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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 317
Hads: 1,924
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 25.62%
Wants: 260
Gots: 669 | FT: 60
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

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.
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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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Photo of ottovon
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ejyoung for sharing this.

A: a ruby-amber color with a think head that fell quickly.

S: lactic sour. oak, vanilla, raspberries. there is a huge raspberry aroma that comes through. a little butter and some earthy funk.

T: not as much lactic sour in the taste. still some, but lots of earthy, musty funk. vanilla, oak, raspberries. a touch of butter.

M: thin with good amounts of carb.

O: this is a great beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle thanks to sean9689 (thanks Sean!). It pours a murky plum color, with initially a finger of large celled foam but after like 5 seconds there was no foam at all. Every pour was the same, no lasting foam.

Very nice aroma, tart and acidic. Further sniffs bring maybe a little pickle juice (only a little, not objectionable). On tasting I think the pickle juice might be in there after all, at least in the background. The main thing I get out of this is sour cherry and a little vinegar. More of a Flanders Red style than an American Wild, I think. The acidic burn keeps this a sipper more than a chugger.

Nice, I think it's better than Madame Rose, maybe not quite as tasty as Juliet. Worth trying if you can get it for less than the $25 it goes for in restaurants.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law. Bottled December 4, 2010.

Appearance – Pours into a pair of tulips with a rosy color. About a finger of slight off white head dissipates almost immediately, leaving the slightest of lacing. Tons of fizzy bubbles can be seen.

Smell – I had my niece take a quick whiff and she immediately said it smelled like raspberries, in which she was spot on. Earthy tart raspberries, vinegar, citrus, barnyard funk. Smells enticing, albeit not as potent as I was hoping (granted none of the Three Sisters have really been crazy sour thus far).

Taste – It really tastes like raspberry flavored seltzer water at a first sip. As the beer warms other flavors emerge such as some slight tannin, oak, and the barnyard funk. Not nearly as tart or funky as I was hoping, and even less so than the nose would lead one to believe. While the flavors are nicely melded together, the overall experience is slightly lackluster.

Mouthfeel – Lots of fizzy carbonation, lighter bodied, finishes dry.

Overall – I feel this is the weakest of the Three Sisters. The high carbonation combined with a thinner than usual mouthfeel really did throw off the beer making the flavors less prominent than I feel they could have been had the aforementioned two things been toned down a bit. I had no problem emptying my glass, and will be curious to see how this is after a few more years.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Lolita pours a light cranberry brown color with translucent edges. A small eggshell cap rests on top and fades pretty quickly.

Smell: The aroma is good, but it really feels one dimensional, even after I keep going back for another whiff. Dark, tart raspberries in full force.

Taste: Some light malt sweetness is present up front, but that is not the focus at all. This is sour and acidic, with a good amount of raspberry flavor. Some other indistinguishable berry flavors hang around, and I do not get a lot of yeast or other depth. A light oily grassiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is dry, light, and acidic. There is a light sweetness up front and a light oiliness on the finish. The carbonation is medium and fine; it neither adds nor subtracts from the beer.

Overall: Finding other flavors and depth beyond raspberry takes some effort, and there is nothing about it that really moves me. Compared to some of the other complex beers of this style, this is fairly forgettable.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pink with a hint of peach. Very little head and what there is dissipates quickly.

S: Lovely raspberry aroma with a subtle hint of the wine barrel.

T: A little tart, a little sweet. Subtle continues to be the operative word. Nice berry flavor but not overwhelming. A little lemon, some pleasant grassiness and herbalness shows up next. There's a little barnyard funk in the finish, but just a hint.

M: Light, mildly carbonated. Nice linger

O: This is really lovely and delicious and easy to drink. It's more than the sum of its parts. I would drink this on any summer afternoon, were it available in my part of the country (and a little less expensive).

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #821, Bottled 12/4/2010
Had at Bangers & Lace in Chicago

(A) Deeper red, almost like a rich copper color but a bit more red to it. Brown in some areas toward the surface. ALmost nonexistent head, just a few bubbles.

(S) Tart and some sourness. A lot of berries and some cherry.

(T) Sour and cherry greet you. Gives way to raspberry, some light vinegar, sour apple, white grapes, sugar and a slight oak-wood character.

(M) Has a medium body to it. Tart on the tongue. Pretty decent dry finish.

(O) I've only had the Juliet before this one and Lolita was a nice follow-up to that. It was a bit like Juliet but with more berry presence than grape presence. Just wish we could get this a bit more.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured brownish red with no head into my DFH signature glass. Aroma of oak and funk, not much of a hint of raspberries but it is there in the background. Taste follows the nose, really oaky more than most beers I've had. More fruit in the taste. Tart but still smooth while hiding the alcohol. Tasty beer, I'm glad I tried it!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.
2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a slight reddish-pink-amber color with a thin white head that is very active and recedes quickly.

S - Tart hints. Some slight vinegar. There is some mild fruity tartness present including some raspberry and some white wine notes. Quite a berry full aroma that also has some slight peach and orange rind notes and a woody funk.

T & M - Flavor starts off a bit funky and tart. There is some vinegar notes present and some fair sweetness in the middle portion. Quite woody and funky though. The berry flavors are a bit more subdued. Carbonation is medium with a nice medium-lghter body.

O - Overall a very good brew. Should go well with goat cheese. Its not my favorite of the GI Wild Series.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute on 7/3/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

2010 Vintage; bottled 12/04/10 0845

Sunburst hued; ranges from amber to golden at the stem. Quick flash of a head; pretty much nothing remains after a minute or two.

