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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,480
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 488
Gots: 479 | FT: 40
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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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Photo of quinnsi
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Bottle at Paddy Long's in Chicago

A: Pinkish red in color with a nice finger of pinkish head. Tight carbonation beading up the side of the glass

S: Great smells! I'm getting so much here, with stone, chalky cheese rind, horse blanket, good 'ol funk and blackberry.

T: Great funky sourness w/ berry and wine fruit coming on in the mid palate and lingering on for ages. The aftertaste reminds me of a french burgundy.

M: Nice tart tingle pairs well with the high carbonation level.

D: very drinkable! If it didn't cost so much, I could drink this all night long, night after night.

Truly a special beer with complexity for miles.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy rose color with 2 fingers f white head. Little bit of rose colore in the head as well which looked great. Quite a bit of particles in the glass as well which is always enjoyed by me.

S: Straight barnyard. Tons of brett. The fruit comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Nice mix of fruit and brett which is a hard balance to achieve. When drinking the beer I got raspberries but the bottle said blackberries. Very nice.

M: Very light and prickly carbonation.

D:Super easy drinking. Very nice and light. On tap this would be a wonderful joy.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jets of vigorous carbonation jettison upward and form a pink tinged head atop the red amber body.

S: Pretty tight nose. Some barnyard funk and a touch of wine. Too faint though.

T: Bolder than the aroma but not where I'd like it to be. The flavor is great though. Some wine and blackberry.

M: Smooth and light bodied.

D: Great wild attempt from GI.

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a nice light pinkish hue with a small fizzy white head that shows tinges of pink. Lots of spritz, but no retention or lace which is fine for the style.

S: Nice tart red berries, bread, and yeast.

T: Tart raspberry, acid, earth, and light oak.

M: Light and zippy carbonation carrys the flavor nicely.

D: Wonderful sour offering by Goose Island.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like wine, you'll like Juliet. This is a wine-drinker's beer if I've ever had one before. The color is sparkling ruby red with a white head. The aroma is of oak, wine, berries, yeast, alcohol, and funkiness. The beer has a wonderful effervescence that makes the flavors come through even better. The taste is of berries and wine. There is a surprising tart quality which is offset by a sweet flavor as well. Overall the sweet/tart is very balanced. It does resemble a wine in many ways. This is no doubt due to the aging in wine barrels.

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Photo of DawnL
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite brews.

Beer poured and alluring (somewhat surprising) rose color. Minimal head dissipated to sticky lacing.

The aroma was of wine. Definitely a Pinot Noir bouquet. The berry infusion is lovely, subtle, delicious and reminds me of a Cantillon bottling I sampled at Brett Fest.

The flavors came together on the palate just like wine would. I actually opened a bottle of 2005 Marc Morey Bourgogne Rouge to have as a comparison. Pinot Noir in one glass - Juliet in the other - life was good.

Light carbonation tickled the tongue and made me want more. This is a bottle that is definitely going on my wants list. Just wish it was available in New York... That should speak volumes about its drinkability.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Murky pinkish, orangish, brown with a 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace. Loads of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Passion fruit, mandarin peel, perhaps currants, a hint of vinegar, and wild yeast join a biscuit like malt. Great combo but not extremely vibrant.

Taste: Just like the nose but much more vibrant! Additional flavors include cherries. Nice amount of funk and sourness. The flavor profile is so nice....

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, actively carbonated, quite effervescent.

Drinkability: Oh this is a sour I could just kick back.

Much better than Sofie! Really like it!

2009 Vintage bomber consumed 6/2/10

Appearance: No head really, just a tiny swirl of lace, and the brew is fairly red/orange.

Smell and Taste: Besides the cherries, the fruity qualities have started to fade and the brett is beginning to take over.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange. Aroma of sour notes, yogurt, and sweet tart candies. Flavor is initially acidic with some yogurty and funky notes in the finish. The palate was a bit on the acidic side. Tasty but I wasn't as super impressed as I thought I'd be.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Binny's, Orland

Vintage 2009

Goose Island's Juliet shows off the color of a setting sun, the orange borders on blood red with haziness enough to make seeing through the tulip tougher than usual. Streams of carbonation run up the sides of the glass. A dusty white head of over a finger in height rises on the easy pour. It quickly crackles down to a thin cap that leaves behind some patchy lacing.

