Jester King: Figlet 6.5% [750ml]
They say "We're very excited to introduce Jester King Figlet, brewed in collaboration with the world famous Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas! Local figs were caramelized with heat and cold smoked at Franklin Barbecue. Aaron charred a portion of the figs, which imparted a subtle burnt, almost leathery, character to the beer. Figlet was brewed in early July of 2014 with Hill Country well water, barley, oats, and hops. It then underwent a long-term fermentation over the course of four months, first in stainless steel and then in bottles, kegs, and casks. As is the case with all our beer, the aromas and flavours are largely created by giving a diverse array of microorganisms, many of which are native to our land in the Texas Hill Country, the ample time they need to work with each other (or against each other!) to create unique characteristics inexorably tied to our land. During the last few weeks of the stainless steel portion of the fermentation, the smoked figs were added to the beer and allowed to referment Through refermentation, the aromas and flavours of the smoked figs were transformed, integrated, and elevated in a way that we believe is greater than the sum of their parts. Figlet is 6.2% alcohol by volume, 1.006 specific gravity, and had a pH of 3.7 at the time of bottling in early September."
We say "If the idea of a sour from Jester King doesn't get you salivating, how about throwing in heaps of smoked treacle sweet figs? Oh yes, honeyed sticky jammy fig flavours coat the mouth with a pleasant lemon twang cutting through the heavy flavours, there is plenty of woody and autumnal spice, with light smokey flavours and earthy qualities developing in the finish. We could imagine this sitting nicely against rich goats cheese and cold cuts."