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.

Added by UT-Alex on 06-02-2013

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Photo of Myotus
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (blend five - June 2015) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger of pink foam that just unfortunately shrivels down into a thin line. Has a gorgeous dark fuchsia color. There is a very minimal amount of rising bubbles. 4.25
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour yeast meet stronger aromas of raspberries. What others are calling "barnyard funk", I'm saying are mild aromas similar to alfalfa hay. A hint of earthy yeast is also detected. 4.75
TASTE: The initial taste is an exquisite combination of very strong raspberries and sour yeast. Mild alfalfa hay flavors along with hints of earthy yeast enter immediately after as initial flavors persist. Usually, the taste experience would of ended by now, but not today! As all flavors begin to push on well into the aftertaste, the alfalfa flavors grow from mild to strong. 5
FEEL: Medium-bodied with a subtle carbonation. The sourness playfully agitates the tongue. Finishes with an amazing thirst quenching juiciness. 4.5
NOTE: It may not be the highest rated beer that I have consumed (due to the not-so-spectacular appearance), but this is the best tasting.
Blend 5 - June 2015 Aged 6 months. Consumed on 25Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of light fuchsia colored foam that halves itself into a white foam head after 45 seconds. Dark fuchsia in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate. 4.5
SMELL: Very strong aromas of equally sweet and tart raspberries and strong sour green apple acidity entangle with mild aromas of hay, tobacco, and earthy yeast. Subtle aromas of oak can also be detected. 4.75
TASTE: Very strong sweet and tart raspberry flavors elegantly combine with mild flavors of sour green apples. Strong hay and tobacco flavors enter immediately after as raspberry flavors grow stronger. Mild oak and earthy yeast flavors finish off this most impressive of taste symphonies as all previous flavors push on. 5
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes extremely crisp. 4.25

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Photo of rudzud
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Think this makes a fitting beer to crack on the first hour of Christmas. Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. This is Batch 2.

A - Pours a glorious, vibrant raspberry red not quite crystal clear with a beautiful one finger pinkish red head that fades rather quickly. No lacing or that stuff, but, kind of to be expected.

S - Ohhh yes. Yes. Yes! I sound like that damn Herbal Essences shampoo commercial as I take a deep breathe. Glorious raspberries, pure and sweet like burying my face in a fresh picked box of berries. Very light jam notes. Not sweet, nor is this overly tart. It smells like a raspberry coulis.

T - Please, please be as good as the nose...Not quite, but damn close. Where to begin. Loads of raspberry here, tart berry slams the pallet first with some green tart seed notes, skin, then the sweet fruit aspects come through with a touch of sweetness. I can't stress enough how much this tastes like raspberry coulis. There is some light funkiness towards the finish that is overpowered by the return of tart red raspberries. This is leaps and bounds better than say, Allagash Coolship Red. The raspberry is so not typical for American sours. This is Cantillon level quality. I really cannot think of anything more I would like on the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry, crisp. Carbonation is just wonderful, spot on for the style. Each sip leaves me craving another. Tart, but not enamel scraping.

O - Overall this beer is just delicious...and the nose, the nose is incredible. This was worth the wait. Merry Christmas to me.

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Photo of tmutes11
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like raspberries, and sour ales, look no further. The Atrial Rubicite is the most flavorful and delightfully sour farmhouse ale I've ever had, with a dominant raspberry profile. A truly unique creation that is a pleasure with every sip, with food or without.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jester King Atrial Rubicite (Batch 2)

On tap at the brewery.

A- Beautiful bright pinkish red, hazy, slightly thick looking. Like raspberry blood I guess. Hardly any head on it, absolutely no head after walking out if the taproom.

S- Wow! Dominated by huge fresh ripe raspberries. Definitely tart, some sweetness in there as well. Picking up some dry champagne notes. And that Hill County wild yeast. The best part of Texas sours, is that yeast. I can pick it out in the cool night air, and I can pick it up in Texas Wild Ales.

T- Follows the nose very well. Huge fresh raspberries (and seeds?), great tartness balanced out by a slight sweetness. There is more funk in the taste than in the aroma. Again a white grape acidity on the finish.

M- most surprising part of the beer. It starts out fairly full bodies and hearty. A bit syrup-y and thick, but finishes crisp, dry and delicate. Aggressive, prickly carbonation, great amount to bring this beer all together. Excellent mouthfeel.

O- We've been waiting so long for JK to do a fruited sour and they delivered in spectacular fashion. Price point was a bit high, but it obviously didn't stop me from buying it. Definitely in my top 3 American Wild Ales.

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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 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 goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +6%

Pours out a vibrant red like agua de Jamaica. Thin pink head. Smells strongly of raspberries, funk, stomach acid, pale wheat. Flavor is tart raspberry, pale and toasty malts, light wood. Aftertaste is raspberry jam. Finishes extremely dry and sour. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Acid strips the tongue. This is excellent.

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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 BigRedDog
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep cloudy red. Beautiful looking beer.

Funky raspberry jam on the nose. Could smell this all day. Nice mix between tart, funky, and sweet.

Taste has a tart, barnyard funk with a raspberry kick and nice sour pucker.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip.

It's a plum, magenta, deep maroon color. Pink head dissipates quickly. The carb is a soothing effervescence. The raspberry jam aroma is intoxicating. The taste, however, is not overwhelmingly jammy. There is a light jammy-ness but the beer is mostly dry and tart with the jammy-ness playing a subtle role. I love that. It is definitely a tongue puckerer. If I were to be picky, the mouth might be a little thin, but overall, this is one of the best raspberry sours I've ever had.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Alex for this one!

