RU-55 | Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
94.3%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 686 ratings
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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:
#1,132
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
686
Liked:
647
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
9.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
241
Gots:
151
Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 686 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
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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Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in the notorious NBS BIF #3.
Infinite thanks to Ozzylizard for this unique, complex brew. Thanks for keeping me in mind during your travels.

Pours a ruddy brown with a cap of 2 inches of loosely packed tan foam that slowly retreats to a mere ring.
Aromas of aging stone fruit notes meander toward sour apple, then leather, and finally a hint of red wine barrel.
Wow, flavor goes all over. Begins with sour plum, fortified red wine (akin to Porto), leather, oak, hints of maduro tobacco, and all throughout a smooth, subtle, deep earthy yeastiness. Finishes with a nice round tartness. So many good things going on here.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the fuller side. Great. And there's a mildly slick aspect too.
Overall, I don't rate this a 5, but I have nothing to recommend. This is such a deep, profound beer and I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely, deep garnet hue with a loose off-white head. Nose is vinous with a hint of lactose and oak. Taste consistent with nose; however, it all comes off a bit dull and muddled. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a mild carbonation and a light acidity. All and all, not really my thing.

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Photo of NeilFlaiz
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish-brown, smell is funky and farm-like. Taste is wonderfully tart and sour, complex funk. Feel is light and dry but doesn't take away from the taste. Overall, one of the best JK beers, complex without the need for obscure ingredients. Makes sense this is used as the base for many of their fruited blends.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown with a khaki head.

On the nose I get pecan log, walnuts, pecan dust, caramel, and nougat. These attributes actually drown out a lot of the sour or beer elements to a surprising degree. My old lady says she smells French fries, and I can see that, but overall this is just an intensely funky nose, with a lot of woody overtones.

Taste is less funky, and strongly acetic, with the nougat and pecan being paired with raspberry, cherry, and cranberry. Caramel, vanilla and oak notes rise as it warms, with even a touch of maple.

While not quite vinegar territory, it nears it, with a little cooling, funky blue cheese emerging when warmed with the palm.

2016 vintage

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gregcordle
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016. Hazy ruby with a tan head. Farmhouse funk, oak and fruit sourness.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a deep red with hints of brown.

The aroma hits of grape skin, lemon, tart plum, tart cherries, oak, an ever so gentle hint of chocolate.

The flavor follows with a melange of tart fruits from grape skin, apple skin, cherries. There's cocoa maltiness, leafy tobacco, with a light toasted breadiness in the middle. The beer has a medium plus tart quality with some red wine flavor, hints of apple cider vinegar, onto a toasted oak lingering finish.

The body is medium with medium plus carbonation.

Notes of sherry are hard to find as this is a great barrel blended sour red.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn this is hands down one of the best JK 750ml bottles. This one is very sour like their special 500ml releases, and there is a really nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Inglewood
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmeGT
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 686 ratings
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