Atrial Rubicite | Jester King Brewery

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Atrial RubiciteAtrial Rubicite

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours the color of raspberry jam, with an aggressively lavendar head; the foam fades quickly to a ringlet, though it leaves a spotty pattern behind

Smell: Funk, oak and raspberry jam combine to deliver a perfume-like aroma

Taste: The sweetness of the raspberry fruit hits the tip of the tongue, with the tart aspect following quickly; the lacto aspect builds through the middle and then the funk takes over the finish; very dry and oaky in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: An incredible experience and one of the best sours I have encountered

Thanks, CheChe, for the opportunity

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to the hype. Maybe the most complex and tasty sour that I've ever had. Gorgeous red color unlike any other. Great balance of funk, fruit and sour

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Photo of fireazzi
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Raspberry comes out so perfect on this. Dying to see what the sherry atrail tastes like. Dark raspberry color. Very red, very sour, very awesome.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend 6. June 2016.

Pours translucent dark magenta. An effervescent pink head blooms and quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of sweet vinegar and ripe red raspberry. The taste follows, starting off tart and sour and finishing with raspberry jam. Crisp texture with bubbly carbonation. A world class sour.

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Photo of amano_h
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An intense presence of tart jammy raspberry and bright cherries immediately captivate the nose. Some lambic-like lemon zest follow, with faint barnyard hints of hay, horseblanket, and sweaty leather. The lingering scent is actually more reminiscent of cherries (kriek) than a raspberry (framboise) at first, but once you give it some time and heat, some raspberry seed and the lacto notes take center stage.

If you had blindfolded me and told me this was an aged kriek or a fresh framboise I probably would have believed it -- the taste is deceptively Belgian for an "American Wild" ale. Decadent bright jammy fruit from the nose is matched beautifully on the palate, this time with the whole fruit, seeds and everything; the Texas Hill funk is expressed in the form of earth, pepper, oak, and some light hay. The sourness isn't off the charts but enough to make the lips pucker; I'd heard of stories that this was a "sour" or "lacto" bomb, but I can confirm that those stories are false.

Nice juicy and bubbly mouthfeel with a medium-light body; the carbonation is slightly more vibrant than the Belgian counterparts that I've been comparing to, but not at all unpleasant or unenjoyable in anyway.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep ruby burgundy raspberry color, micro-thin lacing ring, no carbonation.

S - Vibrant dark raspberry aroma with slight oak nuances and some tart funkiness.

T - Vibrant natural raspberry flavor with a perfect amount of tartness, sourness, funk, and tang ... I don't know how to describe it better.

M - Full medium body, not syrupy in any way, extremely dry on the finish.

O - This beer is amazing. Period.

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Photo of Ranz
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 6 bottle from 2016

A: Dark garnet hue with quick dissipating head; a millimeter-thin ring of head clings to the edge of my Teku glass.

S: Lacto, raspberry Jolly Ranchers, little bit of barnyard wheat; sugary jam; some merlot notes plucking through.

T: Major tang from the brettas and lactos; rich jammy and tart finish with the raspberries. The jam notes come out more with warmth.

M: Fairly medium in body, which is a bit of a surprise. The acidity finishes quickly, but the kick is there at the beginning. You can almost taste the raspberry seeds after you've swallowed.

O: This is easily the best sour I've enjoyed yet. This is masterful in its balance with one of my favorite fruits.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this at Sour Sunday a few years back during SFBW.

Nice color, hues of pink and purple in there. Very thin ring of head on it, less than 1/5". Aroma was wheat, sour bacteria.

Taste and mouthfeel were gritty, raspberries didn't jump out at me. Very acidic. I immediately once tasting was wondering what the big deal is, I can think of all kinds of raspberry beers that were easily superior to this. Top it off with a sulphuric existence, I really wasn't getting it. I guess they don't make too many of these, maybe that has something to do with the ratings as a whole.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright to dark ruby reds, with a creamy, bright pink clingy finger head that manages to retain a thin ring throughout.

Huge, bright raspberry, seeds and all, burst on the nose, with a little red wine, and an herbal tartness. Faint oak and vanilla are accompanied by a light, milky cheese element as it warms. When given more time with this beer, I began to notice a nutty, toasted sesame seed aroma.

Taste is tart, lightly acetic, bright raspberry. It seems really acidic, but is just overflowing with so much unbelievably fresh raspberry. With a hint of gin on the tongue, this is electric.

Finish is semi-dry, accompanied by a tingly twang at the back of the cheeks. This is a tart sour that does not burn at all (except for maybe afterwards in regards to acid-reflux). With all that raspberry, that's pretty impressive.

2016 vintage

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Photo of Bferber
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank a Batch 1 and a Batch 5, side-by-side. Pretty clear the age had a distinct effect of the beer, although the preference for the Batch among our group varied on personal preference.

Both were just absolutely bursting in raspberry, with a medium tartness and that classic JK aftertaste. I feel you can always taste a little of the "terroir" in their beers.

The primary difference between the two, was the Batch 1 had become much more jammy. More viscous with that slightly thicker mouthfeel and a toned down acidity. The acidity in Batch 5 was much more pronounced, where you really feel that tang on your tongue as it washes over your pallet. The beer also felt a little "brighter" in terms of the raspberry flavor.

Both were among the best raspberry wild ales I have had the pleasure of drinking, although my preference would be for the batch 1.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: gorgeous, luscious, beetroot red.

S: berries are very present here, with a lactic twang and a small musky funk. Deep and rich smell.

T: berries are at the forefront, but there is plum and pear here as well. There is a sharp sour, as well as a bit of funk on the finish. This thing is extremely complex, but coherently so.

F: almost a little too puckeringly sour. Could have used some creaminess as a counterbalance.

