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Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 691
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 36.02%
Wants: 284
Gots: 199 | FT: 22
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Ale Refermented in Oak Barrels With Blackberries: Nocturn Chrysalis Kiowa Blackberries from Oglesby, Texas 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 MarcWP
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2, 500 ml bottle served into Jester King stem.

The beer pours dark raspberry, purple in color with a gorgeous lavender pink head that leaves a nice small layer of tiny bubbly foam after the head resides.

The aroma is cake, blueberry jam, blackberry compote, Pinot Noir, rosé, musty vineyard, and some old framboise funk. From the pour to the nose, this is not disappointing. Intoxicating smell.

The taste is vinous dark berries and I mean all sorts of berries. Cranberry, tart raspberry, fermenting blackberry, and even some lingonberry is revealed. But this isn't so much in the sweet berry realm in the way some Kriek and framboise can be. This is mostly raw tart fruit flavors. Finishes dry and clean. Tart but not sour, see this developing nicely in the cellar. But it's not all fruit as you get that JK funk and subtle saline character. A lovely berry skin funk and oaky aftertaste lingers. Is it jammy? Yes but without the sweetness if that makes sense. The best words I can use to describe the overall flavor profile, RAW and SOPHISTICATED.

Mouthfeel is light, medium high carbonation, tart, and moisture sucking dry. Just the way I like my farmhouse funk. Delightful.

This here is better than Atrial. If VSB is better than this then it's probably a religious experience. Do I think it could be better? Probably not. But then I'm a fan of restrained sours whereas others like them mouth puckering. I can think of 10 fruit sours that are "fruitier" than this but only in the fruit sweetness sense. This is raw fruit, vinous, dry, funky, oaky, and plain delicious. And the best thing of all, it seems like this will only age and transform graciously. I don't think I'm trading mine. Definitely hoarding this one.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 served on-tap at the brewery at the Encendia release 5/23. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Dark purple/crimson, no head by the time it arrived to me, but some decent mauve lacing stemming from a thin bubbly crown.

Smell: Lots of vinous grapes, this actually reminds me of Biere de Merlot more than the previous iteration of Nocturn. Light tartness, and the oak barrel is prominent enough too. This bodes well.

Taste: The barrel remains quite prominent, and the blackberries shine through beautifully. Not mouth-puckeringly sour, which is very nice. Funk is kept to a minimum. Very fruity, and the crackery, saltine malt I've become so accustomed to in Jester King's fruited sours finishes the beer off.

Mouthfeel: Lots of dry tannins, and a level of carbonation perhaps a bit lower than other Jester King fruited sours.

Overall: A HUGE improvement over the last iteration of this beer. The last one was rather vinegary and somewhat light on actual blackberry flavor. This was more like blackberry cobbler. I think by this point it's pretty clear I'm a Jester King fan-boy.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors Jester King tasting on 5/30/15.

A: Deep, deep reddish-purple, almost like sparkling grape juice with a thin, off-white head.

S: Lush blackberry, intense and sour barnyard funk, green apple.

T: Intense sour blackberry, oak tannins, fruit overpowers the funkiness, crackery malt backbone.

M: Medium body and carbonation, smooth, very crisp and refreshing, not puckeringly sour.

O: This would be my favorite JK sour that I've had, and in my top 3 sours so far.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a wonderfully purple tinged color with a slight haze. Somewhat ethereal looking.
There's a great bouquet on this with a slightly tart, lightly funky, very berry aroma. The flavor is sourly tart and tangy, yet balanced with a berry squeeze full of juicy flavors. This was deliciousness.

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Photo of DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Still a bit of a sour newbie, but this is one of the best I've had (along with Duchesse De Bourgogne and Love Child No. 5). Absolutely delicious.

Look: Very little head, and it subsides really quickly; looks like a deep red wine with some tiny bubbles on the surface. A lovely reddish-brown. Also, not part of the beer itself, but a really cool bottle and label.

Smell: Tiny bit vinegar-y, much like Duchesse De Bourgogne, but fruity nonetheless.

Taste: This is a very dry sour. Very tart, not a great deal of sweet - just how I like it. The taste doesn't really linger very long, so enjoy while it's in your mouth.

Feel: Feels thicker than it probably really is. Um... feels nice?

