Montmorency Vs Balaton | Jester King Brewery

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Montmorency Vs BalatonMontmorency Vs Balaton

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of danh53
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not impressed with this given the hype. Nice cherry flavor, but not too intense, mildly tart, a little barrel. It's well balanced with no off flavors, but nothing jumps out.

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Photo of Myotus
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 46°F from a 500ml bottle (blend 3 - June 2016) into a tulip. Consumed on 19Dec16.
SMELL: Gargantuan waves of sweet and tart cherries are balanced by strong aromas of sour green apple, mild earthy yeast, tobacco, and hay aromas. Subtle scents of oak, peaches, salty minerals, balsamic vinegar, and hints of cheddar bolster the sweet and sour funkiness.
4.75 out of 5
TASTE: A massive explosion of sweet and sour cherries first strikes the palate. Strong flavors of sour green apple with mild hay and tobacco bring a funky balance to the huge fruitiness. The cherry flavors become sweeter and lads tart as mild earthy yeast and oak flavors flow in mid-palate. Mild balsamic vinegar flavors with subtle flavors of salty minerals and peaches join the commixture as the tartness from the green apple is strengthened. Whispers of grass finish the taste theatrical as all previous flavors persist.
4.75 out of 5
NOTE: Jester King changes the game with these fruited wild ales. What a massively tart beer that still managed to be balance by the cherry sweetness. The funkiness was perfect and allowed the fruit to dominate the palate. The only way this could be better would be to age it in some sort of spirit or wine barrel.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like red wine, crisp clear with visible carbonation
Smell is a bit of funk with a slight acidic sweetness
Tastes beautifully tart with a cherry/oak flavor
Light and airy mouthfeel, champagne like carbonation
Excellent JK offering!

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Photo of stephens101
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remember enjoying a glass of this while standing in line for the bottle release. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have been anticipating cracking this one open. Hope it's as I remember.

Pours bright red and topped with a sporadic and bubbly tan froth. A sour cherry funk aroma emanates boldy from the glass. Tastes of cherry pie covered with sugar. Very dry. Slight to medium funk that adds to the experience rather than detracts. Some fruit juice is in there somewhere as well. Slightly phenolic. Very little alcohol of course.

I don't think I've ever had a middling' sour. They're either really good, or really bad. Luckily, and not surprisingly, this is one of the former.

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Photo of jhavs
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Copper, red, hazed, brownish pour. Bubbles up a bit into foamy white head with an aggressive pour, but quickly pops itself into a thin ring around the outside of the glass.

Aroma of sweet and tart cherries, hint of spice (cinnamon ?) earthy wood and tiny bit of funk.

The cherry flavors meld into a sweetness and tartness of both fresh and cooked cherries. Tartness is mild and smooth, hint of sweet tart candies. The barrel comes through more as it warms. There is an underlying spiciness that is reminiscent of cinnamon (but not actually cinnamon if that makes sense).

Smooth, upper side of medium body, appropriate moderate carbonation.

Overall a deep flavored and delicious brew. Flavors are subtle and layered and meld together nicely.

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Photo of aleigator
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ruby red color with no head at all.

Smells of acetic, unripe wild cherries with a gentle funkiness to 'em, which allows a riper, sweeter fruit quality to unfold on the nose as well, adding to the beer's prominent tartness, with an earthy stone pit quality.

Has a higher, well fitting carbonation, with a light, very refreshing and challenging, complex body.

Tastes of sweet cherries right from the beginning, which turn more sour the longer they remain on the palate. This is due to a sparkly, stony mineral uprising, as well as an uncompromising acetic tartness, which almost swallows the cherry complexity as for its dry and pungent impact. Finishes with more funk, leather, dried hay and old mushrooms among grilled cherry stones, an opposing crispness resulting from white lemon zest and a late but taste defining sweetness of sun ripened cherries.

Wow, this is a great gateway sour between classic Lambics and AWAs. It certainly got a higher acetic level than its belgian counterparts, while it sucessfully lends an unexperienced sweetness to the cherries, like adding salt to caramel, just to emphasize its sweet qualities. It manages to appear naturally with a very silk mid palate and finish, which brings many well desired funky and tart nuances to light, complimenting to the refreshing cherry fruitiness.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red with a surprisingly non-pink carb--just a soft, bubbly white ring that clings on only slightly and briefly.

I smell funky pie crust, cherry pie mix, and lime zest. This is not like the legions of failed cherry beers where cough syrup and lozenge attributes are dragging the beer down. I get nothing but fresh, edible, vibrant and enticing, real cherries. Natural cherry all day.

Cherries in flavor big time! So bright and tart yet sweet. A little funky, with hints of cinnamon and marzipan rounding it out.

Tart and tingly. Wonderful.

June 2016 vintage

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice smell and taste of cherries. The biggest surprise was the slight hint of cinnamon that complimented the cherries nicely. Very well made sour with the perfect amount of maturation.

Will definitely continue to seek out.

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Photo of Tommo
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Everyone else loved this and preferred it to atrial in the side by side, except me.

