Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 1,429
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 1,168
Gots: 300 | FT: 26
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UT-Alex on 06-02-2013

Atrial Rubicite is made from well water, barley, wheat, hops, farmhouse yeast, native yeast from the Texas Hill Country, souring bacteria and raspberries. It’s 5.8% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005 and is 3.36 pH. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized and 100% bottle conditioned. Atrial Rubicite is our first beer to be packaged exclusively in 500 ml bottles.
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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, yet brilliant, pink to ruby in color with a small, fizzy head. The head is pink in color and is gone quickly, leaving little to no lacing in the glass. The body is a touch hazy and the color makes it looks like a light red wine in the glass.

S- Huge, juicy, and slightly tart raspberries hit the nose right off the bat when this beer is opened. The raspberries are fairly sweet and jammy at first before turning just a touch to the more tart side. Underneath the fruit there is a touch of detectable sour base beer that is a little oaky and a little dry.

T- Just like the scent, the big raspberries notes smack the taste buds first and dominate the beginning of the drink. Juicy and ripe raspberries wash over the tongue and provide a solid, sweet, and fruity profile before letting both some fruit and base beer tartness kick in. After the fruit, the drier base beer adds a touch of bitterness to the flavor along with a bit of oak flavor. Lingering flavor is a combo platter of raspberries and light, dry base beer.

M- When this beer hits the tongue there is a sting of high carbonation. Other than the effervescent nature of the beer, it is very easy to drink and light on the palate.

Overall, this is a really well done fruited sour. The raspberries are really displayed prominently without taking anything away from the base beer. If you are a big fan of big sours, this might not be for you, but if you are a fan of fruit on display in a delicate and balanced sour, this is for you. (1,510 characters)

Photo of beer-me-pls
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lucky to try at JK on first day of release. Not as much juice and fruit as Batch 4. A bit too acidic. Overall fantastic, but not my favorite release. (151 characters)

Photo of ThirstyMiner
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 5 On Tap at the Bottle Release event at Jester King 7/25

It pours a beautiful, pink-red color with a mostly white head of foam.

Aroma is a blast of fresh raspberries that swirl out of the glass and into your nose the entire time the beer is in your hand. Slight detection of acetic acid.

The flavor is a tart, very acidic cascade of raspberries that lingers for some time. Again, a bit of a vinegary acetic acid is hiding in the backseat.

Mouthfeel is juicy and bubbly with a slight mouthwatering/puckering sensation on the finish. Like other reviewers have pointed out, this beer held up wonderfully as it got warmer (which it did, because Austin was 95 degrees when they were releasing this) (704 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jester King in July of 2015. Servediin an oversized tulip.

Deep pinkish-purple liquid with a pale but pink-tinged thin head. Somewhat cloudy but elegant. 5

Smells like raspberry jam. Straight up. 4.5

Taste is unripe raspberries and a grassy, earthiness. A touch of sweet jam flavor. 4.25

Very tart. Very. Slightly sweet and acidic. I find this a bit much as far as drinkability. 4

Love the aroma and burst of raspberry but it doesn't drink or taste as magical as the creme d' le creme. (501 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cloudy red. Beautiful looking beer.

Funky raspberry jam on the nose. Could smell this all day. Nice mix between tart, funky, and sweet.

Taste has a tart, barnyard funk with a raspberry kick and nice sour pucker. (226 characters)

Photo of Tommo
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 5, draft at jk. Raspberries for days on the nose. Nice full body, very raspberry flavor and fairly sour. Overall a very nice version of this beer but not the full blown sour of previous batches, Maybe this will change in the bottle (237 characters)

Photo of smb
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blend 5. Slight crack of the bottle cap, not even fully cracked, and strong raspberry jam aroma escapes instantly. Pours mauve/bright blood red, hyper fizzy carbonation sizzles for about 30 seconds. Taste is massive ripe and sour raspberries that linger for about a full minute after each sip, with ever so slight oak. This may not benefit your health but it definitely benefits my taste buds. Delicious. (404 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild as is lacing. Nice sweet and funky aroma. Raspberries are very evident. Sweet raspberry flavor with a nice funky tart edge at the end. Medium bodied with very little carbonation. This is my first taste of this beer, and it came with batch 5. While I was expecting heaven in a bottle, it was an enjoyable beer. Bought two bottles and cannot wait to crack one open. (451 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite fruited sour beer in the world. I just drank the new batch 5 fresh and it knocked my socks off. I drank 6 of these on tap and it even managed to maintain the flavor after if warmed, which is not typical for this style. There is so much complexity and balance with this beer and the hype is 100% justified. (334 characters)

