Less than three weeks after it was released, Jester King Brewery has stopped selling bottles of Fantôme Del Rey.
According to a post by Jester King’s founder Jeffrey Stuffings on the Austin-based brewery’s website, the reason is because of the beer developing a “ropy” texture:
Earlier this week here at the brewery, I noticed that our recently released Fantôme Del Rey had become “ropy”. When I tasted it, the mouthfeel and texture had a slickness to it, and the beer poured into my glass with some viscosity. I was happy with the aroma and flavor, but the texture definitely left something to be desired.
As a result, we’re going to put sales of Fantôme Del Rey on hiatus. Our hope is that the Brettanomyces yeast contained in our mixed culture will resolve the issue over time. The slickness in the mouthfeel is most likely attributable to the lactic acid producing bacteria Pediococcus. Brettanomyces has the ability to break down exopolysaccharides over time.
Fantôme Del Rey is an 8.8 percent ABV bière de coupage that is a blend of older, oak barrel-aged beer and younger beer. The younger component of the final beer was brewed at Jester King in November 2015, while the older component was brewed in August 2014 with dark candi syrup, ground coriander and black peppercorns before being fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey.
In the post, Jester King says there is timeline to how long the process described above will take, but that it will probably be “months, not weeks” before the issues are resolved. The brewery also recommends the people who have already purchased bottles age them on its side in a warm spot for at least three months, although it has also offered to “make things right” for anyone who is not satisfied with waiting that long.