Jester King’s RU-55

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RU-55 is a Red ale aged in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria from one of my favorite breweries, Jester King out of Austin, TX. I really enjoyed this unfiltered, unpasteurized ale. Here’s my full review:
Final Rating 4.39/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade with Camille.. thanks!

Appearance – Pours a dark amber body with a big frothy off-white head that reduces slowly to leave spotty lacing.

Smell – Very inviting. Off the bat I get lots of funk, mustyness, wet wood, barnyard, some white grapes and champagne.

Taste – First off is a fruity, dry tartness with notes of sour grapes, sour apple, lactic. The follow through has slight notes of oak, mustyness, funky yeast. The finish has a light malty character with slight caramel and pale malt flavors. The aftertaste is very dry and leaves an acidic astringency on the tongue.

M- For the ABV it’s quite drinkable. Medium-light body, high carbonation.

RU-55 is underrated in my opinion. Very complex flavor profile brought on from the oak barrels and bacteria/yeast.

Serving type: bottle

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Cantillon Fou’ Foune: One of Belgium’s Best

Cracked open one of the best beers in my collection tonight in celebration of me and my Fiancee’s engagement this past weekend. I’ve been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time now!

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From the Cantillon Website:

“Due to the success of our provençal beer, 1200 kgs of apricots are delivered now every year to the Cantillon brewery. The fruits are stoned by hand before being soaked in 2 years old lambic. The beer extracts the taste and the aromas very quickly and the Fou’Foune is bottled after two months. The beer is rather sour, slightly turbid and has a pale gold colour. Its production is limited to 3000 liters a year. A large part of the bottles go back to the region where these apricots come from. People there consider the Fou’Foune Cantillon as a local beer”

My Full Review:

Final Rating: 4.83/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cantillon sampler glass. Bottled August 10, 2013. Acquired in a trade with WilliamDbar, thank you for hooking me up with my biggest ISO yet! Opened in celebration of my engagement this past weekend!

Appearance – Pours a really hazy, cloudy, bright sunflower yellow body with a loud, fizzy, effervescent white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a layer of foam behind. I love the artwork on the bottle.

Smell – Wow, the aroma of this beer is absolutely mouth-watering. The apricot aromas are bright, fresh, and juicy while not being overpowering. Fresh fruit salad, including peaches and watermelon, combined with a tart citrus zing, freshly picked flowers, and a splash of Belgian funk make the aroma of this beer absolutely perfect. I couldn’t imagine how it could improve in this category.

Taste – First off is a juicy, fruity medley of apricot, peaches, white grapes, nectarine, and citrus. Heavy tartness (not quite sour) takes over to produce dry, crisp notes with the lingering juicy apricot flavor still holding the spotlight. The finish is dry and citrusy. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, dry, highly carbonated, refreshing, sip demanding. Excellent.

I have been waiting forever to try this whale, as it was my #1 want for over a year. Fou Foune is everything I expected and more. The fruity apricot balanced with the perfect acidity make for a near perfect lambic. Seek it out!

Sour in the Rye with PEACHES!

Sour Rye ale with peaches added. Aged in oak barrels. Deliciously sour, bursting with spicy rye notes and hints of oak from the barrels it was aged within.

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Final Rating: 4.56/5

look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Bruery snifter. Acquired as a generous extra in a trade with vitese. Thank you sir!

Appearance- Pours a very cloudy orange-yellow body with an effervescent white head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell- SUPER fruity and fresh, like walking through a fruit farm! Freshly squeezed peaches, watermelon, tropical fruits, sour apples, tart citrus, lactic, and some oak. Very inviting.

Taste- That’s what I’m talking about. Upfront is a huge punch of mouth-puckering sourness, like lemon juice, super sour lemonade, and unripe tart fruits. Next up is juicy peaches, plums, passion fruit. On the finish is a slight rye zing and vanilla presumably from the oak. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light, refreshing body, medium carbonation.

Just like Oude Tart with cherries, the Bruery took one of their world-class sours and kicked it up a notch, elevating the taste and complexity which really makes this beer stand out. It may be hard to find, but seek it out of possible!

Jester King’s Atrial Rubicite

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“Atrial Rubicite is made from well water, barley, wheat, hops, farmhouse yeast, native yeast from the Texas Hill Country, souring bacteria and raspberries. It’s 5.8% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005 and is 3.36 pH. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized and 100% bottle conditioned. Atrial Rubicite is our first beer to be packaged exclusively in 500 ml bottles. The label art by Josh Cockrell is pictured below.”

My Full Review:

Final Rating: 4.5/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired a trade from Dbrelsfo, thanks man!

Appearance – Pours a stunning rosewood colored, hazy body with a light maroon fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving no lacing. Some settling. Very inviting.

Smell – I let it warm for ~20 minutes to get maximum aromas. Very interesting and aromatic.. musty, earthy, berries and fruit in the background and with tart lactic aromas. A odd note of green olives comes through, but not overbearing or cloying.

Taste – Upfront the raspberries are very apparent.. not apparent in an in-your face syrupy kind of way, but a subtle note that sits behind the sour, funky notes that dominate the tongue. Oak and more berries comes through on the follow through. Very complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, not syrupy, but not watery at all. Medium-high carbonation.

Excellently crafted.. seek this one out. Not a berry-bomb, but a pretty sour masterpiece with raspberries to compliment.

Bells Black Note 2012

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One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell’s history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.

 

Final Rating: 4.66/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade with t4haughton.. thanks dude!

Appearance- Pours a deep brown pour, once it’s in the glass it’s jet black and opaque. The head is mocha brown, modest and about 1/2″ and reduces after about 30 seconds to a brown ring.

Smell- The aroma is amazing – It’s vanilla-bourbon forward, the best way I can describe it is a freshly made Belgian waffle with french vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. There’s also coffee and chocolate mixed in there. Dialed in some dark fruits on a whiff, but they’re chilling way back there. Extremely inviting, my mouth is watering.

Taste- Milk chocolate bourbon vanilla, caramel upfront, progresses into a more bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. The finish is just what I like in a BB stout – it’s roasty and delicious. The alcohol is subtle for 11.5 ABV.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body, not quite as heavy as BCBS but creamy and silky. Low carbonation.

I can see why this beer ranks so high.. it’s complex and flavorful. Definitely one of the more bourbon forward BA stouts that I’ve tried. Try it if you like this style!

Cantillon Iris: The Most Floral of them All

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The Cantillon brewery is closely linked to Brussels, a city which has the iris as its symbol. As the name indicates, the “marsh iris” is a plant growing in humid areas. The historical center of Brussels is built on swamps where this flower used to grow abundantly.

In 1998, the Brussels Museum of the Gueuze celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Cantillon brewery decided to make a new spontaneous fermentation beer for this occasion, named after this symbolic flower

 

Final Rating: 4.21/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon tuilp glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI. 2013 vintage bottled January 28, 2013.

Appearance – Pours a hazy amber body with a thick fluffy white head that reduces slowly.. leaves some lacing. The head sticks around for a while.

Smell – Very unique.. I’ve never got hop notes from a Belgian sour but this one emanates aromas of pine and resin, combined with some more traditional Lambic aromas of funk, sour lemons, white wine, citrus, and earthyness.

T- Pretty sour upfront, lemon juice and lactic acid, some spiciness and funky yeast. This gives way to a piney, resinous, floral flavor reminiscent of faded hops in an old IPA. The finish is both slightly bitter and citrusy, citrus rind.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Easy drinker.

Was sitting on this for over a year and it delivered. Very unique, complex, and flavorful. Another great from Cantillon.