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Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

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Photo of Shagtastic
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my chimay goblet

A: I love the ruby color and and bonus points for a slick looking bottle.

S: Sour notes are pretty large up front but recede quickly giving off a fruity nose.

T: While not overly sour this one is really well balanced. The sweetness matches up well with the tartness.

M: Not too overly carbonated but holds well as it starts to warm up

Overall: While I enjoyed this beer it is not my favorite. For 17.99 it would be hard for me to pick up this beer again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into Great Lakes snifter.

A: appearance is a nice deep ruby red, crystal clear, minimal head, some micro bubbles around the edges, this brew leaves legs on the glass as it is swirled

S: brett up front on the nose, slightly musty funk plays with some oak character, dried fruits come through, almost zero perceived sweetness on the aroma, all tartness from the raspberries

T: the slightest amount of raspberry sweetness sneaks through first, this quickly dries out and takes on a wine like quality with tannins, plenty of oak on the palate, the tartness is there but is minimal... definitely the least tart of the three sisters. Lots of complexity here, I get different flavors with each sip. Just wish the tartness would shine through a little more.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: well this certainly doesn't drink like a 9% beer, lots of interesting stuff going on, I'm having trouble deciding if I like the way all of these flavors blend. Definitely unique for the style and worth a try.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle split with wesside89 and ma bro

22 oz. split into wine glasses

Pours a nice amber rose color. Very little head as well as small spotty lacing.

The nose has a good amount of sour/sweetness involved that is making a lovely nose. Tart, raspberry funk is displayed in moderate force. The tart scent draws drool from my mouth with each whiff (drooling).

The taste has that same killer balance. Raspberries start it off with an ample amount of funkiness. There is some grapefruit involved as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty comfortable with it's tart and bitter feel. Medium body with a crisp tartness.

Overall, this is a damn nice wild ale that takes on fruit characteristics beyond whats normal. Goose Island knows how to take a beer and a barrel, and create a bomb ass creation. This is a prime example.

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Photo of Agold
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didn't expect to see a handful of these on the shelves, but when I did I was happy to pick a couple up. The beer is a nice ruby red color. Sodalike head that recedes to nothing immediately. Aroma has a lot of nice funk, with some raspberries, and a bit of acetic tartness. Flavor has some bitterness, raspberry, some barnyard funk, but not a lot, more acetic an lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is great. Dry, nice high carbonation, very refreshing. I really enjoy this beer. Sort of surprised they got this to 9% and kept it so dry. Outstanding.

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

Poured into an 8 oz taster glass from a 22 oz bottle purchased for $16.99 from Mainstreet Liquors in Countryside, IL.

A- Lolita rushes out of the bottle positively fizzing with light ecru head that dissipates quickly. The beer fills into a lovely dark amber/orange color, reminiscent of a dark marmalade. The light hissy carbonation which persists after the pour is typical enough of a wild ale, and the enthusiasm is appreciated.

S- A distinct lactic tartness makes itself know with a bold grip on the nose, joined by the abundance of raspberries infused with the beer. Some barnyard funk and light leather notes provide solid counterpoint to the sharper acetic tones.

T- The taste follows closely with the nose, an aromatic lactic tartness fills out the front of the palate. The lack of overpowering raspberry flavor is somewhat unexpected, but appreciated. This is not a fruit bomb as I might have initially thought, but rather a very well-balanced wild ale which utilized fresh fruit to add depth to a melange of flavors rather than dominate them. Strong leather notes are present, and act as contrast to the dry tartness of the raspberries; which taste more like tart raspberry seeds than the lush meat of the berry (which is a positive characteristic). Some light musty oak with a tinge of chardonnay lingers throughout the palate as well, giving more depth to the tannic structure of the beer.

M- Dry and fizzy, it would be refreshing if it weren't just a tad too vinegary. It's fitting that a fruit ale with such little sticky fructose character would be similarly dry and complex. Keeping far from cloying, this beer is very well attenuated in terms of sugar content and carbonation.

O- Surprising stuff, much less of a frilly dessert beer than I had initially expected. One of the better fruit beers or wild ales I've had in some time. Hopefully I can find another to age!

