Atrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-Aged
Jester King Brewery

Atrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-AgedAtrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-Aged
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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
 
Texas, United States
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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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Reviews by exl_90:
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exl_90 from Texas

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

Oct 11, 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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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delusion_408 from California

4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 03, 2021
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brandoman63 from Illinois

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

Nov 15, 2015
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regular atrial is better.

Dec 08, 2015
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drewone from California

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 12, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 31, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

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

Feb 19, 2016
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oline73 from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 13, 2015
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 15, 2017
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masterofsparks from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2016
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Danimal25 from Illinois

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

Feb 26, 2016
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 13, 2016
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 12, 2016
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Eternal218 from California

4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 27, 2016
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kjkinsey from Texas

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

Feb 03, 2017
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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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acurtis from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 29, 2017
Atrial Rubicite - Sherry Barrel-Aged from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 133 ratings