RU-55 - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.49/5 rDev +6.4%
Blend No. 3 - September 12, 2013
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a murky reddish brown with a thick and creamy 2.5 fingers tall tan head. For being a sour, barrel aged beer, the head lasts for a very long time and even leaves a nice patch of lacing behind as it slowly recedes. Very striking red ale.
As soon as the glass is raised to your nose, you're struck by a timid, but very fruit forward acidity; predominately tart cherries, lemon juice and rich raspberries. Encasing these acidic fruity aromas is a lovely blanket of fully matured Brettanomyces. The Brett offers not only its musty aromatics of damp earth, wet hay and horse blankets, but also greets your olfactory senses with freshly sliced pineapple. Tucked nicely beneath these fruity layers is a solid malt backbone; notes of caramel and sweet breads. As the warms, some vinous red wine barrel characteristics come out of to play; mostly currants and vanilla
Right out of the gate, your palate is greeted by waves and waves of soft, nuanced acidity from the wild yeasts and souring bacteria. This acidity is extraordinarily clean and really bursts with loads of fruity character; huge notes of bright raspberries, cherries, currants and splash of zesty lemon juice. While these juicy berry tones coat your tongue, a subtle but pleasantly contrasting musty pineapple character from the Brettanomyces builds in the background. The Brett sustains all the way up to and through the soft kiss of caramel malt as the beer comes to a close. The beer finishes off dry with long lingering notes of tart raspberries, peach juice, lemons, pineapples, funky brettanomyces, sweet breads and a subtle vanilla character from the oak barrels.
Full and slightly creamy bodied with medium, but lively carbonation. The off dry finish leaves a very pleasant coating of balancing malt on your tongue.
By far the most clean, fruit forward take on a Flanders Red that I have tasted. Jester King have really took their time allowing these bacteria to grow at their own pace, avoiding the unpleasant vinegar-esque acetobactor characteristics that a lot of imported sour reds have. This beer is near perfect for its style. I'm highly impressed.
11-09-2013 08:10:21 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-07-2013 11:43:14 | More by tectactoe
RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.