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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 1,486
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 488
Gots: 483 | FT: 40
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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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant purple/pinkish color... very similar to the color of the font on the label. This one is quite bubbly with a 3-4 finger rose colored head which dissipates to be about a one finger head

S: oak, cherries, black berries, vinegar, a hint of vanilla. The oak seems to be the predominant aroma with a lot of tart fruitiness in the background. Very complex.

T: this one packs a punch with the tartness right off that bat followed by nice fruity flavors of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. Some what puckering but very complex. The woodiness also makes an subtle appearance on the finish

MF: very very very high carbonation on this which is sharp on the tongue but seems to work well for the sourness on the palate. Effervescent

D: this is quite tasty and leaves you wanting more. Very complex with a lot of sour character as well as fruitiness. If it weren't for the price tag, I could see my self drinking a lot of this

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Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mfielden on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Mark! Had this in the middle of a series of amazing wild ales and lambics, so maybe it didn't get the most fair shake, but hey, it was good.

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a medium-sized off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma was not incredibly pronounced compared to some of the Cantillons and such. Bretty funk, prosecco, red wine, and red berries were present.

Flavor is tart, slightly funky and bretty, with red wine, prosecco, blackberry, and raspberry.

Fairly light on the body with slight acidity and lasting tartness on the finish.

Drinkability is high and this is pretty refreshing for a wild ale. Overall very good, but not quite a standout within its style.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This little sack of motherfuck was just sitting in Binny's and, well, I'm only human, susceptible to the hype the same as the rest of god's creatures.

Pours pretty fab for a wild, like a really nice framboise lambic. Fruit Rollup red with the prettiest pink head I ever have seen.

Smells damn near perfect sweet sour. Big yeast, funky sour, light tart fruits like cherries and tears.

Tastes as it smells, sour and playful. Faint upfront followed by pure sour, so strong you can't pick one flavor out from another, and that mellows out into fruit nodes with the sour hanging over them like sunshine or the spectre of death. Fruits are cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples. Pretty much anything red, and then after that there's a light breadiness. Very nice.

Wonderful. Maybe not quite worth what you pay for it, but still effin wonderful.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of the evening (at least for me) at Dyan's the other night.

The beer pours a hazy rose color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is pretty unusual, with a blend of raspberry and sour funk. The funk and sour aren't too overwhelming, and like the flavors on the palate, this is not an intensely aromatic beer. Flavors replicate the nose, but seem just a bit muddled. It comes across as pretty much a dumbed down sour, a beer where the sour dominates but there just isn't all that much flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the beer is a bit short on the finish. Drinkability is fair in this simple, one dimensionable sour beer from Goose Island.

I guess it's not bad for a first effort, but can't say I was overwhelmingly impressed.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (8/14/09 bottled on date) into a oversized wine glass.

A:Pours a 2.5 finger coarse whitish pink head with little retention. Brew is a surprising hazy deep rose color. Lacing is patchy and frothy.

S: Nose is woody tartness, cherries, and slight skunkiness

T: Sweet and woody at the start followed by almost immediate tartness. Raspberries, unripened strawberries (?) come in towards the middle. Cherry and red fruit sourness finish interrupted by a slight hop twinge.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and extremely carbonated. The bubbles dance in your mouth. Finish is dry but not overly so with a slight lingering tartness.

D: Not as complex as some other sours but the appearance and mouthfeel make up for a lot here. A very enjoyable experience that I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

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Photo of BullDurham
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a Darker orange/red color. Big fluffy head, medium sized bubbles pink and a purplish color which reduced to a thick ring over time. Nice stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of my Duvel tulip.

Smell: Sour berries, some black berries. Something funky, a light vinegar smell, and a touch of wine.

Taste: Like the smell but stronger. Started with some funky and sour taste. Blackberries, cherry and something sweet which i couldnt figure out. Wine sits in the background mid-drink. and finishes with a tart taste.

Mouthfeel: Felt very thin to me, but i wouldnt change the carbonation.

Drinkability: High. Had no problem finishing this bottle. Actually didn't realize how fast I finished the bottle.

Overall: This was a great way to discover the world of American Wild Ale. If you can get it pick up a bottle and try it. I will be getting more of this. Great taste and easy to drink.

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Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Gusher ALERT!!! I opened the bottle and saw how quickly the carbonation began to rise and nearly choked trying to salvage it by putting my mouth to the bottle.

