SPON FRUIT — Raspberry & Cherry | Jester King Brewery

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SPON FRUIT — Raspberry & CherrySPON FRUIT — Raspberry & Cherry
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SPON FRUIT — Raspberry & CherrySPON FRUIT — Raspberry & Cherry
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry is a blend of one, two and three year old 100% spontaneously fermented beer refermented with raspberries and cherries. For our 2018 blend, we selected two puncheons of SPON from 2014, two puncheons of SPON from 2015, and one 225 liter barrel of SPON from 2016. After creating the blend, we refermented it with 960 pounds of raspberries and 840 pounds of Balaton cherries. According to our HEAD BREWER AVERIE SWANSON, the cherry character of our 2018 blend is more prominent compared to our 2017 blend.

2017 SPON Raspberry & Cherry is our 100% spontaneously fermented beer, refermented with cherries and raspberries. We blended four SPON barrels from 2016 (about 1,500 liters) and added 800 pounds of Washington raspberries and 800 pounds of Michigan Balaton cherries. Like 2016 SPON Mourvedre & Sangiovese, we allowed the beer to referment with the fruit to dryness, then naturally conditioned the beer in kegs and bottles resting on their side.

Added by mig100 on 10-30-2016

BEER STATS
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#788
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
72
pDev:
5%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Ruby color. Really fruity, raspberry jam notes, light yeast funk. Sour, fruity, puckering, mineral, dry, astringent. Light body, really dry, quite effervescent.

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4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 6/21/2016. Pour to tulip, garnet/ruby red, light pink foam, no retention or lacing as expected. Nose is bright fruit, almost candy like, dominated by cherry. Taste follows the nose with lactic tartness. Raspberry hints but plays second. As much as I enjoy the fruit, the SPON base is lost to it. During travel beer traversed the cork, so I am very thankful these were stored upright. Maybe sideways would have kept the cork wet, but I prefer to avoid cork taste in beer over the ling term.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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We were fortunate enough to also get a glass of this at the last session of the Shelton Brothers festival, which pours bright red-purple, fairly wine-like, with a faint white film that dissipates entirely.

I'm getting a lot of callbacks to Montmorency Vs Balaton--having recently had it multiple times, it's fresh in the memory banks. This is not all that different, which speaks greatly to what Jester King was already doing with their stellar fruited sours to begin with.

The cherry funk is all over the nose with that cinnamon and marzipan that is readily apparent in MvB, as well as the 3F and Cantillon Krieks.

Juicy, cherry pie, baked crust and all, usher in a really tangy and spicy overall cherry sour.

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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice balance of the fruit and funk.

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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4.09/5  rDev -7%
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SPON FRUIT — Raspberry & Cherry from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 72 ratings