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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,526 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,526
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

tanzbodeli, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

gio540, May 16, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%

Bot. 17-june-13 consumed 09-May-14.

A: Cranberry red coloring with a strong, seltzer like rise of micro-effervesce that showed a violent surface disturbance and loud audible crackling. A short lived patchy, dirty cream head is bubbly, and quickly lapses to a smooth polished surface within seconds.

S: The nose was of dry tart raspberries as to be expected, some light sour fruit and a light musky barnyard flair that was medium, and smooth in delivery.

T: Tart raspberry flavor, very smooth with a small touch of barnyard funk. Some sour cherry and citrus with a buttery oak taste around the edges. Tart and acidic, yet very well manageable with a smooth polished flavor that just flows continously with a gentle ease and finish.

M: Acidic and sprizty mouthful, very active with a deep syrupy depth makes for a very nice feel and hold.

O: Overall a very nice wild/sour flair, but remains very manageable for those new to style or who dont like things overblown. This has just the right amount of sourness and eloquent feel that it can easily substitute as a wine at a fine dinner party. Very well brewed with a soothing sourness factor makes this an easy try and easy A beer for me.

beerthulhu, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

JWallace1013, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

MonkeyBread, May 14, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance- Very effervescent. It wasn't a gusher but it formed a finger's worth of head and then poof, it was gone. The head is a light beige/off-white with rose hints while the body is a medium rose with some amber that shows more amber when held up to the light. This doesn't look like it's going to leave behind any lacing. (And it doesn't.)

Nose- Bubbles fly up into my nose and it reminds me a lot of champagne. Raspberry is the dominant note with slight hints of straw, wheat, and strawberries. Some grassiness but no real acetic acid yet. Some red grape to the nose as well. Swirling shows some stone fruit, cherry and green peaches.

Taste- Starts off with raspberry on the front that shows some tartness around the edges. Some cherry, some peach, some hints of straw. Slight acetic acid but this is not a sour that makes you pucker that much. I wish there was a little more funkiness but there is enough to keep me satisfied. Some red grape but nothing that I can point out as Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of grassiness and maybe some melon. Tartness grows as I drink it more but this is still a fairly accessible beer. Maybe a bit simplistic but what it does do, it does pretty well. Somewhat on the delicate side with a nice, dry finish. Reminds me of a funky, grassy rose wine to some extent. Definitely a really good beer but might be great if there were more funkiness and a little more complexity too it. Some strawberry and other dark red fruit. Some earth and maybe a little bit of chalk or mineral on the finish. As I drink it more, it does show some hints of greatness.

Mouthfeel- This might be the best aspect of this beer. Light bodied and delicate with light carbonation that still manages to tingle and pop a little bit on your tongue. Even a little bit airy. Not quite Cantillon mouthfeel but getting close.

Drinkability- Very accessible for a sour and the 8.2% doesn't show at all. However, this does run about 20 bucks a bottle so I don't think I would buy this again. I would be tempted to get a glass if I saw it on tap for a reasonable price.

Overall- Really good beer with glimmers of greatness. Sourheads might find it to be a little weak but I like this level of tartness. Plus, there's enough of the funk to keep me interested. Worth a try but it's understandable if you don't want to pay 20 bucks for this. I wouldn't do it again.

artoolemomo, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

mhind52, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

McAndrew, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

imfrommichigan, May 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

lonewolfcry, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DanE, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Mebuzzard, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%

Murky caramel orange, no head/lacing.

Funk, acidity, strawberries, sour grape, raspberries - pungent.

Taste is equal parts sour/fruit. Lemon and oak in addition to the other fruits. Complexity is a bit low on this one.

Medium sour, dry spritzy champagne like mouthfeel. ABV tastes around 7%. A bit too much carbonation for my taste.

I like it, could use more depth and refinement.

ptykozoon, May 08, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

RblWthACoz, May 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Fitze, May 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

alexx93, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

oldvines, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jrenihan, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

tdmccarthy, May 03, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice and different orange reddish color with practically no head.
Aroma of raspberries, light barnyard, strawberries, cherries and some sulphur.
Very sour beer with notes of raspberries, pears, white wine, oak, lime, plums, apple vinegar, grapes and mango biche. Dry aftertaste with a lingering funky note.
Light body with good carbonation of micro bubbles. Alcohol of 8.7% abv is not there at all.
Fruity beer for sour initiated with great complexity.

FLima, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Sound_Explorer, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

erha2, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,526 ratings.