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good but not worth the spectacular ratings bestowed on it. Enjoyed MVB and Nocturn more. Look was a solid deep red with pink hues, smelled quite nice. Generic raspberry lambic flavor nothing amazing. (199 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish purple pour from the tap with a 1/4 inch pink head. Smells like raspberry jam with a hint of grassy funk. Sweet raspberry taste lingers with a bit of grass that then turns into a long wave of tartness ending with a pucker. Mouth is a bit juicy up front with a nice carb that ends very dry. This beer is deserving of its lofty reputation, delicious. (358 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really let down by this one....tried alongside AL and MvB and they were much better. Solid beer....had good fruit notes but had a slight vinegar finish that was unpleasant (172 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Thanks Aaron!

A: clear, brilliant ruby body under a thin head of fine pink foam that settles into a persistent ring. Lovely color.

S: Intense raspberry is all there is, complete with juice, seed, stem, leaf and all. Sweet, tart, herbaceous, and enticing. Great.

T: Follows the nose, with deliciously complex fruitiness dominating. The finish is solidly sour, and fades into distant grassy bitterness. Excellent, but a bit astringent and watery on the tail end.

M: Fairly light bodied with moderate, soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Excellent sour; if the flavor carried through to the finish, it would be spectacular.

Cheers! (640 characters)

Photo of dboon
3.4/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottles, batch 1 & 4. Batch 1 was the better of the two IMHO. Clear garnet pour with an off white head. Huge raspberry nose. Like eating a raspberry. Average body and mouthfeel. (177 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 03/14/15 notes. 500ml bottle into a taster.

Pours a beautiful reddish-pink color with one inch of white-pink head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of sour and funky raspberries, tart dark fruits, jam, oak, tannins, spice, earthy notes, light barnyard funk. Light body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall I thought this was really, really good. It is lightly tart but not a vinegar bomb, and very fruity. Has some Belgian-style funk to it too which is really cool in an American beer. Very great, would love to have it again. (542 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 bottle, shared at East End. Thanks to whoever brought it!

Nice red color, hazy, with a fizzy white head that held good and dotted the glass with lace. Musty aroma, lots of raspberry, sweet and sour. Great raspberry profile in the taste, tart and crisp, slight jammy sweetness, and a good dose of wet oak. Crisp mouthfeel, medium body, very nice overall. (362 characters)

Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the top two out of the nine fruited 500 ml bottles at a share. Thanks Iggywh and SDReaper for the invite (and whatever Ed's name is on here). Fresh raspberries or jam in the nose big time as well as in the taste. A bit medicinal maybe in the finish? Very crisp, nice head, beautiful in the glass. (299 characters)

Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

for the style, I don't think it can get any better. crisp and tart upfront, yet somehow finishes creamy. I don't think you can ask anymore out of a wild within these parameters. (177 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it really difficult to rate this, as I have had batch 1, batch 2, and batch 4 (twice), and each time it has been dramatically different. Batch 1 was raspberry perfection; it tasted like the mild bitterness of the seeds was somehow liquified and fermented. Batch 2 was much more like a puckering tartness, while batch 4 was almost too sweet and juicy when fresh the first time, then a bit more funky the second time.
The deep, ruby color looks epic in the glass, and you could sniff this in a glass for 10 minutes before even tasting it, it's that good. When in its prime, this is so awesome it's hard not to guzzle it. Each individual sip has so much flavor that lasts in your mouth, though, that you can really stretch out a glass over a long time. (756 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Kevin!

A: Pours a beautiful violet cranberry juice color with a thin pink head that faded to a thin collar.
S: Extreme juicy raspberry dominates the nose. I'm not getting a lot of funk, or much of anything else really, just but tons of raspberry purée.
T/M: Tastes very similar to many other American raspberry that sours I've had. Flavors are not as jammy or full as the nose let on. There's a clean raspberry taste with a great puckering tartness. The finish is drying, but overall this beer is super sweet and sugary, but not synthetic. There's a mild earthiness but the beer is not funky. Lighter body, effervescent carbonation.
O: Good, but not as good as many other similar tasting raspberry sours. To be honest I was a bit disappointed. The taste just wasn't as juicy or full as the nose suggested. I'm splitting hairs though, this was still a very enjoyable beer that I'd gladly drink again. (922 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 3

Looks and smells the part...raspberry puree, lightly tannic and jammy on the nose.

