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Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 554
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 30.31%
Wants: 558
Gots: 108 | FT: 11
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Uanof on 02-27-2014

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 554
Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share courtesy of Rich. Cherries dominate this brew, sweet and tart. Pours out a nice pink hue, with small frothy head. this ones all about the cherries

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Tons of cherry deliciouness. I love me a good cherry flavored sour and this one delivered, times two! Been on my want list for a long time and did not disappoint.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful ruby red as tough Dorothy is stepping into Oz. Smell of cherries and funk. Taste is when this beer shines. Tart cherries up front followed by some funk and leaves your mouth with lingering raspberries and blackberries. This one stays with you for a while.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely gorgeous deep ruby red with a pale pink head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing!

Very tart and cherry forward, with some funk to back it up. Some sweetness in the middle and just a hint of acetone on the back end.

The cherries are in the forefront, almost tart cherry pie like. Tartness is prevalent, but the sweetness wards it off from being too puckering. Slightly vinous on the end.

Light to medium bodied with very light carbonation, almost but not quite flat. Incredibly dry, and mildly acidic.

A very good cherry sour from Jester King! Could do with a bit more carbonation and body.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purple/reddish color, quickly dissipating pinkish head. Smell of cherries is rich and plentiful on the nose. Tart cherry taste shines through beautifully. Nice carbonation on the mouthfeel. Excellent offering

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Photo of Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky red with a light pink head that disipates but sticks to the sides for a bit. Clean cherry smell. Cherry bliss. Sweet up front followed by a nice tartness. More tart than sour. Both kinds of cherries really sine. Tart and bubbly.

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Photo of antoines15
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch two. My favorite of the nine fruited 500 ml bottles. Smells and tastes like tart cherry pie. Like real cherry pie. Reminiscent of Cantillon Kriek. Fluffy-ish head, dissipates quickly. A bit darker than Atrial and oh that smell. Crisp, refreshing, need more.

Edit: Had a batch one recently and it wasn't nearly as good, in my opinion. Most (all) of the cherry was gone. Vinegary.

In summary, drink this one fresh and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of JuglashB
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Diacetyl all over the nose, but not in a disruptive way. Natural in all the cherry sours I've had to date. No way to tell between the cherries unless you're a cherry farmer or something, but they blend nicely. Finish is wonderful, light and fluffy mouthfeel and you just want to keep drinking more and more... Not a top fruited sour from JK, but still a damn good one.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tulip glasson tap at the brewery. Good but not mind blowinng. Tastes like a tart cherry Jolly Rancher. Pleasant but not quite worthy of whale status.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch two (Feb 2015). Tulip glass.

A: Pours ruby red with a thin collar of off-white head. Very good clarity, but the liquid looks still. No lacing, average retention.

S: Straight cherry, like maraschino, a little brett earthiness and horse blanket in the secondary, whiff of red wine and black cherry.

T: Cherry forward, as expected, with light puckering sourness, wheat malt, a bit of a cherry flesh character, and finishing mostly dry.

M: Crisp, light, and refreshing. Light body and carbonation.

O: Very tasty, and they managed to balance the cherry and brett without going overboard on either (which is a real temptation for some brewers).

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Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy raspberry maroon-red body with a light pink 1 finger head that reduces very quickly, leaving no lacing or retention. Berry juice looking after the head dies.

Big cherries on the nose.. kriek-like, tart green apple, fresh berries, barnyard funk, tart fruits. On the tongue is super tart fruits, sour cherry, sour lemons, lots of funkyness, barnyard, hay, on the follow through is slight vinegar, oak, fresh cherries, acetic bite on the aftertaste. Light and easy drinker, but very sour and mildly carbonated.

I loved this beer.. super complex, nice cherry notes, and lots of flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a bright food coloring red color.

The flavor follows with cherry pie, juice, a dry finish. Very tart throughout, but also balanced by a jammy cherry flavor.

Not as aggressive and jammy as Atrial,but an extremely well built and fruit forward sour.

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was overall very impressed with this beer. Typically not awed or in favor of wild ales and generally would rather prefer lambic almost every occasion. MvB is very close, if not similar to a fresher LPK to me.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.37/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sorry, just don't get the fascination here. Tastes very similar to all their other beers....maybe slightly smoother and less harsh but the exact same base sour flavor. The only difference is some slight cherry instead of some slight other flavor used in their other beers. Tried to like it but so not impressed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran yesterday, thanks man. Blend #2.

This one pours a vibrant dark red, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells very, very cherry forward, with a little bit of funk, and some residual sugar.

This one is less sour than I expected, given other Jester King sours that I've had. It's not even really sour at all, more just tart, with a little bit of funk, and just a huge wave of juicy cherry. I don't know what the opposing cherries taste like here, so I can't differentiate them, if that's even possible. As it is, this one's not all that complex, but that doesn't stop it from being really delicious.

This is fairly light bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and moderate to high level of carbonation. It's very very drinkable.

I wish this had a bit more complex wild character to it, but as it is, it's still quite delicious.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a cask into a wine glass at the brewery.

A- Glowing reddish and pink. Looks like cherry skin. Pink-hued white lace. 5

S- Tart initially but then turns to sweet, chewy and pulpy cherry. It resembles cherry pie certainly. Delicious. 5

T- Cherry pie-like but vinous. Delicate cherry and cherry-skin flavors. 5

M- Tart but with a sweet current that is artfully worked in. Vinous and dry.

It's a fiver. Perfect brew.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark ruby red with pinkish head. Cherries, tartness, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Some slight sweetness from the cherries on the middle of the palate, but well balanced out with a tart and dry finish.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red, thin foam.
A little fruit smell.
Tastes like slightly tart cherry juice. A little carb. Lingering tartness. Slight pucker.
Can wait for a little bottle time.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lord. The combination of cherries melts into the perfect balance of funk and slight lacto. Oh my god this stuff put a huge smile on my face. Just try it if you can. One of the best AWAs Ive ever had.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a bright cherry pink color with a pleasing pink cap. There’s a faint aroma of cherries and a touch of funk for depth. I get a tart cherry kick (kriek?) and a drying finish. Wonderfully delicious.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of LittleDon
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Disclaimer - I'm a big cherry fan, so I appreciate that the fruit really stands out with this JK beer, unlike some of their other fruit based sours (I'm a big Detritivore fan, too). Hazy, little, if any head, slightly red tinged. While the cherries aren't as obvious in the aroma, there's plenty of cherry pie flavor early middle through finish. Dry and pleasingly tart. Light body and medium carbonation are exactly what you want with this beer.

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Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.18.14
Bout One
January 2014

A - A slow gusher. Pours a cloudy maroon-red with a fizzy pink head that fades fast.

S - Very tart, sweet cherries, a touch of oak.

T - Tartness hits first, then bold cherry dominates, very good.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to light body.

O - Tons and tons of cherry, nice tartness vs sweetness balance.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is cloudy dark pink with some chunks floating around and a light pink head. Nose is strong cherry up front with notes of oak and jam. Light musk and brett. Taste has more oak and musk, cherries aren't quite as strong, more subtle but well integrated and tasty. Cherry is very pitty and earthy. Body is light and well carbonated on the softer side.

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.