For a jester king sour, this was more saisony and i thought light on the fruit. Very funky on the nose, less body and less fruit than atrial. Overall its very nice, but not my favorite jester king beer

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Photo of rabbott2
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bout 3 drank in a JK chalice on 7/17/2016

L-pours a nice light white/pink head that disappeared very quickly. a nice light maroon with a full body look to it and thin lacing

S-big time funk and cherry and farmhouse-y. lots of complexity

T-funky and the brett is strong as well. better as it warms and the cherry continues to get stronger. nice complexity

F-tart, drinkable, really coats the mouth well for a sour and definitely dry

O-I am a sucker for cherry sours, so I'd say overall it was a bit of a letdown. Certainly, a phenomenal sour, but probably my 3rd or 4th favorite from Jester King. nice complex beer but I think the farmhouse-y smell and flavors were a bit too overpowering to let the cherry and funk come through enough. Still would highly recommend

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8oz from tap. Love the look, like a good lambic, you could paint that color on a '57 Chevy and look red hot. Strong cherry nose with about equal sour notes. Solid sour flavor with a good cherry backbone. Not a lot to complain about with this beer and plenty to love. I loved it. Wife loved it. We maxed out our bottle allotment.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At batch 3 bottle release, poured 8oz into tulip.

Pour is a very nice ruby red, with a small bubbled light pink/off white head that settles to a nice ring.

Smell is cherries, and cherry jam. Hints of Brett character mixed with a nice subtle leather funk.

Taste follows the nose very well, still getting hints of leather funk with an equal blend of a jammy cherry tartness and cherry sour. Nice flemmy finish, not too mouth puckering.

Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic sour.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Being a sucker for cherries, I actually enjoyed this even more than Atrial Rubicite. (ducks) Anyway, this is easily the best Jester King I've ever had - and given that this time last year I wasn't completely sold on sour beer, I applaud JK for being up there with Cantillon and The Bruery as my go to sour fix!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Maroon, fuschia, and rosewood hues with a thin white head and minimal retention
S: Fruit forward aromatics of cherries (Montmorency and Balaton, I presume?) with subtle farmhouse sour notes
T: Decadent cherry jam and overall sweetness/richness with slight sour/brett notes - impossibly smooth
F: Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel - well suited for the wild ale style
O: This is an incredible cherry sour. I was thoroughly impressed from the initial pour and sip throughout the session. MvB delivers wave upon wave of differentiated cherry flavor, sweetness, and funk. To me this stuck out as an exemplary variation of a cherry wild ale and it is clear that Jester King is hitting on all cylinders with this one.

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Photo of fireazzi
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the best cherry sour I've ever had. So awesome, great amount of cherries in it as well. I had batch 2, and it was phenomenal, you can smell the cherries perfectly and taste so much cherry with the sour in it. The best Jester King beer I've had as well

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, rusty-pinkish color with a head tinged with mauve; spotty lacing

Smell: Cherry aromatics, with tart tones coming through as well as a leathery farmhouse character

Taste: Tart, under-ripe cherry flavor with a building sour character; dry, chalky and woody, through the middle, with a descent through the farmhouse, with a hint of leather in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: An interesting fruited sour, no doubt, but I expected to like this much more than I did; nothing wrong with the beer but I guess I prefer other cherry varietals

Thanks, aussiebrew33, for the opportunity

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super turbid ruby hue. Loads of floaties.

S - Aromas of nice cherries, both sour and sweeter. Nice funk

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great cherry tartness, little chalky. Nice dry cherry.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit chalky.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, nice cherries though.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with rudzud, batch 1 2014

Light fizzy pink head, hazy bright pinkish red color, tons of floaties.

Nose tons of cherries, sweet and sour cherries, tart funk, juicy tart sweet cherry juice.

Taste brings tart funk, tons of cherry a nice sour and sweet cherry combination, little cherry juice, mild tart funk, little bitterness, tart cherry skin, sticky and mildly sweet. Sticky mildly flemmy finish, more cherry juice.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy sticky, decent carb.

Overall ok, nice cherry, funk isn't too big.

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Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share courtesy of Rich. Cherries dominate this brew, sweet and tart. Pours out a nice pink hue, with small frothy head. this ones all about the cherries

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Tons of cherry deliciouness. I love me a good cherry flavored sour and this one delivered, times two! Been on my want list for a long time and did not disappoint.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful ruby red as tough Dorothy is stepping into Oz. Smell of cherries and funk. Taste is when this beer shines. Tart cherries up front followed by some funk and leaves your mouth with lingering raspberries and blackberries. This one stays with you for a while.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely gorgeous deep ruby red with a pale pink head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing!

Very tart and cherry forward, with some funk to back it up. Some sweetness in the middle and just a hint of acetone on the back end.

The cherries are in the forefront, almost tart cherry pie like. Tartness is prevalent, but the sweetness wards it off from being too puckering. Slightly vinous on the end.

Light to medium bodied with very light carbonation, almost but not quite flat. Incredibly dry, and mildly acidic.

A very good cherry sour from Jester King! Could do with a bit more carbonation and body.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purple/reddish color, quickly dissipating pinkish head. Smell of cherries is rich and plentiful on the nose. Tart cherry taste shines through beautifully. Nice carbonation on the mouthfeel. Excellent offering

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Photo of Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky red with a light pink head that disipates but sticks to the sides for a bit. Clean cherry smell. Cherry bliss. Sweet up front followed by a nice tartness. More tart than sour. Both kinds of cherries really sine. Tart and bubbly.

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Photo of antoines15
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch two. My favorite of the nine fruited 500 ml bottles. Smells and tastes like tart cherry pie. Like real cherry pie. Reminiscent of Cantillon Kriek. Fluffy-ish head, dissipates quickly. A bit darker than Atrial and oh that smell. Crisp, refreshing, need more.

Edit: Had a batch one recently and it wasn't nearly as good, in my opinion. Most (all) of the cherry was gone. Vinegary.

In summary, drink this one fresh and you won't be disappointed.

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