RU-55 - Jester King Brewery
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4.49/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
750 ml bottle into a Jester King 1st Anniversary tulip.
I've had the good fortune of meeting Russ, the brewer after whom RU-55 is named. He even complimented my homebrew; we later hot-boxed the grain mill room. Good times.
RU-55 opens with a soft hiss and slowly foams up from below. Not a gusher, but the carbonation is active. Pours as it should, with a rustic deep amber body and a thin cap of khaki bubbles that cling to the edge of the glass. Aromas range from slightly sweet browned apple flesh to balsamic vinegar to chocolate-covered cherries. Equal parts sweet and funky, with a hint of barrel sugars for good measure.
The flavor is aggressively sour, but balanced with enough amber malt presence that it doesn't strip away the enamel. Think Russian River's Consecration without the currants. The finish is dry and fruity with vinegar, black cherry, leather, and woodiness from the barrel-aging. Mouthfeel is juicy where it should be, up until the drying finish, and light in carbonation and thickness. All in all, an excellent sour ale that holds up with some of the nation's greats. Very glad to have this beer at my disposal for the foreseeable future!
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2013 02:52:33 | More by wagenvolks
RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.