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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 Cantillons 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 weve mentioned before, were 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 brewers 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5434) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle courtesy of a trade ages ago. Pours a yellow-orange with pink highlights and a white head. Nose is mild berry, some funk, light wheat, grain, and a hint of pepper. Flavor is similar with a light funk, mild berry throughout the flavor profile, and a slight estery presence. Light in body and perfect on an 80 degree summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (1040) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Nice raspberry smell with a bit of plastic. Taste is the same with a pleasant tartness and sourness. Medium body, light carbonation, and no foam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2016
750 ml bottle shared with Tmoney99 and others courtesy of Errl from notes. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart berries, raspberry, pale wheat like malts, funk, some acidity, citrus, hay, very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish amber color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy complex tart berry aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy tart & sour flavor with a medium sour & tart finish of moderate to long duration. Solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18926) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle share in the hotel lobby, RBWG, 01/02/16. Hazed reddish orange with an off white head. Nose is pissy pink berry, light funk, damp hay, cherry skins. Taste comprises tarte cherry, wood must, straw, funk, farmy, light raspberry balsams. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light acidic pinch. Ok sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (905) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2016 Pours a murky pinkish color. Surprising amount of bitterness upfront, medium sourness. Light raspberry flavor. Horse blanket. Alkaline. Light mouthfeel. Long sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (6539) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2016
750mL batch 2 bottled Jan 2nd, 2014, drunk 6/25/16.
Soft, peachy-pink body is quite pretty and has just a mild haze to it. Off-white, pink flecked head atop is small, but rather dense.
Raspberries provide a woody, lightly juicy, very tart quality while lactic acids are strongly tart and yogurt-like. Some biscuity, lightly "sweet" malts are noted in the nose along with plentiful wheat-like characteristics, all keeping the beer very tart, dry and subdued. I actually like that its the second runnings of the raspberries, as the lesser dominance of the fruit reveals more about the remainder of the beer.
Tart, lactic, heavily wheat-like and with lightly juicy raspberry, it comes off as another of their delightful table beers; nicely carbonated, dry and rustic, with a good deal of phenol, no alcohol, no flaw and a massive drinkability. Very different than Atrial and its cool that they didnt try to just remake that beer with the second fruit runnings. Not sure which I like better, but this is certainly excellent as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4073) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
On tap at CBC 2014. Pours a slightly hazy light orange. Bitter with a mellow sweetness and a light tartness. Hoppy aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Also fruity notes of raspberries with malty hints of straw. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5463) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Poured a golden orange color from the bottle with aromas of light tart hay, light feint raspberries some light funk and some citrus. Flavors follow the aromas with some hay and light yeast a touch of raspberries, water and some light orange in the aftwrtaste. Solid and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2016
(750ml bottle, blend #3) Pours a hazy pink body with a medium white head. Aroma of raspberries, herbs, lemon, and barnyard. Flavor of raspberries, brett, herbs, florals, and wood.

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