Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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pDev: 6.65%
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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 Clonies720
5/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,985 characters)

Photo of gtermi
5/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
5/5  rDev +10.9%
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 nathanmiller
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good it's got me writing full reviews, something I haven't done for some time. It joins an exclusive list of beers that I'd rate "nearly perfect across the board." It's that good.

A: Simply beautiful deep ruby color that says to me, before anything else even comes into the picture, "raspberry." Light behind the glass imparts a deep red, and frankly I haven't seen a beer this beautiful in a long time.

S: The aroma takes you through the process of being a raspberry, from raspberry patch to ripe fruit bursting with deliciousness. Before even taking a taste, you already know that this will treat the raspberry like a delicate, almost sacred fruit, simply because of the way that it plays on your nose. Tart, fruity, ripe. And under all that, just they tiniest hint of the oak barrel.

T: Wow. Super dry (which I love) and tart. Raspberry through and through. From start to finish, this is quintessential raspberry, and the flavors imparted by the barrel boost that even further. You know the best raspberry torte you've ever had? The one where by far the worst part of the torte is the floury parts, the crust and other fillers? Where you wish that you had more of the filling, the raspberry greatness? This beer is the liquid form of that greatness. The tartness is incredible, and the flavor is a perfect match.

M: Extremely dry, reasonable acidity. Exactly what the aroma implies, and perfect for the taste. I briefly thought about rating this 4.75, but upon further reflection, I don't honestly know what could possibly make this better. It feels great on the tongue, palate, and throat. Ideal.

Overall I think this is the best beer made in Texas yet. I'd strongly argue for it being included in any discussion about best beers in America. Jester King not only has created a great beer, they've created a masterpiece. I can't wait to drink more of this. (1,882 characters)

Photo of tx_beer_man
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beautiful raspberry sour was a delight for my wife and I. We visited JK this past Sunday for the AR release and allocation pick up. Glad to try batch 2 on draft. The smell does not even come close to the taste of pure raspberries, fresh. The deep red raspberry color is just one more reason to love this beer. #Loveitman (325 characters)

Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Irrenarzt
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (2,724 characters)

Photo of HopAG
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jester King Atrial Rubicite (Batch 2)

On tap at the brewery and served in a very nice over sized wine glass..

A- Beautiful, ruby, gem like appearances that glistens in the warm hill country weather. Fantastic red hue with very little head with the same color. This truly speaks wonders on the quality of the beer and the amount of fruit used to make this.

S- Wow! Dominated by pronounced raspberry notes and a very fruity character that just drowns your mind in such a pleasant aroma. You also pick up a very tart sweetness that is very reminiscent of a very delicate sweet champagne, it is quite nice. Lastly, you can pick up the wild Hill Country yeast that reminds me of the cool air during my treks in the hill country as a kid, it truly is something wonderful to behold.

T- Follows the nose very well. BIG raspberry flavors! Great balance with the tart and sweetness that really makes this something to behold. You get more of the funk characters in the taste than you would with the smell, and it is really a pleasant surprise when you get these flavor notes. Slight acidity at the end of the taste that one would encounter on a very light dry wine. Fantastic!

M- Big, thick, almost winey mouth feel in the beginning that is familiar with a nice dry wine. However, it fantastically mellows down with the acidity/carbonation that really ties down the flavors in this beer. Fantastic mouthfeel that is as enjoyable as the taste.

O- One of the best wild ales, hell I could say it is the best wild ale I have had produced in America at the moment. JK has always been known for making great stuff but this is a clear home run that only masterful hands could craft. The perfect balances and the delicate nature of this beer truly makes this something I am very glad to have tried and celebrated with the wonderful people at JK.

Price point was a bit high but I would spend the $16 on a bottle time and time again for the quality one gets from this. Can't wait to drink this again! My only regret is that I only have a couple of bottles of this fantastic brew left to last me a year. (2,093 characters)

Photo of hash_tagger
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draft: Batch 2 served 8/31/2013 from 4oz stemmed white wine like glassware or 8oz teku like stemware.

Appearance: Liquid rubies, medium to darker hue crimson red with a light pinkish head that recedes at just the right amount of speed to release the nose in a very seductive manner. Welcoming without being overpowering till she's ready to have you consume her. Lacing is fueled by nice carbonation leaving champagne like light bubbles kissing the glass and dancing in a “last bubble stands” fight for survival like the sugars trying to out last their consumption. The overall color ranges from light melted rubies, to that of alchemist's highly heated precious stones, resulting in the over abundance of the element chromium adding to the intense shade of this color that has been unseen in a brew of this caliber till now. The reason for the wide range of colorings has been from exposure of this beer for a few weeks and watching it mature is akin to witnessing something organic blossom.

