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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 459
Gots: 481 | 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)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 765 mL bottle with indigo foil encasing the neck and crown. The vintage, 2013, is marked clearly on the label and the foil, as well as a bottling date of 8/1/2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured with moderate aggressiveness, which yields just the faintest of heads--a quarter finger of effervescent, champagne-like foam that disappears within seconds of finishing the pour, leaving no lacing whatsoever. A faint ringlet of white bubbles with the faintest of purple tinting lines the edge of the liquid. The body is a rose color with hints cherry red and garnet shadows. Carbonation bubbles lazily drift up from the bottom of the glass for a bit before the liquid becomes completely calm.

Smell - Lactic sour and red wine vinegar are front and present, with generic notes of tart fruit reminiscent of raspberry and red currant. Being a big fan of blackberries, I was excited for this, but at least in the smell, any specific characteristic of that particular fruit is hard to make out. Vinous oak tannins and woody notes complement the sour notes. There isn't much in the way of the grain bill to be found up front, as the tartness is the predominant characteristic.

Taste - Very similar to the smell in that I have a hard time picking up any precise blackberry notes, other than more general tart fruit flavors--currant, raspberry, perhaps blackberry as well. The wine characteristics are more present here, with notes of pinot noir and merlot peeking through the overriding sourness. There is also a subtle musty funk that I can only imagine comes from the barrel.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and surprisingly effervescent feel on the tongue, given the lack of visible carbonation and foam. Fruity, but dry finish.

Overall, a very good beer, but I'm a little confused by the fact that this particular "sister" sour is more expensive than Lolita, because it doesn't really stand out. Perhaps it's just a factor of production totals. Certainly one of the better American-made sours that is widely available, calling to mind traditional Belgian styles like kriek and flanders red, but as noted, the unique element--blackberries--simply doesn't come through in a way that would really make this brew truly one-of-a-kind.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Goose Island Fulton. Blackberry Version.

Appearance: Attractive deep violet body with a healthy white head.

Aroma of vinous dark fruit, cabernet notes come through well, mildly funky, distinctive blackberry.

Taste: Refined blackberry, vinous dark fruit flavors, well rounded oakiness, very light sour fruit yeastiness notes.

Mouthfeel: Lightly sour and nicely dry. Medium body. The dryness is really wonderful in such a fruity beer. Very clean.

Drinkability: Very high. I look forward to drinking some bottles of this when it is released. Could be funkier for my tastes but really quite a pleasant beer just the way it is.

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this (as well a new growler bottle) as a valentines present from the girlfriend - dating someone who is just as into beer as you is great!!

The beer: shockingly pink when first poured, with a large foamy head. I must admit I was disappointed at first as I figured there was no way this was naturally brewed - boy was I wrong. Delicious blackberry/sour flavor on first sip, and its all 100% natural brewed. Blackberry syrup and food coloring this isn't. Taste only improves as the beer progresses: not only does this beer have great flavor, but boy is it smooth. You could drink this all night long, and that's pretty rare in the sweet/sour arena.

I had to track down a second bottle the following week, and was shocked to find it was only $13 dollars. In a world of $35 Cantillon and $25 Russian River, this is a shining star that will be seeing some serious time in my cellar.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MadScientist
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this a lot, it was a nice dry sour that in aroma and flavor was like a tart gueuze with some wine barrel character and blackberries. The berries were light in the nose and more apperant in the taste.
A pretty great beer for a sour fan. I wish I could find this beer distributed around here so I could give it a proper review but these where my impression when I had the opportunity to enjoy it while out of town. They where serving this in bottles at the City Beer Hall in Albany, NY.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of newk340
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks joshuaseresse!

A: GUSHER! but once it settled it was a beautiful rose color with loads of carbonation.

S: extremely cherry on the nose, an excellent sour tingle is left on the smell receptors.

T: a good sour cherry flavor attacks the mouth leaving the tastebuds somewhat numb.

MF/D: hard to get past the blast of carbonation. i'm sure it diminished the flavors somewhat, and the constant bubbling in the mouth felt like poprocks...

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlabeled 22oz bomber pours into my glass a slightly hazy pinkish purple hue with a quarter inch of off white bubbles on top and splotchy lacing. Aromas are quite complex with an upfront dark berry / vinous quality. Hints of vanilla and oak give the beer a wine like essence that segues into crisp maltiness and a spicy rye twang that I always enjoy. Mellow sour/funky Brett notes make up the backbone here with an overall dry, wood aged quality to the aroma. Not overwhelming, but has good depth.

First sip brings a crisp malt body upfront with the trademark spicy kick from the rye that I always notice. Dark berries mix with vinous red wine accents. Midway through I get vanilla and oak barrel flavors leading into a nice tartness. Mellow funk from the Brett as the beer flows down and finishes crisp and dry. A great mix of fruity, sour and barrel aged flavors overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an airy quality about it helped along by some fast moving carbonation. I'm unsure of the ABV here, but the brew goes down easily and has a refreshing quality about it with the vinous berry flavors and the subtle sourness. I could even see drinking this one the beach on a hot summer day. Very glad I was able to sample this and look forward to its release. Keep up the experiments Goose!

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/11/10

A - Pours a clear red-tinged orange with half a finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Tart aroma with elements of red wine, vinegar a nice amount of funk. Also a nice fruit presence, with hints of cherry, blackberry and peach. Very nice.

T - Taste follows aroma really well. The taste also has more of a full-bodied fruit presence, though not sweet, than is present in the aroma. Nice acidity and a bit of wood character. Very clean taste.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel with a nice earthiness and a dry finish.

O - A very nice sour, and my favorite of the three sisters. The big fruit presence combined with the tartness and funk put this ahead of Lolita and Madame Rose for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 vintage. The beer pours an orange-pink color with a large white head that has a pink tint. The aroma is pretty tart with some blackberry and oak. The flavor is not near as tart as the aroma led me to believe it would be. I get some oak with a hint of blackberries as well as some lemon tartness. The fruit comes out more as the beer warms up. Fizzy carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. The beer is very prickly on the tongue. The beer reminded me a little bit of LeBleu, but that may just be the mouthfeel and carbonation. I wish the carbonation was toned down a bit.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second daughter was born in September and we named her Juliet. So I sought a 2009 bottle of this beer, which is not very easy to find based on its very limited availability. I owe a big thank you to someone who I probably should not name.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangish-pink with a light pinkish head that foamed up excessively at first but settled back, leaving some light lacing behind.

Smell: Very tart with a strong fruitiness, especially apple and blackberry, but some clove and earthiness comes through as well. Slight alcohol detected.

Taste: Tart fruity malts with pepper and only a slight blackberry taste, at least at first. As I made my way through the bomber it opened up and became more complex, and the blackberry, oak and wine-like characteristics became more noticeable.

Feel: High carbonation, with a light body and dry-tart finish. Feels spritzy when first poured but turns smoother as some time passes.

Drinkability: Very drinkable sour ale that is a little more simple and approachable than many others. Quite excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.