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RU-55 - Jester King Brewery

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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 218
Gots: 130 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Red ale aged in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle-conditioned. This beer is a tribute to our good friend Russ Beattie. Thanks, Russ. Thuss.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-01-2012)
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Reviews by BlackBelt5112203:
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. Like many Flanders reds before it, this one gushed upon opening.

L – Murky deep amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, frothy, tan head. Really nice retention, especially for a sour ale, with some patches of lacing on the side of the glass.

S – Again like many Flanders reds before it, this has a lot going on in the aroma. I’m getting caramel, figs, sour cherries, apples, and grapes, some funky Brett, and the slightest touch of oak. As time goes on, the funk and the oak seem to fade and the sweet caramel and figs seem to become more apparent. Of course, this could all be in my imagination, too.

T – Again, lots going on. The primary flavor that I get is a blast of sour grapes, cherries, and apples. As the mouth-puckering tartness begins to fade, caramel sweetness, cranberry dryness, Brett funk, and oak mustiness all become apparent toward the finish. This is really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with nice carbonation, a mouth-puckering and mouth-coating feel, and a sour, musty, and dry finish. The whole conglomerate of funk, acidity, and mustiness lingers for a nice bit.

O – I think this beer is awesome. I first had it at Brewvivial 2013 in Charleston and I was hooked. I needed to have some more. I finally found a bottle and got a chance to fully savor the experience. Of course it may not be as complex or layered or mouth-puckering as some world-class Belgian examples, but it comes pretty close. It’s very tasty and very drinkable given the acidity and ABV. Great beer from Jester King.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This'll be only my second offering from Jester King. I enjoyed the other one (Das Wunderkind) quite a bit, so I'm looking forward to giving this one a go. RU-55 pours a murky, dark, stained-wood brown with some very, very tepid ruby hints. Completely opaque and capped with a soapy, gray-tinted head that quickly settles to a skin.

The aroma is nice, lively, and "pops" from the glass. Tart black cherries, sour apple skins, and plentiful grapes. Lots of vinous notes coming off with a big lean towards the oak barrel. Some vinegar surrounds the edges and keeps things interesting. Certainly the type of aroma that gets your saliva glands working right away. Funk is low, almost even nonexistent on the nose - the focus is certain on the tart, fruity elements.

One gulp and the vinous aspect of this beer leaps forward ahead of the pack - lots of wine-like grapes, wet oak, and puckering cherries. The tartness spikes quickly and settles on your taste buds, turning into a long-lasting sourness. The middle of the road introduces a very light tomato flavor, not exactly off-putting as it may sound, but rather pretty intriguing.

Vinegar notes are pretty profound and get even bigger with time. The finish contains a heavy dose of sour stone fruits, dry oak, and a very, very light, yeast-funk. Just a touch of corky mustiness, not quite in "barnyard" territory yet. It works, though, as the complexity of the sour profile are strong and interesting enough to stand up on their own. Thin-medium bodied, plenty of lively carbonation for a nice, crisp mouth feel that couples well with the dryness of the oak in the finish.

Again, I am more than pleasantly surprised by a Jester King offering. I don't know if I like this one as much as Das Wunderkind, but it might not be a fair comparison since they are slightly different styles. Either way, this beer was very enjoyable, and it has only reaffirmed by faith in this small-time Texas brewery. I pulled some similarities to RR Consecration out of RU-55. When you're getting compared to Russian River sours, you know you must be on the right track.

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RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.