SPDickerman (866) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque orange with small white head. Smells fruity and earthy, hints of apple and pear and some pine notes. Taste is reminiscent of apples and pears with some piney resin flavors. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth-carbonation, Jester King Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale finishes with a hint of lingering bitterness.
TheWolfofDusk (12) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious strong ale from Jester King, fruity without being crushingly so, pours cloudy with a nice head. very full of citrus notes and very refreshing.
AdamJackson (2013) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Acquired in a trade just yesterday. Enjoyed in my trusty Harpoon glass at room temperature.
A - Bronze cloudy appearance. Huge carbonation of 4 fingers of creamy white puffy head. Excellent lacing and head retention although maybe TOO much head retention.
S - I get some pine, honey and citrus on the nose. Hints of pineapple.
T - I’m getting great tropical / sweet American hops, hints of wheat and honey. There’s some pine cone notes, candi sugar and oranges. It’s a very complex beer with this really nice alcohol booziness on the finish.
M - 80% carbonation, medium body and boozy finish. I was expecting dry champagne finish but it finishes more like a watered down whisky.
O - This is a great tasting beer. One that I could sip on all day.
Errl (1278) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a off orange with white head..Nose is Mango, papaya, farmhouse, hops, citrus....Taste is light tartness, orange, mango,dried fruits, clove,earth...Palate is warm but the alcohol is well hidden. Hot damn
77ships (3278) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle bottle split thx. to / with Dylan / Kraddel - back in the court of the Jester King - hazy golden with a lacing white head - mellow esters, tangerine, orange peel, citrus, spice, light herbs in the nose - tastes of mellow orange peel, BE-esque esters, hay, lightly herbal, nectar, floral, yeast, bready malts, grapefruit fruity, light earthiness - higher carb. that suits - an interesting and lovely belgian
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. Pours bright gold and hazy with a moderate dissipating head. Nose is lemony, slight yeast, a little barnyard hay. Taste is very spicy, with a nice maltiness and a surprising hint of cocoa. Alcohol is definitely present but adds rather than subtracts from the flavors. Smooth, velvet body. Really good beer.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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....
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, sweet aroma, floral.... Sweet, white grapes, a weird acidity on he back end. Still very good.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of strong banana and orange, with some pepper, clove, other spices, farmhouse yeast esters, citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of booze.
T - Starts off with some citrus and banana flavor with some orange peel, lemon, and tangerine, with a bit of peppery spice in the background. Through the middle, more yeast character comes through with some clove alongside some sweet malts and a touch of pine hop and bitterness. Finish is a mix of banana, clove, farmhouse yeast esters, citrus flavors, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, warming, and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors with some strong citrus notes and malt flavors. The yeast flavor is also solid here.