Nocturn Chrysalis | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale Refermented in Oak Barrels With Blackberries: Nocturn Chrysalis Kiowa Blackberries from Oglesby, Texas 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 _JLPK_
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hcproff36
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Date: June 2016

Pours a slightly murky pink-purple color
with a finger of fizzy head that dwindles to a patchy cover. Not much retention; little lacing. (3.75)

Ripe blackberries, light funky sourness, fresh hay. (4.5)

Smooth fruity, berry sourness with a rush of really nice earthy funk followed by a rising twang of mouth tingling tartness to finish it off. (4.25)

Thin body with medium+ fizzy carbonation and tartness that gives a nice little picked and a lingering earthy, berry-aromatic finish. (4.5)

This is a complex that manages to still be firmly a blackberry beer. Really great.
It pours a kind of dark raspberry color with a little pinkish head. The aroma is immediately that of ripe blackberries and the flavor follows suit. Within this, though there are layers of rich earthiness and a rising, sharp tingle that really makes it a rollercoaster of flavor and feeling. I can see why these guys' beers are so well-regarded and I look forward to maybe getting some again in the future at some point. (4.5)

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Photo of Vidblain
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 4, aging in my cellar for a few months now after receiving the bottle in a trade.

Nocturn Chrysalis has been on my radar for some time - for whatever stupid reason, I still hesitated to drink it once I'd managed to trade for one. It sat in my cellar for some time, and presumably changed a bit.

Current tasting notes:
-rich blackberry and barrel
-just a bit dry
-quite tart and sour
-very acidic

It's an excellent beer - I'd really like to try it fresh though. Thus far, I'm more a fan of Jester King's golden sours, but their darker berry sours are tremendous as well - generally less fruity and far more tart and sour. The barrel seems to accentuate these qualities.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AleHunter805
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mikezombie for scoring this one for me in the UFC league from somewhere awesome.

Pours a purplish color, lighter pink head at the top and in the 1/4" range, small bubbles. Definitely drops a substantial amount of blackberry smells without the feet smell that often accompanies blackberries.

Taste is like they took a red wine and soured it up with plenty of oak underneath it. Tons of blackberries, dark cherry and dark lemon flavors to it. Despite the hefty berry presence, the beer is anything but sweet. Very dry actually. I'm already thinking this is light years better than the grossly overrated atrial rubicite. Hell, it may be my favorite thing I've had from Jester King, and they've made some beers I really dug over the years (black metal, funk metal, el cedro, the prince etc. . . ). It also might be the best blackberry beer I've had, stays away from the funk problems other blackberry sours have had. Props all around.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich and beautiful dark purple, with a tight white head and lots of lacing.

This smells like a rich and dark blackberry wine, with huge tannic aromas, tons of juicy macerated and fermented blackberry, lemon juice, oak, and sour red wine.

The taste is similarly intense. This is so reminiscent of wine, with a huge dark fruit/raspberry/red grape flavor without any of those fruits added. There’s also obviously a massive blackberry character here, simultaneously dry and juicy all at the same time. There’s lots of oak and a stinging funk, with a long tannic finish.

This is medium bodied and pretty rich, with a significant lingering acidity on the end of each sip.

This is pretty swoon-worthy. It’s so complex and challenging and delicious.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerbom
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ragnar3
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(blend five, August 2017)

L: dark amber/purple topped with dark pink head of foam about 1-inch tall; light occasional sticking/lacing; almost crystal clear though I had it on draft at the brewery last week and it was 100% opaque ... pretty murky there; beautiful brew either way

S: tart blueberry, sweet floral note; very fruity and lemony, like a blueberry or blackberry lemonade; as it warms it takes on a slight blueberry/blackberry cheesecake aroma, not spoiled but definitely cream cheese-like; at times has a super charged aroma about 75% sweet and 25% tart ... all blackberry; lingering Jester King barn must aroma lives in the edges, corners and background and gives it a nice authenticity

T: tart blackberry, fantastic crisp lemon bite that's sour, not tart,

F: light and full from the carbonation, standard-issue Jester King perfection

O: as a Jester King superfan, I'm tempted to score this one 5s across the board and be done with it, but I tried to show what restraint I could muster -- bottomline is its as good as fruit-sours get, the blackberries adding loads of blackberry tartness and sweetness at the same time with the sour notes overriding; having tried it on draft at the brewery and from this bottle, I think I prefer the bottled version (though both are awesome) ... the draft version had much more of the blueberry tart/cheesecake note, especially in the flavor; I wouldn't age long if you want the fruit to pop

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Photo of Buttstallion
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thatche2
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass aged one year (Batch #4). Appearance is a deep dark purple color and opaque with one to two finger thick head and very little retention. Smell is fresh/sour blackberries, Muscadine wine, and earthy with notes of perfume, oak,dirt, and musty grapes. Aroma is unreal, but I'm surprised how much Muscadine I am getting.

Taste follows the nose with less of the wine coming through so that the blackerries are the focus. There is a good amount of oak and slight notes balsamic vinegar. This wild ale is fairly sour up front with a dry finish. The oak comes through a little on the go finish (not as much as in the aroma). Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and viscous up front with a nice bite on the finish.

Overall this an excellent wild ale with a ton of complexity and fresh jammy blackberry flavor. Although it held up well after a year, I might prefer less of the wine and earthy notes that are likely less prevalent fresh. Nevertheless, Nocturn has a really interesting flavor combination with a good sour profile. It is a great beer to sip on after a long day at work.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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