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RATINGS: 122   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 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.

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jc1762 (1552) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Thanks James for sharing the bottle! Poured into a tulip glass showing lightly filtered tomato red with no head. The nose shows tomato cherry with a light raspberry forwardness. The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. Highly tart with flavours of light raspberry and moderately intense tomato. Highly acidic throughout but it works.

Inbreak (6330) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2017
02.05.2014, tap @ CBC:
Small fizzy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish fruity, raspberries, grain, flowers, herbs, sugar, raw rhubarb. Taste is slightly acidic sour, sorrel, grain, dry sour raspberries, raw rhubarb, hay, soda powder. Medium bitterness, slightly dry acidic mouthfeel. Nice one.

neepsntatties (2019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle shared "hannont". Colour...slightly cloudy red rose with no head. Nose...crisp, bright raspberry with hints of rose hips and yeast. Palate...fresh, tangy and lively with freshly crushed underripe raspberries and light notes of gooseberries and quince. The finish is long and pippy.

markwise (5441) - 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.

BiiruBierBeer (1056) - 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.

alexsdad06 (10596) - West Chester, 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.

Tmoney99 (14772) - 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.

Theydon_Bois (20228) - 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.

gephross100 (943) - 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.

ClarkVV (6825) - 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 it’s 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 it’s cool that they didn’t try to just remake that beer with the second fruit runnings. Not sure which I like better, but this is certainly excellent as well.

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