Bière De Merlot | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Uanof on 02-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes.

8.50%. Served on-draught into 8oz stemware at Jester King. Expectations were high. Cost was $8.00 USD.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness and cream. Bad retention (<1 minute). No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Weak consistency. Okay complexion.

BODY: Translucent nontransparent dark red with purple hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appealing for a sour in a general sense.

AROMA: Grape must, tart indistinct berries, and genuine bacteria-induced sourness, including plenty of lactobacillus. Seems alive. The grape isn't real strong. Doesn't seem all that sour, but it's wildly fermented, sure.

No hop notes, alcohol, off-notes, or malt notes are detectable. The malts disappear beneath the dominant fruity notes.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength.

TASTE: Bacterial sourness is the first thing I notice - mostly lactobacillus. It's clinical, and doesn't evoke true spontaneous/wild fermentation. I don't pick up on lambicus yeast or anything. It's not too grapey, which is a good thing. But it doesn't evoke red wine either. I just get tart berry sourness, a clean barley/neutral Belgian malt base, and some mild (but not puckering) sourness. Kisses of muted oak are present throughout. It's well balanced and very cohesively constructed, but this isn't a gestalt flavour profile.

No hop character, overt alcohol, or off-notes come through.

It's got nice subtlety and decent nuance, but it's far from a complex or intricate sour. As it warms, I do pick up on some grape must in the third act.

TEXTURE: Almost powdery. It's got a nice blanket of fine must which is remarkable, and really works to complement the taste. Smooth and wet, with a comforting refreshing presence on the palate. Perfect carbonation. Delightfully soft.

This is a damn fine texture for a sour, and absolutely feels elevates the beer. Feels custom-tailored specifically to this flavour profile. Wow. It's aptly thick, and medium-bodied.

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

OVERALL: Very drinkable for the 8.50% ABV. I'll easily kill this glass. They executed the premise of the beer very well, but I do wonder where the wine notes are. I'd definitely get this beer again, but I crave more sourness and tartness.

Low B

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Photo of WTKeene
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8oz served on draught in a Jester King wine glass on 3/14/2014.

Appearance: A pale white/pink creamy, thick crown sits around the edge of the glass, atop a beautiful, hazy purple and deep crimson body.

Smell: The merlot grapes are strong here, lending floral vineous blackberry and grape notes to the sour, funky base. Very similar to a good red wine, obviously, aside from the tart funkiness.

Taste: Tart but not mouth puckering, with lots of Merlot grapes. Dark fruity blackberry and raspberry, it is very much like drinking Merlot itself. Somewhat prominent alcohol, with a grainy malt flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Prickly like champagne, impossibly dry. Full bodied, without a particularly long linger.

Overall: I do wish that a bottle of this was within my reach, but I suppose it will be bottled again eventually. Really good stuff. Probably a great way to introduce wine lovers to lambics and other wild ales too. Can't wait to try the Tempranillo!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy red body with a thin sudsy white head that falls to a ring around the glass pretty fast.

Deep red wine  vinousness. Fairly fruity beyond the grapes bringing cherry and strawberry. Tons of open field type wild yeast aromas.

Pretty hefty merlot grape presence. Lighter body with some prickly carbonation. Prominent yeast character like the nose presents. Lightly tart. Ends dry.

JK has another winner in their fruit refermentation program.

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Bière De Merlot from Jester King Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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