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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 229
Gots: 532 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Each barrel receives 50+ pounds of fresh raspberries. Spontaneous secondary fermentation in the barrels. Aged 8 months or more.

(Beer added by: robbyc1 on 10-29-2009)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 765 ml bottle into a Goose Island Tulip glass. 2013 Vintage bottled on June 28th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pinkish reddish amber with a lot of bubbles. Slight one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: A sour, funky, yeasty, and fruity aroma with big hints of raspberries, cherry, and Brett. Belgian yeast with big hints of funky wild yeast and Brett. Strong red wine barrel presence with hints of tart cherries, wood, oak, and vinegar. Also some strong fruit hints of raspberries, grape, cranberry, and green apples. Sweet hints of sugar. Malt presence with some hints of caramel. Hop presence is very light. A very good tart wild aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a sour, tart, funky, and yeasty taste with big fruity red wine notes. Belgian yeast with a big upfront taste of wild yeast and funky Brett. Big red wine barrel presence with notes of tart and sour cherries, oak, wood, vinegar, and acid. Other fruit notes include raspberries, green apples, grape, and cranberry. Sweet taste of sugar and some caramel malt. Subtle hop presence. Has some of that "band aid" like characteristic. Overall a really good sour and funky taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Tart, spritzy, and fairly acidic. Slightly syrupy but finishes dry. Alcohol is masked fairly well.

Overall: A really good sour/wild ale. Big taste of funky yeast and red wine fruits.

MattyG85, Dec 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DanGeo, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Big thanks to Mike for the share. Upon pouring, I'd say that Lolita is a dense shade of copper and nothing more, but holding it up to the sunlight reveals a nice ruby red color that beams through the entire beer. The fizzy white head doesn't last for long, but seems pretty volatile and active while it's here. No lacing left behind, but that's almost to be expected for this style.

The aroma is packed with tart raspberries, cherries, and heavy grape skins - a cloud of vinous notes crawls over everything, packed with some wet wood and heavy tannin. Yeast and musty funk are very prominent here, as well - there's no hiding the Brett in this one. White wine vinegar notes start to peek through as it warms up, getting stronger all the way through. Very fruity, but definitely leaning more towards tart than sweet, which is usually a good thing.

Following the aroma closely, the taste leads off with lots of ripe, tart raspberries right out of the gate. And when I say tart, I mean puckeringly so. The fruit profile is quite nice; raspberry, cherry, strawberry, grape... They all have their own impact, yet blend together so well. Barrel notes are heavy and do a great job of backing up the fruit; barrel, oak, light faint vanilla, and some dry wine notes.

The funk is no stranger, either. Clumpy yeast elevates big-time in the aftertaste with some cheesy, musty, wet-barnyard funk. It goes without saying that the finish also contains a decent amount of fading raspberry tartness and a touch of barrel. The light mouth feel and the crisp snap of the heavy carbonation makes this beer delicately drinkable.

I was salivating from start to finish from the pungently tart aroma and the flavor definitely helped to quench my senses. A very nice sour brew from Goose Island with plenty of fruitiness that never really comes off as sweet; rather, it remains mostly tart and juicy for the entire duration of the beer. Barrel was heavy yet subtle enough to let the fruit work its magic. Great beer all around.

tectactoe, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was a garnet color with a medium-sized white head. The head dissipated quickly.

Aroma of sweet fruit, oak, and red wine.

Taste of raspberries and red wine. A lot of oak tannins.

Sweet/tart mouthfeel. A good beer to drink. The only drawback, for me, was the price. $17 for the bottle seemed a little steep.

lordofthewiens, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jamato3000, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/4/10 poured into a tulip

A - Pours a clear red-tinged with maybe one finger of off-white head. Head fades, but maintains a nice collar. No lacing.

S - Tart raspberries and quite bit of earthy funk. The red wine and oak characters from the barrels come through pretty nicely as well.

T - Taste is quite tart up front, with a big raspberry presence. No sweetness t speak of. The funk become prominent early on and continues throughout the taste. Like in the smell, the red wine notes come through midway. Finishes with a nice combination of earthy funk and red wine. I am pleasantly surprised with the amount of funk.

M - Relatively light bodied, with good carbonation and a very pleasant dry finish. There is definitely a red wine presence, but not much in the way of tannins. Finishes earthy, tart and dry, but not overwhelmed by any of those characteristics.

O - A good wild ale. I think I enjoyed Madame Rose slightly more, and haven't had Juliet yet. Would like more tartness, but the amount of funk here is pretty nice.

warnerry, Oct 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

bishopdc0, Aug 23, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into wide champagne flute. Slightly hazy peachy amber color with tons of bubbly whitish pink head that faded immediately. Some bubbles cling to the side of the glass within the beer. Aroma is of sweet raspberry and dry woody wine. Taste is exactly the same as the aroma. Quite sweet. Decent, but nothing outstanding about this beer. High carbonation makes this fun to drink. I enjoy the bubbly feeling. Body is light, borderline thin.

mverity, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Doomcifer, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Dbrulet, Feb 14, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$16.99 (!) for the bomber @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. "Bottled 12/4/10" on the label.
So this is young and fresh and the label is telling me it "Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years" Wish I could wait, but that aint gonna happen...

Pours red/ruby hued, clear, the head is exceedingly quick to vanish, no lacing left on the glass.

Fruity nose, berries come to mind.

Moderatly tart, plenty of raspberry, minimal funk, perhaps that will develop with age, I'll likely never know. Some subtle woody flourishes.

Brightly flavorful, fresh and fruity. Refreshing and cleansing of the palate. I like beer like this. This one is a bit sedate, a bit underwhelming, especially for the price. But still interesting and enjoyable, went great with some creamy cheese and toasted nuts.

A nice splurge, especially for those who enjoy the style.

Billolick, Jan 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

mctizzz, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Chris_Panos, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Skye1024, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

1Adam12, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Orangish-pink with thin light tan head.

Smell: Tart raspberries, apple cider, vinegar, oak and pepper.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell, but the Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels come through more strongly, giving this a definite wine-like character. Raspberries are also pretty dominant, but not as tart as expected. Some lemon as well. Overall, more peppery and dry than tart.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body, extremely dry finish.

Overall: Certainly not one of the most mouth puckering Wild Ales out there, but I am not sure why so many think that is a bad thing. This is actually well balanced from all the components and I love the wine-like character it has. Plus this is much more refreshing than any red wine.

bsp77, Apr 21, 2012
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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.