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


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 yankeepride
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it really difficult to rate this, as I have had batch 1, batch 2, and batch 4 (twice), and each time it has been dramatically different. Batch 1 was raspberry perfection; it tasted like the mild bitterness of the seeds was somehow liquified and fermented. Batch 2 was much more like a puckering tartness, while batch 4 was almost too sweet and juicy when fresh the first time, then a bit more funky the second time.
The deep, ruby color looks epic in the glass, and you could sniff this in a glass for 10 minutes before even tasting it, it's that good. When in its prime, this is so awesome it's hard not to guzzle it. Each individual sip has so much flavor that lasts in your mouth, though, that you can really stretch out a glass over a long time.

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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 BarrytheBear
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 3

Looks and smells the part...raspberry puree, lightly tannic and jammy on the nose.

Fruit is very front heavy...seedy raspberry..but quickly moves in a fairly acetic and very tannic middle that serves to abruptly and quickly dry the fruits from the tongue. What starts as fresh fruit centric is quickly erased and the barrel is very drying leaving a sour oaky finish with lingering berry.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'd like more sweet fruit and sour yang here and I preferred the nose to the taste. A fun beer, an appreciative opportunity...thanks Bill!..but not a great beer.

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Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle acquired in a trade with Cynic-ale
Blend Four April 2014
Served in a tulip

Review #975

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly clear, deep ruby red body was topped by a one-finger tall, fizzy, light pink head that dissolved almost immediately. After a few sips, a thin ring of froth circled the liquid and lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazing. Freshly pureed raspberries came through strong right off the bat. Jammy with a subtle sweetness. Tart and funky notes followed. Somewhat musty. A crisp, dry, yeastiness was also noticeable. The musty, funky, barnyard-like qualities intensified as the beer warmed.

Raspberries appeared in the flavor profile but were quickly overtaken by tart, lemony notes. Super crisp and dry. Vinegar-y. A touch wheaty. Almost lambic-like in its intensity. Band-Aid notes appeared in the center. Somewhat musty on the back end. Dry, tannic and oaky on the finish, with lingering notes of bitter lemon rind. Really crisp, tart and refreshing.

The beer was light, fluffy and highly effervescent. Champagne-like. The liquid felt prickly on the palate.

Atrial Rubicite did a great job at melding a tart, musty and funky wild ale base with bright raspberry notes. I can understand why this beer receives such amazing scores. Personally, however, I found the raspberry to be understated in the flavor profile. Also, I think that this beer could have benefitted from a bit more residual sweetness.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bilco for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Straight dark pink. Almost clear. Small pink collar is bubbly. No head or lacing. Just super pink with deep reds.

Smell: Boom raspberries. Macerated raspberry flesh with some seriously juicy aromas. A touch of citric tartness with hints of lemon zest and juice. So much jammy raspberry. Layers of oak with the slightly damp Jester King funk. Earthy and damp. A bit of a floral and citrus edge. Tart raspberry flesh. Jammy and sweet with a very mild malt base. A good bit of oak. Sweet and tart are surprisingly balanced. Just all the raspberry.

Taste: Tart obliterated raspberry. Flesh, skin, and juice. A mildly tannic edge with a solid lactic and citric tartness. Very mild malt body adds some very mild bready element. Oak and bright funk. Some musty, mildly, earthy elements with a tart cherry edge. The jammy nose is present on the sip but gives way to a sharp citric edge. Warming pushes some of the raspberry down and let's the Jester King funk play up a bit more. I imagine when this is fresh it's just a raspberry explosion.

Mouthfeel: Low end of medium body. Moderateish carbonation. A slightly dry finish.

Overall: Key ingredient in Ambrosia.

it's got all the things that are good. Raspberry, Jester King funk, and balance. It's just spot on and hits on "sour" more than pie.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
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 Igotmypistola
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

This will be quick. I'm at Sour Sunday at the Holy Grale in the Ville KY.

Pours dark ruby red. Fine bubble reddish rim. The nose is sour raspberry, sour yeast, funk, and wine soaked oak. The taste starts off tart, lots of cherries raspberry blackberry, sour funk, and a pleasant metallic finish. High carbonation, very smooth, and light body.

This is a very well crafted sour. Big tart and big cherry/raspberry. I can see the reason for the hype.

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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


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 Yellolab2010
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

#500! Love this sour! Big big raspberry taste upfront with the right amount of sour to go with it. Beautiful purplish color with a great nose. Well worth waiting for to have it at 500!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours deep pink to purple. Small pinkish head. Low retention. Little to no lacing. Some clarity and some bubbles

Smell: raspberry to strawberry jam. Lactic acid.

Taste: opens with fresh whole and juicy raspberries. some lemon juice and acidity. slightly funky yeast.

Mouthfeel: light and tart. Slight mouth pucker.

Overall: a tasty raspberry sour. great juicy fruit taste with just enough sour to it.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A billion thanks to Sonny for sharing this and like...10 other insanely good beers I barely knew existed during an epic ~10 hour tasting a few nights ago. Wish I got more reviews in to truly archive all the madness, but whatcha gonna do?

This had a great maroon body with a pink head, retention was great. The scent was awesome, the taste somehow lived up, pretty amazing raspberry flavors here. Tastes like fresh stemmy berries and puckering sour raspberry candy with a good dose of barnyard funk. Not too much for oak. Solid well-carbonated body.

The stickler in me wishes there was a bit more in the way of musty earthy funk complexities as this does come off as little one-dimensional, another part of me doesn't care because it's probably the best raspberry profile I've had in a sour. Really great all around.

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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 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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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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