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Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery

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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 246
Gots: 150 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.42/5  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.

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3.31/5  rDev -23%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.