Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 1,433
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 300 | FT: 25
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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 Igotmypistola
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As close as wilds get to perfection. More jam than your Grandma's kitchen. Funk and straight raspberry juice. I swear it's like taking a bite. Prickly like black cherry Hansens. This is the truth and I want more. (212 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

This will be quick. I'm at Sour Sunday at the Holy Grale in the Ville KY.

Pours dark ruby red. Fine bubble reddish rim. The nose is sour raspberry, sour yeast, funk, and wine soaked oak. The taste starts off tart, lots of cherries raspberry blackberry, sour funk, and a pleasant metallic finish. High carbonation, very smooth, and light body.

This is a very well crafted sour. Big tart and big cherry/raspberry. I can see the reason for the hype. (449 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


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 Yellolab2010
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

#500! Love this sour! Big big raspberry taste upfront with the right amount of sour to go with it. Beautiful purplish color with a great nose. Well worth waiting for to have it at 500! (184 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 Chico1985
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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 cbutova
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goddamn Sonny, slaying a ton of top 250 beers this weekend thanks to you. Massive, massive thanks once again and again and again.

A- 500ml poured into four glasses for a bottle share. Bright ruby red body with a pink head up to about half a finger eventually receding to a small foamy ring. Head retention is decent.

S- Reminds me a lot of Rose de Gambrinus in the aroma, enough to note that here. Juicy fresh raspberries and barnyard, musty funkiness. A bit of wood to provide a backdrop.

T- The smell has a blast of raspberry but here they shine even more somehow. Fresh, fresh whole ripe raspberry feel, flesh seeds and all. More backing notes like lactic acid, musty funk, slight barnyard, lemon juice sourness and something reminds me of stone fruits and white grapes.

MF- Light end bodied with a texture between fizzy and foamy with a cushion of some frothiness. Carbonation at the high side with a medium sourness finishing it all off.

A raspberry bomb that reminds me of any great Belgian Framboise and specifically of Rose de Gambrinus in the aroma. Biting assault of fresh raspberries on the taste buds with a complex, rounded out lambic bug mix. (1,161 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the premier raspberry american wild. So much raspberry on the nose, upfront, back end, finish and every in between while still holding a strong but not overpowering sour. (179 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Received a 2014 (April batch date) bottle via trade. Well worth the effort to attain. Atrial is hands down the best tasting sour beer I've had so far. The raspberries were used to perfection. (191 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Alex for this one!

This beer is gorgeous. A dark ruby body with a nice pink head. I certainly don't select beers based on their looks... but you gotta give credit where credit is due... and this beer looks like Christina Ricci in black snake moan. Raspberries dominate the aroma. A slight sour kick up front in the taste but then the tartness from the raspberries takes over. A little bit oakey, acidic, with a touch of fruity sweetness. It's def a sipper but I think that's the point of most wild ales. You could tell it was unfiltered and unpasturized as there was lots of remnants left at the bottom of the bottle. I loved every sip of this beer and am very thankful I got to try it. (710 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.6/5  rDev +2%

One of the most beautiful beers I've seen in the glass -- a luminous ruby/raspberry. Crisp, tart and dry. The raspberry fruit is absolutely huge and bright. Yet, it is not cloying in any way. World class. (204 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 nataku00
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

B1 poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark reddish purple, slight haze with thin white head. Not much head retention despite some decent carbonation.

Nose is very raspberry forward, fresh sweet and tart berries similar to sticking your head into a basket of ripe fruit. A bit of lactic acidity and old oak as well.

Sharp acidity upfront, heavy lactic acid, lemon juice and sour raspberry. A touch of sweet fruit, earthy funk and mineral flavors. Acidity really dominates the palette though, drying out the tongue with lingering lemony lactic flavors.

Light body and effervescent, tons of soft tiny bubbles aiding in drying out the tongue and keeping it clean. (680 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 Billquirk
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Batch 4, poured into a wine glass at a fantasy football draft.

Unbelievable color of pinkish reddish beauty. Thin pink head. The smell is amazing. Just amazing raspberry, oak, and funk. Taste is perfect, with acidy raspberry jammy goodness. Funk comes in waves between the sweetness of the raspberries. A phenomenal beer. (328 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours out a vibrant red like agua de Jamaica. Thin pink head. Smells strongly of raspberries, funk, stomach acid, pale wheat. Flavor is tart raspberry, pale and toasty malts, light wood. Aftertaste is raspberry jam. Finishes extremely dry and sour. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Acid strips the tongue. This is excellent. (336 characters)

Photo of SStein
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Blend 2-Aug 2013, opened Aug 2014

A: deep pink with minimum all lacing on the glass
S: raspberries, and more raspberries
T: raspberry followed by mellow funk, light horse blanket
M: slight carbonization and nicely tart
O: a top notch raspberry sour. (253 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (306 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep purplish red color. Looks good!

Big raspberry aroma - including seeds - along with black tea and touches of vinegar and old wood. Deep, complex, and captivating.

Tastes absolutely delicious. Great balance between fresh juicy fruit, spicy and ever so slightly bitter seed, leaf, and barrel flavors, and a good dose of sourness. Quite complex and full-flavored, and at the same time light, refreshing and highly drinkable. Long finish, spicy berry seeds and old barrel.

Incredible beer. Thanks Daniel! (517 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dragged 6 non-beer drinkers to Jester King to try their great beers. Atrial Rubicite was the highlight of the day.

A-The color is a perfect brilliant red with a thin layer of foam on top. Just a beautiful color!

S- Smells exactly as you would expect. Sour raspberries.

T- If you like sour beers and you like raspberries you'll love the taste of this beer. Definitely the best fruit sour I've had to date because the raspberries really have a strong fruit flavor that balances the sourness.

M- Slightly acidic and refreshing. The carbonation is just right. Not overly carbonated to detract from the flavor.

O- Liked this beer so much that I picked up a bottle to bring back to Florida and even bought an Atrial Rubicite T-Shirt. (732 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tmutes11
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like raspberries, and sour ales, look no further. The Atrial Rubicite is the most flavorful and delightfully sour farmhouse ale I've ever had, with a dominant raspberry profile. A truly unique creation that is a pleasure with every sip, with food or without. (265 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch # 1

I don't know what to say about the smell of this beer, but definitively funky.

Pours a nice reddish beer, very dark. Almost no carbonation form, but this is a carbonated beer. Aroma is of funky yeasts, berries. Taste is really good, very sour but not overly sour. Very drinkable. Tastes like berries. The body is light. (331 characters)

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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