Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
09-29-2013 16:46:56 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
01-19-2014 06:44:41 | More by orangesol
4.53/5 rDev -1.1%
1900th review! Got in a trade with cyde. 500 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 2, bottled in August 2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a small ring of lacing. Minimal glass lacing and a fair amount streaming carbonation. Great color and clarity. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry skin, sour cherry, red grape, green apple, oak, clove, pepper, leather, red wine, vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big raspberry presence and great yeast/oak balance; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, raspberry skin, green apple, sour cherry, pear, red grape, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, red wine, musty funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, green apple, red grape, pear, sour cherry, oak, clove, red wine, hay, straw, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of raspberry, oak, and yeast ester flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane raspberry sour ale! All around fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of raspberry, oak, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. An extremely delicious and well balanced offering.
12-15-2013 19:53:30 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
The beer is ruby hued with a thin collar. Huge raspberry aroma. Funky character with a jammy raspberry quality. A simple and straightforward beer. Makes me want to revisit Lou Pepe Framboise - it's been too long. Delicious and teeming with flavor. So much fruit. Fabulous. My favorite Jester King thus far.
08-10-2014 00:26:47 | More by Huhzubendah
4.31/5 rDev -5.9%
Bottle opened on 12.22.13
Bottled March 2013
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.
01-03-2014 04:51:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.1/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
07-03-2014 01:20:29 | More by Alieniloquium
Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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