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Atrial Rubicite | Jester King Brewery

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Atrial RubiciteAtrial Rubicite

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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 mrn1ceguy
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the premier raspberry american wild. So much raspberry on the nose, upfront, back end, finish and every in between while still holding a strong but not overpowering sour.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

A: Deep, rich garnet red - borderline absurd, unbelievable color, pretty much the most red thing I've ever seen - no head, no carbonation, but the color is so rich that I couldn't care less

S: Raspberry madness - more raspberry aroma than actual raspberries, it's like fresh raspberry concentrate - fleshy, with some serious berry - nice tart edge, with some sourness - minimal sweetness

T: Raspberries, raspberries everywhere - lightly fermented raspberry juice, raspberry puree - light level of tart, sour - the emphasis here is really the fruit - the potent raspberry is so intense that it almost overpowers all malt, all yeast - like eating a bag of raspberries, minus the sugar - beautifully dry

M: Medium body, super smooth, virtually no carbonation, a lovely sipper

O: Holy raspballs!

So. Much. Raspberry. This is one of the best uses of raspberry ever, up there with New Glarus Raspberry Tart.

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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 jjdc
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

One of the most beautiful beers I've seen in the glass -- a luminous ruby/raspberry. Crisp, tart and dry. The raspberry fruit is absolutely huge and bright. Yet, it is not cloying in any way. World class.

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Photo of joeyfeets
4/5  rDev -11.7%

A barrel aged beauty of mature sour beer that had several hundred pounds of raspberries added it. It pours a dark ruby color with a little head that disappears quickly. The aroma of raspberry hits you immediately. The taste is initially sour but the tartness of the raspberry quickly overtakes that. It finishes slightly oaky and lightly acidic. It’s almost like a Berliner Weisse w/ raspberry syrup dropped in already. I'm generally not a sour beer fan at all but this brew is good. The vibrant and fruity flavor offsets the sourness very nicely.

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Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

B1 poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark reddish purple, slight haze with thin white head. Not much head retention despite some decent carbonation.

Nose is very raspberry forward, fresh sweet and tart berries similar to sticking your head into a basket of ripe fruit. A bit of lactic acidity and old oak as well.

Sharp acidity upfront, heavy lactic acid, lemon juice and sour raspberry. A touch of sweet fruit, earthy funk and mineral flavors. Acidity really dominates the palette though, drying out the tongue with lingering lemony lactic flavors.

Light body and effervescent, tons of soft tiny bubbles aiding in drying out the tongue and keeping it clean.

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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 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 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 SStein
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Blend 2-Aug 2013, opened Aug 2014

A: deep pink with minimum all lacing on the glass
S: raspberries, and more raspberries
T: raspberry followed by mellow funk, light horse blanket
M: slight carbonization and nicely tart
O: a top notch raspberry sour.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is ruby hued with a thin collar. Huge raspberry aroma. Funky character with a jammy raspberry quality. A simple and straightforward beer. Makes me want to revisit Lou Pepe Framboise - it's been too long. Delicious and teeming with flavor. So much fruit. Fabulous. My favorite Jester King thus far.

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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 ELS
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dragged 6 non-beer drinkers to Jester King to try their great beers. Atrial Rubicite was the highlight of the day.

A-The color is a perfect brilliant red with a thin layer of foam on top. Just a beautiful color!

S- Smells exactly as you would expect. Sour raspberries.

T- If you like sour beers and you like raspberries you'll love the taste of this beer. Definitely the best fruit sour I've had to date because the raspberries really have a strong fruit flavor that balances the sourness.

M- Slightly acidic and refreshing. The carbonation is just right. Not overly carbonated to detract from the flavor.

O- Liked this beer so much that I picked up a bottle to bring back to Florida and even bought an Atrial Rubicite T-Shirt.

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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 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 JulioH
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch # 1

I don't know what to say about the smell of this beer, but definitively funky.

Pours a nice reddish beer, very dark. Almost no carbonation form, but this is a carbonated beer. Aroma is of funky yeasts, berries. Taste is really good, very sour but not overly sour. Very drinkable. Tastes like berries. The body is light.

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Photo of Jonada
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2. August 2013

500 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pour a dark ruby red color with less than a finger of a light pink head that settles to a thin ring. Body is relatively clear when held up to light with light amounts of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Huge fresh raspberry aroma, barnyard funk, oak, acidic sourness. The raspberry aroma is not just raspberry juice or jam, but rather an entire raspberry (leaves, seeds and all). Aroma strength is strong.

Taste: Whole fresh raspberries, oak, lactic character that was lacking in the aroma (almost yogurt like), light medium funkiness and a very faint underlying malt character. There's an acidic sourness to it as well, but I'd characterize it more as just hugely, hugely tart.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low medium carbonation. Finishes super tart and dry.

Overall: Extremely impressed with this beer. One of the best American fruited sours out there. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jared14
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend 4

Appeance was deep pink with a small whitish head that didn't quite completely leave.

Taste was semi sweet, fruit forward with more of a slightly funk tart than sour notes at the end.

Mouthfeel was light and enjoyable.

Overall this is a little behind my sample of Framboos but truly well done. I can't see myself drinking this very often but it is a very nice occasional treat.

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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 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 NHbeerguy
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend 4 poured into a Jester King tulip glass.

Pours an almost ruby red color with a 2 finger reddish head the disappears very quickly. On the nose you get slight oak with really strong acidic raspberries. The taste is awesome. Great pucker from the raspberries. Great oak notes. Just what I expected. It is definitely sour. Mouthfeel is refreshing and then a little dry. Overall a fantastic beer!! Love the tartness.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1 or Blend 1 or whatever. Had this next to batch 4.

Appearance - Bright red body. Small white head. Settles to nothing pretty quickly.

Smell - Wow. Oaky and acidic raspberry. Really nice.

Taste - Very sour. Almost too sour. Still has a great raspberry flavor. Extremely oaky, especially in the finish. Lightly yogurty.

Mouthfeel - Almost too sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent and better than blend 4, but not by much. Just a more complex sour beer, even though it has less of a raspberry jammy flavor.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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