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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 219
Gots: 521 | FT: 54
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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

csustar001, May 26, 2012
Photo of Vineyardselite
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Got this about a two weeks back, distributor said they only got 5 cases?! So big thanks to Jeff at Winner for giving us a case! And John Michaelsen, I owe you a dollar my friend! The staff over priced it by one dollar! Sorry buddy!

22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, bottled on 11/12/11, 9% abv.
Pours a reddish, copper color. with a 1-finger white head. Nice preservation.

Fresh raspberries in the nose at first. Then comes some great notes from the wine barrel. A bit disappointed as I would have liked more raspberries to fill the air!

Taste is excellent, a wonderful balance if raspberries, smooth but gentle sour, these all merge with wine notes. You also get a little oak note. The finish is very interesting, a wine like drying finish.

Overall la great beer, keeping two bottles for the cellar to be opened in 2014!

Very nice.

Vineyardselite, May 25, 2012
Photo of barczar
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a clear garnet color with minimal white head that dissipates immediately, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is dominated by raspberry and brett, with hints of oak and belgian yeast esters. A sweetness softens the profile. Cough syrup and herbal tea-like hops become evident as it warms.

Flavor is somewhat alcoholic, with sour brett characteristics mingling with raspberry tartness. There's an underpinning of oak and subtle belgian yeast flavor. Balance is definitely towards sour.

Body is somewhat substantial, with high fairly carbonation accentuating the sour flavor. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a good sour, with lots of raspberry flavor, but lacking somewhat in complexity. I'd rather have a rodenbach grand cru.

barczar, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RichH55, May 24, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%

Bomber bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Brilliant red/garnet hue with fluffy pink head that settles in a matter of seconds. No lacing is present, but carbonation is vigorous.

S: Tart raspberry, with some woody notes, and a kiss of citrus.

T: Tart all the way, with notes of raspberry, cherry, and some caramel notes. Finish is very dry and quite pleasing. Also a hint of the oak on the mid-palate.

Notes: Light, but alcohol is definitely present. For folks that love sours, this beer is definitely worth trying. Not the greatest on earth, but still solid. Lacks a bit in appearance, but stands out in nose and flavor. Considering the price, I would probably choose others first, but nonetheless a very good beer.

WYVYRN527, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

theminutemen, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

patjohnfive, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jacewg, May 22, 2012
Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a medium amber/strawberry color with a smaller head.

Shows off the sour characteristics right off the bat with some funk, sour cherries, berries, raspberries and some spices.

Medium bodied with a very smooth feel and flavors of sour cherries, raspberries, and some tart stawberries. Finishes nice and dry as well.

This is a real good wild ale. Is definitely sour right now and this was a 2012 bottling.

KDawg, May 21, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Vintage 2011. The label indicates the beer was bottled in November 2011.

The beer pours a fairly dark, rosey amber color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is attractive and fairly complex, as I pick up wine, light vinegar, cherry, raspberry and vanilla. The beer smells as if it will be on the tart side, and of course it is. The flavor profile otherwise replicates the nose, and there's no doubt this beer delivers a considerable amount of flavor. Also, while the beer is fairly tart with some light funk, I still pick up some noticeable cherry, apple and wine. Also, there is hint of tannic bitterness in the finish that is intriguing, and seemed to help dry out the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, though the beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you get a sense that it's up there a bit.

Pretty nice beer and one that grew on me as it warmed and seemed to open up in the glass. The flavor profile is pretty complex, and as noted above, there really is a considerable amount of flavor in this beer. Not sure I'd want to drink this again any time soon, but am still glad I had the opportunity to try it. Bottle price in my part of the world was $20, so obviously that's a consideration as well.

John_M, May 21, 2012
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

2011 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Tart fruit, oak and a little brett in the aroma. Tart raspberries to start and a long finish of oak and vanilla. Medium bodied. There is a lot going on here. Not super sour, but a nice acetic bite that was in balance with the rest of the beer. A pricey bottle, but I'm really glad that I pulled the trigger.

homebrewhawk, May 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

brewblues82, May 19, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to lurchingbeast for hooking me up with this bottle.

