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

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790
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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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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$ 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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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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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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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
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