1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
JulietJuliet

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,225 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 449
Gots: 454 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2008)
View: Beers (299) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,225 | Reviews: 326 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BrownNut:
Photo of BrownNut
BrownNut

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to beer-clean tulip. Drunk cool.

A - 4.0 - Beautiful, crystal clear, light cranberry color crossed with amber. Fizzy head that can never summon more than a thin blanket of coverage before fizzing itself out. I did an aggressive pour for the second glass and built up almost two fingers that still fizzed out in under 10 seconds. With a nicer head, this would have been a home run. But for clarity and beautiful color it still scores well enough.

S - 3.75 - A warm smell of mellow spice, fruit tang, the soul of fruit like a strawberry, and a clean sort of funk. Smells nice, with that bretty note tamed by fruit. A bit on the fainter side of the house.

T - 3.5 - While I know this is blackberry, I get more of a cran-apple out of it. It's tart like a milder cranberry juice but quickly transitions to a dry apple note. Finishes notably acidic. After that passes, the aftertaste is like a mix of tannic apple skin and oxidized apple flesh. It isn't particularly complex or rich or deep. Kind of simple. In its favor, I'll say the fruit notes combine with the tame funk in a nice way that almost gives a strawberry impression. That's an interesting balance. In the second pour, I intentionally included the sediment, hoping it would boost the flavor like it does with some beers, but it did a bad thing instead, introducing an overdone bitterness of an unpleasant kind. Ah well. This review is based on the first glass before that since that was my fault.

M - 3.75 - Light and thin body. A bit dry. Back in the salivary glands, it feels a bit like drinking cranberry juice. A quick and mild bit of spritz on swallowing.

O - 3.75 - Disappointing. I think I paid close to $20 for this and I sat on it for a few months until just the right opportunity for it. It wasn't worth it. I wonder if age would have deepened it any. It seemed kind of insubstantial, with its moderate tartness being its main distinguishing feature. Overall it came across like sparkling cran-apple cider, which I can get a lot cheaper and which isn't what I want when I want a beer, though I recognize that things like gueuzes come across this way on purpose. That makes it kind of hard to rate, because as a sparkling cran-apple cider, it's pretty good. But as a beer it falls short. My instinct was to drink this one colder than I usually drink my special beers, but I didn't want to risk numbing my palate so I did the usual slightly cool. Now I wish I had chilled it fully. I think I'd have enjoyed it more just as a refreshing cold drink since the taste didn't wow me or stand out.

For context, 3.75 on my personal scale is "better than average" while 3.5 is "average for craft" and 3.0 is "average for all". Beeradvocate has added "outstanding" next to 4.0 in the past year which for me means a lesser "very good".

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:34:57 | More by BrownNut
More User Reviews:
Photo of bikesnbeerFtc
bikesnbeerFtc

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-24-2014 02:25:57 | More by bikesnbeerFtc
Photo of MuscleConfusion
MuscleConfusion

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition that's been waiting to be let out. Lots of funk upfront; acidic, piercing. Funky, barnyard, TART - well rounded and really comes together as it warms a little. Good prickly carbonation dances around. As advertised, a great sour/wild that I would recommend to anyone interested in a representation of what the style should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 17:54:18 | More by MuscleConfusion
Photo of NHbeerguy
NHbeerguy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-22-2014 10:05:22 | More by NHbeerguy
Photo of Dmad34
Dmad34

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-22-2014 01:44:51 | More by Dmad34
Photo of pearljam118
pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-21-2014 01:34:03 | More by pearljam118
Photo of Ri0
Ri0

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml into teku.

A - Delicate, clear, light ruby with a fizzy 2 finger head. Head vaporizes very quickly, which is normal for the style. No collar or lacing.

S- Sour blackberries, cherries, and green plum. Some stonefruit and oak with hints of wine. Funk is mild.

T - Plent of berry notes - cherry, raspberry, blackberry - and some green plum. Good amount of sour, oak and lightly funky. Don't get much red wine, but there are faint notes.

M - Perfect for a sour style as far as I am concerned. Highly carbonated, crisp, clean, refreshing, nicely sour.

O - While very good, I had to compare this to New Glarus Very Sour Blackberry. It held it's own and was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 18:26:19 | More by Ri0
Photo of atorres
atorres

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2014 17:24:42 | More by atorres
Photo of Abe_Froman
Abe_Froman

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-20-2014 07:44:05 | More by Abe_Froman
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-20-2014 05:31:17 | More by Howlader
Photo of NickyDee21
NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-19-2014 18:42:40 | More by NickyDee21
Photo of Riggsenater
Riggsenater

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-18-2014 23:37:09 | More by Riggsenater
Photo of HanniGunz
HanniGunz

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-17-2014 02:16:54 | More by HanniGunz
Photo of SlothB77
SlothB77

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-16-2014 23:45:50 | More by SlothB77
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-15-2014 17:24:31 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of CavemanRamblin
CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 13:59:04 | More by CavemanRamblin
Photo of bccocx
bccocx

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2014 16:29:47 | More by bccocx
Photo of MichiganderHB
MichiganderHB

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-11-2014 15:21:41 | More by MichiganderHB
Photo of julielynndubee
julielynndubee

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2014 12:53:07 | More by julielynndubee
Photo of jmwildwest
jmwildwest

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-11-2014 00:44:37 | More by jmwildwest
Photo of bobv
bobv

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-10-2014 19:25:45 | More by bobv
Photo of KAF
KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-09-2014 01:52:09 | More by KAF
Photo of ShaneTheWalrus
ShaneTheWalrus

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-08-2014 18:56:23 | More by ShaneTheWalrus
Photo of LambicKing
LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2014 02:24:03 | More by LambicKing
Photo of MaximumYuks
MaximumYuks

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2014 23:58:03 | More by MaximumYuks
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.