Aurelian Lure | Jester King Brewery

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Aurelian LureAurelian Lure

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by scotv on 10-18-2013

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Photo of breadwinner
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of Sheppard
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of moose1980
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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 -1.4%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of LloydDobler
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Sabtos
3.3/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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, or anything else, to me.

It's not even really sour--it's so well developed, this 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.

2015 vintage

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Photo of mschantz
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had batch 3 fresh at JK at the release party and I think this was the best batch yet. So much sourness and nice notes of apricot on the nose and throughout the entire drink. The carbonation is perfect and the flavor is so complex.

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Photo of Myotus
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (blend 3 - August 2015) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 35 seconds. Brownish yellow in color. Rising bubbles are very small in size and barely are there. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of sour yeast, earthy yeast, hay, oak, and apricots.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild sour yeast and earthy yeast flavors. Strong apricot flavors enter right after along with mild oak flavors. Mild hay flavors finish off this taste symphony as oak and apricot flavors persist, but both yeast flavors fade to subtle.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and ends with a thirst-quenching finish (which is extremely strange for a sour because they always end in some variety of dryness).
NOTE: I had this on draft, but it was WAAAAAY better from the bottle. The apricot flavors really jump out on this one. If you are an apricot lover, this is your beer.

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Photo of mig100
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with 2 fingers of off-white head. Aroma is sweet apricots, oak and some sour funkyness. Taste is very fruit forward, the apricots really come through strong with sourness hitting at the back. Perfect medium carbonation, a great balance of sweet fruit and sour funk. Easy and really enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 from August 2014. Poured from a 16oz genie bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden lemon body with a substantial but fleeting white head that reduces quickly but leaves a nice ring of foam and very little lacing.

Aromas are great and inviting, and really come out after 40 or so minutes of letting it open up. The stone fruits are present, apricots and lactic tart acidity, citrus and funk.

On the tongue is an initial tartness, but definitely not overpowering which is nice as the fruity apricot notes are showcased without being drowned by acidity, as I've tasted in other apricot wilds. Nice oak and funk notes on the follow through and finish, with a clean dry crisp aftertaste. Slight malt taste in there too. Medium carbonation.

This beer was delightful and a real treat. I really enjoyed the balance of acidity and fruit.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2

A: Clear golden yellow. Surpringly clear given the murkiness of several of other JK sours I've had.

S: Bright apricots/peaches. Some straw. Not nearly as munch funk as some of the other JK 500ml sours.

T: Juicy tart apricot warhead. A little bread in the middle followed by a puckeringly tart and dry fruity finish.

M: Clean, thin, sharp

O: More straightforward and one-note than the other JK sours, but this beer plays that apricot note extremely well.

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Photo of jjdc
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely winter sun in the glass. The nose is a fruit tree and funk, but is not as big as some other fruited sours like Chez or Fou. Nicely balanced flavor between fruit, funk and pucker. Apricots and skins upfront and a bit of funk and tartness on the back. This is good, but a bit shy and understated. Thin mouthfeel and a bit of wateriness. I would like a bit more barrel and bigger fruit to add complexity and a more dynamic interplay between the flavors. Solid but not earth shattering.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/7/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Hazy, appropriately apricot in color - pours with a medium-sized white head, doesn't leave much lacing but there are a few streaks

S: Sour, apricots, and exploding with Jester King funk - nicely sour with some sharp acidity and some more damp, lactic sour - lots of oak, chewy wood - juicy apricots - dry and clean overall

T: Fruity, funky, and sour - moderate amount of sour, with some sharp, lemon-like acidity, and some more damp, lactic sour - lots of funk, Jester King's yeast - damp and slightly earthy, but mostly clean - nice amount of oak - apricots, fleshy and juicy - finishes nicely dry

M: Medium body, smooth, crisp, finishes mostly dry and sour

O: This would work as a lure

This is a great sour. Jester King continues to impress with some nice sourness, funk, and a bag of apricots.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed bright yellow. Head is small and white. No cap with a small collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A vigorous swirl produces a sizable creamy, dense, bubbly head that drops almost immediately.

Smell: Sour. Loaded with all the bugs. Lacto, pedio, and a sharp acetic push. Tons of apricot. Deeply fruity. Apricot flesh, juice, and skin. So much apricot. Deeply funky. Expected Jester King wet musty wood in the mix as well. Sharp citric push. Some lime juice and zest. Malts are incredibly light with just a hint of sweetness and some mild crackery notes.

Taste: Soured apricot. Tons of apricot flesh and juice. Jester King bug blend in full effect. Deeply citric with some solid lactic undertones. Pushes a clean white vinegar as well. Ever so slightly musty with some damp oak barrel. Some grassy elements as well. Incredibly pale malt base. Some white bread and dough. Each sip pushes the lactic base a bit more. Solid slap of lemon and lime juice and zest.

Mouthfeel: Light body that leans to medium. Minimal carbonation. Rather high astringency. Dry.

Overall: It puts the fruit in the puts the fruit in the barrel and it gets it right again.

It's crazy tart without being too aggressive. Apricot lends itself quite well to the Jester King fruited sour platform. Lacking a little dimension overall, but it's definitely one of the better apricot sours out there.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright brassy gold - very clear. Almost no head. Almost looks like a still beverage. Smell is loaded with apricot. It blends very well with the spicy fungal yeast aromas and graininess. Tastes of juicy apricot, but I would like to taste more fruit. Earthy yeast is overwhelming. Bone dry, a bit grainy, and sour. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and acidic. Solid beer, but comparing this to the other fruit beers from Jester King, it just falls short.

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