Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 480
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 494
Gots: 99 | 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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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 480
Reviews by Thorpe429:
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Mikeypnh
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
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 kevanb
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Getalegup
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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 DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TxHopHead4
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryno3031
3.37/5  rDev -25.1%
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 77apm
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of lawsonciv
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Janis_Hoplin
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CBucks12
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sourdog
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of asaphoppy
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lnashsig
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many many thanks to my buddy Will (Canadianghetto) for muling this back from Austin for me. Poured from bottle into Jester King stemware. Bottle gushed momentarily and a piece of cherry peel came out of the bottle and landed on the countertop. Wow! After a careful slow pour, it pours a rich crimson color that is hazy and almost completely opaque. Nice half finger of pink head sticks around. Brilliant looking beer. Aroma: spiced cherry pie- tart sugary bready cherries. Aroma makes me imagine cinnamon spiced tart cherry pie. Delicious. Taste- a dry, sour tart cherry flavor hits the roof of my mouth, while a puckeringly sweet candy cherry flavor hits rounds out the sides of my mouth. This is an absolute delight. Easily one of the best fruit sours I've ever had in my lifetime. Can't imagine how it doesn't earn a perfect 5 on all scoring fronts. Mouthfeel is full and rich, carbonation is tight and delivers some drying characters to the beer's cherry fruit sweetness. I'm floored by this. (996 characters)

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jackp_43
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.