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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 1,535
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 1,320
Gots: 331 | FT: 26
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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 PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like raspberry juice. It is deep magenta, not light pink like some other fruited sours. The pillowy pink head is really neat when you pour it vigorously. The nose is so deeply jammy. I detect very little tartness on the nose and a hint of oak. It smells like straight jam. The taste didn't quite deliver on the nose. The sour level was perfect for me. It's nicely tart like an unripe raspberry. I just don't get the distinct jamminess that was on the nose. The mouthfeel is a little thin and I could use a tad more carbonation. This beer is so light and flavorful that it is an ease to drink alone with only a slight bit of sour stomach after a whole bottle. The raspberry delivers on the finish as this beer warms.

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Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

White cap and collar one a gorgeous deep ruby body. Some small spots of lacing cling to the sides of the tulip.

Raspberry, plain and simple. Smell your fingers after crushing fresh raspberries in them, like that.

Finding a hard time describing Atrial because raspberry is the only word that comes to mind. Smell your fingers after crushing fresh raspberries in them. Sourness is about a 6 on the Duff27 sour scale.

Perfect amount of carbonation, medium-low. Mouthfeel is medium.

Intricate and simple raspberry at the same time. About as good as it gets for fruit wilds...we live in good beer times. Thanks for this kojevergas, a beer I never thought I'd get to try!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1

A - Deep ruby color with pink foam.

S - Raspberry aroma seems to have been moderated a bit by barnyard funk with about a year in the bottle. More of a deep, overripe raspberry aroma.

T - Very nice balance between funk, acidity and sweet raspberries. Delicious.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lightly sharp carbonation. Decent residual sweet stickiness.

O - One of the better Raspberry sours I've had. Not overly sweet but still with an apparent raspberry presence.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured at the brewery in TX, an awesome place to visit I highly recommend it! Awesome scene with multiple drink stations and beautiful scenery.

The beer pours a ruby red, a beautiful vibrant color showing the amount of fruit. Not much head and a bit of carbonation present in the body.

The smell is a beautiful raspberry packed masterpiece. Some well bodied oak and cherry notes too reminding me of a great cab franc in its dark and pungent aroma. The taste certainly has some tartness up front and follows with a bunch of fruit of course, and ends with a cereal flavor and bit of a disappointing aftertaste that falls off quickly. Sort of thinner than I expected in feel but has a really nice tartness over the palate. Overall a very solid taste, not amazing mouthfeel.

Great beer!

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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.

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Photo of dar482
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This just bursts at you with fresh bright tart raspberries like no fruit flavored beer I've ever had. Not even Cantillon nor New Glarus (or even Kunhenn Raspberry Eisbock) quite does it like this.

After the fruit, the beer moves onto vinegar, acidic tartness, and then onto a gentle sweetness. A very light drinking and flavorful beer.

Lives up to the hype as one of the best fruit wild ales I've had.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear deep blood red with a white head. Nose is big time fleshy cherry and cherry pit. Almost a cherry pie filling aroma. Cherry flesh up front, the bret and acidity take over and make a presence not seen in the nose. Good carb and a very dry finish on a meaty body. Drink now, acidity will probably take over in time.

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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.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle shared between three drinkers in three low ball glasses. Big thanks to Damian74Shensky for this bottle, among several others he sent me. Bottle says "Blend One -- March 2013," so I assume this bottle is close to a year old.

A - a very pretty beer indeed. The appearance is very dynamic; one glass is slightly lighter than another, one has more carbonation than another, etc. It's as though none of us are drinking exactly the same beer. AR has a long necked bottle, and when I opened it I was met with a nice pink foam, but, surprisingly, there was very little on the forced pour. What foam there was dissipated rapidly. The color is fairly extraordinary, a nice blood red, similar to strawberry jam, viscous, opaque, even on the periphery. I'm reminded of Raspberry Eisbock, though there's tons of carbonation here. My drinking partners are entertained merely by watching this beer.

S - a huge hit of fruit right at first, giving way to the vinegary sourness, ketchup, and apple cider. There's a carrying raspberry scent throughout, but, unlike other American sours, the dominant trait here is the bitter, wonderful funk of a lambic. The tartness is pervasive, but it's hard to assign specific fruits here.

T - the first impression is bitterness. It threatens to overwhelm the senses, turning the beer rotten, but then it gives way to massive amount of raspberries, which are specifically discernible in the taste in a way that they weren't in the smell. It's fruity, sweet, sour, a little salty, vinegary, complex, funky, and delicious. As AR makes its way down my throat, it bursts like a liquor, warming.

M - like any good sour, AR is excessively carbonated, burning, and sour, making the mouth pucker in reaction. But, again like any good sour, it's a good thing, interesting, experiential. There's no alcohol to speak of, but the yeast strain leaves my cheeks a little sore and aflame. Puckering, but not overpowering.

O - AR is a fun beer, a truly excellent take on a style that's difficult for American breweries to capture. It's sweet, tangy, yeasty, and sour. I cower at how much this beer costs, but I would never turn it down in the future.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
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)

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Photo of rudzud
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.