AdamJackson (2523) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acquired in a trade, straight from Austin Texas. Poured into a Mikasa tulip at 58 degrees not at 55 as the bottle suggests. Drinking this 48 hours after Jester King Noble King and I hear they’re similar.
A - Light golden brown, bits of haze, yellow edges of the glass. 2 finger crystal clear head of tiny bubbles subsides to a quarter finger with decent head lacing.
S - Pepper and old straw grass. Hint Lemons and bananas.
T - Hmm. Nice and refreshing. Starts with a very progressive pilsner taste and dry german yeast. Huge peppery spice and dry floral bitterness. Followed by caramel and farmhouse funkiness. Wow.
M - 50/50 carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium to heavy body. Sweet finish that lingers.
O - I’m very surprised by this beer. Nice and enjoyable. I should have held on to it for a while. Very delicious.
Marsiblursi (2999) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy orange with a creamy off white head. The aroma holds lots of spicy, grassy and fresh (dew-like) Saaz hops, pear/light tropical pineapple-ish esters, light dark fruits, grainy/spicy bread, cookies, touch of honey and spicy, light plastic phenols. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light bitter and tiny acidic with notes of spices, fruits, balanced hops and robust malt. The mouthfeel is round and light sticky with a light carbonation. Bread, honey, phenols and balanced hops on the finish. Medium bodied.
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours slightly hazy amber with a frothy and fluffy white head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of good looking lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with plums, grapes, alcohol, dry soil, hay, white pepper, lemon zest, overripe pears, pineapple, cloves, orange zest, crackers, sweet peas and hints of green apples. Taste is sweet and slightly funky with orange peal, dry soil, hay, crackers, lemon juice, overripe grapes, cloves, white pepper, plums, yeasty esters, white bread and dry wood. Mouthfeel is round, tiny dry, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with cloves, dry soil, lemon zest, orange zest, white pepper, crackers, grapes, alcohol and grape zest. A bit boozy but still very good.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grossly and excessively carbonated, luckily the bottle didn’t foam over, but a very careful pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass saw me sitting for quite a few minutes continuously scraping foam from my foam-producing overflowing glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, madly seething, pale amber-gold, with orange tinged hues when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity, with lots of pear and plum, as well as backed by some whole grain cracker character and a touch of English Biscuit character that has a caramel edge to it. There is a hint of tartness here that accentuates the dominant fruit character. A definite mustiness perfumes the supporting, dried grassy / grainy malt character and there is also some yeast spiciness that hints at ginger and a sort of woodiness that leans towards pepper.
Fairly dry tasting, but it still has a viscous feel to the texture, the beer is slightly tart, definitely effervescent, and quite fruity tasting. Flavors of ripe pear, floral plum, perhaps a touch of rose, as well as a more spicy, peppery flower like flavor all play the leading role in this beer. The finish has a touch of medicinal character to it, a definite mustiness, and a dry peppery spiciness to it. There is lots of dried grain character in this beer; slightly toasty pale grain, touches of dried straw, and a wholesome cracker like character adds some grain complexity here. Perhaps a hint of lemon like citrus and a light, clean herbal / grassy note as well as some of the spiciness seems hop contributed. The alcohol, higher alcohols, phenolics and hop character combine in the finish to have an almost menthol or light tongue numbing turpene character to it.
Not bad, it is perhaps a touch too fruity tasting from the yeast character, and isn’t quite balanced as it can be a touch hot / spicy in the finish. An enjoyable beer, but I feel like it could have been a lot better if it was quite so strong; 7% or lower would have been a better fit for the yeast and ingredients I think. The phenolic character in the finish seems to be a bit much at times. Definitely a bit disappointing given the bar set by some of their other beers.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cole’s tasting, thanks Mike! Fruity, peppery yeast aroma with notes of pears and honey. Light amber color topped by a foamy white head. Lively carbonation. Spicy peppercorn-like yeast esters throughout. Light toffee malt sweetness, dries out some towards the finish. I like this one, lots of spice from the yeast and hops keeps it interesting.
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Coles JK tasting. Orange pour with active white head. Medium bodied with fuller mouthfeel. Very strong. 9.5 seems light to the way that this beer tasted. Aggressive mouthfeel, orange/tangerine zest/juice. Strong flavor. Belgian characteristics are somewhat subdued by aggressive abv. Still pretty good
vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to Terminus for sharing this nice Jester King beers. Pours cloudy orange / dark gold with a dense off-white head. The aroma has orange zest, toasty malt, richness, caramel, minor bananas and mild spice. Medium / full rich body with very soft mouth filling carbonation. The flavor starts with pale malt, spice, light citrus, some sourness, chalkiness and minor banana. The finish has lots of huskiness and dry citrus. Interesting take on the Belgian Strong style.
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a longlastsing off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Whole Foods on Lamar. Orange pour with a big off-white head. Aroma is spicy and a little funky with some tart fruit. Taste is tart, earthy, a little spicy, and some alcohol.
Habanero (2543) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours hazy and deep orange amber with a medium sized, off-white head, leaving a fair lacing. Nose of citrus, earthy hops, caramel and spicy notes. Near med body. Sweet flavor with caramel, fruits and spice. Medium bodied, oily texture and average carbonation. Ends up pleasant bitter. A nice brew.