Everyone likes Jester King. Not everyone like figs, certainly not smoked figs, so why would anyone make a beer out of that? Well, for whatever the reason, it worked out well. The folks at the highly respected Jester King Brewery made Figlet, a farmhouse ale made out of smoked figs, and, of course, when SmokeBeerMinistry heard about this, we brought it into the tabernacle. Figlet starts off tasting tart and a little sour, just as you would expect from a farmhouse ale. And by drying out your mouth a bit, it compels you to go back to the glass for more. This is good beer. I hope you know about Jester King. We at SBM are grateful for opportunities to relax and drink beer. Grateful to be able to spend a little extra money on good beer. Grateful to go into the garage and hang upside-down on an inversion table while experimenting with recreational weed, but I digress. We are grateful for Jester King. And even with only traces of smoke coming through, the benevolent Ministers, Reverends, and Witchdoctors all agree that smokepower can be value added even when it’s playing second fiddle, even to figs, when you’re dealing with a tasty, well made beer. Overall, Figlet garners 5.25 Smokestacks out of 7.
|Brewer||Jester King Brewery|
|Brewer’s Description (paraphrased)||Figlet is a farmhouse ale refermented with Texas figs smoked by our friends at FRANKLIN BBQ. We sourced 200 pounds of figs from Little Om Farm in Elgin, Texas. Those figs were taken to Franklin BBQ where they were split in half before smoking. By doing this, more surface area was exposed, resulting in a higher concentration of smoke in the figs. We found that this resulted in what we consider to be a more balanced beer overall.|
|Food Pairings||Various dried snacky fruits that your granola girlfriend got from the co-op|
|Brewer Location||They’re outta Austin, right? Austin, Texas|
|Alcohol content by volume||5.4|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||Could be 28, or Zero|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||3|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||1.5|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||1.25|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||4.4|
|Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high)||5.25|
Solid photography on their website. Really good.