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Atrial Rubicite - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 911
Gots: 263 | FT: 24
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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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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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.