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Jester King La Vie en Rose

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
La Vie en Rose is a dry, well attenuated, unspiced Farmhouse Ale refermented with the same raspberries used to make Jester King Atrial Rubicite. Naturally occurring wild yeasts impart a sense of place to this unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100% naturally conditioned beer.

The principle behind La Vie en Rose is to obtain a second extraction of fruit flavor and aroma from the raspberries previously used to make Atrial Rubicite. We noticed that after we made our first batch of Atrial Rubicite, the raspberries still had a lot of nice flavor and aroma. We had also read the following on Brasserie Cantillon’s website, which mentions a second fruit extraction involved in making their Kriek:

“Two barrels of Kriek from the first extraction and two from the second are pumped into a huge barrel. (The second extraction is obtained by filling the barrel for a second time in order to extract as much from the fruits as possible).”

Based on this information, we experimented with aging a pale, medium-strength, farmhouse ale in a stainless steel tank with the raspberries previously used in the refermentation of Atrial Rubicite. Over the course of about two months, the beer picked up color, flavor and aroma from the raspberries, as well as flavor and aroma compounds produced by additional fermentation. As we’ve mentioned before, we’re most interested in fermenting fruit in a manner similar to how grapes become wine, rather than simply adding fruit or fruit flavoring to filtered and/or pasteurized beer. The former technique has the ability to create new and interesting flavors and aromas through the wonderful process of fermentation, whereas the latter is less natural and quite predictable.

The total fermentation time for La Vie en Rose is approximately four months. During the first month, the beer was fermented with our house blend of brewer’s yeasts, Brettanomyces yeasts, naturally occurring wild yeasts native to our land in the Texas Hill Country, and souring bacteria prior to the addition of fruit. It then spent the next two months refermenting with raspberries, followed by a final month refermenting in bottles, kegs and casks. Like everything we brew at Jester King, La Vie en Rose was given lots of time so as to ferment to complete dryness. It finishes at 6.2% alcohol by volume, with a final gravity of 1.000, and a pH of 3.8.

“La Vie en Rose”, which literally translates to “life in pink” is common French colloquial phrase meaning, essentially, life as seen through rose-colored lenses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle:   Rose hued amber, thick, thin to moderate frothy white head, spotty lacing.   Funky nose of unripened raspberries and barnish funk. &nbps Musty too.   Tart and dry right up front, soft unripened raspberries.   Backside shows a little dirt, and I mean dirt.   Has a slight dusty earth background.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Very tart and dry finish, with unripened raspberries.   Pretty simple, and fairly tasty.   Does have that odd dirty/dusty earth background that I get at times, otherwise, fairly decent.   Thanks Bill!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Batch 4. Pours bright reddish/orange. Milder raspberry nose with some hint of brett. Taste is the same with flavors much milder than Atrial. Goes down real easy and smooth. Pretty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (727) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle at home, picked up at Jester King during the Fen Tao release. Pours a ruby red color, light haze, flash of head with no retention. Pretty color. Aroma is tart, semi sweet raspberries. Faint pomegranate and cherry. Very fruity. Faint funk and yeast. Taste is light raspberry, a bit of cherry, faint yeast, light grain. A bit tart, a bit sweet. Good balance of tartness and sweetness. Medium bodied, light almost effervescent carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Nice beer. Very fruity and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lownote (375) - USA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours red and clear with little head. Aroma is a bit tart. Tastes super dry. With raspberry. Like raspberry juice with no sugar. Light and bubbly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours piknish gold with a white head. Rich raspberry fruity base, with moderate acidity, relatively low sweetness, and a nice fruity tart finish. Good stuff; very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Awesome beer. Raspberries and tart. Had at a restaraunt of the same name no lie. Lightly carbonate cloudy and some wild yeast in aroma and flavor. Loved all the raspberries and the tartness from the wild yeasts and funk going on. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle 750ml. Pours golden with pink reflects. Low to no head. Aroma is of raspberries, leaves. Taste is of raspberries, fruits, leaves. Palate: Light body, soft carbonation. Harsh finish. Overall: Not 100% fresh. The old stale raspberries shows. Still more than decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of raspberry, oak, sour lactose and light funk - medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Hazy pink pour with white head. Sour fruit, spice, tart aromas. Light cherries, tart tones, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4229) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). Batch #2. From cparles, thanks! Split with the Québec crew.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with pinkish hues, a small white head, poor retention and little lacing.

Aroma: Quite leafy with fainted raspberries (which seems normal considering it’s their 2nd use), yeast, mild earthy notes and some vegetal presence that is a bit offputting.

Taste: Not much sweetness here, very leafy again with fainted raspberries, jammy notes, mild acidic presence, earthy notes and herbal/grassy features.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Rather dry finish. Leafy aftertaste.

Overall: Easy drinking. An interesting experimentation from Jester King, but the result is a bit dull. It doesn’t have the bright fruitiness Atrial Rubicite have and the base beer isn’t really expressive either.

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