Beer Review: JESTER KING MONTMORENCY VS BALATON

Beer Review: JESTER KING MONTMORENCY VS BALATON

Jester King Craft Brewery presents its Montmorency vs Balaton, a concoction born from the marriage of two barrel-aged sour beers, each reinvigorated with a blend of Montmorency and Balaton sour cherries sourced from Michigan. Boasting a 6.7% alcohol by volume, a finishing gravity of 1.005, and a pH of 3.5, this brew beckons enthusiasts seeking a tart and fruity experience.

Appearance:

The liquid pours into the goblet, revealing a cloudy magenta hue with a distinct presence of suspended yeast and fruit particles. Crowned with a white film, the visual presentation hints at the depth awaiting exploration.

Aroma:

The olfactory journey begins with an assertive aroma reminiscent of cherry pie filling. A subtle undercurrent of funk adds complexity, teasing the senses without overpowering the fruity overture.

Taste:

Sour and sweet cherry notes dance on the palate, accompanied by the untamed nuances of wild yeast. The barrel character, while mild, contributes to the overall symphony of flavors. The journey concludes on a tart note, with a commendable absence of excessive bitterness.

Mouthfeel:

A gentle carbonation caresses the tongue, creating a mild effervescence. The body, notably full, deviates from the expected norms for the style, introducing a thickness that enhances the overall drinking experience.

Overall:

While undeniably delectable, the beer invites contemplation on its sour profile. Having explored several of Jester King’s fruited sours, a consistent observation emerges—they lean towards the less sour end of the spectrum. The tantalizing question arises: Will time amplify the tartness? Multiple tastings could potentially unravel this mystery. For those fortunate enough to stockpile, an extended waiting game might uncover hidden depths, akin to the evolution observed in New Glarus’ fruit beers but with a more rustic charm.