Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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pDev: 10.33%
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2008

A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.
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Reviews by pastradul:
Photo of pastradul
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a stemless redwine glass. 2010 batch

As soon as you pour you get the smell of sour cherries flying up into you face. A somewhat rough pour produces a light pink head the leaves quickly. When you go in for more smell... you get a good amount of light earth funk mixed with tart red fruit.

The taste is fantastic tons fo ripe juicy cherry in the front and as it moves across the palate the tartness takes over and leaves the back of the throat with a nice ting and the cheeks puckered.

Split this with 3 friends but easily could have drank the whole bomber myself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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 punkindrublic50
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 MadScientist
4.37/5  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.

Photo of newk340
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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 warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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 bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: brilliant rose with a reddish tint and a thin layer of white foam.
S: a tart nose with a touch of barnyard, and a ton of fruit.
T: Big tart berries with spicy malt, oak, and a hint of wine.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation – the carbonation is very soft.
O: Straddles the line between wine and beer in a very nice way.

Photo of boatshoes
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one sent to me by my girlfriend as part of my birthday package (along with two seasonal Cantillon releases!). Thanks again!

Appearance- This has to be the best looking wild ale I have ever poured. My bottle pours a beautiful hazy raspberry burgundy with an enormous three fingers of sherbety pink head. Furthermore, the head has amazing retention and stays really puffy and large for about two thirds of the drink before dying back to about a quarter finger and sticking around for the rest of the drink. Lovely.

Smell- Surprisingly mild nose. A very mild whiff of lactic tartness along with an assortment of sour mixed berries. Detectable hint of blackberry, along with a little raspberry and maybe even blueberry. Nice but muted.

Taste- Again, rather mild but enjoyable. Starts off with the mixed berries, tilting more towards the blackberries and a little red raspberry. Some very mild funk along with a very mild lactic tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel leans towards the thin and watery side and the carbonation seems surprisingly absent despite the massive head. However, it is decent for the style. The drinkability is pretty good on this one though because of the mild but decently complex taste. A good intro for sours.

Overall, not a mind-blowing American Wild Ale but one of the best looking ones I've ever seen. A decent intro to the style and worth a shot on the whole though.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. 650 ml bottled 01-26-12. Poured into a stemmed goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. A very small fizzy head quickly fades away. Not much lacing is left.

Smell: Big sour smell upfront with lots of tart cherries. Some Belgian yeast along with good hints of blackberries. Brett, rye, and hints of oak and wood. Hints of dark fruit including dark cherries, raisin, fig, and prunes. Also picking up a little banana and a slight hint of caramel malt. Some booze is also in the mix.

Taste: Like the smell, but with an even bigger taste of blackberries. Starts out with a pretty sour taste of tart cherries and brett. Then comes a big flavor of blackberries. Some Belgian yeast spice and some notes of dark cherries, prunes, raisin, and fig. Also some banana. Notes of oak chips and wood. Some malts with rye and a little caramel. The tart fruits stand out the most, but it is not overbearing with the sourness. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty tart. Has a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really good take on a sour. A good combination of tart and sweet fruits. Bold but not overbearing with the sourness and acid.

Photo of jeonseh
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a flute.

A - Ruby red with hints of brown and gold. Decently dark so that you can't see your hand on the other side. Lots of carbonation trailing upwards which quickly dissipates its small head

S - Tart raspberries and blackberries on the nose with a grassy and lemon funk. There is a nice oaky barrel presence as well

T - Much tarter than in the nose. Balsamic and white vinegar are up front to give it a tart bite. There is a sour raspberries in the middle that gives it a sour sweettarts flavor. The oak comes in the finish as well as a slight lemon peel. The tart raspberries linger on in the finish

MF - Lots of carbonation that give it a nice tingle on the tongue. Medium body that gives a nice slight creaminess. Tartness lingers on the tongue that makes you almost want to pucker your mouth

O - A tart and refreshing sour. Definitely the most tart and sour of the three sisters. Nice to see GI step up production of this and the other sisters to give the Midwest a nice and easily accessible sour option.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice) bottled Aug14
A- This beer pours a cranberry red body with a slight hazy and a sea of microbubbles boiling at the surface. There is a thick wispy head with tiny berry specks suspended in it.
S- This beer has a dry tartness wit a grapefruit rind note and a plastic note that grows in the finish. The finish has a white wine note that grows with a hint of clorine.
T- This beer has a big tartness with some berry qualities and a soft brett note. There is a bitter bite in the finish that has some grapefruit rind qualities with a dry berry hint and a concord grape note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft astringency and a fizz bite in the finish.
D- This beer has a big tartness and a big grapefruit bite but not much else. I don't know if age will help but the brett notes are pretty soft in the background.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 01/26/12.

