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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,634 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 235
Gots: 536 | FT: 55
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 stephenjmoore:
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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a very transparent, almost sparkling cider-like body with lots of fizzy bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The bubbles and the off-white head leave quickly, leaving just the amber body behind.

S- Raspberries, hints of oak, apple-cider vinegar, hints of funk, but mostly fruity and pleasant.

T- Tart, but not puckering tartness, lots of mellow oak, big fruity flavors come through with raspberry leading the way, but I get hint of apple as well. Some earthy wood notes on the finish with some sour funk lingering behind.

M- Tart with a slight sour burn. Medium-light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation.

O- A very nice sour that balances earthiness, funkiness and fruitiness extremely well. Could be my favorite out of Lolita, Juliet and Halia.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian influence of the most artful kind plays out in the wooden vats of Good Island. A raspberry ale introduced to a slew of wild yeast and micro flora produces extreme complexity and dynamic flavor.

Mildly hazed with hues of plumb red and peach sculpt the impressions of fruit even with its appearance. Fizzy head character rises quickly, fueled by high carbonation, but then quickly falls as well. With no real lacing action, I would have preferred better foam character, but the sharp acidity to come would have nothing to do with that.

Tart aromas of fresh and lightly under ripened raspberries fill the nose with slight dominance above complementary notes of wine must, lime-like acidity, vinous white Zinfandel, green apple cider, white grapes, mild sulfur, white wine vinegar, musty sea air, and weathered sawdust. Low in sweetness, there persists a nutty, pithy, and vanilla like scent that reminds me of almond paste.

Stronger raspberry character comes to life in the flavor profile, but not without further complementary flavors of dried cherries, tart (shy of sour) vinous white zin wines, mineral salts and briny yeast that come together like sea water and sea shells. Again, the light sweetness of vanilla and almond seem like a rhythmic dance throughout the must and tartness that power ahead. Low in bitterness, only a mild taste of wood and cheddar create sharpness to complement the low spicy phenols, wood tannin and cinnamon nuances. Old sun dried wood, mild sherry and balsamic notes provide a succulent taste that keeps me coming back with rather rapid succession.

Light bodied due to it's spritzy carbonation, strong acidic, and highly attenuated malt character, but not without a calm velvety powder texture from wood tanning and soft dextrin and seemingly light nutty oils. Sharp in finish, the dryness of wood and alcohol play out in a very refreshing but highly acidic aftertaste.

With so much tart fruitiness and dry sweetness, this beer is ideally suited to win over lovers of all sorts of wines and I find notes of minerally Greek whites, robust Chilean merlots, and simplified white zinfindales sprinkled all over this beer.

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mverity
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Billolick
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.