Atrial Rubicite | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
1,704
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
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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 Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 shared by Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe!). Pours a raspberry hue with a frothy pink head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles around one side of the glass. Nose reveals tart raspberries and a faint medicinal quality towards the back. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors are a bit more muted and there is also a salty character. Mouthfeel is light and lively with some astringency. A very good beer, but the fruit is too subdued and the salty quality is a bit too assertive.

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Photo of cbutova
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goddamn Sonny, slaying a ton of top 250 beers this weekend thanks to you. Massive, massive thanks once again and again and again.

A- 500ml poured into four glasses for a bottle share. Bright ruby red body with a pink head up to about half a finger eventually receding to a small foamy ring. Head retention is decent.

S- Reminds me a lot of Rose de Gambrinus in the aroma, enough to note that here. Juicy fresh raspberries and barnyard, musty funkiness. A bit of wood to provide a backdrop.

T- The smell has a blast of raspberry but here they shine even more somehow. Fresh, fresh whole ripe raspberry feel, flesh seeds and all. More backing notes like lactic acid, musty funk, slight barnyard, lemon juice sourness and something reminds me of stone fruits and white grapes.

MF- Light end bodied with a texture between fizzy and foamy with a cushion of some frothiness. Carbonation at the high side with a medium sourness finishing it all off.

A raspberry bomb that reminds me of any great Belgian Framboise and specifically of Rose de Gambrinus in the aroma. Biting assault of fresh raspberries on the taste buds with a complex, rounded out lambic bug mix.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.22.13
Bottled March 2013
Batch 1

A - Pours a dark burgundy red with a dark pink, fizzy head that is gone fast.

S - Strong raspberry, slight funky-tartness.

T - Tart, then tons of sweet juicy raspberries.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body. Tart and sweet.

O - Nice tartness and tons and tons of raspberries.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful hazed, dark ruby red color. A one finger pink head forms, and in a second is gone. Not much lace.
S: Jammy like raspberries up front and center. Tannin like, with plenty of acidity. Sugary, fruity sweetness that rounds everything out.
T: Sweet, tangy, and acidic fruits that are jam like. Raspberries, obviously the focal point. Also a grape skin, almost tannin like character. The acidity builds and lingers as this warms.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly crisp, and smooth. Again, tannin/fruit skin like (they are everywhere in this beer). Very easy to work through the bottle. The acidity never overpowers, and thankfully the alcohol is not very big here.

Certainly the best that Jester King has released since they switched to the all farmhouse stuff. Is it worth the price, effort to obtain, and hype? Maybe not. Though It is damn good. Well done.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear pink when pouring, two finger head but a deep ruby in the glass.

S-Lots of sweet raspberries, tad bit of oak, grassy notes and slight funk.

T-Starts with sweet, yet balanced, raspberry. A mild tartness is accompanied by oak.

M-A crisp dry finish, with some carbonation.

O-Not super sour, but super balanced. One of the better raspberry sours.

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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 Zach136
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, poured into JK stemware.

A - Straight ruby red, quickly dissipating pink head.

S - Raspberry seeds with a hint of oak.

T - A perfect balance of sour and sweet. It tastes like biting into freshly picked raspberries that aren't quite ripe yet, but it's not to cloying sweet and not too sour.

M - Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

O - Definitely my new favorite raspberry sour. Bow down Raspberry Tart and Rose de Gambrinus.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear deep blood red with a white head. Nose is big time fleshy cherry and cherry pit. Almost a cherry pie filling aroma. Cherry flesh up front, the bret and acidity take over and make a presence not seen in the nose. Good carb and a very dry finish on a meaty body. Drink now, acidity will probably take over in time.

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

A: The beer pours a nice raspberry red body with a thin pink head that quickly fades.

S: Absolutely amazing! Super sour candy smell with a nice bit of raspberry.

T: There first thing that I get is the sourness, but then behind all of that, there is a nice amount of dry raspberry.

M: This beer goes down very smooth with a nice tingle on the back of the throat.

O: This is the best fruit sour beers that I have ever had. At the Funk and sour Fest, I probably got 8 samples of this amazing beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Kevin!

A: Pours a beautiful violet cranberry juice color with a thin pink head that faded to a thin collar.
S: Extreme juicy raspberry dominates the nose. I'm not getting a lot of funk, or much of anything else really, just but tons of raspberry purée.
T/M: Tastes very similar to many other American raspberry that sours I've had. Flavors are not as jammy or full as the nose let on. There's a clean raspberry taste with a great puckering tartness. The finish is drying, but overall this beer is super sweet and sugary, but not synthetic. There's a mild earthiness but the beer is not funky. Lighter body, effervescent carbonation.
O: Good, but not as good as many other similar tasting raspberry sours. To be honest I was a bit disappointed. The taste just wasn't as juicy or full as the nose suggested. I'm splitting hairs though, this was still a very enjoyable beer that I'd gladly drink again.