A: Pours a pinkish purple, like watered down cranberry juice and a very champange like head that builds quickly but dissipates just as fast. Some sediment sits at the bottom of the glass as well

S: Tart fruity aroma with notes of brett and sourness. Not much sweetness just funk. The funk however is not vinegary or overwhelming.

T: Nice amount of blackberries that provide a good tartness. Some funk, but not overly complex, just enough to keep sour freaks happy.

M: A bit harsh, and difficult to even sip, think champagne all the way.

D: Like champagne , this one is really easy to put back. You need to sip it slowly because of the harsh feel but the taste is very subtle that would be appealing to a wide variety of people.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy shit, lot of gunsmoke upon popping the cap. Pours into my Leffe goblet with a ton of pinkish carbonation and a bright rose-colored body. For a wild ale/lambic type of beer, the head retention is outstanding.

Blackberry, grape, and Sweet Tarts in the nose along with some old barrel. Bright, potent aroma.

This tastes a lot like sour candy. I'm glad that blackberry comes through here rather than being buried entirely beneath sour and funk. Vinous overtones from the cabernet barrels are present, though not quite to the extent I expected. Sour, but not stomach-churningly so. In the finish, a little kiss of hop.

Feel-wise, I was very afraid that this was going to show as overcarbonated. It certainly looks it, but thankfully it doesn't really manifest on the palate to that extent. It's perilously close, though.

I think my closest analogy to this beer is Cantillon's St. Lamvinus, grape lambic in red wine barrels. This is not as toe-curlingly sour, nor as flavor-intense. However, it is a well-put-together and delightful beer with a ton of crossover appeal. It's complex and sour enough to warrant at least a nod from BA sourheads, yet also accessible enough and wine-like enough to appeal to women who don't necessarily like beer. I love this series Goose Island has done, the Matilda/Sofie/Juliet trilogy. I'm going to call it "The Women of Goose Island"....

Side note, with the carbonation as it stands after just a half-year, I'm not sure I really want to sock this one away for 5 years, if there's still fermentable sugar in there for Brett to work on.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this from the extremely generous sholland119. Thanks, Scott! This batch was bottled Aug 14, 2009

The pour is gorgeous, a beautiful crimson color with excellent clarity and a large, bubbly pinkish-white head that falls off choppily. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well, this is one very attractive beer.

The nose is great too, quite Bretty with a definite bandaid character, some barnyard and a nice, fruity component with a lot of berry character. The reserved acidity and mellow fruit character sets the blackberry character apart as unique from other berried-beers. Solid stuff, there's a mild vinegar character too.

The flavor palate opens with a distinct lactic and vinegar character, with the combination of clean lactic acid and high carbonation bringing to mind a good Berliner Weiss. Vinegar component is clean and mellow, akin to white wine vinegar. The blackberry character is quite well-expressed (reserved and non as strong as it could be, though). Fruity sweetness is apparent through the midpalate, along with a relatively reserved funk character, with grassy barnyard notes. Vanilla sweetness and a mild tannic character appear towards the drying finish, one that's a little disappointing in being a little watery. Light in body with high carbonation, this feels quite good on the palate, but didn't wow me as much as I was expecting. A little more body, and a shift from a lactic acid driven palate to a funkier one with a little more vinegar would make this beer truly wonderful. I'm also not sure I pick up much vinous character, and some of that would make this beer pretty epic. All told, a great wild ale, especially for a first attempt.

Edit: The addition of the yeast to the beer does improve the feel, specifically the body, a little bit and goes a someway towards improving the complexity, almost to the point where I'd give the taste a 4, but not quite.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy reddish-pink color with a light pink foamy head. Head is very thick despite gentle pour but settles relatively quickly to a solid one finger of foam.

S - Sour fruit aroma with lots of strawberry and hints of cherry syrup. Light woodiness as the beer warms. Light funkiness as well.

T - Sweet and sour with lots of fruit flavors. Much like the nose, strawberry and cherry come through the strongest. Very tart with hints of lemon in the back of the throat. Hints of barnyard and mustiness as the beer warms.

M/D - Light and very well carbonated. Verging on too much carbonation. Very lively in the mouth. Just the right balance of sweetness and sour in the beer to keep this one very drinkable.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to sproser for this and the rest of the beers in the badass box he sent my way.

