Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.42%
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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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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep garnet, very good clarity, with a half inch of dark pink head. Good retention, moderate lacing.

S: A dark, austere, wine-like raspberry, dirt and funk, with some supporting oak, light spice (clove). The funk and earth are the prominent aromas, though the raspberries stand up to them.

T: Round, juicy raspberry, moderate mouth-puckering sourness and sweetness, a little salt, some funk and earthiness.

M: Medium-light carbonation and body. No alcohol is evident.

O: Pretty tasty. Definitely fruit-forward and sweetish, but with enough funk and sour (though not *quite* enough oak) to offset those qualities and provide some balance.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.22.13
Bottled March 2013
Batch 1

A - Pours a dark burgundy red with a dark pink, fizzy head that is gone fast.

S - Strong raspberry, slight funky-tartness.

T - Tart, then tons of sweet juicy raspberries.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body. Tart and sweet.

O - Nice tartness and tons and tons of raspberries.

Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into HF glass, filled right to the top. Blend #3 from November 2013, ~7 months ago. Thanks Kal (kvgomps) for the bottle! Been wanting to try this since it was first released.

A- Pours a dark beet red with a thin layer of cherry white head that recedes to a thin ring and a wispy layer. Decent amount of carbonation with nice consistency.

S- Huge notes of fresh raspberries, raspberry puree, slight raspberry jam, raspberry seeds. One of the better aromas of a fruited sour that I've encountered, I love how fresh smelling the raspberry presence and doesn't have a artificial or syrupy presence.

T- Tart raspberries, a little bit of sour vinegar, oak, finishes with fresh raspberries and raspberry puree. Lingering aftertaste of tart raspberries. Not as fresh smelling as the nose but an awesome raspberry tartness.

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, maybe just a slight hint of a syrup presence, a little bit on the sour side.

O- Jester King really knows what they are doing with fruited sours and Atrial did not disappoint. I love how they capture the fresh fruit presence and a beautiful color without making it taste artificial or too syrupy. Definitely recommend checking this out as it's one of the better American fruited sours out there right now.

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure raspberry aroma with grasslands. Cloudy pink. Very tart.sourness rounded by barrelling. A little bandaid in finish.

Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 shared by Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe!). Pours a raspberry hue with a frothy pink head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles around one side of the glass. Nose reveals tart raspberries and a faint medicinal quality towards the back. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors are a bit more muted and there is also a salty character. Mouthfeel is light and lively with some astringency. A very good beer, but the fruit is too subdued and the salty quality is a bit too assertive.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend one, thanks scotv

The beer pours a dull, bloody red with ruby tones!! some sediment, and a thin white halo of pink head that fades into nothing. The nose is dank and has a funky astringency, vegetable/beet earthiness, followed by a tart, ripe, off-the-vine raspberry fruitiness similar to homage (slightly sun dried tomato-y?). The taste is the same incredible funkiness swept away by tart raspberries. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, juicy/fruity, tart, with a wheaty medium body, and a lingering dry finish that's cleaner than expected. I think this beer is a potent blend of raspberries and funk, delicious and different.
update - Blend four a very different beer - much more fruit forward by comparison

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 Halfbrother83
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors Jester King tasting on 5/30/15.

A: Pours a rich, dark, ruby-red color, almost plum-like in hue. Thin head that eventually fades, leaving a light lacing.

S: Tart, ripe raspberry... almost immediately the mouth starts to water, tart, cheese-like funk smell.

T: Raspberry jam, sour lacto (though not very sour), vinegar, some rubbery notes, dry oak is apparent in the finish.

M: Spritzy, yet medium-bodied, med-high carbonation.

O: While this was very, very good, and I'm glad I was able to try, I wouldn't be hot to seek this out, likely because I favor Nocturn Chrysalis.

Photo of portia99
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle (Blend 2, August 2013) poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

A - Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, bright pink/strawberry/raspberry red color with a finger of fizzy pink head that falls to the surface quickly.

S - Fresh raspberries galore from beginning to end. Nice perfumey and floral like aroma, fruity with a very mild tartness and the slightest hint of funk that intensifies as the glass warms a bit to add a nice barnyardy feel to it.