Overall: A very, very, very good sour. Only the second beer I've tried from Jester King, and definitely one that I'll try to get my hands on again. And again.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark purple appearance. Very nice looking. A gently foam around the edge with some light colored purple swirls on top. Smell is very fruity, and a little wine like. Some funk and barrel in the nose, too. Starts out with a tart Burst of not quite ripe blackberries. Pick up some nice funk on the very end, with barrel notes appearing, as well. The fruit is nicely balanced here with everything else. Carbonation is around medium. Had this side by side with vsb, vsb was super carbonated compared to this. Nocturn has just a slight amount of fizz in the beginning to go along with that tartness. Not overly sour. Very nice. Pretty easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 April 2014 bottle from trade poured on July 5, 2014. Pours a beautiful ruby red and purple color with a deep pink head that recedes somewhat quickly. Beautiful notes of vinegar and blackberries, big lacto funk sourness, wow really nice. Flavor is juicy black berries up front but dries out quickly with lots of dry oakiness, light vanilla, lacto, and big sour vinegar notes. Acidic on the tongue and that lingers with the dry oak. Lots of oak tannins and red wine notes both in aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, juicy at first with the dry finished, and high carbonation. This is crazy good and even improves as it warms and the berries really start coming through.

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Photo of peensteen
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purple-reddish colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is of blackberry jam, oak and berries, acidic underpinning but the fruit just takes centre stage, nothing artificial about the fruit in anyway really quite incredible. Taste is more blackberries and oak, sour and puckering berry, tart, jammy but still quite dry. Medium carbonation and medium full body. Exceptional, another instant favourite, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A really beautiful dark color with some ruby and purple.

The beer offers a fine blackberry flavor, almost red grape, and medium tart quality. Combined with some vinegar tart, berry seeds, and funk.

Another fine wild beer from JK.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for the share!

500ml bottle; 250ml pour.

batch 2; April 2014.

poured into Jester King Wine Stem.

Appearance: dark purple bodied beer with a white colored head that has a tint of red. A full finger of head that has good staying power. Spotty lacing on the glass. This beer looks almost exacly like NG VSB.

Smell: Jammy blackberries and mellow sourness. major lacto notes. The beer actually smells like blackberry greek yogert. Awesome nose on this beer!

Taste: This tastes like a mellow version of VSB. Lots of jammy blackberry notes combined with big lacto notes of cheesy greek yogert funk. Great balance between the fruit and lacto. This is fantastic! Very mellow sourness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. Very creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. You can tell this is a cool ship sour based on the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is exactly what I would consider a mellow version of VSB. Jester King is the real deal and this sour is seriously under rated, but VSB is still better sour beer with Blackberries.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3. Nice and tart, fruity and very dry. Really love the way this has come together. Spoke to the brewer about how each blend differs and the way they try and improve each one. Great stuff

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Photo of captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing sour! Deep purple. Mild funk and berry on the nose. Smooth and crisp. Sweet, tart, berry, Brett! Sour on the back end. So drinkable and amazing. Give me more!

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened after Mexi Cake and domed by myself. Poured into a wine glass.

500 mL Batch 2

A - Shades of dark purple with mixed hints of redness that blend with the purp. Decent sized head on this that was mostly white + purple foam mixed together. Head recedes back into the glass at a good clip.

S - Smell is blackberries mixed with a little jammy nose. You can definitely smell the tart on the first pour and as it warms that smell dissipates and allows the more of the smells to come through

T - Taste follows the nose with a decent upfront tart sourness followed by the smooth sweet tastes of blackberries. My only complaint would be is to sour this up more! Really an easy drinker and finished this bottle in no time.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thicker which I like for these sours. The tart isn't over bearing what so ever. It makes this beer crushable.

O - Overall, Definitely enjoy AR and MvB better, but this was refreshing and definitely enjoyed every drop

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Photo of unclejazz
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Jester King brings another dry and less sweet version of a fruited sour and are very successful. There are real marriage of the fruit and base beer, hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. batch 2 Apr14'

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

blackberry is such a hard fruit to show through authentically in a beer, especially in a long brett fermented one where all the flavorful sugars just get broken down to oblivion. this is a wonderful demonstration that it is indeed possible. inky purple, hazy and wheaty from the looks of it, this is what i wanted my home-brewed blackberry saison to look like, this color is try blackberry beauty. a nose of brett more than lacto, although both are present, as they always are in jester king stuff. the fruit is musty and yeasty, minimally processed, yet still fresh as anything and juicy and sweet and ripe and sunny and perfect. the berry flavor is right up front with a touch of really pale wheat and slightly sweeter more voluptuous biscuit malt type, while the funk comes second. bretty before acidic again, just like the aroma, and then the berry blasts back in the finish, tartness on tartness, just how these should be. i don't think the fruit shows as well as the wine grape one, the rubicite, or even the cherry one, but its blackberries, and thats part of their modus. great beer, stunning really, worthy of all they hype and then some.

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend Three

Pours a dark plum red/purple with a wihite'ish purple head to match that fizzes away pretty quick. Berries on the nose but not to heavy, it's there but its not there however the berries with the puckering tartness is full on in the taste and mouthfeel. The berries lean more to black currants than blackberries. Light/on the edge of Medium carbonation and somewhat dry on the finish. I love JK and enjoy their fruited sours more than the farmhouse variants they brew and this one here is very very solid!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 7/14

Blend 2
A- Pours a gorgeous purple/ruby with a light pink head that slowly recedes to a collar, leaving some lacing. Some lively bubbles rush to the surface. Simply stunning!

