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Juliet - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1108
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%


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:
A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.

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pigc

Nebraska

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Version

A - Pours a reddish copper color with one finger head that fades rather quickly.

S - Sour raspberries, apple cider, tart funkiness, oak, white wine.

T - Tart cherries and blackberries right up front followed by a acidic vinegary mid-palate. Brett funk is definitely there with a considerable amount of sourness. Chardonnay flavors come through in the finish.

M - Fairly thin with a decent amount of mouth puckering.

O - Nicely complex wild ale. Wine barrels are not my favorite for aging but they do a nice job with Juliet. Not my favorite sour but well worth trying out if you get a chance. Well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:13:33 | More by pigc
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pastradul

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a stemless redwine glass. 2010 batch

As soon as you pour you get the smell of sour cherries flying up into you face. A somewhat rough pour produces a light pink head the leaves quickly. When you go in for more smell... you get a good amount of light earth funk mixed with tart red fruit.

The taste is fantastic tons fo ripe juicy cherry in the front and as it moves across the palate the tartness takes over and leaves the back of the throat with a nice ting and the cheeks puckered.

Split this with 3 friends but easily could have drank the whole bomber myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 23:50:25 | More by pastradul
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rodkin

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent pinkish red. Not really much head to speak of, but there's visible champagne-like carbonation. Very pretty color, looks tasty!

Smell of tart grapes and blackberry. The cabernet barrels leave a really nice oaky wine smell as well.

Taste is blackberry, oak, grape, some acidity and a hint of spice on the way down that lingers a bit. Nice balance of sweetness and tartness. It's actually quite a bit less tart than I expected. Definitely not mouth-puckering. It's quite refreshing, very easy to down.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Well carbonated, with a medium body. Perfect for the hot weather.

I quite liked this. Not incredible, but very pleasant and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:49:40 | More by rodkin
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shleepy

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Good amber color. Virtually no head.

S: Very heavy oak that mixes in with the acidity for an almost gasoline-like or white-out-like smell. I think there may be jam flavors in there, as well.

T: Heavy oak - even tree sap. Not all that sour, actually. Some bitterness (balanced by sourness / oakiness) in the finish. Light berry flavors.

M: Fairly light and very drinkable. Mine wasn't very carbonated.

O: It's well-balanced, other than the overwhelming oakiness, and has "interesting meta-flavors," but lacks subtlety and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:58:15 | More by shleepy
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hayesez

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Have had this bottle downstairs for about six months or so and figured I'd crack it open to share at a friend's pre-wedding gathering. Shared with several non-connoisseurs...but kept half for myself!

Poured into the Portsmouth snifter that will remain at Kate's for the next two years. Man this thing was carbonated. Nice fluffy pink-hued head with about one-finger of beer. This thing frothed up quickly! Literally, poured about and eight of the snifter and the very fluffy loosely-packed head poked out of the top of the glass. Dozens of tiny maroon specks graced the surface of the head...interesting. A small amount of lace is left behind. The actual beer is a darker pink color; it looks like a blush wine. There are plenty of particulates floating around.

The smell of brett is immediately obvious. There are some gentle sweeter fruits in there was well, but honestly I can't discern exactly what they are. I'm still getting all of my senses back after battling a cold. The sour smell is definitely there.

Based solely on the nose, I expected there to be more flavor than there was. The funkiness is definitely there but the rest of the taste is very distant. There is still some of the sweetness that the nose insinuates, but again, it is mild. Tastes softly of berries and a hint of vinegar. Also difficult to get past is the very carbonated fizziness that certainly detracts. I guess it is well documented that this beer has the potential to gush a bit - it definitely detracts from the mouthfeel. The tart and sour are there, but subdued. The finish is very dry.

Drank half of the bottle, but had some trouble solely because of the seltzer-like carbonation. I thought the champagne was going to be after the wedding. Not a bad beer, but a bit watered down from what I was anticipating. Hopefully Goose Island will continue to mess around with sours...there aren't that many options here in the Midwest!

Consumed: 6/5/2010

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:17:25 | More by hayesez
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beesy

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Poured into a Stone Cali-Belgique flute style glass.
Chilled a little too much solet it come to temp before consuming.

A - pours a somewhat cloudy reddish orange with a 2 finger Off white head. Looks like a San Diego sunset when held up to light.