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Photo of mig100
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 and sour raspberries that linger for about a full minute after each sip, with ever so slight oak. Doesn't benefit my health but it definitely benefits my taste buds.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a pink layer of bubbles on top. Looks cloudy. Good retention for a sour. Easy to swirl up more foam. Smells great. Very jammy. Lots of fruit. The berries come through strong and tasty. Not a lot of funk. Mild oak but it might just be overshadowed by the fruit. Taste is a step back from the aroma. The fruit is still the dominant note, but it's not as jammy as I expected from the aroma. Funk is mild again. More oak shows up. Quite dry. It's tasty but there's not much depth. Mouthfeel is light and drying. Good sour but the yeast/bacteria blend just isn't quite there yet for me.

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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 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 woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Thanks Aaron!

A: clear, brilliant ruby body under a thin head of fine pink foam that settles into a persistent ring. Lovely color.

S: Intense raspberry is all there is, complete with juice, seed, stem, leaf and all. Sweet, tart, herbaceous, and enticing. Great.

T: Follows the nose, with deliciously complex fruitiness dominating. The finish is solidly sour, and fades into distant grassy bitterness. Excellent, but a bit astringent and watery on the tail end.

M: Fairly light bodied with moderate, soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Excellent sour; if the flavor carried through to the finish, it would be spectacular.

Cheers!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

1810th Review on BA
Bottle to JK Goblet
22oz bottle

Batch 4

Thanks for Mike for this one

App- Well color me pink. I didnt think this would be such a wonderful color. The pinks and reds and purples intermixed into a liquid raspberry (in no other words to say it) jam color. A small pinkish white head with only about 1/2" in of thickness was there and then gone. Didnt leave any stick or cling.

Smell- I liked the nose. A bit sweet and cloying but that was expected. A nice aroma of sour, oak and raspberry filled the nostrils. A bit of sugars permeated as well and wofted up. As it warmed it became a little thicker and more sweet vs. pure oak.

Taste- This was pretty good. I enjoyed the raspberry flavor intermixed with a solid oak and barrel flavor. Almost like a jam flavor but suprisingly light. The flavors melded well and created a lush flavor. A very good after dinner beer.

Mouth- Light bodied with a light and fizzy carbonation level. Delicate and flavorful.

Drink- Glad I traded for it.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**REVIEW NUMBER 800**

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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jester King in July of 2015. Servediin an oversized tulip.

Deep pinkish-purple liquid with a pale but pink-tinged thin head. Somewhat cloudy but elegant. 5

Smells like raspberry jam. Straight up. 4.5

Taste is unripe raspberries and a grassy, earthiness. A touch of sweet jam flavor. 4.25

Very tart. Very. Slightly sweet and acidic. I find this a bit much as far as drinkability. 4

Love the aroma and burst of raspberry but it doesn't drink or taste as magical as the creme d' le creme.

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

Stupendous.

Simply enough, an incredible beer.

This was poetry in a bottle. I can’t say enough good things about this beer. I wish I could have more of this somehow.

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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 homebrew311
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well I must say that the appearance of this beer is impeccable. It pours a bright cherry red which just glows in the glass. Nose is an absolute raspberry bomb. The fruit is fresh and there are even earthy notes of soil in the back. Some perceived tartness towards the finish of the smell. Taste is quite acidic up front creating a nice pucker. Some raspberry sweetness follows and balances well with the sourness. This beer is chick full of bold and big flavors. Mouthfeel is moderate with effervescent carbonation. This is a winner from Jester King!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend one, thanks scotv

The beer pours a dull, bloody red with ruby tones!! some sediment, and a thin white halo of pink head that fades into nothing. The nose is dank and has a funky astringency, vegetable/beet earthiness, followed by a tart, ripe, off-the-vine raspberry fruitiness similar to homage (slightly sun dried tomato-y?). The taste is the same incredible funkiness swept away by tart raspberries. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, juicy/fruity, tart, with a wheaty medium body, and a lingering dry finish that's cleaner than expected. I think this beer is a potent blend of raspberries and funk, delicious and different.
update - Blend four a very different beer - much more fruit forward by comparison

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Photo of thebigredone
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this for a bit, big fan of raspberry sours.

Pours a vibrant red/pink color with a tiny ring of white head.

Smell is incredible, strong raspberry, oak, and lactic tartness.

Taste follows suit, though the soureness overpowers the raspberry a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and could use a touch more carb.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I would like to see a touch of sweetness in this beer to give it a better balance. I considered running out and grabbing a bottle of NG Rasberry Tart to mix a bit, but was too lazy. Would love to try that combo in the future.

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

Pours an awesome bright red, with a beautiful one finger pink head. Smells like raspberry with a little funk and oak in there. Taste is raspberry forward, with some funk at the end. Nice carbonation and slightly thin mouthfeel. Really sour as well, easy to drink though. Very fruity with some other nice barrel flavors, as well.

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
4.53 out of 5 based on 1,704 ratings.
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