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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,445
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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Ratings: 1,445 | Reviews: 339
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leschkie for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour blackberries, slight vinegar, and some funky aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slightly woody taste that is present as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wild ale with some very nice sour blackberry aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful orange-pink rose color with a frothy, slightly pink head.

S: Mostly sour notes. Tart fruit of cherries and blackberries.

T: Sweet and sour from the outset. Makes you pucker on the first sip, and then mellows more into the fruity, sweet flavors, especially as it warms more toward room temperature.

M: Sour on the tip of the tongue and the sides of the cheeks. Very light and crisp. Moderate to minimal carbonation.

D: Very solid overall. Goose Island is really stepping up its game with the new collection.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: Moderate aromas of berries are present in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: There is a moderate to strong amount of sourness in the overall taste along with notes of blackberries and oak. The sourness particularly stands out in the finish, which also some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to strong amount of dryness.
O: The beer isn’t too difficult to drink because although the sourness is strong, it is not overpowering.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aug 14 2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color (with all the hues you would see in a perfectly ripe piece of fruit); while it didn't gush as much as others, the initial pour was all foam and it took the better part of an hour for the beer to settle down; the foam left wavy strands of lace

Smell: Blackberry and brett aromatics, with a delicate balance between the sweet fruit and the barnyard funk

Taste: The initial impression is of sweet berry fruit, with the bretty tartness blossoming by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oaky elements add a dry character to the profile; there is also a vinous element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but overly carbonated

Drinkability: The overcarbonation is a real distraction from this otherwise nicely balanced wild ale; while not the sour bomb that some may be seeking, I rather enjoyed it

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Borrowing inspiration from traditional sour ale brewers and blenders of Belgium, America has planted itself as formidable as any when it comes to these sharply acidic ales.

Goose Island hits home with a rouge hued creation with soft peach highlights- looks something akin to red grapefruit juice. The beer builds a creamy white cap that is somewhat fluid and liquified with remarkable lacing power.

A lot of musty fruit and wine character fill the nose with the more tart and acidic attributes of fermented fruit. Tart cherries, green apples, green grapes, white wine vinegar, cider, raspberries, and blackberries- all seem dusted with the must of sandalwood and hard candies.

Flavors are even drier in taste and more acidic than even the nose suggests as the flavor of cherries, berries, apples, and grapes deliver a juicy taste but without the associated sweetness of fruit. Instead, the mild and rounded flavor of dried wood, almond, vanilla, and oak with the vinous character of dry red wines with mild hop bitterness.

Dry, dry, and more dry as the mouth puckering sourness offers a clean and crisp lactic refreshment with only subtle support of dry malt carbonation and almond-like starch. Once the carbonation recedes even before the middle palate, the palate stripping cleansing of acidity shuts the door on the finish. Only an aftertaste of tart fruit exists in a short lived aftertaste.

All that's lacking is the intensity of complementary flavors to accompany the fruit in the same way that Belgian lambics do. In the end, the beer has a more simplified palate as does some like Cantillon and 3 Fontienen.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of GRM: Poured a cloudy reddish color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sour cherries and raspberries with sour notes, light oak and barnyard. Taste is a nice mix between some lacto, sour cherry and sour notes with light vinous feel and a strong barnyard finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice level of complexity while retaining good drinkability qualities.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 09. Not a gusher. Pinkish orange with generous carbonation and three fingers of fizzy-crackly foam that shrinks to two fingers... then one... then disappears in mere minutes, leaving the glass virtually untouched. The beer itself is an interesting hue, but no head and no lace is difficult to reward.

The nose is wall-to-wall Brettanomyces with an undercurrent of berry-like fruitiness that isn't strong enough to be identified as blackberries. Oak is present. Cabernet, not so much. All in all, a solid aroma if you're a fan of the style.

Juliet is a delicious wild ale that does not pay homage to all of its various ingredients on the palate. In particular, the earthiness of rye malt is absent and blackberres are still not obvious. Having said that, there's a tart and acidic fruitiness akin to gourmet berry or red wine vinegar.

A (very) little bit of malt sweetness keeps this ale from being a total pucker bomb, but it's still much more sour than funky or horse blanket-like. Pilgrim hops do next to nothing in terms of flavor or bitterness, which is as it should be. Time and warming don't help and don't hurt. For what it's worth, neither the next lowest taste score nor the next highest was considered.

The mouthfeel is the only real fly in the ointment (other than the appearance). It's too thin, even when ABV is taken into account, and the bubbles have that 'sharp early and lazy late' feel with which some bottle-conditioned beer is cursed.

Sour fanatics will probably love Juliet. In my view, this is a damn good wild ale that could have been a great wild ale if it toned down the wild yeast just a little and emphasized its other 'ingredients' (rye malt, blackberries and Cabernet-soaked oak) just a little more.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. i should be fair to this beer and admit that i enjoyed it in the same session as several new glarus sours, a consecration, and yes, a cantillon saint lamvinus, so some features that came across as lackluster or negative might actually not be so in another light, but i had one bottle and its been consumed, so here we go. pours a unique mix of orangey rust and rose pink, they kind of wash eachother out in a hazy melted crayon look. a finger or two of off white foam dies right away. the nose is quite sour and fruity, cherries maybe, lots of vinegar and lemon. it smells as bretty as it does like a kitchen cleaner for hippies, but im being critical. the taste is quite good, again with the fruit, maybe wild raspberry or something in there providing that tartness along with what must be a heavy dose of lemon peel and some sour yeast, which is quite intense towards the finish. lots of acid, and lots of residual sugar, not a combo i usually like at the tail end of a beer, but they seem to neutralize eachother reasonably well here. really poppy mouthfeel, gnarly carbonation over just a medium body. long drawn out aftertaste of lemony yeasty funk. i also taste some tonic water in here, especially in the aftertaste, which i cant explain but i dont care for at all. this one starts better than it ends.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.