Atrial Rubicite
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #46
4.62 | pDev: 6.93%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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Notes: Atrial Rubicite is made from well water, barley, wheat, hops, farmhouse yeast, native yeast from the Texas hill country, souring bacteria and raspberries. It’s 5.8% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005 and is 3.36 pH. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized and 100% bottle conditioned. Atrial Rubicite is our first beer to be packaged exclusively in 500 ml bottles.
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npolachek from New York

4.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep purple color with good lacing. Lots of raspberries in the taste, with some earthiness as well as farmhouse taste. Solid beer, and definitely tasty!

Jul 15, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

End of the semester celebration!

Gorgeous deep, dark purple color with a violet initial head and nice lacing. Fragrant raspberry smell with some dank funk. Tart raspberries, earthy funk, oak, lemon, pepper. Herbal and grassy background. A very fun beer!

May 19, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 9 (April, 2019) - 500ml bottle - poured into a wine stem at 45°F.

Pours a translucent deep blood red, with garnet highlights, sitting like pinot noir in the glass, a think collar of pink foam circumnavigates the ruby elixir. Just stunning.

Nose: Incredibly intense raspberry aroma. There's a jammy element like raspberry preserves, atop a true wild raspberry bush aroma, with ripe raspberries, unripe raspberries, raspberry seeds, stems, and leaves, macerated raspberries, overripe raspberries...Raspberry squared. There's also a massive vinous note - like a bold red wine, perhaps a grenache, with berry compote, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, red grape, and a big oaky note. There's a hefty funk presence, with old wet wood, leather, old parchment, dusty attic, rackhouse, dried leaves, hay, and even some horseblanket. A slight grassy note as well. It's complex, concentrated, saturated, and absolutely incredible.

Palate: Like the aroma, this beer greets you with a facefull of raspberry. Not sourness. Not funk. Ripe red raspberry. Super organic, like an actual raspberry. Jammy, sweet, tart, seedy...liquid raspberry. You get my drift here? You take a raspberry...and drink it. A wild, but balanced acidity follows, bringing some lemon- like tartness, and just a whisper of balsamic vinegar. There's plenty of farmhouse funk, with wet hay, wet wood, and a dusty, musty, earthen note that just screams "Texas". The oak note is similar to bourbon, with some leather, caramel, and vanilla undertones, and then some grain peeks through underneath. The tartness overtakes the sweetness, introducing some lactic minerality, quickly drying the beer out, and finishing dry, with raspberry essence, tingly tarness, and oak.

Mouthfeel/Body: Atrial is a light-bodied ale, but the raspberry sweetness does add just a touch of weight, giving some smooth dimension to it all. Acidity is bright, sour, but restrained - far from heartburn territory. Effervescence is moderate, and super fine to a champagne degree. Sweet and wet to start, finishing nearly bone dry, and quite clean.

Overall: This is a special beer. There's a reason it is so respected, and I fully understand it. There are other amazing raspberry sours out there, and I've had several of them, but Atrial Rubicite is in a league of its own, and is without a doubt, a world class wild ale, and one deserving of praise. If you're reading this and wondering, stop wondering. Get the bottle.

Oct 21, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle (blend 10, bottled Apr2020) into a Belgian glass

L: very rich, dark ruby red with a matching (slightly lighter color) head that fades after a minute or two. Some decent bubbles around the edge

S: amazing, deep raspberry nose. Like freshly puréed for a smoothie, embarrassingly reminds me of Häagen-Dazs raspberry sorbet. Little bit of funk, nice and tart, smells awesome

T: follows the nose with great freshly picked raspberry flavor. Lightly tart, a little pithy, beautiful fresh fruit. Medium/long finish, nicely drying. Great flavor, more restrained than the nose if that makes sense

F: medium/light body, medium carbonation, perfectly drying

O: truly remarkable beer, one that lives up to the hype. Almost would have liked it as a dessert beverage, something special about it

Jul 05, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby red with a finger-plus or purple head. Settles fairly quickly into a wisp and thick crown.

Big raspberry aroma, with wood and hay quite present as well.

