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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,481
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 488
Gots: 479 | 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 boothbeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with pecorasc. Bottled August 14, 2009.

A: This one was a gusher. Pink foam spewed out of this as we cracked it open. Super carbonated. Pours a dark ruby red grapefruit color. I am amazed at how bright red this is. Tons of light pink head made up of really big airy bubbles.

S: Smells of sour citrus and berries. Hints of the wine barrels its aged in. Also get some cherry smells.

T: Sour berries and grapes up front. Nice amount of sweetness which blends well with the sourness. Not too much funk with this one. I guess you could say this is more tart than sour because of the citrus and sweetness. The aging with blackberries is a nice touch. Really enjoyed this beer.

M: Surprisingly balanced. I thought it would be super carbonated, almost champagne-like, but it isnt. Much smoother than I expected. Dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. At 6.7%, this sour goes down really easily. Next time I am in Chicago I will be picking up more than one bottle.

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

Big thanks go out to hoppymcgee for this one in a recent trade. 22oz bottle, bottled Aug 14, 2009.

A: Orange/pink in color with an incredible soft pink head that continues to billow out of the bottle, this was a gusher when opened. Bubbles are light and quite active in their motion. Even after the first pours, foam continues to rise up in the bottle. Chunks of purple berry sediment float to the top of the remaining head. Fairly cloudy as well.

S: Funk and lemons, smells quite tart, a few notes of blackberries and raspberries. Slightly woody as well. Doesn't have an overwhelming barnyard sweaty horse stink to it, but it is fairly funky. The lemon sourness really stands out.

T: Not the flavor I was expecting at all. Initial flavors of lemon and a slight funkyness gives way to a blackberry preserves flavor way in the back, has a few notes of vanilla as well. The funk is definitely there though and has a distinct soil/dirt profile to it, but not in a bad way. Slightly medicinal as well. Nice flavors but overall a little bit light. Very delicate flavors here.

M: Light and spritzy like seltzer water, fairly lactic, makes my spit very thick, not puckeringly sour, but it works here. Nice.

D: Very easy to drink, its hard to believe this beer is almost 7%, nice flavors, but are a little delicate. This would make for a nice introduction to wild ales, and maybe even beer as a whole for a wine drinker. Nice beer, recommended.

Thanks Greg!

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Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, acquired in a trade quite a few months ago...dont remember who but thanks! served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass

A - massive, billowing puffy cloud of foam taking over the glass. the head has a slight pinkish ruby hue to it, quite interesting. specks of sediment, like wine "rinds" cover the top. the beer is pretty hazy, and a magnificent reddish purple color. very spotty lacing.

S - tartness mostly at first, before some belgian yeast characteristics make their way in. there's definitely some funk creeping in the second half...joined by tart cherries, soapyness, slight oak.

T - somewhat mild compared to the nose. tartness again right off the bat, with a delicate teasing of sourness at the back sides of the tongue. has that clean but slightly spiced kick of a saison. yeast dances around throughout each sip. hints of cherries, blackberries, soap, cinnamon, cloves.

M - bright and lively carbonation comes to life in the mouth. pretty dominating, but very nice and refreshing after sitting and calming after a few minutes. thin and crunchy body. prickly and dryish finish and quite acidic.

D - an interesting one, especially on the eyes and nose. threading that fine line between sour, tart, and funk...going more in one direction might give this beer a better identity. maybe this is slightly past its prime. 22oz is perfect to split.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one sent to me by my girlfriend as part of my birthday package (along with two seasonal Cantillon releases!). Thanks again!

Appearance- This has to be the best looking wild ale I have ever poured. My bottle pours a beautiful hazy raspberry burgundy with an enormous three fingers of sherbety pink head. Furthermore, the head has amazing retention and stays really puffy and large for about two thirds of the drink before dying back to about a quarter finger and sticking around for the rest of the drink. Lovely.

Smell- Surprisingly mild nose. A very mild whiff of lactic tartness along with an assortment of sour mixed berries. Detectable hint of blackberry, along with a little raspberry and maybe even blueberry. Nice but muted.

