Made using the once commonplace, Old Word technique of bière de coupage, freshly hopped, young beer is blended with old, sour beer aged in oak barrels. Das Wunderkind is dry, highly attenuated, unspiced, tart, floral, and funky. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.
Final Rating: 4.00/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Jester King stemmed glass. Thanks nedvalton for this one!
Appearance – Pours a mellow, slightly hazy, orange body with a small white somewhat fizzy head that reduces pretty slowly to leave leggy lacing. Love the label (+.25)
Smell – The saison qualities are immediately apparent.. belgian spices, citrus, fruityness, bananas and tart apples. Funky yeast, barnyard, oak and some sour lactic.
Taste – The first thing to touch the tongue is tart citrus & apple, slightly sour lactic bacteria, on the follow through is a belgian spiciness, some funk, resinous hoppy notes, slight oakyness and caramel. The aftertaste is slightly bland.
Mouthfeel – Thin with medium-high carbonation.
I always love trying Jester King beers.. you never know what you’ll get. This one was definitely enjoyable, but I wish there was a little more flavor and/or body there. Given today’s sour market, I expect a little more funkyness/sourness in an American Wild Ale. Glad I got to try it though.