The nose is very vinous upfront with some softer notes of mild balsamic vinegar. A note of horsehair funk comes through with deep pulls but the brett hasn't taken hold of this brew yet. There are some crazy cherry Pop Rocks aromas and some green, still on the bush blackberry coming through with a touch of lactic funk. Dry oakiness brings up the rear.

The flavor is totally unique and while it shows a lot of the same characteristics as the nose it comes together much better on the tongue. The barrel aging comes into view immediately with large vinous notes and a dry oakiness. Blackberry and a whisper of balsamic vinegar come along quickly but roll through slowly. A little horse hair is coming along mid palate with a touch of must and make for a well rounded, soon to be, sour. There's a mild lactic sourness that combines with the blackberries on the swallow that adds some sweetness to balance it out.

The mouthfeel couldn't be much better. The body has a light feel and the carbonation has enough liveliness to both scrub the tongue and keep things moving. There's some mild dryness on the swallow. The light, Belgian airy feel is perfectly in place with this brew.

Juliet doesn't yet have the sourness needed to be at the top of its class. With that said the tartness and airy feel of this brew make it incredibly drinkable. Each swallow keeps me instantly coming back for another drink.

Juliet is a damn fine brew from Goose. I can see a few more months making this sour incredibly delicious. The blackberry notes work incredibly well to make this one hell of an easy drinking wild bug driven libation.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 22oz bottle served in the new style Boulevard Chalice. Poured a pretty reddish orange with a quickly dissipating head. A little Brett in the aroma also some berries. Decent amount of sourness. A little sweetness. Light bodied. Some berry flavor. Nice sour pucker in the finish. Also subtle wood in the finish. Very easy drinking. I wish I had another bottle to age. I'd like to see where this one goes.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New Review, 3.10.10 from notes. Bottled August 14th.

Whoa, gusher alert. I mean just an instant flow of foam as soon as I relieved any pressure from the bottle cap. Pours semi-hazy with equal parts ruby and purplish orange. Pinkish foam towers with good retention and some lace, but it is clear that this is over-carbonated.

Aromas are pretty subtle and muted, especially at colder temps. Fruity and berries. Some wild yeast. Everything about this beer is very delicate... except for its carbonation. Wow this is just too bubbly and effervescent. Spritzery bubbles scrub my tongue and steal away some of what could've been. Still, there are bright flavors of tart fruit and berries. Light merlot and grape juice with a little earth. An interesting beer which might pair nicely with a summer salad - it's certainly thirst-quenching, crisp and dry. I look forward to future properly carbonated batches.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks timmi!!!!

Pours a very murky, cloudy deep amber almost brown color. There is a soda pop like head that fades quick and also tons of small pellet sediment.

Smells sour and earthy, the kind of the smell you get in the produce section of a grocery store. There is an underlying sweetness and a sort of locker room funk to it as well.

The taste is wine forward for sure, there is a tannic bitterness that reminds me of Cabernet. But the fruity black berries really remind me of a Pinot Noir. There is a definite funk in the middle of the taste spectrum accompanied by a sour push that is very balanced. The aftertaste carries a very dry finish and the tannic nature shines through gripping the sides of your tongue.

The mouthfeel leads you to believe that you are drinking sparkling wine, very thin and moderately dry. Carbonation is pretty heavy, but fades quite a bit as the brew warms.

The bomber won't be hard to finish, but this is not something that you would drink more than one of. Moderately low ABV, but it will definitely kill your palate for a while.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650mL bomber, dated JAN 09 on the label, purchased from Binny's in Lake Zurich for about $16 after Dark Lord Day. The beer is faded pinkish lilac color, hazy to the point of opacity, with an off-white thin 1/4 finger of foam that laces with good adhesion to the glass. The aroma is everything you could want in a wild ale, musty leather and horse blanket with a hint of tart berry. The beer tastes just as good, not puckeringly sour, more of an accessible wild ale with just enough bite to keep an experienced palate happy. Undertones of berry flavors (apparently this was aged in wine barrels with blackberries) along with a mellow pucker and hints of lactose, delicious. The beer is well carbonated and light bodied, enhancing drinkability (and only 6.7%). This is definitely one of the better wild ales I've tried, Goose Island is showing strong brewing chops lately.

