Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jester King El Cedro Review

Brewery: Jester King Craft Brewery | Beer: El Cedro
Style: Saison | ABV: 7.8% | IBUs: ~40
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into teku glass

Jester King El Cedro
El Cedro is another farmhouse Jester King release, this time featuring dry-hopping with Citra, aging on cedar spirals, and lots of brett character.

It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle with Brettanomyces. Tough to nail down an exact style, as always with the Jester King wilds/sours, but we're going with Saison again.

As for construction, the malt bill is two-row and wheat malt, with the hopping duties carried out with Columbus and Citra. As per usual, the fermentation is taken care of with farmhouse yeast and local native yeast and souring bacteria.

Here's how El Cedro is described by Jester King:
It combines tropical, fruity hop flavor and aroma with funky, barnyard yeast character and the unique flavor and aromatics of Spanish Cedar.
Well this all sounds fabulous, so let's get stuck in.

Appearance: A thoroughly-hazy golden body capped by two fingers of creamy white head that fades slowly, leaving brilliant lacing. Top marks.

Aroma: A mix of funky Brett, green and citrusy hops, tropical fruit, mild cedar, and a laid-back crackery malt body. A hint of booze once it has warmed.

Taste: Up front, a mix of rich barnyard Brett, tart citrus juice, tropical fruit, white pepper, green and strongly bitter hops, and mild cedar. Underneath, a wheat and pale malt backbone that grounds everything nicely. Just a little mild spice from the alcohol throughout. Lots of funk, citrus, green and herbal hops, cedar, and husky pale malt in the big finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with medium carbonation and a bone-dry finish. Very mild heat from alcohol.

Drinkability: Drinks much faster than the alcohol content would suggest, so watch out.

Verdict: El Cedro is a solid big Brett Saison with a nice cedar component blended in. It's very much a Jester King beer that fits right into the lineup. There are a lot of intense components here, but everything comes together nicely.

Grade: A- (4.3 out of 5 stars)

Note: These tasting notes are based on the 6th batch of this beer when fresh.
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1 comment:

Frank Jakson said...

It's a good beer. Drink it on occasion.Like the roasted malts and clean after taste.Would rate it better than most domestic beers.Fits perfect for someone on a budget.