S - lots of typical sour notes; lactic, slightly vinegar, cherry, slightly horsey. Oakey and wine in the late nose.

T - tart, acidic and lactic all the way through. A touch of oak on the end. I have to search a little for the blackberry to differentate it from sour cherry. Sweet on the end. Horsey on the end from the brett, but its overshadowed by the lactic sourness. Wine in the late palate. Nice sourness and nice fruit mixed in.

M - just right. Slightly thin from the bugs, but spot on for the style. I was expecting it to be a little too thick for 8%, but it has dried nicely.

D - for 8% abv, it drinks like 4%. Complimented by firm, but not overpowering sour, it's quite easy to drink.

Overall, a fantastic beer. The $16 price tag is a little steep, but this beer really delivers for me. Nice, firm sourness with a touch of funk and fruit makes it a awesome beer to have on this 90 degree day.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:49:08 | More by beesy
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Sour again aged in cabernet (oak) barrels but this time with blackberries. This was the best of the bunch (along with Lolita & Madame Rose) in my opinion. The full mouth feel and balanced sweet & sourness made the other two seem a bit one dimensional. Big jammy, wine-like, I picked up on hints of blueberries. I would love to pair this with a nice piece of grilled lamb and some feta-heavy rocket salad.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 04:36:12 | More by burnheartsMKE
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jbowers56

Australia

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks kind of terrible. Absolutely no head. Murky kind of ruby colour which I might like, but why is the head just gone. Even cantillon beers hold head longer than this...

Very complex aroma. Tart lemon aromas mingle with a rich blueberry kind of smell. Some distinct 'barnyard' aromas and a definite musky wood/oak vibe going on.

Definitely get a nice bready malt base before being swamped with wild yeast galore. Plenty of lemon and acidic tartness creep in, as well as some further complexities which I can't really be bothered thinking about. I'm just really enjoying what this ale has to offer.

It feels good in the mouth, though comparing it to something like cantillon it's not perfect. Could be a little lighter in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 13:50:23 | More by jbowers56
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Reneejane

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 20:55:31 | More by Reneejane
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abecall98

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been sitting on this.

A - bright pink. Huge huge viscous head foamed out the bottle as I opened. Pours enourmously big white head, but went away quick!

S - light raspberry flavor. Not much aroma going on.

T - sweet, starts with sweet raspberries, hits tart with strawberry esters, and finishes dry.

M - very carbonated, overly so. It's bubbly, and not the most pleasing.

D - this beer is made to be drinkable. It's good, and goes down so easy. Drinkable is this beer, but not much else!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:31:45 | More by abecall98
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DawnL

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 19:45:09 | More by DawnL
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Pecorasc

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split two ways with boothbeer. Big thanks to booty for picking this up in Chicago. Upon opening, a gusher all the way past the top of the label. Difficult pour into the glasses, but man is this a pretty beer...

A- You get a great sense of the appearance from the foam exploding out of the neck of the bottle. A huge pink to rose colored head with giant bubbles that descend into a thin collar with a volcano-like rise in the middle. The lacing leaves a variety of hues from top to bottom. The "old faithful" opening act probably brought a lot of yeast off the bottom. Very little beading and a good amount of dark sediment. This would benefit a lot from being served in a flute.

S- Acidic grapefruit and blackberries at the outset. This is sharp and clean, but in no way overpowering. After a swirl or two, some oak and wine barrel in the background. Several satisfying layers- but where is the rye? I really expected some, which lead to my initial quest for this beer. Rye aside, this smells very nice.

T- Medium to medium-high amount of acidity. Blackberries, and an outstanding ruby-red grapefruit flavor. No noticeable alcohol, even at close to seven percent. The blackberries border on lambic influenced, but fall short of the sourness. Could use some age to increase the sourness.

M- Very high carbonation, thin bodied, with a dry finish. Almost scrubs the palate clean. Even for an American Wild Ale, I would like more body... or "staying power"? A bit lighter on the carbonation and this would be top notch.

D- Wonderfully drinkable. The initial carbonation is intense on the palate, but only hurts the mouth-feel, not the final drinkability. Great beer, that I have waited too long to try. Worth the wait, but where is the rye??