A: Pours a bright orangish red like a pomegranate. Head is quick to fizzle away. Very opaque, only lets light through.

S: Very funky and tart, I love it. Strong hints of blackberries and currants. Reminds me of a sour fruit wine.

T: This is one awesomely sour ale. Hits all sides of the tongue with berry. Currant, cranberry, blackberry and any sour berry you could think of. A little lacking in complexity.

M: Crisp and fairly light bodied. Pretty high in carbonation. Gives you a little pucker when it hits the side of your tongue.

Overall a delicious sour that is certainly worth a try. Glad I got two bottles, just wish I aged one :-)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

In a beer share that also included Wicked Weed Oblivion and Boulevard Love Child No.4, this brew really stood out.

The bottle we cracked was a 2012 edition poured into a teku.

I could kick myself for not taking notes, but what stood out to me on this brew was the big malt flavors and burnt cherry. The flavors were simply more pronounced than on the other two sours mentioned above. There was more body to this beer as well, and the tartness and acidity quite enjoyable.

Of a group of four for the bottle share, the consensus was that this beer was better than both Oblivion and Love Child No. 4. That both of those beers were excellent should impress on you just how tasty this brew was.

Photo of tastybeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Orangy-peach-pink-garnet colored beer under a small tight head. No lace and sparse retention, but very nice unusual color. Aroma is tart purple berries, stinky orange, wine, musky wood, floral, yeast, brett, funk... Taste is a perky surge of sour mouth watering fruit, fermented and tangy. Nice dry, super smooth mouthfeel. Smacky. Very nice...

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

From notes.
Bottled 2012.
Vinegar, tart berry, Brett & some barrel in the nose.
Vinegar, oak, sour apple and tart berry in the drink.
2 years have done this well. Wish it wasn't my last bottle.

Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, acquired in a trade quite a few months ago...dont remember who but thanks! served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass

A - massive, billowing puffy cloud of foam taking over the glass. the head has a slight pinkish ruby hue to it, quite interesting. specks of sediment, like wine "rinds" cover the top. the beer is pretty hazy, and a magnificent reddish purple color. very spotty lacing.

S - tartness mostly at first, before some belgian yeast characteristics make their way in. there's definitely some funk creeping in the second half...joined by tart cherries, soapyness, slight oak.

T - somewhat mild compared to the nose. tartness again right off the bat, with a delicate teasing of sourness at the back sides of the tongue. has that clean but slightly spiced kick of a saison. yeast dances around throughout each sip. hints of cherries, blackberries, soap, cinnamon, cloves.

M - bright and lively carbonation comes to life in the mouth. pretty dominating, but very nice and refreshing after sitting and calming after a few minutes. thin and crunchy body. prickly and dryish finish and quite acidic.

D - an interesting one, especially on the eyes and nose. threading that fine line between sour, tart, and funk...going more in one direction might give this beer a better identity. maybe this is slightly past its prime. 22oz is perfect to split.

Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle opened to a surprising overflow... after a run to the sink, Juliet pours a bright red with hints of pink and purple. A gentle pour gives an inch of white/pink head with small purple specks here and there. Settles down and leaves about a 1/4 inch with decent lacing.
S- Lots of fruit... Cherries, raspberries, even a bit of blueberry up front, with some oak, red wine and funk in the back.
T- Not nearly as much going on in the taste as there is in the smell. Taste at first reminds me of a Tomme cheese, then opens up to strawberries, grassy barnyard hay funk provides a slightly sour, almost bitter flavor. An almost unpleasantly odd sour berry/antiseptic bitterness in the finish.
M- Light body, very dry highly carbonated mouthfeel finishes clean and astringent. Carbonation isnt over the top like some wild/sours ive had but compliments the dryness.
D- This beer seems to have everything going on for it but the taste... Hopefully it will get better as I adjust to the sourness. Not sure if I will be able to finish this bottle on my own, but still enjoyable.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to sproser for this and the rest of the beers in the badass box he sent my way.

Pours a reddish pink purpley hue, moderately hazy with a light pink head that rises easily (and slightly out of the bottle upon opening). The head reduces pretty quickly to a ring and spotty skim but leaves ok lacing.

Nose smells of wickedly dry wild yeast. A little bit of wood and some horseblanket funk is present, not getting a ton of fruit in the nose at first, but some tart berry comes out as it warms up a bit.

