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 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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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 blastoderm55
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had to pound it as I had to leave he bottle share I was attending, but one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Incredibly drinkable for a "sour" beer. Beautiful look, jammy raspberries, and shockingly easy-drinking. You need to try this.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.44/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of linnymtu
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Right up there with the best sours i've had. The raspberry aroma and flavor are there in full force, with a perfect mouthfeel and carb to round it out.

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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 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 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 boilermakerbrew
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, yet brilliant, pink to ruby in color with a small, fizzy head. The head is pink in color and is gone quickly, leaving little to no lacing in the glass. The body is a touch hazy and the color makes it looks like a light red wine in the glass.

S- Huge, juicy, and slightly tart raspberries hit the nose right off the bat when this beer is opened. The raspberries are fairly sweet and jammy at first before turning just a touch to the more tart side. Underneath the fruit there is a touch of detectable sour base beer that is a little oaky and a little dry.

T- Just like the scent, the big raspberries notes smack the taste buds first and dominate the beginning of the drink. Juicy and ripe raspberries wash over the tongue and provide a solid, sweet, and fruity profile before letting both some fruit and base beer tartness kick in. After the fruit, the drier base beer adds a touch of bitterness to the flavor along with a bit of oak flavor. Lingering flavor is a combo platter of raspberries and light, dry base beer.

M- When this beer hits the tongue there is a sting of high carbonation. Other than the effervescent nature of the beer, it is very easy to drink and light on the palate.

Overall, this is a really well done fruited sour. The raspberries are really displayed prominently without taking anything away from the base beer. If you are a big fan of big sours, this might not be for you, but if you are a fan of fruit on display in a delicate and balanced sour, this is for you.

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Photo of beer-me-pls
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lucky to try at JK on first day of release. Not as much juice and fruit as Batch 4. A bit too acidic. Overall fantastic, but not my favorite release.

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Photo of ThirstyMiner
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 5 On Tap at the Bottle Release event at Jester King 7/25

It pours a beautiful, pink-red color with a mostly white head of foam.

Aroma is a blast of fresh raspberries that swirl out of the glass and into your nose the entire time the beer is in your hand. Slight detection of acetic acid.

The flavor is a tart, very acidic cascade of raspberries that lingers for some time. Again, a bit of a vinegary acetic acid is hiding in the backseat.

Mouthfeel is juicy and bubbly with a slight mouthwatering/puckering sensation on the finish. Like other reviewers have pointed out, this beer held up wonderfully as it got warmer (which it did, because Austin was 95 degrees when they were releasing this)

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

Batch 5, draft at jk. Raspberries for days on the nose. Nice full body, very raspberry flavor and fairly sour. Overall a very nice version of this beer but not the full blown sour of previous batches, Maybe this will change in the bottle

Update. 1 year old bottle of batch 5 is all raspberries with very little tartness. We did drink other sours along side, and this is really just a raspberry fruit bomb. Absolutely delicious, but well below expectations

Batch 6 re-update. Incredible. So jammy and perfect sourness. Great funk on the nose. simply stunning

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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 jngrizzaffi
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild as is lacing. Nice sweet and funky aroma. Raspberries are very evident. Sweet raspberry flavor with a nice funky tart edge at the end. Medium bodied with very little carbonation. This is my first taste of this beer, and it came with batch 5. While I was expecting heaven in a bottle, it was an enjoyable beer. Bought two bottles and cannot wait to crack one open.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite fruited sour beer in the world. I just drank the new batch 5 fresh and it knocked my socks off. I drank 6 of these on tap and it even managed to maintain the flavor after if warmed, which is not typical for this style. There is so much complexity and balance with this beer and the hype is 100% justified.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good but not worth the spectacular ratings bestowed on it. Enjoyed MVB and Nocturn more. Look was a solid deep red with pink hues, smelled quite nice. Generic raspberry lambic flavor nothing amazing.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish purple pour from the tap with a 1/4 inch pink head. Smells like raspberry jam with a hint of grassy funk. Sweet raspberry taste lingers with a bit of grass that then turns into a long wave of tartness ending with a pucker. Mouth is a bit juicy up front with a nice carb that ends very dry. This beer is deserving of its lofty reputation, delicious.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really let down by this one....tried alongside AL and MvB and they were much better. Solid beer....had good fruit notes but had a slight vinegar finish that was unpleasant

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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.


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Photo of HipCzech
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask (batch # 4) at the Hay Merchant, served in a 5 oz snifter, 25-Jun-2014. Vivid red color, slightly translucent, with a foamy, pink head. Brightly fruity, tart and funky sour with plenty of juicy raspberry flavor. Great balance and complexity.

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Photo of dboon
3.4/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottles, batch 1 & 4. Batch 1 was the better of the two IMHO. Clear garnet pour with an off white head. Huge raspberry nose. Like eating a raspberry. Average body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 03/14/15 notes. 500ml bottle into a taster.

Pours a beautiful reddish-pink color with one inch of white-pink head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of sour and funky raspberries, tart dark fruits, jam, oak, tannins, spice, earthy notes, light barnyard funk. Light body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall I thought this was really, really good. It is lightly tart but not a vinegar bomb, and very fruity. Has some Belgian-style funk to it too which is really cool in an American beer. Very great, would love to have it again.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 bottle, shared at East End. Thanks to whoever brought it!

Nice red color, hazy, with a fizzy white head that held good and dotted the glass with lace. Musty aroma, lots of raspberry, sweet and sour. Great raspberry profile in the taste, tart and crisp, slight jammy sweetness, and a good dose of wet oak. Crisp mouthfeel, medium body, very nice overall.

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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