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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Detritivore was made by adding the same cherries that were used to make Montmorency vs. Balaton to fresh beer in stainless steel and allowing the combined beer and fruit to referment to dryness. This was the same technique that we originally used to make La Vie en Rose with the raspberries from Atrial Rubicite. As with La Vie en Rose, the second refermentation of the fruit results in subtler, more delicate flavors, as compared with the more intense flavors that result from the initial refermentation.

Detritivore is also among the first Jester King beers to be brewed with aged hops that were matured for an extended period of time in a horse barn approximately 300 yards from the brewery. Aged hops are traditionally used in the production of authentic Belgian Lambic. The aging process preserves the antiseptic properties of the hops, which serve to fend off unfriendly microorganisms, while significantly reducing the bittering components. Aged hops also take on a very different flavor than fresh hops, contributing to some of the barnyard and horse blanket flavors and aromas traditionally associated with Lambic. Some of these same flavors and aromas can be found in Detritivore, though Detritivore is not and does not purport to be Lambic. Authentic Lambic must be 100% spontaneously fermented, and can only be made in the Zenne Valley surrounding Brussels and in the city of Brussels itself.

Detritivore is fermented using native yeast and bacteria from the Texas Hill Country, but is not spontaneously fermented, as our brewers actively introduce our house blend of saccharomyces, native wild yeast, and souring bacteria to the wort, rather than relying on inoculation by ambient, airborne microorganisms. We brewed 100% spontaneously fermented beer both last winter and the previous winter, but all of this beer is currently aging in oak barrels and has yet to be released.

The grist for Detritivore was composed of malted barely and malted wheat. It is 5.5% alcohol by volume, with a finishing gravity of 1.000 and is 3.4 pH at the time of bottling.

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JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle sample at Muckfest VII on 6/16/17. Pours a clear orange/pink color with a thin white head. Aroma of malt, funk and some cherry. Malt and cherry flavor with a funky, sour finish.

3.7
j12601 (12673) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Had this at Where The Wild Beers Are VII (2016). Pours a hazed gold with a medium sized white head. Musk, acid, soft funk. Floral, tangy acid, musk and funk into the finish.

3.8
jhamp9 (1887) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2017
Lightly hazy peachish pour with a white head. Funky sour aroma with lacto, tart berry and some grain.Taste is sour cherry, lacto, funk, and grain. Nice tartness. Light dry body.

3.8
solidfunk (9017) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Some plum and some grapefruit. Pink pour with decent head and lacing. Tangy finish. Good stuff. Tap at Snally.

4
GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2016
6 oz pour on draft at Snallygaster 2016. Hazy reddish orange. Aromas of jam, berries, cherries. Tastes of tart stone fruit, citrus, light funk. Light body with a dry finish.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Snallygaster. Small off-white head atop hazy salmon body. Aroma is medium sweet, funk, some raspberry, light lemon. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some raspberry, light funk. Light-medium body, some acidity.

3.8
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2016 Pours a murky reddish color. With no head. Cherry and cinnamon. Oxidation. Flat mouthfeel (still) long sweet finish similar to la vien without the alkaline bitterness. I wish this had more carbonation and this beer would be perfect.

3.8
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2016
Merci à Alexandre pour le partage! Liquide clair et sans mousse aux parfums très fruités. Au-delà du fruit, une pâte d’amande fait office d’une solide assise, sans toutefois être proéminente. Une pointe d’épice se joint agréablement à l’ensemble et ajoute aux fruits rouges un agréable côté de confiture à la clémentine et fraise des champs. Les vieux houblons sentent quelque peu le foin. Bref, ça sent beaucoup la nature. En bouche la faible effervescence atténue le côté farmhouse. La bière demeure toutefois surette, très funky et légère. Un liquide d’une faible complexité mais d’une grande buvabilité.

3.3
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle:   Dirty amber, slightly dark, thin to moderate frothy white head, little lacing.   Nice tart nose, seems like unripened cherries.   Tart up front, a little dry, backside shows some barnish and mealy notes.   Pretty solid, tart and dry, with some unripened cherry funk.   Wished it had a bit more carbonation tho.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes somewhat quick, not much of the fruitiness it had up front.   Fairly decent little brew.   Thanks Bill!


3.9
tom10101 (6138) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
How: Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc at Mont-Carmel tasting, thanks!

>>> A well exectuted fruity and mildly tart Saison where the fruits doesn’t hide the farmhouse character. Easy drinking.

- Hazy golden-orange with a small white head and some lacing.
- Very fruity (and a bit perfumy) profile which surprise me a bit because it’s second use of fruits, but it doesn’t hide the farmhouse character.
- The spices (most cinnamon) complements the fruits very well.
- It’s not really complex, but it’s rather well balanced and easy drinking.
- There’s a mild but much welcomed tartness in taste.
- Thumbs up for the description and for not calling this one lambic!

Flavors: Cherries, cinnamon, perfumy notes, light herbal presence.


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