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Jester King Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale (Batch 1-10)

Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Belgian Ale
Austin, Texas USA


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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Earthy noble hops and rustic farmhouse yeast create an elegant balance in this dry and drinkable golden ale. Naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1195) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Pours orange with a large, dense white head. Smells earthy, like spruce and some grasses, and some sweet fruits and flowers. Taste is bitter, some floral, fruity yeast esters are present, with a bready malt backbone. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Jester King Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hiikeeba (9) - Fredericskburg, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2012 does not count
A nice, hoppy farmhouse ale from a company that specializes in them. And it's twice the strength of Commercial Suicide and Le Petit Prince. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cliffdawg (4) - USA - MAR 13, 2014 does not count
Excellent beer nice funky farmhouse, not getting a lot of hops... a very pale hazy pour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - APR 11, 2012
Aroma: Esters. Tart fruits. Hint of mineral and metal. Definite pear. faint cinnamon. Secondary of fresh baked apple pie crust. A mild vegetal herbal bitterness. Appearance: Ulfitered glowing orange-yellow. Beautiful creamy off-white head. A bounteous pillow of beer head. Taste: Yeast. Sourdough bread. Grassy clean finish. Moderate citrus with a tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Delicate tart. Slightly funky. Mild and light to medium light. Overall: Nice well constructed Belgian style pale ale. A good exhibition of multiple hop and malt flavors blended nicely. Taste:

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2012
(Bottle) Pours hazy deep golden with a large creamy white head. The aroma holds new cut grass, fresh herbs, sweaty/resinous wood and lemon zest/juice alongside hay and cracker-like malt. Undertones of phenols (smoke, clove and a touch of band aid), subtle yellow fruits and dough. The nose is elegant, slim and balanced. The flavour is dry, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of grass, herbs, wood, spices, subtle citrus, crackers, hay, bread, touch of phenols and fruits. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and almost creamy with a near medium carbonation. Earthy/resinous/citric bitterness and slim/dry maltiness on the finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Hazy, yellow-gold with big, flotsam, white head / Bright, floral, delicate nose of lemon, grain, and spice / Light to medium body, acidic and lightly sour, lively carbonation, dry with just a hint of sweetness, excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of lemon, geranium, straw, pineapple, and coriander / Lovely, stylish, dry summer ale. Possibly a little light on the fruit, but I quibble.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Man, this was good. Is it a hoppy saison? A yeasty Pale? Some weird American/Belgian hybrid? Lots of nice assertive hops mixe delicate floral and citrus notes. Very complex, but also refreshing. I liked it a lot. Thanks to rougeau13 for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (6106) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/26/2013. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 9, April 2013. Hazy straw yellow with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Great lacing. Aromas of yeast, funk, citrus, herbal notes. Tastes of yeast, funk, citrus, herbal notes, medium bitter hops. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Purchased from Rare Beer Club
A steady, somewhat careful nets me four fingers of foam, and then rises two fingers above the rim of the glass and is a pale tan / off-white in color. The head slowly subsides, with a varied, rocky surface and lots of thick lacing. The beer is an orange tinged, pale-amber / gold color that shows a bright, clear, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells grassy, herbal, and citrus laden; the malt intermingles quite well with the more dominant hop character. Notes of wheat crackers, dried hay, crushed pale malt come from the grain, while hints of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, Curacao orange zest touches of kumquat and some floral apricot are contributed by the hop character. The yeast character is quite present as well with a touch of mustiness, a phenolic, slightly clove-like backdrop, a hop accentuating fruitiness that leans towards melon or pears, a white pepper note, and some touches of ginger spice.

Effervescent, lively, dry, thirst quenching and bitter, but there is also a lot of floral / fruity hop character. The finish has a spiciness to it from the hops, but also from the fermentation character; slightly peppery, definitely a bit phenolic with both clove and touches of plastic, a dry ginger-like note, and perhaps a touch of earthy, somewhat musty spiciness. The malt character contributes to the perceived dryness in the finish with notes of dried hay and a lingering saltine cracker like grain note. The body of this beer is quite light, very light, but without seeming watery at all. The hop character, in addition to all the fruity / citrus notes, contributes to the dried grass / hay and herbal notes that form a large part of this beer; still there is lots of fruit character with notes of tangelo zest, bergamot, and lemon that are noticeable as oral-nasal influences to each sip. The beer is dry enough that the hop fruit character isn’t overly noticeable in the flavor alone.

This reminds me a whole lot of a hop forward Saison; in fact I would say it is almost a perfect example of a hoppy, dry, light, quaffable Saison with Citrusy-type hops. It is quite surprising that this only has Saaz and East Kent Golding hops in it, as there is a lot of fruit character to the hop notes. The fermentation profile of the three beers I have had from Jester King are all extremely similar and unifying; if you like this particular yeast profile you are going to love these beer, and I certainly do. Another knock-out beer by these guys, and I can’t wait to have more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Beautiful light gold pour with a thick white head, excellent lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with citrus, floral, and spice. Bitter, followed by a little sweetness - well-balanced. Earthy, hoppy, with pine and spice and some citrus. Finish is bitter and sweet.

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