Fruit is very front heavy...seedy raspberry..but quickly moves in a fairly acetic and very tannic middle that serves to abruptly and quickly dry the fruits from the tongue. What starts as fresh fruit centric is quickly erased and the barrel is very drying leaving a sour oaky finish with lingering berry.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'd like more sweet fruit and sour yang here and I preferred the nose to the taste. A fun beer, an appreciative opportunity...thanks Bill!..but not a great beer. (592 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle acquired in a trade with Cynic-ale
Blend Four April 2014
Served in a tulip

Review #975

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly clear, deep ruby red body was topped by a one-finger tall, fizzy, light pink head that dissolved almost immediately. After a few sips, a thin ring of froth circled the liquid and lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazing. Freshly pureed raspberries came through strong right off the bat. Jammy with a subtle sweetness. Tart and funky notes followed. Somewhat musty. A crisp, dry, yeastiness was also noticeable. The musty, funky, barnyard-like qualities intensified as the beer warmed.

Raspberries appeared in the flavor profile but were quickly overtaken by tart, lemony notes. Super crisp and dry. Vinegar-y. A touch wheaty. Almost lambic-like in its intensity. Band-Aid notes appeared in the center. Somewhat musty on the back end. Dry, tannic and oaky on the finish, with lingering notes of bitter lemon rind. Really crisp, tart and refreshing.

The beer was light, fluffy and highly effervescent. Champagne-like. The liquid felt prickly on the palate.

Atrial Rubicite did a great job at melding a tart, musty and funky wild ale base with bright raspberry notes. I can understand why this beer receives such amazing scores. Personally, however, I found the raspberry to be understated in the flavor profile. Also, I think that this beer could have benefitted from a bit more residual sweetness. (1,473 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bilco for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Straight dark pink. Almost clear. Small pink collar is bubbly. No head or lacing. Just super pink with deep reds.

Smell: Boom raspberries. Macerated raspberry flesh with some seriously juicy aromas. A touch of citric tartness with hints of lemon zest and juice. So much jammy raspberry. Layers of oak with the slightly damp Jester King funk. Earthy and damp. A bit of a floral and citrus edge. Tart raspberry flesh. Jammy and sweet with a very mild malt base. A good bit of oak. Sweet and tart are surprisingly balanced. Just all the raspberry.

Taste: Tart obliterated raspberry. Flesh, skin, and juice. A mildly tannic edge with a solid lactic and citric tartness. Very mild malt body adds some very mild bready element. Oak and bright funk. Some musty, mildly, earthy elements with a tart cherry edge. The jammy nose is present on the sip but gives way to a sharp citric edge. Warming pushes some of the raspberry down and let's the Jester King funk play up a bit more. I imagine when this is fresh it's just a raspberry explosion.

Mouthfeel: Low end of medium body. Moderateish carbonation. A slightly dry finish.

Overall: Key ingredient in Ambrosia.

it's got all the things that are good. Raspberry, Jester King funk, and balance. It's just spot on and hits on "sour" more than pie. (1,350 characters)

Photo of StrongRepublican
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Blend 4 bottled April 2014; 500ml bottle poured into a teku.

A: After a bit of an intial gush, the beer pours a beautiful dark red/purple/plum color with a foamy dark pink head that sticks around but leaves no lacing. Fairly cloudy; really looks like raspberry pure.
S: My whole kitchen smells like fresh, sweet, raspberry puree. Very juicy aroma, subtle tartness present, no real traces of any funk.
T: Much more dry than the aroma would lead you to believe. Great depth of fruitiness - pressed raspberries, subtle tartness, grape skin, crushed raspberry seeds, hints of earth/spice. Tartness works very well with the complex raspberry flavor and there is SOME sweetness, but overall very dry.
M: Very crisp, highly carbonated (slightly higher than I pefer), bounces off the tongue, fluffy mouth feel.
O: Outstandingly refreshing and great complexity of fruit flavor mingled with subtle tartness. This is an easily crushable raspberry bomb without the cloying sweetness. (972 characters)

Photo of Igotmypistola
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As close as wilds get to perfection. More jam than your Grandma's kitchen. Funk and straight raspberry juice. I swear it's like taking a bite. Prickly like black cherry Hansens. This is the truth and I want more. (212 characters)

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.