Smell: The overwhelming scent of raspberries fields forever is purely abundant. Sticking your nose in the glass reveals a host of events, starting with raspberries, then walking you though what you used to think was the signature farmhouse yeast smell. The use of their farmhouse yeast in this particular brew is foreshadowing of what is to come in their future fruit beers. Honed well and after almost three years of experimenting is coming to their fruition and well under their control. It's maybe not mastered at this point but Jester King completely understands what they are dealing with and how to make it work for what they do. Thus resulting in a bit of funk, though not enough for funk masters, still enough for people who appreciate the complexity going on here, while riding on the backside of light hints of oak barrels that do sit back to their 200 pounds (estimate) of raspberries per barrel.

Taste: Raspberries aged in oak barrels for months till the sugars have been totally consumed. If you're looking for sweeter fruit beer there are others elsewhere. The result of Atrial Rubicite is a masterful, well executed example of an American wild ale. Raspberries take the helm of this ride. Expect acidity to be way past average and the tart level high. The bitterness cuts though Texas 100 degree plus heat like a knife. Hints of cranberry skin tannins finish last in this one. Lemon has also been suggested due to the acidity. Funk and sour are major players here while again oak barrels sit back and lend a supporting backbone. The ending result of all this is a beer that ends in a lingering dry raspberry finish that might redefine your definition of wild, refreshing and crisp. All at the same time.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel of Atrial Rubicite is completely governed by it's sour, tart and dry properties. The carbonation actually rides shot gun during the pouring then releases as the smell takes over. Atrial Rubicite dominates the tongue like a vest and but dries out a little quicker than most would like due to the carbonation of the amount raspberries used in the process I suspect. You still get the enveloping quality one would expect from such classics that utilize old world technics to brew beers that this one was inspired from. For this style, any thicker would be jammy and you would not have this rendition.

Overall: As noted before, I've got to watch this beer mature more so than most. I'm proud to say this is from Austin, Texas. This a beer that I can completely stand behind and I hope you get to try it. Truly a magnificent concoction of imagination on the part of Jester King and I can't wait to see what they'll deliver after this. The bar has been set and only time will tell tell if they they can keep it up. Here's to knowing they won't disappoint. Cheers.

PS: I'll be at Zwanze Day at Jester King this Saturday with one bottle from my allocation. If you have not tried this yet I'll share it with you. BM me. First come first served. Out of staters get first priority. (4,019 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This just bursts at you with fresh bright tart raspberries like no fruit flavored beer I've ever had. Not even Cantillon nor New Glarus (or even Kunhenn Raspberry Eisbock) quite does it like this.

After the fruit, the beer moves onto vinegar, acidic tartness, and then onto a gentle sweetness. A very light drinking and flavorful beer.

Lives up to the hype as one of the best fruit wild ales I've had. (404 characters)

Photo of UT-Alex
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mini snifter and split amongst a number of people at a bottle share at Jester King Brewery.

A: The color of this beer is beautiful! Pours a deep, bright, glowing red with a frothy pink head that quickly dissipates, I wish it stayed around longer. Slightly transparent with a small amount of yeast sediment.

S: Raspberry fields! Slighty tart and so rich in raspberry. There's a slight note of the oak as well. Very floral, and sour. It's hard to pull away from the smell on this one.

T: Follows through with the smell. The raspberry is tart, slightly sweet, and mostly sour. The oak is there but takes more of a backseat to the raspberry. There's also an undertone of funk.

M: Light-medium bodied. It's crisp, refreshing, and soft.

O: Jester King nailed this style. This is by far one of if not their best offering. I had this after Cantillon St. Lamnivus and Cantillon Oude Geuze and this blew those out of the water. The execution on this beer is just flawless, I haven't had a beer that incorporated raspberries this well. Cheers to Jester King and thanks to Jeff for sharing 2 bottles of this! (1,137 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Think this makes a fitting beer to crack on the first hour of Christmas. Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. This is Batch 2.

A - Pours a glorious, vibrant raspberry red not quite crystal clear with a beautiful one finger pinkish red head that fades rather quickly. No lacing or that stuff, but, kind of to be expected.

S - Ohhh yes. Yes. Yes! I sound like that damn Herbal Essences shampoo commercial as I take a deep breathe. Glorious raspberries, pure and sweet like burying my face in a fresh picked box of berries. Very light jam notes. Not sweet, nor is this overly tart. It smells like a raspberry coulis.

T - Please, please be as good as the nose...Not quite, but damn close. Where to begin. Loads of raspberry here, tart berry slams the pallet first with some green tart seed notes, skin, then the sweet fruit aspects come through with a touch of sweetness. I can't stress enough how much this tastes like raspberry coulis. There is some light funkiness towards the finish that is overpowered by the return of tart red raspberries. This is leaps and bounds better than say, Allagash Coolship Red. The raspberry is so bright...so not typical for American sours. This is Cantillon level quality. I really cannot think of anything more I would like on the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry, crisp. Carbonation is just wonderful, spot on for the style. Each sip leaves me craving another. Tart, but not enamel scraping.

