Style: American Wild Ale
Jester King Brewery Bière de Blanc du Bois
What the brewers say
“To make Bière de Blanc du Bois, Texas-grown Blanc du Bois grapes were added to mature barrel-aged sour beer and refermented to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100 percent bottle-conditioned.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice white-grape notes with tart,_ Brett-_like notes. Juicy fruit character. Some spicy earthy aromas. A slight lactic aroma mixes with a wonderful oak note—wine and mint and very herbal. As it warms, there is a very slight hint of alcohol.”
Flavor: “Moderate tartness up front with a mix of tart grapefruit, tropical fruit, and white-grape notes. The linger starts with the tartness and then diminishes into a wonderful grape character that is semisweet and very pleasant. The tartness is nice and helps this beer from becoming too sweet. The beer finishes clean with nice grape notes.”
Overall: “This beer has a great combination of grapes and tartness; a good sweetness to balance both creates a wonderful linger that would be a great final taste to a dinner. The fruit is well-balanced with the acidity. Nice complexities blend well together.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.