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Atrial Rubicite | Jester King Brewery

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Atrial RubiciteAtrial Rubicite

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by UT-Alex on 06-02-2013

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Photo of starkmarvelo
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting forever to try this beer. Smells like raspberry jam/raspberry danish. The taste is very much a mix of funk and fruit, a little less fruit then would be expected if it was fresh. This is from batch 4 . Very close to Rose, have to taste fresh to get a great idea of what i like better.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +6%

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.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip.

It's a plum, magenta, deep maroon color. Pink head dissipates quickly. The carb is a soothing effervescence. The raspberry jam aroma is intoxicating. The taste, however, is not overwhelmingly jammy. There is a light jammy-ness but the beer is mostly dry and tart with the jammy-ness playing a subtle role. I love that. It is definitely a tongue puckerer. If I were to be picky, the mouth might be a little thin, but overall, this is one of the best raspberry sours I've ever had.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of seattlebeerelite
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Backfilling reviews from a share last week. This was a stand out for me. Absolutely fantastic sour and my first jester king I've had. I can't wait to try more from them

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Billquirk
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Batch 4, poured into a wine glass at a fantasy football draft.

Unbelievable color of pinkish reddish beauty. Thin pink head. The smell is amazing. Just amazing raspberry, oak, and funk. Taste is perfect, with acidy raspberry jammy goodness. Funk comes in waves between the sweetness of the raspberries. A phenomenal beer.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Did a four batch vertical

B1: Red wine characteristics at this point, but very good and very interesting. I really like what the fruit is doing here. Stood out from the rest.
B2: Similar to B4 but not as pungent.
B3: Almost exactly similar to B4
B4: Fresh Raspberry sour at its perfection. Perfect mouthfeel for a fruited sour, very balanced between sweet fruit and tart funk, a little oak

Overall my favorites were B1 and B4.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle traded from Adam. Huge thanks for a huge want here. Batch 2, Aug 2013 poured on 8/2/14. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a small pink head that recedes not long after pouring. Beautiful aroma of fresh raspberries, tartness and lacto acidity, a bit of dry oakiness. Flavor is tart lacto punch followed by a smooth jammy raspberry. Lightly sweet and big tartness that really bites the tongue. Lingering tart raspberry left on the palate. Dry and light to medium bodied with medium prickly carbonation. Everything I expected gets jammer as it warms up and makes things even better. Yum.

If you're finding this too sour and not jammy enough, makes sure to pour in the dregs and let it warm above fridge temp. Things really improve at that point.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like raspberries were poured into a glass. Light pink head that disappears. Smells like raspberries were squeezed into a glass. Some dank farmhouse smell as well. Love it. Light oakiness pairs wonderfully with the tart raspberry. Some funk as well. Tart and sour dance back and forth on the taste buds. Wonderfully acidic feel works beautifully with the carbonation.

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Photo of BgThang
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Jester King release . It looks like blood. Amazing color. The nose is tart and acidic with a raspberry note. You know you are about to dive in to something fantastic. I have been hearing friend talk of this beer for the last couple months. I have always seem to miss out on it (pre release) Also with Jester King sours they can be hit or miss. This one is a GOD DAMN homerun! The sourness is there, the tartness is there and has that reeal raspberry taste. not artificial like some raspberry sours can be. The carbonation level was spot on and I wish I could have gotten more than 3 bottles for drinking them.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep purplish red color. Looks good!

Big raspberry aroma - including seeds - along with black tea and touches of vinegar and old wood. Deep, complex, and captivating.

Tastes absolutely delicious. Great balance between fresh juicy fruit, spicy and ever so slightly bitter seed, leaf, and barrel flavors, and a good dose of sourness. Quite complex and full-flavored, and at the same time light, refreshing and highly drinkable. Long finish, spicy berry seeds and old barrel.

