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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
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
758
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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306
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212
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Photo of MarcWP
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2, 500 ml bottle served into Jester King stem.

The beer pours dark raspberry, purple in color with a gorgeous lavender pink head that leaves a nice small layer of tiny bubbly foam after the head resides.

The aroma is cake, blueberry jam, blackberry compote, Pinot Noir, rosé, musty vineyard, and some old framboise funk. From the pour to the nose, this is not disappointing. Intoxicating smell.

The taste is vinous dark berries and I mean all sorts of berries. Cranberry, tart raspberry, fermenting blackberry, and even some lingonberry is revealed. But this isn't so much in the sweet berry realm in the way some Kriek and framboise can be. This is mostly raw tart fruit flavors. Finishes dry and clean. Tart but not sour, see this developing nicely in the cellar. But it's not all fruit as you get that JK funk and subtle saline character. A lovely berry skin funk and oaky aftertaste lingers. Is it jammy? Yes but without the sweetness if that makes sense. The best words I can use to describe the overall flavor profile, RAW and SOPHISTICATED.

Mouthfeel is light, medium high carbonation, tart, and moisture sucking dry. Just the way I like my farmhouse funk. Delightful.

This here is better than Atrial. If VSB is better than this then it's probably a religious experience. Do I think it could be better? Probably not. But then I'm a fan of restrained sours whereas others like them mouth puckering. I can think of 10 fruit sours that are "fruitier" than this but only in the fruit sweetness sense. This is raw fruit, vinous, dry, funky, oaky, and plain delicious. And the best thing of all, it seems like this will only age and transform graciously. I don't think I'm trading mine. Definitely hoarding this one.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 served on-tap at the brewery at the Encendia release 5/23. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Dark purple/crimson, no head by the time it arrived to me, but some decent mauve lacing stemming from a thin bubbly crown.

Smell: Lots of vinous grapes, this actually reminds me of Biere de Merlot more than the previous iteration of Nocturn. Light tartness, and the oak barrel is prominent enough too. This bodes well.

Taste: The barrel remains quite prominent, and the blackberries shine through beautifully. Not mouth-puckeringly sour, which is very nice. Funk is kept to a minimum. Very fruity, and the crackery, saltine malt I've become so accustomed to in Jester King's fruited sours finishes the beer off.

Mouthfeel: Lots of dry tannins, and a level of carbonation perhaps a bit lower than other Jester King fruited sours.

Overall: A HUGE improvement over the last iteration of this beer. The last one was rather vinegary and somewhat light on actual blackberry flavor. This was more like blackberry cobbler. I think by this point it's pretty clear I'm a Jester King fan-boy.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors Jester King tasting on 5/30/15.

A: Deep, deep reddish-purple, almost like sparkling grape juice with a thin, off-white head.

S: Lush blackberry, intense and sour barnyard funk, green apple.

T: Intense sour blackberry, oak tannins, fruit overpowers the funkiness, crackery malt backbone.

M: Medium body and carbonation, smooth, very crisp and refreshing, not puckeringly sour.

O: This would be my favorite JK sour that I've had, and in my top 3 sours so far.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a wonderfully purple tinged color with a slight haze. Somewhat ethereal looking.
There's a great bouquet on this with a slightly tart, lightly funky, very berry aroma. The flavor is sourly tart and tangy, yet balanced with a berry squeeze full of juicy flavors. This was deliciousness.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
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 DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark purple appearance. Very nice looking. A gently foam around the edge with some light colored purple swirls on top. Smell is very fruity, and a little wine like. Some funk and barrel in the nose, too. Starts out with a tart Burst of not quite ripe blackberries. Pick up some nice funk on the very end, with barrel notes appearing, as well. The fruit is nicely balanced here with everything else. Carbonation is around medium. Had this side by side with vsb, vsb was super carbonated compared to this. Nocturn has just a slight amount of fizz in the beginning to go along with that tartness. Not overly sour. Very nice. Pretty easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 April 2014 bottle from trade poured on July 5, 2014. Pours a beautiful ruby red and purple color with a deep pink head that recedes somewhat quickly. Beautiful notes of vinegar and blackberries, big lacto funk sourness, wow really nice. Flavor is juicy black berries up front but dries out quickly with lots of dry oakiness, light vanilla, lacto, and big sour vinegar notes. Acidic on the tongue and that lingers with the dry oak. Lots of oak tannins and red wine notes both in aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, juicy at first with the dry finished, and high carbonation. This is crazy good and even improves as it warms and the berries really start coming through.

