Bière De Merlot | Jester King Brewery

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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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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.

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Bière De Merlot from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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