Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jester King Das Überkind Review

Brewery: Jester King Craft Brewery | Beer: Das Überkind
Style: Saison | ABV: 6.0% | IBUs: ~15
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

Jester King Das Überkind
One of Jester King's staple sours, Das Überkind serves as a base for the blended Das Wunderkind! as well as most of their fruit re-fermentation beers. It's also a pretty awesome beer in its own right.

It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100% oak barrel-aged for months. Jester King describe it as a "Vieille Saison" (or old Saison), so we're going with the trusty Saison label here.

As for construction, the malt bill is Pilsner, two-row, wheat malt, and Caramunich with a hop bill of Czech Saaz and East Kent Goldings. Fermentation is handled by farmhouse yeast and native yeast and souring bacteria from the area.

Here's how zee Überkind is pitched:
All of the time and steps that went into making Das Überkind result in an “old” beer that’s fruity, funky, and sour, with undertones of sherry and oak.
My mouth is watering already, let's dive in.

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-straw body capped by small bubbly white head that burns off quickly, leaving bare, patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of tart and sour citrus and golden fruit, vinegar, very mild green hops, pale malt, and some oak.

Taste: Like the aroma, it's a mix of sour fruit, mild vinegar, a hint of funk, oak, mild citrusy hops, and a solid backbone of grainy pale malt. Nothing from the alcohol. It's all balanced nicely, with all of the elements interacting positively. Mildly tart golden fruit, husky pale malt, and a little oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a drying and mildly puckering finish. No sign of the booze.

Drinkability: With the sourness, this drinks just a little slower than the alcohol content would suggest.

Verdict: Das Uberkind is a great little barrel-aged sour Saison that drinks perfectly. Mildly sour, this expertly toes the line between sour enough to be interesting and sour enough to drink slowly.

Grade: A- (4.2 out of 5 stars)

Note: These tasting notes are based on the 3rd batch of this beer when fresh.
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