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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 447
Gots: 469 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Sammy, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev 0%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

metter98, May 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

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

brentk56, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -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.

BEERchitect, May 25, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

A huge thanks for getting this one over to me. It had been sitting on my wants forever. Brought over with the rest of the lineup for the xmas night tasting, this one was consumed on 12/25/2009.

The pour was decent. A light pink in color with a huge head of white that came up over the top to a height of around an inch before dropping back down to earth with little in the way of lacing. Aroma was wonderful though. Nice touches of raspberries, hints of light cherry and a touch of sour apples as well. Really quite nice, and very light and refreshing. Smooth and light flavor here as well. Not especially sour, but people need to realize a wild ale does not need to be sour. Anyway. Cherries and Raspberries dominate here, light touches of grape skin, apples and a smooth, and light sugary note to it as well. Light feel and nice prickly carbonation give it an almost champagne like feel, but the drinkability remains very high.

Overall I really enjoyed this. Nice light fruit notes, quick hit of tart flavor and a nice and even profile kept me coming back for more. I would have no problem at all trying this one again.

mikesgroove, Dec 27, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Thank you to Jeff for sending me a couple of these way back. Opened one up on the 4th weekend.

I made sure this one was ice cold to avoid gushing and opened it over the sink just in case. No beer lost, but it did foam up quite aggressively.

A: The pour is a cloudy pink-orange color with a very fluffy head that is mostly white but perhaps has a pinkish hue to it.

S: Quite a bit of fruitiness to the nose. Raspberries and strawberries seem to be the most noticeable, along with a hint of lemon and grapes. A fair amount of oak to this one as well.

T: Surprisingly vinous in terms of the flavor. Lots of oak, red grapes, raspberries, and blackberries. The sourness is not as intense as other wilds, but the tartness is nice.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is very plentiful, perhaps too much so at first. But as the beer calms down from its initial gushing, it is more pleasant.

D: A pretty easy to drink wild ale. Not overly sour, but good fruit character and a nice bit of oak to it. Glad to have another bottle.

womencantsail, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

kylehay2004, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev 0%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

2009 Vintage. Bottled August 14.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, reddish-pink body with a very tall, rather fizzy, lightly pink head.

Smell: Airy nose of tart-scented berry-based spread, oak-based barrels, and a particularly small spoonful of salty bleu cheese crumbles tucked in back.

Taste: There's a brief, light opening of sweet maltiness. A handful of berries, both ripened and unripened, firmly funky barnyard phenolics, and with a robust, zesty oak wood presence throughout. Though blackberries were used, it all keeps coming up tartish raspberries. Not overtly flavorful, the fruit, though ample for the proceedings. Modesty lactic. Cracklingly acidic. You'll likely pucker. One drop of lemon juice, then a continued subtle fruitiness into the dry, fizzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: There's freely wild funkiness, there's fruit, and plenty of bubbles. Interesting and enjoyable for a bottle's worth.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Knapp85, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.