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Photo of craytonic
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy red-orange-brown, enormous pink head

Smell: You can tell it will be sour, touch of funk and vinegar with the blackberries (and perhaps some other dark berries or black currants) shining through. Perhaps a bit of Cabernet or Merlot as well.

Taste: Big sour with some funk. The blackberries make this one unique, and are followed by a nice wood oakiness. Great use of fruit without being fruity. Also a weird metallic element, I blame their water.

Mouthfeel: Typical for style, perhaps a bit much carbonation.

Drinkability: good

This is a good example for the style; I truly wish something similar was available locally. That said, there are others I would seek out instead after having tried it once.

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Photo of westweasel
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.
Note - I am the one who posted a thread based on what I learned at my favorite beer store entitled "GI Juliet Removed?" http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2031089.

I thought that this may be due to just a story from the distributor, and thanks to all the responses (especially the one from Greg), I'm glad that I hung onto the bottle.

The beer is a translucent, hazy pink that borders on copper. It has a finger-and-a-half white head that dissolves fairly quickly to a white ring. Belgian lace is left along the glass.

The aroma was surprising. A beady malt sent mixed with mild brick cheese and some blackberries. A few sips of the beer reveals white bread early in the swallow, followed by a mixture of blueberries and blackberries with a strong, tart, sour finish.

The mouthfeel was medium with moderate carbonation, and a tart, crisp finish.

This beer is extremely drinkable if you can appreciate sour beers. I had been waiting a long time for this to be bottled - I'm glad that it's finally available.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in yet another great trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Bottled Jan '09

It pours from the 22oz bottle(filled almost to the lip of the bottle) a cloudy red-orange with a 1 finger head of foam. It looks gorgeous.

The smell is sour and fruity and yeasty and nice! The fruit comes across for me as blackberries and some cherries and I want to dive right in with the taste.

The taste has oodles of sourness with the cherries and blackberry semi sourness, a light malty breadiness, wood, yeast, and a very light bit of funk. Tasty! And after every sip, a ton of lacing is left on the glass.

The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium, the carbonation is medium bordering on high, and it finishes as it starts with a nice sour send off.

Drinkability? I wish it was in a 750ML bottle cuz it's disappearing way too quickly for my liking.

The American Wild Ale is currently my favourite style and Goose Island did a *great* job with Juliet. Thanks a bunch again, Joe!

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Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty heavy carbonation
slight bubbly white head
settles very quickly smattering of bubbles
light cloudy plum color
light lacing quickly retreats into brew

tropical fruit
maybe some banana and papaya
light spiced

light non-distinctive fruit but not overly sweet

has a light and carbonated feel
steely aftertaste

nice drinkability

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Photo of seaoflament
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jay23 for hooking me up with another Goose Island beer, this brewery is starting to be one of my favorites, pretty solid beers. I shared this beer with a few friends at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary party (5-16-09).

The color of this beer was lovely, even people were coming up to me to ask about the beer simply because of the mesmerizing color. Poured a beautiful apple rose hue with a ½ inch of blushed foam.

Fruity berry aromas initially with some acidity in the background. Later on some sweetness came through, kind of like a berry fruit roll-up. After a few moments of just smelling the beer I could definitely detect blackberries. Some hints of tannic and acidic wine notes as well.

Tasted very similar to the aroma but not as sweet. A tart berry blast on the tip of the tongue with some funk and plastic flavors in the finish. Quite dry in the end and the dryness seemed to intensify with every sip. Tart and salty berry flavors, lemon tartness, and a bit of dry cracker flavors in the aftertaste. Getting more merlot-like flavors after a few sips, dry and tannic with hints of brett. Medium-high carbonation at first but it mellowed down a bit after a few minutes. Very tasty beer and would love to have again.