Taste- Again, rather mild but enjoyable. Starts off with the mixed berries, tilting more towards the blackberries and a little red raspberry. Some very mild funk along with a very mild lactic tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel leans towards the thin and watery side and the carbonation seems surprisingly absent despite the massive head. However, it is decent for the style. The drinkability is pretty good on this one though because of the mild but decently complex taste. A good intro for sours.

Overall, not a mind-blowing American Wild Ale but one of the best looking ones I've ever seen. A decent intro to the style and worth a shot on the whole though.

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

My 600th review and doing it in style. Been wanting to get a bottle of this for quite some time and found this bottle while on a recent trip to Chicago. Pours a dark orange/pink color with an enormous light pink head that fell slowly, but the bubbles were so big that it left virtually no lacing. It couldn't have looked much better on the initial pour. Big berry and tart lemon notes on the nose, light on the barnyard funk, but it's there buried beneath the fruit and the subtle oakiness. Upon first sip, this beer has a wonderful sourness, tart and lemony, mild red wine flavors, then slowly turns dry with a light rasberry-like tartness. The funk and tartness mingles well with the light fruit and is easily quaffable. The only complaint I have with this beer is that nothing really stands out with it. It's very light and very accessible for someone new to the style, but I'm liking it a lot, nonetheless. Carbonation is a little stingy at first, but a few swirls really calms it down and brings out some more fruity aromas. This is a fantastic brew, and I wish I would have picked up two bottles of this instead of the let down that was Allagash Interlude.

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Photo of kels
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

***disclaimer - if you're reading this review and want to trade me a Juliet, please send a BM***

I am not a wild ale drinker. That said, I loved this beer. Thanks so much for sharing at the Holiday Inn tasting unclejedi:)

Pours a nice light cranberry color with hazy shades of apricot throughout. Tons of quick little carbonation bubbles float throughout and feed a well-retained bubbly white skim.

Nice tart sweetness, even smells sticky, bit of yeast and a little light berry essence on the nose.

Feel is like drinking a soda or bubbly wine. Good sweet-tart berry taste, there's a little funk in the aftertaste that has a tinge of that "turned" flavor, definitely citrusy; lots of sugariness in the back that reminds me of rock candy. Feel is incredibly fizzy and light. Super refreshing and tasty.

Drinkability is undeniably high. It is almost not even like drinking beer or alcohol. More like deliciously fizzy juice. An altogether wonderful beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rapberry with a thin beige head.

Nose has tart blackberries, oak, red wine, barnyard funk and fruity malts.

Taste has wild berries, merlot, wood, funky yeast and sour cherries.

Medium body is well carbonated. Nice dry and acidic finish. Tasty stuff, well balanced.

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Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle opened to a surprising overflow... after a run to the sink, Juliet pours a bright red with hints of pink and purple. A gentle pour gives an inch of white/pink head with small purple specks here and there. Settles down and leaves about a 1/4 inch with decent lacing.
S- Lots of fruit... Cherries, raspberries, even a bit of blueberry up front, with some oak, red wine and funk in the back.
T- Not nearly as much going on in the taste as there is in the smell. Taste at first reminds me of a Tomme cheese, then opens up to strawberries, grassy barnyard hay funk provides a slightly sour, almost bitter flavor. An almost unpleasantly odd sour berry/antiseptic bitterness in the finish.
M- Light body, very dry highly carbonated mouthfeel finishes clean and astringent. Carbonation isnt over the top like some wild/sours ive had but compliments the dryness.
D- This beer seems to have everything going on for it but the taste... Hopefully it will get better as I adjust to the sourness. Not sure if I will be able to finish this bottle on my own, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of route66pubs
2.58/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After much hype and repeated efforts, I was ecstatic to grab this in a trade. I had REALLY high hopes for it. Alas, while Wild Ales intrigue me, they are not my favorite thing. So that should be noted going into this review. Bottled on August 14, 2009 - tasted on 1/23/10.

The bottle opened with a pop, and before pouring could commence, a thick head was oozing from the bottle. The initial pour into a tulip glass resulted in 1/3 beer, 2/3 fluffy perfectly white head, which nicely subsided so that more brew could be poured into the glass. The second pour revealed a beer with a rosy hint to its amber color. Once held up to the light, a small amount of sediment was noticeable in the bottom of the glass.

