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RU-55 - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
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339 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%


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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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not a fav by these guys. Served with a nice tan head that subsides slow to the bottom. Aroma is malt and tart. Flavor's like nose and dry. Body is ok, carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, of relatively short length, and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:05:13 | More by drpimento
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:17:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.5.13

A - Pours a super dark burgundy red-black with a two inch tan head with good retention.

S - Tart cherry, earthy, dirt.

T - A touch of tartness, dirty wood, some plum fruits.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - A slight tartness and pretty earthy and dirty. Not much fruit presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:39:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

There has been some debate on the RU-55s with the old cap not being carbonated. This one does have the old (plain gold - no logo) cap, so let’s see what happens. 750 mL pours a mostly clear dark crimson color. A fairly aggressive pour yielded a fair amount of carbonation...looks lowly carbed, but not completely without CO2 and actually leaves some spotty lace behind....nice.

Nose has a very nice woody sourness to it. It smells similar to a Rodenbach, but with extra wood funk and more sour. I like it.

It is definitely low on the carbonation, but not completely devoid of some bubbles. The flavors are all there though...tart fruitiness, medium amount of sourness and a nice wood presence. It’s still a damn good Flanders style ale, especially once it gets to room temp and the sourness is more pronounced. If it was under $10 a bottle, I would buy some more, carbonation problems be damned. If they fix that issue, I would love to grab a few of these, even at the steep tag of $15.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:23:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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kojevergas

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King's tasting room. Cost was $6.00 USD for an 8oz pour. Expectations were high due to Jester King's reputation. 7.40% according to their beer menu. "Sour Barrel Aged Red." Reviewed from notes taken in September 2013.

A: No bubble show formed as it's poured.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of soft white colour. Complexion is soft and smooth. Good creaminess and thickness. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is poor - about 1 minute. Not real frothy.

Body colour is a somewhat dull dark red. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Nice bacterial sourness. Wild yeast. Lactobacillus is present, but I'm not getting any true lambicus yeast. Very contained and clinical in its sourness; it doesn't evoke true spontaneous fermentation. I get some lightly acetic cherry. Not as acidic as most good sours. It has a nice fruity sweetness to balance it in a manner redolent of Rodenbach. Vague notes of oak. A kiss of vanilla. Sourness is quite timid and approachable; it doesn't seem puckerworthy by any means. Lightly tart.

Clean Belgian and amber malts. Not as much cherry pie crust character as I'd like. Should be more acetic. An appealing aroma of mild strength. Alive and inviting. Tame, with some subtlety.

No hops or alcohol are detectable.

T: Tart cherries, some bready/crusty sugars and malts, acetic oak with a biteen of vanilla. Subtle lactobacillus sourness flickers on the climax, then dies. Very approachable for a sour; newcomers could definitely tolerate this. Not at all puckering. Sweetness/acidity balance is near perfect. It's a tasty beer alright. I'm not getting any hop character or alcohol presence. I suspect very little bacteria was used, and it doesn't seem to have been truly spontaneously fermented. It could definitely due with more oak.

No off-notes are present.

Not much depth of flavour or complexity, but it's got nice balance and subtlety. Flavour duration is surprisingly low; this has a brief presence on the palate. Flavour intensity is below average for the style. The sourness isn't very assertive.

Mf: Smooth, wet, perfectly carbonated, and refreshing. Good thickness and body. Texture complements the flavour profile nicely, facilitating the delivery of its lightly subtle flavours whilst staying out of the way and letting the taste have the limelight. Smacky. Great welcoming presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. It's a very approachable sour and is within style conventions (so long as we're not treating it as a true Flanders Red, but rather as an American brewed wannabe - aka wild ale). It's a damn fine brew, but there's definitely some room for imporvement. I'm starting to see why Jester King has the reputation it does. I'd definitely get this again, and will be sending a bottle to at least one trade partner. At $16 per botle, I do think it's priced a bit steeply for the quality. There are superior Belgian imports at or below this price point. Definitely worth a try; I'm glad I got to try it. It seems worthy of its current position on the Southwest top 50 list. I could easily kill a bottle or two alone.

