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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 218
Gots: 505 | 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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Photo of webmanspidey


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a translucent red color, with only light carbonation. Smell is sour and tart with some apple and berry. Taste is tart and sour with raspberries, cherries, apple, and grape fruit presence. The alcohol is masked extremely well. Very drinkable, not overwhelmingly sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:05:07 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Bitterbill


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 12, 2011.

It pours a clear brownish red with a small head of foam that soon disappears leaving no lacing behind.

There's oddles of raspberry in the nose, both sweet and sour, and lots of and I'm digging the aromas big time.

The tannins from the wine barrel aging takes the number 1 spot with raspberry tartness taking second place. There's a mild fruity sweetness about mid palate but the sour rules it. This is very tasty fresh and I'm curious as to how it would be with some time on it but I'll leave that to others as this is my only bottle.

About medium bodied and light with the carbonation, the mouthfeel is on par with a fine wine.

Very drinkable despite the hefty abv, I'm very happy that I got to try it. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 15:57:04 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Jakers90


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-11-2012 04:52:05 | More by Jakers90
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Lolita in a tulip glass.

Appearance- The pour looks like pink grapefruit skin, but settles into a light amber-orange haze in the glass, highlights a little more golden. The head is a squat, soapy, off-white affair that audibly fizzes as it dies quickly to leave nothing behind.

Smell- The nose is lighter but gives off an oak barrel funk and a little sour quality. The raspberries do not really hit the nose as sweet, but definitely more tart. Again, this is a very soft nose.

Taste- It starts a little sweet and then quickly settles at sour. The raspberries give the very fast impression of sweet, which is then joined and overwhelmed by the barrel funk. Finally, it turns to that band-aid like sourness that lingers with hints of grapes.

Mouth feel- The body has a medium to light weight, and is not as slick as I would have supposed. There is enough carbonation here to give some lift, but not overdone. Also, this one is very dry, oh so dry.

Overall- This Wild Ale certainly packs the sour punch that most would expect, however, for mentioning being brewed with raspberries, it hardly comes across on the palate.

The wine barrel aging is much more noticeable. This big beer is dry enough and has the red wine characteristics down pat. I would have appreciated a bigger nose, and a little more sweetness to off-set the sour, otherwise a fun beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:11:13 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of davey101


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. #1345, bottle on date 11/12/11.

A - Deep, clear red with some brown tints. A small off-white head forms but fades away to some edging.

S - Oh ya! Strong raspberry preserves and some fresh brettanomyces. Really vibrant and pleasantly funky. The finish has some oaky tannins and what can only be described as...burnt plastic.

T - Does not live up to that wonderful aroma. What happened? There is some fresh raspberry with some faint notes of funky brett, but its very tame and muted. Aftertaste is slightly buttery with some oak barrel notes. Mouth feel is light but highly carbonated.

O - Wonderful aroma, boring taste. I was really expecting more from this beer. Perhaps it just needs some age for the brett to start working up, but as a fresh wild ale it is really tame.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:27:52 | More by davey101
Photo of CPditka


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-10-2012 02:52:01 | More by CPditka
Photo of jimelee108


3/5  rDev -27%

03-09-2012 21:03:38 | More by jimelee108
Photo of jegross2


3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lolita from Goose Island Brewing Company. This was the last of the "Three Sisters" that I needed to review, the other two being Juliet and Madame Rose.
Score: 82

Bottled 11/12/11, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/07/12. You can see my friend Kendra's head creepily photo-bombing this beer picture. This review is from notes from our tasting session that night.

Appearance: Dark ruby orange color that falls between translucent and opaque. Pours three quarters of a fingers of white bubble head that quickly settles into no head at all. Minimal lacing, below average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Tart cherries and fruitiness. There's a white grape sweetness and a definitely aroma of oak. Some apple too and a little bit of what can only be described as "funk." Like a dirty gym socks smell. Wouldn't be a bad aroma if not for that stinky funk. 2.5/5

Taste: Tastes substantially better than it smells. Sweet, candied cherry. A little sugary apple, white grape and fruit. Hint of oak. Crisp, refreshing and drinkable. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet, sugary and slightly dry finish. 4/5

Overall: The other beers in the Three Sisters series (Juliet and Madame Rose) were noticeably better -- primarily because they did not have a funky smell. I suppose if you like that "funky sour" smell, then more power to you. At least it tastes way better than it smells.

Recommendation: If you like funky smelling sours that are cherry-apple flavored, then seek this one out. Those who do not like sours/lambics/wild ales can probably skip this one, and I think it's the least appealing of the Three Sisters for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Dark chocolate cake.

Cost: $16.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:21:36 | More by jegross2
Photo of drabmuh


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks man. Beer is sort of brownish and hazy with a thin wispy head of small bubbles, some lacing low retention moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sour, cherry, mild oak, some lactic for sure.

Beer drinks a little like an oude bruin but more fruity and less sour, mildly tannic at the back an interesting beer. Decent sour for the collection. I feel like with a name like Lolita this beer shouldn't be aged.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:54:26 | More by drabmuh
Photo of bpfrush


4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-08-2012 14:58:54 | More by bpfrush
Photo of foobula


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 incarnation, bottled 11/12/11. I've had this on tap before at beer fests, but it's been ages and I wanted to try it again, so picked up a few bottles.