Well-composed nose. Notes of raspberries and damp oak. Characteristics of funk and hints of the vinous order. Just a slight, low-slung tartness. Smells good. Notes of fresh cut hay as it warms. More tart to taste, but still not overly sour. Tangy raspberries give way to a funky, musty barrel middle. Light layer of sweetness. Medium body with focused carbonation - just a touch on the punchy side. Finishes dry with lingering residuals of raspberry and barrel.

Well crafted and tasty. Solid enough across the board, save for the appearance.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A reasonable pour produced a barely there head, a puff of smoke if you will. A thin white ring remains. Deep orangish red, and oddly enough some purple hughes as well. The nose is where this beer does its thing. Sharp, sour raspberry all the way, very lactic. Faint, faint white oak aroma. Sadly the flavor doesn't depart much from the nose. Not much complexity. Fruity, but lactickly sour raspberry, sharp and lemony. The sour really gets right into your nose. Some oak and vanilla hits the tongue. Thats it. Fair mouthfeel for a wild, not thin, I think the raspberry rounds that out. This beer is ok, I have one in the cellar for later and it is good enough for me to think about grabbing another to age a bit longer. All in all, more wood and more funk please.

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Photo of Klym
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

I didnt have much paper available to me at the time that I drank this so my notes are really sparse. I noted a rating for ASTMO but only a few notes about the beer itself so I'll keep this short. Taste was tart, very raspberry/cherry, with a great, very carbonated mouthfeel that spread through the mouth excitedly. Taste wasn't extremely complex or dynamic, mostly just straight up raspberries/cherries with varying sensations of tartness or sweetness. It was reminiscent of Lost Abbey's Red Poppy to me in this sense though this was a little less layered I'd say. Good, glad I tried it, not sure it's worth seeking out though or worth the price.

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Photo of Adrianized
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 poured into a snifter.

Pours thin, with a very fizzy reactive head that quickly disappears, eventually completely gone.  Color and clarity much resembles cranberry cocktail juice.

Smells of red wine, raspberries, white cherries, faint woodsy barrels, funk, and sourness.

The taste is much like the smell.  Tastes similar to a red dessert wine with raspberries and cherries.  Aftertaste is a mild sourness and funk.

HUGELY carbonated, it explodes in the mouth and dances on your tongue.  Mouthfeel is light to medium.

Overall, I enjoyed this, but my expectations were a little higher.  The high carbonation kind of ruins it for me.  However, anyone who enjoys sparkling wine or any red wine would probably like this.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the mighty AleWatcher for this bottle, and for completing my 3 sisters set. Shared with Spider889, Schwaeh and Ryan011235.

Bottled on 12/04/10. Poured into a Goose Island Matilda chalice glass thing.

This beer has a really nice color. Sadly, that's pretty much the only thing the appearance has going for it. It has good clarity which makes the blood orange red glow with honeyed edges. The head is very short, quickly fading to nothing.

Plenty of stinky, delicious grassy funk. Raspberry comes out nicely with a little warmth. While there is a little bit of tart and ripe berries, this beer remains focused on light funk.

Not too sour, this beer is more funky. The raspberries have given this beer a really nice, juicy middle. There is lots of basement and hay funk. My favorite part is the raspberry jelly flavored middle, really nice and not overly sweet. The finish is woody, musty, funky and floral.

Light bodied, this beer is easy drinking. I love the juicy, raspberry jam flavors and the subtle tartness. Just enough sourness to keep the funk from ruining this beer's thirst quenching abilities.

This one would make a great outdoor summertime drink. Its flavor profile is not burdensome and it's body is light and airy.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by Mbpbugeye. 12/4/2010 release.

A: Pours a juicy orange-amber color. Very light carbonation with basically no head. I got the yeastiest pour so very low clarity.

S: Smells like its gonna be very sour and funky. Lots of berries, brett, and wine characteristics. The smell makes me feel like my teeth are about to hurt drinking this.

T: Ah initially its a big hit of sour that had me starting to pucker but the funk comes in midway through and puts things back into place. After the first sip the sourness is not overwhelming at all, it may just be adjusting to the flavor after a smoked porter. Big raspberry flavors, berry skins, brett, and all the barnyard funkiness that make this super balanced. The lighter flavors are some orange zest and some vinegar.

M: Body seems thin but appropriate. I would like this with some more carbonation.

O: My first of the 3 sisters. I was happy with my first go. It's nice to have an american wild that goes the funky route instead of just bracingly sour. The flavors work really well, good for summer. This would have been great with more carbonation.

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Photo of Spider889
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by MbpBugeye.

Bottled on 12/04/10.

Nice bright rosey orange color. The initial pours were quite clear, though my has a decent amount of sediment. Barely, if any, head. Once it settled there is no visible carbonation. I suppose for a wild the appearance is not bad, but it could be a LOT better too.

Smells quite tart and funky. Half-ripened raspberry and earth, along with bitter strawberry greens. Oak must and damp brett are inticing.

Wow is the first sip damn sour. Though quickly enough your palate adjusts. Nice fruity flavors but not sweet. Much more balanced tasting than the average American Wild.

Dry but nothing overly strong or unpleasant. True to style I would say. Quite low carbonation... this suits the beer well enough, and is better than over carbonation, but I would have liked some more.

Overall quite funky wit nice fruit aromas and flavor. Not nearly as comlex and gratifying as Juliet though.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.