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RU-55 - Jester King Brewery

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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 198
Gots: 132 | FT: 8
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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4.01/5  rDev -5%
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 -5.2%

Janis_Hoplin, Nov 21, 2013
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Radome, Nov 18, 2013
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MarioM, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
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+

kojevergas, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SteeleWright, Nov 11, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Appearance: (4.25)
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.

Aroma: (4.5)
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

Taste: (4.5)
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.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
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.

Overall: (4.5)
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.

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RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.