Atrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-Aged
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.66 | pDev: 6.01%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
133
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Jester King Brewery
 
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Atrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-AgedAtrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-Aged
Notes: As the name suggests, it’s our Atrial Rubicite (blend #4) aged for 15 months in a Spanish sherry barrel!

The base beer for Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite was brewed in 2013. After maturing in oak barrels for about a year, it was blended during the spring of 2014 and refermented with raspberries. It was then racked to a single 500 liter Spanish sherry barrel for further aging and maturation. In July of 2015, fifteen months later, we racked the beer out of the sherry barrel and bottled it. All together, Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite took a little over two years to make. Again, this isn’t to suggest that long periods of fermentation and maturation necessarily equate to enjoyable beer, but in this case, we think it does.

Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, oats, and hops. It was fermented with our mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery, and refermented with raspberries grown in Washington. Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite was pakagd in July of 2015 and is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. At the time of bottling, it was 7.0% alcohol by volume, 1.003 specific gravity (0.75 degrees Plato), 7 IBU, and 3.3 pH.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep ruby color with a small foamy white head that eventually disappears completey

S- the glass is gushing with raspberries, everything from raspberry jam to pressed fresh raspberries. Undertones of sherry, wet wood and acidic tartness

T- as with the aroma, raspberries gush out of the flavor up front, like fresh pressed raspberry juice. The sherry notes are there and seem to enhance the raspberry a bit, followed by some bitter woody notes, almost tannic-like, more raspberry on the linger with a slightly acidic tartness

M- medium-light body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry tart finish

O- an absolute delicious showcase of raspberries in a sour ale

Jan 07, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was able to obtain a "tiny" bottle of this Sherry BA version of JK Atrial and I loved it! Only wish the bottle was bigger :(
Tons of Sherry Barrel on the nose and quite a bit but on the palate as well although it is much smoother than the nose let's on...

Sep 08, 2016
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BeerMan99 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While I appreciate that this is a very well made sour, it is just not my thing . The barrel adds interesting extra but for me it falls just a little short. But if sours are your thing, u prob will really enjoy this

Jul 14, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It drinks like liquid luxury. The original Atrial is almost a perfect sour by itself, so there's not much more up that this beer can go. I got more of the sherry as it warmed, which elevated the flavor, but not as much as I thought it would. Overall though it's a wonderful beer; one that I hope they brew again!

Jun 06, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to say whether the Sherry Barrel is an improvement on regular Atrial.

It's definitely different. The sherry character really shows. It was a bit odd at first, but I quickly got used to it. It's like a nutty, almost red wine like version of Atrial.

I think maybe the one big flaw was that it was just a bit too acidic. It was just a little harsh, but only enough to detract from it feeling perfect.

Overall, it's fantastic, but I don't think it's totally worth it for what it goes for and how small the bottle is. That may seem like a contradictory statement compared to how high I rated this, but a friend of mine went to the release and brought a bottle to share between three of us.

If you want a truly exceptional sherry barrel offering that seems to be a bit easier to acquire, Synthesis Analogous is where it's at.

Mar 28, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Poured gently at 45°F from an 11.2oz bottle (blend one - July 2015) into a tulip. Consumed on 27Mar16.
LOOK: A half fingers worth of light pink foam is formed after pouring. The foam head quickly recedes into a partial line within 20 seconds. Dark fushia in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Ascending bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: My nose immediately catches whiff of the very strong sour green apple aromas. Upon further inspection, there are strong earthy yeast and sweet/tart raspberry aromas along with mild aromas of oak, tobacco, hay, vanilla, and sweet/nutty sherry backing up the massive tartness.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple and sweet/tart raspberries present a balancing soured sweetness as they initially caress my taste buds. The yeast profile presents itself as strong earthy yeast and mild hay flavors immediately trail while the tartness grows slightly stronger. Mild sherry and tobacco along with subtle vanilla and oak flavors finish off this taste sensation as all of the previous flavors maintain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong, yet somewhat pleasant dryness. Tartness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: The already perfect beer (in my humbled opinion) had been made more perfect. The ingenious sherry barrel-aging introduced a sweet nuttiness that elegantly commingled with the brilliance of Atrial Rubicite. I hope Jester King further experiments with liquor barrel-aging.

Mar 28, 2016
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Wayne17 from Texas

4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my friend Tony for sharing. Looks like Atrial, which is to say it had a beautiful red hue. Smell is jammy raspberries and sherry. Classic atrial Jammyness is front and center for sure. The acidity is right on point and I think they sourness is actually slightly toned down by the barrel aging. The barrel gives this beer some earthiness and a lot of complexity. The sherry adds intensity and gives the base beer a more substantial mouth fell and ups the richness and even adds a creaminess. The finish leaves an almost raspberry dreamcicile like flavor that is outstanding. I may have only gotten to try about 4 ounces of this beer but it certainly leaves an impression.

