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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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307 Reviews
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Reviews: 307
Hads: 1,844
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 25.12%
Wants: 247
Gots: 613 | FT: 59
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:
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 Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottle

A - Copper red, clear, with brisk carbonation rising. Small, tight head, and fades away quickly, with no real lacing.

S - Sour hit of raspberry, wine, acid and vinegar. Lacing with a subtle funkiness, along the lines of rotting fruit.

T - Sour, primarily wine and vinegar, couples with mild fruit notes, predominately cranberry and tart raspberry. Mild hints of sweetness. As it warms, the sour comes on stronger. Some must and wine notes.

M - A significant acidic burn, coupled with significant carbonation, keeps it bright.

O - Three years in, the sweetness appears to have been pretty thoroughly gobbled by the yeast. The result is a pungent, sour beer, but one with several layers working simultaneously. The wine elements are interesting, and the hints of fruit give a counterpoint to the acidic bite that makes the beer's core. A fine offering.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 765mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2013. Bottled on 18 June 2013.

A: Lots of little bubbles. Brief head fades almost immediately. Russet-clear with a pink tinge.

S: Fresh-pressed raspberries and tart fruit. Lightly funky. Very, very nice.

T/M: Oh wow. Very tart! Almost too much so. The barnyard tang from the Brett is present, but can't outshine the massive amount of fruit, providing a lot of residual sugars and unmistakable merriness.

O: Great beer, great book, great night. Highly recommended, but perhaps overpriced.

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Photo of imscotty
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful reddish orange. Nicely carbonated, almost no head or lacing.

S: Has an acidic sour aroma, some hay and earthy tones.

T: This is how I like my sours, this one gives you a bit of a pucker, but it is not so sour that it hurts. Entirely drinkable. Of course the acetic sour flavor stands out, but there is much more to this brew than just that. There are apple, pear, and berry flavors. There is even a touch of sweetness mixed in. A taste of malt.

M: Clean, dry, refreshing, pleasantly carbonated.

O: A very nice example of the style. Some sours are sippers, this one is a drinker.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Cherry red with blood orange accents. Head dissipates swiftly.

S - Plum, a little must. Sourness is evident.

T - Sour grape skins. Not super funky. Tastes pleasantly sour but not aggressively so. Red fruits predominate: particularly cherry and raspberry.

M - Carbonation is quite low, thereby preventing the unnecessary the ramping up of the acidity.

O - A remarkably refreshing beer which could have been improved if it tasted a little weirder/funkier. This beer is a little simplistic; pretty straightforward in terms of its flavour profiles and the first sip yields much the same flavours as the finish. I have a sneaking suspicion this beer would be awesome with some age on it. I may just have to find out.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a small off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, strawberry, sour cherry, red wine, oak, clove, hay, straw, grass, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, oak, clove, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great fruited wild ale. All around good balance and complexity of raspberry, fruity/funky yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 06/13/13.

What a gorgeous color! Like a honey rouge. Comes out all a-spritzing, and then it bums out to a standstill. Releases all of its gases in about thirty seconds.

Bright raspberry sour with that unripe, unwanted picked berry. There's a loud barrel note of red wine (pinot) and mild French oak. Critter funk has some mushroom and nutty cheese complexity without all of the ripeness of a Brett infestation. Uniquely tamed to feature the fruit, which has that unwavering sourness, all its own. Hints of strawberry, lemon, and hay bundles. Superb.

Lip-smacking tartness with bright raspberry and unripe strawberry notes, acetic burn that scales back on fruitiness, French oak, goat cheese acidity and funk, wet straw, and tannic grape skins. A splendid wild ale with a depth of flavor and complexity.

A lot of carbonation contained within, and it's tight and spritzy. Very acidic with an almost harsh vinegar burn.

Impressive wild ale. Rivals other great sour raspberry wilds. The wine barrel offers great character.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Burgundy yellow and gold. White head. Looks fantastic!

S: Some vinegar and funk. White wine as well.

T: So awesome. Sourness, funkiness, vinegar, oak wood, sauvignon, butter, cane sugar, cream, plums and other fruits, definitely raspberries.

M: Medium on the thicker side. This is a nice feel for this style. Simply amazing.

