Montmorency Vs Balaton
Jester King Brewery

Montmorency Vs BalatonMontmorency Vs Balaton
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #165
4.51 | pDev: 6.87%
Feb 15, 2024
Feb 27, 2014
Montmorency and Balaton® cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer, and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Balaton® is a registered trademark of Michigan State University.
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Rated: 4.35 by MJSFS from Florida

Feb 15, 2024
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I remember having Astrial Rubicite years ago, swearing then that I would someday try JK's other famed beer M vs B. Now it is finally here! Ruby red pour with a small eggshell white head that eventually settle into surface islands. Smell is exactly what was promised: sour cherries and classic JK farmhouse yeast, barnyard funk, and a touch of lemon peel all with a kiss of vanilla. Taste switches the vanilla and lemon intensities, funk is milder but now get some hay, genera supporting red fruits, and a touch of earth. The best new world take of this belgian classic I have had in a long time. Feel is tart, mildly acidic but more so funky, medium bodied and very smooth in a cooling fashion
Feb 09, 2024
Rated: 4.35 by jvillefan from California

Jan 01, 2024
Rated: 4 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by Bil_Ganhs from Florida

Nov 21, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bout #8, bottled May 2023

Shortly after having the legendary Atrial Rubicite for review #1900, I have another highly acclaimed Wild Ale from Jester King for tonight. They have a knack for fruited Wild Ales, so I'm betting that this one will be a home run. Let's pop it open and see what it's all about

Pours an opaque reddish purple with a finger of pinkish white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is actually rather subdued surprisingly. I'm picking up on aromas of tart cherry, lemon juice, sharp oak, brown sugar, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and graham cracker

Things liven up much more in taste, amping up both the tartness and the sweetness. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting tart cherry, sharp oak, cranberry, brown sugar, tannic red wine, wet hay, lemon zest, old leather, and light raspberry. The swallow brings notes of tart cherry, graham cracker, tannic red wine, sharp oak, old leather, toasted walnut, vanilla, jammy raspberry, lemon juice, and wildflower honey

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a sharp beer. Finishes mostly dry and refreshing

Another winner from Jester King to absolutely nobody's surprise. Dammit, all this Jester King lately is tempting me to visit the brewery some day
Oct 01, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml green bottle. Date on label describes this as 'BOUT #8 - MAY 2023'.
Cherry red colored body. Very brief head, which disappears within a few seconds. Rising bubbles try to make a ring. No lacing.
Aroma of sour funk (leather) and oak, with a background of tart cherries.
Taste is layered for both depth and length. Initial cherry flavor is rather sweet but then turns tart. Oak throughout. Earthy funk. Brief appearance of spice, with a longer interval of vanilla. Sweet and tart in the aftertaste, which fades away rather slowly.
Medium mouth feel, with a touch of syrup. Some drying in the finish but not a tooth scraper.
The cherries taste really fresh and expand the flavors beyond the base sour ale. Bright red appearance, full nose, and a range of flavors make this one to savor. Presents a wide palate of experience but so well balanced and no extremes.
Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 4.9 by mamaraza from Texas

Sep 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Aug 15, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2023
Rated: 4.05 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by kkarimi from Texas

Jun 19, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 03, 2023
Rated: 5 by TOnEz31 from New Jersey

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2023
Rated: 4.52 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by ear-bending from Texas

Dec 10, 2022
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Latest batch.
Dec 08, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2022
Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 958 ratings