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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 1,475
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 1,238
Gots: 321 | FT: 29
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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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got the opportunity to enjoy this revered beer thanks to the extreme generosity of fellow BA F2brewers. I thought the box I sent over was pretty good, then Kevin destroyed my porch--this was an extra! Anyway, this bottle was from Batch 2 and was poured into a classic Duvel chalice.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a ridiculous saturated dark magenta hue. Dark enough that it's almost purple and obscures my ability to see through the glass even though the liquid seems to have reasonably good clarity--not much in the way of haze aside from the chill. Brighter, almost fuchsia highlights around the edge of the glass where the light penetrates a bit more. Atop the body is a finger of light pink foam that retains for a little while before fading away to nothing but a thin ringlet of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lacing is all but nonexistent--just a smattering of dots here and there.

Smell (4.25) - The aroma is fruity and full of raspberry character, but I must admit there isn't much else going on. I expected more character from the oak, but there isn't really any of the mustiness or funk that I love in this style of beer. On the plus side, that makes for a very clean, if one-note aroma. I'll say this--it smells like I've stuck my nose into a box of fresh raspberries, so take my criticism with a grain of salt.

Taste (4.5) - Similar to the aroma, there is very little presence from the oak, but also like the aroma, that really allows the character of the fruit to stand out and be the centerpiece of this beer. It also manages to capture this character without employing the sweetness that is a natural part of fruit, remaining dry and tart. Speaking of the tartness--that is the one other area in which the taste of this beer stands apart from the aroma. There is a healthy puckering sourness on the tongue where I didn't pick up much in the nose.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a feel that is definitely impacted by the acidity of the souring bacteria, providing a nice jolt of puckering sensation, but not overpowering. Dry finish.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic showcase of the fruit that ends up being a very refreshing and succulent beverage. My personal preference is to want more of that complexity from the oak barrels--tannins, musty, wet hay, etc--but I can hardly fault this beer for being what it is: delicious.

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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.26/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Clonies720
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.