Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 478
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 1.78%
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Gots: 100 | FT: 12
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Texas, United States

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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Photo of antoines15
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (252 characters)

Photo of JuglashB
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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). (657 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (210 characters)

Photo of Ryno3031
3.37/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of Getalegup
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of bcp5296d
4.94/5  rDev +10%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (1,230 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of bsinger45
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pour was a beautiful, cloudy, rose; bright cherry with an undertone of cinnamon on the nose. Tasted like a perfect cherry pie: tart, but not overpoweringly so, with a dry spiciness on the finish. Full-bodied and satisfying mouthfeel, and definitely not the most sour of their fruit beers. One of my favourites this year. (325 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,309 characters)

Photo of J-Pro
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pops a gusher...I wait it goes for 10-15 Seconds pry the lid off and the smell hits me. Not over whelming in any way. Cherries cherries cherries, some funk and acid. This pours a Brite hazy ruby color. As I pour I swear a cherry plops in my teku. This is good some lacing cherry skin very prevalent. Taste and carbonation not as I expected. But that doesn't matter this is great..sour enough funky enough cherries in your face. This is my 1st JK sour and I'm not disappointed at all. Looking forward to more and hopefully more of this one. Only downside is it's complexity. But all the positives over Power the one negative. Cheers to this (646 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.67/5  rDev +4%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - These Jester King sours are always beautiful. Bright pinkish red. Small light pink head.

Smell - Lots of cherries. Cherry pie aroma. Really nice.

Taste - Cherry sourness. Really dominates. Slight sweet cherry flavor. Grainy malt. Sour finish.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty sour, but nothing like Aurelian or Nocturnum. Well carbonated.

Overall - Really enjoyable. Delicious cherry flavor and the sourness doesn't overwhelm. (472 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pink cap and collar. Small spots of red lacing. Floating cherry skin.

Smell is one of the best fruit forward aromas I've ever smelt. Sweet cherry with seemingly cinnamon(?) notes.

Very tame sourness. Put another way, mild tartness. Still picking up a slight hint of cinnamon amongst the delicious cherry fore/background.

Smooth carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Could pound but want to savor. Slightly preferred this to Atrail Rubicite at the same tasting. Kojevergas is the man! (481 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

basically the cherry version of atrial rubicite, with more of a candied fruit profile for me than a natural one, but i understand the cherries are sweet, and their tartness doesnt come out like raspberry in most beers unless aided by funky yeast and all, which is definitely on display here, but there is still a residual sugar level not found in the other beer. muted pale red color, not pink at all, and a short but full white head on top with maybe a touch of pink to that. it smells immediately sour, but candy sour, like a cherry taffy or jolly rancher or something, i dont get that dark red cherry fruitiness like i want to, although as soon as i sip it i get it front and center. the oaky sourness and the full compliment of jester king bacteria cultures is also in display. cherry in the front of the flavor now seems more authentic than it smelled, but even among the high acid sour finish, i am left with some sweetness on my teeth and tongue, as as a result find this a bit more of a slow sipper than atrial or even the tempranillo version. the cherry is also a bit overly intense perhaps, more than kriek, its dominant here. i really really like it, but mostly because its new to me this level of fruit intensity with cherry. id like to see it a little drier, but its so hard to be critical of a beer this good. carbonation level is massive, and its necessary i think with the acid and the sugar. really well made beer again from jester king, who to me has become arguably the undisputed authority on fruited sours. these beers are all so awesome, i wish we could buy the in colorado on the regular! (1,611 characters)

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
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