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Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 677
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 282
Gots: 199 | FT: 23
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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 677
Photo of BMMillsy
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (967 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of 3sheets2wind
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.89/5  rDev +17%
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. (1,732 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of TotallyHosed
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,619 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of VernonBaxter
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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 (746 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (286 characters)

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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.