Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.42%
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Gots: 278 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,366 | Reviews: 118
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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**REVIEW NUMBER 800**

Big thanks to Daemose for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a very deep crimson, quite hazy. Forms a thin off-white head with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funk, tart raspberries with jammy character. Sour and barnyard intermingle with dry oak tannins.

T: Juicy, jammy raspberries. Tart and sour and acidic. Oak dryness with the sour causes some tingly sensation, and has an understated barnyard funk. As it warms, flavors of underripe blackberries develop. All of the big bright flavors fade to a tart acidic dryness with residual yeastiness quite quickly - a bit of a strange sensation.

M: Nice full mouthfeel. Average carbonation sensation and alcohol content is well-integrated.

O: The raspberry flavors are so real, I caught myself having the check-for-raspberry-seeds-in-the-teeth sensation. But all of the rich flavors present here just disappear right at or just after the swallow - very odd, and not sure why. But this is good…very good. Perhaps not the complexity to the funk profile that Cantillon, etc. has. But more than enjoyable. Very glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml of Batch 3 that Mikey sent me. Thanks man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014.

App- Absolutely beautiful pink-red body with an equally stunning one-finger purple-pink head that retains quite well. Not much lacing. But the color is just beautiful.

Smell- Chilled, this is a raspberry bomb. Really appealing for sure.. this is probably the best American raspberry beer I've ever smelled. As it warms up, a little bit of rubbery barnyard funk comes out, with a lot of acid. This is very good.

Flavour- A bit disappointing but still extremely good. Lots of fresh raspberry fruitiness mixed in with some vinegar acid, perhaps 5/10 sour, just enough to make it interesting. A small dab of rubbery funk, but there isn't a ton of funk overall, which would have really scored high with me since this is supposed to be a coolshipped sour beer. But hey, I won't complain too much- this is very tasty by any measure.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, not syrupy or watery at all, just about right. Good carbonation. Nice acetic, very dry finish that smacks of fresh raspberries.

Overall- Very good American raspberry sour. This is what I wish New Glarus Raspberry Tart was. I'd venture that Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus is very similar, and Lou Pepe Framboise kills this 10 times out of 10. But still, this is the best American attempt at a raspberry sour, certainly in the neighborhood of Framboise for a Cure.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Brilliant vibrant bright framboise, transparent. Minimal head quickly dissipates to large rose colored lacing. Medium legs.

S- Huge raspberry forward, slight acid in the back. Its raspberry, but comes off aromic as fresh flowers; deep dark and seedy

T- Big raspberry forward, a bit watery after that; then kind of a void. But the vibrant raspberry gets it to 4.25.

M- A bit watery again here, I like the thicker smoother styles of crooked stave batch 1 or framboos. The carb is about right, if not a bit too much. Nevertheless a great beer here.

O- Jester King is really doing great things, and I can see why they are highly regarded. Probably put this around #6 or so roughly in the belgian & domestic raspberry sour/lambic categories.

Photo of Clonies720
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King. Bottle label reads "Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated". The bottle is a 500ml Morningstar-style, and I poured the beer into a Cantillon sherry-glass for this review. $16 per bottle, limit 3 per person, 2000 bottle count.

Appearance: Pours a radiant, clear, ruby red color. An aggressive pour yields a very thin, reddish-pink, one-finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: The smell is just absolutely incredible here. Freshly picked raspberries mixed with pure raspberry jam. Slight hint of oak and earthiness. Rising from the depths comes a soft, yet assertive musty funk that is reminiscent of Cantillon beers. On the finish, I pickup hints of lemon and acetic acid.

Taste: The raspberries have subsided since the bottling in March. The wild yeast and bacteria of the Texas Hill Country dominate this beer. The initial taste begins with sweet raspberries that is swiftly cut by the acetic-vinegar. As I said earlier, the balance is tipped towards the sour and yeast flavor rather than the sweet raspberries. Light hint of basement funk in the middle. A touch of sour lemons that gives way to a nice mouth-puckering quality. The raspberries fermented this beer fairly dry, so if you were hoping for a sweeter beer, I suggest looking elsewhere. It's quite tart

Mouthfeel: Atrial Rubicite is a very dry, fluid, and refreshing beer. It has a low-high carbonation with a medium-low body that allows you to appreciate the finer aspects of the beer. Crisp and clean.

Overall: A rare, perfect beer. It's hard to imagine a beer without some sort of flaw. Some sort of aspect that you'd like to change. However, Atrial Rubicite nails every single aspect a fruited sour should be. The only better fruited sour I've had was Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise.

I drink this beer, and I wonder, "Was this really made in Texas?". Texans are lucky to have Jester King around. Their hard work is reflected 100% by Atrial Rubicite.

Photo of Jared14
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend 4

Appeance was deep pink with a small whitish head that didn't quite completely leave.

Taste was semi sweet, fruit forward with more of a slightly funk tart than sour notes at the end.

Mouthfeel was light and enjoyable.