Wow. There's quite a bit going on here. Alot of tart wild flavor, some grassy barnyard presence, but not alot. The fruit does make its presence known, but is not anywhere near prominent. That being said, the fruit does come out a bit more as it warms up. A blackberry seed slight sweetness. There is a tiny touch of vinegar, but nowhere near the level that is found in something flemish (red/bruin) Some woody notes just before the tart finish, which is nice and dry, as it should be. Tart fruit and wild yeast linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is the main issue here. As far as viscosity, its great, perfect even, however, the carbonation is significantly high. It should be high for the style, which is why im not knocking it significantly, but this is a bit too much, any higher and it would be abrasive. I was suspect of this from the first moment, as it did gush out of the bottle, albeit only slightly.

Drinkability is quite good, and if not for the carbonation it would be downright excellent.

Overall, this one is a little bit messy as it sits, but it just reeks of potential (for both aging, and small tweaks by the brewers during the next batch) The carbonation makes me worry a touch about cellaring this one near any gems, but im gonna put some age on a bottle in the corner, hahaha. Other than that it shows great aging potential. This is a great beer, but i think the next batch (assuming they make a couple tweaks) with a little age on it could be a real gem. A fine beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My birthday treat from Peensteen, and it did not disapoint. Great pink foamy look, great aromas of berries, cherry, raspberry. Large retained head. Well malted, and bretted sour that enticed the palate. Tart, berry, great drinkability.Lovely sour.Cellaring for a few months likely rounded sour edges.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (8/14/09 bottled on date) into a oversized wine glass.

A:Pours a 2.5 finger coarse whitish pink head with little retention. Brew is a surprising hazy deep rose color. Lacing is patchy and frothy.

S: Nose is woody tartness, cherries, and slight skunkiness

T: Sweet and woody at the start followed by almost immediate tartness. Raspberries, unripened strawberries (?) come in towards the middle. Cherry and red fruit sourness finish interrupted by a slight hop twinge.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and extremely carbonated. The bubbles dance in your mouth. Finish is dry but not overly so with a slight lingering tartness.

D: Not as complex as some other sours but the appearance and mouthfeel make up for a lot here. A very enjoyable experience that I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

Photo of jbowers56
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks kind of terrible. Absolutely no head. Murky kind of ruby colour which I might like, but why is the head just gone. Even cantillon beers hold head longer than this...

Very complex aroma. Tart lemon aromas mingle with a rich blueberry kind of smell. Some distinct 'barnyard' aromas and a definite musky wood/oak vibe going on.

Definitely get a nice bready malt base before being swamped with wild yeast galore. Plenty of lemon and acidic tartness creep in, as well as some further complexities which I can't really be bothered thinking about. I'm just really enjoying what this ale has to offer.

It feels good in the mouth, though comparing it to something like cantillon it's not perfect. Could be a little lighter in that respect.

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 26, 2012

Juliet pours an interesting pink stained copper color. It’s a light color, but looks really nice. Backlighting gives it more of a light orange appearance. Carbonation seems light, producing a light surface covering of white bubbles. They disappear rather quickly. Lacing is really non-existent. Nothing to discuss in that department at all. I do like the color. The rest…just okay.

It definitely smells good. Wild yeast is noted on the first whiff. It has that unmistakable barnyard funky scent going on. It’s rather pronounced in the mix, but doesn’t completely overwhelm everything. There are definitely berry notes that resonate throughout. It smells a bit earthy and grainy. I suspect that’s the rye quality coming though. It’s not spicy though. There’s a little oak on the tail. Alcohol is blended very well.

Juliet is a tasty Wild Ale. It starts out a bit grainy and earthy. That’s notable, but that’s about the only indication of rye being present. The Brett flavor follows and is pretty strong. It’s not completely overwhelming, but it definitely brings a strong funky, tart flavor to the mix. Mouth puckering? A little. The berry presence is flavorful and blends rather well. Oak is secondary, but adds quality depth and character. Alcohol is definitely masked well. Perhaps time has helped a little. Finishes fruity, tart, and dry. Really good stuff.

Juliet has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. I honestly wouldn’t mind a few more bubbles. Small gripe. It goes down so soft and easy. I don’t think this bomber is really going to be enough. It’s disappearing far too quickly.

Juliet is a really nice release from Goose Island. I’ve wanted to try it for a while. Expectations were high. For the most part, they were met. I could handle maybe just a little less tartness and a few more bubbles. Those two tweaks would improve it in my book. Still a very impressive beer nevertheless.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.