Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 1,400
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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Ratings: 1,400 | Reviews: 124
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 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 jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of SadMachine
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 12/24/13
Blend 01

A- Pours a deep raspberry red with a large pink head that dissipates to a collar. Lively effervescent carbonation. Simply gorgeous!

S- The first words to escape my mouth were "Oh my God, this smells amazing!" Huge aromas of raspberry, both tart and sweet. Clearly acidic, with sour green apple, and cherries to go along with the cascades of raspberries. Mild funk and sweet fruit. A nearly perfect smelling fruited sour!

T- All sorts of sour/tart flavors. I'm pretty sure both lacto and pedio were used here, but even if not there's a lot of tart/sour complexity here. Obviously there's tons of raspberries in the flavor, mostly tart, but just enough sweetness to balance it out. The hints of sour cherries and granny smith apples from the nose come through, as well as the slight funk. There's also some oaky, tannic flavors. An absolute delight to drink, and I don't want to finish it!

M- The mouthfeel is effervescent, dry, and acidic. A touch thicker than most sours with all the raspberry sediment floating around, but it's welcome. Nearly perfect for the style!

O- This is nearly a perfect beer! I don't think I've had a sour that has impressed me this much before in every aspect!

edited after also having blends 03 (small sample) & 04 (full pour)

Photo of rudzud
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Think this makes a fitting beer to crack on the first hour of Christmas. Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. This is Batch 2.

A - Pours a glorious, vibrant raspberry red not quite crystal clear with a beautiful one finger pinkish red head that fades rather quickly. No lacing or that stuff, but, kind of to be expected.

S - Ohhh yes. Yes. Yes! I sound like that damn Herbal Essences shampoo commercial as I take a deep breathe. Glorious raspberries, pure and sweet like burying my face in a fresh picked box of berries. Very light jam notes. Not sweet, nor is this overly tart. It smells like a raspberry coulis.

T - Please, please be as good as the nose...Not quite, but damn close. Where to begin. Loads of raspberry here, tart berry slams the pallet first with some green tart seed notes, skin, then the sweet fruit aspects come through with a touch of sweetness. I can't stress enough how much this tastes like raspberry coulis. There is some light funkiness towards the finish that is overpowered by the return of tart red raspberries. This is leaps and bounds better than say, Allagash Coolship Red. The raspberry is so bright...so not typical for American sours. This is Cantillon level quality. I really cannot think of anything more I would like on the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry, crisp. Carbonation is just wonderful, spot on for the style. Each sip leaves me craving another. Tart, but not enamel scraping.

O - Overall this beer is just delicious...and the nose, the nose is incredible. This was worth the wait. Merry Christmas to me.

Photo of J_Dub
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red pour. Minimal head. Raspberry aromas dominate to the point I don't detect anything else. The taste is the same. Raspberries and not much else. The sour raspberries do have a touch of funk at the end but it's minimal. Perfect amount of carbonation.

A bit one dimensional. It's a raspberry tart beverage; it's hard to tell this is a beer. Glad I had a chance to try it but considering the price for the amount you get I won't be getting this one again.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an awesome bright red, with a beautiful one finger pink head. Smells like raspberry with a little funk and oak in there. Taste is raspberry forward, with some funk at the end. Nice carbonation and slightly thin mouthfeel. Really sour as well, easy to drink though. Very fruity with some other nice barrel flavors, as well.

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (March 2013) bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: A beautiful shade of purple with a little bit of effervescence popping on the surface. Maybe slightly too much carbonation? Not disappointed with it, just a observation.

S: As a self admitted raspeberry addict a huge smile came across my face when I took a big whiff of this one. Like fresh picked raspberries. Everything I had hoped for in the nose.

T: Super, super tart. Did not pick up any sugary sweetness like I would have in say a New Glarus Raspberry Tart or Founders Rubaeus. All tart here with just some slight flavor from the oak barrel. You can tell that you are drinking a wild ale though.

M: The effervescence/carbonation is really what my taste buds first focused on. I didn't think it was too thin or anything.

O: It's so hard being objective on some of these really hyped beers. I'm glad I tried this 9 months after bottling as I am sure some of the flavors simmered down just a bit. Did it live up to the hype? No. But that's not why I tried it. As a huge fan of raspberry beers I was very, very happy to try this one. It met my expectations as far as what I had hoped for: a really enjoyable raspberry wild ale.