O: this is one of the best sours I've ever had. I'll probably never get to try Atrial again, and there's a fair chance you'll never get to try it again either.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jamminess you'd associate with a traditional framboise along with a mild lactic bite reminiscent of a well balanced american born counterpart. Raspberry absolutely bursting at the seams, really more akin to a wine/mead than a beer. mildly sulfuric with that signature JK house culture basement funk twang. Pretty interesting stuff

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Photo of Alby
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My first atrial was just this latest batch, the closest beer in comparison that I tasted which was equally fantastic was a FSW Bretta Rose which I drank the day before. The brew looks absolutely fantastic, a cool, vibrant read, with very little head. The nose is delightfully delicate berries followed by the very faint skunkiness of the base beer. Taste is very balanced, lots of raspberry upfront followed by a tart finish, however not overly sour. This was incredibly delicious and can't wait to taste more !

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bright red, smells of sour and rapsberries. The taste is sourness divine, with a sour front and a smooth transition to the raspberries on the backend, with each competing through the whole. Tart, sour, deliciious. Like Framboise with a bite.

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Photo of Premo88
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. on tap at the brewery July 24, 2016

L: crimson with pink collar, murky; no head but it had been poured and given time to settle ... I saw an actual pour and it pushes up a thick head of light pink foam, about 2 fingers on just the 8 oz.; it's not clear and the way the colors work, it's a work of art

S: so Jester King funky with loads of musty barn aroma yet also incredibly sweet ... candied cherries at first, then settles into a sweet/sour mix of raspberry and lemon

T: super lemon sour punch to the face but not a lot of JK's signature musty barn/old dead hop flavor, and with each sip, the fruit takes another step in ... first super tart cherries, the strawberry sour candy then fresh raspberries but always mixing with the more sour lemon base flavor; the fruit dances well with the sour flavor, and the fruit also seems to be masking some of JK's funkier flavors; occasional grain aftertaste and always a sour aftertaste

F: light and crisp but somehow with some ale softness and weight ... what a mix! it's perfect, a true summer sour ale feel.

O: Atrial Rubicite lives up to its reputation and you can understand the craze over it, yet the simplicity almost leaves you wondering "why the craze over it?" When your palate adjusts and your halfway into the glass, it's sour and sweet, some lemon and some raspberry. But the journey there is complex. Jester King's dusty, musty barn aroma on the first whiff signs off that it's a JK brew while the level of fruit flavor masks a lot of that in the taste. The the nose gets real sweet, mixes nicely with the tarter flavor, and you wish you could drink it all summer.

It was worth the trouble, which included sitting in line for 2 1/2 hours in the Texas heat. I'll do it again in 2017 if I get the chance.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love finally being able to cross this one off my beer quest list! It is the raspberry jam bomb that was promised, but it also is one of the smoothest drinking sours I've ever had. Hats off!

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Photo of HarryS
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. This is up there with Miami Madness as the best beer I've ever had. Just an unbelievable brew.

LOOK: Dark cloudy red, with minimal white head. Beautiful.

SMELL: Tart Raspberry jam. Exactly what you'd expect.

TASTE: Wow. A Raspberry tart bomb.

FEEL: This has an incredible thick, full mouthfeel from the start, + lingers deliciously on the pallet for quite a while.

OVERALL: This is a perfect beer. There's no other way to say it.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 4 drank on 10/31/2015 (getting caught up on old reviews)

Amazing raspberry drink right here. One of the best sours I have ever had. Juicy and not too tart, but the flavor is simply amazing. Raspberry jam is certainly a great way to describe this. Funky, fruity, tart. Just incredible

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Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blood red color with a slight pink head that dissipates very quickly. The smell reminds me of raspberry jam, with some tart hints to it. The taste is as fresh as can be, loaded with a tart raspberry flavor. It is quite amazing how the fresh raz taste is! I was surprised with the minimal amount of carbonation this beer had. Was expecting more. Overall, this was a great sour. Batch 5, poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of seattlebeerelite
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Backfilling reviews from a share last week. This was a stand out for me. Absolutely fantastic sour and my first jester king I've had. I can't wait to try more from them

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Photo of stevoj
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share from Rich. Another killer barrel aged sour, berries make themselves present, mixing with the sour aspects and yeast. Effervescent , fruity without too much pucker. More of a dry sour.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting forever to try this beer. Smells like raspberry jam/raspberry danish. The taste is very much a mix of funk and fruit, a little less fruit then would be expected if it was fresh. This is from batch 4 . Very close to Rose, have to taste fresh to get a great idea of what i like better.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark ruby pour with full foam head and minimal lacing.

S: Potent raspberry jam notes, followed by an off-putting Ban-Aid scent.

T: Nice sour raspberry fruit flavor on the palate, though a lingering bitterness from the base beer detracts from the solid fruit aging character.

F: Thin, nicely carbonated, and dry on the finish.

O: A bit of a disappointment, given the hype and its high trade value.

If you want to get a feel for the best parts of this beer, eat a spoonful of homemade raspberry jam and chase it with a gulp of any average AWA you can get your hands on.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful red in the glass

Raspberries jump out of the glass. A touch of funk

Taste is much the same, just awesome raspberry flavor. I do kind of wish there was a little more going on, but hard to complain too much with such incredible raspberry character.

Dry and easy drinking

There aren't many better fruit beers in the world.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The color was fresh blood red with small bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose was most reflective of fresh strawberries.

Taste – The raspberry is fresher than any fruit that I have tasted in a beer. The raspberry is both seedy and tart. It has a very pleasant level of tart that continues into the after.

Mouthfeel –Despite the sugar, the beer is not sticky or syrupy. It runs surprisingly smooth.

Overall – This is a new level of fruit beer as the fruit is fresh with few attributes of actual beer.

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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