T - Nicely tart up front. Much drier on the palate than the aroma would indicate. Tartness is crisp and medium intensity and backed up by tons of fresh raspberry flavor. Lactic, dry sourness, very mild funk. Tons of raspberry goodness throughout and plays off of the tart/sour aspects extremely well. One of the nicer raspberry wilds I have had.

M - A lightish medium body and medium high carbonation level consisting of very fine bubbles. Very tingly and lively on the tongue. Slightly puckering and definitely causes the mouth to water with the lactic tartness. Pretty standard for style, but nice nonetheless.

O - Very good raspberry wild ale worthy of the attention and hype it is receiving. I could easily drink a lot more of this. Will have to keep this one on my list in hopes of coming across another bottle or two.

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 woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Thanks Aaron!

A: clear, brilliant ruby body under a thin head of fine pink foam that settles into a persistent ring. Lovely color.

S: Intense raspberry is all there is, complete with juice, seed, stem, leaf and all. Sweet, tart, herbaceous, and enticing. Great.

T: Follows the nose, with deliciously complex fruitiness dominating. The finish is solidly sour, and fades into distant grassy bitterness. Excellent, but a bit astringent and watery on the tail end.

M: Fairly light bodied with moderate, soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Excellent sour; if the flavor carried through to the finish, it would be spectacular.

Cheers!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bilco for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Straight dark pink. Almost clear. Small pink collar is bubbly. No head or lacing. Just super pink with deep reds.

Smell: Boom raspberries. Macerated raspberry flesh with some seriously juicy aromas. A touch of citric tartness with hints of lemon zest and juice. So much jammy raspberry. Layers of oak with the slightly damp Jester King funk. Earthy and damp. A bit of a floral and citrus edge. Tart raspberry flesh. Jammy and sweet with a very mild malt base. A good bit of oak. Sweet and tart are surprisingly balanced. Just all the raspberry.

Taste: Tart obliterated raspberry. Flesh, skin, and juice. A mildly tannic edge with a solid lactic and citric tartness. Very mild malt body adds some very mild bready element. Oak and bright funk. Some musty, mildly, earthy elements with a tart cherry edge. The jammy nose is present on the sip but gives way to a sharp citric edge. Warming pushes some of the raspberry down and let's the Jester King funk play up a bit more. I imagine when this is fresh it's just a raspberry explosion.

Mouthfeel: Low end of medium body. Moderateish carbonation. A slightly dry finish.

Overall: Key ingredient in Ambrosia.

it's got all the things that are good. Raspberry, Jester King funk, and balance. It's just spot on and hits on "sour" more than pie.

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 PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like raspberry juice. It is deep magenta, not light pink like some other fruited sours. The pillowy pink head is really neat when you pour it vigorously. The nose is so deeply jammy. I detect very little tartness on the nose and a hint of oak. It smells like straight jam. The taste didn't quite deliver on the nose. The sour level was perfect for me. It's nicely tart like an unripe raspberry. I just don't get the distinct jamminess that was on the nose. The mouthfeel is a little thin and I could use a tad more carbonation. This beer is so light and flavorful that it is an ease to drink alone with only a slight bit of sour stomach after a whole bottle. The raspberry delivers on the finish as this beer warms.

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us at one of our recent tastings. Blend #2.

A - Pours ruby red with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass. Goes pretty dead after about five minutes in the glass.

S - Smells of musty basement, bit of horse blanket funk, tart raspberry - both skin and pulp - oak, dash of sugar and a touch of lactic sourness. Berries are strong but so is the musty funk, really nice nose on this one.

T - Starts off with the strong raspberry tartness quickly being joined by the basement must and barnyard funk. Hints of oak and some sugary sweetness help to keep it all in check. Finish is tart with some sweetness, drying the palate and lingering for awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, musty feel with some backing sweetness helping to keep it in check.

O - Really impressed by this one. It had everything I enjoy in a raspberry sour and nothing was out of proportion. Really looking forward to visiting the brewery in a few weeks, if their other beers are as good as this it should be an awesome trip.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2? on draft at Jester King.

