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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,444
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 473
Gots: 484 | FT: 41
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:
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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look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well-chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of a generous trade with boatshoes. Thanks, Fletcher!

A: Upon opening, this bottle explodes all over my desk and computer, and continues to gush profusely. *@&#%!!! I wish I had read the reviews before opening this thing.

Its body, a glowing ruby color, is capped by 2 inches of light pink head off a very gentle pour. Overcarbed? Overcarbed! I'm completely annoyed at having to clean everything up, so points off.

S: Funk, blackberry tartness. I enjoy the brettanomyces character, but it is not particularly complex.

T: Blackberries, raspberries, and some grape are evident on the taste. There is a mild tartness in the mid-taste, and I keep wanting to find lactic sourness in there, but it doesn't exist. Horsey funk comes out near the finish, along with a spicy bite, but neither are particularly strong flavors.

M: Very, very spritzy. The carbonation really hurts this beer, resulting in a watery, soapy feel that obscures the flavors.

D: Pretty underwhelmed by Juliet. It's a nice first (?) attempt, but it doesn't measure up to anything coming out of Russian River or Lost Abbey at the moment. It was nice to try, but in the spectrum of wild ales this is decidely bottom-tier.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After much hype and repeated efforts, I was ecstatic to grab this in a trade. I had REALLY high hopes for it. Alas, while Wild Ales intrigue me, they are not my favorite thing. So that should be noted going into this review. Bottled on August 14, 2009 - tasted on 1/23/10.

The bottle opened with a pop, and before pouring could commence, a thick head was oozing from the bottle. The initial pour into a tulip glass resulted in 1/3 beer, 2/3 fluffy perfectly white head, which nicely subsided so that more brew could be poured into the glass. The second pour revealed a beer with a rosy hint to its amber color. Once held up to the light, a small amount of sediment was noticeable in the bottom of the glass.

The bottle states "Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries." The blackberry notes do not disappoint, but the fruitiness of the blackberry aromas overpower any hint of wine. This, in my opinion, is a good thing. The slight spicy aroma of brett is also distinguishable, but remains secondary.

I had high hopes for this beer. I feel let down to some extent. The wine flavor - Pinot, perhaps? - pushes so much away. The blackberries fall to a secondary state, but not much else seems to be there. A hint of spice comes through as well, but that could be the carbonation.

This is effervescence through and through. The carbonation combined with the brett kick at your tongue. It almost screams of soda pop throughout. Not in a great way. It feels like sitting on this and letting the carbonation drop would VASTLY improve this beer, as it feels too candy-like to drink and enjoy at the moment.

And it's that mouthfeel that ruins the drinkability for me. It's seems so carbonated and so sweet that it no longer feels like an ale. Wild, yes. Ale, no. The bottle states "develops in teh bottle for up to 5 years" and I would like to know how that changes this brew. But now, 5-6 months after bottling, it is still too young to enjoy to its fullest.

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A: Pours a ruby red color. A two finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace at all.
S: Tart and acidic fruits. I enjoy the fruity character, but there is nothing else here.
T: Tart fruits like cherries. Muddled, kind of dirty malt. The tart acidic sourness lingers for a second. Then vanishes to nothing.
M/D: A light to medium body. Really high carbonation. Also really thin and watery. Not clean at all though. The high carbonation actually makes this harder to drink. Alcohol is present. Not a fan of the muddled malt character either.

This is a disappointment for me. Not that much is here. Just thin, acidic, and overly carbonated. This is not something I care to revisit, or finish for that matter. Not something I would recommend.

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had a sour tasting the other night with PaulMPap and we cracked open this one first... needless to say it took us longer to figure out a way to try and open this one without it exploding everywhere then it took us to drink it.

a- i was already a little ticked off from pink foam blasting everywhere so this beer is lucky i gave it an average looking appearance review. pinkish overly carbonated beer, with a huge pinkish white never ending foamy soap looking head. obvious lacing and just a pain in the ass to let settle down before being able to drink it.

s- by far the best part of the beer... great sour funk, all kinds of fresh fruits. smells almost like the yellow starburst.

t&m- very dissapointed in the taste. waaay watered down. its like sour cherry/strawberry/apple foamy fizz water with hints of vinegar. at times water actually overpowered the mellow sour taste and just turned this beer into a flavored pale ale almost. not what i expected at all.

d- not very difficult to drink since there isnt much to it, a very mellow and toned down sour for sure. i might have to come back and try this a few months (or years) down the road to see if it has gotten any better with some age on it.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.