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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.25%


Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: UT-Alex on 06-02-2013)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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+

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 16:46:56 | More by kojevergas
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Irrenarzt

New Mexico

4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 19:15:59 | More by Irrenarzt
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Dajtai007

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Jester King on the last day of its release. On a pretty summer day :)

First off it comes out blood red, lighter red to pink head. The nose is fresh tart raspberries, almost like purée. Not much funk like you get in Cantillon of Drie Font, but tart raspberries. Which I really enjoy, pure in flavors.
Taste is very tart and very raspberry. You can tell that' a ton of these little berries went into this beer. The complexity is there, but not like other raspberry beers out there. I know there isn't many breweries that can simulate that complexity, but I like this beer. Perfect for the hot months of summer!
In all I do really enjoy this beer. I'm glad to see JK finally achieve the level of "farmhouse" that they are going for. It takes a while to hone this technique down. Looking for the other installments from them. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 14:54:59 | More by Dajtai007
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WTKeene

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 05:35:12 | More by WTKeene
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TXBulldog

Texas

4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 23:18:35 | More by TXBulldog
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starkmarvelo

Texas

4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 13:34:27 | More by starkmarvelo
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tx_beer_man

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 17:15:38 | More by tx_beer_man
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pink hue, slightly hazed, with a thin sheet of head. Sour raspberry jam, oak, and some JK barnyard yeast. Bright raspberry flavor, but solid balance between malts and funk as well. Slightly tannic with a solid finish, keeps me going back for more. Overl a fantastic fruited wild ale, and the best beer I've ever had from JK. The only thing I would prefer more would be a LP Framboise, but that's a different style of beer and not exactly a fair comparison. People might think this is a homer review, but I've never had a raspberry American wild as good as this one...

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 03:51:20 | More by xpimptastikx
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r0nburgundy69

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 23:37:03 | More by r0nburgundy69
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UtisTheLaw

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had Batch 2 on tap at Jester King for the bottle release. The color is near amazing, up there with a number of high caliber fruited sours that I have had along the way. Smell promises the fruitiness and tartness to come. Light, pink head, dissipates quickly. Jammy raspberry taste with tart dryness in the finish. It will be interesting to see how the flavor has developed in the bottles, which are 6 months older than this tap batch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 15:47:18 | More by UtisTheLaw
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 15:35:32 | More by wagenvolks
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lokieman

Oklahoma

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 03:21:39 | More by lokieman
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hash_tagger

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 14:37:34 | More by hash_tagger
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BgThang

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 10:02:57 | More by BgThang
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 21:42:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
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jbeezification

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

8 oz pour on tap at Jester Kings tap room, poured into an oversized wine glass. Pour was not aggressive and produced a nice white fluffy head that settles into a half inch/ quarter inch head that lasts.
Color is a deep raspberry red and is very appealing.
Smell is of berries and oak, with the barrel taking a back seat to the raspberries.
Taste is similar, raspberries, raspberries and barrel, a nice tart sour and more raspberries, this is just delicious.

Overall I am very pleased, this is a non-blended, barrel aged, wild ale (did I mention raspberries?) that isn't over sour and is refreshing and simply delightful. I was very surprised by this one, I knew the style and the hype but having had several misses and not always being one to go by popular opinion, my expectations were not high, but this beer very much surpassed all I had hoped for.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 15:23:39 | More by jbeezification
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HopAG

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2013 04:53:23 | More by HopAG
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at The Festival in Portland.

Bright raspberry pink reddish color, hazy, light pink head.

Nose is pure raspberry, fresh, syrup, etc, jammy, a bit of a tart rasp.

Taste also brings tons of raspberry, jam, juicy berry juice, little syrupy, tart green seed, fresh pureed raspberries, light bready yeasty character on the finish.Semi sweet fresh raspberry and fruity berry notes, no stem or tannin, fairly sour, jammy raspberry, fairly tart, juicy

Mouth is sticky but med bod, decent carb.

Overall amazing, one of the best raspberry beers I've ever had, very well done, I wish I had more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 18:51:10 | More by jlindros
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:25:18 | More by Jwale73
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xenjoiii

New York

4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:29:00 | More by xenjoiii
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 20:27:25 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 07:39:45 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 great.

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. I'm looking forward to drinking my Batch 1 in a few weeks & adding an addendum to this review.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 04:08:54 | More by Stevedore
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champ103

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:51:24 | More by champ103
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kevanb

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, blend 3 (November, 2013), poured into a Jester King wine glass.

The beer pours a deep raspberry red color, hues of pink and purple with strong garnet tones. The beer itself is quite hazy, opaque with a few noticeable bits of sediment floating in the glass and a nice pink colored head, loose and fizzy that vanishes quickly and leaves no lace or film behind. The aroma is great, lots of fresh, juicy raspberry, tart and tangy, with some musty yeast, light oak, lemon citrus and a bit of other sweetened and ripe fruit. The flavors are spot on, huge amounts of raspberry, strawberry, light oak quality, the sourness is very acetic while the fruit flavors read more tart. There is a good amount of citrus quality as well as the bretty flavor present, but this beer is all about the raspberry. It's simple, but delicate, beautiful and super fresh, the raspberry is showcased extremely well and the balance between the fresh fruit and acetic sour character is wonderful. The mouthfeel is lively, crisp carbonation, lots of bubbles, that coats the mouth well, and finishes with a gentle touch with only a few prickly bubbles as it goes down.

Verdict: A tremendous effort from Jester King and easily one of the most impressive American Wild Ales I've tried to date. It's fresh, vibrant, delicate and bright and very quaffable. The balance is great, not overly sour, not overly sweet, not overly fruit centric, everything is in it's proper place. This can easily rival any of the Belgian lambics that employ raspberry, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 19:14:23 | More by kevanb
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