Now what’s happening everyone? Drinking beer? Well, I’m about to. For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be sampling the Das Überkind made by the Jester King Craft Brewery positioned in Austin, Texas.
I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve had some mixed reactions when it comes to Jester King. I sure hope that this one is doesn’t disappoint.
From the website, jesterkingbrewery.com, I stumbled upon this description.
Funk and tartness abound in this dry, golden, “old” saison aged for months in oak barrels. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.
Ok. Let’s get to this.
It came in a 25.4 oz. bottle with an ABV of 6.5%.
The brew poured a semi clear, golden/honey color. An easy pour produced a small, white head that had a fizzy and soapy texture. The retention time lacked a little as did the lacing, but it still looked fairly attractive standing in the snifter.
The nose brought about a nice sourness. Tones of white grape with a subtle, but pleasant oakiness. It was semi-musty and semi-funky. Some spices were accounted for as well as some earthiness. After it warmed a touch I began to discern an odd doughy biscuit scent. Hmm. It wasn’t distracting or anything… just different.
The flavor discharged a medium sourness and tartness. Light green apple skins and white grape. Quite white wine like I thought. Some of the woodiness was unhinged toward the end. The medium strength funk stayed consistent throughout. Lying underneath was a solid yeast and coriander type spice savor.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. It was slightly sharp, crisp and bitey with good medium strength carbonation. A lot of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip too.
Yeah, I thought this to be a very nice beer. It got much better as I went along in both the aroma and the taste. It became a lot more harmonious also. It had a great drinkability and I’d be more than happy to pick this up again and I would be more than happy to recommend it to anyone that’s interested in craft beer. So, if you can get Jester King products, pick up the Das Überkind and see what you think about it. I’ll say that it’s probably one of my favorites from them. Not that that matters really.
Score: 4.15 out of 5
August 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Reblogged this on Proper_Pour and commented:
Mixed emotions about Jester King Brewing? I don’t know of I can reblog this…(jk)!
August 22, 2013 at 8:46 am
Ha, yeah. Maybe I shouldn’t put that in there huh?
August 22, 2013 at 11:55 am
No its all good! I can agree with your right to say some beers are bad. In fact, despite my previous statement, I applaud it. We need more honest, accurate criticism in the craftbeer world.
August 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm
Well, I appreciate you saying that. I try to give fair reviews. They are just my opinion after all. I try to always encourage people to sample each beer for themselves and form their own opinion. I realize that the brewer (more than likely) put a lot of heart and soul into each batch, so I want to give them the benefit of the doubt.
August 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Absolutely. I just really like Jester King so I am obviously biased! I personally think they are The Bruery of Texas there beers are so good. Keep up the good work.
August 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Don’t get me wrong, I really Jester King myself and after I thought about it for a minute and looked back through my reviews I only had one or two that were a little bit lower in score. I’ll tell ya though, I had the El Cedro the other day and thought it was awesome!!! Thanks for the compliment on the reviews too.