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my wifes favorite beer, so it gets opened commonly for that reason.
This is our first 2011 bottle.
The color is a strawberry orange color. Initially there is a fizzy white cap that fizzes out quickly to a nearly still looking body.
The aroma has a nice musty note all around it, which is nice, i dig it. The raspberries smell like the whole fruit, does not smell artificial.
Flavor wise this one is nice and tannic up front initially, and as you get to the bottom it looses some bite. There is a blend of oak and tart near the top that accents the forward raspberries.
The mouthfeel is medium thin, and could use a touch more carbonation but has enough to suffice. maybe if it wasn't brand new fresh that would have changed.

i would want more acidity, but that would hurt her preferance.
i like it, she loves it.

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Photo of wschmit
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition, bomber into a Cantillon taster/flute.

A: An off-white head with serious fizzle pops away into nothing, just a scant ring about a pink-tinted amber body. Moderate haze and little apparent carbonation. Almost reminds me of the 2011 Zwanze or Lou Pepe that I drank from this very same glass.

S: Sweet sour funk. As soon as I popped the cap, the funk came out. The barnyard is well balanced by the raspberry, malty sweetness. Among the best "wild" noses I have encountered in an American beer, second only to New Glarus' R&D Geueze. Tart, sweaty, just a touch of hay, rotten meat, and medicinal notes.

T: More dry than I expected. It carries itself like Orval, more medicinal than band-aid or sweat kind of Brett, until the tartness kicks in. The fruitiness is pretty subdued as well, or perhaps balanced is a better word. Starts mild and dry, with some citrus notes in the middle, and finishes with a bit of pucker. More citric than acetic, to me. Fantastic.

M: Low-to-medium body. Carbonation really blew itself out early on, but there's enough to keep it moving. No alcohol burn. Less sticky than I anticipated for a fruited beer. A bit astringent at the end.

O: This was a 16 or 17 dollar bottle, and absolutely worth it. Among the best American attempts at a funky Belgian that I have encountered. Not quite a proper lambic/geueze, really, but still damn good. Captures many of the desired "wild" characteristics in the best way, but in a balanced manner. Thoughtful to the last drop.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a very nice looking reddish orange color. It was pretty still after the pour with not much of a head forming at all.

The aroma mixes the fruity raspberry with a tart, sourness. I get a little funk to it as well. I liked the aroma, the sweeter raspberry mixed well with the tart sourness.

The taste is very tart at first with more of the sour fruits showing up towards the finish. Again, I just get a slight funkiness to it but the tart sour raspberries were good.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very nice beer. The tart, sour raspberries were very good in it. A little more funkiness to add some complexity would have gone a long way for me. Very tasty beer overall though.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010: Bottled 12/04/10. 650ml. brown bottle many thanks to Pierre-Luc and Julien. Ale brewed with raspberries aged in wine barrels. Salmon-orange with a white head. The nose is very appealling with red wine (pinot noir) and strawberry. I very like this nose. The taste is wonderfull with wine, pinot, raspberry. There is some oak as-well. This is an easy drinking beer by it's acidity. One of the best.

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

opened a bottle and filled my goose island wine glass. bottled 12/04/2010 0844

a - poured an orange pink red with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that bubbled away quickly leaving a ring on the surface and some small islands of bubbles. semi transparent with some visible carbonation.

s - smells really nice. raspberries and sour cherry. makes my mouth water. very VERY nice.

t - tart raspberry. some sour funkiness on the back end.

m - fizzy. a bit much so at first and then becomes quite easy to drink. puckers my mouth a bit. leaves a crisp tingle.

o - overall, i'm impressed. i've been hangin onto this one for a while and decided to pop it open for a taste and was pleased i did so. i've been trying more lately and this one was pretty good in my opinion. here's to hoping this is brewed again soon.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light red/pink with a pretty small head and a good mount of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Smells strongly of tart raspberry. Taste is giant puckering sour upfront which fades nicely to raspberry. Carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty on par with what I expect out of a good wild ale. Overall pretty decent beer

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Photo of BigMike
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: POured an amber color with some light reddish highlights around the edges. Cloudy with a small off white colored head.

S: Smells fruity. Funky and spicey. Sour cherries and floral notes.

T: Tart white grape skins. Light oak flavors. A nice amount of funkiness.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Drinks easily.

Overall: A real decent wild ale. I've had better, and i've had worse. I would definitely drink this again though.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bell's tulip. Big thanks to Sean for the trade!

A - Pours a cloudy reddish color which fades to a golden-amber towards the edges of the glass. Also has a nice finger plus of pale white head, which fades quickly to a minimal rim around the edge of the glass. Lack of head retention is a bit disappointing. The color of this beer, however is astounding.

