Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottle courtesy of GRM: Poured a cloudy reddish color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sour cherries and raspberries with sour notes, light oak and barnyard. Taste is a nice mix between some lacto, sour cherry and sour notes with light vinous feel and a strong barnyard finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice level of complexity while retaining good drinkability qualities.
10-31-2011 17:10:49 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Borrowing inspiration from traditional sour ale brewers and blenders of Belgium, America has planted itself as formidable as any when it comes to these sharply acidic ales.
Goose Island hits home with a rouge hued creation with soft peach highlights- looks something akin to red grapefruit juice. The beer builds a creamy white cap that is somewhat fluid and liquified with remarkable lacing power.
A lot of musty fruit and wine character fill the nose with the more tart and acidic attributes of fermented fruit. Tart cherries, green apples, green grapes, white wine vinegar, cider, raspberries, and blackberries- all seem dusted with the must of sandalwood and hard candies.
Flavors are even drier in taste and more acidic than even the nose suggests as the flavor of cherries, berries, apples, and grapes deliver a juicy taste but without the associated sweetness of fruit. Instead, the mild and rounded flavor of dried wood, almond, vanilla, and oak with the vinous character of dry red wines with mild hop bitterness.
Dry, dry, and more dry as the mouth puckering sourness offers a clean and crisp lactic refreshment with only subtle support of dry malt carbonation and almond-like starch. Once the carbonation recedes even before the middle palate, the palate stripping cleansing of acidity shuts the door on the finish. Only an aftertaste of tart fruit exists in a short lived aftertaste.
All that's lacking is the intensity of complementary flavors to accompany the fruit in the same way that Belgian lambics do. In the end, the beer has a more simplified palate as does some like Cantillon and 3 Fontienen.
05-25-2012 19:38:17 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-27-2009 03:33:48 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
Thank you to Jeff for sending me a couple of these way back. Opened one up on the 4th weekend.
I made sure this one was ice cold to avoid gushing and opened it over the sink just in case. No beer lost, but it did foam up quite aggressively.
A: The pour is a cloudy pink-orange color with a very fluffy head that is mostly white but perhaps has a pinkish hue to it.
S: Quite a bit of fruitiness to the nose. Raspberries and strawberries seem to be the most noticeable, along with a hint of lemon and grapes. A fair amount of oak to this one as well.
T: Surprisingly vinous in terms of the flavor. Lots of oak, red grapes, raspberries, and blackberries. The sourness is not as intense as other wilds, but the tartness is nice.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is very plentiful, perhaps too much so at first. But as the beer calms down from its initial gushing, it is more pleasant.
D: A pretty easy to drink wild ale. Not overly sour, but good fruit character and a nice bit of oak to it. Glad to have another bottle.
07-08-2010 01:22:09 | More by womencantsail
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
2009 Vintage. Bottled August 14.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, reddish-pink body with a very tall, rather fizzy, lightly pink head.
Smell: Airy nose of tart-scented berry-based spread, oak-based barrels, and a particularly small spoonful of salty bleu cheese crumbles tucked in back.
Taste: There's a brief, light opening of sweet maltiness. A handful of berries, both ripened and unripened, firmly funky barnyard phenolics, and with a robust, zesty oak wood presence throughout. Though blackberries were used, it all keeps coming up tartish raspberries. Not overtly flavorful, the fruit, though ample for the proceedings. Modesty lactic. Cracklingly acidic. You'll likely pucker. One drop of lemon juice, then a continued subtle fruitiness into the dry, fizzy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: There's freely wild funkiness, there's fruit, and plenty of bubbles. Interesting and enjoyable for a bottle's worth.
01-05-2011 17:45:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
05-16-2012 03:51:15 | More by TMoney2591
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-01-2009 19:34:12 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-06-2012 02:37:54 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
09-08-2009 03:32:55 | More by largadeer
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
11-12-2008 19:58:11 | More by RblWthACoz
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
10-13-2011 02:26:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
07-23-2010 18:21:27 | More by drabmuh
Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
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