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Jester King La Vie en Rose

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1049) - Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours bright red with thick white head. Aroma is strong fruit, raspberry, Brett, sour yeast, lots of berry. Taste is light bodied, Brett, slight fruit, tart, low to medium carbonation. Overall, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1569) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a light pink with frothy head. tart berry aroma some lemon. taste is slightly tart very crisp and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate raspberry, wood, funk, must, and a touch of lemon. It pours a cloudy pinkish-amber with a small pink head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with light-moderate tart raspberry. The finish has funky lemon, citrus, must, and wood. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ Pat’s. Thanks, Pat. Bright red pour with a small white head. Some mushroom, cherry, and tart berry jam on the nose. A bit of oak, raspberry, and damp soil. Flavor has a bit of an iron quality to it. Fair amount of raspberry and cherry. Cooked fruit, mushroom, herbs, and oak. A decent sourness, but not overly acidic. Sort of a pinot noir quality to it, which I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31651) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2014
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small pink head. Aroma is citric and floral to fruity. Tart, citric and light fruity to floral. Citric and dry into the far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
750 ml bottle via trade. I forgot to write the batch and date down (notes are getting sloppy now...). Pours a semi-clear tinted amber on the lighter end of the spectrum with minimal head. Plenty of rich, fruity, tart rasperries in this, with oak, earth, lemon, florals (rose petal), and some earthy funk. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. Really good. Another winner from JK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Taste from a bottle at a share. Mostly clear orange, mildly pink color. Thin ring of white head, some dots of lace. Wow, so good. Stand out from the first sip. Big rose petal floral oaky mildly lemony tart sour aroma. Moderate to bigger sour taste. Kidn of dry. Slick texture. Medium plus body. Lighter carbonation. Awesome sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfroms (322) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Batch one, bottled 9/16/13. Pours a pinkish amber with small head and lots of suspended fruit/sediment. Aroma is the highlight of this beer: wow! Seedy raspberry, lemon, orange zest, Brett funk, bold and acidic. Lots of fruit considering the pale color. Taste is raspberry sweet tarts, raspberry seeds, light honey, oats, lemon peel. Lightly puckering. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1695) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Tap..Pour is red with a thin white head..Nose is juicy raspberries, funk, dry, tart, oak, spice...Taste is raspberries, oak, funk, soft tartness, nice fruit..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2207) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Aroma: Dry Raspberries, Mild Red Wine Barrel, Mild Cranberry Appearance: Ruby Red/Mildly Orangish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Dry Raspberries, Mildly Tart Cranberries, Mild Dry Red Wine Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart, Mildly Drying

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