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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 721
Gots: 206 | FT: 14
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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bentwookie

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +9%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.9%

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

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -1.5%

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

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.9%

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

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.4%

09-01-2013 12:51:37 | More by michael78747
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Greigh

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

09-01-2013 07:38:58 | More by Greigh
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-01-2013 02:47:05 | More by ldhughes3
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zonker17

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-31-2013 23:03:50 | More by zonker17
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-31-2013 19:53:13 | More by BeerHunter76
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brandon911

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-31-2013 19:50:08 | More by brandon911
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-31-2013 18:27:27 | More by Texasfan549
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Theortiz01

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.4%

08-31-2013 18:03:58 | More by Theortiz01
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cfh64

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-31-2013 14:22:41 | More by cfh64
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canadianghetto

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-20-2013 21:56:32 | More by canadianghetto
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jforeman

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-14-2013 03:10:58 | More by jforeman
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-12-2013 07:24:51 | More by zestar
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.06/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, raspberry, and oak aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry and oak flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice fresh sour raspberry presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:56:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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lcmir23

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-11-2013 20:55:23 | More by lcmir23
Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.