Aurelian Lure
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
99
Ranked #180
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.87%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
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Notes: Ale Refermented in Oak Barrels With Apricots: Aurelian Lure California Apricots were added to oak barrels containing mature sour beer. The beer was then allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.
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4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden straw with a finger-and-a-half of near-white foam head with tightly knit bubbles. Some modest, sloppy lacing clings to the sides of the glass before sliding back down into the crown and wisp.

Refined barnyard aroma with hints of hay, lemon and apricot fruit roll-ups.

Delightful taste of super-juicy dried apricot layered over a slightly sour, slightly funky barnyard-and-lemon base. There’s maybe a little white wine. Maybe a little oak. The tartness and acidity comes in on the backend, and is somewhat lighter than I expected. Really superb.

Soft, mildly creamy mouthfeel with tight carbonation.

One of the juiciest, softest-feeling sours I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. The acidity really isn’t over the top at all. I love this.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Dec 20, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale color, almost no head. Aroma has fresh, unripe fruits like apricot, quince and mirabelles. Also quite spicy with some saffron and curry. Taste is tart and fruity with unripe apricot complete with skin. Really mineral on the finish. Light body, medium carbonation, really dry. A great, refreshing and really elegant sour.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Dec 08, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the jester king beers that i have been unable to track down until now, highly acclaimed and on my list forever, stoked to finally have sourced it. its definitely one of the best apricot wild beers in the game, so intense and so natural at the same time, in a lot of ways reminds me of when i tried cascade apricot for the first time, and just realized that there was no more true expression of apricots in beer than that, this is the same, but much less sour, and with the classic jester king funky yeast mix that makes their beers so distinctive all the time. a pulpy orange hazy look to this one, under a short but lasting white head. the nose is incredible, the best feature of this for me and where i really appreciate the apricots most, fuzzy and real, fleshy and juicy and sweet and ripe, their absolute essence. some higher level bacterial acidity evident here too, but all in service of the fruit. nice oak to the flavor, gives it a richness, and a light wine and vanilla thing in the flavor, beautiful with the pale wheat malt and the sugars in the fruit, its funky and sour and also kind of desserty, a little more left at the end of this one than in a lot of their beers, especially these small bottle fruited releases, and i love how long it lingers. more sour than others too, especially at temperature, but it all works so well together. epic expression of apricots in a really amazingly funky and mature wild beer, up there with the best of jester king, and certainly worth all the hype!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 4.

I'm continually amazed by how much fruit falls off of sours when aged for some time. I recently enjoyed a Fen Tao and the peach notes were tremendous. Since then, I've drank a Nocturn Chrysalis and an Aurelian Lure - neither have had a comparable presence of fruit, after two years of aging. I'm surprised, for some reason. All beers age differently, but it seems consistent that fruit notes fall off a bit.

Aurelian Lure thus doesn't have much apricot presence left. It's dominated now by sour, tart barrel notes. It's also very acidic. Damn sour, damn tart, and very good - but my acidic reflux was unpleasant after this beer. Be prepared accordingly.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Sep 17, 2018
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4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites from JK. I have had each batch and while the most recent batch was not as good as ones in the past it is still one of the best sours they make.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice apricot sour. Pours a golden color with subtle apricot notes. Tart on the tongue, but dry and subtle apricot notes become subtle apricot flavor on the palate. Great brew that I hope to have again

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wulfie85 from California, Dec 12, 2017
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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the release on tap, along side Fen Tao, and later in the bottle. I have to say, on tap was better which is like saying the sky is blue. In my opinion, apricot is one of the best fruits to go with sour beers and this is definitely one of the better sours JK makes. Deep apricot flavor, medium sourness, all deliciousness.

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4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage (blend 5).

A: Pours a very light straw color with a thin ring of very fine, bright white head. Nicely effervescent. Good retention for the minimal head that’s there. Decent good clarity.

S: Hay, honey, apricot, light barnyard funk. Delicate.

T: A bracing rush of moderate apricot, honey, grainy wheat, grass, and light mineraliness which imparts an interesting dimension. The moderate tartness fades fairly quickly on the finish which saves this from being too sour and helps quaffability.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Very mild creaminess.

O: Tasty, refreshing sour beer without a lot of complexity or depth. It’s hard to say that additional time would help: presumably, any additional development of the brett would be offset by fading of the fruit.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Nov 20, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 poured into a tulip.

Poured semi hazy, minimal head. Golden orange in color.
Aroma was all stone fruit and some lacto. Smelled amazing.
Tasted so good. B2 held up well. Lots of fruit balanced by some nice sourness. Not overly puckering.
Feel was as expected. Light with good carb. Didn't strip the enamel from my teeth.
Overall, this was an outstanding sour. JK just does sours right and this was no exception.

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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts, Nov 18, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hit of what I'm coming to understand is trademark JK funk, which is to say a little outhouse-y for me, but that settles down over time. On the palate, some light nectary apricot and a robust acidity that causes some throat burn by the end of the glass. A solid sour but nothing worth going out of your way for.

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breadwinner from California, Dec 28, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend 3 august 2015

Golden burnt orange. White head.

Huge sour and tartness with a big apricot fruit flavor. It has a nice funk and very barnyardy. Definitely tastes like JK funk. Lemon acidity.

