Scarlett | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with the Saison and farmhouse ales of Belgium in mind, we added fresh Raspberries and Brettanomyces to a wine barrel and aged the Saison base for 9 months.

Added by MasterSki on 01-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 31
Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf in Andersonville in Chicago. From notes.

A nice scarlet color, no real head, a bit of white foam on the top that doesn't last more than a second or two, cloudy like a saison would normally be. The aroma is all raspberry, mild funk, some light hay, but really just sweet raspberry, reads more like a framboise. The flavors are nice, loads of raspberry that is tart and puckering without being too vinegary and sour, in fact almost no vinegar flavors common to many sour beers. The funky flavors are there as is a HINT of grain and yeast, but dominated by the brett and fruit, but the saison elements are not dominant in any way, again, I kept thinking framboise and not at all saison, which is a bit of a shame, this could have been a great experiment. The body is okay, a bit bubbly but I think at this point we are in sour/wild ale territory and all notions of a saison or farmhouse ale should be abandoned.

Verdict: Well, it's probably the best sour GI has brewed to date, and if it gets treated as such, I'd love to drink it again!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice pink colored beer with a white head that left just a slight bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells pretty nice. Do get some raspberries, with a bit of yeast and brett. Good funk and sweetness while still smelling like a saison.

T - Some tartness and sweetness from the raspberries. A little bit of citrus in there with a bit of funk and hay.

M - Nice carbontion, fairly refreshing and light. Lighter bodied.

O - Very easy to drink. Decently tart without being too sweet and has good flavor. Could easily drink this again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9 oz sample tasted at the Screw City beer festival in rockford on 9/10/11. Reviewed from notes. This was the first beer I sampled at the festival during the VIP hour.

poured into the official tasting glass by the Goose Island rep at the tent.

Appearance: light pink to slightly redish bodied beer with white and pink fizzy head.

Smell: Ripe red raspberries. Mildly malty, yeasty, a hints of spicyness. Mild and pleasant funk.

Taste: The raspberries are fruity, sweet, and tart. Mild to moderate funky hay taste. Maybe a little pepper and yeast in the background. Its really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied beer. Moderate and lively carbonation that makes the beer finish dry.

Overall: This was my favorite beer of the screw city beer festival. Really a delacate and tasty beer. It simple and an elegant beer!

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Advertised as Scarlett at the BA gathering at Goose Clybourn.
Who knows with all the aliases and re-naming Goose has been doing.

Murky scarlet red, darker in the center, more saturated color around the edges where the light gets through. Off white foam that has a subtle pinkish tint, hard to tell for sure. Lasting foam, drippy lace adheres to the walls of the glass easily.

Sour raspberry aroma, slight wild funkiness, but about as restrained as Lolita. Maybe a little more wet hay/minerality coming through from the Brett.

Flavors of tart raspberry, natural whole fruit, no syrup bullshit. Seedy tannins, crisp and tart, lightly lactic yogurt notes. Effervescent and crisp, very easy drinking and refreshing. Would be easy to sit and drink all night. Cheers to Mr. Laffler for this one...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the BA Goose Island get-together last night. Served in my Red Hook pint glass. Thanks PJ - good luck in future endeavors.

A - Finger of pink foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, hazy dark pink-red body. Minimal lacework.

S - Belgian saison yeast, some nice floral dry hopping, tart unripe raspberries, some bretty funk. It's low in the spice quotient but there's plenty going on otherwise, and it integrates quite well.

T - The flavor is a little muted, and I think that's partially due to the lower carbonation (even after they put on the new tank). Tart raspberries, some nice fruity pear and apple flavors, mixed with some lemon zest that provides a touch of sourness. Not quite as funky and finishes pretty cleanly. Well-hidden ABV, whatever it was.

M - Pleasant active carbonation. Medium body that is quite smooth, with a light residual stickiness, and a pleasantly dry finish.

D - Quite refreshing! With a few more bubbles it would make a nice session brew and score a little better in this area. The raspberries add a nice tart touch to an otherwise fairly sweet flavor profile. A touch more spice might add a little more complexity and balance. It was probably for the best that it was underspiced and not overspiced.

I had this again at Revolution's Fistival and it warranted nearly identical in scores for me.

8/6 - Had this on-tap at the Fulton brewdeck. Carbonation improved feel and appearance significantly.

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Scarlett from Goose Island Beer Co.
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.