jasonycurtis (9) - BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 26, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My idea of a perfect beer. The raspberry is perfectly represented. It's tart and not too sweet. A hint of oak in the background. A very clean finish. Amazing!!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375mL bottle, pours a beautiful opaque raspberry red with a small pink head. Aroma brings out pure raspberry explosion in your face, along with brett and funk. Flavour brings out loads of raspberry jam, brett, and barnyard funk. Incredibly complex, with the fruit sinking front and centre, along with the bretty funk. Outstanding stuff of remarkable complexity. Phenomenal - just an incredible beer of amazing complexity.
Metallion66 (63) - - AUG 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 Beautiful bright red color. Very raspberry forward initially but itís then followed by a nice sour back bone. Easily in the top three from Jester King.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what a great beer! Pours a nice deep reddish color with a pinkish head. Loads of sour raspberries, cranberries, lactic sourness, perfect carbonation. Dry, fruity, sour but balanced. Hellz ya..
Errl (1103) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 Tap at Release..Pour is nice red with pink head..Nose is nice raspberries, funk, dryness, fresh juice, oak, sweetness..Taste is nice juicy raspberries, nice carbonation, light sweetness, funk, tartness..
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been holding off on rating this one for months, despite attending the release and having multiple draft & bottle pours of both batches. I do my best not to overuse hyperbole, and I don't want to be a homer, so I've waited to collect my thoughts before publishing them. It's time.
Fresh raspberries pummel my nose far away from the bottle. Mildly oaked at the end, adding a touch of complexity to this already impressive aroma. My very first impression of smelling this brew was unknown to me at the bottle share before the release. It was handed to me in a glass, and I asked, "Is this Cantillon?" Yeah, it's THAT good.
And the taste delivers. Waves of deliciously fresh raspberries bombard my taste buds, accented by a baseline oak character and hints of yeasty funk. Damn. I actually prefer this to St. Lamvinus. Wtf?!
I may be a bit of a Freetail fanboy, but goddamn, this is nothing short of game-changing for Texas beer. And maybe American sours in general. I truly could not recommend this more highly, but my remaining bottles are simply not for trade. Atrial is one of the absolute best sours I've ever had. Cheers!
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled both from a bottle pre-release and on tap at Jester King during the official bottle release. Truly exciting to experience Jester Kingís first bottle release!
4 oz pour into a stemmed wine glass. Served around 50 degrees F and allowed to warm in the hot TX shade.
Appearance is the first thing that you notice about most beers. This brewís radiant deep, ruby red hue is no exception. Thereís no real head by the time I get my glass out the door and sit down to start considering its magnificence, but there are scattered whitish bubbles on the surface. Itís worth mentioning again; the color is surreal and beautiful.
Smell is the beerís weak point. Straight on raspberry with a hint of rubber and definite sourness. Thankfully the raspberry smell is pure fruit, no extract or synthetic. Still, not as rich as Iíd imagine.
Taste is outstanding. Ripe, tart deep red raspberries with a bracingly sour acidity. Imagine eating perfectly ripe raspberries atop homemade raspberry jam, then chasing with lacto and pedio souring bacteria that havenít overkilled the product youíre consuming. Thatís what this is. Amazing raspberry clarity in the taste. I wish someone had brought a Rose de Gambrinus so I could try them side-by-side.
Mouthfeel is also outstanding. Fuller bodied than most sours, thanks (Iím guessing) to the substantial fruit presence in the beer. This is nearly syrup-y in texture, which makes it more enjoyable in my opinion. Thereís definite carbonation throughout.
All in all, this is Jester Kingís maestro performance to date. Call me a homer, but Iíve traveled and consumed Rose de Gam at its source in Brussels and I think this beer is on par. In terms of TX beer, papaís got a brand new bag.
Experiment_Ale (376) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwanze Day 2013. Pours. Bright beautiful red. Aroma is tart raspberry awesome. Taste is smooth non-sweet sour fruity raspberry purée awesome. Great beer. Finish is medium and that's too quick, very fruity raspberry.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously share by Allan, split with Jim and I. Pours beautiful purple with lasting pink-white head. Light lacing. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, sour raspberry candy, oak, misc berries. Tons and tons of fruit in this one, kind of like a more sour raspberry tart. Medium to full body. Finishes as puckery as a bag of sour patch. Ridiculously good wild ale.
superspak (1904) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1900th review! Got in a trade with cyde. 500 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 2, bottled in August 2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a small ring of lacing. Minimal glass lacing and a fair amount streaming carbonation. Great color and clarity. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry skin, sour cherry, red grape, green apple, oak, clove, pepper, leather, red wine, vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big raspberry presence and great yeast/oak balance; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, raspberry skin, green apple, sour cherry, pear, red grape, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, red wine, musty funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, green apple, red grape, pear, sour cherry, oak, clove, red wine, hay, straw, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of raspberry, oak, and yeast ester flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane raspberry sour ale! All around fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of raspberry, oak, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. An extremely delicious and well balanced offering.