Pours a reddish pink purpley hue, moderately hazy with a light pink head that rises easily (and slightly out of the bottle upon opening). The head reduces pretty quickly to a ring and spotty skim but leaves ok lacing.

Nose smells of wickedly dry wild yeast. A little bit of wood and some horseblanket funk is present, not getting a ton of fruit in the nose at first, but some tart berry comes out as it warms up a bit.

Wow. There's quite a bit going on here. Alot of tart wild flavor, some grassy barnyard presence, but not alot. The fruit does make its presence known, but is not anywhere near prominent. That being said, the fruit does come out a bit more as it warms up. A blackberry seed slight sweetness. There is a tiny touch of vinegar, but nowhere near the level that is found in something flemish (red/bruin) Some woody notes just before the tart finish, which is nice and dry, as it should be. Tart fruit and wild yeast linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is the main issue here. As far as viscosity, its great, perfect even, however, the carbonation is significantly high. It should be high for the style, which is why im not knocking it significantly, but this is a bit too much, any higher and it would be abrasive. I was suspect of this from the first moment, as it did gush out of the bottle, albeit only slightly.

Drinkability is quite good, and if not for the carbonation it would be downright excellent.

Overall, this one is a little bit messy as it sits, but it just reeks of potential (for both aging, and small tweaks by the brewers during the next batch) The carbonation makes me worry a touch about cellaring this one near any gems, but im gonna put some age on a bottle in the corner, hahaha. Other than that it shows great aging potential. This is a great beer, but i think the next batch (assuming they make a couple tweaks) with a little age on it could be a real gem. A fine beer.

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Photo of Redrover
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a great understated label with some good aging and brewer's notes.

Poured into a wide mouthed pint, the beer is a hazy dark straw/light red with a nice white head and lacing.

Nose of malts, yeast, berries and a bit of sweet tarts.

The taste is slightly tart with berries (black & red) cherries and lightly toasted crackers. Its sour but not off-putting. There are some spice notes late and some acidity.

The mouth is crisp & dry with active carbonation. I like this beer. It is a perfect size to split and savor with the wife. Another winner from Goose.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy, hazy reddish color, reminiscent of my mom's homemade applesauce, with a bubbly off-white cap and lots of yeast particulates and floaters suspended throughout the body.

S - Initial aroma combines the requisite band-aid character with a heap of sour fruit suggesting tart cherries and berries.

T - Quite sour and tart up front with a mild band-aid character.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture, perhaps a tad thin and watery overall. When combined with Juliet's moderate carbonation, the tart and sour qualities result in a bristly mouthfeel and quite a bit of pucker.

D - I found this to be very Cantillon-esque, perhaps a more lightweight version of a Belgian wild ale. However, Juliet remained quite drinkable throughout despite her tartness.

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric! Jay23 also hooked me up with a glass of this at DLD this year, so thanks to jay too.

22oz bottle, vintage 2009. sampled nov 15/09.

pours deep red with just a touch of haze. really pretty when held to the light. a thin wisp of white head forms, dropping almost immediately and leaving no trace of its presence.

aroma is good. malt vinegar. lemon. alcohol, and a bit of higher alcohols too. bit of grapefruit. white bread and cracker. horse blanket. bit of leather. some tobacco leaf too. bit of vanilla. earthy and woody.

taste is nice. lots of horse blanket and funk. lemon. malt and cider vinegars. red wine. vanilla and oak. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. bit of sour cherry. slightly earthy. horse blanket. leather. bit of oaky tannin.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. the acidic side is feeling a touch high, but it's pretty tasty and otherwise fairly balanced. a nice wild ale.

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to Lexx for a bottle, and I believe autumnaldave hooked me up too.

Pours a lightly hazed reddish orange, neat fruit juice colour, medium sized big bubbled off white head forms, settles to a thick ring around the glass and layer, small bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is neat, very acidic and funky, blackberries, strawberries, cherry candies, a bit of orange and pineapple, wood, vanilla, caramel, some sugary sweetness, assorted fruit juice, some barnyardy funk and sourness.

Taste is neat, very tart, acidic, some vinegar, lambic like, some wheat and sugar in the middle, lots of berry character, blackberries, wild cherries, strawberries, wood, vanilla, caramel, oranges, a bit of charred wood and big tartness in the finish, like unripe berries.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, very tart and dry in the finish, pretty neat stuff.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review number 200. Courtesy of Sholland119 for tossing this in our latest trade. Thank you Scott!

