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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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We’re very excited to introduce Jester King Figlet, brewed in collaboration with the world famous Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas! We love working with local artisans doing exceptional and creative things in the food and beverage world, and Franklin Barbecue is of course no exception.

The original impetus for this collaboration came from the filming of an upcoming episode of BBQ With Franklin, which will air on KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Aaron Franklin set out to explore the use of smoke in beer making for the episode. We wanted to branch out beyond the traditional use of smoked malt and opted to take a local ingredient that was in season — Texas figs — and use it as a medium to impart characteristics from Franklin’s barbecue pits into the beer. Local figs were caramelized with heat and cold smoked at Franklin Barbecue. Aaron charred a portion of the figs, which imparted a subtle burnt, almost leathery, character to the beer. The base beer was designed to integrate the flavors and aromas of the smoked figs with our house fermentation characteristics, which stem from mixed culture fermentation with a blend of brewer’s yeast, wild yeast from the Texas Hill Country, and native souring bacteria. While we typically brew beer with a sizable majority of pilsner malt in the grist, in this case our Head Brewer Garrett Crowell opted for a base of Dark Munich malt, which he felt complemented the smoky and lightly caramelized character of the figs.

Figlet was brewed in early July of 2014 with Hill Country well water, barley, oats, and hops. It then underwent a long-term fermentation over the course of four months, first in stainless steel and then in bottles, kegs, and casks. As is the case with all our beer, the aromas and flavors are largely created by giving a diverse array of microorganisms, many of which are native to our land in the Texas Hill Country, the ample time they need to work with each other (or against each other!) to create unique characteristics inexorably tied to our land. During the last few weeks of the stainless steel portion of the fermentation, the smoked figs were added to the beer and allowed to referment. During this process, the sugars in the figs were broken down by yeast and bacteria. Through refermentation, the aromas and flavors of the smoked figs were transformed, integrated, and elevated in a way that we believe is greater than the sum of their parts. Figlet is 6.2% alcohol by volume, 1.006 specific gravity, and had a pH of 3.7 at the time of bottling in early September.

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2.6
PhillyCraft (8323) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2018
Bottle care of Jim, he was apologizing to all of us for sharing this brew after we sampled it. Notes of metal, penny, ketchup, and infection. Brown color with small head. Top 3 for worst in show next to Other Half green in your area and Equilibrium Science.

3
vyvvy (6955) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2018
It pours reddish amber with an off white head. The aroma has fruit, mush malt and richness. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The state is very veg heavy with some sharpness and funk. Not for me at all.

3.7
j12601 (13488) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Bottle. Pours a hazed amber orange with a thin white head. Soft fruit on the nose, a bit of sweetness. Medium bodied, soft and tangy, light acid.

3.5
mansquito (7284) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle pours at the source: pours brownish with a white head. Aroma is light funk and figs. Taste is lightly funky and figgy. Not a huge fan of the finish and aftertaste. Not bad but far from a favorite.

3.3
drsordr (2973) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle from HEB Leander shared with alexsdad06 it's a gusher. Pour hazy copper with moderate white head. Nose tart, sour, and hint of mineral. Almost some acrid smoke character. Taste sour, some fruit, light funk. Sweeter malt mid palate. Can get mild for and light smoke in the finish.

3.4
alexsdad06 (11410) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2017
750 ml bottle shared by drsordr. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a medium sized off white head, gusher upon opening.The aroma and flavor have funky, lightly tart figs, mild smoked fig skins, earthy, this has a general fruity character, pale malts, somewhat strange.

3.4
Tide (4643) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, figs, toffee, toast, a bit of earthy notes and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, figs, toffee, toast, a bit of vinegar and caramel. Okay sour ale.

3.7
bhensonb (16137) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Capped 750 from Cap Tap. Pours copper with a large near-beige head. Aroma of fig and tartness. Near med body. Flavor is cooked fig, a touch of something that might be smoke, and it’s dry and tart. Interesting.

3.2
DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2017
[5/11/17] Draught at Fermentoren in Copenhagen. Cloudy amber. Yeast, some smoke, fruitiness, caramel, tart, sweetish note, bitter finish.

3.9
Bacterial (3080) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2017
AMG My first Franklin BBQ experience! In DC! In a small tulip! Hazy deep copper in color with a fluffy off-white head. Subtle nose, a bit fruity. Low level of sourness, which is fine - this is a complicated sipping beer, not a melt your face with lactic acid beer. Delicate, light sourness, just a hint of bitterness and a underlying smoke and stone fruit. Nice.


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