La Vie En Rose
Jester King Brewery

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #288
Ranked #2,122
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
La Vie En RoseLa Vie En Rose
Notes: 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.
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Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The back portion of the label has this printed directly to the label: "BATCH #8 - APRIL 2019"

Appearance: The body is a beautiful pink-purple that shows up as red when in the shadows. The head is short and white with a very light tint of pink. Not much head retention other than a ring. Lacing is spotty but present.

Aroma: There is a gentle fruity aroma which smells like raspberry and a bit of cherry.

Taste: There is a bit of a black pepper and raspberry flavor with just a light touch of bay leaf.

Mouthfeel: It is a very refreshing and light beer. It finishes wet and thin. Very low acidity and bitterness.

Overall: It's a pleasant fruit beer but there wasn't much wild yeast character; there was some but the beer is dominated by fruit flavor. I would recommend it to those who really enjoy raspberries but aren't looking for something too tart or too sweet.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch #6, bottled in 6/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate oat/pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate oat/pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, yeast/oak spiciness, and carbonation after the finish. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate oat/pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the moderately acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/tannic. Fantastic balance of big juicy/jammy raspberries, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great wine barrel presence, and pale/oat/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example. Aged wonderfully as expected.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a pair of tulips. April 2019 Batch #8. Gift from @mr-jj, if I remember correctly.

Pours a bright ruby-pink, clear (at least the first pour), with a small white head and medium to low carbonation. Smell is tart with a little hint of funk and a raspberry jamminess.

Taste is less on the tart and more on the funk at first, but jamminess and raspberry comes across even more clearly. Something kind of watery or washed out about the flavor -- not bad, just not intense.

Mouthfeel is very light and pretty dry. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark-ish red color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like spicy and jammy raspberries, bready malt, lemon, rose, flowers, and acidity.

Despite these being second use raspberries, there's still a lot of jammy goodness here. There's also some nice spicy breadiness, lemon peel, hibiscus and a generally sweet floral character, plus a nice light acidity.

This is lighter bodied, but crisp and fairly clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is really excellent beer- it showcases both the strength of the base beer, and the Jester King's mastery of fruited beers.

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Photo of Spaten454
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch #7
Pours a clear, light red with a thick, white two finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of raspberry and light citrus funk. Taste is raspberry and saison base. Very light flavors. Mouth feel is light and fizzy. Overall, it's a good beer to drink on a summer day.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at JK .
Pretty rich fruit in both nose and taste considering it’s spent berries from AR. Very light rust/strawberry look with bright but brief white head. Carbonation was good but after just having had Spon 5 it seemed slightly brisk on tongue. Overall a perfect summer sipper on this warm Hill Country afternoon.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Pinkish orange color. Aroma has tart fruits, mostly unripe berries. Taste follows with astringent berry seeds and light earthy bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both rustic and refined, the Jester King brewers place many of the techniques of traditional lambic making to a traditional farmhouse recipe and weave the fruit of raspberry through the process. A refreshing, drinkable and highly complex story can be told through just a single sip.

Slight on a pink and peach matte finish, the hazy ale pours with a base color of goldenrod as a gentle swirl of creme pulls from the zesty body. Floral and funky, the nose fills with rose pedals, yeast spices, tart and tangy fruit, wine and wood to draw the senses closer. Softly malted, the beer starts supple with sourdough, light honey and fresh yeast once more.

Sweetness dissolves effortlessly from the middle palate as the character of yeast dominates the taste hereafter. A citrusy tang of under ripened oranges, lemons and grapefruit seem more of their muddled peels before the tartness of raspberry adds a hint of robust fruit along with a tang of dry English cider and rosé wine. A trail of hay-like bitterness also invites a late palate of weathered oak, white pepper and an earthy mossy flare.

Medium light on the tongue, the beer has a creaminess of beer but a spritzy pep of sparkling wine. Its playful acidity plays second fiddle to the earth, must and funk but does dry the beer wonderfully to a lightly leathery finish and a brief afterglow of muddled citrus peels and damp burlap.

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Photo of bobv
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vigorous pour yields nary a bubble much less a head. Nice, light to medium, pink colored body. Nose of raspberries like you read about. Wonderful flavors of raspberries, cherries, and other dark fruit. Being of flat appearance the slight carbonation was an unexpected, but welcome, surprise. Overall the smell and taste more than make up for any shortcomings in look and feel. Cheers!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -3.1%
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 +10.5%
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 -1.9%
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 +7.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +3.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -6.2%
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 -6.5%
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 -13.4%
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 +8.9%
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 +6.7%
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 -15.6%
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 -19.1%

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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La Vie En Rose from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 456 ratings