Cracking it open and taking a sniff, I'm struck that this smells like yogurt. Is this a common experience with fruit beer? Or with a fruit-centric Belgian? I don't know, but that's my immediate impression. Which is ok: I like yogurt.

Appearance is browner than I expected, with a reddish hue. A finger nose that dissipated in a minute.

Taste: Berry, woody, buttery, sour, some wine detectable. I'm still thinking yogurt, but that's ok. It's sort of a strange concoction of flavors. Since I've had it before, I was ready for it and enjoyed it. But a novice expecting it to taste like raspberry juice would be in for a surprise.

Overall: I like it. It's unique and complex. I wouldn't want to drink it every night, but it's an interesting brew to have on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:46:48 | More by foobula
Photo of Winslow


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-07-2012 15:36:26 | More by Winslow
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-07-2012 05:24:18 | More by gunclubchris
Photo of eorwar


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-06-2012 10:48:46 | More by eorwar
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 02:06:02 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of awdturboiv


4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-05-2012 02:15:18 | More by awdturboiv
Photo of Davit


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-05-2012 00:20:32 | More by Davit
Photo of zachary80


3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottled 11/12/11, #1507

Pours with the slightest bubbly white head which dissipates rapidly. Tons of little bubbles streaming up through the auburn body. Ruby highlights.

Aroma is good. Leather, funk, a little hay character. Raspberries mingle with the wild yeast influence.

Flavor is a bit of let down, everything seems muted. Picking up a little tannin character. Raspberry is subtle, accompanied by a mild breadiness. Most of the flavor leaves the palate immediately, with an astringent and funky lingering flavor that is neither good nor bad.

Mouthfeel is overly thin and carbonated, even for a wild ale. Very dry. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, but begins to show itself as the beer warms up.

Overall this could use a bit more of everything. Raspberries are weak. Belgian yeast character is lacking. Could use a bit of sweetness to back everything up, or some more malt influence. I'll lay one down for a while but I do not have much faith in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:53:42 | More by zachary80
Photo of bwgassman


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-03-2012 21:40:05 | More by bwgassman
Photo of kevanb


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Lolita (2011)

I was able to acquire a rather fresh bottle (11/12/2011) of this Belgian style ale that is brewed with raspberries and subsequently aged in oak wine barrels. It pours a nice amber color, quite clear, with hints of honey and garnet that appear when held to the light. A an off white bubbly head does appear on top of the glass, but only for a few brief moments before completely dissipating leaving no evidence it once existed. The nose is faint and weak, but raspberries are the biggest player, faint oak and some yeasty funk also come to life. The flavor is a much more robust than the nose, but still a bit thin, nice jam like raspberry notes, sweet and earthy oak flavors spring forward that also bring with it, some of the residual wine flavors from the aging, a bit of funkiness with light vinegar round out a very pleasant palate, but not necessarily complex. The body is actually quite nice, bigger than some of the other Goose Island sours, but still amply carbonated, which plays very nicely with the raspberry flavors, adding a wonderful prickliness.

Verdict: Very pleasant sour beer from Goose Island. I've yet to have a truly great sour from them, but they are definitely on the right track with Lolita.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:35:02 | More by kevanb
Photo of cosmonick


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-03-2012 03:08:02 | More by cosmonick
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip.

A. Poured 1 finger of fizzy head that disappeared very quickly. Very little retention. Very little lacing. Appears well carbonated. Color is ruby red.

S. First smell is fruit. Then sour. Cherries, raspberries. Smells a little bit like flowers. Get some tart fruit sourness. A little bit of yeasty aroma comes out as well. Smells very refreshing. A delicate aroma.

T. Taste is also very delicate. Nice raspberry flavor balanced against some tartness. Very interesting fruit flavor. Pretty refreshing and clean flavor profile. Not a lot of complexity, but nice fruit flavors without being overpowering. I prefer just a touch of sour in any beer, and I think this delivers perfectly on that. A faint amount of barrel aging comes out way back on the tongue, that delivers some woody oak.

M. Medium/high carbonation. Pretty clean finish, just a touch of sweetness and tartness. Medium bodied.

O. Very unique beer. Definitely has some wine like qualities, and shows how versatile that beer can be. Makes use of nice fruit flavors without being over your face or syrup like. Hides 9% very well. This is a beer that reminds you that craft beer is an art form. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:21:33 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-02-2012 17:50:25 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing! Thanks Chris!

reviewed from notes taken on 2/24/12.

bottle dated 11/12/11.

Appearance: light amber /orange bodied beer with a thin white cap of head that dissapates to no head.

Smell: Vinegar and funk. Little bit of fruitiness from raspberries, oak and hay.

Taste: mild to moderate sour that mixes with faint yet tart raspberries. Little bit of oak is noted midpalate. The beer finishes with a lingering cereal note and some more raspberry.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with lively / moderate carbonation. Super drinkable and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Goose Island makes another really nice beer. Its delicate and balanced sour beer with nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:22:36 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-29-2012 23:15:38 | More by ADTaber
Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.