Photo of Greenplastic615
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle courtesy of Lokieman - thanks Keith! Review is for Blend #1.

A - Pours a deep red with a finger of reddish pink head that falls somewhat quickly back into the glass. This is a truly beautiful looking beer.

S - Whoa. Raspberry jam, anyone? One of the best noses of any beer I've had this year. There's just so much fruity aroma coming out of the glass that I can smell it from 2-3 feet away.

T - Jammy jam jams. I honestly thought it would be more sour, but it's really more of a fruit bomb with some moderate acidity and mild tartness. This isn't a sour in the way that Cascade or The Bruery would make a fruited sour; it reminds me much more of something like Rose de Gambrinus, just without that signature Cantillon funk.

M - On the dry side, but nicely offset by the fruit flavor and tartness. Carbonation is spot on for a beer of this style - not over the top, but unquestionably present.

O - This is a really well put together beer, and by far the best thing I've had from Jester King to date. If you like raspberries, this is a must get. Looking forward to future batches as well as future JK coolship projects.

Photo of homebrew311
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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 emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blend 2, August 2013

Poured into a pair of JK snifters, the color is a striking ruby jewel tone, really bright and saturated, just beautiful. Momentary pink foam that lasts all of a minute, then fades away to a still glassy surface. Clarity is bright, there are some tiny particles visible.

Noticeable raspberry aroma, a little bit leafy and a touch citrusy. Not as pungent as Framboise Du Nord we just had. Not all that funky or tart in the nose.

Bright tartness, clean and puckering lactic acidity, light raspberry taste. Palate scrubbing carbonation. Not a lot of depth or complexity unfortunately, but tart and fruity. Seems like any other raspberry wild ale out there. Not sure where all the hype stems from. Raspberry Ananke is far better.

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 ironchefmiyagi13
4.14/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brought this myself to a tasting event last night. It is batch 1, so I hope the raspberries haven't fallen off too much.

Holy crap the color on this beer is amazing. Beautiful grape juice purple with a little red thrown in topped off with a lavender head. Absolutely gorgeous.

NOOO!

*sighs* The raspberries...they...they are dead...
Tis true; they have been slain. Absolutely no sign of them in the aroma. Instead, it is really funky that was more in line with the other Geuzes we drank. Little bit of sweet cherry tomato on the aroma. I have a batch 2 coming soon, and while I was going to trade it after drinking this one, I traded for this one expecting raspberries and dammit, daddy needs his fucking raspberries!

Flavor is nicely carbonated with a mouth-filling quality. It really coats the palate. Unfortunately, I have to take off both on aroma and flavor for not having ANY raspberries. I know it has been 8 months, but I did not expect that to be all the time it took for the raspberries to disappear.

Still a personal want ticked off, but just not what I expected. I went in with high hopes. Now I am really contemplating keeping my other for drinking. Ugh, decisions!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

what more can you ask of a beer. this is quite possibly the best beer ive ever had, certainly the best in recent memory (since my mid august fou foune). drlovemd87 deserves a shout out for bringing this rarity over. lets start with the color, holy goodness, I have never seen a beer so radiantly ruby red in my life, the color of raspberries mashed in a mortar and pestle right after being picked, hints of pink highlight the reds, looks like fresh jam. bright and gorgeous. show me a prettier fruit beer, ive never seen one. small but sturdy white head, not stained pink in the least, impressive and sexy like whipped topping. now the smell. oh oh oh the smell. tart and mouthwatering like raspberry jam, acidic lacto bacterial fermentation notes too, but not overpowering, and no vinegar at all. its funky, but its summery too, and seemingly perfect for fall. the fruit is so fresh I can taste it, the quality shines through here. the taste is even better than the nose, everything I want and nothing I don't. perfect. I never give perfect scores, and I have to here, no place to improve in taste. the berries are forward but not at al sweet, the sour elements are all lined up, pucker and dry, but not burning or angry, just balanced, still supremely drinkable, not too much alcohol, just right. no gimmicks. carbonated like a champagne, it really pops off in my mouth. cant believe how alive and active this is, and how there is not a lick of residual sugar here, its dry and fruity as it finishes. the robustness of the berries and the balanced yet complex sour flavors are the takeaways for me, and that color of course. its like absolutely nothing else out there, and I would kill to have a steady stream of it. never thought I liked fruited beer, so if you are in that boat, this is a life changer. worth every bit of hype, trade value, and praise it has received and then some. it takes a lot to blow me away these days, and jester king has done just that. it is the standard by which all fruit beer, and maybe even all sour beer will no be measured. as close to perfect as they get. wow, just wow. stop at nothing to acquire this, contact me if you've got extras. my appetite is now insatiable

Photo of gtermi
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of justforrazors
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 10-23-13

A- Pours a ruby red with a 1/2 inch pink head that quickly fades to a thin layer over the beer. Great clarity with carbonation bubbles evident throughout.