I read that this was a gusher...so I had my chouffe n'ice glass ready. Still shortly after the cracking of the cap I was assaulted by pink foam. Caught the majority of it.

Pours a light red with bright highlights when held to the light. after the initial 4 finger head off a gentle pour a nice one finger head that leaves some splotches on the side of the glass. Remaining head stays strong for a good deal of time. Fifteen minutes into drinking it and I still got some head. Looking good.

Smell is slightly musky. a sweet/tart berry cuts through the musky scent like a champ.

Great tartness on first sip as well as a big appearance of the wine barrel in the taste. A decent yeasty quality in the back ends but not to much. Very balanced. I can't get enough of this blackberry it hits in spades as the beer warms.

It might be a touch over carbonated but I really dont seem to mind. leaves a pleasant taste on the palate. Dry and delicious.

I am onto my second pour as I write this so is Juliet drinkable? I would say so.

Great experience with this. Thanks again to Scott. This is going right back onto my wants list.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle from batch number 2. poured into my duvel tulip and served just above cellar temp.

A- this one pours a light pinkish red colored body with a very pink colored three finger head. the head takes a while to go down and leaves behind a wall of lacing. ive heard that this particular batch has the tendency to gush, but not my bottle.

S- musty/earthiness up front. mildly acidic. i can detect the barrel alot more in this one than i can in other similarly treated beers. fresh berries. not as sweet as i would expect a fruit infused beer like this to be, which isnt a bad thing.

T- very musty and earthy like in the nose. the acidic tartness is alot less than i was expecting. the berries and barrel make themselves known. very well balanced and not very extreme which is nice for a change.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated. finishes dry which i like.

D- easy to polish this one off and was left wishing i had more. something id like to check out more often, but the price tag is quite the deterrent.

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

Had this on Darkness Day

Bottled Aug. 14, 2009

Pours a light peach pint color. The head is white with a pink hue to it.

Aroma: tart fruits, very sour, raspberries, strawberries, and more fruit.

Taste: Very sour again with a lot of raspberries. Big strawberry flavor. Fresh hops. Very nice and well done.

Mouthfeel: Fresh feel to it and very refreshing. Very clean. Medium bodied. High, but good carbonation. Sour and tart.

Overall, another one of those beers that I just want more of. Easy drinking and a ton of nice sour flavors. I can't wait to see what age does to this one.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a word of warning, open this over the sink, bottle exploded and sprayed all over the place.

A - Beautiful pale reddish pink with a nice foamy head. This almost looks like a pink champaign in some ways. Not what I think of when I think beer but very nice.

S - You definately get the wine and barrel influence here. Fruit has a nice presence, very sweet and tart smelling.

T - Love this stuff. This is very much like a slightly less tart and less dry Temptation by RR. Blackberry is good with a mild oaky taste that only adds to the good flavor.

M - Light bodied and carbonated.

D - Can happily get this down and drink it all day.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a mellow a red, almost strawberry in color with a light pink head. There are lots of nice yeast floaties. It pours with tons of carbonation but is gone quickly with a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is light but nice and tart. The dominating flavor is blackberries.

The taste is good, has nice tartness but is not very powerful. It needs to be little more tarty but its very drinkable.

Update based on 2010 bottled. This version is brand new. Biggest difference is the aroma, very buttery, not very tart. Still not a big fan of this beer, 2009 is probably better.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second daughter was born in September and we named her Juliet. So I sought a 2009 bottle of this beer, which is not very easy to find based on its very limited availability. I owe a big thank you to someone who I probably should not name.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangish-pink with a light pinkish head that foamed up excessively at first but settled back, leaving some light lacing behind.

Smell: Very tart with a strong fruitiness, especially apple and blackberry, but some clove and earthiness comes through as well. Slight alcohol detected.

Taste: Tart fruity malts with pepper and only a slight blackberry taste, at least at first. As I made my way through the bomber it opened up and became more complex, and the blackberry, oak and wine-like characteristics became more noticeable.

Feel: High carbonation, with a light body and dry-tart finish. Feels spritzy when first poured but turns smoother as some time passes.

