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Aurelian Lure - Jester King Brewery

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world-class

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 525
Gots: 76 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scotv on 10-18-2013

Ale Refermented in Oak Barrels With Apricots: Aurelian Lure California Apricots were added to oak barrels containing mature sour beer. The beer was then allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.
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Photo of solo103
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken when it was released. Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King. Expectations are high. Cost was $8 USD for an 8 oz pour.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None. Just a white floater ring, which recedes within 2 minutes leaving no lacing.

BODY: Cloudy deep yellow. Translucent. Nontransparent. Supple and soft-looking. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's above average looking for a sour. Not unique or special in any way, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Sour apricot - including fresh fruity character, apricot flesh, and citrusy esters. Lactobaccilus bacteria is prominent, but this aroma suggests maybe a 6/10 in terms of sourness intensity. Hay. Pear. Belgian blonde and Belgian pale malts. I don't find any true spontaneous yeast or bacterial notes (e.g. lambicus); this is fairly clinical and clean for a sour. It's nicely tart. Not acetic. Has a pleasant mellow citrusy twang.

No alcohol of off-notes are detectable.

It's quite an appealing aroma overall. Aromatic intensity is moderate. I look forward to tasting it.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Lovely apricot with fair tartness. It's fresh and fleshy, with citrusy fruity twang and zest. It's not as soft or juicy as would be ideal, but it's supple and deep. Sourness is a 6/10 in terms of intensity, which is mostly lactobacillus bacteria. It lacks the full-flavoured spontaneity of true wild lambicus/proper sour brews, but it's nice.

The Belgian pale malt base is pretty neutral, and bends easily to let the dominant fruit shine, which is apt. I do want more sourness and tartness, but this is nice for what it is. Very well balanced, but it's worth noting that this isn't a particularly intricate or complex sour, nor does it feature much subtlety in terms of flavour. The apricot is rather overt and plain, lacking any surprising nuance. I really like it, but I do have to say I hoped for more in a Jester King apricot sour.

Hops are minimally present, but vaguely fruity in character. This build is cohesive and enjoyable, but never quite tastes like it's a gestalt whole. Tasty stuff.

It's lightly smacky on the palate, but not pucker-inducing. Smooth, wet, aptly moderately carbonated, and medium-bodied. Somewhat thick. Supple. It would be much more enjoyable if it were softer and more mellow; it's a bit aggressive, actually. Not the light delicate feel you'd find the best beers in this style.

It's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's a tasty fruited sour, but I think the apricot could be showcased better with fuller deeper flavours. There could be more going on in terms of complexity and intricacy. Subsidiary peach notes would be nice. The mouthfeel is too heavy and not soft enough, to the beer's detriment. I'll enjoy draining my glass, but I don't think this is worth going out of your way for. An extremely drinkable and refreshing sour, but far from world-class; this still lags behind the best traditional Belgian examples of the style, but it's high praise that it even warrants comparison.

High B

Photo of HoppySeb
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to @Bunuelian for sharing this with me!

Photo of Bunuelian
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of parris
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super tasty apricot sour beer, nose is a bit more on the barnyard funk side.

Photo of jaymo18
3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbwimer
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HookemHoos
3.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ML bottle (blend 2) into a snifter. The nose had a nice smell, but I thought the taste lacked the Apricot I wanted. It had a similar profile to other Jester King beers.

Photo of atrocity
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewSmith
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mlhyatt
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lawsonciv
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rado
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of marqoid
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris_Panos
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riemster
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Aurelian Lure from Jester King Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.