Atrial Rubicite
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #47
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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kiki3drt292 from California

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

Jan 26, 2015
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got the opportunity to enjoy this revered beer thanks to the extreme generosity of fellow BA F2brewers. I thought the box I sent over was pretty good, then Kevin destroyed my porch--this was an extra! Anyway, this bottle was from Batch 2 and was poured into a classic Duvel chalice.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a ridiculous saturated dark magenta hue. Dark enough that it's almost purple and obscures my ability to see through the glass even though the liquid seems to have reasonably good clarity--not much in the way of haze aside from the chill. Brighter, almost fuchsia highlights around the edge of the glass where the light penetrates a bit more. Atop the body is a finger of light pink foam that retains for a little while before fading away to nothing but a thin ringlet of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lacing is all but nonexistent--just a smattering of dots here and there.

Smell (4.25) - The aroma is fruity and full of raspberry character, but I must admit there isn't much else going on. I expected more character from the oak, but there isn't really any of the mustiness or funk that I love in this style of beer. On the plus side, that makes for a very clean, if one-note aroma. I'll say this--it smells like I've stuck my nose into a box of fresh raspberries, so take my criticism with a grain of salt.

Taste (4.5) - Similar to the aroma, there is very little presence from the oak, but also like the aroma, that really allows the character of the fruit to stand out and be the centerpiece of this beer. It also manages to capture this character without employing the sweetness that is a natural part of fruit, remaining dry and tart. Speaking of the tartness--that is the one other area in which the taste of this beer stands apart from the aroma. There is a healthy puckering sourness on the tongue where I didn't pick up much in the nose.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a feel that is definitely impacted by the acidity of the souring bacteria, providing a nice jolt of puckering sensation, but not overpowering. Dry finish.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic showcase of the fruit that ends up being a very refreshing and succulent beverage. My personal preference is to want more of that complexity from the oak barrels--tannins, musty, wet hay, etc--but I can hardly fault this beer for being what it is: delicious.

Aug 25, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

what more can you ask of a beer. this is quite possibly the best beer ive ever had, certainly the best in recent memory (since my mid august fou foune). drlovemd87 deserves a shout out for bringing this rarity over. lets start with the color, holy goodness, I have never seen a beer so radiantly ruby red in my life, the color of raspberries mashed in a mortar and pestle right after being picked, hints of pink highlight the reds, looks like fresh jam. bright and gorgeous. show me a prettier fruit beer, ive never seen one. small but sturdy white head, not stained pink in the least, impressive and sexy like whipped topping. now the smell. oh oh oh the smell. tart and mouthwatering like raspberry jam, acidic lacto bacterial fermentation notes too, but not overpowering, and no vinegar at all. its funky, but its summery too, and seemingly perfect for fall. the fruit is so fresh I can taste it, the quality shines through here. the taste is even better than the nose, everything I want and nothing I don't. perfect. I never give perfect scores, and I have to here, no place to improve in taste. the berries are forward but not at al sweet, the sour elements are all lined up, pucker and dry, but not burning or angry, just balanced, still supremely drinkable, not too much alcohol, just right. no gimmicks. carbonated like a champagne, it really pops off in my mouth. cant believe how alive and active this is, and how there is not a lick of residual sugar here, its dry and fruity as it finishes. the robustness of the berries and the balanced yet complex sour flavors are the takeaways for me, and that color of course. its like absolutely nothing else out there, and I would kill to have a steady stream of it. never thought I liked fruited beer, so if you are in that boat, this is a life changer. worth every bit of hype, trade value, and praise it has received and then some. it takes a lot to blow me away these days, and jester king has done just that. it is the standard by which all fruit beer, and maybe even all sour beer will no be measured. as close to perfect as they get. wow, just wow. stop at nothing to acquire this, contact me if you've got extras. my appetite is now insatiable

Nov 05, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on-draught yesterday at the Texas Brewers Festival here in Austin. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given its current #1 rating on the Southwest Top 50 list. Due to the environment I was in, I wasn't able to go into as much detail as I usually would in a review, so the review below is truncated.

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

Pours a half finger wide head of pink-red colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Lackluster frothiness. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is poor - about 20 seconds.