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:42:46 | More by Pecorasc
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NYCWheatFanSC

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Came out foaming like mad, despite letting it chill and sit for quite some time. Amber red, with tones of strawberry and watermelon. Light pink head that recedes quickly.

S - Very tart and sharp cherries, zero funk. Some phenols, but very light.

T - Not nearly as tart as the smell would imply, indeed even a bit sweet. Pretty fruity: cherries and strawberries especially. Maybe even a hint of grapefruit. More tartness comes out as it warms, but never to the level I personally prefer.

M - Too highly carbonated (a la LeBleu), which really detracts from enjoying the flavor profile. Very light.

D - Very glad I tried this, but wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:26:32 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear maroon with pink highlights.  Half finger head settles to a ring.

Smells strongly of sour blueberries and wine grapes.  A strong whiff brings up an acid character, too.

First impression is almost mouth puckering sourness.  Dry red wine undertones.  The main fruits here are blackberries and blueberries.

Mouthfeel excels.  Medium body, and feels strongly carbonated, almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall I really enjoyed this.  It has a really nice fruit concentrate like sourness.  I think most wine lovers might appreciate this.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 02:08:17 | More by Adrianized
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Dubber55

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle gushed a bit when I first opened it. The first pour was mostly head. On the second pour, I got a ruby/pink/rose color with 1 finger of white bubbles that stayed around for a little while. A bit of lacing as well. Kind of looks like ruby red grapfruit juice with bubbles.

In the nose, I can smell brett, grapefruit, hay, barnyard aromas, lemon zest, and I think some oak.

Lots of citrus. The initial flavors I get are grapefruit, lemon zest, tart green apples, and oak. The aftertaste is mostly grapefruit and lemon zest. Dry finish but not desiccating. This beer reminds me of champagne in the taste. A bit tart and slightly sour but not overpowering. I was expecting this beer to be a lot more sour and funky.

Prickly carbonation. Champagne like. A bit too over carbonated for my tastes but didnt hinder the drinkability. I thought the beer was a slight bit watery as well. I would have liked a slightly thicker mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable stuff. Not overly sour or tart. The dry finish leaves you wanting another sip. I could not detect the alcohol at all.

A nice example of the style. I was just hoping the beer would be more complex. Not worth the $15 I paid for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:21:42 | More by Dubber55
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Monsone

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Co-review with my wife
Served from a 750ml bottle at the Goose Island MBA reunion.
Greg Hall described the beer as follows.
Slated for a first of the year release, brewed with rye malt and aged for six months in cabernet casks. Aged with Brett and marion berries. Greg said that the released beer will be aged with blackberries instead of Marion berries due to lack of supply of Marion berries.

A - Hazy reddish amber with a thin white head
S - Fruity, sweet berry scent with a bit of alcohol
T - Bright semi-dry flavor. Berry flavors with a chardonay oakiness. Definate wine charachteristics. Slight sour cherry finish.
M - Medium bodied with a clean finish
D - Pretty drinkable for the style. No flavors are cloying or dominate to the level that you would tire of them.

Overall, a great beer and I look forward to release in bottles.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

05-04-2008 22:02:44 | More by Monsone
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caresville

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had a sour tasting the other night with PaulMPap and we cracked open this one first... needless to say it took us longer to figure out a way to try and open this one without it exploding everywhere then it took us to drink it.

a- i was already a little ticked off from pink foam blasting everywhere so this beer is lucky i gave it an average looking appearance review. pinkish overly carbonated beer, with a huge pinkish white never ending foamy soap looking head. obvious lacing and just a pain in the ass to let settle down before being able to drink it.

s- by far the best part of the beer... great sour funk, all kinds of fresh fruits. smells almost like the yellow starburst.

t&m- very dissapointed in the taste. waaay watered down. its like sour cherry/strawberry/apple foamy fizz water with hints of vinegar. at times water actually overpowered the mellow sour taste and just turned this beer into a flavored pale ale almost. not what i expected at all.

d- not very difficult to drink since there isnt much to it, a very mellow and toned down sour for sure. i might have to come back and try this a few months (or years) down the road to see if it has gotten any better with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

04-04-2010 10:14:02 | More by caresville
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Shumania

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 12/11/10. Poured into a Goose Island chalice.