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Photo of peensteen
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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 dar482
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A really beautiful dark color with some ruby and purple.

The beer offers a fine blackberry flavor, almost red grape, and medium tart quality. Combined with some vinegar tart, berry seeds, and funk.

Another fine wild beer from JK.

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Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for the share!

500ml bottle; 250ml pour.

batch 2; April 2014.

poured into Jester King Wine Stem.

Appearance: dark purple bodied beer with a white colored head that has a tint of red. A full finger of head that has good staying power. Spotty lacing on the glass. This beer looks almost exacly like NG VSB.

Smell: Jammy blackberries and mellow sourness. major lacto notes. The beer actually smells like blackberry greek yogert. Awesome nose on this beer!

Taste: This tastes like a mellow version of VSB. Lots of jammy blackberry notes combined with big lacto notes of cheesy greek yogert funk. Great balance between the fruit and lacto. This is fantastic! Very mellow sourness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. Very creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. You can tell this is a cool ship sour based on the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is exactly what I would consider a mellow version of VSB. Jester King is the real deal and this sour is seriously under rated, but VSB is still better sour beer with Blackberries.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 drmcleod10
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened after Mexi Cake and domed by myself. Poured into a wine glass.

500 mL Batch 2

A - Shades of dark purple with mixed hints of redness that blend with the purp. Decent sized head on this that was mostly white + purple foam mixed together. Head recedes back into the glass at a good clip.

S - Smell is blackberries mixed with a little jammy nose. You can definitely smell the tart on the first pour and as it warms that smell dissipates and allows the more of the smells to come through

T - Taste follows the nose with a decent upfront tart sourness followed by the smooth sweet tastes of blackberries. My only complaint would be is to sour this up more! Really an easy drinker and finished this bottle in no time.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thicker which I like for these sours. The tart isn't over bearing what so ever. It makes this beer crushable.

O - Overall, Definitely enjoy AR and MvB better, but this was refreshing and definitely enjoyed every drop

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Photo of unclejazz
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Jester King brings another dry and less sweet version of a fruited sour and are very successful. There are real marriage of the fruit and base beer, hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. batch 2 Apr14'

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Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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 BeerRev22
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

blackberry is such a hard fruit to show through authentically in a beer, especially in a long brett fermented one where all the flavorful sugars just get broken down to oblivion. this is a wonderful demonstration that it is indeed possible. inky purple, hazy and wheaty from the looks of it, this is what i wanted my home-brewed blackberry saison to look like, this color is try blackberry beauty. a nose of brett more than lacto, although both are present, as they always are in jester king stuff. the fruit is musty and yeasty, minimally processed, yet still fresh as anything and juicy and sweet and ripe and sunny and perfect. the berry flavor is right up front with a touch of really pale wheat and slightly sweeter more voluptuous biscuit malt type, while the funk comes second. bretty before acidic again, just like the aroma, and then the berry blasts back in the finish, tartness on tartness, just how these should be. i don't think the fruit shows as well as the wine grape one, the rubicite, or even the cherry one, but its blackberries, and thats part of their modus. great beer, stunning really, worthy of all they hype and then some.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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 TheBrewBrotha
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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 bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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 SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 7/14

Blend 2
A- Pours a gorgeous purple/ruby with a light pink head that slowly recedes to a collar, leaving some lacing. Some lively bubbles rush to the surface. Simply stunning!

S- Nice fresh black berries, some barnyard funk, oaky tannins, yeasty, and slightly soapy.

T- There is a lot of the base sour blonde beer evident right off the bat. Some fresh and some under-ripe black berries and wild berries come in through in the middle. Moderately tart, and very dry. Some of the soapy dishwater flavor noticed in the aroma comes through unfortunately, but it doesn't hurt it too much. Slight funk as well.

M- The mouth feel is light, slightly puckering, very dry, acidic, and well carbonated. Just about spot on for the style.

O- A very nice fruited sour that quenches thirst and makes you want to take another sip. Some slight flaws that can be fixed, but still very good.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky red/purple with a thin off-white/pink tinted head. Leaves plenty of lace.
The blackberries are there but the fruit character is not up there with Atrial and Aurelian. The base red ale peeks through with some red fruit and chocolate. Medium body, carbonation, and sourness.

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