A very solid apricot sour. Very enjoyable.

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mothman from Minnesota, Oct 20, 2016
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4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was incredibly delicious. I was hoping for something special as I was told it was great. But this blew me away. This was a phenomenal beer on a hot summer day. I hope I can find more...

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johnny_chimpo from Washington, Aug 20, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold. There's some pepper like particulate in the bottom of my glass.I'm not getting that much aroma. May be some jasmine. This beer is super dry with some juicy apricot flavors. I'm not getting a ton of sweetness.

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Sheppard from Virginia, Jun 05, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this alongside an O'so Arbre Qui Donne (which, just as personal preference, I liked slightly better). Hazy orange-yellow color with very little head. Aroma was very funky, with the apricot complementing nicely. The taste was tart and crisp, with the best way I can describe it as 'funky fresh.' The apricots were there, but the funky and tart, slightly puckering mouthfeel that finished not as dry as expected are what make the beer special.

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moose1980 from Germany, May 08, 2016
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my few perfect 5's. Better than Fou' Foune methinks. The scent is unreal. I kept sniffing and sniffing. The beer is sour but not an acid bomb. The interplay with the apricots is fantastic. Apricot is probably my favorite fruit in any sour. Truly a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, dark yellow with no head
S: Sweet apricot, peach, funk, nectarine, tart, lemon, vinous
T: Balanced tartness, sweet apricot, peach, lightly lactic, hint of funk, lemon, oak tannin
M: Delicate carbonation but not up to the fantastic level that I love from JK. Dry
O: Apricot seems like a fruit that blends very well with the wild ale base. Great balance as always from Jester King.

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Feb 13, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of juicy, musty apricots. Loads and loads of fruit here great stone fruits. Fragrant and floral. Very nice bright apricots.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice apricot, both fresh and dry. There is really good stone fruits, great floral notes. Light acidity. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was really apricot forward, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Feb 12, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to rudzud.

Pretty Much no head, well light bubbles, little lacing, very hazy candy orange color.

Nose big stone fruit, peach apricot like, big apricot, little tart but nice juicy fruit, little tangy acidic.

Taste brings more tangy fruit, big apricot this time, stone fruit all over, with fair acidity, little tangy, light salty, savory especially, juicy tart fruit, faint candy fruit. Finish fair bitterness mango skin like, tart acidity, and plenty of apricot stone fruit.

Mouth is med bod lighter carb.

Overall ok, pretty nice characters, not phenomenal but def enjoyable.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 12, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with a bubbly white head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, stone fruit. The apricot character is not especially assertive. While the beer is certainly tasty, it's less extraordinary than I hoped / expected. Lightly sweet, mild to medium tartness and a subtle acetic quality in the finish. Good stuff.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Jan 19, 2016
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4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with a few non-craft friends.

Everyone might have just turned the table on appreciation of sour beers. Everyone was telling me what they tasted before I could intrude with my insight. They were all spot on! Some were not sure if they enjoyed it, but all were glad they tried it. One of the softest beers I have ever had. Perfect fruit presence, with more lingering in the finish than up front.

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4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's amazing to me how much more attention these fruited beers get. This is a fine liquid, but some of their standard stuff has so much more to offer on flavor, aroma, complexity, and mouthfeel.

This is very champagne-like, and while I don't have a lot of experience reviewing champagnes, it has a dry bubbly effervescence, with some sweet tang in there as well.

All the flavors marry to the point that it becomes one golden royal potion where nothing really stands out and says apricot, but it's there, in peach, pear, apple and even white grape expressions. The sourness is mildly oaky, tingly and faintly sharp on the swallow--it's so well developed that it really could be put up against some of the best France has to offer, but, what would I know in that regard. I rate beers.

My first review was for the 2015 vintage. I've had multiples since then, but this final review is an amalgamation of all of them, capped off by a blend 4 enjoyed in May 2019.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 24, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly opaque golden yellow with 2 fingers of course chalky white head. Fruit is very apparent on the nose along with some back ground funk. Taste is dominated by minerality but the apricot is apparent on the back. Moderately sour that works extremely well with the fruit. Very clean finish.

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mschantz from Colorado, Nov 16, 2015
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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500 mL into a snifter.

Fizzy pale white head (it gushed when I popped it) over a peach skin color. Some residue but beautiful. 4.75

Tart orchard fruit and earthiness. Some sort of unripe peach or apricot. The fruit is robust. 4.25

Apricot or peach, I don't know but it's either of these fruits tasting like an unripened puree, earthiness, Brett-y yeast flavor. Gets oaky and a touch of white wine. Plenty of flavor here. 4.5

Vinous and tart and dry but so easy-drinking. Delicious. 4.5

Love this fruit exposition. Great brew.

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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico, Nov 13, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Jester King. Pours a hazy bright golden color with not much head. Funk, apricots, wholly apricots Batman, and some tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart and dry with plenty of lingering apricot fruit.

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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From a 4 oz. tasting of batch 3.) Cloudy but representative apricot color, and the fruit comes through on the nose in a nice reserved way, and then the taste stays right in step with the pace and expectation of the lead-in. I'm not a fan of sours and citrus-forward beers, so this sweeter fruit theme is more to my liking and is a beautiful offering for the type.

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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 755 ratings