Nocturn Chrysalis
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #79
Ranked #692
4.34 | pDev: 7.83%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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puck1225 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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Premo88 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Dec 03, 2017
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Nov 03, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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,

Mar 28, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Feb 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Jan 01, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Nov 27, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Nov 15, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Nov 06, 2016
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The_Epopt from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Oct 30, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Sep 19, 2016
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Would I buy this again? Most definitely. JK has produced twelve different fruited 500ml sours. IMO, this one would be on the upper half of those twelve fruits if being ranked 1-12.

Sep 03, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

2016 on cask at the brewery.

Very smooth and creamy feel to it. Tart and acidic. Great blackberry flavor. Nice sourness to it. Very enjoyable. 4.3

Jul 29, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

May 29, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Apr 09, 2016
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BeerRev22 from Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Feb 24, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Feb 19, 2016
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jan 27, 2016
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Nov 03, 2015
Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 836 ratings