RU-55 - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.49/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 08:10:21 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours with thick, large, off-white (light brownish hue) head. Relatively fast retention but leaves a nice thick layer on top, coupled with very nice lacing. Very deep amber, cloudy. Was surprised at how dark it is. A bit dull but still good tho.
Smell: Clean fruity sour, cherry, some wine character, light vanilla and counterbalance with musty, earthy funk. Some tartaric, acetic acid. Light caramel, amber malt sweetness underneath. Everything that was expected, well executed, balance between sour and sweetness plays out nice. When the temperature rises the funk gets stronger, but not annoying.
Taste: Relatively fast but smooth start with medium sour (cherry dominant note with lemon and raspberry notes behind) rises towards the end. Sour isn't annoying, but still relatively in your face. Sour part stomps over the light caramelish middle, the balance is a bit off. Yoghurt lactic acid to detect. Very light tart, acetic also present - gives that wine feeling, doesn't go into vinegar mode. Funk goes down compared to the smell. Full on clean fruity sour holds to the end, no hop bitterness to detect and at the far end some oak comes into play.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, lively carbonation, makes it fresh and easy to drink. Some coating with light dryness. Alcohol well hidden.
Overall: Clean, fresh, fruity sour with some light funk to play along but still meaty enough to stay relevant. Good representative.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 16:06:45 | More by tmzl
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, January 2013 bottling. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, toast, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, hay, straw, red wine vinegar, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, toast, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, hay, straw, red wine vinegar, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, clove, oak, hay, straw, vinegar, light leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour red ale! All around great complexity and balance of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 04:08:17 | More by superspak
RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
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