Mar 23, 2016
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JamLand from District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep purple/maroon with minimal head. Less had than you typically get from regular Atrial.

S: The same overpowering smell of raspberries with just a touch of the barrel present.

T: An extremely similar taste profile as regular Atrial. Tons of raspberries, more toward jam than fresh fruit. Not sweet like jam, but more concentrated than actual fruit. The sherry barrel doesn't change the taste much, but it does soften the acidity of regular Atrial.

F: As the appearance would indicate this was less carbed than regular Atrial, although not undercarbed. Aside from the carbonation, a similar mouthfeel.

O: An excellent beer, probably not worth the trouble it takes to get this one over regular but certainly worth having if you get the chance. A jammier, softer experience than regular Atrial. I can certainly see why a lot of people like this over regular, but for my personal taste buds, I still with regular.

Mar 20, 2016
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mig100 from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured alongside Atrial batch #4. Many thanks to @Chadzero for sharing these.

L: Appearance is similar to the standard Atrial but is a stunning darker deep mauve/purple. Much less carbonation is visible than in the base beer, but with a nice resilient white ring head that remains across the glass.

S: The aroma is still that familiar and overwhelming raspberry jamminess that hits as soon the cap is cracked, but with some light and tropical sherry notes coming through.

T: Taste is huge jammy sour raspberries, but the sherry adds a depth and richness to their flavor and an almost marshmallow creaminess that hits at the back of the tongue.

F: The deep raspberry and almost whipped-cream flavors linger, making the finish incredibly velvety. At 7%, this is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had in this abv range.

O: Overall, this is Atrial on a whole other level of complexity and satisfaction. Possibly the finest beer Jester King has ever produced with it's balance of jammy raspberries, tartness and rich sherry flavors. Really hope more of this is in the works.

Dec 05, 2015
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Domvan from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This a great and unique beer, but the original version definitely trumps the 2 year old sherry version. Hype definitely pumped this up big time, but beer is just beer and I liked it, but didn't love it. Still a great beer though!

Dec 01, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sherry-barrel aged version of Atrial was really good, but I don't think it improved on the original, which is one of my all time favorite fruited sours. I think I actually like the non-sherry version better. Even so, this is delicious.

Nov 23, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down one of the best beers I have ever drank. Regular Atrial is already one of my favorites and barrel aging this in sherry casks sent it over the top. The carbonation was on point and there was so much ocmplexity to the flavor with tons of raspberries and sherry.

Nov 16, 2015
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Wonderbread-Colt45 from Florida

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first offering that I've ever had from JK and I was simply floored! If everything from that brewery was like this I would move to Austin Texas tomorrow. Easily the best sour out there, bar none! Everything about this beer was beyond exceptional. I can see why it trades beyond the moon!

Oct 07, 2015
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HarleyFreak31 from Texas

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.... what a gem!

Appearance: Pours an attractive radiant red with a half finger pink crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: This one is all about that distinctive fruity raspberry note (thinks Knot's Berry Farm jelly). Truly unique and highly enjoyable.

Taste: Same as the nose but more integrated and not as fruity dominant as the nose. I'd give it a 5.25 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Thin, fairly spritzy, and slightly watery in the finish. My lease favorite aspect of this brew.

Drinkability: All day and all of the night!

Oct 06, 2015
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Dustoff21 from Texas

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word.... perfection!

Who would have thought that you can take a beer that is damn near the cusp of brilliant (Atrial) and improve it. Everything about this screams epic.

L- Radiant raspberry color. Slight head that quickly fades.

S- Jelly straight from the jar. Could not be bolder.

T- Perfect marriage between balance and tart. Makes you wish that the contents never go away.

O- A stunning beer. Instant classic that has set a new bar!

Oct 06, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured generously by my buddy Trey Warren, into a Zwanze 2014 taster.

Appearance: Pours flat into the glass, a typically dark crimson red, faint bubbles crowd the edge of the glass but no head to speak of.

Smell: Dried Raspberries, hints of Sherry, oaky vanilla and dark, dry red wine. Sherry gets stronger as it warms up. This is the legendary Atrial I remember.

Taste: Significantly more sour than regular atrial, still very drinkable. More refined than traditional atrial, not as over the top fruit. A light acetic quality but far from overwhelming and it works well with the beer. There's more going on here, you can get the malts and the funk, in moderation, playing in the background while the fruit and barrel fight it out in the foreground.

Mouthfeel: Robust carbonation, a nice long finish of raspberry seeds and red wine. The Sherry lingers like dust on the tongue, very unique, tannins really dry out the mouth.

Overall: Who would have thought there was a way to improve on Atrial? This is fantastic. I hope they've been inspired by this to do more like it, and age other fruited sours in other unique barrels. Whiskey MvB, Port Nocturn, the possibilities are endless!

