Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jester King Das Wunderkind! Review

Brewery: Jester King Craft Brewery | Beer: Das Wunderkind!
Style: Saison | ABV: 5.0% | IBUs: ~30
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

Jester King Das Wunderkind!Das Wunderkind! is a blend of Das Überkind and fresh, hoppy beer. The process of blending these types of beer together is called bière de coupage, and used to be quite standard.

When released, Jester King were very proud of the result, calling it "the best encapsulation of our brewing philosophy that we've released thus far" and that "it's brewed so that people who drink it will experience the "sense of place" or terroir of our brewery in the Texas Hill Country."

This kid is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned. It can be a little hard to pin down the exact style with these beers, but Jester King refer to it as a "blended Saison", so Saison it is.

As for construction, the malt bill is two-row, wheat malt, amber malt and flaked oats with a hop bill of Goldings, Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin and Falconer's Flight. Fermentation is handled by farmhouse yeast and native yeast and souring bacteria from the area.

Here's how the Wunderkind is described by Jester King:
Das Wunderkind is dry, highly attenuated, unspiced, tart, floral, and funky.
Sounds wudnerful, let's pop the top.

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-straw body capped by a finger and a half of fluffy white head that fades slowly, leaving excellent lacing.

Aroma: A mix of barnyard funk, citrusy and green hops, golden and tropical fruit, and pale malt.

Taste: A similar mix of funk, green and herbal hops, orchard fruit, and a hint of white pepper all over a backbone of grainy pale malt. It's all very well balanced. Green and bitter hops, mild funk, and husky pale malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing with medium carbonation and a lightly tart and dry finish.

Drinkability: Drinks easily for funk fans, quenching all the way, as you may expect given the style and alcohol content.

Verdict: Das Wunderkind! is a lovely, restrained, quaffable, and well balanced funky Saison. It goes back easily while never being boring thanks to its wealth of character, and is clearly a product of Jester King.

Grade: A- (4.2 out of 5 stars)

Note: These tasting notes are based on the 17th batch of this beer when fresh.
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