Incredible beer. Thanks Daniel!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4 poured into a tulip. Pours a beautifully rich raspberry color. Thin, light pink head that lingers throughout. Thick, intoxicating raspberry aroma. Smooth, wild, raspberry taste with a nice easy kick of sour. Usually not my favorite style but damn this is good

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml, Batch 1, March 2013
Jester King glass

A: Pours a beautiful deep pinkish red color. Much dark than expected. Initially a nice layer of pink head. Forms a collar around glass. Seems to be nicely carbonated.

S: Nose is so epic. So much raspberry! Complete fresh and delicious raspberry. That funk is there too. Smells tart. Some oak notes. Dry.

T: God this is fabulous. Up front amazing fresh tart raspberry. Really juicy fruit. Middle of that mouth a touch of sour. Dry oak rounds the taste. Finish is dry with lingering fruit character.

M: Medium bodied. Dry.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 4 drank on 10/31/2015 (getting caught up on old reviews)

Amazing raspberry drink right here. One of the best sours I have ever had. Juicy and not too tart, but the flavor is simply amazing. Raspberry jam is certainly a great way to describe this. Funky, fruity, tart. Just incredible

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful red in the glass

Raspberries jump out of the glass. A touch of funk

Taste is much the same, just awesome raspberry flavor. I do kind of wish there was a little more going on, but hard to complain too much with such incredible raspberry character.

Dry and easy drinking

There aren't many better fruit beers in the world.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle courtesy of Lokieman - thanks Keith! Review is for Blend #1.

A - Pours a deep red with a finger of reddish pink head that falls somewhat quickly back into the glass. This is a truly beautiful looking beer.

S - Whoa. Raspberry jam, anyone? One of the best noses of any beer I've had this year. There's just so much fruity aroma coming out of the glass that I can smell it from 2-3 feet away.

T - Jammy jam jams. I honestly thought it would be more sour, but it's really more of a fruit bomb with some moderate acidity and mild tartness. This isn't a sour in the way that Cascade or The Bruery would make a fruited sour; it reminds me much more of something like Rose de Gambrinus, just without that signature Cantillon funk.

M - On the dry side, but nicely offset by the fruit flavor and tartness. Carbonation is spot on for a beer of this style - not over the top, but unquestionably present.

O - This is a really well put together beer, and by far the best thing I've had from Jester King to date. If you like raspberries, this is a must get. Looking forward to future batches as well as future JK coolship projects.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a 2014 (April batch date) bottle via trade. Well worth the effort to attain. Atrial is hands down the best tasting sour beer I've had so far. The raspberries were used to perfection.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Jester King's Atrial Rubicite release (Batch 2). Had a taste from a 'super-secret' bottle before the release (Batch 1), too. As I understand it, all bottles from the first release are Batch 1 as well.

Atrial Rubicite, for lack of a better word, is stunning. The brilliant, bright ruby red body is hazy in the light with a fleeting pink head. Aroma is bursting with fresh raspberry juice & jam, funky yeast, and acidity. Quite complex, akin to some of the more prominent Belgian sours (very reminiscent of Drie Fonteinen's Hommage...just less 'jammy').

The flavor is tart and dry, with vinous raspberry juices puckering the sides of the tongue. A hint of leather and wood from the barrels blends perfectly with the delicate raspberry note. Acidity is light, but enough to balance the funky yeast. Good carbonation, refreshingly tart and slick on the tongue with a medium body. Atrial Rubicite is very complex, and very well crafted. Probably Jester King's, nay, the entire state of Texas's finest beer to date.

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Photo of lokieman
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jester King Craft Brewery:

A: Ruby red, minimal head. Murky raspberry red that invites any fruited sour lover to dive right in.

S: Sour raspberry, faint sweetness. Vinous, fruity notes. Very nice...

T: Raspberry with a dry, tart finish. Any sweetness is wiped clean by the incredible dryness of this sour. Balance, tartness, dryness...no cloying sweetness from the ton of raspberries they used that might be expected. Masterfully done...

M: Dry and clean on the palate. Just enough body to hold everything together.

O: This is by far the best thing to come out of Jester King. They've taken their game to the next level with this offering. Don't miss it if you have the chance.

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Photo of smb
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | 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 my health but it definitely benefits my palate.

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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