Jester King Brewery Demitone (Batch #2) – Saison at 6.5% ABV | 12 IBU

Jester King Brewery Demitone (Batch #2) Saison at 6.5% ABV | 12 IBU (C$29.49 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, packaged on 1-Apr-2018, acquired 7-Sep-2018, reviewed 29-Jan-2019)

Appearance: bright clear red-tinted amber with one finger of fizzy pinkish head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mild, grassy hay, berries, earth, light funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter, light funk. (9/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, dry tart lightly funky finish. (4/5)

An interesting beer, particularly in its use of “spent” blueberries from prior brewing. I would have expected that to give rise to intense astringency, but in fact it’s just the opposite: pleasantly tart without being excessively acetic. To the extent I have any complaints beyond the obvious structural ones, it’s that the aroma could stand to be a bit more emphatic and complex. An excellent beer, but not particularly memorable, nor worth the eye-watering price tag. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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