S- Jammy sweet raspberries with a lactic acid background along with a touch of barnyard, although the fruit is the dominating force in the aroma.

T- The sweet nose was very deceptive- still tons of raspberry character, but very much on the tart side of things. The lactic acid mixes with the fruit and dominates, with some yeast and barnyard character at the end.

M- Low body, low carbonation, very dry finish leaves you wanting another sip.

O- This beer is incredible, absolutely mind blowing. Tons of fruit character- I am glad I drank my one bottle fresh as I can imagine it will fade over time. Drink it now. This is delicious.

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a pink layer of bubbles on top. Looks cloudy. Good retention for a sour. Easy to swirl up more foam. Smells great. Very jammy. Lots of fruit. The berries come through strong and tasty. Not a lot of funk. Mild oak but it might just be overshadowed by the fruit. Taste is a step back from the aroma. The fruit is still the dominant note, but it's not as jammy as I expected from the aroma. Funk is mild again. More oak shows up. Quite dry. It's tasty but there's not much depth. Mouthfeel is light and drying. Good sour but the yeast/bacteria blend just isn't quite there yet for me.

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

poured from 500ML bottle into my freetail snifter glass
pour reddish color with no head and no lacing
smell is very berry fruit get some raspberry
taste is simillar with a slight berry tart not a puckering sour but on the light side
mouthfeel is nice good carbonation
very easy and nice drinkable
would definite get again

Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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+ (3.92)

***
03.12.15: 2nd impressions from a Batch #4 bottle:

A: Looks gorgeous. Vibrant red. Incredible.

Sm: Lovely tart raspberry, powdered sugar, juicy redcurrant. Lush sourness seems to be ~5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Aromatic intensity is moderate. Highly appealing - even mouthwatering.

T/Mf: Fantastic. The sourness has developed with age; lactic puckery smackiness accentuates the jaw-dropping tart raspberry. Incredible notes of powdered sugar and juicy berries/currants fill out the body nicely. Impeccably balanced and beautifully built, this is a brew which is truly gestalt. Complex enough, with plenty of subtlety of flavour. Amazing execution. Perfect carbonation. Smooth, wet, refreshing.

O: One of the finest American sours ever brewed. Well worth aging. It earns its high reputation. Perhaps Jester King's best beer. It's hard not to inhale this beer given its high quality; it's effortlessly drinkable. I'm shocked how much better this has gotten. Flat-out incredible stuff, and absolutely worth trading for. Cements Jester King as one of the best sour producers on the nearest two continents.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

The random shit you learn thanks to beer: apparently rubicite is a material found in many MMOs that is bright red in appearance and is normally associated with HP regeneration. The more you know... Anyway, this stuff pours a somewhat hazy magenta topped by a finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dank raspberries, mild barnyard funk, sour blue raspberry, and a twinge of green apple. The taste brings in more of the same, with the apple now more apple vinegar-like and the overall level of tartness greatly increased. It's bright, it's fruity, it's tart, it's kinda funky, and it works. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine sour raz drink, one whose greatness was only impugned by the fact that it followed other stellar sours in the same night. Still, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of JDJTEXAS
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I will start this off by disclosing that sours are something I've only recently really fabled in. On to my review

Appearance is one of deep dark maroon blood red body with amazing pink lace that leaves it's foamy bubbly fingers along the sides of my glass! Beautiful to say the least.The smell is like a raspberry tart with that funk I recognize from many other JK offerings. The taste is instant with raspberry and quickly tart on the tongue with lactic tinge. This beer is such a fine example of what I like in a fruited sour to this point in my life. I really look forward to more special releases from Jester King!

Photo of Irrenarzt
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,400 ratings.