Body colour is a light red - almost a pink. Yet it's dark enough to be nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

It's looking quite good for a wild ale.

Sm: Pleasant sourness - lactobacillus yeast, no doubt, as well as a hint of controlled bacteria. Tart raspberry. Not getting any lambicus yeast. Sugary fruit. Belgian pale malts. The raspberry fruit is dominant, though I'm not convinced of its authenticity - it seems vaguely puree-redolent rather than evocative of actual raspberries. I like the tartness. The sourness is quite timid overall.

No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Good. Tart sugar-glazed raspberry. Has a light sour edge on the climax; it's not puckering but it's nice and approachable. The sourness is entirely lactobacillus; I don't get any lambicus or true wild bacteria. It's clean and clinical; true spontaneous fermentation is not suspected. Well balanced, if a bit simple. Raspberry fruit is largely genuine, though there are hints of puree. In any case, it's not as artificial as it could be, nor does it ever veer into cough syrup territory. Berries. I love the tart raspberry, which is aptly dominant. As with most beers, this could use more complexity and subtlety.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, lightly crisp, and refreshing. It'll have you smacking your lips. Decent body and thickness. Well carbonated; the natural bottle conditioning did this one well. Good execution; the texture complements the taste well.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. The best beer brewed in Texas? I doubt it, but it's damn tasty. I'd definitely get it again; it's great stuff. Another solid sour from Jester King, though it isn't one to crack open if you're looking for true spontaneous fermentation or a puckering experience. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Well worth trying. I'm not sure I'd get more than 1 or 2 bottles at $16.00 USD a piece, but I'd definitely like to revisit it in order to go into more detail in my review.

B+ (3.92)

03.12.15: 2nd impressions from a Batch #4 bottle:

A: Looks gorgeous. Vibrant red. Incredible.

Sm: Lovely tart raspberry, powdered sugar, juicy redcurrant. Lush sourness seems to be ~5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Aromatic intensity is moderate. Highly appealing - even mouthwatering.

T/Mf: Fantastic. The sourness has developed with age; lactic puckery smackiness accentuates the jaw-dropping tart raspberry. Incredible notes of powdered sugar and juicy berries/currants fill out the body nicely. Impeccably balanced and beautifully built, this is a brew which is truly gestalt. Complex enough, with plenty of subtlety of flavour. Amazing execution. Perfect carbonation. Smooth, wet, refreshing.

O: One of the finest American sours ever brewed. Well worth aging. It earns its high reputation. Perhaps Jester King's best beer. It's hard not to inhale this beer given its high quality; it's effortlessly drinkable. I'm shocked how much better this has gotten. Flat-out incredible stuff, and absolutely worth trading for. Cements Jester King as one of the best sour producers on the nearest two continents.


Sep 29, 2013
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Igotmypistola from California

4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As close as wilds get to perfection. More jam than your Grandma's kitchen. Funk and straight raspberry juice. I swear it's like taking a bite. Prickly like black cherry Hansens. This is the truth and I want more.

Dec 11, 2014
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HarryS from Florida

5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

May 14, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Big thanks to Daemose for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a very deep crimson, quite hazy. Forms a thin off-white head with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funk, tart raspberries with jammy character. Sour and barnyard intermingle with dry oak tannins.

T: Juicy, jammy raspberries. Tart and sour and acidic. Oak dryness with the sour causes some tingly sensation, and has an understated barnyard funk. As it warms, flavors of underripe blackberries develop. All of the big bright flavors fade to a tart acidic dryness with residual yeastiness quite quickly - a bit of a strange sensation.

M: Nice full mouthfeel. Average carbonation sensation and alcohol content is well-integrated.

O: The raspberry flavors are so real, I caught myself having the check-for-raspberry-seeds-in-the-teeth sensation. But all of the rich flavors present here just disappear right at or just after the swallow - very odd, and not sure why. But this is good…very good. Perhaps not the complexity to the funk profile that Cantillon, etc. has. But more than enjoyable. Very glad I had the chance to try it.

