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Jester King La Vie en Rose

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1972) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
Pours a hazy golden with no head and no lacing. Nose is of yeast, wood, flowers and fruits. Lightly vegetal, a turn off for me. Taste is really wood-forward, moderately acid and dry. I can’t say I tasted the raspberries much so this technique should be forgotten. Body and carbonation are both medium and it is mildly refreshing. Barely OK, I won’t seek this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5377) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
pours hazy/cloudy medium dark golden with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. obvious roses - their petals, semi-sweet and delicate raspberry juice, leathery bretts, flowers, light to medium acidity - soft, grass, gently oaky. light carbonation, light body, dry, tart and refreshing spicy-fruity finish. subtle yet tasty tart fruit concoction. much enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle generously shared by a random patron at Caps & Taps. It pours a clear rose color. Somewhere between pink and red with a pinkish head. The aroma is bright tart raspberries with some mild rose petals. The flavor is nice with light raspberry tartness, a little floral perfume and some balancing berry sweetness. Very light on the palate with some mild mineral water quality that makes this very quenching. Really really enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1095) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, blend #3. Aroma is very fruity with a lot of raspberry notes and is slightly jammy. Light citrus, stone and tropical fruit with a light earthiness. Faint wheat and malt notes with a light phenolic character. Pours a cloudy, pinkish red with an orange hue and a large, rocky, slightly pink head that recedes into itself then lingers as a thin film. Flavor is moderately tart with a fairly strong citrus note. Some medium light raspberry character, lighter than in the aroma and a lot less jammy. Medium phenolic note with quite a bit of peppercorn. Moderate bitterness. Quite a bit of tannins from the raspberries. Light wheat and malt notes. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied and slightly watery with medium high carbonation. Low, but present astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice raspberry farmhouse beer. It?s perhaps a bit too acidic and I think the raspberry skins adds a bit too many harsh tannins. Base beer peaks through the raspberry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3548) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle thanks to Errl. The beer is a red to purple color with a pink head of foam. The aroma has raspberry skins and woody notes. Taste has sour raspberries and lingering acidity. The finish is pretty abrupt, though. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11656) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
Cloudy pink-orange with a lasting white head. Aroma of raspberry with funky notes and a hint of caramel. Dry and tart flavour with raspberry and caramel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (937) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. 750 mL bottle shared. The pour on this is a nice light pink with a great frothy white head and some great lacing. The aroma is great. There is a beautiful tartness going on with mostly raspberry and then it moves through a nice Brett funk. The flavor is a little more on the fruity side, but it is really great as well. I love the tart raspberry. There is a nice citrus and a good funkiness throughout the back end. The mouth feel is great. It’s got a light body, excellent carbonation, and a great sour raspberry aftertaste. I’m definitely a fan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3537) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of saultbauls... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a pale pink with a small head.

The aroma has a nice seedy raspberry character, it’s earthy with some farmyard funk and a little bit of oak to it as well .

The flavor is tart and earthy. It’s rustic but mild. It’s got a well pronounced raspberry character while remaining basically pretty dry. It’s got a little bit of woodiness to it.

Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4518) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with a pinkish hue and off-white head. Aroma of light raspberry, light tartness, some pale malts, hints of funk, and some notes of other light fruits. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A really cool beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1332) - 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.

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