Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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rAvg: 4.51
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 dboon
3.4/5  rDev -24.6%
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 SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours deep pink to purple. Small pinkish head. Low retention. Little to no lacing. Some clarity and some bubbles

Smell: raspberry to strawberry jam. Lactic acid.

Taste: opens with fresh whole and juicy raspberries. some lemon juice and acidity. slightly funky yeast.

Mouthfeel: light and tart. Slight mouth pucker.

Overall: a tasty raspberry sour. great juicy fruit taste with just enough sour to it. (420 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear deep blood red with a white head. Nose is big time fleshy cherry and cherry pit. Almost a cherry pie filling aroma. Cherry flesh up front, the bret and acidity take over and make a presence not seen in the nose. Good carb and a very dry finish on a meaty body. Drink now, acidity will probably take over in time. (326 characters)

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
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 emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of JasonFromLA
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of joeyfeets
4/5  rDev -11.3%

A barrel aged beauty of mature sour beer that had several hundred pounds of raspberries added it. It pours a dark ruby color with a little head that disappears quickly. The aroma of raspberry hits you immediately. The taste is initially sour but the tartness of the raspberry quickly overtakes that. It finishes slightly oaky and lightly acidic. It’s almost like a Berliner Weisse w/ raspberry syrup dropped in already. I'm generally not a sour beer fan at all but this brew is good. The vibrant and fruity flavor offsets the sourness very nicely. (550 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, raspberry, and oak aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry and oak flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice fresh sour raspberry presence. (602 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 xenjoiii
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch One & Two (side by side)

A: Similar on both batches, although Batch 1 is darker in appearance, and murkier; blood red with a fushia hue, and a one finger pink head that faded into spotty lacing.

S: Batch 2: Light funk, and jammy raspberries - slight medicinal quality, as well. Batch 1: Less fruit in the nose than batch 2; a tiny bit of musk, and raspberries.

T: Batch 2: Intense tartness upfront (lactic acid & and fruit) that fades into sweet raspberries. Very dry. Batch 1: Not nearly as tart, nor as much fruit, compared to batch 2.

M: Batch 1& 2: light bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Batch 1 is rather unremarkable. Batch 2, on the other hand, is a significant improvement - although it lacks depth. (720 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a pink layer of bubbles on top. Looks cloudy. Good retention for a sour. Easy to swirl up more foam. Smells great. Very jammy. Lots of fruit. The berries come through strong and tasty. Not a lot of funk. Mild oak but it might just be overshadowed by the fruit. Taste is a step back from the aroma. The fruit is still the dominant note, but it's not as jammy as I expected from the aroma. Funk is mild again. More oak shows up. Quite dry. It's tasty but there's not much depth. Mouthfeel is light and drying. Good sour but the yeast/bacteria blend just isn't quite there yet for me. (601 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brought this myself to a tasting event last night. It is batch 1, so I hope the raspberries haven't fallen off too much.

Holy crap the color on this beer is amazing. Beautiful grape juice purple with a little red thrown in topped off with a lavender head. Absolutely gorgeous.

NOOO!

*sighs* The raspberries...they...they are dead...
Tis true; they have been slain. Absolutely no sign of them in the aroma. Instead, it is really funky that was more in line with the other Geuzes we drank. Little bit of sweet cherry tomato on the aroma. I have a batch 2 coming soon, and while I was going to trade it after drinking this one, I traded for this one expecting raspberries and dammit, daddy needs his fucking raspberries!

Flavor is nicely carbonated with a mouth-filling quality. It really coats the palate. Unfortunately, I have to take off both on aroma and flavor for not having ANY raspberries. I know it has been 8 months, but I did not expect that to be all the time it took for the raspberries to disappear.

Still a personal want ticked off, but just not what I expected. I went in with high hopes. Now I am really contemplating keeping my other for drinking. Ugh, decisions! (1,187 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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 kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on-draught yesterday at the Texas Brewers Festival here in Austin. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given its current #1 rating on the Southwest Top 50 list. Due to the environment I was in, I wasn't able to go into as much detail as I usually would in a review, so the review below is truncated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of pink-red colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Lackluster frothiness. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is poor - about 20 seconds.

Body colour is a light red - almost a pink. Yet it's dark enough to be nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

It's looking quite good for a wild ale.

Sm: Pleasant sourness - lactobacillus yeast, no doubt, as well as a hint of controlled bacteria. Tart raspberry. Not getting any lambicus yeast. Sugary fruit. Belgian pale malts. The raspberry fruit is dominant, though I'm not convinced of its authenticity - it seems vaguely puree-redolent rather than evocative of actual raspberries. I like the tartness. The sourness is quite timid overall.

No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Good. Tart sugar-glazed raspberry. Has a light sour edge on the climax; it's not puckering but it's nice and approachable. The sourness is entirely lactobacillus; I don't get any lambicus or true wild bacteria. It's clean and clinical; true spontaneous fermentation is not suspected. Well balanced, if a bit simple. Raspberry fruit is largely genuine, though there are hints of puree. In any case, it's not as artificial as it could be, nor does it ever veer into cough syrup territory. Berries. I love the tart raspberry, which is aptly dominant. As with most beers, this could use more complexity and subtlety.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, lightly crisp, and refreshing. It'll have you smacking your lips. Decent body and thickness. Well carbonated; the natural bottle conditioning did this one well. Good execution; the texture complements the taste well.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. The best beer brewed in Texas? I doubt it, but it's damn tasty. I'd definitely get it again; it's great stuff. Another solid sour from Jester King, though it isn't one to crack open if you're looking for true spontaneous fermentation or a puckering experience. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Well worth trying. I'm not sure I'd get more than 1 or 2 bottles at $16.00 USD a piece, but I'd definitely like to revisit it in order to go into more detail in my review.

