Nocturn Chrysalis
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #94
Ranked #975
4.33 | pDev: 7.85%
Sep 07, 2022
Oct 18, 2013
Nocturn ChrysalisNocturn Chrysalis
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.34 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Sep 07, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Very dark violet body with a white ring. Smell has bretty funk up front with blackberry and oak barrel supporting. Taste instead leads with blackberry now with both brett, and barnyard funk slight lemon juice, and oak supporting. Tart and light, elegant drinking, decent carbonation lifts the end of the sip, big time funk in the feel. Top tier name of a beer
Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle. Thanks!

Rich black raspberry juice with the marionberry blend of blackberry and red raspberry lending a currant note. Mild pencil shavings. Nice wheat depth. Restrained acidity and the fruit does hide the funk a little bit.
Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by kkarimi from Texas

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 3.55 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Gagnonsux from Texas

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Batch 7, 5.3% abv in a 750ml bottle. Split with my wife on Valentine's day.

I don't have much of a vocabulary to describe beer like this. Very dry overall, tons of tart berry and funky as hell. The carbonation is surprisingly gentle.

My first from JK is a huge hit for sure.
Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Techichi from Texas

Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Dec 14, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 11, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was a reward for getting the Christmas tree up today! Had it with Thanksgiving leftovers and it is excellent- both beer and leftovers.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Gorgeous dark purple color with short lived purple head and lacing. Fragrant blueberry and earthy funk. Same with the flavor. Oak and vanilla, lime. Wonderfully tart. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle is great! Mellows out the tartness and smooths out the feel. Mmmmmm!
Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Oct 19, 2020
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A 1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle, blend five, bottled in August 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear ruby red with a purple tinge colour, and a one finger pinkish head that had decent retention, while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Jammy, blackberry, woody oak, light musty funk, grapes.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, blackberry, lemonade, oak.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice blackberry aroma and flavours are front and centre with good lemonade notes to complement it. A very enjoyable wild ale.
Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 13, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Oct 01, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 23, 2019
Rated: 4.54 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Eman17 from Illinois

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by _JLPK_ from North Carolina

Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by hcproff36 from Texas

Oct 20, 2018
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

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)
Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

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.
Sep 17, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Jun 22, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by frasergrove from California

May 18, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Bubbawilly88 from California

May 07, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by AleHunter805 from California

Mar 30, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Mar 21, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.
Mar 20, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.
Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.68 by MickeyHops from California

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by nickfl from Florida

Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by Sirnickatnite from Texas

Feb 05, 2018
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