Pours a little deeper than red with a pink head.

The aroma is insane. So much raspberry. You can pick up on the impending sour/tartness. Some grass and lemon.

The taste is big on the raspberry like the nose which is what I was hoping for. Lots of sour bacteria to tighten up the lips.

Lighter bodied with light carbonation. Dry.

This beer just wins over in sheer deliciousness.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace 84 for sharing this jem!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark red with a slight hue of purple. A thick cap of white head that has a dark red tint to it.

Smell: Huge juicy raspberries. Moderately cheesy lacto funk. Hint of rubbery fink.

Taste: Mild sourness overall. Boatloads of freshand juicy raspberries. Mild cheesy / lacto funk and a hint of rubber. Pretty darn close to the aroma of the beer. I would say that the nose is much more intense than the flavor though.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer. Low carbonation levels. Slightly dry, but also watery at the same time; honestly a good balance between both those qualities.

Overall: This is a really awesome JK wild ale. It reminds me a bit of raspberry berlinner weisse beer like August Schells Fram Du Nord. This beer is definately a coolship beer and it was noticed in the feel of this beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 03/14/15 notes. 500ml bottle into a taster.

Pours a beautiful reddish-pink color with one inch of white-pink head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of sour and funky raspberries, tart dark fruits, jam, oak, tannins, spice, earthy notes, light barnyard funk. Light body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall I thought this was really, really good. It is lightly tart but not a vinegar bomb, and very fruity. Has some Belgian-style funk to it too which is really cool in an American beer. Very great, would love to have it again.

Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle acquired in a trade with Cynic-ale
Blend Four April 2014
Served in a tulip

Review #975

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly clear, deep ruby red body was topped by a one-finger tall, fizzy, light pink head that dissolved almost immediately. After a few sips, a thin ring of froth circled the liquid and lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazing. Freshly pureed raspberries came through strong right off the bat. Jammy with a subtle sweetness. Tart and funky notes followed. Somewhat musty. A crisp, dry, yeastiness was also noticeable. The musty, funky, barnyard-like qualities intensified as the beer warmed.

Raspberries appeared in the flavor profile but were quickly overtaken by tart, lemony notes. Super crisp and dry. Vinegar-y. A touch wheaty. Almost lambic-like in its intensity. Band-Aid notes appeared in the center. Somewhat musty on the back end. Dry, tannic and oaky on the finish, with lingering notes of bitter lemon rind. Really crisp, tart and refreshing.

The beer was light, fluffy and highly effervescent. Champagne-like. The liquid felt prickly on the palate.

Atrial Rubicite did a great job at melding a tart, musty and funky wild ale base with bright raspberry notes. I can understand why this beer receives such amazing scores. Personally, however, I found the raspberry to be understated in the flavor profile. Also, I think that this beer could have benefitted from a bit more residual sweetness.

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 HipCzech
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On cask (batch # 4) at the Hay Merchant, served in a 5 oz snifter, 25-Jun-2014. Brightly fruity, tart and funky sour. Great balance and complexity.

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 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 yankeepride
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it really difficult to rate this, as I have had batch 1, batch 2, and batch 4 (twice), and each time it has been dramatically different. Batch 1 was raspberry perfection; it tasted like the mild bitterness of the seeds was somehow liquified and fermented. Batch 2 was much more like a puckering tartness, while batch 4 was almost too sweet and juicy when fresh the first time, then a bit more funky the second time.
The deep, ruby color looks epic in the glass, and you could sniff this in a glass for 10 minutes before even tasting it, it's that good. When in its prime, this is so awesome it's hard not to guzzle it. Each individual sip has so much flavor that lasts in your mouth, though, that you can really stretch out a glass over a long time.

Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, poured into JK stemware.

A - Straight ruby red, quickly dissipating pink head.

S - Raspberry seeds with a hint of oak.

T - A perfect balance of sour and sweet. It tastes like biting into freshly picked raspberries that aren't quite ripe yet, but it's not to cloying sweet and not too sour.

M - Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

O - Definitely my new favorite raspberry sour. Bow down Raspberry Tart and Rose de Gambrinus.

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.