From Jester King Craft Brewery – Back in February of 2013, we added several hundred pounds of raspberries to oak barrels containing mature sour beer. We then allowed the beer to re-ferment to dryness. The result is Atrial Rubicite, our first barrel aged sour beer to incorporate fruit. 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.
Jester King Craft Brewery – Jester King Atrial Rubicite Batch 3 – 1pt .9 FL. oz. – Poured into a goblet. 5.8% abv.
Appearance: Pours bright fuchsia with a thin pink cap.
Aroma: Bright fresh raspberry. Mild funk.
Taste: Fresh tart and sweet red raspberry, light oak tannins,no hop spice present, finishes lightly sour. On par with a New Glarus fruited sour, not nearly as tangy or sour as Los Abbey Framboise De Amorosa.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, full bodied, juicy.
Overall: One of the best fruited sours I’ve had to date. Fresh, vibrant, balanced. I sampled quite a bit of this last fall at Crooked Stave’s What The Funk event, and these tasting notes are based on the 3rd batch. If I was lucky enough to have multiple bottles, I’d like to see a little funk build on this. But as it stands, it’s a remarkable showcase of raspberries and oak, and I’m in love with this beer.