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Photo of bakeller
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tuo for the hook up.

Poured from a bomber into a gouden carolus chalice

A: Pours a dirty, hazy orange color with a pink hue to it. When held up to the light, the edge is a beautiful pink/maroon color. There is minimal off white head (1/2 finger) that quickly disappears. Massive amounts of bubbles are present cascading off the bottom of the glass.

S: Has a funky, sour smell to it. There is a slight hint of blackberry. Very earthy

T: Starts off with blackberry tartness. Can also pick out an oaky component. Has a champagne-blackberry finish that lingers for quite some time. Really mild funk but has a mouth puckering tartness

M: Heavy carbonation that dances on the tongue. Very crisp and clean with a dry finish.

D: A sipper secondary to the tingly carbonation. Tasty, and sour. Glad I got the opportunity to try this beer, a solid wild ale. Wish I had a few more bottles to lay down and see how it changes with time.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in Orval chalice.

Pours a unique grapefruit meat pink and peach. Dark and hazy. Very thin white creamy head with hints of pink against the body color of the beer.

Aroma has a light tartness and what I could be describe as a champaign quality - may be the wood, spice, and berry for this. A very slight touch of funk on the aroma.

Taste - the Pinot Noir comparison on the GI description is bery appropriate. Dark fruit but very light. I suspect this may be bottled with Champaign yest as I pick it up on the aroma and again in the flavor. If so, or in any case, it lends a very dry, crisp finish to the beer.

Obviously a lot going on with this beer - wild, berries, oak, and various yeasts. Full mouthfeel with an enjoyable dry finish that doesn't carries the appropriate flavors (not sweet or too much).

Plenty of random micro bubble lacing from the creamy head.

I'll be interested to see how my remaining three bottles develop over the years. I look forward to less wine/fruit and more wild/funk and sour.

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Photo of younger35
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from Thorpe429 in a trade at Dark Lord Day '09. I searched up and down for just one bottle of this but had no luck. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Anaheim vs. Detroit playoff game.

Appearance- Pours a ruby red with hints of orange with a small fizzy white head that disappears as quickly as it came. No cap or collar is left and obviously no lacing. Kind of a sad looking brew.
Smell- Very earthy and slightly funky with a horse blanket like dirtiness. Some wet portabella and a light bit of something metallic. A bit of blackberry or cherry ads a bit of fruit but it's not really able to freshen up the nose. It's dirty and wild.
Taste- Starts with a bit of fruity tartness that is very blackberry and seems very fresh. Not as funky or crazy as I was hoping but nothing a few years won't fix. An almost buttery sort of vanilla and oak. As it all comes together its semi vinous and very quenching. Maybe a hint of sweetness from the grainy malt but it's fleeting and pretty much in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with some aggressive carbonation for a very sharp bite.
Drinkability- Very tasty brew that is on its way to what I wanted it to be young. A bit more funk would have gone a long way but regardless this is a fine brew. Nice and fruity and very enjoyable. Thanks much Mike!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Torry for this one. The beer is ruby tinted orange with a small, off white head. As Goose Island says, rose is an accurate description of the color.

The initial aroma is of Brett. Musty barnyard with a bit of horse blanket and some oak. Tannins, vinegar, and blackberries are evident. There are some earthiness and wine notes.

The beer is sweet and slightly tart with some wood and tannins. The tart blackberries add a unique spin to the beer, and cabernet notes are apparent. The beer has a low level of tartness to it, with an interesting buttery character in the finish.

The beer is light bodied with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

A really enjoyable sour from Goose Island. The first I've had from them.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is murky... the best way to put it is a berliner weisse with the raspberry Himbeere. smell is initially blackberry, plum yogurt... palate of cabernet grape with a heavy accent of blackberry and rosemary. spanish wine simple but solid. tart with a banana bread finish. a light meaty quality. almond malt, vanilla mellow. appetite inducing. has a flemish wild ale odor that carries. not overpowering but works with the character. fantastic. glad its a chicago brewery. quite unique. not an american beer expectation to say the least.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.