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Jester King La Vie en Rose

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3100) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to errl I believe. Awesome appearance. Bright, clear orangish red with a big rocky head that fades normally and leaves great lacing. Aroma is raspberry yogurt, wheat, hay, apples, red grapes, and melon. Tastes moderate to strong sourness. Big tart finish. Fleshy raspberry and apple skins, very acidic, light vinegar, oak, red wine. A touch of nail polish throws this off a bit but still very enjoyable and intense.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3642) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle shared at hotel lobby fart share @ RBWG 2016. Hazy deep orange liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of raspberries, lemon, strawberries, apple skin, light wood and light grain. Taste is dry and light to medium sour with notes of raspberries, lemon and apple skin. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (16268) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle shared during RBWG 2016. Pours hazy pink with a frothy white head. The nose has some juicy berries, light grapefruit. Light sweet flavor, tart, with nips of lemon, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Acidic finish, some more lemon, tangerine, citrus rind. Fine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (7397) - Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2016
750 ml bottle to plastic taster (thanks Puddintane). Looks good; a cloudy pinkish orange with white head. Smells and tastes good too; semi-tart and mildly funky with a nice raspberry presence. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A lot like Atrial, but slightly softer, and more available and in a bigger bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
750 milliliter bottle thanks to Rich pours out a golden topped with a small white head. Raspberry funk and tartness some sweetness. Taste is more of the berries sweetness and tartness.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Fleshy hazy grapefruity hue with a thin white cap. Big fleshy sweet raspberry nose, thin Belgian funk. Nice smooth and crisp flavor with a dry bretty undertone, lots and lots of raspberries and nice fruity tartness, fleshy but not sugary. Earthy tart but full of fleshy razz.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2141) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Definitely a more toned down jester King, this is pretty nice mildly fruited farmhouse ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (486) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pinkish pour. Funky tart aroma. Taste follows. Not a big fan of Jester King normally but this was good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - 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!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1613) - 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.


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