Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by WTKeene:
4.74/5 rDev +4.2%
Served on draught at Jester King on 3/14. 8oz poured into a Jester King wine glass.
Appearance: A dark, cloudy opaque crimson with a pale white/pink head that dissipates quickly into a creamy crown that clings to the edge of the glass. Some lacing, but doesn't stick around too long.
Smell: Spiced Cherry Pie (I want to say cinnamon, actually). A beautiful balance of sweet and tart. This is fantastic. The oak barrel adds some vanilla, and the signature Jester King funk plays in the background.
Taste: As with Atrial Rubicite, fruit is stronger in the nose than on the tongue. Cherry is obviously still a major component of the taste, but tart funk is the primary flavor here. Some hints of almond (Cherry pits?) is there too. Crackery malts and faint bitterness come through on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very dry, as with all Jester King fruited sours. High carbonation pleasantly tickles the tongue.
Overall: Jester King has knocked it out of the park again. This one is right up there with Atrial Rubicite, both kings of the fruited sour style. I've never had a fruited sour that so screams "fruit" without any excessive sweetness from that fruit. So delicious, I hope this remains available with the same frequency as Atrial.
03-15-2014 17:31:40 | More by WTKeene
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
04-03-2014 00:53:12 | More by lnashsig
4.18/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
04-29-2014 00:40:42 | More by Alieniloquium
4.48/5 rDev -1.5%
Bout One. On tap at the brewery on the day of its release.
A: A light partially cloudy red. A hint of rust/ brown in the color
S: Very strong cherry aroma. More of a cherry pie style of cherries. Slight bit of funkiness.
T: Incredibly balanced. Not as heavy on the cherries as expected from the nose, but still the dominant flavor. Sour but not overwhelmingly so. Grassy notes.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Tart. No alcohol detected.
O: Quite a treat from Jester King. Incredibly tasty. If only there were a bit more complexity/ character behind the cherries, I would put it up with the greats like St. Lamvinus, etc.
03-10-2014 01:50:36 | More by Leftofthedial
Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.