Jester King El Cedro (Batch 1-5)



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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
El Cedro, an 8.0% ABV farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Citra hops, aged with Spanish Cedar spirals and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. It combines tropical, fruity hop flavor and aroma with funky, barnyard yeast character and the unique flavor and aromatics of Spanish Cedar. El Cedro is brewed with Texas Hill Country well water, 100% organic malt (Two Row, Carapils and Wheat), Millenium, Cascade, Columbus and Citra hops, farmhouse and Brettanomyces yeasts, and Spanish Cedar spirals. After primary fermentation with farmhouse yeast, El Cedro is dry hopped with Citra hops and aged for weeks with Spanish Cedar spirals. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation with Brettanomyces yeast.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tderoeck (8733) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
5/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a, bottled: VI/22/13, batch #4 (2014-743) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy pale orange to yellow beer, creamy white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of cedar, soapy, deodorant, very weird. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: way too much of that cedar stuff, no subtleties, very bitter, wood, tannins, meh. Aftertaste: very soapy, unpleasant bitterness, weird. I dont like this one little bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1813) - Penfield, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
1.5 year old bottle. Almost a gusher. Poured 99% foam and 1% beer. After 10 minutes of settling and pouring, I had this:

Anyway, thats what it looked like. Aromas of funky brett and wood. Taste is bitter and funky. Flavors of cedar and sweaty Brett. Bone dry. I guess this kind of dried out during the past year and a half due to the brett and really built up some carbonation. Pretty nice metamorphosis. The end result is a woody funk train, bone dry and cracklingly decadent. Really glad this beer had time to bottle condition with the Brett, as it turned out amazing. Finishes woody, dry and Brett-tastic. Very nice and an amazingly unique experience!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3307) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
750ml bottle, batch 3, honey gold color, with a big frothy white head, nice will bretty, funky yeast, dusty, barnyard, spicy cedar woody nose, with a mild floral leafy, citrusy, grassy hop, faint lemon juice accent,with a lemongrass, pine bark, bread dough note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a good funky, bretty, fruity yeasty, cedar wood barrel, earthy floral cedar bushes and trees, flowery leafy, grassy, cedar hoppy character, with some dusty, lemon, lime rind, light acidic lemon juice, spicy peppery, doughy flavours, leading towards a funky, bretty yeastiness, woody cedar, dry leafy, grassy, citrus hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (4472) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Batch #4 - July 22, 2013. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to yellow color with a slight ability to see small carbonation bubbles rising at the edges . There was a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light spider web lacing. The smell was absolutely amazing through a piney/resinous aroma with a nice entanglement of lemon zest, lemongrass, sweetened freshly cut grass and cracked pepper. The taste takes those flavors and jumbled them up to practically perfection. The aftertaste, probably one of the absolute best aftertaste Ive ever encountered in any beer. Okay, its a long intriguing sticky sweet lemon with a slight dry touch from the lemongrass that lets in a tad of refreshing tropical fruitiness. The finish is sticky and sweet that brings in a light grapefruit with a light sweet grassiness to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Would I have this with food? I might if I could get it again. At the beginning of the beer, the carbonation felt a bit sharper but as the beer warms, it really smooths out. Overall, hot damn! Way to knock one outa the park, Jester King! When are you going to sending your beers to Alaska? Dont make me have to trade for this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
75cl bottle at Gainsbar in Kortrijk - Belgium. Pours a amber orange color with white head. Light aroma of pepper and cedarwoord, very carbonated but still balanced, slightly bitter bretty finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2755) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Pours a hazy light yellow with a large loose white head. The smell is a big white pepper, cedar, fruit, orange. The taste is fruit, pepper, cedar, spice. Light + with soft elegant carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9616) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bouteille 75cl @ RBBSG III, courtesy of omgrich. Troisime bire utilisant du cdre pour cette session, avec encore une fois un rappel prononc CCB. Dore, lger trouble, col fin blanc. Arme est domin par le cdre. Fruit houblonn arrivant en rtro-nasal et apportant une trs belle palette de fruit, lger noble, malt cara ple avec un brett qui ne profite pas de la force du cdre. Palais met ici aussi le cdre bien en avant. Houblonn fruit notamment sur un niveau citronn frais et lger tropical. Lger pic - bois venant du cdre mais aussi du Simcoe plus un lger pin qui sestompent un peu avec la prsence du cdre. Pour 8%, reste trs, voire trop, facile boire. Au final, bire agrable qui reste plus apprciable que la version de To Ol et un peu moins balance que celle de CCB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8661) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to omgrich! Hazy citrus with huge fluffy white head. Fizzy citrus nose, touch tart with huge lemongrass / Fanta / Ceder profile. Taste is huge punch of brett / lemongrass / Fanta / lots of Ceder / air refresher / fizzy / citrus / minor funk. Very love or hate. Bit too softdrink-like almost for me but very unique & refreshing for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2014
Sample at Gainsbar Kortrijk. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, citrus, brett, dry. TASTE: dry, bitter, hoppy, brett, fresh, balanced, wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (6130) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle: Poured a light dirty beige color ale with a giant white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with light mango notes with dry Brett notes and some light spicy notes form the cedar. Taste is also dominated by light mango fruity notes with some spicy notes from the cedar and the dry aftertaste and funky notes from the yeast. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Incredible amount of complexity can be found in this beer but it also retains an extremely high level of drinkability.

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