Montmorency Vs Balaton - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 499
Gots: 92 | FT: 10
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
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 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 Ryno3031
3.37/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Nice solid Cherry sour. Really enjoyed this one and would seek it out again.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of bsinger45
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of JuglashB
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Devman171
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, bout 2, pour is clear pinkish red with low head. aroma is funky tart cherry.. taste is soft and tart sour with ripe cherry, love this

Photo of J-Pro
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of Duff27
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of WTKeene
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.

Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but not mindblowing. Tastes like a cherry Jolly Rancher.

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