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Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 203
Gots: 119 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scotv on 10-18-2013)
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
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.

nmann08, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

kylehay2004, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Knapp85, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

largadeer, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -7.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

oline73, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

mendvicdog, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

beernads, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

yourefragile, May 04, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -13%

drewone, Jun 04, 2014
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

duceswild, Aug 21, 2014
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.

superspak, Mar 31, 2014
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.