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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,853
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 25.12%
Wants: 251
Gots: 626 | FT: 59
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:
Beer added by: robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of raspberry in this one, thanks Americo. Pink coloured body, fruity aroma. Fuller mouthfeel, also with assertive carbonation. A good tartness, a nice bottle to share because of the acidity. Some other berries there, lending balance, strawberry and some wild blueberry. Could even be some cherry.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 12/4/10.

Pours a slightly hazy watery cranberry color with a 1/2 inch fizzy white-red head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tart raspberries, red wine vinegar, funk, and some wood aromas from the wine barrels. Taste is of tart raspberries, wood, and some minor funky flavors. A nice sour flavor lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel, There is also a slightly acidic quality to this one. Overall, this is a good wild ale with all the nice sour and funky aromas and flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Minimal head on a slightly hazy reddish brown body. No lacing really. Aroma of strawberry, cherry, wood, vinegar; nicely tart and sweet. Flavors of strawberry tartness with hints of raspberry and background notes of molasses and wood. Medium body and light carbonation. Excellent, balanced but simple sour. Definitely should be tried.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly cloudy, light reddish in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of tart berries in the nose along with notes of sourness from the yeast. Hints of the cabernet sauvignon are also detectable.
T: The overall taste has strong flavors of tart and sour berries as well as oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the sourness and tartness are not overpowering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a wonderful framboise type beer, wild raspberry ale, loaded with fresh berry character, but a step below stuff like cantillon and others. pink and winey in the glass, not much head after the initial pour, looking almost still, but still sprightly on the palate. nose is huge lacto and barrel character, not as belgian as i expected in the yeast department, just a true wild here. funky as heck, but the raspberries dominate. tart and sweet, fresh and ripe, young and mature elements both present, dynamic, but not as complex as some. the flavor just drips fresh raspberries, a fruit i really love in beer when its done right. leagues below stuff like atrial rubicite in both brett and fruit character, but its like a kid brother to a beer like that. beautifully done, i wish for only richer body, a little more heft, and maybe some more bacterial kick, but i thinks this is one if the best of the sisters, and shows that goose island is still a very relevant player in the beer scene, despite being macro in many ways. beer this good from a brewery this big should cost less though, and ill bet if sierra nevada made it it would cost ten bucks. thats my only real problem with an otherwise very enjoyable and fun wild ale. nevermind that its not the most unique framboise lambic type out there, its delicious and thats what matters. shockingly high alcohol though for its taste and drinkability. wowza!

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Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/12/11 (nice palindrome, that)

Appearance: Pours a ruby-infused copper color; not much of a head appears and what does quickly fades to a ringlet, leaving just a few vague dots before disappearing completely

Smell: Tart raspberry purée and oak with hints of yeast phenols, including Brett; rather floral and seductive (hence the name, no doubt)

Taste: The sweeter side of the raspberry appears first, but it doesn't take long for the enticing tart elements to beckon; by mid-palate, the oak, the Brett and the wine barrel all parade their attributes; very dry, after the swallow, thanks to the Brett, with a lingering floral quality

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with gentle carbonation; makes you want to pucker

Overall: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mdfb79 for providing this brew to Saturday's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice light orange color with some pinkish hues. There's a bit of a white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dosing of raspberries plus a bit of oak. There's a good bit of earth and moderate funk behind that as well. The flavor isn't quite as strong and integrated, but is nice nonetheless. Light-medium body with a good bit of acidity through the finish along with some dryness. No detectable alcohol. Really nice.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color ale with a light pink bubbly head with medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart notes of raspberries with light Brett notes with some vinous notes also perceptible. Taste is a good mix between tart raspberries notes with well balanced vinous notes with some subtle notes of Brett at the end. Body is about average with great carbonation which feels right for the style and no apparent alcohol. Very good level of drinkability with well balanced complexity. I would love to have a lower ABV version of this that could be drank in the summertime.

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Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Tick.

Hazy reddish-amber. The head dissipates quickly, settling to a thin collar. Tons of brettanomyces on the nose, leaving a damp barnyard aroma. There's a juicy raspberry character beneath the funk along with mild acetic notes. The palate is juicy and lightly acetic, heavy on funky brett with a mild but pleasant raspberry note. Finishes with light tannins, lactic sourness. Very dry, but only mildly sour.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More trouble than it was worth to track down, imho. First release was intended as on-premise only, then was leaked to a few highly random retail locations. Odd sporadic distribution = not worth the effort... don't pay much over $15 if you can.

High clarity amber gold, receding ring of foam, initial white cap on the surface. Ascending streams of carbonation visible. Sparse spotty lacing.

Sweet raspberry in the nose, mild wet hay and stables, some vanilla from the oak presence.

