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RU-55 - Jester King Brewery

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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 185
Gots: 127 | FT: 7
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%

07-21-2013 23:59:18 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:17:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

04-20-2013 05:19:09 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-30-2013 12:47:08 | More by Thorpe429
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

02-08-2013 00:14:26 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

01-27-2013 16:49:34 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

01-27-2013 23:54:34 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-17-2013 01:01:21 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-20-2014 00:15:20 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

11-26-2013 02:33:38 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-25-2014 00:53:59 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

10-12-2013 13:45:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5%

03-28-2013 18:24:59 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev -5%

02-02-2014 11:06:04 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 17:53:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-17-2013 01:26:39 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-24-2013 13:30:32 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-22-2013 13:09:25 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%
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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-14-2013 23:54:26 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

08-24-2013 21:06:59 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-07-2013 03:23:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.