La Vie En Rose - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 100
Gots: 65 | FT: 7
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gtermi on 01-18-2014

La Vie en Rose is a dry, well attenuated, unspiced Farmhouse Ale refermented with the same raspberries used to make Jester King Atrial Rubicite. Naturally occurring wild yeasts impart a sense of place to this unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100% naturally conditioned beer.
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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a pretty shared of garnet / pink with a thick, white head. The aroma brings raspberries, cherries, jam. Tart and fruity. Nice flavor. Lots of berries with a light puckering sensation. I haven't tried Atrial Rubicite yet, but this makes me excited and optimistic about opening it. My chief complaint is the mouthfeel. thin and watery. the beer is enjoyable, but even a low abv/wild/Berliner type beer should retain a bit more heartiness in the palate. All said, this was solid. Everyone enjoyed it and the bottle was bone dry at the end of the night.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A- Light creamy head quickly disappears. The color is like grapefruit juice and it has a similar texture. Cloudy and yeasty, this is like fresh squeezed juice. 4.25

S- Citrusy, slightly tart and funky. There's a toasty malt aroma too that is great. 4.5

T- Tart, lemony and grapefruit-like, plus there's a grassy, earthy flavor as well. Really reminds me of Texas's rolling hills. 4.25

M- Light and refreshing with a pleasant tartness. The finish is highly earthy. 4.25

Excellent light drinker. Something I could drink all day.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pinkish body. Small white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Musty raspberry. Little bit of lemony acidity. Light grainy malt. Kinda floral, although that may be the power of suggestion.

Taste - Raspberry, but not a sweet or intense raspberry. Very musty. Gives way to a bretty and musty grain. Lemony tang. Raspberry continues throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pleasant in every way, just never distinctive.

Photo of the_trystero
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had Atrial Rubicite yet but I hope it has a lot more going on with it than this does. Pretty much zero carbonation, weak flavors all the way around, tasted like a watered down slightly tart cherry soda or something. Mixed reviews from the folks who I shared it with, but it was my least favorite beer during a sours and saisons share yesterday.

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Raspberry red pour with a small white head. Big sour smell of raspberries. Taste is dry and sour with raspberries dominating the flavor. Has a very nice sweet edge. Finishes with a lingering tartness.

Photo of yeahrick
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2

Appearance: ruby red appearance. Some head when poured but subsides to a thin rim.

Smell: tart, raspberrie is still strong compared to Rubicite. No sweet smells; entirely tart and fruity.

Taste: raspberrie sweetness at first and then tart dryness. When I think of a sour beer this is what I want it to be.

Overall: it's a perfect "lite Rubicite" same flavor and same smell but lighter on the taste. Great beer overall. I recommend this from anyone wanting to try sour beers for a first time to people that are fans of fantome and cantillon.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the share!

poured into Cantillion wine stem.

Appearance: opaque beer that looks almost identical to pink lemonade. Thin cap of white head that quickly turns into no head at all.

Smell: Lots of raspberries with a decent amount of lacto notes. Lots of cheesy and greek yogert funk.

Taste: Mild tartness. Lotso fresh juicy raspberries. Hints of that cheesy / greek yogert funk that was found in the aroma of this beer. Yeah its simple, but its still remains very tasty!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Really refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is conflicting between a really mellow sour beer with raspberries and a raspberry berlinner wiesse beer. Its hard for me to decide. I have seen both ends of that spectrum and it really in a gray area. The bottom line is this: its still a good beer brewed with raspberries.

Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed JK glass.

A- pours a grapefruit colored, hazy body with a small light pink head that reduces quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S- subtle berries, tart acidity, sharp citrus, funky yeast

T- Upfront a nice dry tartness, followed by berries and sour lemon. Raspberries and funky farmhouse on the follow through, finishes with caramel and vanilla. Very nice

M- dry, medium body with light carbonation

Very nice, not over the top sour but very flavorful and complex.

Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Update on 9/12/14: Bottle purchased from the brewery a few weeks ago, and had on tap at the brewery then as well:

Again, this is a stunning looking beer. A beautifully hazed and vibrant garnet red. The same great jammy fruits in the nose and flavor. A substantial tartness without being over barring, sweet and juicy raspberries all the way. Though it is amazing how the mouthfeel has changed. Beautifully carbonated. Effervescent and crisp. Which makes all the difference from what I had on cask, which just seemed flat and lifeless (I am a cask beer junky by the way). A simple beer that is great to drink and enjoy. Like I am right now, with some Edith Piaf on the turntable. I like this better than Atrial.

On cask at the Hay Merchant Anniversary party.

