Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Ratings: 418 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
EDITED: what's with all the "Had"'s and no "Review"'s??!?!? Sack up, slacka*ses...
Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...
A. Much like Halia, this pours a very vibrant, honey golden color. It's cloudy, opaque, and typical of the style in appearance. The head is minimal, I get maybe a quarter finger of white bubbles ringing the edges of the beer. Accordingly, lacing is also spotty.
S. Wow. This is nothing short of amazing. A decadent and complex bouquet of wine-soaked fruit (strawberry), sticky sweet juices (honey), and earthy zest (white pepper). The strawberry is obvious, and while I couldn't identify the other two notes without the assistance of the label, they certainly make themselves known. This is a ridiculously refined nose and a spectacular blend of varied ingredients that coalesces into a highly enjoyable whole.
T. Follows the nose exactly...some vinous fruits, strawberry with the stem, sugars from the honey, and then some herbal spice from the white pepper. Dare I say it, there's even a little bit of heat on this...not much, mind you, but enough. This is a marriage of flavor that is instantly intriguing and pleasing. Who says beer can't be like wine? This is satisfying and complex like the best of white wines.
M. If there's a fault, and it's minor, it's the tendency for the pepper to ride a little too high on the finish. Otherwise, there is near perfect balance on display here. It's a brilliant concoction of flavors, one where the adjuncts add to the beer rather than take away from it. It took a very good farmhouse base recipe to stand up to the other flavors. And while the finish is just a touch too much spice, the journey there is excellent.
O. It's a special beer. The "sisters" this year are being widely marketed as sours, and while I wouldn't call that a lie, I would say it might subtly overstate the reality. While there is tartness and some funk here, it is mostly a delicate marriage of fruit, yeast, and barrel aging. A delicious beer to be sure, easily the most interesting of the "sisters", Gillian is a treat that shouldn't be missed. Congratulations, Goose Island, you know your way around a barrel-aged farmhouse.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 22:43:23 | More by siege06nd
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.