Drinkability: Very drinkable sour ale that is a little more simple and approachable than many others. Quite excellent.

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Photo of malcontent
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ack! Penalty! Yes, we have a gusher and around these parts we dock you points when you waste precious beer. As for the beer that DID make it into the glass, it's beautiful. Massive three fingers of pink-ish head is fed by a swarm of bubbles originating from a cloudy, rose-like body.

Almost overwhelming mustiness, but I like how it's softened by a sharp fruit tartness from underneath. Spicy, vinous phenols creep up from the backside. Layered and complex.

First off, the sour tartness is lovely and understated (perhaps too restrained?!). Soft yet bitter fruitiness deftly showcases the blackberries without bowling over the malt body. Funky, saison-like dryness lingers on for a nuanced, mature finish.

For such a monumental head, the carbonation is maintained masterfully. Never does the spritzy nature of the drink hurt the ability to taste the broad spectrum of flavors. The crisp acidity of this beer makes the a brilliant (if expensive) potential partner for an array of foods. This may be the finest thing to come out of Goose Island, which considering it's company (BCS, Matilda, Naughty Goose, et. al.) is quite an accomplishment.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't think I'll be buying beer for a while after throwing down some serious cash on a few bottles of this stuff. Hope it's worth it as I've heard very very good things about this beer.

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

A: Certainly pours an interesting color, a sort of reddish pink coming out of the bottle and adds just a touch of that color to the ample head on this beer. Carbonation is quite active, but not overly so with nice ropes of bubbles trickling up from the sides of my glass with a nice, thick curtain of pinkish white lace wrapping around the side of the glass. This beer is a marvel to behold, so pretty.

S: Very jammy as Greg Hall said on his twitter a few months back. It's been a while since I've had a sour but I'm taken back by the subtlety of this beer, very soft on the sourness in the nose, sour berries caress the nostrils here, raspberry, blackberry and a touch of hayloft funkiness to bring everything together. It's all so very quiet here.

T/MF: Well there is no doubt this beer's a sour as I get that familiar pucker in the throat as the beer first hits my tongue. Sour raspberry,apricot and blackberry, slightly woody with a white wine kind of fruity acidity and taste. The overall sock you in the face sourness that say a beer like Beatification has is not found here and that's okay, a little bit of sour goes a long way in my opinion. Given some time to aerate in the glass the tart berry flavors of the nose and the first few sips become more apparent, bolder. Feel is great, tart on the tip of the tongue, lingering sourness in the back with a solidly constructed carbonation providing an excellent, almost solidly chewy, texture. Aftertaste brings additional flavors not apparent in the initial tasting, the flavors here are softer, woodier with a lingering fruitiness that reminds you of the beers finer points.

D: This would be a fantastic introduction to sour beers for anyone who is interested, though it may be a bit hard to come across. Knowing how much I paid for this beer I am trying as hard as I can not to gulp this beer down because it is just so gosh darn refreshing, it's a shame this beer was released in the fall it would have been an excellent compliment to summer. Can't wait to see what a few years might do to my other bottle.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 poured from 22oz bomber into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Woah, we have a gusher here! Pours a mirky ruby reddish color with a light pink/off-white colored head. Reminds me of fruit punch.

S - Nice funky, sour/tart notes, subtle berry sweetness. Not super funky, but enough to let you know that it's there and it means business. The sweetness really evens out the funk. Really a nice combo when blended all together.

T - Medium tart/sour notes, berries, and oak from the cabernet barrels. Not super-sour, but there's enough to keep me interested in this one. Tart sour cherry and oak finish.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation (maybe a little too much), dry finish.

D - A great wild from Goose that I hope they keep making for future batches. I would like to try a batch #1 to see what (if any) differences there are.

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Photo of Overlord
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deaconbluez, who really hooked me up.

Pours a light pinkish purplish reddish thing. Small white foam head.

Smells like ... cherries? ... some sort of berry, anyway, but one that's a bit unripe and still sour. Some oak notes in aroma. And ... not much else, actually. Pretty straight-forward sour/oak aroma.

Taste has a bit of funk, but not that much. It's mostly sour berries/cherries, a big oak backing, and a bit o' sweetness to go with the vinegar. Flavor is a bit thin, actually ... it's a kinder, gentler introduction to the world of American Wild Ales.

Sparkling, effervescent, quite drinkable for a sour.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.