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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 BMMillsy
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +6.9%
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 +8.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +5.1%

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 -7.1%
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 +3.3%
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 -8.8%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into HF glass, filled right to the top. Blend #3 from November 2013, ~7 months ago. Thanks Kal (kvgomps) for the bottle! Been wanting to try this since it was first released.

A- Pours a dark beet red with a thin layer of cherry white head that recedes to a thin ring and a wispy layer. Decent amount of carbonation with nice consistency.

S- Huge notes of fresh raspberries, raspberry puree, slight raspberry jam, raspberry seeds. One of the better aromas of a fruited sour that I've encountered, I love how fresh smelling the raspberry presence and doesn't have a artificial or syrupy presence.

T- Tart raspberries, a little bit of sour vinegar, oak, finishes with fresh raspberries and raspberry puree. Lingering aftertaste of tart raspberries. Not as fresh smelling as the nose but an awesome raspberry tartness.

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, maybe just a slight hint of a syrup presence, a little bit on the sour side.

O- Jester King really knows what they are doing with fruited sours and Atrial did not disappoint. I love how they capture the fresh fruit presence and a beautiful color without making it taste artificial or too syrupy. Definitely recommend checking this out as it's one of the better American fruited sours out there right now.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a ruby red with a thin white head that vanishes immediately.
Aroma is fresh raspberries and raspberry jam. Musty and slightly funky.
Flavor is tart raspberry. Not super sweet. The balance of sour is incredible.
Mouthfeel is medium but leaves your mouth kind of dry.
Not a complex beer but this is the essence of raspberries.
I hope to enjoy many more of these.
Perfect summertime beer.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a wine glass at West Lakeview Liquors Jester King tasting on 5/30/15.

A: Pours a rich, dark, ruby-red color, almost plum-like in hue. Thin head that eventually fades, leaving a light lacing.

S: Tart, ripe raspberry... almost immediately the mouth starts to water, tart, cheese-like funk smell.

T: Raspberry jam, sour lacto (though not very sour), vinegar, some rubbery notes, dry oak is apparent in the finish.

M: Spritzy, yet medium-bodied, med-high carbonation.

O: While this was very, very good, and I'm glad I was able to try, I wouldn't be hot to seek this out, likely because I favor Nocturn Chrysalis.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired a trade from Dbrelsfo, thanks man!

Appearance - Pours a stunning rosewood colored, hazy body with a light maroon fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving no lacing. Some settling. Very inviting.

Smell - I let it warm for ~20 minutes to get maximum aromas. Very interesting and aromatic.. musty, earthy, berries and fruit in the background and with tart lactic aromas. A odd note of green olives comes through, but not overbearing or cloying.

Taste - Upfront the raspberries are very apparent.. not apparent in an in-your face syrupy kind of way, but a subtle note that sits behind the sour, funky notes that dominate the tongue. Oak and more berries comes through on the follow through. Very complex and balanced.

M- Medium body, not syrupy, but not watery at all. Medium-high carbonation.

Excellently crafted.. seek this one out. Not a berry-bomb, but a pretty sour masterpiece with raspberries to compliment.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like raspberry juice. It is deep magenta, not light pink like some other fruited sours. The pillowy pink head is really neat when you pour it vigorously. The nose is so deeply jammy. I detect very little tartness on the nose and a hint of oak. It smells like straight jam. The taste didn't quite deliver on the nose. The sour level was perfect for me. It's nicely tart like an unripe raspberry. I just don't get the distinct jamminess that was on the nose. The mouthfeel is a little thin and I could use a tad more carbonation. This beer is so light and flavorful that it is an ease to drink alone with only a slight bit of sour stomach after a whole bottle. The raspberry delivers on the finish as this beer warms.

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Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

White cap and collar one a gorgeous deep ruby body. Some small spots of lacing cling to the sides of the tulip.

Raspberry, plain and simple. Smell your fingers after crushing fresh raspberries in them, like that.

Finding a hard time describing Atrial because raspberry is the only word that comes to mind. Smell your fingers after crushing fresh raspberries in them. Sourness is about a 6 on the Duff27 sour scale.

Perfect amount of carbonation, medium-low. Mouthfeel is medium.

Intricate and simple raspberry at the same time. About as good as it gets for fruit wilds...we live in good beer times. Thanks for this kojevergas, a beer I never thought I'd get to try!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
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 xenjoiii
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch One & Two (side by side)

A: Similar on both batches, although Batch 1 is darker in appearance, and murkier; blood red with a fushia hue, and a one finger pink head that faded into spotty lacing.

S: Batch 2: Light funk, and jammy raspberries - slight medicinal quality, as well. Batch 1: Less fruit in the nose than batch 2; a tiny bit of musk, and raspberries.

T: Batch 2: Intense tartness upfront (lactic acid & and fruit) that fades into sweet raspberries. Very dry. Batch 1: Not nearly as tart, nor as much fruit, compared to batch 2.

M: Batch 1& 2: light bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Batch 1 is rather unremarkable. Batch 2, on the other hand, is a significant improvement - although it lacks depth.

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Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 bottle split between a couple Prohibition Pig tulips.

