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Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Cherries

Montmorency and Balaton® cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer, and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Balaton® is a registered trademark of Michigan State University.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of a chill brś, shared in a location remote of my living room.
Pours a dark pink with a very small head.

The aroma is funky with some cherry pie, some odd ash, and an all around nice tart on sweet cherry presence.

The flavor is tart & cherry forward. It’s oaky with a nice lever of sourness... again the play on tart cherries and pie cherries is a thing here. I know almost nothing about the two cherry varieties here, but if they’re trying to play a tart cherry against a sweet cherry they’re doing a great job of representing that. The beer has a mild bitterness & is lightly nutty. It’s satisfyingly dry for sure.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2444) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2015
sample at big texas beerfest Semi hazy reddish pour, with an off white head. Super juicy beer, tons of fresh ripe cherries, cherry pie, tartness, mild funk, and oak. This is good, really good fruit beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhamp9 (1232) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2015
Lightly hazy red pour with a pink head. Aroma is tart cherry, wood, caramel, and funk. Taste follows the nose. Very complex with nice sweet notes and great notes. Dry ingredients palate. Really great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1751) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours a hazy dark ruby red with pinkish head. Cherries, tartness, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Some slight sweetness from the cherries on the middle of the palate, but well balanced out with a tart and dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
wchesser (1344) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2015 Treasured bottle from my main man errl. Batch 1, with about a year of age on it. Light gusher. Murky brownish red. Amazing nose of tart and earth cherry flesh, woody pits, light funk. Tremendous sour cherry fruit essence still, incredibly smooth, very slight yogurt/lactic quality, no acetic character. Sourness is really kept in check making this highly drinkable and un-fatiguing. A rare sour I could drink a ton of. Probably the best JK beer I’ve had to date. Incredible.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (10268) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish pink white head. Nose/taste of cherry lemonade, oak, white wine, funky sourness. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2507) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Nice deep red colored pour. Small white head. Not much in the way of lacing. Pleasant cherry aroma. Very cherry. Awesome cherry taste. Very nice fruit beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1353) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared at pre-BBF’14 tating at ABC Beers, Den Haag. Nice light cloudy red colour, little head. Incredibly fuity cherry and red fruit nose, light and tart body, fruity taste. Nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle from unknown via Justin D. Pours a bright reds little to no head. Nose bright, slightly Brett, a bit funky. Body lively and a bit dry. Very approachable

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4396) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle at pre-borefts tasting . Pours unclear pink-red . No head at all . Smell is sour, funky , and reminds a lot of Cantillon funk . Taste is sour , oak, brett , cherry , dry . Very ful ( fleshy-fruityness ) . Nice. Very nice !


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