O - Overall this beer is just delicious...and the nose, the nose is incredible. This was worth the wait. Merry Christmas to me. (1,577 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 12/24/13
Blend 01

A- Pours a deep raspberry red with a large pink head that dissipates to a collar. Lively effervescent carbonation. Simply gorgeous!

S- The first words to escape my mouth were "Oh my God, this smells amazing!" Huge aromas of raspberry, both tart and sweet. Clearly acidic, with sour green apple, and cherries to go along with the cascades of raspberries. Mild funk and sweet fruit. A nearly perfect smelling fruited sour!

T- All sorts of sour/tart flavors. I'm pretty sure both lacto and pedio were used here, but even if not there's a lot of tart/sour complexity here. Obviously there's tons of raspberries in the flavor, mostly tart, but just enough sweetness to balance it out. The hints of sour cherries and granny smith apples from the nose come through, as well as the slight funk. There's also some oaky, tannic flavors. An absolute delight to drink, and I don't want to finish it!

M- The mouthfeel is effervescent, dry, and acidic. A touch thicker than most sours with all the raspberry sediment floating around, but it's welcome. Nearly perfect for the style!

O- This is nearly a perfect beer! I don't think I've had a sour that has impressed me this much before in every aspect!

edited after also having blends 03 (small sample) & 04 (full pour) (1,303 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

This will be quick. I'm at Sour Sunday at the Holy Grale in the Ville KY.

Pours dark ruby red. Fine bubble reddish rim. The nose is sour raspberry, sour yeast, funk, and wine soaked oak. The taste starts off tart, lots of cherries raspberry blackberry, sour funk, and a pleasant metallic finish. High carbonation, very smooth, and light body.

This is a very well crafted sour. Big tart and big cherry/raspberry. I can see the reason for the hype. (449 characters)

Photo of TXBulldog
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had at the Jester King brewery - draught into a wine glass.

Pours a beautiful deep red - brighter than a red wine but with enough haziness and body that it still looks like a beer instead of a fruit punch. The 'Atrial' name is very appropriate here. Moderate head that leaves some light lacing as it fades.

Nose is very heavy with the scent of fresh raspberries with an underlay of Jester King's signature farmhouse funk.

You can taste that this would be an excellent farmhouse ale even without the addition of the raspberries, but their addition turns this into something truly one of a kind. Loads of sour notes from both the raspberries and the wild yeast. Unlike a lot of lambics and other fruit beers this one is really able to stand on its own as a drinkable beer.

Surprisingly substantial mouthfeel. Fairly light on the carbonation, and once again really distinct from most of the beers that I'd compare it with.

Been waiting for this one for a long time and have to say it was worth the wait. As with most Jester King beers at this point, you have to be onboard with their approach to like their beers, but if you've signed on to their old world farmhouse approach to brewing then this is likely to be a new favorite and is a standout in their lineup. (1,266 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So this is my first review, bear with me.

Had 4oz of this in a wine glass on Sept 7 on tap at Jester King, when I was picking up my allotted three bottles. Wish they would have let me fill my growler!

Appearance: Beautiful shade of crimson, a small pink head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Wow. This is where the beer really shines. The raspberry really comes through here, it's as if they were just picked off the bush. Hints of the oak and farmhouse funk come through too, but the fresh raspberry is definitely dominant.

Taste: Very tart, raspberry flavor is predictably strong, and again very clean and fresh. Unlike some fruited sours, it doesn't get syrupy sweet. This is surprisingly dry. A bit of the funk flavor comes through, less so with the oak. I could drink this stuff all day, damn that 3 bottle limit!

Mouthfeel: Not thick and syrupy like some others can be. A nice balance of carbonation.

Overall: This beer will become famous, that I'm sure of. Certainly my favorite of Jester King's very interesting selection. I'm going to be drinking those bottles very slowly, it will be interesting first to see how the bottle differs from the Draught version, and second to see how the beer ages over time. I'm excited, will drink this only on special occasions, for sure. (1,292 characters)

Photo of Igotmypistola
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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)

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 bottle split between a couple Prohibition Pig tulips.

A- Gorgeous ruby red, any darker as it would be purple. Quick diminishing fluffy head and lots of chunky raspberry sediment.

S- Best part of this beer for sure. Fresh juicy raspberries, tangy tart smell with a little bit of funk as it warms up. One of the best smelling raspberry beers I've ever had.

T- Not as sour as I may like, but still extremely good. Loads of fresh raspberries, juicy pulpy raspberries. Pretty tart with more funk as It warmed up.

