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RU-55 | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,234
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
693
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
154
Trade:
12
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a sour red that is decidedly not a flemish style, way less lactic acidity here, far more delicate all around really, but still a nice copper malt driven sour with more funk than tartness to it. bronze in color, rather clear looking from the tap, with a short half inch or so of tan bubbles. the nose is a lot like some other jester king beers, with their mix of bacteria. it has some mouth watering sourness, but also an almost saison style yeast element, with the caramel malt and crystal malt providing the base, which is medium bodied and still a little sweet despite all the activity. i get a ton of oak on the flavor, woody and almost tea-like, a very mature beer based on these flavors. the funkiness increases in the finish, and the swallow is dry, but it all comes rushing back. great mouthfeel results, especially with the carbonation as robust as it is. a very well made beer, less interesting than some of the other jester king stuff, but appreciably different from the flanders type reds out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poure out as a reddish brown color, the head comes and goes quickly. The retention is very minimal along with a light lacing. The smell is a malty with an interesting sweetness, also caramel or cherry on the nose and lightly toasted. The taste of the beer has a really interesting flavor as well. More malty and dry than sour. There is an earthy grain flavor in the finish with the sourness up front. The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, lightly carbonated. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King's tasting room. Cost was $6.00 USD for an 8oz pour. Expectations were high due to Jester King's reputation. 7.40% according to their beer menu. "Sour Barrel Aged Red." Reviewed from notes taken in September 2013.

A: No bubble show formed as it's poured.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of soft white colour. Complexion is soft and smooth. Good creaminess and thickness. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is poor - about 1 minute. Not real frothy.

Body colour is a somewhat dull dark red. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Nice bacterial sourness. Wild yeast. Lactobacillus is present, but I'm not getting any true lambicus yeast. Very contained and clinical in its sourness; it doesn't evoke true spontaneous fermentation. I get some lightly acetic cherry. Not as acidic as most good sours. It has a nice fruity sweetness to balance it in a manner redolent of Rodenbach. Vague notes of oak. A kiss of vanilla. Sourness is quite timid and approachable; it doesn't seem puckerworthy by any means. Lightly tart.

Clean Belgian and amber malts. Not as much cherry pie crust character as I'd like. Should be more acetic. An appealing aroma of mild strength. Alive and inviting. Tame, with some subtlety.

No hops or alcohol are detectable.

T: Tart cherries, some bready/crusty sugars and malts, acetic oak with a biteen of vanilla. Subtle lactobacillus sourness flickers on the climax, then dies. Very approachable for a sour; newcomers could definitely tolerate this. Not at all puckering. Sweetness/acidity balance is near perfect. It's a tasty beer alright. I'm not getting any hop character or alcohol presence. I suspect very little bacteria was used, and it doesn't seem to have been truly spontaneously fermented. It could definitely due with more oak.

No off-notes are present.

Not much depth of flavour or complexity, but it's got nice balance and subtlety. Flavour duration is surprisingly low; this has a brief presence on the palate. Flavour intensity is below average for the style. The sourness isn't very assertive.

Mf: Smooth, wet, perfectly carbonated, and refreshing. Good thickness and body. Texture complements the flavour profile nicely, facilitating the delivery of its lightly subtle flavours whilst staying out of the way and letting the taste have the limelight. Smacky. Great welcoming presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. It's a very approachable sour and is within style conventions (so long as we're not treating it as a true Flanders Red, but rather as an American brewed wannabe - aka wild ale). It's a damn fine brew, but there's definitely some room for imporvement. I'm starting to see why Jester King has the reputation it does. I'd definitely get this again, and will be sending a bottle to at least one trade partner. At $16 per botle, I do think it's priced a bit steeply for the quality. There are superior Belgian imports at or below this price point. Definitely worth a try; I'm glad I got to try it. It seems worthy of its current position on the Southwest top 50 list. I could easily kill a bottle or two alone.

High B+

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a burnt auburn influenced ice tea brown color capped by an inch of foam that provides a surprising amount of lace

Smell: Woody, with oak and berry tones; moderately lactic with a hint of caramel and vanilla

Taste: Caramel, oak and vanilla, up front, with the lactic berry flavors developing in the middle; the oak builds in the finish and there is a slightly acetic character that lingers though the caramel tone also remains present

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Not quite as fruit forward as the Belgian versions of the style, this is enjoyable and balanced without overwhelming the palate

Thanks, sj3324, for the opportunity

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty red color ale with a large beige foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of oak and tart notes with light cherry sour notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix between some tart and oak notes with light sour cherry and some funky yeast notes also perceptible. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really enjoyed the ratio between complexity and drinkability in this beer and I also appreciated the fact that the acidity level was kept at a more than reasonable level.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, January 2013 bottling. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, toast, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, hay, straw, red wine vinegar, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, toast, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, hay, straw, red wine vinegar, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, clove, oak, hay, straw, vinegar, light leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour red ale! All around great complexity and balance of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Calvin (ApostleBrewing) for this goody, shared with rudzud.

Very light fizzy head, murky cranberry apple juice reddish brown color.

Nose has a nice sour aroma, lacto and wild yeast aromas, light reddish malt candy like but soured, light sour cherry and touch of strawberry, a nice sour fruity aroma.

Taste starts fairly sour, strawberries right out, little rhubarb bitterness abs nice tart fruity flavor. Nice sour malt, light sweet candy red malt, fairly light though. Nice light wild yeast and lacto. Acidity is decent too, not too flemmy. Finish is drier and slightly flemmy, long tart fruit and light acidity, nice long strawberry rhubarb flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb.

Overall quite nice, very tasty.

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 693 ratings
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