La Vie En Rose | Jester King Brewery

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La Vie En RoseLa Vie En Rose

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Vie en Rose is a dry, well attenuated, unspiced Farmhouse Ale refermented with the same raspberries used to make Jester King Atrial Rubicite. Naturally occurring wild yeasts impart a sense of place to this unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100% naturally conditioned beer.

Added by gtermi on 01-18-2014

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, from 7/22/2016. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a beautiful deep reddish pink body, one finger offwhite head, lots of retention and lacing. Smells of rich raspberry puree, touch of lemon, a little bit of grainy sweetness, touch of bread. Flavour is a bit boring; it's mostly raspberries here with a bit of the saison base peeking out, but it is not particularly complex. The raspberries are a bit watered down compared to Atrial Rubicite, but this is certainly tasty; problem is that the base saison doesn't contribute much. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, drinkable and follows through with a fair bit of raspberry and minerality on the finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear light pink-rose with a loud, fizzy thin carbonation that quickly dies off. The body gets cloudier and darker red the deeper into the bottle you go.

Smell right up front is that classic Jester King bright and seedy Atrial raspberry. It's so distinct you can't miss it--no other brewery nails this particular aroma in this way. However, in La Vie En Rose, it is a touch lighter, which isn't a bad thing, lending a crisp brightness with a little hint of green apple, strawberry jam, and shortcake, and maybe some orange rind.

Mmmmm! Wow. This is very light, bright, fizzy and tart, finishing semi dry, with tart raspberry, blackberry, a very faint hint of funk and a slight hint of pink peppercorn.

For people that can't handle the super acidic, almost heavy feel of bigger sours, or can't stomach the funk, this is perfect. It's also great in its own right and really drinkable. It gets lighter the more you go, and actually a little bitter, keeping this in well-balanced territory for something you might otherwise expect to be overly sweet.

2016 vintage

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Photo of Bigdoc91
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Lite red, pinkish.

Smell: light raspberries, soury

Taste: Sour, tart, raspberries, smooth and clean. Dry finish. WOW.

Feel: Dry, med carb

Overall: One of my favorite JK yet. I think this is a more rounded beer than its big brother Atrial Rubricate. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 4 - 13Jul15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute. Pinkish red in color (more red than pink) with a subtle amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and very subtle in quantity. There are a few medium-sized bubbles sitting on the bottle of the glass. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of raspberries and hay meet with subtle aromas of earthy yeast, barley, and hints of sour yeast.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild sour yeast and tart raspberry (not very sweet, though) flavors. Mild hay and barley flavors follow right after. Mild earthy yeast flavors and a hint of spicy hops finish off the final taste as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Very light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: Was very watered down. It's almost as if they got a batch of Atrial and added water to it. But as you can see, it was still a great brew.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer appearance holds an amazing color. The nose is sour with light crushed raspberry scent. Body is smooth with a slight pucker finish. Amazing wild ale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #4 – 07.13.2015 at 50 degrees into snifter
$ 14/750 mL bottle at Jester King
Aroma of raspberries, lasts the entire drink
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to one mm ring and layer. Layer is unique in that the tiny bubbles form thicker spots on the larger, thinner, island. These spots look like early fungal growth on agar.
Lacing – small islands of tiny bubbles, quickly rejoining the ring
Body – pink, clear, effervescent
Flavor – raspberry, raspberry, raspberry – starts slightly sweet, ends slightly tart
Palate – light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry is dominant. Mildly sour, some grassy yeast and funk. A bit of cheese and lacto. Quite good, but In an evening spent drinking a number of wonderful beers from this brewery, this one is abut overshadowed.

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Photo of LouAleHead
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice light body, with raspberry aroma, very nice head that laces, a great sour, not to acidic. I drank this one from a good ole beer mug. pours ever so smoothly, head has the right amount of lacing, and the taste was out of this world. Jester King has yet to put out a average beer in my opinion, and this one is in keeping with their tradition on saison beers. Great all around beer, especially for those warm summer nights.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wonderful aroma- frambois city. Beautiful ruby red color, but bubbles are sudsu in appearance. Thin bodied - would be nice to sip at the pool. Such a nice aroma

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Photo of goochpunch
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy deep pink with a barely there head. Smells grainy with earthy brett and mellow raspberry. Tastes mildly tart, with fungal yeast funk, cereal, raspberry seed. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Could use more carb. I like how this doesn't beat you over the head with raspberry like Atrial, but it's lacking something overall. Mouthfeel kinda kills this.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful pinkish red. This was bottled Jan '14 and a little sediment was shaken up.
Really nice touch of raspberries and great feel. Nothing is overpowering or stands out and grabs you, but a nice subtlety of flavors and fruit. Easy drinker.

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Photo of antoines15
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks and tastes almost like a watered-down Atrial. No head, no lacing, just a flat, watery-pinkish liquid. It got worse with each sip. It's not terrible by any means, but I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers rose water, floral notes, saison graininess, wheat, raspberry seeds.

The flavor follows with those intense raspberry seeds, a touch of berry flesh, floral notes of the saison, a prickly carbonation. A touch of tart quality.