O: This is one of the best beers I've had so far. It is so complex and full bodied. Hopefully it's the same in the bottle!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a very transparent, almost sparkling cider-like body with lots of fizzy bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The bubbles and the off-white head leave quickly, leaving just the amber body behind.

S- Raspberries, hints of oak, apple-cider vinegar, hints of funk, but mostly fruity and pleasant.

T- Tart, but not puckering tartness, lots of mellow oak, big fruity flavors come through with raspberry leading the way, but I get hint of apple as well. Some earthy wood notes on the finish with some sour funk lingering behind.

M- Tart with a slight sour burn. Medium-light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation.

O- A very nice sour that balances earthiness, funkiness and fruitiness extremely well. Could be my favorite out of Lolita, Juliet and Halia.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent sour, redolent of raspberries and with enough bite to be very interesting, but not so much as to destroy the tastebuds. The pour itself is beautiful, with the raspberries lending a ruby hue to the base brown color. Little head. Raspberries in the aroma, along with a fairly sharp sourness. The taste is even better, with a rounder profile, a bare touch of sweetness, and a clear, fresh fruit note along with the somewhat bracing acidity. Very nicely done indeed.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy rust color with hardly any head. Smells funky and acidic with a touch of raspberry and vanilla. Flavor starts off sweet-ish with some dryness and tartness coming through the middle. Raspberry is tastefully done and subdued. A bit too much oak for me. The vanilla is a little overpowering. Light acidity in the finish. Mouthfeel could use some more fizz to combat the richness of the wood. This is tasty, but I'd have a hard time drinking more than a glass of this.

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Photo of fx20736
2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World for $ 23 on 2/23/14. Served chilled into a white wine glass.

Appearance: coppery amber full of effervescent carbonation. No head.

Smell: at first blush vinegar which changes into a sour fruitiness very much like Champagne.

Taste: tart raspberries followed by a pungent funkiness.

Mouthfeel: full and prickly.

Overall: My first ever Sour, maybe my last. Goose Island is my favorite brewery but this simply does not work for me.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a pinkish-gold color with one finger of white head. Light lacing left behind.

Tart aroma of raspberry, wine grapes, cloves, black pepper and an earthy funkiness.

The taste mimics the aroma. Tart with raspberry, wine grapes, oak, cloves and yeasty funk notes The 9% abv is well-hidden.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A top-notch Wild from Goose Island. A must try.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at Brass Rail enjoyed chilled in two wine glasses shared with my wife on Valentine's day.

The color is deep red like raspberry juice with light haze and quick receding light pink head. Visibly carbonated and enjoyable to look at while waiting for our meal. The smell is delightful, lots of fruity esters, light sour smell from wild yeast and the wine barrel gives a flanders type woody aroma. The feel is great, very acidic with medium carbonation w/ fruity sweet element and light tannin adding to the puckering raspberry effect with dry finish.

The flavor is both sour and slightly sweet with raspberry with red wine tartness and light sweet edge of fruit with fresh tart berry flavors adding to the acidity of lactic acid and yeast which compliments the light oak in the background. Overall very nice sour ale with flavor of raspberry, but not over the top fruit drinkable with a kiss of raspberry

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed amber color with some reddish hues to it. A very small fizzy cream colored head disappears pretty much immediately.

S: Lots of underripe raspberry, raspberry jam and cranberry tartness here. Beneath that is a musty oak note with a bit of a vinous character. The oak carries some vanilla and a touch of spice.

T: Big underripe raspberry tartness upfront. Meaty sour cherry, big Pinot Noir notes and some lighter white wine notes as it winds down into the finish. Finish is lemony tart and slightly acetic with a light tannic dryness that rounds things out pretty nicely.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 765ml bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Fridge temp, around 41 F. Bottled on: 1011 03JUL13. Most of the sediment left in the bottle.

Pours reddish, big initial head which dissipates quickly into a small ring around the edge. Lots of carbonation. Smell is tart. Also, tart. And berries.

Taste is dry and tart -- not much sweetness, just fruity tartness, like unripe mango, maybe. Some berries.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, effervescent, crisp. Nice.

Overall, very tasty. I want to drink this cold in a hot, humid environment.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour produces half inch white head that recedes quickly and looks appears quaff is flat. Color of fresh squeezed cranberries, rhubarb, strawberries and such.

