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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 472
Gots: 485 | 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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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juliet pours a amberish color, with no head, and lots of bubbles. There is a strong sour aroma, very yeasty, and very sweet. The taste is very acidic, sour, lots of yeast, and nice subtle blackberry colors. Very bold, strong flavors, good to sip on. Overall a very powerful enjoyable wild ale.

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

Enjoyed out of a brown 765 mL bottle with indigo foil encasing the neck and crown. The vintage, 2013, is marked clearly on the label and the foil, as well as a bottling date of 8/1/2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured with moderate aggressiveness, which yields just the faintest of heads--a quarter finger of effervescent, champagne-like foam that disappears within seconds of finishing the pour, leaving no lacing whatsoever. A faint ringlet of white bubbles with the faintest of purple tinting lines the edge of the liquid. The body is a rose color with hints cherry red and garnet shadows. Carbonation bubbles lazily drift up from the bottom of the glass for a bit before the liquid becomes completely calm.

Smell - Lactic sour and red wine vinegar are front and present, with generic notes of tart fruit reminiscent of raspberry and red currant. Being a big fan of blackberries, I was excited for this, but at least in the smell, any specific characteristic of that particular fruit is hard to make out. Vinous oak tannins and woody notes complement the sour notes. There isn't much in the way of the grain bill to be found up front, as the tartness is the predominant characteristic.

Taste - Very similar to the smell in that I have a hard time picking up any precise blackberry notes, other than more general tart fruit flavors--currant, raspberry, perhaps blackberry as well. The wine characteristics are more present here, with notes of pinot noir and merlot peeking through the overriding sourness. There is also a subtle musty funk that I can only imagine comes from the barrel.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and surprisingly effervescent feel on the tongue, given the lack of visible carbonation and foam. Fruity, but dry finish.

Overall, a very good beer, but I'm a little confused by the fact that this particular "sister" sour is more expensive than Lolita, because it doesn't really stand out. Perhaps it's just a factor of production totals. Certainly one of the better American-made sours that is widely available, calling to mind traditional Belgian styles like kriek and flanders red, but as noted, the unique element--blackberries--simply doesn't come through in a way that would really make this brew truly one-of-a-kind.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange reddish color, not usual to see, with practically no head.
Aroma of blackberries, mildly funky.
Flavor is unexpectedly bold. Strong tartness with notes of blackberries, lime, some lactic and Brett, sulphur, vinegar and mild oak. Very acid aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is absent.
Surprisingly intense sour beer. Lots of character, not for amateurs.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.