Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 691
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 36.02%
Wants: 284
Gots: 198 | FT: 22
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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 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 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 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 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 StArnoldFan
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend three.

I'm not understanding the hype on this one. Jester king has even posted on the SW forums that they made more of this beer than Atrial this year cause they like it better. I just can't agree with that, cause this beer isn't nearly as good. Something is off putting and I can't put my finger on it.

Low carbonation. No bubbling, head, or lacing. Off putting scent, maybe from the funk but I usually enjoy JK funkyness. Sharp tart blackberry on the mouth. Nice crimson color.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For the billionth time, thanks for sharing Sonny. Tampa 2015 weekend; full notes during consumption.

A- 500ml bottle poured to a snifter revealing a beer that resembles blackberry in color. A foamy cap rises and has good retention. Frothy ring donates a few sheets of lacing.

S- Berries run the show with hints a sourness and that signature tart blackberry note. Lactic acid comes to mind with a bit of lemons.

T- Blackberry flavor is dominant, fresh and authentic. Flavor of the juice, flesh and seeds of the berries. Actually not all that sour, more of a light tartness kind of like blackberries themselves. Vinous oak feel.

MF- Completely dried out light end body. The bubbles at a low to medium level for me. Finishes tart and a bit slick.

Blackberries probably just about as good as you can do them. Not all that sour or complex but still a great flavor profile.

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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 rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark reddish purple blackberry juice hue that is too dark to see through. 4.25

S - Aromas of brown sugar, light blackberry, buttery, light vanilla. Not nearly enough blackberry! What is this nonsense?! 3.25

T - Taste is still buttery, which is unpleasant, but lots of nice wild tasting blackberry. Not juicy from a farm but the ones that grow wild that are mostly seed. Still, the blackberry is tasty. But that buttery is just awful. 3.75

M - Mouthfeel is unpleasant, gritty yet it coats the tongue in a buttery film. 2.75

O - Overall this beer was a massive let down, the nose is mediocre and the feel is meh. Shocked at how bad this was. 3

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to rudzud
Pink rosy 1/2 finger creamy fizzy head fades semi quickly with light spotty lacing. Dark mahogany purple reddish iodine brown color.

Nose is weird, a brown sugar molasses candy base, candied candy, mild very mild blackberry note, sour generic berry and seed, little lactic acid, into buttery oak or maybe diacetyl.

Taste brings more blackberry, tart blackberry juice, lots of seed and skin, but big wild blackberry with that bitter tannic note like the blackberries I pick wild in the woods in my back yard. More mild bitter flavor, perhaps oak or maybe diacetyl again, acidic too. Finish is sticky and flemmy, mild blackberry but more tannic seed and skin, buttery too, dry abrasive weird finish.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, dry abrasive gritty sandpaper, little slimy buttery thing too that coats the tongue.

Overall sad panda.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Pour is a dark opaque purple with a pink head. Nose is faint, touch of oak and a very fleshy blackberry, a bit seedy and pitted. Taste is similar, the blackberry is seedy, the Brett is very strong, a little too strong as it drowns out the blackberry. Very faint in flavor. Strong carb on the light body.

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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 nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

From a bottle, pours a ruby dark cranberry red, very carbonated.

The nose is funk right away, berries, tart cherries, vinegar. The flavor is not as sour as the nose leads you to believe. The flavor is alot of berry, a little citrus, but something is not sitting well with me regarding the cherry flavor I get. It reminds me of cherry flavored medicine.

This was a bit off for me. It's good, but that medicine aftertaste throws off my enjoyment.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

500ml bottle of Blend 2. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 8/16/2014.

A- Dark purple body. Pours out like a particularly dark red wine, but with a darker shade of purple. Comes with a one finger white head with fair retention time, not a whole lot of lacing to be found. [4]

S- Initially, this beer smells remarkably similar to a pinot noir to be honest. Oak, red tannins, dark fruits- heavier on the blackberry versus cherries or blueberries of course- with a nice lactic tartness that is more subtle and really the major distinguishing characteristic versus a warmer pinot noir. As it warms, however, the lactic acid comes out quite a bit more to remind you that this is an AWA. Funk comes out more as well, but this beer has less funk than I was expecting. [4]

F- Lactic acid, oak, and a dry blackberry finish. There is a small amount of leather and horseblanket, but it ends up being a fairly insignificant contributor to the overall gestalt flavour of the beer. This is a very dry beer which reminds me of a red wine in some ways except its carbonated and there is certainly less complexity to it as the blackberries are the only contributors of the dark fruit character. [4]

M- On the thinner side, but certainly not watery. Sufficient carbonation that dances on the tongue. Finish is a dry, slightly bitter tannic one that absolutely dries my tongue out. [3.75]

O- Good drinking experience. It's moderately acidic but the complexity seems to be a bit lacking- I feel that this beer is far too dry for its own good as it takes away a lot of the potential fruit sweetness that would add to the palate. In addition, there seems to be a bit less funk that would also add complexity and make this a more interesting drinking experience. [3.75]

Final Score: 3.925

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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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 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 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 ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend #2 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Almost purple in color with red hues, it could easily be mistaken for wine. A thin, fizzy light purple head sits atop the body. A slightly red hue is visible at the base of the glass.

S- Vinous, fruity, berry-like. There's a tartness underneath that isn't at all overwhelming. It's heavily floral and kind of like grape juice.

T- Tart berry flavor, some vinegar, barnyard funk, red wine.

M- It's tart first, then progressively more sour and vinegary. It's wine-like and has a dry finish. The carbonation is there but easy to overlook.

O- This is a good beer that is almost close to wine.

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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 jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Nocturn Chrysalis from the Jester King Craft Brewery out of Austin, Texas.

Score: 91

May 2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Jester King beer glass and enjoyed on 07/17/14.

Appearance: Pours a blackberry pulp color akin to New Glarus R&D Very Sour Blackberry, with a thin layer of light purple head that quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass. Solid lacing, great retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Blackberry jam and lacto primarily, with notes of lemon, oak and vanilla. Well integrated and pleasant nose. The nose is not quite "blackberry yogurt," but the comparison is apt nonetheless. 4.25/5

Taste: Has a sour bite upfront with oak and blackberry, followed by a surprisingly faint lacto flavor. Finishes with a dry, lemon juice-like, slightly acidic sourness without much flavor. No real linger on this beer. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, appropriately carbonated. Dry finish, good sourness. Good balance, with a nice, light acidity. Could use a little sweetness. 4/5

Overall: This beer is good, but nowhere near the level of quality relative to other Jester King fruited sour projects such as Atrial Rubicite and Omniscience & Proselytism. I think this beer might be a bit too overattenuated. The sourness and blackberry flavor is nice, but the lack of sweetness from the fruit sugars holds this one back from being great.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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