The bottle states "Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries." The blackberry notes do not disappoint, but the fruitiness of the blackberry aromas overpower any hint of wine. This, in my opinion, is a good thing. The slight spicy aroma of brett is also distinguishable, but remains secondary.

I had high hopes for this beer. I feel let down to some extent. The wine flavor - Pinot, perhaps? - pushes so much away. The blackberries fall to a secondary state, but not much else seems to be there. A hint of spice comes through as well, but that could be the carbonation.

This is effervescence through and through. The carbonation combined with the brett kick at your tongue. It almost screams of soda pop throughout. Not in a great way. It feels like sitting on this and letting the carbonation drop would VASTLY improve this beer, as it feels too candy-like to drink and enjoy at the moment.

And it's that mouthfeel that ruins the drinkability for me. It's seems so carbonated and so sweet that it no longer feels like an ale. Wild, yes. Ale, no. The bottle states "develops in teh bottle for up to 5 years" and I would like to know how that changes this brew. But now, 5-6 months after bottling, it is still too young to enjoy to its fullest.

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

An off white head jumps off to nearly two fingers and fades to a skim in nearly 3 minutes. Body is a hazy apple cider color in tone. Nose is distinctly tart with a real brett horse blanket feel up front. It has some raspberry and powdery sweet candy in the smell also. This beer immediately delivers on the super sour feel up front with a very brett induced tartness. This is very funky with a consistent mineral feel to the palate. Such a firm bold malt profile really balances the tartness to perfection. Mouthfeel is thick yeasty and really dough based and overall truely attractive. This is a perfectly drinkable sour that I wish I had a lot more of.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Aug. 14th, 2009.

(A)- Pours a pale, but brilliant ruby red color that produced a gargantuan pink colored fluffy yet effervescent head that is still sticking around a 3+ finger size even after a few minutes time. Some of those bubbles are sticking to the sides of the glass; just fantastic retention on this.

(S)- Man, you can really smell the red fruits & oak from the red wine barrels. Some awesome cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruits. Yeasty, but is subtle. A touch of hay & finishes in a dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. The same great fruits with the blackberries as the focus & a super dry middle ground. Bits of oak & hay with just a tiny bit of tart/bitterness.

(M)- A nice big carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue; great for the style, but actually it is just a tad too much. If you let it sit for a bit, that mellows down to a great more accessible level. Balanced, with that great dryness, tart, and barnyard nuances. Basic to a point, but dynamic in what it offers the palate to figure out.

(D)- A fantastic wild ale with a great flavor to it. Now, I havent had very many wild ales at this point, but I am really loving this one! The high fizzy carbonation may turn you off initially, but seriously... let it mellow for 20 minutes or so and you are good to go. Fruity, with a classic tart, almost sour kick. Very drinkable with only a 6.7% abv. This 22oz. bottle didnt last long, nor will the next one! The bottle says it can be aged for up to 5 years. . . I will definitely try to grab a few of these for the cellar.

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

22oz bottle split into pint glasses

Pours a cloudy pinkish color with big frothy ale head that fades fairly quickly. Smells sour -- blackberries are definitely evident.

Taste is sour with a little strawberry flavor. Maybe a little dishwater taste. Has a little Hawaiian Punch theme going on.

Mouthfeel is a little grainy, but light and airy.

Drinkable and enjoyable, but keep in mind that this is a sour beer at heart.

Originally reviewed under the wrong Juliet.

2013 bottle enjoyed on Groundhog's day 2014. Left the sediment in the bottle, so this time it's pretty clear.

I don't have a clear recollection of a flavor three years ago, but I think this is sourer, and less Hawaiian punchy. More sweet tarty. I might give it higher ratings this time.

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Photo of fropones
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! 2009 Batch 2

A - Pours a nice beautiful red that is a cross between a tomato and an orange. A nice pinkish 3 finger bubbly, foamy head that goes does down to about 1 finger. Beautiful. Nice streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma of cherry skins and vinegar. Some funkiness, some strawberries, some wood. Very interesting aroma.

T - Flavor of cherries and boatloads of strawberries. Not especially sour, but tart. The fact that it is not super sour does not detract from it, but rather let some of its other flavors shine. Some raspberries here as well.

