Nocturn Chrysalis | Jester King Brewery

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Nocturn ChrysalisNocturn Chrysalis

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 Nicolaiw
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of Sabtos
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/27/16

A: Dark purple with some ruby and pink around the edges - some clarity but mostly haze - pours with a medium size, light pink head, fades to a wispy cap but retains s fizzy medium-sized collar

S: Loads and loads of blackberry - as in, a bag of blackberries - blackberry skin, blackberry flesh - sourness, lactic with some acidity - some oak - if there is a malt base here, it's hidden under the blackberry pie filling - some light sweetness

T: Blackberries - whole blackberries, with blackberry flesh and blackberry skin - berry skin for days - sour, with acidity and lactic notes - berry and sour tartness - some nice chewy oak underneath - nice amount of fruity sweetness, even with all of the aging - vinegar in the finish - lightly earthy - mostly clean otherwise

M: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth, lingering tart berries

O: So I heard you like blackberries

Jester King makes so many uniquely interesting beers. Nocturn Chrysalis has some great blackberry, tart, and funk. It's worth seeking out.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep purplish pink color. The smell is fresh blackberries. The taste is fresh blackberries. Clean acidity. Tartness that lifts the fruit character. Dry finish.

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml into flute. Delicate, clear, light purple with a fizzy 2 finger pink head. Head fades very quickly, into a thin collar and leaves a bit of lacing. Sour blackberries, cherries, and green plum. Some stonefruit and oak with hints of wine. Funk is mild. Plenty of berry notes - raspberry, blackberry - and some green plum. Good amount of sour, oak and lightly funky. Perfect for a sour style as far as I am concerned. Highly carbonated, crisp, clean, refreshing, nicely sour. It is quite good and reminds me of GI Juliet.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Easily the MvB of the blackberry world. I'd say blackberries are the lesser berry, with fewer fans. If you're one of the true believers in the black, then this is the beer for you.

Like other JK fruited sours, the balance of fruit flavor to sour is perfect. You get the initial sour hit, mellowing to a deep, dark berry with the sour as a backseat driver. Giving directions but not in control.

Finishes clean, on the dry side.

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Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby to purple color with some ember hints in it, while holding against the light, and a fast receeding head, which has a light lilac color.

Wow, the aromas blow me away, they certainly feature the most fruit forward blackberry appearance I have ever encountered so far. Jammy, still natural, with some earthier stone pits to it, leaving enough room on the palate for some prickly, unripe berry pulp.

Offers a lively carbonation, which remains soft on the palate, accentuating the strong blackberry appearance very well, by lending a mineralic stone quality to their multi layered flavor, making it even more enjoyable.

Starts off with sweet, ripe blackberries, which produce all the facetts from the nose, with an even more pronounced tartness. This slightly funky sourness does not turn overly acetic though, nor does it push the fruits from the palate, in fact it points out their complexity perfectly well. More berry sweetness during the mid palate, vivid while tingling the tongue without any artificiality to it, makes this highly drinkable with new flavor facetts popping up continously. Wet hay, stone pits, dry earth and sun bathed blackberries build up the finish in this, together with prevailing white lemon zest and some prickly, unripe fruit tones.

This is fascinating from the beginning till the end, exhibiting one of the best AWAs I've ever had, due to its intriguing use of blackberries. Soft on the tongue throughout, with just enough sourness to accentuate the fruits, this unloads a vivid fruit ripeness on the tongue in the best way possible. Maybe the first fruited american sour beer which I find more appealing than their Belgian predecessors, as for its vibrant, perfect composition.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby blackberry color. Light pink head.

Not as complex as the loons. Nice blackberry flavors. Some acidity. Some funk.

Medium bodied. Nice carbobation.

Decent but nothing crazy.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice sour flavor with understated blackberry notes. Very rich, crisp flavor and dry finish. Well balanced and easy drinking, it's definitely worth seeking out for anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red wine look. Nice horseblanket in the aroma. Taste is quite sour with a vinegar background. A little fizzy in the mouthfeel. Overall its a nice sour, but can't quite claim its in the top class. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerRev22
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some serious deep purple pour, like someone took Barney and Grimmace, fed them to a dragon and it shit them out in a blackberry patch. Agro tannin from the fruit/oak, almost a cloying dryness on the tongue, but a gorgeous fruit flavor with a mild acidity and funkness from JK cellar love. One of a kind for a blackberry sour/wild that I've tried. Dig it

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark reddish purple. Blue-black highlights. Small light-ish purple head is effervescent and gone quickish. Moderate amount of short lived lacing.

Funky and fruity aroma. Tart, acidic blackberry nose. Oak, leather, and funky earth. Musty with some citrus.

Blackberry on first sip. Mostly tart but with a bit of sweetness lurking in there. Earth, barrel, and, funk. Some vanilla. Citrus, mostly lemon but some tangerine, too. Good wild flavors, lacto and brett maybe.

Moderate body going towards medium as it warms. Medium carbonation. Also as it warms, the tartness goes more to funkiness. Fruit lingers with increasing dryness.

Really tremendous fruit wild ale. Great blend of fruit, funk, and, barrel.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Jester King oversize stemmed wine glass. Batch 1.

