RU-55
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #19
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,774
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.03%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
667
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 19, 2022
Added:
Dec 01, 2012
Wants:
  233
Gots:
  153
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Red ale aged in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle-conditioned. This beer is a tribute to our good friend Russ Beattie. Thanks, Russ. Thuss.
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Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Aug 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle, shared by Ole Anders.Cloudy reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Lovely sourish aroma, brettanomyces / farmhouse, oak and red wine / red wine vinegar. Sour and lemony flavour, also oak and red wine vinegar.
Apr 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by paresis from Massachusetts

Feb 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by Rangerjak from Texas

Feb 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.13 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by Sirnickatnite from Texas

Dec 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jun 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by xdtfx from Illinois

Jun 24, 2018
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: 750 ml bottle (Blend # 8 - March 2018), poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish amber with a short head of bubbly off white foam that recedes to a film of fizz and spotty lace.

Smell: Tart red currants and cherries, wet straw, mildly spicy yeast and caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Tart red fruit, red wine vinegar, gentle caramel malt, faint earth and oak notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with soft but lively carbonation.

Overall: Tasty and refreshingly sour, but relatively light in depth and complexity
Jun 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

May 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by Zonian1 from Ohio

May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.43 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.71 by jmikepool from Texas

May 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by denver10 from New Mexico

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Keith_R from Georgia

Apr 11, 2018
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Reviewed by RollBounce from New York

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Had at arts and crafts beer in New York City from a 750 bottle. this beer is so on point. Exactly what you're looking for from a barrel sour. very similar to a very good Flanders sour.
Jan 31, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very steady, yet mellow sour ale. Dark cherry and assorted red berries, soft woods, some spring flowers, slight funk in the yeast in both smell and taste. No intense sour or tart note, or funky aftertaste, rather a mix of all three. Very drinkable and warm, good entry to style.
Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by cd34 from Illinois

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

Dec 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by YalovaIA from Iowa

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by hcproff36 from Texas

Nov 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by vfgccp from New York

Nov 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by spoony from Colorado

Oct 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by chefbigjon from Arizona

Sep 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana

Aug 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by kbgratz from Texas

Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The latest RU-55 batch #7 is ABV 6.60%. I think it is tasting great.

Look: dark red with some brown, similar to copper, with two-inch off-white head.

Aroma: cherry and red wine

Taste: It's tart, cherry, red wine, dark fruits and wine.

Feel: Medium body but significant carbonation
Aug 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
25.4 oz. bomber poured into snifter
(Batch #7 — 3/15/2017; 6.6% ABV)

L: murky dark brown-red or reddish copper, pushes up only small head of beige foam about half an inch tall; minimal sticking; keeps tight collar of beige foam; looks like it will clear up some over time; minimal lacing

S: ice cold it's almost pure vinegar, very sour; as it warms more fingernail polish/remover then slowly moves into tart cranberry range, lightly sweet; gets sweeter and sweeter as it warms, almost reaches cherry cheesecake levels (almost)

T: tart cranberries, fruitcake, sour grapes, not as vinegary as the nose but still some slight fingernail polish/remover; as it warms and the palate adjusts, some of Jester King's signature yeast flavors show up including wet hay and musty barn air ... mixes very well with the sour grapes/tart cranberries; at times an oak wood flavor rises up about midswallow and lingers in the aftertaste

F: classic Jester King, light but well-filled out by the carbonation

O: very Flanders red or oud bruin as advertised with a strong vinegar presence that smooths out into a more tasty tart cranberry as it warms and the palate adjusts; a perfect beer to close a session with
Aug 01, 2017
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 721 ratings