Aroma is exquisite. Tart/sour as you like and fresh summer fruits. Without too many words, this needs to be experienced.

Any surprise here-tart as a fresh picked strawberry that exacerbates the taste buds to quiver. I know there are raspberries in here but I get more of a strawberry/rhubarb concoction.

Mouthfeel is quenching and carbonation is spritzy.

Packaging gets a five here and enhances the experience. A nice bottle to share or enjoy alone on a Sunday afternoon like I just have. Lolita is delicious!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange red color with a decent off-white head and no lacing

S-barnyard funk, raspberry, tart, hint of sweetness and grain

T-sour grapes, funk, slight sweetness, raspberry

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-solid sour with decent flavor, not as well-balanced as some other examples

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a ruby orange color with a very small head that disappears completely

S- lots of barnyard funk up front with notes of wet hay. Fresh fruity berries, dark grape skin, slight vinegar acidity

T- berry juice with some acidity up front, tart raspberries with some doughy malt backbone. Woodsy and earthy notes with some vinous grape skin character, herbal with some puckering berry on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish

O- This and Juliet was my favorite of the sisters. Reminds me of a classic Flanders Red. I would drink this one over and over.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Goose Island's Lolita that my friend brought over to share with me. I really liked the past two Goose Island sisters that I had and I decided to go half with my friend on bottle, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty clean and simple, just like the other beers in this series, it's nice looking. It poured a slightly hazy red/orange color that took on some nice ruby hue when held to the light and it had a half a fingers worth of bubbly slightly off white head that quickly faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, the head and lacing were lacking, but I thought the color was really nice.

S- The aroma starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a apparent tartness being the first to show up and it's followed by some funky yeast aromas that are very brett like with a little bit of farmhouse funk in the background with a really slight musty aroma. Up next comes the raspberrys, they show up nicely and it has a nice natural raspberry aroma to it. Towards the end I get a really slight grainy aroma with some lighter oaky aromas in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma, I have no complaints at all.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the sourness being the first to show up and I would say it's right around medium, it's a little acidic and it's followed by a very light rainy malt flavor. Up next comes the raspberrys that impart a nice berry taste along with a nice natural raspberry taste. On the finish comes some oaky and wild yeast flavor with some nice brett like flavors showing up and on the finish there's some lingering sourness with some berry and wild yeast like flavors in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer and I thought it wasn't overly sour with some nice raspberry flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, a little acidic, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a pretty good example of a American Wild Ale, it had a nice sour base to it that wasn't overly sour or acidic and the raspberry worked well with this beer and the all the flavors seem to come together nicely. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth a little acidic, dry, not too filling and the taste did a very nice job at holding my attention, the acidic aspect would keep me from drinking the whole bottle, but I think half the bottle is pretty close to the prefect amount for me and I think this would make for a nice beer to enjoy in the summertime. What I like the most about this beer was how well the raspberry worked with the sour base, they complemented each other nicely. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there is anything that I would change, it's great just the way it is. I would buy this beer again if I saw it, it's pretty pricey at $20, but I think it's worth it and it's a nice special occasion beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes American Wild Ales or sour beers in general. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I'm glad I decided to go half on a bottle with my friend, I wouldn't want to miss out on this one, and the more beers I have from this series the more I like it. Juliet is still my favorite but this one comes in a solid second. Great job guys, this was a really nice beer and I hope I can try the rest of the sisters, keep up the great work.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a vibrant, slightly hazed pink color. A white head quickly rises to two fingers, then fizzles out noisily. No lace. I love the color on this, and reminds me of Champagne.
S: Fresh fleshy fruits of berries and jam. Almost cider like. Lightly vinous with an acidic bit. Some wood/barrel aromas. Simple, but just lovely.
T: A more intense acidic burst up front. Then the fruit flavors. Lots of berries flavors that are jammy and juicy. Almost like Raspberry juice. Light vinous character in the finish as well as a bit of funk warming up.
M/D: Light to medium body that has a great effervescent bite. So crisp, clean, and refreshing. The acidity builds throughout, and makes this a bit of a sipper. Still so enjoyable to drink.

Maybe my favorite of the Belgian Sisters. I am really glad to see this in Texas. While it is on the expensive side, still cheaper than the others sitting around and a better product IMO. Highly recommended.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.