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Jester King La Vie en Rose

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2028) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1367) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pour is hazy pinkish orange. Nose is heavy raspberry purée, hint of brett. Taste is very fruity, mostly raspberry, a good bit of tartness from the raspberry. Notes of vanilla faintly behind, maybe a hint of lacto. Carb is light as is the body, very soft feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (2837) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - yellow session. Clouded orange / pink coloured pour with a loose white head. Attractive beer. Aroma is nice funk, tart raspberry, rosehip and horse. Flavour is sweet and tart, funk, musty raspberry. Very refreshing a clean. Fresh tart palate with a light acidic finish. Very Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1798) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
Peach in color... Aroma of light raspberry jam, atrial jr... Flavor is slightly watery, light raspberry notes, champagne dryness... Light body, hints of tartness on finish... Really nice, sessionable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1282) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014. Pours hazy red with a small head. Aroma is tart red berries, citrus, ripe sweet bretty fruits and funk. Taste is medium tart fruity with light sweet raspberries, dry finish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2014

Draught @ CBC 2014 [ Yellow Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

[ As Jester King La Vie en Rose ].
Unclear light to medium orange red color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity - berry, flowers, raspberry. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light acidic with a long duration, rosehip, tart, raspberry, light funky - barnyard. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. Nive ;D [20140502] -

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
An unclear pinkish beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, lemons, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of brettanomyces, lemons, red currant, and wood, leading to a tart finish. 8/2/8/3/15

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (3304) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
On tap at CBC 2014. Yellow with white head. Aroma and taste is tart, fruit, raspberries, brett, barn, wood and flowers. Really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (944) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle pours clear dark pink with no head and light carb. Aroma is light tart raspberries and a touch of barn. Taste is sharp lactic with light berry finish, nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle at home with my wife. Pour is a beautifully pink rose with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Ripe cherries, spice, graham crackers, raspberry, tannic, pie crust, and jam in the aroma. Not quite as fruit forward as Atrial but very nice. Taste is raspberry skins, strawberries, biscuit, light pepper, rose petals, white wine, somewhat oaky, and tannic with a lightly tart finish. Light body with medium carboantion. Highly crushable, yet very fruit forward. Dry, effervescent, and balanced. Really nice stuff.

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