This beer is beautiful.. pours a magnificent violet, lightly hazy body with a light pink 1 finger head that sticks around for a while to leave some impressive streaky lacing. Really love the color.

Aromas are lightly lactic with berries, funky farmhouse, light oak and maybe a slight plasticy flavor which isn't offensive, just part of the profile.

Wow.. taste is amazingly balanced with a perfect amount of tartness balanced with berries and a nice jammyness that sticks on the tongue, light yeasty funk followed by a lactic dryness that sticks on the tongue for a minute or so. Not overly sour. Medium carbonation and crisp, refreshingly light but very tasty body.

I really enjoyed this one, had a good amount of balance, I think letting it sit developed complexity and reduced some of the sourness. Very nice.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, 2014.

Poured dark burgendy with white fizzy head. Smell of the blackberries and funk. Taste is foremost the fruit, some mild tartness lingers. This is a very nice sour, probably my favorite blackberries based.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackberry sours are normally a home run, but this one definitely missed the mark.

The taste is initially an enjoyable mix of tartness and blackberries, but a bizarre wave of off-putting bitterness takes over toward the end, ruining an otherwise nice beer.

I am glad that this beer was free.

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Photo of peensteen
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purple-reddish colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is of blackberry jam, oak and berries, acidic underpinning but the fruit just takes centre stage, nothing artificial about the fruit in anyway really quite incredible. Taste is more blackberries and oak, sour and puckering berry, tart, jammy but still quite dry. Medium carbonation and medium full body. Exceptional, another instant favourite, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely smell. Berries are big and blended with Brett funk. Flavour does not have as much berry, more oak and funk. A bit of a lactic, cheesy flavour. Very dry.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a lot different than most JK fruited sours. I found it to be a lot more tart than other fruited sours, but I think a lot of that might come from the fact that blackberries are a sour fruit by nature. Either way this was really enjoyable.

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend Three

Pours a dark plum red/purple with a wihite'ish purple head to match that fizzes away pretty quick. Berries on the nose but not to heavy, it's there but its not there however the berries with the puckering tartness is full on in the taste and mouthfeel. The berries lean more to black currants than blackberries. Light/on the edge of Medium carbonation and somewhat dry on the finish. I love JK and enjoy their fruited sours more than the farmhouse variants they brew and this one here is very very solid!

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend three.

I'm not understanding the hype on this one. Jester king has even posted on the SW forums that they made more of this beer than Atrial this year cause they like it better. I just can't agree with that, cause this beer isn't nearly as good. Something is off putting and I can't put my finger on it.

Low carbonation. No bubbling, head, or lacing. Off putting scent, maybe from the funk but I usually enjoy JK funkyness. Sharp tart blackberry on the mouth. Nice crimson color.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing sour! Deep purple. Mild funk and berry on the nose. Smooth and crisp. Sweet, tart, berry, Brett! Sour on the back end. So drinkable and amazing. Give me more!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3. Nice and tart, fruity and very dry. Really love the way this has come together. Spoke to the brewer about how each blend differs and the way they try and improve each one. Great stuff

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep ruby in color with a small and fizzy head. The head is pinkish in color, but is gone down to nothing very quickly. The deep red color of the beer doesn't allow you to see through it, but it has moderate clarity outside of the color. There is no lacing due to lack of a retained head.

S- Light tartness and juicy blackberries greet the nostrils right up front in the scent. The fruit is jammy and has both tart and sweet components, keeping it balanced. There is a hint wild yeast and tart base beer under the fruit. Overall, the smell of the beer is fruity, tart, and refreshing.

T- Starts with a mild tart bang on the tongue before moving towards the fruit. The blackberries give the beer a jammy quality and before the sour base beer kicks in strong on the back end. When the fruit subsides, the tartness really ramps up and gives a good, Warhead-like, kick to the tongue. The tartness displays a little bit of the oak aging, as it is very dry on the tongue.

M- This beer hits the tongue with high carbonation and a feel similar to a champagne. Right after the initial pop of carbonation, the beer settles down into a slicker and thicker feel. The weight of the beer is still rather light to moderate and is easy to drink, despite the tartness and initial carbonation. Overall, this beer is almost chewy in the mouth.

In the end, this beer is a very good example of a fruited sour. The base beer is definitely a bright sour and the blackberries add a different level of complexity and flavor. I like that this beer is sour without being overwhelming or overpowering the fruit.

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Photo of DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Still a bit of a sour newbie, but this is one of the best I've had (along with Duchesse De Bourgogne and Love Child No. 5). Absolutely delicious.

Look: Very little head, and it subsides really quickly; looks like a deep red wine with some tiny bubbles on the surface. A lovely reddish-brown. Also, not part of the beer itself, but a really cool bottle and label.

Smell: Tiny bit vinegar-y, much like Duchesse De Bourgogne, but fruity nonetheless.

Taste: This is a very dry sour. Very tart, not a great deal of sweet - just how I like it. The taste doesn't really linger very long, so enjoy while it's in your mouth.

Feel: Feels thicker than it probably really is. Um... feels nice?

Overall: A very, very, very good sour. Only the second beer I've tried from Jester King, and definitely one that I'll try to get my hands on again. And again.

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