Jester King’s Dichotomous: Watermelon Juice, Mint, Rosemary, Lavender!


Returning to the practice of bière de coupage or beer that is “cut”, Hibernal Dichotomous is a blend of young farmhouse ale (63%) brewed this past November, mature barrel aged beer brewed with lavender, rosemary and spearmint in November of 2012 (25%), and fresh pressed watermelon juice (12%). The watermelons we juiced for Hibernal Dichotomous came from this winter’s harvest.

Hibernal Dichotomous is 5.8% alcohol by volume, 12 IBU, 3.3 pH, 4 SRM, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000. Both the young and old beer in the blend were brewed with barley, wheat, hops and Hill Country well water and fermented with a blend of brewer’s yeast and microorganisms native to the ranch land where our brewery is located.

Final Rating: 4.58/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King Stemmed Glass. Acquired in a trade

Pours a light golden, hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a nice amount of lacing and some retention.

Interesting and very inviting – I actually get subtle cherries and watermelon upfront, minty herbs and spices, some farmhouse funk, lactic tart, and a barnyard fruityness.

Upfront are delicious tart citrus, watermelon, and sour fruity notes, followed by a nice herbal and spicy flavor that lead into a slight musty, funky barnhouse character. Aftertaste leaves a nice tart astringent flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is outstanding – light, refreshing, extremely easy to drink, medium high carbonation. I could drink this all day.

Overall this is an excellent beer – extremely balanced, flavorful, drinkable, and complex. One of the best I’ve had from Jester King. Well done.


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