High B+

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 22:12:57 | More by kojevergas
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty red color ale with a large beige foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of oak and tart notes with light cherry sour notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix between some tart and oak notes with light sour cherry and some funky yeast notes also perceptible. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really enjoyed the ratio between complexity and drinkability in this beer and I also appreciated the fact that the acidity level was kept at a more than reasonable level.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 19:35:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poure out as a reddish brown color, the head comes and goes quickly. The retention is very minimal along with a light lacing. The smell is a malty with an interesting sweetness, also caramel or cherry on the nose and lightly toasted. The taste of the beer has a really interesting flavor as well. More malty and dry than sour. There is an earthy grain flavor in the finish with the sourness up front. The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, lightly carbonated. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:44:05 | More by Knapp85
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champ103

Texas

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very attractive ruby red/brown color. A two finger, tightly packed and well formed white head rises with good retention. This is a looker.
S: Initially, I get a huge whiff of sour fruit. I almost took a step back after pouring this. A tart acidic bite of cherries, plums and apple skins. Then a quick musky aroma comes next, almost funky earthy yeast mixed with wood. Then fades in a second to some toffee and chocolate covered cherries. Lots going on here.
T: Tart and acidic up front again. Cherries being the main component here. Light earthy funk with some wood flavors. Fruity, earthy, and rustic. Very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. A very nice tart, puckering dryness as well. The tart and acidic character is strong, which I like. Very enjoyable to drink, but with the acidity this is something to sip.

Man, I continue to be so disappointed with most of Jester Kings releases. They make styles that I love, but are hardly ever worth the price tag or even close to the better examples of the style. This however hits the mark. Nice character, and depth of flavor with a crisp drying fuller body. Which almost always seems to be missing in some of their other beers. This is expensive, but very enjoyable and well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 22:09:00 | More by champ103
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into an Allagash Coolship Tumbler.

Appearance- Dark brownish/red with no head or nothing really going on.

Smell- A funked up red ale. Malty, cherry, oak, light booze, funk, some light raspberry.

Taste- Malty/oaky/fruity red with tons of cherry and wood flavors. Medium sour and good amounts of woody funk.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with medium body. Light pucker. Light finish.

Overall-A real solid, easy drinking sour. Hits everything you want in a barrel aged sour red, but only hits them lightly.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:54:22 | More by Seanniek91
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, January '13 release
Kennett Winterfest plastic cup

A: Murky reddish amber. Thin color of light tan or off white head. Like more flanders style beers, not tons of carbonation initially. Some bits of lacing are building on the glass.

S: Oak. Vanilla. Vinegar. Sour cherry pie filling.

T: Really awesome stab at the Flanders Red Ale. Definitely getting that funk that you'd expect. Cherry flavors. Acidic quality, but not overly mouth puckering. Pulling some vinegar. Oak. Vanilla hints. The finish is tart and dry, but not bone dry.

M: Light leading to medium.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 14:23:12 | More by inlimbo77
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bit thanks to willandperry for this and all the other great brews.

Appearance. Pours a deep amber-brown with half a finger of off-white head that quickly fades to a collar.

Smell. Sour cherries and funky old red wine barrel, fairly sweet. There's a little caramel and orange flesh there as well.

Taste. Pretty much the same as the nose but more sour than sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with low carbonation.

Overall. Refreshing and tasty. Another fine brew from Jester King.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 23:32:32 | More by Rutager
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 11:43:14 | More by tectactoe
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red with a finger of frothy tannish head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, sour and funky yeasts, Brett, lactic acid, Belgian yeast, dark and berry fruits, vanilla, oak.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, sour cherries and other dark and berry fruits, Brett, lactic acid, other funky and sour yeasts, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, tart green fruits.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, funky, and warming finish.

D - Good wild ale. Nice overall balance with good complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 04:26:10 | More by ngeunit1
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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claspada

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky, hazy ruby red color with a small white head and some solid spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite fruit and oak forward with stone fruits, dark cherry, plum skins and then the oak enduced aromas of earth, vanilla and wood. The lighter stone fruits, apricot and peach emerge more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with sour tart cherries, plum, vinious red wine oakiness with light vanilla and oak following soon after. There is a solid sour fruit component but overall at this stage the sour flavors aren't as potent as I expected.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is tart, fruity with mild oak to add a drying effect.

Overall this is unlike most Oud Bruin/Flanders Red Ales on the market. It lacks the huge vinegar (The Bruery) and lactic (Cascade) flavors which makes this a much more balanced drinkable sour/wild red ale that I could drink more than one of without wrecking my palate. I would personally prefer a little more so I will be waiting on the remainder of my bottle for several months to see where it goes.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 14:42:43 | More by claspada
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Calvin (ApostleBrewing) for this goody, shared with rudzud.

Very light fizzy head, murky cranberry apple juice reddish brown color.

Nose has a nice sour aroma, lacto and wild yeast aromas, light reddish malt candy like but soured, light sour cherry and touch of strawberry, a nice sour fruity aroma.

Taste starts fairly sour, strawberries right out, little rhubarb bitterness abs nice tart fruity flavor. Nice sour malt, light sweet candy red malt, fairly light though. Nice light wild yeast and lacto. Acidity is decent too, not too flemmy. Finish is drier and slightly flemmy, long tart fruit and light acidity, nice long strawberry rhubarb flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb.