S - Huge cherries backed with subtle vanilla up front, as well as a definite funk. Perhaps some floral notes in there as well, but the cherry and vanilla dominate, with the funk coming through as an integrated part of the cherry scent and a welcome addition to the complexity in the nose.

T - If I didn't know better, I would say I just bit into a cherry. Dominant cherry flavor up front, with a harsh funk to it, and lacking some of the balance and complexity present in the nose. Highly acidic cherries as well. As it warms, a bit more earthy and oaky vanilla notes come through. Yes, definitely opens up a bit more once it warms, and the balance present in the nose is definitely more evident. Really turns into an excellent beer.

M - At first, super acidic and a bit harsh, but as it warms, seems to also lighten up in acidity (not sure this is possible, but that's how it seems, perhaps the cold just intensifies the acidity?). Does still seem to strip some enamel from the teeth, but that's ok by me.

O - Overall a very good wild ale, not quite up to the Supplication standard, but an excellent representation of the style nonetheless.

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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 nhindian
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with russwbeck and poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

A - Pours a sunburst orange speckled with crimson and burnt orange. A little cloudy and there's a bit of sediment floating around from the conditioning. Only about a half finger of head with decent retention. lacing is thin with not a lot sticking around.

S - The nose is fruity and tart and the barrel, rather than what it held, is quite noticeable. Sour raspberries are there, but not exactly the highlight. A good amount of oak and subtle vanilla are very prominent, as well as a bit of alcohol in the back-end.

T - Although the nose doesn't display the raspberries as much as I would've expected, the taste does turn it up a notch. It's balanced, though, so don't expect a raspberry explosion. This balance still leads to a good tasting beer though! Lots of oak and tartness, and a smooth vanilla finish. Not a whole lot of alcohol in the finish here.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Although the carbonation isn't that high, it still is decent especially for it being barrel-aged and for the style.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Very flavorful taste even though the smell left a little to be desired for. This was the first of Three Sisters, so hopefully the others will follow through!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Epic tasting shared with nhindian

A: Hazy red pour with deeper traces of brown and hints of orange around the edges. Very small white head with spotty lacing.

S: Not as tart as I was expecting at all. A decent amount of fruit (raspberries), oak from the barrel, and some booze rest on a tart backbone to create a pretty balanced nose. Some funk rests in the background.

T: The oak from the nose is no where near as prominent on the taste. A bit more funk and tartness comes through, but really fruits and slight booze dominate. Balanced and smooth, the taste is very nice.

MF: Light to medium body with a lower than average carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this. I'm glad the barrel and fruit take over the smell and taste instead of vinegar or tartness. It provides a bit more balance than I'm used to with American Wild Ales.

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Photo of DCon
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 650mL - 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle of this from the Clybourn Brewery after the tour w/ Trevor for $25. Poured from the Bottle w/ Lolita in Ruby Red writing & 2010 branded below it into a Bordeaux Wine Glass w/o the Stem. Has BOTTLED: 12/04/10 0801 on the side.

Aroma- Very musty aroma from the start with a slight raspberry aroma. This mustiness seems like it could have been from the wine barrel aging. Great!

Appearance- Pours absolutely no head at all... but I wasn't looking at this! Has a Bright Cherry colored body and reminds me of a Sturm or fruit wine that is a raspberry or strawberry blend. Leaves no lacing and remains just like wine would... boring!

Flavor- Tons of sweetness from the first drop on the tongue until the final swallow. Has raspberries in here for sure but very light and dull. The finish is slightly sour but not like many other American Wild Ales I've had before.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Very Lightly Carbonated, Smooth, and then has a nice, clean sour finish.

Overall Impression- Not sure if G.I. was using Lolita in the sense of the novel written in the 1950's but it sure was a good "special release" brew. I would suggest you getting the Madame Rose if @ the Goose Island Clybourn location. I haven't tried the Juliet but it is next on my list. The Lolita was easy drinking (like wine) with slight sour notes and raspberry. Enjoyed thoroughly!

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Photo of rmcnealy
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served chilled in a traditional becker.

Poured a dark amber with a very small active bubbly head that fleeted quick. The beer is rather translucent with virtually no sediment. The first aromas are familiar of red wines with an end tapering of what appears to be cloves. The taste is very tart and the raspberries become quickly evident. The carbonation is also showcased at this point. The taste fades quickly leaving a slight bitterness with a fruity, berry residual at the end. Very interesting taste. I get what is trying to be done here, but not sure I agree with it. I'd almost rather have some freshly made sangria if given the option. Definitely not my favorite Goose Island offering, but it was bottled before A-Busch took over so I can only imagine down from here.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

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Photo of sleazo
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Dated 12/4/10

A_Pours a medium reddish hue with virtually no head. There is a small wispish cap and a ring of bubbles clinging to the sides

S_The aroma is of raspberries at first, then a hint of wood and earthiness. Not much funk but a nice smelling beer.

