Colour Five | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged sour beer refermented with blueberries

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-28-2014

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#1,205
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
295
pDev:
9.65%
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wasnt a fan upon initial release, but just had one with about a year of age on it, and it has come along wonderfully. Flavors have come together nicely with a nice tartness to it and the sweetness is no longer overbearing.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jammy purple color.

Lots of fruit and berries. Tart with a bit of funk. Lemon citrus.

Light bodied. Very easy drinking. Another enjoyable jester king sour.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken Fall 2014:

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King. Cost was $8 USD per 8oz pour.

HEAD: None. Just a quarter finger's worth of a floating ring of foam, pinkish white in colour. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess or froth. Not the full delicate soft head that would be ideal, and indicative perhaps of undercarbonation. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Deep sanguine colour. Certainly not blue (if that's what one is expecting). Ripe and appealing, but opaque. No yeast/lees or sediment are/is visible within.

Appears undercarbonated. It's a good look for a fruited sour, and I'm looking forward to trying it, but there's room for improvement and it could be more inviting.

AROMA: Ripe berry with some accompanying light tartness, rich oak, touches of lactic and wild bacterial sourness (about a 5-6/10 in terms of intensity of sourness), red grapeskin, a kiss of almost tannic must, dampened wood, and yes, a hint of blueberry - but it isn't the juicy rich evocative blueberry one would find in a world-class execution of a blueberry sour ale.

More sourness and more blueberry would help this improve, but it's generally enticing as-is.

No overt alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Muted, with a terribly brief flavour duration and an extremely reticent flavour profile which barely commits to the blueberry flavour at all. Its timid 4-5/10 sourness leaves much to be desired, and what sourness is present feels clean and clinical as though a lactobacillus culture was dropped into stainless steel; this beer lacks true spontaneous fermentation intangibles, subtle wild characteristics, microflora, etc.

I do dig the lightly powdery blueberry and the light tartness, but far more of both flavours is needed.

I find no overt alcohol, off-flavour, or overt yeasty flavour.

It's definitely well-balanced, but I wish its flavours were more intense and assertive. Depth of flavour is lacking.

As it is, it's actually a bit plain, lacking intricacy and bringing little in terms of commitment to its ingredients.

That said, I do quite like it and it improves as it comes to temperature. Any malt foundation disappears beneath the berry notes, grape skin, and barely perceptible oak/dampened oak barrel flavours, but I imagine something like 2-row, pale malt, and maybe even wheat were used.

TEXTURE: Ripe, lightly powdery, a bit acidic, smooth, plump, and wet. I hoped for more of a La Vie En Rose texture with a delicate soft mouthfeel, a fragility, and a lighter body. This is a bit heavyhanded on the palate, but it's not unrefreshing.

The higher ABV might be holding it back; it's up there for a fruited sour ale. Slightly undercarbonated.

This texture complements the tasty pretty well, but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours. Jester King has done far better in the past. I want more acidity, more softness, more fragility, and less heft.

OVERALL: Very drinkable for its highish ABV, but it's not as drinkable as the very best expressions of the style (including Jester King's own). For a blueberry sour, it could really use more blueberries and more sourness. Still, I'd happily get it again were it not for its high pricetag and it joins the ranks of Jester King's always good fruited sours.

B (3.60) / GOOD

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Colour Five from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 295 ratings