Montmorency Vs Balaton
Jester King Brewery

Montmorency Vs BalatonMontmorency Vs Balaton
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #11
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
100
Ranked #136
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 6.84%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
918
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Notes: Montmorency and BalatonĀ® cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer, and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

BalatonĀ® is a registered trademark of Michigan State University.
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Reviews by jjdc:
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 04, 2017
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Bout 1. Bottled January 2014. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red with a small pinkish head that fizzles away quickly. Body is hazy but still translucent, with high amounts of suspended sediment.

Smell: Tart and sweet cheries, light funk, oak, hay and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Again cherries are clearly the most prominent with some funk, oak, hint of spices, and subtle malt character. Tastes almost like a liquid sour cherry pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Finishes tart and semi dry.

Overall: Another really good fruited sour from Jester King. These guys just keep knocking these out of the park. Well worth seeking out.

Aug 10, 2014
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Getalegup from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red, thin foam.
A little fruit smell.
Tastes like slightly tart cherry juice. A little carb. Lingering tartness. Slight pucker.
Can wait for a little bottle time.

Mar 21, 2015
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bcp5296d from North Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lord. The combination of cherries melts into the perfect balance of funk and slight lacto. Oh my god this stuff put a huge smile on my face. Just try it if you can. One of the best AWAs Ive ever had.

Mar 01, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Cantillon Degustation Glass, enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a cloudy, deep red color, hues of ruby, garnet, but this is fairly blood red, plenty of sediment present in the glass, even from a pour right out of the top of the bottle. A slight head, off white in color, barely a finger high appears and has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is incredible, cherry pie leaps out of the glass, fresh, juicy, cherry, subtle funk, pie crust malt, light spice character, just beautiful cherry character. This might be the closest to Lou Pepe Kriek, I've ever smelled in a beer. The cherry flavor explodes on the tongue, beautifully fresh, plump and juicy, definitely has that pie spice flavor, light funkiness, some oak comes across with some rustic, crusty malt. Perhaps the truest expression of cherry of any American Wild. The body is lively, nice zip, plenty of bubbles but by no means abrasive or too prickly, coats the mouth very well and ends with a soft creamy finish that has just a light dryness.

Verdict: A stunning wild ale from Jester King and a wonderful compliment to Atrial Rubicite. The cherry is so masterfully showcased in this beer but the layered flavors that come behind it really let this beer shine.

Jun 11, 2014
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened up the bottle to a little bit of a gusher, very slow and manageable, though. Pours a bright red, with a very nice pink head, that sticks around for a long time. Just beautiful. Very frothy film stays in the top. The smell is just as good. Tart cherry skin. Very juicy. What is that, cinnamon? The taste is ripe cherry juice up front, and not as sour as I expected, it's really great. The cherry goes on for days! Especially tart right at the end, with a small amount of funk, oak, lemon sourness, and I can still pick up cinnamon. The mouthfeel is creamy, thin to medium bodied, doesn't seem as carbonated as I thought when I opened it, but you can feel it right at the end. Tingly on the tongue. I really like this. Great level of sourness.

May 08, 2014
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | 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.

Aug 14, 2016
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ILikeGoodCider from New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Apr 26, 2015
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Feb 15, 2015
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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 27, 2015
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4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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MephistosCafe from North Carolina

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 918 ratings