Tart and puckering, seedy raspberry, minor authentic fruit-derived sweetness. Very distinct raspberry notes, mildly acetic. Wet oak. Clean and crisp feel, very quenching. A bit simple, could use more Brett complexity and barrel character. As it is, it seems young. The fruit forward character is nice, and the body is light and crisp, though it ultimately seems to be lacking a bit in depth.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with reddish highlights. It had very little head to speak of but did leave some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of of raspberry. Strong raspberry notes with some floral and malty notes.

T - Good tart raspberry flavor with a sour kick. It is still slightly sweet with a touch of caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker-factor. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is very good I just wish it was more sour.

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Mildly cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sour vinegar, acidic citrus, some raspberry, mildly sweet.

Taste: Vinegar and citrus sourness with mild raspberry and red wine. Some malt sweetness with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The mild raspberry and wine notes were very nice together, and I enjoyed the fact that they didn't overpower the beer. Sour notes are there but they let the fruit do it's job.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light red with touches of golden color gave it a nice bright appearence. tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish

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Photo of nickfl
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown with a small head. A spectacular aroma of stone fruit, dry caramel and balsamic vinegar. The flavor follows along the same lines but without the same level of transcendence. Nicely done, one of the best smelling sours I've had in a long time.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jeff. Thanks!

A: This beer pours an a reddish-pink color with a finger or so of pink head.

S: Big time raspberry smell on this one, not surprisingly. A bit of strawberry and cranberry also present. A really sweet, almost candy or sugar, aroma to it, too. A light grassiness is really the only funk.

T: Moderately vinegary, but still fairly sweet. Big time raspberry flavor, too. Some other berry notes also on the tongue, mostly strawberry. Lightly grassy with a little bit of straw.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: If this didn't have the big sweetness to it, I would have really enjoyed it a lot more. As it stands, just a good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow never reviewed this. 2010 vintage.

Pretty much no head, crystal clear reddish cranberry color.

Nose big sour, very sour raspberry, tart funky, hint wine barrel notes.

Taste nice tart sour funk, sour raspberry, nice fruit, little wine barrel, mild toasted oak, nice acidity as tartness. Little flemmy finish, nice tart berry lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Whilst out to bear witness to an '80s extravaganza, what better beer to order than a wild that made it only to precious few stores in the area? It pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a minor bit of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light raspberry, cranberry, cobwebs, Brett, peaches, red apple, and sour cherry. The taste holds notes of tart orange, cobwebs, Brett, light caramel, light cream cheese, lime, and grapefruit zest. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty good wild, but nothing really outstanding here by any means. To me, it's too much like an odd, tart wine to allow thorough enjoyment.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 8.7% ABV according to the label. Bottle #1104. Bottled 28 June 2013.

765ml brown glass bottle with a classy label and papered-over pry-off pressure cap acquired for $20.00 USD at a bottle shop here in low altitude Austin, TX and served into a Biere de Saint Louis Teku in me gaff. Expectations are high given the brewery, price, style, and current 91 rating. Reviewed live. "Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in wine barrels."

Served chilled after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

The head dissipates within 5-10 seconds of forming - not long enough for me to note its characteristics. Basically, there is no head - nor any lacing to mark where it might have been. I can't even coax any lacing out by tilting the teku.

Body colour is a very translucent, semitransparent, glowing orange-ruby with amber hues. An interesting colour. It's a bit weak looking though, and almost watery.

Appears undercarbonated. It's far from unique or special but is well within style conventions. The lack of head and the weak appearance is concerning, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Timid raspberry. Assorted bright berries/currants -strawberry, cranberry, maybe some light cherry. Rosé wine and rosé grape-skin. Lime? The wine notes are quite light and subtle. I do get some lovely slightly dry wood notes - not necessarily oak, but a pleasant indistinct wine-soaked wood. Hints of funkiness. It's really not all that sour; I don't pick up any pedio or other bacterial notes. A kiss of lactobacillus provides all the sourness I find. It's just a bit tart; I want far more than it provides. It's very clean and clinical for a sour - maybe even sterile. It's obvious it wasn't truly spontaneously fermented. Not all that wild for a wild ale. And the aroma does suggest more of a wine-like light body than I'd like. This is coming off a bit watery and weak.

Overall, it's a bit subpar for a sour. None of its notes - the raspberry, the wine, hell, the sourness - are really that evocative. If anything, a dry champagney vinegar note is dominant.

No hops, malts, or alcohol are detectable. Mild in strength. The aroma is a bit dryer on the back-end, which I like.