A really underrated brew considering how much more sought after Atrial is.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A- Light creamy head quickly disappears. The color is like grapefruit juice and it has a similar texture. Cloudy and yeasty, this is like fresh squeezed juice. 4.25

S- Citrusy, slightly tart and funky. There's a toasty malt aroma too that is great. 4.5

T- Tart, lemony and grapefruit-like, plus there's a grassy, earthy flavor as well. Really reminds me of Texas's rolling hills. 4.25

M- Light and refreshing with a pleasant tartness. The finish is highly earthy. 4.25

Excellent light drinker. Something I could drink all day.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Blend #3. Murky and hazy light pink orangish color. Light acidic notes. Raspberries are light and tart. Fairly easy to drink, but not that strong in flavor.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King shortly after its initial release in early 2014. Reviewed from notes.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

APPEARANCE: No head whatsoever. No lacing.

Body colour is a murky pink. Translucent. Nontransparent. There's no visible yeast within.

Looks pretty good for a sour, but the lack of head and fairly weak colour are a bit disappointing. It could certainly be more vibrant. Not a unique or special look for an American sour.

AROMA: Nice tart raspberry notes. Some timid lactic sourness. Faint grapeskin. The raspberry is nice, but I crave more sourness and tartness. It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. It's rather clean and clinical for a sour, but is nevertheless appealing. Certainly doesn't evoke true spontaneous fermentation.

I don't detect any hop notes or alcohol.

TASTE: Lightly tart raspberry. Has a subtle lactic edge. No real acetic character. Grapeskin. The raspberry isn't real prominent or deep; more of an assertive presence would be better.The weak raspberry and lack of rich esters suggest the second-run fruit used for this was a bit depleted. The cynic in me wants to declare this merely a sloppy seconds Atrial Rubicite, but then it's more than that. Balanced albeit simple. It's cohesive, but the build isn't gestalt. Average flavour duration. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. I do like it for what it is.

No hop notes or alchol comes through.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Light-bodied. Somewhat thin. Not the full luscious presence I'd want in a good fruited sour. It isn't real smacky either. Comes off weak. Undercarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

OVERALL: It's very drinkable, but doesn't quite deliver the sourness or tartness it ought to. It's best regarded as a weak cousin of Atrial Rubicite. I'd only get it again when Jester King is low on superior fruited sours. I admire the cleverness and efficiency in reusing the Atrial fruit, but this is far from Jester King's strongest sour.


*I have tried this months after its initial release, and liked it better. It wasn't as weak and undercarbonated.

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Photo of joeyfeets
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

They used the same raspberries from their Atrial Rubicite to referment this Farmhouse Ale. This beer is a lot less tart than Atrial. You still pick up the fruit aroma but it is more faint than Rubicite. Im not a huge raspberry fan so I tend to prefer this one over the atrial. Toning down the taste makes it more sessionable for me personally.

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Photo of Bayou_beer_guy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Okay so this 3rd batch is MUCH darker than the 2nd.
Stores and ages very well (cellar aged or not).
Admittedly it tastes a bit more like someone took an Atrial and mixed with some Le Petit Prince.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Raspberry red pour with a small white head. Big sour smell of raspberries. Taste is dry and sour with raspberries dominating the flavor. Has a very nice sweet edge. Finishes with a lingering tartness.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy pinkish orange. Nose is heavy raspberry purée, hint of brett. Taste is very fruity, mostly raspberry, a good bit of tartness from the raspberry. Notes of vanilla faintly behind, maybe a hint of lacto. Carb is light as is the body, very soft feel.

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Photo of fatsnowman22
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Jester King glass

A - reddish pink, looks like a strawberry mimosa, slightly hazy

S - raspberry juice, rose petal, wild yeast, wild fermentation funk

T - belgian sour raspberry juice, crisp, clean balanced sour

M - tingly acid lacto effervecense, thinning as is hits the back of the tongue

O - really nice easy drinking sour for a saison lover. not life changing but very good and would definitely search out another

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed JK glass.

A- pours a grapefruit colored, hazy body with a small light pink head that reduces quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S- subtle berries, tart acidity, sharp citrus, funky yeast

T- Upfront a nice dry tartness, followed by berries and sour lemon. Raspberries and funky farmhouse on the follow through, finishes with caramel and vanilla. Very nice

M- dry, medium body with light carbonation

Very nice, not over the top sour but very flavorful and complex.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pinkish body. Small white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Musty raspberry. Little bit of lemony acidity. Light grainy malt. Kinda floral, although that may be the power of suggestion.

Taste - Raspberry, but not a sweet or intense raspberry. Very musty. Gives way to a bretty and musty grain. Lemony tang. Raspberry continues throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pleasant in every way, just never distinctive.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 3.29.14
Batch #2 Jan. 2, 2014

A - Pours a cloudy light pink with a very small white head that is gone very fast.

S - Tart raspberries - very nice.

T - Light raspberry with a hint of tartness.

D - Light body with lower carbonation.

O - Nice smell of raspberry, lost a bit of it in the taste. Saison style raspberry.

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La Vie En Rose from Jester King Brewery
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