This beer is gorgeous. A dark ruby body with a nice pink head. I certainly don't select beers based on their looks... but you gotta give credit where credit is due... and this beer looks like Christina Ricci in black snake moan. Raspberries dominate the aroma. A slight sour kick up front in the taste but then the tartness from the raspberries takes over. A little bit oakey, acidic, with a touch of fruity sweetness. It's def a sipper but I think that's the point of most wild ales. You could tell it was unfiltered and unpasturized as there was lots of remnants left at the bottom of the bottle. I loved every sip of this beer and am very thankful I got to try it.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Jester King, it was made known that the tap Atrial was a second blend. Served into a logoless wine glass.

A. Pours a beautiful ruby red, this is one of the most beautiful beers I have seen.
S. Wild raspberries, sour and funk.
T. Wow this is sour. One of the most sour beers I have tasted, but without being overpowering. Very dry with loads of raspberries, without any sweetness.
M. Light and prickly, everything you would want out of a fruit sour.
O. Without being blasphemous I would say very close with a lot of Belgian frambroises, the best American raspberry beer I have tried.

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Photo of Billquirk
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Batch 4, poured into a wine glass at a fantasy football draft.

Unbelievable color of pinkish reddish beauty. Thin pink head. The smell is amazing. Just amazing raspberry, oak, and funk. Taste is perfect, with acidy raspberry jammy goodness. Funk comes in waves between the sweetness of the raspberries. A phenomenal beer.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Did a four batch vertical

B1: Red wine characteristics at this point, but very good and very interesting. I really like what the fruit is doing here. Stood out from the rest.
B2: Similar to B4 but not as pungent.
B3: Almost exactly similar to B4
B4: Fresh Raspberry sour at its perfection. Perfect mouthfeel for a fruited sour, very balanced between sweet fruit and tart funk, a little oak

Overall my favorites were B1 and B4.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle traded from Adam. Huge thanks for a huge want here. Batch 2, Aug 2013 poured on 8/2/14. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a small pink head that recedes not long after pouring. Beautiful aroma of fresh raspberries, tartness and lacto acidity, a bit of dry oakiness. Flavor is tart lacto punch followed by a smooth jammy raspberry. Lightly sweet and big tartness that really bites the tongue. Lingering tart raspberry left on the palate. Dry and light to medium bodied with medium prickly carbonation. Everything I expected gets jammer as it warms up and makes things even better. Yum.

If you're finding this too sour and not jammy enough, makes sure to pour in the dregs and let it warm above fridge temp. Things really improve at that point.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like raspberries were poured into a glass. Light pink head that disappears. Smells like raspberries were squeezed into a glass. Some dank farmhouse smell as well. Love it. Light oakiness pairs wonderfully with the tart raspberry. Some funk as well. Tart and sour dance back and forth on the taste buds. Wonderfully acidic feel works beautifully with the carbonation.

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Photo of BgThang
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Jester King release . It looks like blood. Amazing color. The nose is tart and acidic with a raspberry note. You know you are about to dive in to something fantastic. I have been hearing friend talk of this beer for the last couple months. I have always seem to miss out on it (pre release) Also with Jester King sours they can be hit or miss. This one is a GOD DAMN homerun! The sourness is there, the tartness is there and has that reeal raspberry taste. not artificial like some raspberry sours can be. The carbonation level was spot on and I wish I could have gotten more than 3 bottles for drinking them.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep purplish red color. Looks good!

Big raspberry aroma - including seeds - along with black tea and touches of vinegar and old wood. Deep, complex, and captivating.

Tastes absolutely delicious. Great balance between fresh juicy fruit, spicy and ever so slightly bitter seed, leaf, and barrel flavors, and a good dose of sourness. Quite complex and full-flavored, and at the same time light, refreshing and highly drinkable. Long finish, spicy berry seeds and old barrel.

Incredible beer. Thanks Daniel!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4 poured into a tulip. Pours a beautifully rich raspberry color. Thin, light pink head that lingers throughout. Thick, intoxicating raspberry aroma. Smooth, wild, raspberry taste with a nice easy kick of sour. Usually not my favorite style but damn this is good

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml, Batch 1, March 2013
Jester King glass

A: Pours a beautiful deep pinkish red color. Much dark than expected. Initially a nice layer of pink head. Forms a collar around glass. Seems to be nicely carbonated.

S: Nose is so epic. So much raspberry! Complete fresh and delicious raspberry. That funk is there too. Smells tart. Some oak notes. Dry.

T: God this is fabulous. Up front amazing fresh tart raspberry. Really juicy fruit. Middle of that mouth a touch of sour. Dry oak rounds the taste. Finish is dry with lingering fruit character.

M: Medium bodied. Dry.

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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 Dan_Inreallife
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Blend 4 bottled April 2014; 500ml bottle poured into a teku.

A: After a bit of an intial gush, the beer pours a beautiful dark red/purple/plum color with a foamy dark pink head that sticks around but leaves no lacing. Fairly cloudy; really looks like raspberry pure.
S: My whole kitchen smells like fresh, sweet, raspberry puree. Very juicy aroma, subtle tartness present, no real traces of any funk.
T: Much more dry than the aroma would lead you to believe. Great depth of fruitiness - pressed raspberries, subtle tartness, grape skin, crushed raspberry seeds, hints of earth/spice. Tartness works very well with the complex raspberry flavor and there is SOME sweetness, but overall very dry.
M: Very crisp, highly carbonated (slightly higher than I pefer), bounces off the tongue, fluffy mouth feel.
O: Outstandingly refreshing and great complexity of fruit flavor mingled with subtle tartness. This is an easily crushable raspberry bomb without the cloying sweetness.

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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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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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