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Dominique - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 195
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thetomG on 08-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian style sour ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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Reviews by kels:
Photo of kels
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoods for picking up a growler of this at Sun King up in Indy. Not my typical style, but I'm working on branching out.

Pour a great mix between apricot and raspberry, perfectly clear. The short, fizzy, white head fades immediately to a swirly skim. small specks of spitty lace reaming here and there along the glass and wash away with each drink.

I wasn't sure I'd get much of the barrel in this beer considering the aroma on other sours I've experienced, but it's actually one of the primary scents in the nose. It is woody and charred, and the bourbon comes through nicely in a dry sweetness. The tartness comes through subtly - tart cherry fruit with a slight vinegar pinch.

The tartness in this beer is really refreshing and pleasant. The sourness is primarily fruity in that near-jaw-locking kind of way. The funkiness is only slight (thankfully for me), with a old vinegar kind of finish. The bourbon comes through with a little sweetness and a hint of oak. The full carbonation helps keep the body light, and the overall dry finish makes it crisp and easy-drinking.

Drinkability is really good. The clean feel and finish accompany the sweet-tart flavors well, and it combines substance with refreshment really well.

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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear red tinged copper with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent rentention and leaves very little lacing.

S - nice blend of tart cherry, lactic acid, oak and very faint vanilla.

T - similar to smell with nice tartness, but no where near mouth puckering. Bourbon notes come through after the tartness fades. Finishes clean with a faint amount of numbing alcohol.

M - light and clean.

O - really enjoyed this. Not the most complex wild ale but the cherries and oaky bourbon work well together.

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

On tap at the Birdsal House a few months ago when GI pretty much took over the taps, and reviewed from notes.

Pours cloudy, darker amber with a rose hue. Very minor head, just a tiny bubble film as well as fine lacing.

The nose is of light smoke and fruit, with some green tea tossed in.

Notes of sour plums, fruity, moderatly sour, jammy notes, lite smoke. Complex and flavorful. Sour yes, but not over the top. Delicious creation.

Please bottle this and make it widely in my area.

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Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of deebo
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at happy gnome
A-clear golden/amber with a bit of white lacing
S-bourbon aroma is quite noticeable. Weak notes of Brett like funk
T-more bourbon than sour. The bourbon is upfront with some tartness at the end. A fair amount of grain taste
M-moderate carbonation. Some astringency. Warming finish Finish is fairly clean
O-very light on the sourness. A bourbon forward beer with plenty of beery malty taste

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Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Eastern District Brooklyn NY.

A - Pours Hazy Orange with white head that disappears quickly. Decent Lacing.

S - Smells like a saison without the spice. Sugary, Tart comes through as it warms, a bit of fruit, booze. Bourbon is dominant, but not overpowering. Not picking up much else. Slight dissapointment here.

T - Tart at first but melds with bourbon very well then a bit of fruityness for smooth ending, with a slight bit of tart at the end. Very interesting. Not like any sour Ive had.

M - Nice. Right amount of tart mixed with low carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Not very sour, so drinkability is pretty high. Definitely not tasting any of the alcohol in this beer.

Interesting brew. Definitely didnt blow me away, but definitely a nice meld of flavors sour, bourbon and sweet.

Definitely worthy of a pint or two.

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Photo of nkersten
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FoBAB. Poured into taster glass, murky golden color with an off white creamy head, good retention that is not common for the style. Smell is bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some slightly sour grapes and lemon zest. Taste is wet oak, sour citrus, fresh grapes, bourbon, and a slightly harsh aftertaste that is very similar to some of the Jim Beam barrel beers I have tried. Medium bodied and coating, light carbonation. Kind of creamy considering the style. This is an interesting experiment that I doubt will ever see bottling. Not a terrible beer, but being a wild I was hoping for something closer to the style - this drinks more like an end of the night tasting blend of whatever was left in the last of the bottles.

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Photo of socon67
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color. Bubbly carbonation. Active foamy head.

S - Smells earthy, with notes of wood. There is a scent of apples too. This is how an apple cider would smell.

T - Sour apple flavored, with spicy notes in the middle. Finishes more tart.

M - Would be great for a summer BBQ. Goes good with the warm weather.

O - Of the "3 sisters" from GI, I think I prefer this one. Justy a tasty wild ale.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filled at Decicco's 5/19/11. Poured from a 16oz. swingtop growler into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a quickly dissipating .5 finger creamy white head. Beer is a nice clear orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. Slightly above average.

S: Nose is cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, floral, citrus, orange peel, vanilla, and some sweet bourbon at the end. Interesting combination and wholly unexpected for the style but very pleasant.

T: Opens citrus fruit, cinnamon, and candied brown sugar. Notes of butterscotch and vanilla towards the middle with slight tangerine tartness lingering in the forefront. Finish is vanilla and some bourbon heat. Aftertaste is sweet. Not really sour or funky... more of a fruit beer with a bit of bourbon and a twang of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily, silky, and filmy in the mouth and smooth and silky going down. Finish is slightly messy with a lingering aftertaste. Nice but a bit dull at times.

