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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 1,462
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 1,215
Gots: 314 | FT: 29
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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 gtermi
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a nice raspberry red body with a thin pink head that quickly fades.

S: Absolutely amazing! Super sour candy smell with a nice bit of raspberry.

T: There first thing that I get is the sourness, but then behind all of that, there is a nice amount of dry raspberry.

M: This beer goes down very smooth with a nice tingle on the back of the throat.

O: This is the best fruit sour beers that I have ever had. At the Funk and sour Fest, I probably got 8 samples of this amazing beer. (500 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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! (640 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -6%

1810th Review on BA
Bottle to JK Goblet
22oz bottle

Batch 4

Thanks for Mike for this one

App- Well color me pink. I didnt think this would be such a wonderful color. The pinks and reds and purples intermixed into a liquid raspberry (in no other words to say it) jam color. A small pinkish white head with only about 1/2" in of thickness was there and then gone. Didnt leave any stick or cling.

Smell- I liked the nose. A bit sweet and cloying but that was expected. A nice aroma of sour, oak and raspberry filled the nostrils. A bit of sugars permeated as well and wofted up. As it warmed it became a little thicker and more sweet vs. pure oak.

Taste- This was pretty good. I enjoyed the raspberry flavor intermixed with a solid oak and barrel flavor. Almost like a jam flavor but suprisingly light. The flavors melded well and created a lush flavor. A very good after dinner beer.

Mouth- Light bodied with a light and fizzy carbonation level. Delicate and flavorful.

Drink- Glad I traded for it. (1,003 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,427 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well I must say that the appearance of this beer is impeccable. It pours a bright cherry red which just glows in the glass. Nose is an absolute raspberry bomb. The fruit is fresh and there are even earthy notes of soil in the back. Some perceived tartness towards the finish of the smell. Taste is quite acidic up front creating a nice pucker. Some raspberry sweetness follows and balances well with the sourness. This beer is chick full of bold and big flavors. Mouthfeel is moderate with effervescent carbonation. This is a winner from Jester King! (550 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (267 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stupendous.

Simply enough, an incredible beer.

This was poetry in a bottle. I can’t say enough good things about this beer. I wish I could have more of this somehow. (170 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (716 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.7/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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 portia99
4.34/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,281 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,281 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jester King in July of 2015. Servediin an oversized tulip.

Deep pinkish-purple liquid with a pale but pink-tinged thin head. Somewhat cloudy but elegant. 5

Smells like raspberry jam. Straight up. 4.5

Taste is unripe raspberries and a grassy, earthiness. A touch of sweet jam flavor. 4.25

Very tart. Very. Slightly sweet and acidic. I find this a bit much as far as drinkability. 4

Love the aroma and burst of raspberry but it doesn't drink or taste as magical as the creme d' le creme. (501 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -6%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Chico1985
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A billion thanks to Sonny for sharing this and like...10 other insanely good beers I barely knew existed during an epic ~10 hour tasting a few nights ago. Wish I got more reviews in to truly archive all the madness, but whatcha gonna do?

This had a great maroon body with a pink head, retention was great. The scent was awesome, the taste somehow lived up, pretty amazing raspberry flavors here. Tastes like fresh stemmy berries and puckering sour raspberry candy with a good dose of barnyard funk. Not too much for oak. Solid well-carbonated body.

The stickler in me wishes there was a bit more in the way of musty earthy funk complexities as this does come off as little one-dimensional, another part of me doesn't care because it's probably the best raspberry profile I've had in a sour. Really great all around. (817 characters)

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -6%
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)

Photo of Hootie159
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,473 characters)

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.