Colour Five
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #164
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,287
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 9.6%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
310
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Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating
Wants
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Gots
  63
SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Barrel aged sour beer refermented with blueberries
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 310 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend Two, bottled in 1/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light orange/purple color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, cranberry, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leather/musty Brett funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of blueberries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, cranberry, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leather/musty Brett funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruit/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, cranberry, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/spiciness, and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/spiciness and tangy fruit. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Amazing balance of super jammy blueberries and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing top tier quality style example as expected. Aged amazingly over 3.5 years.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would I buy this again? Very likely, yes. Its hard to pass up any JK fruits.

That said, this was not one of my more favorites. Blueberries - to me - are a tough fruit to capture the flavor of. This beer is very smooth and visually appealing. Flavor and smell fall a touch short.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Getting out of the rural Belgian beerscape of farmhouse ale and into the Brussels taste of sour ale, a slightly lambic-like taste comes out, employing the juicy taste of blueberries and oak for added charm and complexity.

Deep mauve and laced with a hazy yeast cloud, Colour Five is delicately carbonated for a burgundy wine appearance. And those wine-like impressions are just getting going as the fruits carry a tangy berry scent along with a sharp citrus, apple, grape and dark fruit perfume across the nose. Funk filled and the essence of weathered oak trail into a scantly sweet early palate of hard candy, pastry filling and wheat.

As the sweetness effortlessly drifts away, the red wine character overtakes the middle palate along with cider, lime, lemon, gooseberry and crabapple. Cranberry, blueberry and blackcherry all come to mind as the blueberry flavor pulls from the sourness. Growing acidity scrubs the thirst from the tongue and applies a savory nearly balsamic character to trail on the late palate.

Medium bodied but trending dry, a finish of spice seems of peppercorn and vinyl as the vinous alcohol warmth has the beer tasting as much of plum wine as it does of ale. Its brisk sourness leaves the mouth quickly while the remnants of fruit juices and pepper lingers into a medium length afterglow.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4; March 2018

Deep purple body with bone white head. Aroma of heavy Greek yogurt and hint of blueberry. Flavor profile is the same; lots of Greek yogurt funk and just a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium light body with low carbonation. Semi dry finish. Overall, Colour five just did not deliver on the blueberries. Just recently had Allagash Little Sal for the first time and that is a blueberry sour that delivers the blueberries proper. Still a great fruited wild by Jester King, but you have to love the Greek yogurt funk of lacto.

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Photo of aleigator
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lilac to ember red colour with a big, pink head, which vanishes immediately after pouring.

Offers a floral, herb accompanied fruitiness, which is defined by an acidic sourness, lemon peel and blueberry skin. Offers a jammy sweetness, together with dried earth and ripe sweet cherries.

Drinks truly refreshing with a perfectly nuanced combination of tartness and effervescence, becoming the most present during the beers finish.

Tastes of utmost ripe blueberries from first glance, together with a pleasant cherry jam quality and tart, subtle lemons. Turns a little dryer then, with a note of mushrooms and old, moldy basement among the still present blueberries. Finishes with a well pronounced punch of tartness, which gets easily matched by the fruits, which now appear a little unriper but still very natural and multi facetted.

What a great iteration of a blueberry sour. To me that is, because it isn‘t solely about the berries, since the flavors allow cherries, grass and earth to add in. This creates a perfectly balanced, complex beer, with a moderate, well entangled tartness, reminding me of a very well made lambic. This is how I imagined Blabaer would taste like.

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Photo of MFMB
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated March 2018. I like bottle, I just have to throw that out there. Colour Five pours a bright ruby red with a slight purple hue. Nose is of berry skins and earthy funk. Taste of tart berries, lemon zest, wet oak and earthy funk. It’s tart but not overly. Has a very rustic feel to it as most Jester sours do. A little light on body definitely not jammy like other examples of same style but it is very refreshing. Low carbonation. Low carbonation and light tartness make Colour Five very drinkable.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is an insane beer, the blueberry one as i have been calling it for years, lucky enough to have a friend track one down and bring it back to share with me. these have been out awhile now, and i am sure the wild yeasts have continued to work on the blueberries, but this is really blueberry forward still, an incredible wild ale, as good as the others in the series for sure. its jammy purple on the pour, like blueberry juice itself, really clear and shiny ruby looking, with a pink bubbly head an inch high, very active. aroma here is tart from the yeasts and the skins of the fruit, almost red wine more than fresh blueberry, that aspect of the fruit is really developed, with just a bit of a sweet juicy quality to it in the nose. the flavor has the berries a little more preserved, concentrated, and jammy, although the tannic and tart red wine element is there too. they must have used just a ton of fruit, its still really vibrant. the oak is strong too, not sure why blueberry doesnt get used more in these, the fusion of the wood and the fruit and the bretty wild yeasts is amazing. funky brett, slightly tangy bacterial sourness, mild lemon, very jester king on the yeast side of things. its real well carbonated, but still has this feeling like its thicker or something from the fruit, more dense, its great, kind of rich for finishing dry. maybe not quite as intense and complex as the atrial or the tempranillo grape one, but up there with the rest. killer beer, so thankful for this experience!

edit: some variability to this one, i liked it a little less the second time around, vintages and age obviously have some differences. still epic though.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep purple that is turbid with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and crisp, light strawberry and blueberry tones. Delicious saison/sour tartness with bright acidity from the added fruit as well. Definitely dry, but retains a nice mouthfeel, even with a 0 Plato fg. Jester King does it again!