A: Ruby red color with a dark hue. Dark in that you cannot see through it. minimal head on the top.

S: Tart and sour comes through right away with berries in there. Some lactic sourness...

T: Expected it to be extremely sour by the smell, but the focus is on the blackberries. On the back end, is the lactic sourness.

M: Thicker than I through it would be, but not over the top sugary. The tartness breaks through at the end.

O: A really nice wild ale that has nice balance between the berries and sourness. A great treat and wish my second bottle had not spontaneously exploded so I could enjoy it again without searching.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

06-01-2012 23:35:00 | More by Shumania
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful spring day so decided to celebrate with a Juliet.

A- Pours a rusty ruby color with a quickly disappearing thin sparkling head.

S- White wine dominant funk with some blackberry in the background, no note of the rye used, almost to be expected. One dimensional when compared to belgian counterparts, but solid for an ameircan wild

T- Blackberries are much brighter on the taste and there's a nice dry, white wine lingering on the palate with honestly almost a touch of rye spice to round out the finish.

M- I remember trading for a bottle of the first batch and this being much drier, came off as a little sticky with just enough carbonation to not take away too much from the pleasure of consuming it, but just barely above par for the style

O- Initially graded this a little harshly, but then changed my mind that I should keep the Belgians out of my mind when rating an American sour. Hard to do, but the style says so, so for an American Wild, this is great. It is easily my favorite out of the 3 sisters, though all are fair examples of American interpretations of sour beer. For someone new to this beer, I'd definitely recommend one fresh and one for cellar if possible as some time may dry this out.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

04-08-2013 19:49:57 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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route66pubs

California

2.55/5  rDev -40%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

01-24-2010 02:12:31 | More by route66pubs
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boothbeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

03-02-2010 03:11:29 | More by boothbeer
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travMI13

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chadquest for this one. 2012 vintage. Bottled on 1/26/12. Bomber poured into a Goose Island stemmed goblet.

A: Pours a deep reddish amber. Very transparent body with a finger of fizzy head that dissipates very quickly.

S: Rich, funky berries. Some oak, some red grapes, and a touch of vanilla. Smells incredibly funky.

T: And it tastes that way too. Tart, sour, and funky. The berries are present, but I think the red wine is more dominant. The tannins and oak come out on the back end. I am loving how all the flavors are playing off each other with this sour.

M: Light and effervescent. Perfect amount of carbonation and feels great sliding across the tongue.

O: This is a great sour. I love blackberries, and while I expected a stronger blackberry presence, I am actual happy that this beer is what it is. The flavors are well-balanced without a single dominant note (other than the funk). I love this, and I want more.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

06-28-2012 00:20:01 | More by travMI13
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GradyS1

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a light amber, reddish, poured hard into a snifter and a light one finger head forms that disappears completely quickly leaving no lacing. Body is semi transparent.
S-sour, red wine and brett notes up front with the sweet smell of blackberries coming through in the back end, light but fresh blackberries. Pick up on hints of red licorice as well
T- sour fruit, sour grapes alot of wine taste to this, not much sweetness to it. sour berries in the finish with slight alcohol notes.
M-sour up front that is sharp to the tongue at first but them mellows out, medium body with medium carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall, the appearance was the worst part, the way the beer settled so fast had me worried but this one is solid. I liked the twist that the blackberries added and I found this to be a very drinkable beer. Not overwhelming on the sour notes and very well balanced overall

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

02-21-2011 01:54:23 | More by GradyS1
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dizknee24

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Gingerman in NY

A redish with no head to speak of. very nice looking.

S Smells of figs and other fruits. almost that of wine.

T A nice mix of grapes figs and wheat blended together for a truely unique experience.

M thicker than most wild ales

O very very good i like it enough to get it again

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

03-20-2011 12:30:49 | More by dizknee24
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nppeders

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled: 01/26/12. 1200

Appearance. Ruby red with hints of plum.
Aroma: Brett, underwhelming
Taste: whoa ...hits hard with tartness, fruity, red wine, and oak in the middle with Brett and lactic cheek Puckering sourness on the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: thin
Overall: amazing balance, brett mainly in the nose, don't get much blackberries, but the wine barrel really came through. One of the best American wild ales I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle
@ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago

08-16-2012 02:08:38 | More by nppeders
Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
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