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Montmorency Vs Balaton | Jester King Brewery

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Montmorency Vs BalatonMontmorency Vs Balaton

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Uanof on 02-27-2014

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Photo of rabbott2
4.34/5  rDev -4%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +6.2%
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 +10.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -8.8%
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 -4.6%
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 -10.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.9%
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 +0.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of JuglashB
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Diacetyl all over the nose, but not in a disruptive way. Natural in all the cherry sours I've had to date. No way to tell between the cherries unless you're a cherry farmer or something, but they blend nicely. Finish is wonderful, light and fluffy mouthfeel and you just want to keep drinking more and more... Not a top fruited sour from JK, but still a damn good one.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tulip glasson tap at the brewery. Good but not mind blowinng. Tastes like a tart cherry Jolly Rancher. Pleasant but not quite worthy of whale status.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch two (Feb 2015). Tulip glass.

A: Pours ruby red with a thin collar of off-white head. Very good clarity, but the liquid looks still. No lacing, average retention.

S: Straight cherry, like maraschino, a little brett earthiness and horse blanket in the secondary, whiff of red wine and black cherry.

T: Cherry forward, as expected, with light puckering sourness, wheat malt, a bit of a cherry flesh character, and finishing mostly dry.

M: Crisp, light, and refreshing. Light body and carbonation.

O: Very tasty, and they managed to balance the cherry and brett without going overboard on either (which is a real temptation for some brewers).

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Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy raspberry maroon-red body with a light pink 1 finger head that reduces very quickly, leaving no lacing or retention. Berry juice looking after the head dies.

Big cherries on the nose.. kriek-like, tart green apple, fresh berries, barnyard funk, tart fruits. On the tongue is super tart fruits, sour cherry, sour lemons, lots of funkyness, barnyard, hay, on the follow through is slight vinegar, oak, fresh cherries, acetic bite on the aftertaste. Light and easy drinker, but very sour and mildly carbonated.

I loved this beer.. super complex, nice cherry notes, and lots of flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a bright food coloring red color.

The flavor follows with cherry pie, juice, a dry finish. Very tart throughout, but also balanced by a jammy cherry flavor.

Not as aggressive and jammy as Atrial,but an extremely well built and fruit forward sour.

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was overall very impressed with this beer. Typically not awed or in favor of wild ales and generally would rather prefer lambic almost every occasion. MvB is very close, if not similar to a fresher LPK to me.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.37/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sorry, just don't get the fascination here. Tastes very similar to all their other beers....maybe slightly smoother and less harsh but the exact same base sour flavor. The only difference is some slight cherry instead of some slight other flavor used in their other beers. Tried to like it but so not impressed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran yesterday, thanks man. Blend #2.

This one pours a vibrant dark red, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells very, very cherry forward, with a little bit of funk, and some residual sugar.

This one is less sour than I expected, given other Jester King sours that I've had. It's not even really sour at all, more just tart, with a little bit of funk, and just a huge wave of juicy cherry. I don't know what the opposing cherries taste like here, so I can't differentiate them, if that's even possible. As it is, this one's not all that complex, but that doesn't stop it from being really delicious.

This is fairly light bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and moderate to high level of carbonation. It's very very drinkable.

I wish this had a bit more complex wild character to it, but as it is, it's still quite delicious.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a cask into a wine glass at the brewery.

A- Glowing reddish and pink. Looks like cherry skin. Pink-hued white lace. 5

S- Tart initially but then turns to sweet, chewy and pulpy cherry. It resembles cherry pie certainly. Delicious. 5

T- Cherry pie-like but vinous. Delicate cherry and cherry-skin flavors. 5

M- Tart but with a sweet current that is artfully worked in. Vinous and dry.

It's a fiver. Perfect brew.

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
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