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Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 333
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Uanof on 02-27-2014)
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Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Bout 1. Bottled January 2014. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red with a small pinkish head that fizzles away quickly. Body is hazy but still translucent, with high amounts of suspended sediment.

Smell: Tart and sweet cheries, light funk, oak, hay and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Again cherries are clearly the most prominent with some funk, oak, hint of spices, and subtle malt character. Tastes almost like a liquid sour cherry pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Finishes tart and semi dry.

Overall: Another really good fruited sour from Jester King. These guys just keep knocking these out of the park. Well worth seeking out.

Jonada, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of kevanb
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Cantillon Degustation Glass, enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a cloudy, deep red color, hues of ruby, garnet, but this is fairly blood red, plenty of sediment present in the glass, even from a pour right out of the top of the bottle. A slight head, off white in color, barely a finger high appears and has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is incredible, cherry pie leaps out of the glass, fresh, juicy, cherry, subtle funk, pie crust malt, light spice character, just beautiful cherry character. This might be the closest to Lou Pepe Kriek, I've ever smelled in a beer. The cherry flavor explodes on the tongue, beautifully fresh, plump and juicy, definitely has that pie spice flavor, light funkiness, some oak comes across with some rustic, crusty malt. Perhaps the truest expression of cherry of any American Wild. The body is lively, nice zip, plenty of bubbles but by no means abrasive or too prickly, coats the mouth very well and ends with a soft creamy finish that has just a light dryness.

Verdict: A stunning wild ale from Jester King and a wonderful compliment to Atrial Rubicite. The cherry is so masterfully showcased in this beer but the layered flavors that come behind it really let this beer shine.

kevanb, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Mikeypnh
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened up the bottle to a little bit of a gusher, very slow and manageable, though. Pours a bright red, with a very nice pink head, that sticks around for a long time. Just beautiful. Very frothy film stays in the top. The smell is just as good. Tart cherry skin. Very juicy. What is that, cinnamon? The taste is ripe cherry juice up front, and not as sour as I expected, it's really great. The cherry goes on for days! Especially tart right at the end, with a small amount of funk, oak, lemon sourness, and I can still pick up cinnamon. The mouthfeel is creamy, thin to medium bodied, doesn't seem as carbonated as I thought when I opened it, but you can feel it right at the end. Tingly on the tongue. I really like this. Great level of sourness.

Mikeypnh, May 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

tsauce2, Monday at 02:49 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

trevor_s, Sunday at 09:22 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Saturday at 03:26 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

EDubLovesBeer, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

MPorts25, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Quackus, Nov 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

mythaeus, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

patm1986, Nov 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

gueuzedreg, Nov 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Daemose, Nov 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopsiam14, Nov 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

dnb128, Nov 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Desp59, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

lunarbrew, Nov 03, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Gotti311, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle of Blend 1. Poured into a teku 11/1/2014.

A- Beautiful bright red colour with a one finger pink-hued head that lingers a while. No lacing. [4.5]

S- Ripened cherry skins, that distinct Jester King yeast, mild to moderate amounts of earthy funk, a very small bit of grainy sweetness, a bit of barrel. Very cherry skin dominant. Smells delicious. [4.25]

F- Ripened cherry skin, a bit of earth, Jester King yeast flavours that I can't describe but certainly have come to recognize in their beers. The cherry is very fruit-forward here even after all this time. Very nice, if a bit one-dimensional, it accomplishes what it sets out to do. Tons of cherry skin. Not extremely sour, but has a nice tartness that balances out the cherry skin flavours. [4.5]

M- On the lighter side of medium body, softly carbonated. Very, very bone dry. Not sure how JK achieves their final gravities, but this is a very light palate on the backend. Cherry skins, mostly. Not a lot of sweetness from the beer. Very easy to drink. [4.25]

O- Very good cherry AWA. Doesn't have a ton of complexity, but it's done very well without much in way of any particular defect. Cherry skin and a bit of leather. Works for me. [4.5]

Final score: 4.42

Stevedore, Nov 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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teddyarrowhead, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

brewnic, Oct 28, 2014
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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
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