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Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle sample. Hazy to cloudy reddish color, off white head. Aroma of dusty, funky overripe cherries. Taste is softly sour leathery cherry. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5634) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Courtesy of umich03jm

Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate cherry, more sweet than tart, with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. It’s pours a murky deep pink with a small pink head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet cherry. The finish quickly turns heavily tart with tart cherries, lemon, faint vanilla, cinnamon, and oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2764) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle thanks to errl! Aroma is packed with sour cherries with some rich honey, light cinnamon and oak. Tastes sweet at first and quickly turns tart and dry by the finish. Loads of tart and slightly sour cherries. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (3613) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle.Hazy deep red beer with an small offwhite/pinkish head. Sour fruitystrawberry funky aroma with rubber notes. Sour Cherry funky Woody red berries hay flavour. Really a nice one :-)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2703) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Murky poured at WTWBA. Nose is rich fruits. Tastes of cherry, chocolate, wood, wine, spices, pepper, drying finish. Deep fruit. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, bout 2, pour is clear pinkish red with low head. aroma is funky tart cherry.. taste is soft and tart sour with ripe cherry, love this

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1335) - Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep red with pink head. Aroma is strong of sweet cherry, fruit forward, light sour funk coming through. Taste is light bodied, medium carbonation, very fruity. Overall, delicious fruit forward beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - 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 (2546) - 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 (1300) - 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.


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