T_The first sip is a nice lemony vinegar funkiness which is followed by a contrasting red berry sweetness to smooth it out. The aftertaste brings in some merlot like notes of dark alcohol macerated fruit. There is a minor note of the brett as well. Very well balanced.

M_Despite the apparent lack of carbonation there actually is a good deal hidden in the liquid. A light body and tight carbonation push the beer around the mouth very well.

O_I would say this has more in common with a good Belgian Fruit Lambic than an American Wild. A very nice beer that highlights fruit and the barrels it was placed in. My only complaint is the lack of a proper head but this could have been unique to my bottle. i wish I had more to see how this develops.

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

Bottle dated 12/4/10 poured into a tulip

A - Pours a clear red-tinged with maybe one finger of off-white head. Head fades, but maintains a nice collar. No lacing.

S - Tart raspberries and quite bit of earthy funk. The red wine and oak characters from the barrels come through pretty nicely as well.

T - Taste is quite tart up front, with a big raspberry presence. No sweetness t speak of. The funk become prominent early on and continues throughout the taste. Like in the smell, the red wine notes come through midway. Finishes with a nice combination of earthy funk and red wine. I am pleasantly surprised with the amount of funk.

M - Relatively light bodied, with good carbonation and a very pleasant dry finish. There is definitely a red wine presence, but not much in the way of tannins. Finishes earthy, tart and dry, but not overwhelmed by any of those characteristics.

O - A good wild ale. I think I enjoyed Madame Rose slightly more, and haven't had Juliet yet. Would like more tartness, but the amount of funk here is pretty nice.

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

Had on tap for Festiv-ale in Chicago.

A: Pours a cloudy cranberry-orange with a quater of white head.

S: Raspberry and nice wild funkiness.

T: Less raspberry then the nose. Sweet for a mere second to start moving into nice sourness and a hint of oakiness. Maybe faint leather as well.

M:Lighter side of medium with good carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this and had many pours.

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Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice sour ale. pours out slighty tan with lots of suds and cloudy as heck.
Very nice smell. Like a fine wine full of grape skin and cherry fruit.
Taste is sour raspberries and wine grape skin.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a sour brew.
Overall I would have given this a 4.25 but this website won't do this.
This is the better of all the three GI 25 dollar bottles.Juliet/Madame Rose/Lolita.
Def. Lolita wins this taste test.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Westchester NY.

Appearance is gold with a rose tint to it, a smallish white head. The smell of Lolita contains raspberries, cherries, sugar and funk. I sipped this one and noticed tart raspberries right away, brett and an overall sweetness that goes with its` tart quality. MF medium with a nice level of carbonation. Try this one if you come across it.

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

One of a trifecta of beers known as the Three Sisters, Lolita’s the tartlet, aged with souring yeast and tangy raspberries inside wine barrels. The other two siblings are Juliet (a Belgian sour aged in cabernet barrels with blackberries) and Madame Rose (a Belgian brown aged in wine barrels with cherries). This particular bottle was capped on December 4, 2010 and shared by a friend at a tasting August 20, so it’s had plenty of time to develop a nice funk.

Poured into some stemware, Lolita shimmers a rosy orange with mild haze. A short-lived head of pinkish-tan bubbles quickly pops away quickly to nothingness. It’s a nice color, but a pretty weak showing from a Belgian head.

Fortunately, the nose steps up to support it. Raspberry, honey and caramel mix with more acidic balsamic vinaigrette, cherries and red wine. The wood aging shows itself in the form of buttery oak and vanilla, capping off the smooth, deep aroma.

The vinous oak barrels lead the charge in the flavor, and the subtly tart raspberries also make a stronger showing. Sweet cherries blend with notes of toffee in the back, while wild yeast lends the beer moderate sourness complemented by hints of vinegar and funk.

Bubbles massage the tongue lightly as I roll the soft, smooth body around. The tang imparted by the wild yeast gets more biting as I make my way through the glass, nearing lip-smacking sourness near the end.

Lolita’s the perfect woman — bright and delicious, yet with an enticing sourness to keep you on your toes. I could sit here all night pondering her complexities, and I think I will.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.