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RU-55 - Jester King Brewery

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 206
Gots: 134 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -5%

Sammy, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

djrn2, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

zestar, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

spycow, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Thorpe429, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Texasfan549, Jan 27, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a burnt auburn influenced ice tea brown color capped by an inch of foam that provides a surprising amount of lace

Smell: Woody, with oak and berry tones; moderately lactic with a hint of caramel and vanilla

Taste: Caramel, oak and vanilla, up front, with the lactic berry flavors developing in the middle; the oak builds in the finish and there is a slightly acetic character that lingers though the caramel tone also remains present

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Not quite as fruit forward as the Belgian versions of the style, this is enjoyable and balanced without overwhelming the palate

Thanks, sj3324, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 10, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kylehay2004, Jul 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

Knapp85, May 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

SocalKicks, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 10, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

jlindros, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

drabmuh, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

oline73, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mendvicdog, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MarkyMOD, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 13, 2014
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RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.