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as popular as the rapsberry or cherry versions, however, I think it stands up to both of those equally. Starts with the sour, then you get a deep blueberry flavor similar to blueberry pie. After that, those two flavors compete to make a rolling wave that passes from sour to blueberry over and over through the finish. That's a cool beer and this is damn tasty.

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Photo of ccg
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's a dark, translucent red with a small amount of fizzy head that clings to the edges. The smell is mostly generic tartness and vinegar, with a hint of funk and some blueberries. The flavor is pretty similar. There is a strong tartness. I get a bit more blueberry flavor than I got from the smell. I'm not really picking up any barrel character, but maybe it's contributing more to the overall smooth feeling of the beer rather than an oaky flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's smooth without any alcohol heat.

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Photo of TP1200
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You'll have fun with this one. It's not wine, but it's not really beer either. I mean, look at that dark purple color. You'll know it's not wine when you taste how carbonated it is. And then you'll get that tartness, sour, funk, blueberry and oak. But none of those flavors overpower the others. Start with it, end with it, doesn't really matter. Just try it if you can!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 2016; drank 2/4/17 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Semi-opaque ruby red/purple appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Blueberry, cherry & honeyed wheat notes in the nose, with a mildly tart finish.

Medium mouthfeel.

Blueberry & strawberry flavors up front; a mildly tart finish. Honeyed wheat notes emerged as this warmed. Fruity, pleasant & very tasty; bravo!

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep purple/dark red colored pour with no head. Aroma of tart dark fruit. Taste is very dry with a tart blueberry flavor upfront. Tartness starts to increase as the beer warms. Can also taste some plum flavor.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 2016, b2 drank on 2/4/2017

L-big head that fades quickly. dark purple and thin lacing. sexy

S-earthy, funky, strong blueberry, very little but some oak

T-strong blueberry, hay, earthy, oak, hint of vanilla. Like blueberry pie.

F-medium-bodied with subtle carbonation, medium tartness, very drinkable

Overall-This is certainly my second favorite beer from Jester King. It is vastly underrated and showcases again why JK is incredible at their fruited stuff. I will seek this out more. Phenomenal.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Never pass up a JK sour and this did not disappoint. Nose was a little light but the taste was amazing....BLUEBERRIES. Not terribly tart and caught a little bit of funk and just an all around good beer. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark purplish-blue with thin red edges. A light purple-pink tinged fizzy finger of carbonation tops it off, which settles to a medium ring.

Milky muenster cheese introduces an only faintly funky nose, with tart mixed berries that at first are not distinctly blueberry to me, but it becomes more and more apparent this is like a fresh bowl of chilled, just picked blueberries. Very sense awakening.

Again I get mixed-berry and rhubarb pie filling. It seems very fresh and turns to blueberry skin on the backend, with maybe a little red licorice. Colour Five is not even remotely funky at all, and I've had some really wild ones by Jester King. This develops more and more into fresh blueberry, not blueberry "flavored," so it's not as sweet, but more tart green and bright.

Tart, tingly, finishing pretty dry.

Blend #2 2016 vintage

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Photo of Myotus
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 46°F from a 500ml bottle (blend two - January 2016) into a tulip. Consumed on 20Jun16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of faint, violet foam. The foam head Shrivels to a line within ten seconds. Dark purple in color. Subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and scarce.
SMELL: Strong aromas of blueberries and sour green apple are supoorted my mild muenster cheese, earthy yeast, hay, and black pepper aromas. Subtle oak and hints of vanilla boast the amount of time that this was barrel-aged.
TASTE: Strong blueberry, sour green apple, and mild black pepper instantly take the lead. A beautiful amalgam is laid forth as mild muenster cheese and earthy yeast flavors enter mid-palate. The taste profile closes with mild hay flavors along with subtle flavors of oak and vanilla as all prior flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with subtle carbonation. Goes down somewhat smooth. Thirst quenching finish.
NOTE: This instantly earned the rank of my second favorite brew from Jester King. The muenster flavors not only supported, but also solidified the other flavors of the beer. I actually had some muenster in my fridge and ate it along side with this. It paired incredibly well. Another outstanding offering from JK.

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Photo of gibgink
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed at a share on 6/5/16. Color is like blueberry pie filling. Picked up slight blueberry on the nose, but more prevalent in the taste. Not a whole lot of tart/sour going on, as it seems like there is still a sugar presence left. Very easy drinking, would have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Aroma is funky and yeasty with farmhouse, wood and cellar notes. Taste is tart, astringent, fruity, really dry and a bit acidic.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jester King makes great fruited sours. This one is pretty great, but doesn't quite stand up to some of their other offerings. I loved the color and mouthfeel was on point as always. My only complaint is there is a slightly medicinal taste on the finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear purple red hue with a thin pinkish head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light vanilla, very nice smooth oak, light berry juice and skins. Smells like blueberry cream.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice vanilla, good faint oak. The blueberry skin is nice, with good blueberry flavours and nice subtle tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, could use more.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, however, I wish the blueberry was much more potent.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Pinkish small head, dark murky ruby reddish color.

Nose some blueberry, tart berry currant like, big fleshy blueberry, some mild sweet candy malt and fruit, little vanilla barrel notes,

Taste tons of blueberry flesh, blueberry pancakes with light malty doughy malt, little candy blueberry, tart, with little bitter skin, mostly flesh, little syrupy note, little vanilla bagel notes. Finish is sticky, little syrupy and flemmy tartness, tons of lingering blueberry flesh and mild barrel.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, fleshy blueberry thing, little tart and light acidity.

Overall ok, nice blueberry flesh, but not a great beer in general.

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Colour Five from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 310 ratings