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Nocturn Chrysalis | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#493
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
798
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
312
Gots:
217
Trade:
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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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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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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Pours deep red, with white reddish head.
Aroma has blackberries, cherries, sour, moderate funk.
Taste is oak, blackberries, raspberries, lemon, funky, peppers,

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$ 20/16.9 oz ($ 1.183/oz) at the brewery, Austin, TX
Blend four, July 2016, at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – bottle opens with a berry fruitiness which rapidly fades in the glass
Head small (Maximum

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

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

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4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The body presents as a blend of eggplant skin and blood topped with a dark purple foam that lightens out a bit after the gushing dies down, and then fades to nothing as all of these fruited sours do.

The nose...OMG, divine. Tart blackberries for days. This is the first beer I've really had that's anything like this with blackberries. There is also a slight bit of acetic funk and oak.

Taste is champagne-like, but better, with a nuclear shockwave of blackberry blasting your palate--fresh pressed juice, flesh, seeds and all, with a little toasted seed as well.

For me this has a perfect level of tart sourness, with nice frothy fizziness and finishes just dry enough to be palatable with measured breaks. But for others it's probably a bit strongly sour and acidic.

We have a blackberry briar in our backyard and this beer is taking me there, in the middle of Winter, and I'm so thankful for it. It's like wild blackberries all over the place--leaves in your hair, bloody pricked fingers, overripe squishers underfoot. So much blackberry all day long. I'm not about to believe they would be able to replicate this year over year, and maybe the age here has brought the blackberry even further forward, but I'd love to try this again, doubting that I ever will.

I'm so happy to be ushering in 2017 with this beauty.

Blend #3 2015 vintage

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 798 ratings
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