Overall this is a little behind my sample of Framboos but truly well done. I can't see myself drinking this very often but it is a very nice occasional treat.

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pink/red in color with a smallish pink head after a pretty vigorous pour. The smell had be a bit worried at first because it is dominated by sweet, jammy raspberries, much like Rubaeus and Raspberry Tart. However, the taste is very sour, and the sourness combines really well with the fruit to create a fantastic beer. Not the most complex sour, but very enjoyable.

Photo of JasonFromLA
3.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at The Full Pint 6th Anniversary.

A - Hazy red with light red head. Okay lacing.

S - Oak, Raspberries, and malt. Mostly raspberry.

T- Raspberries with some sour notes, and oak.

M - Decent mouthfeel.

O - Not bad, and a good entry into sours for JK. Definitely not the best Raspberry sour out there.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1 or Blend 1 or whatever. Had this next to batch 4.

Appearance - Bright red body. Small white head. Settles to nothing pretty quickly.

Smell - Wow. Oaky and acidic raspberry. Really nice.

Taste - Very sour. Almost too sour. Still has a great raspberry flavor. Extremely oaky, especially in the finish. Lightly yogurty.

Mouthfeel - Almost too sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent and better than blend 4, but not by much. Just a more complex sour beer, even though it has less of a raspberry jammy flavor.

Photo of hoppynino
5/5  rDev +9.2%

amazing!

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1

A - Deep ruby color with pink foam.

S - Raspberry aroma seems to have been moderated a bit by barnyard funk with about a year in the bottle. More of a deep, overripe raspberry aroma.

T - Very nice balance between funk, acidity and sweet raspberries. Delicious.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lightly sharp carbonation. Decent residual sweet stickiness.

O - One of the better Raspberry sours I've had. Not overly sweet but still with an apparent raspberry presence.

Photo of waddellc2
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

extremely good, even better after taste

In a weird way reminds me of a Shirley temple

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (March 2013) bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: A beautiful shade of purple with a little bit of effervescence popping on the surface. Maybe slightly too much carbonation? Not disappointed with it, just a observation.

S: As a self admitted raspeberry addict a huge smile came across my face when I took a big whiff of this one. Like fresh picked raspberries. Everything I had hoped for in the nose.

T: Super, super tart. Did not pick up any sugary sweetness like I would have in say a New Glarus Raspberry Tart or Founders Rubaeus. All tart here with just some slight flavor from the oak barrel. You can tell that you are drinking a wild ale though.

M: The effervescence/carbonation is really what my taste buds first focused on. I didn't think it was too thin or anything.

O: It's so hard being objective on some of these really hyped beers. I'm glad I tried this 9 months after bottling as I am sure some of the flavors simmered down just a bit. Did it live up to the hype? No. But that's not why I tried it. As a huge fan of raspberry beers I was very, very happy to try this one. It met my expectations as far as what I had hoped for: a really enjoyable raspberry wild ale.

Photo of Irrenarzt
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First off, let me say this is the first beer I am submitting a beer for review on BA. I'm a recognized BJCP judge and have a few years of judging experience. I've also been brewing since 1989 and have been suckling on craft beer long before it was trendy to do so. I'm a brewer first and foremost, not a skinny little emo beer geek who fantasizes about getting a bottle of Hill Farmstead Edith in trade for that 3 year old Supplication I've been sitting on. Rarely does a beer speak to me enough to want to review it. That said, let's do this.

Pre-amble: I had a few 8 ounce glasses of this beer at Jester King over the course of the weekend. I have to say they are hitting the nail on the head with this beer. I had a number of their beers but this one was the coolest of the lot. Atrial is a visually striking beer. I've never seen a framboise close to this bright in color. The color is a fresh unoxidized blood red with a hint of bright pink mixed in. The head was even pink and was sticky and long lasting.

Aroma: Fresh ripe raspberries dominate the nose, with hints of lactic acid and a slight house funk that most of the JK beers seem to exhibit. It is a pleasant funk and it sticks around in your nose long after you leave the brewery. Driving home, I had ghost whiffs of this house funk at times.

Appearance: As already noted, this is a visually striking beer. It is bright blood red with a hint of pinkness. It's not that dirty darkening blood color but more like when you first cut an artery and the blood has yet to oxidize as it is spurting out. Long lasting thick pink head that falls slowly and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Flavor: Bright raspberry flavor dominates the front, but finishes into a light tart lactic finish. Not the acidic bite like you might find with a Cantillion, but much softer. This is a very drinkable beer as you won't need the Tums to finish a few of these.

Mouthfeel: Medium low body with a bone dry finish, medium carbonation. A bit lower on the body than you might like but definitely not an detraction. This is difficult to not see in beers that dry out this much.

Overall: This is a great beer, especially for a first foray into the world of fruit. It is clearly dominated by way more raspberries than were needed but nothing exceeds like excess I like to say. Way to go Jeff and Michael. You hit the cover off the ball on your first attempt at a fruited sour. I really like the softer acidity as it wasn't sharp and therefore this is a beer you could drink many of. Unfortunately, there aren't many of these to be had. If you were lucky enough to get a few bottles, then guard these with your life as people who are in the know will steal them without reservation.

Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours out a vibrant red like agua de Jamaica. Thin pink head. Smells strongly of raspberries, funk, stomach acid, pale wheat. Flavor is tart raspberry, pale and toasty malts, light wood. Aftertaste is raspberry jam. Finishes extremely dry and sour. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Acid strips the tongue. This is excellent.

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blend 2, August 2013

Poured into a pair of JK snifters, the color is a striking ruby jewel tone, really bright and saturated, just beautiful. Momentary pink foam that lasts all of a minute, then fades away to a still glassy surface. Clarity is bright, there are some tiny particles visible.

Noticeable raspberry aroma, a little bit leafy and a touch citrusy. Not as pungent as Framboise Du Nord we just had. Not all that funky or tart in the nose.

Bright tartness, clean and puckering lactic acidity, light raspberry taste. Palate scrubbing carbonation. Not a lot of depth or complexity unfortunately, but tart and fruity. Seems like any other raspberry wild ale out there. Not sure where all the hype stems from. Raspberry Ananke is far better.

Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

B1 poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark reddish purple, slight haze with thin white head. Not much head retention despite some decent carbonation.

Nose is very raspberry forward, fresh sweet and tart berries similar to sticking your head into a basket of ripe fruit. A bit of lactic acidity and old oak as well.

Sharp acidity upfront, heavy lactic acid, lemon juice and sour raspberry. A touch of sweet fruit, earthy funk and mineral flavors. Acidity really dominates the palette though, drying out the tongue with lingering lemony lactic flavors.

Light body and effervescent, tons of soft tiny bubbles aiding in drying out the tongue and keeping it clean.

Photo of gtermi
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a nice raspberry red body with a thin pink head that quickly fades.

S: Absolutely amazing! Super sour candy smell with a nice bit of raspberry.

T: There first thing that I get is the sourness, but then behind all of that, there is a nice amount of dry raspberry.

M: This beer goes down very smooth with a nice tingle on the back of the throat.

O: This is the best fruit sour beers that I have ever had. At the Funk and sour Fest, I probably got 8 samples of this amazing beer.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

A: Deep, rich garnet red - borderline absurd, unbelievable color, pretty much the most red thing I've ever seen - no head, no carbonation, but the color is so rich that I couldn't care less

S: Raspberry madness - more raspberry aroma than actual raspberries, it's like fresh raspberry concentrate - fleshy, with some serious berry - nice tart edge, with some sourness - minimal sweetness

T: Raspberries, raspberries everywhere - lightly fermented raspberry juice, raspberry puree - light level of tart, sour - the emphasis here is really the fruit - the potent raspberry is so intense that it almost overpowers all malt, all yeast - like eating a bag of raspberries, minus the sugar - beautifully dry

M: Medium body, super smooth, virtually no carbonation, a lovely sipper

O: Holy raspballs!

So. Much. Raspberry. This is one of the best uses of raspberry ever, up there with New Glarus Raspberry Tart.

Photo of JulioH
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch # 1

I don't know what to say about the smell of this beer, but definitively funky.

Pours a nice reddish beer, very dark. Almost no carbonation form, but this is a carbonated beer. Aroma is of funky yeasts, berries. Taste is really good, very sour but not overly sour. Very drinkable. Tastes like berries. The body is light.

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear pink when pouring, two finger head but a deep ruby in the glass.

S-Lots of sweet raspberries, tad bit of oak, grassy notes and slight funk.

T-Starts with sweet, yet balanced, raspberry. A mild tartness is accompanied by oak.

M-A crisp dry finish, with some carbonation.

O-Not super sour, but super balanced. One of the better raspberry sours.

Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had Batch 2 on tap at Jester King for the bottle release. The color is near amazing, up there with a number of high caliber fruited sours that I have had along the way. Smell promises the fruitiness and tartness to come. Light, pink head, dissipates quickly. Jammy raspberry taste with tart dryness in the finish. It will be interesting to see how the flavor has developed in the bottles, which are 6 months older than this tap batch.

Photo of 1424IpA
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great representation of the style, looks good, taste great..

Photo of Dajtai007
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Jester King on the last day of its release. On a pretty summer day :)

First off it comes out blood red, lighter red to pink head. The nose is fresh tart raspberries, almost like purée. Not much funk like you get in Cantillon of Drie Font, but tart raspberries. Which I really enjoy, pure in flavors.
Taste is very tart and very raspberry. You can tell that' a ton of these little berries went into this beer. The complexity is there, but not like other raspberry beers out there. It tastes like unripened raspberry juice. Tart.
In all I do really enjoy this beer. I'm glad to see JK finally achieve the level of "farmhouse" that they are going for. It takes a while to hone this technique down. Looking for the other installments from them. Cheers!

Photo of brewtus
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Amazing color, had a nice dirt and grassy flavor, plenty of funk, pleasantly dry without being overly sour. An experience

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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