Sour tasting with strong hay, strong wood and hairy raspberries. A hint of vanilla, too.

Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Tasty. Really strong hay cuts through the fresh raspberry preventing it from being sweet.

Dec 31, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks gorgeous in color and smell. I saved this for Xmas night so my expectations were high and they’ve been met. Lots of raspberries on the tongue. More so than any Belgian lambics that I’ve had (not that I’ve had all that many.) it’s tart but not overwhelmingly so. More so than someone who doesn’t know sours or lambics would normally like though. I feel like it’s missing the special bite of my favorite 3 Fonteinen lambics, but I don’t know what makes that flavor pop in my mouth. This is still world class and I’ll be seeking out more.

Dec 26, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a dark reddish color - jammy as all get out - with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells a little bit like red wine, vanilla, and oak - but it's mostly jammy, seedy, and fairly intense raspberry on the nose.

This does a good job reminding you what the fruit here actually is - it's raspberry, duh - but there's more to it. There's some oak and slight vanilla sweetness, along with a really pleasant soft and inviting acidity. There's a pleasant smudge of wine barrel here.

This is light bodied, with a super jammy and fresh mouthfeel, and a really great amount of drinkability.

As far as straight up raspberry beers go, this really can't be beat.

Nov 14, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - 1.5 finger white-pinkish head is slow to recede. Body is a murky, opaque maroon.

S - tons of sweet, tart raspberries. Brown sugar. Oak.

T - raspberries for days. Real raspberries too, not artificial sweetness. Tart, brown sugar, only moderately sour. No bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - this is one amazing fruited sour.

Nov 03, 2019
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thedaveofbeer from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It took a lot to get one of these so I was anxious when I popped the top. I was happy to be greeted by a a funky raspberry aroma. From the smell, I thought it would be sweet, but it was pleasantly dry. What a great beer! My only regret was that I drank it too fast- so damn tasty. A trip to Austin is in order.

Aug 01, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep read with a minimal Ruby lacing around the circumference of the glass. Nose is pure Raspberry and some the jester King culture, very dry. The nose made me concerned that if was going to be pure acid. Suprised that it was a dry raspberry flavor with a subtleness of wild microflora. Feel is initially effervescent on the tounge and then quickly dissipates. Overall excellent, think it can slightly more carbed

Jul 13, 2019
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep Ruby in Color. Thin pink head that dissipates quickly
S: Straight Raspberry Jam
T: You get the raspberry jam that the nose presents, but it is met with a lot of acidity. It isn't unpleasant though. A slight amount of oak at the end.
F: Medium body with a fairly high carb level
O: This beer is very good. It could be slightly less tart, but it has enough raspberry jam to back it up. Overall, this is quite nice.

Jun 18, 2019
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Longhorn08 from Texas

4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style but I still enjoyable. Pours ruby red with dark pink head. Smells of tart raspberries. Taste is sour raspberries, very sour to my taste but classic to style. Bubbly and refreshing.

I have two more bottles that will be enjoyed best during a hot afternoon on the porch.

Won’t seek out again for the price and effort.

May 12, 2019
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Truly a masterpiece.... absolutely spectacular beer... nails everything you could ask for in this type of beer...

Raspberry is perfectly done.... not too acidic at all... sour but not distracting... sweet in the right spots...

World class....

May 07, 2019
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floyd_pugman from California

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8 (June 2018), poured into a JK SPON tulip. The look is amazing; deep ruby, almost mistakable for a Bordeaux. Moderate carbonation that dissipates very quickly. The nose is full of jammy raspberry and signature JK funk; moderately musty, dusty, and woody. Palate is mildly tart and acetic, with plenty of jammy raspberry, oak, and some yogurt (especially on the finish); getting close to a fruited lambic in style. Very enjoyable.

Dec 31, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8 poured in Casey teku. Pours a bright vibrant clear ruby red with a soft whispy pink head. Nose has that mellow Greek yogurt smell going on with a blast of tart and sweet raspberries and cherries. First sip is a little of everything. Tart, mellow funk, musty, jammy! I love the depth and intensity of the raspberries. It’s definitely jam like, perfect tart to sweet ratio as far as the berries go. Nice mellow wet oak throughout that really ties it together. Musty cellar like quality and mild yogurt funk all come together to make this beer what it is. As it warms the raspberries shine even more and tartness builds but this beer is equally interesting on both the colder and warmer side. Body is medium to Jammy at times. Tart funky dry finish at the end that invites another swig to wet the mouth and start the process all over again.