B+ (3.92)

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03.12.15: 2nd impressions from a Batch #4 bottle:

A: Looks gorgeous. Vibrant red. Incredible.

Sm: Lovely tart raspberry, powdered sugar, juicy redcurrant. Lush sourness seems to be ~5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Aromatic intensity is moderate. Highly appealing - even mouthwatering.

T/Mf: Fantastic. The sourness has developed with age; lactic puckery smackiness accentuates the jaw-dropping tart raspberry. Incredible notes of powdered sugar and juicy berries/currants fill out the body nicely. Impeccably balanced and beautifully built, this is a brew which is truly gestalt. Complex enough, with plenty of subtlety of flavour. Amazing execution. Perfect carbonation. Smooth, wet, refreshing.

O: One of the finest American sours ever brewed. Well worth aging. It earns its high reputation. Perhaps Jester King's best beer. It's hard not to inhale this beer given its high quality; it's effortlessly drinkable. I'm shocked how much better this has gotten. Flat-out incredible stuff, and absolutely worth trading for. Cements Jester King as one of the best sour producers on the nearest two continents.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle shared between three drinkers in three low ball glasses. Big thanks to Damian74Shensky for this bottle, among several others he sent me. Bottle says "Blend One -- March 2013," so I assume this bottle is close to a year old.

A - a very pretty beer indeed. The appearance is very dynamic; one glass is slightly lighter than another, one has more carbonation than another, etc. It's as though none of us are drinking exactly the same beer. AR has a long necked bottle, and when I opened it I was met with a nice pink foam, but, surprisingly, there was very little on the forced pour. What foam there was dissipated rapidly. The color is fairly extraordinary, a nice blood red, similar to strawberry jam, viscous, opaque, even on the periphery. I'm reminded of Raspberry Eisbock, though there's tons of carbonation here. My drinking partners are entertained merely by watching this beer.

S - a huge hit of fruit right at first, giving way to the vinegary sourness, ketchup, and apple cider. There's a carrying raspberry scent throughout, but, unlike other American sours, the dominant trait here is the bitter, wonderful funk of a lambic. The tartness is pervasive, but it's hard to assign specific fruits here.

T - the first impression is bitterness. It threatens to overwhelm the senses, turning the beer rotten, but then it gives way to massive amount of raspberries, which are specifically discernible in the taste in a way that they weren't in the smell. It's fruity, sweet, sour, a little salty, vinegary, complex, funky, and delicious. As AR makes its way down my throat, it bursts like a liquor, warming.

M - like any good sour, AR is excessively carbonated, burning, and sour, making the mouth pucker in reaction. But, again like any good sour, it's a good thing, interesting, experiential. There's no alcohol to speak of, but the yeast strain leaves my cheeks a little sore and aflame. Puckering, but not overpowering.

O - AR is a fun beer, a truly excellent take on a style that's difficult for American breweries to capture. It's sweet, tangy, yeasty, and sour. I cower at how much this beer costs, but I would never turn it down in the future. (2,175 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this for a bit, big fan of raspberry sours.

Pours a vibrant red/pink color with a tiny ring of white head.

Smell is incredible, strong raspberry, oak, and lactic tartness.

Taste follows suit, though the soureness overpowers the raspberry a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and could use a touch more carb.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I would like to see a touch of sweetness in this beer to give it a better balance. I considered running out and grabbing a bottle of NG Rasberry Tart to mix a bit, but was too lazy. Would love to try that combo in the future. (605 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

The random shit you learn thanks to beer: apparently rubicite is a material found in many MMOs that is bright red in appearance and is normally associated with HP regeneration. The more you know... Anyway, this stuff pours a somewhat hazy magenta topped by a finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dank raspberries, mild barnyard funk, sour blue raspberry, and a twinge of green apple. The taste brings in more of the same, with the apple now more apple vinegar-like and the overall level of tartness greatly increased. It's bright, it's fruity, it's tart, it's kinda funky, and it works. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine sour raz drink, one whose greatness was only impugned by the fact that it followed other stellar sours in the same night. Still, it was thoroughly enjoyable. (892 characters)

Photo of J_Dub
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red pour. Minimal head. Raspberry aromas dominate to the point I don't detect anything else. The taste is the same. Raspberries and not much else. The sour raspberries do have a touch of funk at the end but it's minimal. Perfect amount of carbonation.

A bit one dimensional. It's a raspberry tart beverage; it's hard to tell this is a beer. Glad I had a chance to try it but considering the price for the amount you get I won't be getting this one again. (465 characters)

Photo of beer-me-pls
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
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 champ103
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful hazed, dark ruby red color. A one finger pink head forms, and in a second is gone. Not much lace.
S: Jammy like raspberries up front and center. Tannin like, with plenty of acidity. Sugary, fruity sweetness that rounds everything out.
T: Sweet, tangy, and acidic fruits that are jam like. Raspberries, obviously the focal point. Also a grape skin, almost tannin like character. The acidity builds and lingers as this warms.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly crisp, and smooth. Again, tannin/fruit skin like (they are everywhere in this beer). Very easy to work through the bottle. The acidity never overpowers, and thankfully the alcohol is not very big here.

Certainly the best that Jester King has released since they switched to the all farmhouse stuff. Is it worth the price, effort to obtain, and hype? Maybe not. Though It is damn good. Well done. (885 characters)

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.24/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (370 characters)

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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