M- Medium bodied, with adequate but not tons of carbonation. Juicy clean feel with a dry finish.

O- The best American raspberry sour I've had for sure. Not overly sour, but it makes up for it in every other way. Gorgeous, I want some more of Atrial. (770 characters)

Photo of tmutes11
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like raspberries, and sour ales, look no further. The Atrial Rubicite is the most flavorful and delightfully sour farmhouse ale I've ever had, with a dominant raspberry profile. A truly unique creation that is a pleasure with every sip, with food or without. (265 characters)

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jester King Atrial Rubicite (Batch 2)

On tap at the brewery.

A- Beautiful bright pinkish red, hazy, slightly thick looking. Like raspberry blood I guess. Hardly any head on it, absolutely no head after walking out if the taproom.

S- Wow! Dominated by huge fresh ripe raspberries. Definitely tart, some sweetness in there as well. Picking up some dry champagne notes. And that Hill County wild yeast. The best part of Texas sours, is that yeast. I can pick it out in the cool night air, and I can pick it up in Texas Wild Ales.

T- Follows the nose very well. Huge fresh raspberries (and seeds?), great tartness balanced out by a slight sweetness. There is more funk in the taste than in the aroma. Again a white grape acidity on the finish.

M- most surprising part of the beer. It starts out fairly full bodies and hearty. A bit syrup-y and thick, but finishes crisp, dry and delicate. Aggressive, prickly carbonation, great amount to bring this beer all together. Excellent mouthfeel.

O- We've been waiting so long for JK to do a fruited sour and they delivered in spectacular fashion. Price point was a bit high, but it obviously didn't stop me from buying it. Definitely in my top 3 American Wild Ales. (1,212 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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. (336 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Alex for this one!

This beer is gorgeous. A dark ruby body with a nice pink head. I certainly don't select beers based on their looks... but you gotta give credit where credit is due... and this beer looks like Christina Ricci in black snake moan. Raspberries dominate the aroma. A slight sour kick up front in the taste but then the tartness from the raspberries takes over. A little bit oakey, acidic, with a touch of fruity sweetness. It's def a sipper but I think that's the point of most wild ales. You could tell it was unfiltered and unpasturized as there was lots of remnants left at the bottom of the bottle. I loved every sip of this beer and am very thankful I got to try it. (710 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

what more can you ask of a beer. this is quite possibly the best beer ive ever had, certainly the best in recent memory (since my mid august fou foune). drlovemd87 deserves a shout out for bringing this rarity over. lets start with the color, holy goodness, I have never seen a beer so radiantly ruby red in my life, the color of raspberries mashed in a mortar and pestle right after being picked, hints of pink highlight the reds, looks like fresh jam. bright and gorgeous. show me a prettier fruit beer, ive never seen one. small but sturdy white head, not stained pink in the least, impressive and sexy like whipped topping. now the smell. oh oh oh the smell. tart and mouthwatering like raspberry jam, acidic lacto bacterial fermentation notes too, but not overpowering, and no vinegar at all. its funky, but its summery too, and seemingly perfect for fall. the fruit is so fresh I can taste it, the quality shines through here. the taste is even better than the nose, everything I want and nothing I don't. perfect. I never give perfect scores, and I have to here, no place to improve in taste. the berries are forward but not at al sweet, the sour elements are all lined up, pucker and dry, but not burning or angry, just balanced, still supremely drinkable, not too much alcohol, just right. no gimmicks. carbonated like a champagne, it really pops off in my mouth. cant believe how alive and active this is, and how there is not a lick of residual sugar here, its dry and fruity as it finishes. the robustness of the berries and the balanced yet complex sour flavors are the takeaways for me, and that color of course. its like absolutely nothing else out there, and I would kill to have a steady stream of it. never thought I liked fruited beer, so if you are in that boat, this is a life changer. worth every bit of hype, trade value, and praise it has received and then some. it takes a lot to blow me away these days, and jester king has done just that. it is the standard by which all fruit beer, and maybe even all sour beer will no be measured. as close to perfect as they get. wow, just wow. stop at nothing to acquire this, contact me if you've got extras. my appetite is now insatiable (2,203 characters)

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4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Jester King, it was made known that the tap Atrial was a second blend. Served into a logoless wine glass.

A. Pours a beautiful ruby red, this is one of the most beautiful beers I have seen.
S. Wild raspberries, sour and funk.
T. Wow this is sour. One of the most sour beers I have tasted, but without being overpowering. Very dry with loads of raspberries, without any sweetness.
M. Light and prickly, everything you would want out of a fruit sour.
O. Without being blasphemous I would say very close with a lot of Belgian frambroises, the best American raspberry beer I have tried. (598 characters)

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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