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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 449
Gots: 459 | 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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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-12-2013 19:32:54 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-17-2013 06:39:24 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-14-2013 06:03:18 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Figured I'd celebrate my birthday with some bottle, might as well be a shelf sour (check my local's shelf...it's definitely there...). It pours a mostly clear sunrise auburn topped by a half-finger at best of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet berries, light tart cherry, very light and very mild Brett funk, and a kiss of vanilla. The taste eschews the eminent sweetness of the smell in favor of a few waves of varying degrees of sour: tart berries, sour cherries, tart red wine, a small bit of straight Brett funk, and a bit of white vinegar for the sake of it. Nothing is exceedingly powerful, though, allowing everything to meld together without o'erwhelming the taste buds or peeling the enamel off of the teeth. This is what sour beer brewers should be aiming for, dammit! The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' sour goodness, one of the premier beers I've yet had from Goose as a whole. Happy birthday to me!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 03:51:15 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, fizzy head of off-white foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of blackberries, rye and sour notes.

T - Good sour taste with some sweetness from the blackberries. Some rye and funky brett kicks in later.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a really good wild ale. Love the sourness and funkiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:37:54 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Served at 50º in a stemmed Oerbier glass. Batch #1 Jan '09

Deep opaque vermilion, initial pour got a finger or two of sparkly pink-hued foam, but it rapidly subsided. A thin ring and spotty traces of lacing are left behind. With a quick swirl the skim of foam spreads across the surface again. The color is attractive, but head retention is low. Wild horsey traces in the nose, well blended with macerated blackberry tartness, barn stalls, and wet stone.

Juicy blackberry, woody flavor in the back with a moderate mellow tartness. Some buttery oak and fruit lingering again in the aftertaste. A nicely developed flavor profile that should only improve in the bottle as the Brett takes hold further.

A touch more carbonation (a la Sofie) would improve the feel slightly, but that may well develop in time with the wild yeast. I'm struggling to slow down with this, it's very quenching and scratches the wild itch at the same time. Highly accessible, and food friendly. Great stuff!

This was much improved from the tap sample I had last November...

2010 bottle notes:
Much more acetic, lacking the spritzy carbonation of batch 1-2. More fruit flavor, but it sacrifices carbonation. Will age one, jury is still out.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 19:34:12 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-14-2011 18:34:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First batch from early '09, I believe. 22 ounce bottle shared by HopHead84 a while back. Thanks, Shane. Pinkish-amber appearance, a large white head rises and retains well. Tons of brett funk in the nose, with a tart berry-like undercurrent that I couldn't specifically identify as blackberry. As it warms, I get a touch of pale malt and something a bit hay-like. Fruity, dry and tart on the palate, quite acetic but not in a stomach-churning way. Light bodied with high carbonation. Dry, woody, acetic finish. This is a great first sour for Goose Island, I hope they make more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:32:55 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-23-2011 05:14:02 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2011 07:47:51 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded red hued brown. Nose is just funky sour goodness. Flavor brings the same. Lots of sour. Lots of funk. Tart fruits on top of vinegar. Yes friends. This is an American Wild Ale. Feel is typical; kind of thicker with a lower and slightly biting carbonation. Mmmmm. My favorite style. I love it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 19:58:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 release acquired from pochman courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, tart berries, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sour with flavors of grapes and berries plus some potent wild Belgian yeast. There is a thin malt character and a very faint touch of hops as you would expect from this type of beer. I can appreciate the intense sourness and if that’s what you like, then this beer will appeal to you, but to me it seems like any actual taste gets over-powered. The after-taste is tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer overall but there are better sour beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:26:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by Paul (Lunch) at a small tasting. Thanks Paul. Beer is amber to ruby red and forms a pink head of small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is GREAT! Lactic with some leather and mild acetic notes to it. Very good.

Beer is thin and moderately acidic. The sourness comes through but its more subtle than the aroma would lead you to believe. Body builds on you and there is some growing tartness in the back. Overall its a good example of a brett beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 18:21:27 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-11-2013 13:28:59 | More by SocalKicks
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:33:14 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 23:02:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured into a SAVOR snifter. Bottle #1154 bottled on 12/11/10.

a - Pours a hazy reddish pink color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries and raspberries, lots of brett, and red wine. Very sour and funky, I really love the nose.

t - Taste of tart raspberries and dark fruits, brett, acedic notes, light spice, oak, and red wine. Again, loads of sour dark fruits and brett; really great.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a really great wild ale. I think I liked this one better than Lolita; really looking forward to Madame Rose. Lots of funky brett and sour raspberries; would highly recommend and would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:32:45 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Jan 2009 Bottle; Sampled November 2009
This pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a two-finger thick, pale beige colored head. It is a murky amber hue that shows a honey-like, somewhat clear hue when held up to the light. The aroma is funky, musty and reminds me of an overly ripe, funky farmhouse cheese, perhaps even some moldy toe-jam character as well as a musky, goat-like, huge Brettanomyces funkification; this last being the most dominant aromatic note. Hints of fruit are just noticeable underneath the Brettanomyces onslaught; berry seed like aromatics, musk berry (almost elderberry like), tannic berry skin aromatics; this doesn't have a dominant, clean or bright berry character to it, which is usually what I like to find in a fruit beer. The fruit character evokes thoughts of cherries, some rose and perhaps a touch of Brandy more than it makes me think of raspberries. There are some pepper-like aromatics here, some spicy wood character as well as a touch of toasted oak that is noticeable at times.