Sep 17, 2015
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MarkKeiser from Texas

4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love the look of a slightly darker red color.

Smells like the raspberry jammy goodness of atrial with a slight sherry hint.

Taste is fantastic. The sherry seems to take a slight bit off the edge from Atrial.

Fells like Atrial.

Love this beer adds just enough to Atrial and doesn't take anything away.
Maybe the best JK beer to date.

Sep 16, 2015
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Theortiz01 from Texas

4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look is a dark red color, darker than regular Atrial. Head dissapate quickly.

Smell is like regular Atrial with slight hints of sherry.

Taste is unbelievably balanced. All the great jammy flavors of regular Atrial accentuated by slight barrel flavor and sweet sherry. The lactic acid comes across like a deGarde fruited Bu. A tad sweeter than regular Atrial. Also not as acidic as the normal version. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is on par with most of JK's fruited sours, which is medium to light. Carb is slightly less than I would care for but still great for the style.

Overall, this beer is damn near perfection. Definitely the best beer Jester King has produced thus far. The Sherry barrel rounds out the acidity in perfect harmony.

Sep 16, 2015
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mwbbq from Texas

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Supreme Atrial juiciness,but just a tad drier due to the sherry. Super smooth mouthfeel and excellent tartness. Overall a very impressive use of spirit barrels to make an already-excellent beer something completely different and delicious.

Sep 13, 2015
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StArnoldFan from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks acbe for sharing this with me, I know a hour and a half line for a 11oz beer isn't fun. I'm not a sherry drinker, but with that said I didn't get much difference in this beer than regular Atrial. It's been awhile since iv had the OG, but the sherry barrel seemed to mellow some of the sourness and make it more wine like. Outstanding beer none the less, i just don't think it was worth the hassle of going to JK, waiting in line for over an hour and only getting one 330ml.

Sep 12, 2015
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mgr78704 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had side by side with the base beer, Atrial batch 4. Amazing beer with a nice Sherry note at the end. An improvement over an already great beer in atrial.

Sep 10, 2015
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PatrickInAustinTx from Texas

4.98/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle at the release and opened my bottle along with a friends bottle (Thanks Myles) at a share the same day as released. We also opened this next to a B4 Atrial which was the base for this.

Poured into a Side Project taster and I'm rating this based on what was close to room temp.

Appearance - Dark ruby color, almost glowing red. My pour was a bit cloudy but others pours were a bit more clear. I'm sure its because i had the tail end of the 1st bottle. Overall I can't see what could make this look any better. Compared to Atrial B4 it was very similar but Sherry had these deep ruby tones to it.

Smell - Smells like fresh Atrial. Medium funk on the nose, heavy dose of raspberries, almost jam like. I can't get much past the jammy nose. Sucks you in. I can smell faint notes of sherry but it's not coming through as much as the fruit. Smells much different than Atrial B4.

Taste - Punched in the face with Raspberry. Incredible fruit flavors akin to regular Atrial. The Sherry really shows itself the most here in the taste. Up front its all berries, complex farmhouse notes and almost a bready character. To round out the end, the sherry comes through with some moderate heat and overall this tastes a bit more oaky and barrel forward than the B4 did. Having these side by side demonstrate their likeness but also their differences very well.

Mouthfeel - I can't really imagine the mouthfeel being much better for me. Its a light to moderate mouthfeel with a certain slickness about it. Not yeasty or grainy like some farmhouse sours can be. Just how I like it. In comparison to Atrial B4, it felt a bit thinner.

Overall - I've had all of the JK sours. None have impressed me as much as this gem. We had several people at the share splitting these two bottles. One gentleman that doesn't care for sours AT ALL actually thought that the sherry version was much better than the B4 which he couldn't even drink. B4 had a bit of a lacto thing that wasn't present in the sherry version. My only complaint is the size of the bottle, I could have drank a 750 of this fairly easy just by myself. I know they wanted more people to get the beer and I respect that. I hope to see more of their fruited sours in different types of barrels but mainly Im looking forward to more of this one.

Patrick

Sep 07, 2015
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MylesRobinson from Arkansas

4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this the night of the release. Sherry made this beer other wordly. The Sherry sticks on the back of your throat and rounds out the beer superbly. I will be sharing my last bottle tonight with friends and I can't wait to have it one last time!

Sep 07, 2015
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Abbbp from Texas

4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks Michael for blast chilling this and sharing such a delicious pour. Gorgeous color and a delicate pink head meanders its way down the glass, as the mouthfeel is of pure effervescence. The barrel is obvious but in the nose it's still all sweet tart raspberries. The taste is otherworldly as it's exactly as described. A real pleasure to enjoy, hate the baby bottle size but eh, whattya gonna do?

Sep 04, 2015
Atrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-Aged from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 133 ratings