A- Gorgeous ruby red, any darker as it would be purple. Quick diminishing fluffy head and lots of chunky raspberry sediment.

S- Best part of this beer for sure. Fresh juicy raspberries, tangy tart smell with a little bit of funk as it warms up. One of the best smelling raspberry beers I've ever had.

T- Not as sour as I may like, but still extremely good. Loads of fresh raspberries, juicy pulpy raspberries. Pretty tart with more funk as It warmed up.

M- Medium bodied, with adequate but not tons of carbonation. Juicy clean feel with a dry finish.

O- The best American raspberry sour I've had for sure. Not overly sour, but it makes up for it in every other way. Gorgeous, I want some more of Atrial.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace 84 for sharing this jem!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark red with a slight hue of purple. A thick cap of white head that has a dark red tint to it.

Smell: Huge juicy raspberries. Moderately cheesy lacto funk. Hint of rubbery fink.

Taste: Mild sourness overall. Boatloads of freshand juicy raspberries. Mild cheesy / lacto funk and a hint of rubber. Pretty darn close to the aroma of the beer. I would say that the nose is much more intense than the flavor though.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer. Low carbonation levels. Slightly dry, but also watery at the same time; honestly a good balance between both those qualities.

Overall: This is a really awesome JK wild ale. It reminds me a bit of raspberry berlinner weisse beer like August Schells Fram Du Nord. This beer is definately a coolship beer and it was noticed in the feel of this beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml of Batch 3 that Mikey sent me. Thanks man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014.

App- Absolutely beautiful pink-red body with an equally stunning one-finger purple-pink head that retains quite well. Not much lacing. But the color is just beautiful.

Smell- Chilled, this is a raspberry bomb. Really appealing for sure.. this is probably the best American raspberry beer I've ever smelled. As it warms up, a little bit of rubbery barnyard funk comes out, with a lot of acid. This is very good.

Flavour- A bit disappointing but still extremely good. Lots of fresh raspberry fruitiness mixed in with some vinegar acid, perhaps 5/10 sour, just enough to make it interesting. A small dab of rubbery funk, but there isn't a ton of funk overall, which would have really scored high with me since this is supposed to be a coolshipped sour beer. But hey, I won't complain too much- this is very tasty by any measure.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, not syrupy or watery at all, just about right. Good carbonation. Nice acetic, very dry finish that smacks of fresh raspberries.

Overall- Very good American raspberry sour. This is what I wish New Glarus Raspberry Tart was. I'd venture that Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus is very similar, and Lou Pepe Framboise kills this 10 times out of 10. But still, this is the best American attempt at a raspberry sour, certainly in the neighborhood of Framboise for a Cure.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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 kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, blend 3 (November, 2013), poured into a Jester King wine glass.

The beer pours a deep raspberry red color, hues of pink and purple with strong garnet tones. The beer itself is quite hazy, opaque with a few noticeable bits of sediment floating in the glass and a nice pink colored head, loose and fizzy that vanishes quickly and leaves no lace or film behind. The aroma is great, lots of fresh, juicy raspberry, tart and tangy, with some musty yeast, light oak, lemon citrus and a bit of other sweetened and ripe fruit. The flavors are spot on, huge amounts of raspberry, strawberry, light oak quality, the sourness is very acetic while the fruit flavors read more tart. There is a good amount of citrus quality as well as the bretty flavor present, but this beer is all about the raspberry. It's simple, but delicate, beautiful and super fresh, the raspberry is showcased extremely well and the balance between the fresh fruit and acetic sour character is wonderful. The mouthfeel is lively, crisp carbonation, lots of bubbles, that coats the mouth well, and finishes with a gentle touch with only a few prickly bubbles as it goes down.

Verdict: A tremendous effort from Jester King and easily one of the most impressive American Wild Ales I've tried to date. It's fresh, vibrant, delicate and bright and very quaffable. The balance is great, not overly sour, not overly sweet, not overly fruit centric, everything is in it's proper place. This can easily rival any of the Belgian lambics that employ raspberry, a must try.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1

A - Deep ruby color with pink foam.

S - Raspberry aroma seems to have been moderated a bit by barnyard funk with about a year in the bottle. More of a deep, overripe raspberry aroma.

T - Very nice balance between funk, acidity and sweet raspberries. Delicious.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lightly sharp carbonation. Decent residual sweet stickiness.

O - One of the better Raspberry sours I've had. Not overly sweet but still with an apparent raspberry presence.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured at the brewery in TX, an awesome place to visit I highly recommend it! Awesome scene with multiple drink stations and beautiful scenery.

The beer pours a ruby red, a beautiful vibrant color showing the amount of fruit. Not much head and a bit of carbonation present in the body.

The smell is a beautiful raspberry packed masterpiece. Some well bodied oak and cherry notes too reminding me of a great cab franc in its dark and pungent aroma. The taste certainly has some tartness up front and follows with a bunch of fruit of course, and ends with a cereal flavor and bit of a disappointing aftertaste that falls off quickly. Sort of thinner than I expected in feel but has a really nice tartness over the palate. Overall a very solid taste, not amazing mouthfeel.

Great beer!

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Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery
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