A: Pours a stunning, slightly hazed and bright garnet red/pink color. A perfect, two finger and creamy looking white head forms. That recedes in a minute with no lace. I love the color on this.
S: Sweet fruit, and jammy up front. Berries for sure. Some light funk, and a bit of tartness.
T: Jammy fruits up front, that fades to nothing in the finish, except a faint tartness. Almost watery in the taste.
M/D: An overly thin and watery mouthfeel. Under carbonated, even for cask condition. Not hard to drink at all. Just not something I am going to come back to again and again.

Certainly not bad. Just needs some more umf for me. Jam like fruits are up front and apparent. Nothing else is there, and really thin. I will be looking forward to trying a bottle when/if I get a chance and will be sure to update then. Right now, unimpressed overall considering my expectations (fair or unfair).

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 3.29.14
Batch #2 Jan. 2, 2014

A - Pours a cloudy light pink with a very small white head that is gone very fast.

S - Tart raspberries - very nice.

T - Light raspberry with a hint of tartness.

D - Light body with lower carbonation.

O - Nice smell of raspberry, lost a bit of it in the taste. Saison style raspberry.

Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers rose water, floral notes, saison graininess, wheat, raspberry seeds.

The flavor follows with those intense raspberry seeds, a touch of berry flesh, floral notes of the saison, a prickly carbonation. A touch of tart quality.

A really underrated brew considering how much more sought after Atrial is.

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King shortly after its initial release in early 2014. Reviewed from notes.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

APPEARANCE: No head whatsoever. No lacing.

Body colour is a murky pink. Translucent. Nontransparent. There's no visible yeast within.

Looks pretty good for a sour, but the lack of head and fairly weak colour are a bit disappointing. It could certainly be more vibrant. Not a unique or special look for an American sour.

AROMA: Nice tart raspberry notes. Some timid lactic sourness. Faint grapeskin. The raspberry is nice, but I crave more sourness and tartness. It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. It's rather clean and clinical for a sour, but is nevertheless appealing. Certainly doesn't evoke true spontaneous fermentation.

I don't detect any hop notes or alcohol.

TASTE: Lightly tart raspberry. Has a subtle lactic edge. No real acetic character. Grapeskin. The raspberry isn't real prominent or deep; more of an assertive presence would be better.The weak raspberry and lack of rich esters suggest the second-run fruit used for this was a bit depleted. The cynic in me wants to declare this merely a sloppy seconds Atrial Rubicite, but then it's more than that. Balanced albeit simple. It's cohesive, but the build isn't gestalt. Average flavour duration. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. I do like it for what it is.

No hop notes or alchol comes through.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Light-bodied. Somewhat thin. Not the full luscious presence I'd want in a good fruited sour. It isn't real smacky either. Comes off weak. Undercarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

OVERALL: It's very drinkable, but doesn't quite deliver the sourness or tartness it ought to. It's best regarded as a weak cousin of Atrial Rubicite. I'd only get it again when Jester King is low on superior fruited sours. I admire the cleverness and efficiency in reusing the Atrial fruit, but this is far from Jester King's strongest sour.

B-

*I have tried this months after its initial release, and liked it better. It wasn't as weak and undercarbonated.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy pinkish orange. Nose is heavy raspberry purée, hint of brett. Taste is very fruity, mostly raspberry, a good bit of tartness from the raspberry. Notes of vanilla faintly behind, maybe a hint of lacto. Carb is light as is the body, very soft feel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy bone 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 slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, 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 and easy to drink.

Photo of Bayou_beer_guy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Okay so this 3rd batch is MUCH darker than the 2nd.
Stores and ages very well (cellar aged or not).
Admittedly it tastes a bit more like someone took an Atrial and mixed with some Le Petit Prince.

Photo of fatsnowman22
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Jester King glass

A - reddish pink, looks like a strawberry mimosa, slightly hazy

S - raspberry juice, rose petal, wild yeast, wild fermentation funk

T - belgian sour raspberry juice, crisp, clean balanced sour

M - tingly acid lacto effervecense, thinning as is hits the back of the tongue

O - really nice easy drinking sour for a saison lover. not life changing but very good and would definitely search out another

Photo of joeyfeets
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

They used the same raspberries from their Atrial Rubicite to referment this Farmhouse Ale. This beer is a lot less tart than Atrial. You still pick up the fruit aroma but it is more faint than Rubicite. Im not a huge raspberry fan so I tend to prefer this one over the atrial. Toning down the taste makes it more sessionable for me personally.

Photo of WTKeene
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the cask at Jester King on 2/1/14, 4 ounces poured into a Jester King wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A beautiful blend of orange and pink, with no head to speak of, but a thin white crown around the edge that stays forever and sporadic lacing.

Smell: Lots of raspberry, much like Atrial. Atrial smells "darker" though. Not necessarily stronger, but just a different type of raspberry smell. Hard to describe the difference, but there is one. A grassy funk is prominent too.