T/Mf: Great sweetness is the first thing I notice, accompanied by bursts of berry on the open - raspberry, light cranberry, redcurrant, and strawberry. Rosé wine notes take over as the second act arrives - sorry, no overt cabernet sauvignon/red wine notes here. I do get some white wine notes - maybe zinfandel. Luscious grapeskin is present on and about the climax, which is accompanied by a coarse dryness. Flirts with a white vinegar note just after the climax. Must. It's nowhere near as acidic as I expected. Lightly tannic.

Sourness is quite restrained, and seems to emerge entirely from a bit of lacto. Not tart enough (or sour enough, for that matter). By no means pucker-inducing. They didn't make full use of the raspberry fruit. I like the wine-soaked wood notes, but no specific wood is evoked - not even oak. I can't identify any specific malts in the cohesive body, which I consider a good thing. A dash of brief fleeting funkiness in the late second act adds little to the rest of the build.

Not gestalt. It's got good subtlety and decent complexity, but it's not at the masterful level of world class beers in the style. Nuanced, sure, but not particularly intricate. Well-balanced.

Grapeskin is dominant. Overall, it's just too damn reticent. I want each note to be so much more evocative and committal. This is a very closed-off, almost muted flavour profile.

The dry wood is a highlight for me.

No malts, hops, or alcohol come through.

Should be softer and more full-bodied. It's weak and has a light wine-like body, which I abhor. A proper sour - whether wild ale or otherwise - should be assertive and unapologetic, but this shies away from its sourness, yielding a beer that feels like a training wheel brew for newcomers to the style. Do I like it? Yes. But there's a lot of wasted potential here. I'd prefer it more acidic. Decent thickness. Good carbonation.

Crisp. Plump. Good dryness and coarseness - something we don't see enough in sours. It has a nice light presence on the palate, but it just doesn't fill out. It complements the flavour profile generally well I guess, but the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste. Refreshing. Fizzy. Effervescent.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the relatively high ABV. Very wine-like. I'll easily kill this bottle alone, but it didn't meet my expectations; this isn't a world-class sour by any means and certainly isn't worth $20/bottle. I wouldn't buy it again, but would be curious about previous vintages. Good work from Goose Island, but not great.

Don't age.

Serve chilled.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/12/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with cherries and grapes. Then there is some oak essence and spice in the background.

T: The taste starts out very sour with a strong tart cherry and grape flavor up front followed by some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild as it should be in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at Brass Rail enjoyed chilled in two wine glasses shared with my wife on Valentine's day.

The color is deep red like raspberry juice with light haze and quick receding light pink head. Visibly carbonated and enjoyable to look at while waiting for our meal. The smell is delightful, lots of fruity esters, light sour smell from wild yeast and the wine barrel gives a flanders type woody aroma. The feel is great, very acidic with medium carbonation w/ fruity sweet element and light tannin adding to the puckering raspberry effect with dry finish.

The flavor is both sour and slightly sweet with raspberry with red wine tartness and light sweet edge of fruit with fresh tart berry flavors adding to the acidity of lactic acid and yeast which compliments the light oak in the background. Overall very nice sour ale with flavor of raspberry, but not over the top fruit drinkable with a kiss of raspberry

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle says: June 24, 2013. Been sitting on this for four months since purchase to celebrate a nice payday from a gig I picked up on the side.

Pours oddly clear. Amber in hue. Nose is super sour! Whew! Vinegar, lactic tones; all very sharp. Flavor is just wads of wildness in your mouth. More so a punch than any real grace or character showing. I don't get much fruit; barely an accent. But hey. It's wild and sour. Won't go down as the most graceful wild ale of them all, but I can live with this.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a small off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, strawberry, sour cherry, red wine, oak, clove, hay, straw, grass, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, oak, clove, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great fruited wild ale. All around good balance and complexity of raspberry, fruity/funky yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

lg shared bottle.
Slight hazy; slighty rosy tint to the medium amber body; decent head.

Very fruity aroma

Flavor moderately tart; light funk, raspberry.

Moderate carbonation.

O: a mix of wild yeast, fruit and tartness that works notably better than average.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/29/11 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Hopleaf in Chicago the night before Dark Lord Day. Bottle #0745, bottles on 12/04/10.

a - Pours a clear dark amber color with a reddish tint, low carbonation evident, and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of oak, cherries, raspberries, light tart, some funk, and fruity malts. A nice combination of light tart dark fruits, light funk, and light oak, where nothing was overpowering and everything about it was enjoyable. Outstanding nose.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, tart raspberries, oak, some funk, and fruity malts. Again, everything is balanced and light, yet refreshing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Was between buying a bottle of this and Madame Rose and while I have still not had Madame Rose, I was very happy with my choice. Overall I thought this was a great, very drinkable sour. It isn't the most funky or sourest wild ale out there, but was refreshing and a beer I felt like I could have drank the whole bottle of. Light sour raspberries and cherries complimented by light funk and oak. Would love to get more of this one.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.