Nov 14, 2014
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the 2017 July 21 release of Atrial Rubicite, ABV 5.20%. First a note, I was told by Jester King staff on July 15 that Atrial Rubicite would most likely be released in October (2017), and then they released it the next weekend. I had no way of finding out it would be released the weekend after and I don’t live in Austin (Dallas). This was annoying and complicated things for me, but I was able to make it and I was able to enjoy a couple of 8oz Atrial Rubicite at Jester King, and I also bought three 500ml bottles. The lines were a bit intimidating. It shouldn’t have to be this difficult, but in the end it was worth the trouble. This is a rare and extremely good raspberry sour (ABV 5.20% this year). I suffered for it but I love it.

Look: dark red and purple with a pink thin head.

Aroma: The aroma is raspberry.

Taste: The flavor it is tart and sweet, raspberry jam, perhaps a little bit of lime, and a little bit of just right funk, but mostly tart raspberry. It’s delicious.

Feel: medium to thick body and medium carbonation.

Aug 01, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml of Batch 3 that Mikey sent me. Thanks man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014.

App- Absolutely beautiful pink-red body with an equally stunning one-finger purple-pink head that retains quite well. Not much lacing. But the color is just beautiful.

Smell- Chilled, this is a raspberry bomb. Really appealing for sure.. this is probably the best American raspberry beer I've ever smelled. As it warms up, a little bit of rubbery barnyard funk comes out, with a lot of acid. This is very good.

Flavour- A bit disappointing but still extremely good. Lots of fresh raspberry fruitiness mixed in with some vinegar acid, perhaps 5/10 sour, just enough to make it interesting. A small dab of rubbery funk, but there isn't a ton of funk overall, which would have really scored high with me since this is supposed to be a coolshipped sour beer. But hey, I won't complain too much- this is very tasty by any measure.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, not syrupy or watery at all, just about right. Good carbonation. Nice acetic, very dry finish that smacks of fresh raspberries.

Overall- Very good American raspberry sour. This is what I wish New Glarus Raspberry Tart was. I'd venture that Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus is very similar, and Lou Pepe Framboise kills this 10 times out of 10. But still, this is the best American attempt at a raspberry sour, certainly in the neighborhood of Framboise for a Cure.

Mar 12, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Jul 25, 2016
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mig100 from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blend 5. Slight crack of the bottle cap, not even fully cracked, and strong raspberry jam aroma escapes instantly. Pours mauve/bright blood red, hyper fizzy carbonation sizzles for about 30 seconds.

Taste is massive ripe, jammy and sour raspberries that linger for about a full minute after each sip, slight barrel. Mouthfeel is outstanding, balanced acidity and minerality. Easily understandable why this put Jester King on the map.

Jul 26, 2015
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Brilliant vibrant bright framboise, transparent. Minimal head quickly dissipates to large rose colored lacing. Medium legs.

S- Huge raspberry forward, slight acid in the back. Its raspberry, but comes off aromic as fresh flowers; deep dark and seedy

T- Big raspberry forward, a bit watery after that; then kind of a void. But the vibrant raspberry gets it to 4.25.

M- A bit watery again here, I like the thicker smoother styles of crooked stave batch 1 or framboos. The carb is about right, if not a bit too much. Nevertheless a great beer here.

O- Jester King is really doing great things, and I can see why they are highly regarded. Probably put this around #6 or so roughly in the belgian & domestic raspberry sour/lambic categories.

Jun 19, 2014
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Bobbydigi from Kansas

4/5  rDev -13.4%

Mar 21, 2014
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Oct 13, 2013
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LGB362 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 06, 2014
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Walkerjgt from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

Jul 05, 2014
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exl_90 from Texas

5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jun 17, 2014
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950adrian from Texas

4.96/5  rDev +7.4%

Dec 09, 2014
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WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 11, 2019
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 28, 2018
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 28, 2015
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bmmortale from California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 25, 2014
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whitenads from Michigan

4/5  rDev -13.4%

Oct 02, 2014
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JDice20 from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Sep 18, 2014
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Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a 2014 (April batch date) bottle via trade. Well worth the effort to attain. Atrial is hands down the best tasting sour beer I've had so far. The raspberries were used to perfection.

Sep 24, 2014
Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1987 ratings