Nov 29, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What's not to like here? Pours a burgundy with a finger of pink head. Smell is fresh, sweet yet slightly tart raspberry. A hint of oak.
Taste follows with tart raspberry, a bit of barrel, some funk
Medium bodied with dry finish.
Overall an excellent fruited sour. Beyond tart but doesn't take the enamel off of your teeth sourness.

Oct 09, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

09/2014 - Incredible raspberry and cherry aromas with some oaky, yeast coming through; tart, acidic, fruity, flavorful body; wee thin of a body, but it's superb overall!

Sep 26, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been chasing down a bottle of Atrial for a few months now - I missed it at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FOBAB) in November of 2017 (kicked in the VIP session), and I've had a couple of trades fall through. And then, suddenly, I had TWO trades go through within a week of each other! Exciting.

I shared my first bottle (blend seven) with friends recently. Atrial smells tremendous - I love the sweet, tart, rich raspberry nose. The beer itself is quite a lot dryer than I had expected and tremendously tart. It doesn't punch you in the jaw with sour, but there is a pleasant sourness to it. There is definitely a barrel presence in that dryness. I was surprised by how dry it was, given that sweet, juicy, almost cloying nose to it!

While the bottle hunt was frustrating, I think it was ultimately worth it, and I'd happily do it again. I need to try more of Jester King's fruited sours - their saisons are excellent and easily purchased, but the sours are what really interest me...

Apr 15, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hops and Pie. Extremely purple with a pink head, vibrant colors. Smells like a jar of raspberry preserves, very jammy and fruity. Sweetness as well. Flavor was mostly raspberry preserves and a slight sourness. I understand now why people might seek out Jester King.

Apr 08, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a mini bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Love the artwork

L: Clear deep red/burgundy pour with 2 fingers of foamy fink head. Great retention and leaves a thick rim of sticky lacing. Looks like red wine with head.

S: Tart and fruity.. raspberry, summer fruit, and funk.

T/F: Tart raspberry and fruit up front. At least a mild pucker but not unpleasant. Funk and a hint of fruity/berry sweetness that is quickly squashed with a dry sour prickle. One you can feel in your salivary glands a bit. Light and crisp... well carbonated. A bit astringent.

O: Outstanding fruity sour... top of the heap and definitely one to grab if you have the opportunity. Wish I had a few more bottles!

Apr 05, 2018
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 bottle (Blend 5) - deep lipstick red with a thin white/redish head that quickly goes away. Smell is heavy raspberry with a little funk. Was somewhat let down by the lack of farmhouse funk smell. Flavor follows. Overall a superb beer, just may have aged a touch too long. At nearly three years old, I think this maybe aged 4-6 mnoths too long.

Mar 19, 2018
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch from June of 2017. Pours a dark rich red/purple with some carbonation. Smell is sweet pungent raspberry and earthy. Taste is tart, very refreshing, unabashedly raspberry. Dances the line between a fruity juice and a sour beer. Smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyed it.

Feb 26, 2018
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danh53 from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance was darker than expected but everything else was just as advertised. It has plenty of raspberry flavor, but its more than a juice bomb. Subtle funk, dryness, and raspberry seeds make it a very enjoyable treat.

Jan 02, 2018
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was absolutely incredible. Probably the best sour I've ever had. So much raspberry across the whole beer. This feels pretty much like having raspberry juice.

Dec 15, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Bottle poured into plastic dixie cup.

A: Murky red body with a pink colored frothy head that settles quickly.

S: Lots of raspberry, a little vinegar and some wheat.

T: Fairly muted flavors with a little of the berry in the finish and fairly sour.

O: The nose on this beer was sublime, but the flavor was lacking I think the bottle may have been a little too old so do not sit on this beer.

Dec 11, 2017
Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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