O: Dominique is a very strange creation in that its a wild ale that's not really sour and not really funky. More like a well made, mellow fruit beer aged in bourbon barrels. Very in line with a lot of other Goose Island "sister" offerings. Worth a try but it might not be what you're looking for in the style.

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

on-tap, Churchkey DC on NYE

sampled a few servings

appearance: served in a wide-mouthed glass, transparent bright amber body with orange hues. Light beige film ring

smell: the bourbon barrel is felt - vanilla, oak, bourbon, wild yeast, booze soaked cherry

taste: a bourbon barrel wild ale? how has BA not exploded at the sound of this? Surprisingly, it actually works out pretty well. The barrel notes are a little heavy but i really like the bourbon/vanilla/oak notes in a beer that isnt big and malty - tart cherry, chocolate, funky yeast. There's a lot going on here, but i like it.

mouthfeel: a bit boozy, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of beerhan
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bob's Bar in Columbus. Served in a small snifter with a rich amber color. Very thick with lots of bubbles and a thin white head that remains. Smells very boozy, lots of oak and bourbon notes with a hint of fruit. Taste is a bit sour at first followed by boatloads of bourbon and some tropical fruitiness to it. It's a little bit of a crazy beer that I am glad to have had but its just a little too boozy for me. I could attempt to have a few but they really creep up on you. Final thoughts, too much bourbon made this just a little too strong for me and I would have liked more fruit flavor.

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Photo of Rborre321
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OddNotion
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Clear gold body with a tint of pink. There was a streaming flow of carbonation from the bottom, but no head.

The nose is cherries and vanilla, a great combo. The cherries are very pronounced.

The taste is sour cherries with a the vanilla complimenting it nicely. There's a boozy sting to it from the bourbon, but it all plays well.

Mouthfeel is puckering and a little hot with good carbonation.

I very much enjoyed this beer. I had never heard of it prior to tonight and when I read "a bourbon barrel aged sour" on the menu it piqued my curiousity. I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted golden honey color with a small wispy off-white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is tart from the oak barrel, unripe green apple skins, lemon and a touch of bourbon. There is also a bit of funk, which I am not sure I like. As it warmed, the funk turned into a vanilla aroma

As in the aroma, the taste is tart from the oak. The brew has a nice mellow oak flavor which brings tart apple, lemon and vanilla notes to the party. The bourbon is very subtle as it contributes a kiss of bourbon flavor and some general sweetness. There is also a light unrippen raspberry flavor.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with some tart notes and the ale finishes dry. Very nice balance, drinks crisp and fairly clean.

A good oaky, sweet wild ale. Not as tart or phenolic as other wild ales but the beer has good balance and is quite drinkable. Not sure if I was going to like the bourbon flavor in such a lightly malted brew but the flavor is subtle and adds an interesting sweetness.

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

Photo of trappistlover
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(32oz growler courtesy of cosmicevan!). Pours crystal orange with thin white head. Some sour and sweetness from the bourbon. It's got some sour, but the bourbon does not overpower the beerThin texture and smooth finish. Pretty good. Very glad I got to try this. Huge thanks to cosmicevan for this!

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Photo of CruisaC
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teller's in Cincinnati

Poured into a 10oz tulip

By the time it made its way up from the bar to our table, there was virtually no head. The beer itself was a pretty copper color. Some moderate lacing as the beer was consumed.

Smelled mostly of the sour side of things; citrusy, lemony, with just enough zing to make you pay attention. I didn't really detect much of the bourbon at least in the smell, which is why the taste was so surprising

You are initially hit by the crisp, sour, a little funky nature of the base beer right off the bat. Overall, I think, this is significantly muted and shared equally by the bourbon. It comes on right at the midway point of the taste and transitions to some vanilla and sweetness before finishing dry again

The mouthfeel is crisp with mild to moderate carbonation and just a touch of the creaminess of the bourbon

This was an interesting concept beer for me and one that took a minute to wrap my head around. Intuitively this shouldn't work in my book, but I did find myself enjoying this beer overall. I would be interested to taste some other offerings from this category to compare strengths and weaknesses. This was definitely a sipper for me but mostly because there was so much going on; I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lillie's Q, served in a tiny mason jar. >_>

Copper gold with lazy streams of ascending carbonation. Thin white cap of foam that settles to a modest ring without much lacing.

Complex barrel aroma of honey, vanilla, oak, and a slight kiss of wild sourness. Familiar in some way, similar to an early experimental batch, possibly served at FoBAB in years past.

Oak tannin and a slight puckering sourness at first, vanilla and apple cider traces blend with a minor note of coconut from the bourbon barrel. Rudimentary traces of Brett surface as woody spice. Body is fairly light with low to moderate carbonation. Prime bomber candidate, it left me wanting more for sure. Seemingly simple enough to dissect, but ultimately a real pleasure to drink, making this a success in my eyes.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Dominique from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.