Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
My first of the three sisters. 2011 vintage (11/12/11 #1338), been cellared since purchase. Served from a 22oz bomber into a big red wine glass.
Pours a beautiful, slightly hazed, rose. Fizzy one finger head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Lots of bubbles, very effervescent looking.
You can smell the funky raspberries as you pour. Smell is of aged berries and some barnyard funk, but in a good way. Smells like a fruity wild.
Fermented raspberries and that wonderful brett funk. Can taste the red wine barrel in the finish. Leaves a lingering tartness that makes me want to keep sipping. Very complex. I like this one.
The mouth feel is what seals the deal for me. Light and playful on the tongue. Tons of little bubbles. Tartness coats the mouth perfectly and the red wine barrels add a nice dry finish. Very well done.
Overall this one took me by surprise. I like sours, but am not normally a fan of fruit beers. I have always wanted to try this particular brew and was lucky enough to find one. I'm glad I didn't let this sit in the cellar much longer, six months in the bottle seems to be perfect; just enough for the brett to do its thing but keep the raspberries at the forefront. Recommended highly to any BA who can get their hands on it. Cheers!
05-02-2012 18:15:03 | More by Humulus85
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Big thanks to DaBubs for this 2011 version.
A: pours a deep red to burnt orange color depending on the light. Had a nice thin head that dissipated quickly, but I can still see a lot of bubbles rising and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: first smell is apple cider vinegar, then some red wine, and a hint of sweet fruity raspberry. I'm surprised at how well the sweet smell carries. However, there seems to be something a bit off here.
T: bitterness, raspberry, wine, and a surprising amount of wood flavor on the back end.
M: medium body, good carbonation, nice spritz
O: after having it a few times, the taste is just not quite there. Not sure what it's missing. It was good, not fantastic.
05-01-2012 00:58:35 | More by Holland
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Cheers to Bilco for sharing this beer
Review adapted from notes taken 3/31/12
Appearance: An interesting color, somewhere between orange and pink - minimal, fizzy white head, pretty clear
Smell: Slightly sour, fruity, with a nice amount of funk - dry raspberries - tart, nicely dry overall, with some sweetness
Taste: Sour, funky, and fruity - lingering tartness, a touch of vinegar, a base of pale malts, dry fruit, nicely balanced - nicely balanced - raspberries, and sweet tarts (the candy, seriously)
Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, dry, a little sticky
Overall: Great, not epic-level
This is a great beer, but it is not exceptional. There are some great fruit flavors, some nice sourness, and a nice balance of tartness, but it's not remarkably complex.
04-26-2012 05:31:06 | More by angrybabboon
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
750 ml bottle. Erin got it on her Chicago trip. $15ish. Bottled 11/12/11.
Appearance: Pours a brilliant clear red with a very short lived white head and no retention. None. Looks lifeless and boring.
Smell: Tart lactic and less vinegar. The wine barrel is very prominent, maybe too assertive. Very obvious tart raspberry. Sour, acidic, fruity, vinous, and just a little funkiness.
Taste: Again, prominent cabernet flavor, but it balances well with the tart raspberry, making a big, fruity vinous beer. Tart, but not overly puckering and as above, not real funky-- a mostly clean, fruity sourness. The finish has a more beer-like sweet pale malt flavor, with slight spicy yeast character.
Mouthfeel: Its slick, slightly sticky, and almost flat. The tannins and tartness give it some life, but it really needs some bubbles.
Overall: Its a beer that has some issues, mainly with carbonation, but the flavor is delicious and very well balanced, with excellent barrel notes. Does not taste at all like 9% ABV.
04-24-2012 01:14:07 | More by rapidsequence
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
04-21-2012 21:56:08 | More by bsp77
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
2011 Bottle into goblet.
My mouth has been watering for a good sour lately.
A- Copper/red pour (looks like the color of raspberry jam) Short lived half finger soda like head that lasted mere moments. Lacing is zero.
S- Huge raspberries, followed by a lemon and cranberry sourness. The wine barrels add a nice sweetness that compliments the sour and the tart berries. Slight yeast quality.
T- Right up front you get sweet raspberries, than as your mouth analyzes is more it turns super tart and finally a clean feeling washes over your tongue. You drool a little and go back for more. I really get a wonderful vinous quality. The raspberries really punch you in the tongue and you get a cranberry juice as the two mix together.
M- Light bodied, high effervescence.
O- This is a home run in my books. It's not an over the top Cantillon sour that the masses would wince at. It's easy drinking, palatable to most and just an overall wonderful experience.
04-18-2012 00:47:18 | More by korguy123
Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
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