S- Nice fresh black berries, some barnyard funk, oaky tannins, yeasty, and slightly soapy.

T- There is a lot of the base sour blonde beer evident right off the bat. Some fresh and some under-ripe black berries and wild berries come in through in the middle. Moderately tart, and very dry. Some of the soapy dishwater flavor noticed in the aroma comes through unfortunately, but it doesn't hurt it too much. Slight funk as well.

M- The mouth feel is light, slightly puckering, very dry, acidic, and well carbonated. Just about spot on for the style.

O- A very nice fruited sour that quenches thirst and makes you want to take another sip. Some slight flaws that can be fixed, but still very good.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a lot different than most JK fruited sours. I found it to be a lot more tart than other fruited sours, but I think a lot of that might come from the fact that blackberries are a sour fruit by nature. Either way this was really enjoyable.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky red/purple with a thin off-white/pink tinted head. Leaves plenty of lace.
The blackberries are there but the fruit character is not up there with Atrial and Aurelian. The base red ale peeks through with some red fruit and chocolate. Medium body, carbonation, and sourness.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Look: Deep dark royal purple and ruby with a small yet active head and quite a bit of activity. A very pretty beer!

Smell: Lots of sour and farmhouse funk on the nose followed by a dry blackberry sweetness and definite earthy barrel. Smells more like a earthy red wine then a beer. Smells great.

Taste: Wow a very mild funk to start then a slight sour that slowly fades to a deep rich earthy ponderous oak with a very delicate fresh blackberry finish that balances just sweet enough to expertly balance with that deep rich oak.

Mouthfeel: Slight tart on the attack but then becomes medium bodied before the huge oak which weighs heavy on the tongue and dries to a beautiful oaky earth finish. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall: Wow. This is easily one of the deepest most complex sours I've had and I truly enjoyed it. It definitely settles that sour craving but hidden behind that is a huge earthy oak that I love. I particularly loved how the blackberries don't just add a fruited note to this sour to make it accessible by sweetening it up but instead blend and add to that earthy oak that is so damn good

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is ruby hued with a small, bubbly pink cap. The aroma is cherries, musty basement, funk. Cherries, raspberries, mild acetic character. Soft carbonation and a delicate finish. This and Atrial Rubicite seem inspired by Cantillon, which is certainly a good thing. A cherry showcase and a fine example of an American wild ale.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.19.14
Blend Two
April 2014

A - Pours a deep dark burgundy with a bright pink fizzy head that is gone fast.

S - Tons of berry goodness, jammy, some tart oakiness.

T - Blackberries, oaky, a bit flat and one dimensional.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nose is crazy, flavor is solid but bit flat and one dimensonal.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml, Sept. 2013, Batch 1
Jester King glass

A: Pours a murky pinkish hued dark brown red. Initially about a quarter finger of beat white to tan head. Slightly pinkish in color. Leaves a little Trace of lacing.

S: Definitely getting those blackberries at the forefront. Funk. Dry damp barnyard funk. Oak tannic vinous character. Eraser chalk note.

T: Nice punch of fruit tartness up front. Not overly "sour". That interesting divide between sweet and tart in the mid palate. Finish is dry with lingering berry character on the back of the palate. Might be a touch dry.

M: Medium bodied. Not as highly carbed as I thought.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely smell. Berries are big and blended with Brett funk. Flavour does not have as much berry, more oak and funk. A bit of a lactic, cheesy flavour. Very dry.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep ruby in color with a small and fizzy head. The head is pinkish in color, but is gone down to nothing very quickly. The deep red color of the beer doesn't allow you to see through it, but it has moderate clarity outside of the color. There is no lacing due to lack of a retained head.

S- Light tartness and juicy blackberries greet the nostrils right up front in the scent. The fruit is jammy and has both tart and sweet components, keeping it balanced. There is a hint wild yeast and tart base beer under the fruit. Overall, the smell of the beer is fruity, tart, and refreshing.

T- Starts with a mild tart bang on the tongue before moving towards the fruit. The blackberries give the beer a jammy quality and before the sour base beer kicks in strong on the back end. When the fruit subsides, the tartness really ramps up and gives a good, Warhead-like, kick to the tongue. The tartness displays a little bit of the oak aging, as it is very dry on the tongue.

M- This beer hits the tongue with high carbonation and a feel similar to a champagne. Right after the initial pop of carbonation, the beer settles down into a slicker and thicker feel. The weight of the beer is still rather light to moderate and is easy to drink, despite the tartness and initial carbonation. Overall, this beer is almost chewy in the mouth.

In the end, this beer is a very good example of a fruited sour. The base beer is definitely a bright sour and the blackberries add a different level of complexity and flavor. I like that this beer is sour without being overwhelming or overpowering the fruit.

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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.