Pours a dark ruby red color with a one finger pinkish foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacig left behind.

Sweet vinous aroma that bursting with fresh organic raspberry, toasted oak, funky bugs and other vinous dark fruits. The raspberry presence is so strong that it almost smells artificial. This is countered by the earthy funk and toasted oak notes. Subtle acetic vinegar quality but not solvent smelling. Wine barrels are prominent with grape and other dark berries complimenting the raspberries.

Medium bodied with a strong raspberry presence that never becomes overly sweet or dominating. Funky, earthy bugs and wine barrel character provide nice balance. Dry toasted oak along with grape, currant and other dark berries. Nice tartness with a puckering feel and just a touch of acetic acid. Not harsh at all however with the sweetness keeping things in check. Pretty good and much better than the Madame Rose.

corby112, May 17, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +13.6%

2011 vintage, bottled 12 November 2011. Enjoyed 11 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish amber, quite red, actually, with a 1-finger white head. Nice retention.

Smell is good, but not as potent as I'd like it to be. Some fruity berry sweetness and some lemony sour.

Taste is such a fine balance of raspberries and gentle smooth sour, blending together perfectly. It's a delicately executed balancing act between the sour and the fruit, with each one coming to the fore, then receding a bit, then coming back out front. Finish is an interesting vinous dryness.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, which is just right for this kind of beer. Light in weight, high carbonation, and a lovely dry finish.

A really really tasty sour. Reminds me a lot of RR Supplication - a fruity sour with an excellent balance between those two.

zeledonia, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

SPRichard, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Dontcounttoday, May 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

jsilva, May 14, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%

22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, bottled on 11/12/11, 9% abv. V
Pours a fairly clear, reddish, copper color. No head to really speak of.

Fresh raspberries in the nose at first. Great notes from the wine barrel. A nice winey, oak note. A slight funky aroma, earthy as well.

Just slightly tart up front. Ripe berries merge with wine notes, followed up by some great oak tannins. A bit funky and earthy, but not overly sour. Drying finish.

Lighter to medium body, lower carbonation. A slight alcohol burn, but not overwhelming. Fantastic character added by the barrel here. I imagine a year or two in the cellar could make this a classic. Very nice.

Bierguy5, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

klipper, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

pwsoldier, May 13, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is copper to amber in color with a small white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma brings raspberries, berries, malt, wild yeast. Smells like a tasty American wild ale. The flavor is pleasant. Not remarkably funky or sour, but rather easy to drink. Light in body, but not thin. Raspberries and oak are the dominant flavors. I thought this was a really enjoyable brew, and would happily have it again.

Huhzubendah, May 13, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle dated 11/12/11... so how is it, that this just appeared in Saratoga Springs, NY a few weeks ago?

A- Pours like a cranberry juice/7-up mixture into my Ithaca Excelsior glass. Has a small head that fades immediately and leaves no lacing at all. Really nice carbonation at first, but that fades quickly as well.

S- Sour berries, yeasty funk, and hints of sweet malts. Gets a bit more barnyard/compost/horse poop notes as it warms up. Picking up hints of red grapes, sour green apples and some wood.

T- Sour raspberries and crab apples that tingle the tongue, nice red wine barrel tannins, and a funkiness that'd make Bootsy proud! The sweetness of the berries creeps in here and there, but tartness and compost are the major players here. I was really hoping for more funk/horse blanket/manure from this. I think the high acid of the fruit is knocking the Brett down a few pegs.

M- Not as much Brett funk as I was hoping for. Decently tart and puckering. Nice crisp mouthfeel... a touch dry with a nice sour apple raspberry kick. Starts out with really good carbonation, but that fades as it sits around warming up.

O- I had higher hopes for this GI Wild Ale. Gets much better as it sits around and warms, especially on the nose where it really opens up and comes alive. Unless I figure out something to cook and showcase this brew... this is a one and done for me. Glad I finally tried it, but wasn't really impressed. Nothing wrong with it to speak of, but very underwhelming overall.

Thickfreakness, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

seeswo, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

jacobalindsey, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Lawnboy33, May 10, 2012
Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.