My first impression of the flavor is that this has a fizzy carbonation that is mixed with a lightly bracing tartness. This is quite sour and has a carbonic bite to it in the finish as well. This is quite dry feeling, with the finish leaving an oak-flavored, slightly astringent, palate drying character that lingers on the tongue. This couples with a slightly phenolic, musty cotton ball note. The fruitiness is quite dry with a slightly tannic fruit-skin character, some grass-like berry-seed flavors and the tartness evokes hints of sour berry flavors. There is a firm oak character that provides structure to this beer; it is perhaps the most noticeable character here, especially after the palate adjusts to the lactic acidity. The oak boosts the body / palate presence and provides flavors of fresh cut wood -planks as well as a sometimes Bourbon like spiciness. The oak and acid combination make me think of a white wine at times, though there is a touch of berry-fruit flavors here too. Overall this has a medium'ish body to it that is not heavy and even somewhat light, but it has a palate presence that can even be creamy in texture at times.

As the beer warms up the berry notes come out more in the nose; even some jam-like notes become noticeable (a sort of cranberry, cherry and blackberry mixed jam of sorts). My second pour is a bit more murky and the aroma even gets more funkified in its wild farmhouse cheesiness. The funk is here in the flavor, though it is not nearly as noticeable as it is in the aroma; musty, somewhat musky flavors and a butyric bite all contribute to the flavor profile.

This is an interesting, funky beer that is quite enjoyable. The oak can be a bit much at times and despite the complexity, it isn't as well balanced as I would like. This is a very solid offering though, but I definitely prefer Sofie to this beer. The funkiness of the nose is much appreciated by this lover of funky beers though.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 16:28:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-18-2011 18:48:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-28-2013 02:16:57 | More by XmnwildX12
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-01-2014 05:44:00 | More by zestar
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2013 04:53:12 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

765ml brown glass bottle with classily sparse label and purple foil-ed over branded black/silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO bottle shop for ~$30.00 USD and served into a Belgian Independence Day stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 8% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled: 01 Aug 2013. Reviewed as the style it identifies as: "Belgian style wild ale."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour and intense effervescent fizziness which recedes inside 10 seconds, leaving no lacing. Carbonation is very active to the extent that it's reminiscent of champagne.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pink with orange hues. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Average vibrance. Unfortunately, it's a bit weak looking - almost watery. I'm concerned but optimistic.

Appearance is consistent with the conventions of a wild ale.

Sm: Has a nice lactic sourness over pleasant bursts of bright wild berries and slightly tart fruit. I don't find the blackberry per se, but I could see raspberry. It's hard to find the Belgian yeast in there too; I don't doubt that there's a souring yeast strain or two, but most of the sourness feels bacterial. I do pick up subtle wine notes as well as ample white grapeskin. It's a biteen floral, but not in a hop-derived sense. Any malt foundation is hidden beneath the guiding sourness.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. It doesn't seem as acidic as many sours.

T: Wonderful bursts of tart berry and fruity grapeskin blend beautifully with a guiding prominent lactic sourness - which is very bacterial yet still clean. There's some very buried complementary floral hop character which adds a bit of complexity. The malt bill - which I assume is mainly Belgian pale malts alongside clean barley - is completely obscured by the sourness. Notes of wine - white, red, rose, I can't quite tell - play well with the acidic sourness. I don't find any tannins. There's no oak or wood barrel notes per se, but I like what's present. The barrel aging certainly did the flavour profile well and has made a perceptible difference, which is more than I can say about a lot of beers.

Good depth and intensity of flavour. Above average duration of flavour; it's full and evocative but doesn't linger or carry much aftertaste. Good complexity and subtlety. It's not nuanced per se, nor is it particularly intricate, but here the balance is enough to impress. I'd call it a gestalt build; you couldn't take anything out without negatively affecting the overall flavour.

Mf: Crisp, clean, and near perfectly acidic, with a smacky almost puckering presence on the palate. Fizzy as hell with almost ideal carbonation. Good thickness and body for the style. The texture is certainly complementary of the taste to the extent that it almost feels custom-tailored specifically to it. Fantastic execution.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy. None of the weakness of the appearance is manifested here.

Dr: Extremely drinkable in spite of its acidity. I could easily kill this bottle alone. This is about a 7 in terms of sourness, and will please the discerning drinker. If it wasn't so unreasonably priced I'd definitely buy it again. I'm hesitant to recommend it to friends - it isn't worth $30 - but I'm glad I got to try it once. I can see why it currently has a 95 rating, but I can't say it's world class per se. Just a damn good sour I'm really digging. Easily my favourite of the 4 Goose Island sisters.

A solid sour from Goose Island which is triple the price it should be.

B+

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 06:46:03 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-17-2012 04:52:46 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-30-2013 18:18:21 | More by MarkyMOD
Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.