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Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 440
Gots: 66 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 350 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bcp5296d
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Getalegup
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of lnashsig
5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

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2/5  rDev -55.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
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