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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
790
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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314
Gots:
213
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23
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Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Bammer21
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 videofrog
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Epopt
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jscheuf
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Bigdoc91
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kbgratz
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roybert
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Lucnifter
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mumbled
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polopaul20
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
4.27 out of 5 based on 790 ratings.
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