Jester King Aurelian Lure, a Wild Ale with Apricots


Aurelian Lure was made by taking mature, barrel-aged sour beer and refermenting it to dryness in oak barrels with apricots from northern California. Dozens of microorganisms, including wild yeasts native to the Texas Hill Country, transformed the apricots through refermentation to create a beer unique to their land.

Final Rating: 4.56/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 from August 2014. Poured from a 16oz genie bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden lemon body with a substantial but fleeting white head that reduces quickly but leaves a nice ring of foam and very little lacing.

Aromas are great and inviting, and really come out after 40 or so minutes of letting it open up. The stone fruits are present, apricots and lactic tart acidity, citrus and funk.

On the tongue is an initial tartness, but definitely not overpowering which is nice as the fruity apricot notes are showcased without being drowned by acidity, as I’ve tasted in other apricot wilds. Nice oak and funk notes on the follow through and finish, with a clean dry crisp aftertaste. Slight malt taste in there too. Medium carbonation.

This beer was delightful and a real treat. I really enjoyed the balance of acidity and fruit.


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