Overall quite nice, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 13:53:03 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a sour red that is decidedly not a flemish style, way less lactic acidity here, far more delicate all around really, but still a nice copper malt driven sour with more funk than tartness to it. bronze in color, rather clear looking from the tap, with a short half inch or so of tan bubbles. the nose is a lot like some other jester king beers, with their mix of bacteria. it has some mouth watering sourness, but also an almost saison style yeast element, with the caramel malt and crystal malt providing the base, which is medium bodied and still a little sweet despite all the activity. i get a ton of oak on the flavor, woody and almost tea-like, a very mature beer based on these flavors. the funkiness increases in the finish, and the swallow is dry, but it all comes rushing back. great mouthfeel results, especially with the carbonation as robust as it is. a very well made beer, less interesting than some of the other jester king stuff, but appreciably different from the flanders type reds out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 17:53:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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riored4v

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, white head. Hazy, ruby red colored body.

Aroma was awesome as soon as the bottle was opened. Loads of tart cherry, lactic acid and barrel aromas. A bit of caramel and roasted barley. Some malty aroma peaks through.

Taste was great. Malty and caramely upfront followed with an earthy backbone. Good amount of oak/barrel flavor with lots of tart cherries, prune and dark fruits. Acidic and sour. Mild lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel was medium/light, medium/high carb and dry finish.

Excellent beer overall. Lots of flavor complexity, aroma is nice and strong, and an overall great balance. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:01:56 | More by riored4v
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brewtus

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a bone white single finger head, laces really well. Smell and taste are pretty similar, nose especially has a lots of oak, some vegetable notes, lots of funk, some dark fruit. Taste is drinkably sour and extremely enjoyable. It's just sweet enough to balance out the tartness. Over all this is the best sour I've ever had, being fairly new to the style. Leaves you mouth watering and waiting for the next sip. Glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 20:46:46 | More by brewtus
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Sethzilla

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 750ml bottle, poured in to a tulip glass... didn't gush :).

Very thin, quickly dissipating head. Beer is an opaque red-mahogany hue, a color that almost certainly compliments the barrels that the beer was aged in. The aroma gives faint funk, but lots of tart apple and undertones of cherry and strawberry. Another smell reveals more of that intriguing farmhouse funk, and some oak and another strong dose of sour/tart apple. Taste is tart and acidic sourness. There is a sweet toasted flavor that really balances well with the funk and tartness. More apple and cherry in the taste, and funk on the end. The beer is relatively full in the mouth, somewhat sticky but still leaves the mouth dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is a great blend of sour/wild/red ale. It's complex and still refreshing, For me, this one was worth the higher price tag. Will seek more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:08:56 | More by Sethzilla
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gusher after a few days in the wine fridge. Pours a hazy red-orange with a small off-white head that leaves some lacing.
The nose on this beer presents a nice fleshed out array of oak barrel, big fruit notes of strawberry, cranberry, and cherry, chocolate, slight mustiness, and vinegar.
Get a little of that vinegar. It is very fruity with big cherries some strawberry and cranberry. Finishes with some of that tart apple flavor. There is some sweetness to it. Has a nice oakiness to it. The light chocolate from the nose is present in the taste. The flavor is really nice and has everything I’m looking for in a Flemish style sour beer.
Medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation. Nice tart bite that allows for great drinkability and quenching that sour itch. Dries out the mouth.
A wonderful beer. I’m glad JK stepped into the Flemish styled sour game and did well with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:49:37 | More by MattSweatshirt
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:10:39 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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afluentturtle

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep red/burgundy with two fingers of light khaki head, that dissipated slowly.

Smell: Sour apples, farm house funk, maybe some cherries and raspberry.

Taste: Sour cherry and tartness up front, malty earthy funk in the middle, and ends with oak and wood.

Mouthfeel: tart dryness, very crisp, light and surprisingly refreshing.

Overall: A very solid brew that can stand up to any other beer, not overly sour, would be a good introduction to the style. Would probably get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 18:12:25 | More by afluentturtle
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. Poured into a Kate the great tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy red hue with a thin white head that fades to a thin wisp and halo.

S - Aromas of strawberries and sour cherries and vinegar notes just smells outstanding!

T - Taste is similar to the noise with lovely strawberry notes add well as rhubarb notes add well. Very nice sour vinegar notes and lactose quite creamy.

M - Very drinkable here with nice light carbonation. Super refreshing and crisp.

O - Overall this was a very nice beer with awesome fruit notes. Just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

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