Taste: The taste is a lot like Atrial, but just not as strong. Much lighter and more sessionable. Not heavily tart like Atrial, but still pleasantly tangy. Very dry, and with a slight but noticeable bitterness. A hint of crisp malts comes through, alcohol is present too. Definitely similar to Atrial, but unique and can stand on its own. It doesn't hit you over the head with raspberry like Atrial does, it's more like Lolita as far as how strong the fruit flavor is.

Mouthfeel: Low carb, and lingers quite a while.

Overall: Unique and distinct from Atrial, if very obviously a close relative. Still a very good raspberry sour, and another fantastic entry from Jester King.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright red with a really thin white head that sprouts up and vanishes quickly.

Far more raspberry than expected off of second use berries. Slight jam to it. Matched up with the grassy wild yeast character of JK. Slight bready malt and tartness comes through.

Light bodied and carbonated. Could use a touch more. Ends dry.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip
light red color with no carbonation. smell of cherries...nice. taste of light cherries, sourness is slight, tart, almost a Berliner Weiss honestly. its a mini, easy drinking atrial that I prefer. body is mild as well as carbonation. great.

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in their standard-fare oversized wine glass at the Jester King Brewery, south of Austin.

I've never seen a beer quite this color before: almost hot pink out here in the sun, opaque with an inch of white head. Big bubbles made for a cobweb lacing all the way up to the fill line. Beautiful.

The nose is floral, funk and raspberries--pleasant, but not very strong. It's not the overwhelming raspberry aroma like JK's Atrial Rubicite, but that's just fine. According to the pourer, this beer shares DNA with the Atrial brew, as it uses the same raspberries from the Atrial batch, refermented.

This beer has a tart, mildly yeasty and dry flavor with just a slightly sweet finish. Just a slight well-balanced bitterness and at 6.2% ABV, I can barely detect any alcohol in this. It's absolutely refreshing and I hope its still available come spring/summer.

My experience is that this beer has more in common with a great, dry Italian Rose wine from the color to the fragrance to the taste than it does with most beers, including its Atrial Rubicite parent. Whether this was JK's goal or not, kudos to them for continuing to evolve the art of crafting unique, complex and delicious brews.

Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Batch #2 bottled 01/02/2014. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark pink/orange color with less than a finger of a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is very hazy but still translucent.

Smell: Rasberries, brett, hay, some lacto sourness, hint of cherry and a slight yogurt character.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Raspberry skin, funk, slight cheesiness. More tart than truly sour. Finish is raspberry and a decent amount of lacto bacteria that lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with fine carbonation on the lower end of medium. Feels somewhat watery. Finishes dry

Overall: A good wild ale, but there just seems to be something missing that holds it back from being really great (in addition to a somewhat lackluster mouthfeel). I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't trade for it again.

Photo of Uanof
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: covers all the beautiful hazy shades between salmon pink and rose pink, no carbonation or head whatsoever.

S: aromas of brett, yeast, tart cherries, funk, oak wood, flood your senses. It's like a big splash of potpurri in your face.

T: it's like AR's baby sister! It won't make your face pucker, but i'll be damned if this isn't an extremely well built sour. Slight sour fruit funk notes and freshness all around.

M: it's as if water had just turned magically into wine, well on this case, beer, raspberry beer and it's splendid. Has a medium body feel to it although it has an extremely easy drinkability! It has a medium to little dryness which makes it great for an appetizer drink, the only think i haven't liked is the lack of flavors staying behind as you sip your glass nonstop!

O: it's not meant to have the great sour pucker effect that Atrial has since it's recycling the raspberries, but this hasn't stopped them from achieving a pretty good to excellent end result. Pretty enjoyable to say the least.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a more reserved raspberry wild ale than atrial rubicite, but one of equal quality and complexity. its got a watered down orangey pink color to it and a very short lived white head. i can imagine this looking a little different from the bottle than the tap, more heady and hazy maybe, but my pour here was clear and rose colored, and not as carbonated as i wanted it to be. the nose has a nice saison funk to it, without the sourness of some of the other jester king wild ales. the nose is lighter on the berries too, i really smell the yeast first, which is summery to me, pollen laden, and just right with the tart berries. the flavor is about the same as the nose, floral and musty too, a nice mix of feelings throughout. the berries are not so center stage, more of a highlight to the base beer, which straddles the saison/wild like pretty closely. what i love here is how dry the beer is, not a lick of residual sugar in this one, which is a nice platform for the yeast flavors and the tartness of the fruit. i just iwsh it had more carbonation, it really needs it, and im wishing for it pretty hard. i think i like rubicite better, in fact i know i do, but its hard to argue the quality and intrigue of this brew. a totally different use of raspberries, i really appreciate a brewery with enough skill and sense to approach it both ways.

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La Vie En Rose from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.