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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 732
Gots: 210 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: UT-Alex on 06-02-2013)
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nathanmiller

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good it's got me writing full reviews, something I haven't done for some time. It joins an exclusive list of beers that I'd rate "nearly perfect across the board." It's that good.

A: Simply beautiful deep ruby color that says to me, before anything else even comes into the picture, "raspberry." Light behind the glass imparts a deep red, and frankly I haven't seen a beer this beautiful in a long time.

S: The aroma takes you through the process of being a raspberry, from raspberry patch to ripe fruit bursting with deliciousness. Before even taking a taste, you already know that this will treat the raspberry like a delicate, almost sacred fruit, simply because of the way that it plays on your nose. Tart, fruity, ripe. And under all that, just they tiniest hint of the oak barrel.

T: Wow. Super dry (which I love) and tart. Raspberry through and through. From start to finish, this is quintessential raspberry, and the flavors imparted by the barrel boost that even further. You know the best raspberry torte you've ever had? The one where by far the worst part of the torte is the floury parts, the crust and other fillers? Where you wish that you had more of the filling, the raspberry greatness? This beer is the liquid form of that greatness. The tartness is incredible, and the flavor is a perfect match.

M: Extremely dry, reasonable acidity. Exactly what the aroma implies, and perfect for the taste. I briefly thought about rating this 4.75, but upon further reflection, I don't honestly know what could possibly make this better. It feels great on the tongue, palate, and throat. Ideal.

Overall I think this is the best beer made in Texas yet. I'd strongly argue for it being included in any discussion about best beers in America. Jester King not only has created a great beer, they've created a masterpiece. I can't wait to drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 15:15:20 | More by nathanmiller
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Nablock

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%

09-05-2013 15:01:21 | More by Nablock
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pink hue, slightly hazed, with a thin sheet of head. Sour raspberry jam, oak, and some JK barnyard yeast. Bright raspberry flavor, but solid balance between malts and funk as well. Slightly tannic with a solid finish, keeps me going back for more. Overl a fantastic fruited wild ale, and the best beer I've ever had from JK. The only thing I would prefer more would be a LP Framboise, but that's a different style of beer and not exactly a fair comparison. People might think this is a homer review, but I've never had a raspberry American wild as good as this one...

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 03:51:20 | More by xpimptastikx
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r0nburgundy69

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Jester King, it was made known that the tap Atrial was a second blend. Served into a logoless wine glass.

A. Pours a beautiful ruby red, this is one of the most beautiful beers I have seen.
S. Wild raspberries, sour and funk.
T. Wow this is sour. One of the most sour beers I have tasted, but without being overpowering. Very dry with loads of raspberries, without any sweetness.
M. Light and prickly, everything you would want out of a fruit sour.
O. Without being blasphemous I would say very close with a lot of Belgian frambroises, the best American raspberry beer I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 23:37:03 | More by r0nburgundy69
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UtisTheLaw

Texas

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

Had Batch 2 on tap at Jester King for the bottle release. The color is near amazing, up there with a number of high caliber fruited sours that I have had along the way. Smell promises the fruitiness and tartness to come. Light, pink head, dissipates quickly. Jammy raspberry taste with tart dryness in the finish. It will be interesting to see how the flavor has developed in the bottles, which are 6 months older than this tap batch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 15:47:18 | More by UtisTheLaw
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 15:35:32 | More by wagenvolks
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cfrobrew

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-03-2013 13:42:57 | More by cfrobrew
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SteeleWright

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-03-2013 10:18:28 | More by SteeleWright
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Daemose

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%

09-03-2013 06:21:53 | More by Daemose
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lokieman

Oklahoma

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jester King Craft Brewery:

A: Ruby red, minimal head. Murky raspberry red that invites any fruited sour lover to dive right in.

S: Sour raspberry, faint sweetness. Vinous, fruity notes. Very nice...

T: Raspberry with a dry, tart finish. Any sweetness is wiped clean by the incredible dryness of this sour. Balance, tartness, dryness...no cloying sweetness from the ton of raspberries they used that might be expected. Masterfully done...

M: Dry and clean on the palate. Just enough body to hold everything together.

O: This is by far the best thing to come out of Jester King. They've taken their game to the next level with this offering. Don't miss it if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 03:21:39 | More by lokieman
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jacobbocce72

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-02-2013 21:58:41 | More by jacobbocce72
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Heretic42

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

09-02-2013 21:49:41 | More by Heretic42
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raffy313

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

09-02-2013 19:07:44 | More by raffy313
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bentwookie

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-02-2013 15:18:12 | More by bentwookie
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mhenson42

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-02-2013 15:05:04 | More by mhenson42
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hash_tagger

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draft: Batch 2 served 8/31/2013 from 4oz stemmed white wine like glassware or 8oz teku like stemware.

