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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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A golden colored, high gravity (O.G. 1.074) ale, brewed with pilsner, wheat and caramunich malts, along with a good dose of American hops and fermented with Jester King’s farmhouse yeast, finishing at 9.3% alcohol by volume. It is a hop forward beer with dank, resinous hop flavor and aroma, balanced by lightly kilned malt flavors, farmhouse yeast esters and a bit of warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4/25/12. bottle from nick. Hazy gold. White head. A is grainy,peppert,farm house,grape,peach,white pepper,straw... F is the same...underlying malt heft but very dry and spicy. Crisp,smooth,very easy to put away.... 8/4/8/5/16+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2012
750ml bottle courtesy of a trade with crajun. Pours a hazy gold with a thin-moderate white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt and citrus along with some yeasty notes. The flavor is malt with a bit of sweetness, fresh bread, citrus with a bit of spiciness to it. Dries out with moderate bitterness at the finish. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Very glad to finally try Jester King. Slightly hazy pour with a medium sized off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big citrus and tropical fruit notes, faint earth and spice. The taste is the same with a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4623) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Many thanks to Terminus for sharing this nice beer. Pours hazy golden / light orange with a small white head. The aroma is very floral and has nectar fruit, light funkiness, mild toast, herbs and Belgian yeastiness. Medium / full body with lots of soft carbonation. The flavor starts with mild toast, dry herbs, pepper, dried apricots and grainy/huskiness. The finish is very dry and grassy and has lots of floral herbal traits. The alcohol is pretty well hidden here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
murky gold, thin white head, light lacing. Nose of Light lemon, mango, hay, heavy soap. Flavor is more soap, lightly caustic with hints of earth, bubblegum esters, bit floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Hazy yellow pole with a small white head. Herbal lemony citrus with hints of nail polish remover. Spicy herbals and a great bready dough character in the flavor give way to grassy citrus peel. Medium body with fluffy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750mL. Full haze peach. Small white foam. Cidery off aroma. Lots of celery. Taste is minerally, peach, kumquat, celery. Boozy in a way. Okay. Much too minerally with big celery seed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750ml bottle, shared by Thorpe429: Pours a clear pale golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Has a lightly sweet biscuity malty nose with some perfume notes and a touch of yeastiness. Starts with light effervescence and pale malty sweetness with a good amount of light fruity esters and floral hoppy bitterness before a drier, crisp finish. Pretty true to style and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks thorpe429. Small white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/lemon, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some herb, light spice. Medium body, light acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Purchased at D&Q Mini Mart
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through my glass. The beer is a pale amber / copper color and shows a clear, bright orange / pale copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells like a hoppy saison or Tripel, with a mix of citrus / tropical fruit notes, esters, mustiness and phenolics. Specific aromatic notes of tangelo zest, bright lychee, candied peach / apricot, a huge floral character, and kumquat are the dominant notes, but underneath are notes of phenolic clove, a hint of earthy, or even chalky mustiness, and, along with the hop character, something that seems a bit like a fruity, children’s aspirin. Perhaps a hint of dried hay like malt comes through, but mostly it is a dried grass / herbal note from the hops.

Sweet and fruity tasting due to the hops, the malt character is actually quite dry (as is the finish), but the fruity hop focus brings out a perceived sweetness that buoys notes of lychee, candied tangelo zest, peach nectar, and kumquats. The beer finishes with a bitterness and effervescent carbonic bit as well as lots of spicy and phenolic notes; these last two contribute a peppery note, a musty, slightly alcoholic heat, a medicinal phenolic character, and even some clove like notes linger on the palate. Despite having some higher alcohol heat and spiciness in the finish, this beer drinks quite a bit smoother than its alcohol might otherwise suggest. The body of this brew is also deceptively light; there is a touch of viscous character to this beer, but it is nice, light, and quaffable. At times the mix of phenolics and hop character makes me think of a fake, citrus flavored, cough medicine, but this association isn’t too strong and remains at an interesting level rather than getting to be an annoyance. The malt is fairly subtle here, but does provide a touch of chewy bread crumb, whole grain cracker, and pale malt character that is more noticeable towards the end.

This would fit nicely characterized as a Belgian IPA. I really like how light the body is (something that can often be sorely missing in American interpretations of Belgian beers). This is quite nice, I really like that the yeast character mixes in and melds with the hop character quite well (assuming you like lots of yeast character, which I do). I was a bit wary of this, my second beer from this brewery, as I didn’t think the quality would be held up, but this certainly hits the spot and is quite nice, and I am certainly anticipating the other beers I have on-deck from this brewery. This is one of those beers that in this particular moment is just down right gustatory, even the apparent “flaws” just have me wanting to take another sip.

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