Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Join The Buzz! Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Bière De Merlot - Jester King Brewery

Not Rated.
Bière De Merlot
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
no score

Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 3
Hads: 59
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Wants: 52
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Uanof on 02-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 3 | Hads: 59
Reviews by JGlitz87:
Photo of JGlitz87
4.25/5  rDev n/a

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Janeinma
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of leschkie
3.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of JamLand
4.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of bccocx
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of cfrobrew
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of CraigTravor
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of mgr78704
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Theortiz01
5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of TomTown
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of VernonBaxter
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of noisefights
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of thereal_adam
4.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Canti4341
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes.

8.50%. Served on-draught into 8oz stemware at Jester King. Expectations were high. Cost was $8.00 USD.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness and cream. Bad retention (<1 minute). No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Weak consistency. Okay complexion.

BODY: Translucent nontransparent dark red with purple hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appealing for a sour in a general sense.

AROMA: Grape must, tart indistinct berries, and genuine bacteria-induced sourness, including plenty of lactobacillus. Seems alive. The grape isn't real strong. Doesn't seem all that sour, but it's wildly fermented, sure.

No hop notes, alcohol, off-notes, or malt notes are detectable. The malts disappear beneath the dominant fruity notes.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength.

TASTE: Bacterial sourness is the first thing I notice - mostly lactobacillus. It's clinical, and doesn't evoke true spontaneous/wild fermentation. I don't pick up on lambicus yeast or anything. It's not too grapey, which is a good thing. But it doesn't evoke red wine either. I just get tart berry sourness, a clean barley/neutral Belgian malt base, and some mild (but not puckering) sourness. Kisses of muted oak are present throughout. It's well balanced and very cohesively constructed, but this isn't a gestalt flavour profile.

No hop character, overt alcohol, or off-notes come through.

It's got nice subtlety and decent nuance, but it's far from a complex or intricate sour. As it warms, I do pick up on some grape must in the third act.

TEXTURE: Almost powdery. It's got a nice blanket of fine must which is remarkable, and really works to complement the taste. Smooth and wet, with a comforting refreshing presence on the palate. Perfect carbonation. Delightfully soft.

This is a damn fine texture for a sour, and absolutely feels elevates the beer. Feels custom-tailored specifically to this flavour profile. Wow. It's aptly thick, and medium-bodied.

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

OVERALL: Very drinkable for the 8.50% ABV. I'll easily kill this glass. They executed the premise of the beer very well, but I do wonder where the wine notes are. I'd definitely get this beer again, but I crave more sourness and tartness.

Low B (2,365 characters)

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of mwbbq
5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of TxUltraRunner
4.25/5  rDev n/a

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bière De Merlot from Jester King Brewery
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.