Appearance: Liquid rubies, medium to darker hue crimson red with a light pinkish head that recedes at just the right amount of speed to release the nose in a very seductive manner. Welcoming without being overpowering till she's ready to have you consume her. Lacing is fueled by nice carbonation leaving champagne like light bubbles kissing the glass and dancing in a “last bubble stands” fight for survival like the sugars trying to out last their consumption. The overall color ranges from light melted rubies, to that of alchemist's highly heated precious stones, resulting in the over abundance of the element chromium adding to the intense shade of this color that has been unseen in a brew of this caliber till now. The reason for the wide range of colorings has been from exposure of this beer for a few weeks and watching it mature is akin to witnessing something organic blossom.

Smell: The overwhelming scent of raspberries fields forever is purely abundant. Sticking your nose in the glass reveals a host of events, starting with raspberries, then walking you though what you used to think was the signature farmhouse yeast smell. The use of their farmhouse yeast in this particular brew is foreshadowing of what is to come in their future fruit beers. Honed well and after almost three years of experimenting is coming to their fruition and well under their control. It's maybe not mastered at this point but Jester King completely understands what they are dealing with and how to make it work for what they do. Thus resulting in a bit of funk, though not enough for funk masters, still enough for people who appreciate the complexity going on here, while riding on the backside of light hints of oak barrels that do sit back to their 200 pounds (estimate) of raspberries per barrel.

Taste: Raspberries aged in oak barrels for months till the sugars have been totally consumed. If you're looking for sweeter fruit beer there are others elsewhere. The result of Atrial Rubicite is a masterful, well executed example of an American wild ale. Raspberries take the helm of this ride. Expect acidity to be way past average and the tart level high. The bitterness cuts though Texas 100 degree plus heat like a knife. Hints of cranberry skin tannins finish last in this one. Lemon has also been suggested due to the acidity. Funk and sour are major players here while again oak barrels sit back and lend a supporting backbone. The ending result of all this is a beer that ends in a lingering dry raspberry finish that might redefine your definition of wild, refreshing and crisp. All at the same time.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel of Atrial Rubicite is completely governed by it's sour, tart and dry properties. The carbonation actually rides shot gun during the pouring then releases as the smell takes over. Atrial Rubicite dominates the tongue like a vest and but dries out a little quicker than most would like due to the carbonation of the amount raspberries used in the process I suspect. You still get the enveloping quality one would expect from such classics that utilize old world technics to brew beers that this one was inspired from. For this style, any thicker would be jammy and you would not have this rendition.

Overall: As noted before, I've got to watch this beer mature more so than most. I'm proud to say this is from Austin, Texas. This a beer that I can completely stand behind and I hope you get to try it. Truly a magnificent concoction of imagination on the part of Jester King and I can't wait to see what they'll deliver after this. The bar has been set and only time will tell tell if they they can keep it up. Here's to knowing they won't disappoint. Cheers.

PS: I'll be at Zwanze Day at Jester King this Saturday with one bottle from my allocation. If you have not tried this yet I'll share it with you. BM me. First come first served. Out of staters get first priority.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 14:37:34 | More by hash_tagger
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BgThang

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Jester King release . It looks like blood. Amazing color. The nose is tart and acidic with a raspberry note. You know you are about to dive in to something fantastic. I have been hearing friend talk of this beer for the last couple months. I have always seem to miss out on it (pre release) Also with Jester King sours they can be hit or miss. This one is a GOD DAMN homerun! The sourness is there, the tartness is there and has that reeal raspberry taste. not artificial like some raspberry sours can be. The carbonation level was spot on and I wish I could have gotten more than 3 bottles for drinking them.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 10:02:57 | More by BgThang
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mmiller113

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-02-2013 02:24:48 | More by mmiller113
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2? on draft at Jester King.

Pours a little deeper than red with a pink head.

The aroma is insane. So much raspberry. You can pick up on the impending sour/tartness. Some grass and lemon.

The taste is big on the raspberry like the nose which is what I was hoping for. Lots of sour bacteria to tighten up the lips.

Lighter bodied with light carbonation. Dry.

This beer just wins over in sheer deliciousness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 21:42:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-01-2013 20:46:07 | More by PhatAtUT
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bbadger

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-01-2013 17:36:13 | More by bbadger
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Compton25

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-01-2013 16:56:38 | More by Compton25
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jbeezification

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

8 oz pour on tap at Jester Kings tap room, poured into an oversized wine glass. Pour was not aggressive and produced a nice white fluffy head that settles into a half inch/ quarter inch head that lasts.
Color is a deep raspberry red and is very appealing.
Smell is of berries and oak, with the barrel taking a back seat to the raspberries.
Taste is similar, raspberries, raspberries and barrel, a nice tart sour and more raspberries, this is just delicious.

Overall I am very pleased, this is a non-blended, barrel aged, wild ale (did I mention raspberries?) that isn't over sour and is refreshing and simply delightful. I was very surprised by this one, I knew the style and the hype but having had several misses and not always being one to go by popular opinion, my expectations were not high, but this beer very much surpassed all I had hoped for.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 15:23:39 | More by jbeezification
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

09-01-2013 14:28:59 | More by Yeti1979
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michael78747

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%

09-01-2013 12:51:37 | More by michael78747
Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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