CRU 55
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 6.24%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
32
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 05, 2020
Added:
Aug 12, 2016
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  13
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: CRU-55 is our "grand cru" version of RU-55 Barrel Aged Sour Red Ale. For Blend 2 - 2018, we aged RU-55 for 26 months in Pinot Noir Barrels. Soft, elegant acidity slowly developed over time as the beer took on a vinous character.
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Rated: 4.3 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by greenspointexas from Texas

Feb 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by Jrosso from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2019
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Rated by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Batch 2 - Bottled in Aug 2018.

Has aged masterfully.
Nov 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Nov 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.42 by brantleysmith from Texas

Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.32 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Oct 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by sd123 from Georgia

Oct 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by hcproff36 from Texas

Oct 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by Magery from Kentucky

Aug 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Even after a full pour, this is a surprisingly clear acorn lacquer: reddish-black topped with a quiet, soft fuzzy tan blanket fading to a persistent collar.

Smell is charred oak and toasty sesame with a whole slew of different cherry characteristics that are mostly complex and aged, accented by a touch of balsamic and black pepper.

Taste is much smoother and less harsh than I expected, as the regular has been quite sharp and funky in my past experiences. While it's quite woody up front, that easily melds into a cherry and red grape tartness, with a touch of smoke, fresh tobacco, and dark red wine tannin.

3 years in a barrel, 2 years in a bottle, and CRU-55 has an excellent, moderate body with a soft fizz that leads into a dry, slightly chewy finish.

If they ever do this again, (and they totally should if they have the space), this was "barrel 487," 2016 vintage
Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.61 by chippo33 from Vermont

Nov 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Kurmaraja from California

Nov 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by MammothTarantula from Colorado

Aug 01, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Not much different from RU-55 imo. I get a little more wood and some more dark/stone fruit notes in taste and smell but no major differences.
Jul 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Tommo from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I loved the 2016 sherry RU55, and was hoping to love this even more. While it has a very nice complex flavor profile, the overall beer has some harsh notes that dont blend well and its not up to snuff for my expectations. After 3 years in a barrel, this should be ultra smooth. Close but no cigar
Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by SimcoeKid from California

Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky

Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by brandoneast from Texas

4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
CRU55 was quaffable AF! Soft acidity, balanced tartness. Just an entire different beer than RU55. One of the best JK beers I've ever had - hands down best Flanders Red I've had.

It was so complex: pink lady apple, Pinot Noir, oak, cola, cherry gum, caramel, tart strawberry, aged Modena vinegar.
Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.53 by alexpcat13 from Texas

Sep 24, 2016
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is a mellowed out RU-55 that brings a much more complex flavor profile and some added body. Comes right out of the bottle easy to drink and starts to open up and the oak flavors kick in. Really nice!
Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Sep 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by IrishColonial from Texas

Aug 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by StoutSnob40 from California

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.45 by Brian29 from Ohio

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.53 by T_Davis from Texas

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.53 by zizouandyuki from Texas

Aug 13, 2016
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Reviewed by mig100 from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Murky burgundy in the glass with bubbly beige head. Aroma is creamy rich cherry and oak, slightly phenolic, taste is tart Flanders with huge cream and oak on the back end. Linger is understated and soft. RU55 if it were doping in preparation for the olympics. Awesome.
Aug 13, 2016
CRU 55 from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 37 ratings