Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 285
Gots: 163 | FT: 23
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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 cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -20.9%
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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep purple and reddish brown. Small white head. Nice collar.

Smell - Blackberry and an intense acidity. Musty berries.

Taste - Really intense sourness. Blackberry. Slight pale malt. And then more sourness. Lemony. Some musty grain in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overly sour. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - It's too sour for me. Most of the other flavors are masked, but what I do taste is good.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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.

Photo of TotallyHosed
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick head with a purple hue recedes moderately to a thin veil. The liquid is dark purple and looks like concord grape juice.

The smell is very similar to sweet tart candies. I also get some raspberry and green apple notes.

The flavor is full of tartness. It's very difficult to pick up anything else, but I do strain to detect some raspberry and blackberry flavors.

The feel is light to medium with some prickly carbonation felt.

This gorgeous looking brew is one of the better fruited dry sour ales by Jester King (among Nocturn, Atrial and Aurelian). My favorite is Atrial, followed by this, then Aurelian is a distant third. This brew has a much better feel than Aurelian. At the same time, the flavor lacks some complexity. I would like to taste more oak and berry notes. The tart flavor is outstanding on its own.

Photo of 3sheets2wind
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2: 8 oz. draft pour at Jester King tasting room (6/1/14). $8.

This is a nice beer, but it is not atrial rubicite with blackberry replacement. This is substantially different.

Looks like Andre Cold Duck (this is not a bad thing) with its purple body and pink head. Smells like an cabernet sauvignon, leather and raisins with some blackberry coming through.

Very dry but not overly sour. There is no residual sweetness from the blackberry. The berry taste is good, but a little one-note.

Recommended.

Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a garnet hue with a cloudy clarity and a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses sour milk (somewhat rank) and tart berries. Taste follows nose - berries are much more prevalent and thankfully, the sour milk character drops off appreciably. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an almost still carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a good sour but not mind-blowing.

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

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%

Photo of VernonBaxter
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 into Funk n' Sour glass

A: Murky dark red/purple. Quickly receding whitish head.

S: Dry barnyard funk. It would smell great if it wasn't fruited, but being refermented with blackberries I'd expect tart, fresh, jammy fruit on the nose like Aurelian and Atrial which I don't find here. To this beer's credit, it was opened alongside a New Glarus VSB which smells like blackberry jam, so maybe I was jaded. There is minor dark fruit on the nose, if I didn't know it was blackberry I don't think I could identify it.

T: Pleasant tartness, wonderful dry JK funk character. Again, if this was just a wild ale I'd be crazy over this, but I expected more from the blackberries. Mild dark tart fruit taste.

M: Medium bodied. Not very carbed

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, berry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite sour.

Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 500 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 1, bottled in 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a small foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart blackberry, sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, vinegar, red wine, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, blackberries, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart blackberry, sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, vinegar, red wine, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, vinegar, red wine, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, blackberries, and oak barrel flavors; with a great balance of sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, blackberries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #2- April 2014 (two months ago), served in Abbaye de Cureghem glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark reddish purple, thin purplish-pink head forms that fizzles very fast to a flat top, lots of fast small rising bubbles.

S- Fruity blackberries, raspberries, funk, a hint of cheese, some light chocolate, and a decent oak presence. Fairly complex but doesn't have the same aroma strength as other Jester King fruited sours.

T- Fresh lightly fruity sour blackberries, oak, a little bit of chocolate on the backend, finishes with a little bit more sourness, some very light funk, a slight leathery tannic bite. Again a nice fruitiness with subtle complexities but not quite as flavorful as some of the other JK beers.

M- Medium bodied, over-carbonated at first with a very fizzy feel but dies down fairly quickly, very easy drinking without being overly acidic.

O- This was a very nice fruited AWA however it's not quite as flavorful as I was hoping. It was definitely very enjoyable but has a hard time standing up against other JK sours such as Atrial and Aurelian. That being said this is a great beer that any fruited sour fan needs to try.

Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of amsguitarist
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good sour. Tastes like blackberries. The smell was a bit too funky for my personal taste, but overall an impressive fruited sour.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Blend 2, pours a ruby color, lots of blackberry, light sour taste, some oak, lighter and somewhat thin

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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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