M - So carbonated that it almost detracts from the beer. It sort of foams up a bit every sip you take. Extremely effervescent. Nice astringency. After a while the effervescence goes down some and the beer becomes more drinkable and less "foaming in the mouth." Nice dryness.

D - Once the extreme carbonation subsides, it is nicely drinkable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of bruachan
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pink! it pours a wicked pink and i'm thinking to myself "oh damn", 'cause it's way pink (not just Rose de Gambrinus, but Lindenmans). the foam is slightly lighter shade of pink, and a nice tight foam for a wild beer. it's a clear and spritzy brew (i can even hear the suds vanishing--snapcracklepop!). the pink is dark and lusty...almost red. when the head fades a big collection of ringlets remains

the aroma is deliciously sour--edgy, gueze lactic tartness with a good sampling of berry sweetness

delish to the taste, featuring two levels of sour yeast work: acidic up front with wild-type funk to follow (this grows as the brew warms, as well). sour is certainly the predominant flavor, though berries can be found, mostly before the finish which finish is dry and hops accentuate this. berry sweetness appears with the first injection of sour, as well (reminds me of sour patch kids or something)

the mouthfeel is crisp, wthout being extremely thin (still thin, though). my gf referred to a gueze the other day as "champagney" and i think she'd be apt to do so tonight as well--dry, acidic

i'm not really sure what to say of the wine or barrells (which formerly contained said wine), since i don't really pick them up; i would be very interested to have a taste pre-barrell

not quite Drei Fontainen but %^&ing delicious nevertheless

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

(Served in a chalice) bottled Aug14
A- This beer pours a cranberry red body with a slight hazy and a sea of microbubbles boiling at the surface. There is a thick wispy head with tiny berry specks suspended in it.
S- This beer has a dry tartness wit a grapefruit rind note and a plastic note that grows in the finish. The finish has a white wine note that grows with a hint of clorine.
T- This beer has a big tartness with some berry qualities and a soft brett note. There is a bitter bite in the finish that has some grapefruit rind qualities with a dry berry hint and a concord grape note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft astringency and a fizz bite in the finish.
D- This beer has a big tartness and a big grapefruit bite but not much else. I don't know if age will help but the brett notes are pretty soft in the background.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/6/09 courtesy of Hophead101

A - pours an orangish red with very little foam.

S - aroma of light cherries, some wine, grapes, nice brett as well

T - hints of fruit along with a slightly funkiness to it, nothing too strong, slightly tart, brett isn't overpowering at all

M/D - crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation, very nice flavor and balance all around, I try to grab this whenever i seen one.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 2009. Poured to my glass with a pink/redish hue. Quickly frothing two finger head expands and slowly crackles atop my glass. Visible carbonation is continuous throughout this tasting.

A funky and slightly acidic nose abounds. Hints of sharp citrus/grapefruit are present. Notes of dried raspberries/strawberries also appear.

Taste is interesting and complex. I'm finding more dried strawberry mixed in with a very carbonated citrus taste. White grape also comes to mind. Mouthfeel is laced with sharp carbonation. A desireable dryness is achieve at the end of each quaff.

I found this to be a very decent offering from Goose Island. I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did, but would love to have another couple bottles. I have not yet been let down by their "Belgian Style" beers.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice. Beer was a hazy strawberry color, with a three-finger foamy head. Heavy carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was brett, berries, light funk and bread. Great aroma.

Taste was sweet raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, very light tart taste along with some oak. Well balanced and drinkable.

Very enjoyable and elegant beer.

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Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade with ImperialKing - thanks Jeff!

Pours a light pink! color with lots of explosive and expressive head.

Smell is wild brett, blackberries, raspberries, yeast. Smells amazing!

Taste is subdued compared to more sour or tart wild ales, but this has a bit of those flavors. Just not lactic or sharp compared to some of the most highly regarded examples of the style. What Juliet does well is showcase how an American Wild can refresh and still challenge the expectations of both newbies and the old and jaded. I liked the fruit flavors - blackberries, cherries - and I really dug how this beer has some wine characteristics from the wood and fruit. There's also a healthy amount of Brett that adds some sophistication to the mix.

