Style: Saison & Farmhouse Ales

ABV: 8.3

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Jester King Brewery Repose

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What the brewers say

“Inspired by the dusty, hay-filled stone barns of the Nord de France that likely gave way to the rise of Bière de Garde, we included a small portion of hay in the mash for this beer. Taking a further cue from the slow and steady winter fermentation of the style, we allowed Reposé to rest in brandy barrels for almost a year. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100 percent bottle-conditioned.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A boozy initial aroma with some tannin and vinous aromas, and little hops aroma. Some funky aroma on the nose after the sweetness subsides. Peanut butter and banana sandwich, with orange in the background and a bit of biscuit malt and oak. Lots of sweet fruits that include some cherry, apple, apricot, dates, and wine.”

Flavor: “A sharp sweetness up front that sticks through the dry, crisp finish. Peanut butter, orange, passion fruit, and banana, with hints of cherry, apple, tart pineapple, and sweet vermouth. Milk funk from the wood that adds complexity.”

Overall: “The malty rich peanut butter flavor is an interesting combination with the flavor profile, fermentation characteristics, and the finish. The sour notes were a little over the top, almost giving it a harsh alcohol characteristic. But overall, the flavors came together well.”

What our editors thought



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