RU-55 | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 12-01-2012

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3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not a fav by these guys. Served with a nice tan head that subsides slow to the bottom. Aroma is malt and tart. Flavor's like nose and dry. Body is ok, carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, of relatively short length, and forgettable.

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3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.22/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Subsequent bottles/casks/taps I have tried have not held up to my original experience. Updated 5/2/2014.

A murky red color with a thin beige head and no lace.

This seems overly sour and acidic. Very tannin like. Actually, all I get now is acidic tannin/fruit skins, and light oak. The mouthfeel is muddy and not as crisp and effervescent as it once was. The overly acidic and tannin quality makes this hard to enjoy. After just having a bottle of JP La Roja and a side by side with Scots Gone Wild a little while ago, this is a disappointment in comparison.

Original review 2/5/2013:

A: Pours a very attractive ruby red/brown color. A two finger, tightly packed and well formed white head rises with good retention. This is a looker.
S: Initially, I get a huge whiff of sour fruit. I almost took a step back after pouring this. A tart acidic bite of cherries, plums and apple skins. Then a quick musky aroma comes next, almost funky earthy yeast mixed with wood. Then fades in a second to some toffee and chocolate covered cherries. Lots going on here.
T: Tart and acidic up front again. Cherries being the main component here. Light earthy funk with some wood flavors. Fruity, earthy, and rustic. Very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. A very nice tart, puckering dryness as well. The tart and acidic character is strong, which I like. Very enjoyable to drink, but with the acidity this is something to sip.

Man, I continue to be so disappointed with most of Jester Kings releases. They make styles that I love, but are hardly ever worth the price tag or even close to the better examples of the style. This however hits the mark. Nice character, and depth of flavor with a crisp drying fuller body. Which almost always seems to be missing in some of their other beers. This is expensive, but very enjoyable and well done.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, slow gusher poured into a wine glass appears burnt copper in color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is fruity like cherry mixed with vinegar in a sorta flanders way with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste is tart with vinegar and cherry. There is an earthy and mineral aspect to this making it almost meaty feeling.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Its not that bad until it warms up, then the aftertaste gets pretty gross.

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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 700 ratings