Mouthfeel was great - effervescent and amazing. Drinkability was also a strength. Glad to have had the chance, and I'm also very interested to keep a bottle around for a while and see where she goes. While this wasn't anything near a Cantillon or Russian River in terms of bold flavor, Juliet was a really nice beer!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy head a-roonies!!! I barely get two ounces in the glass an I'm overwhelmed with head. Very spectacular looking, but a bit much at the same time. The color is a juicey and carbonated light merlot and amber. Holy wine barrel aged funk with a little monk! This beer hasthe aromas of blackberry, vine, oak, and some earthy yeast funk. Tart wine grapes mingle with fruity and also tart blackberries. The funky yeast just encourages the wine barrel flavors. Lots of grapes and blackberries, but also a little toasted wood thrown in to this diverse grab-bag. Funky yeast and to different fruit flavors make the flavors of this wild ale pretty complex. The palate is tart and fruity orchard farm funky. Lots of carbonation visible and palatable. Very nice offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not very wild, if you catch my drift.

The appearance is of pink champagne, or grapefruit juice. It is almost pink with with a really gorgeous orange hue to it. It comes very carbonated with a two finger head that appears to be a light tint of rouge. Head sticks around and gives a very light lacing.

The smell is of light cherries, some wine dryness and Brett. There is a lot of musty Brett smells in this.

The taste is not very sour or strong by any means. It would be a great starter for someone looking into "Belgian Style" Wild Ales. There are light hints of fruit, blueberry, raspberry, and green sweet apples. It is tart, but in a very subtle way. Very sweet with fruits, this is not mouth watering or saliva inducing. There is a dry white wine characteristic to it that is very enjoyable. as well. It tastes good, but I want something that makes my tongue revolt in horror at the overwhelming sourness.

The mouthfeel is carbonated in my enjoyment and not very thick at all. This is really easy to drink and my bottle left pretty fast. It is thirst quenching and tasty, flavorful and interesting. This is a good beer but not what I was hoping for.


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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2009 - bottled Aug 14) received in trade with homebrew311. Thanks! Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a bright translucent ruby red/pink with a two fingered cap of pinkish tan head. Head gets coated sparsely in dirty fruit residue, it would appear - maybe yeast though, that gives an uneven coloring. Only a minor detractor, but worth notice. Very active beer with lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head never really completely dissipates - falls to a low skim coat...like a dusting of pink snow on top. Lots of foamy pinkish lacing left on the glass.

S - Huge red wine aroma...fruity, tannic, tart. Lots of berry character. A touch of funk, smells a little bretty, horseblankets mainly, but very minor. Overall gives a sour and fruity impression...can't wait to taste this one.

T - Surprisingly not especially sour at all. It definitely has some tart aspects, but this isn't the focus. Brett plays more of a role than in the aroma, funky and barnyardy - enhanced by the aroma on every inhale. Just a touch of woody oak. Lots of sour fruits - berries, apples, lemons. Lots of white wine like character...quite acidic and fruity. Pretty refreshing.

M - On the thin side, but not to the point of being watery. Very high carbonation level. The carbonation seems to propel/enhance the sour fruit in here. Very active beer that tingles and stings the entire mouth...even foams a bit as it hits the tongue.

D - Good and fruity wild ale...not overly sour - rather refreshing. This would be a great summer beer, but works well even in the winter. Probably good for those getting introduced to wild ales. This is good now, but think I'd like to try to put some age on a bottle or two and see how this progresses.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks, JamnesCameron!

Reddish/pinkish/purplish pour. Blackberry colored foam. Really, the foam kind of reminds me of a daiquiri in texture, right down to the black skins/seeds.

Aroma is of sweet yet tart blackberries. Like a blackberry SweetTart, but not artificial. Very light funk. Seems like it would be an outstanding introductory sour.

Flavor follows. Sweet and tart, lightly woody taste. Not really vinegary or acidic. Lots of subtle flavor.

Champagne-like feel. Light body, high carbonation. Airy texture. Much more drinkable than most sours. With most sour beers, a few ounces is more than enough, but a whole bomber of this wouldn't be a problem.

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