thick white head. Aroma is pruny barn hops with a slight sweetened cereal essence in the finish. Flavor is sweetened corned flakes with chunks of apartame-infused rose hip jelly on a light biscuit. Lingers on the tongue. Heck yeah; Texas gets low alcohol right.