Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.44/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to Goose Island for this bottle to review! Poured into a GI belgian glass.
Appearance is a cloudy straw yellow body with a fizzy white head which dissipated into minimal rimming and no lacing.
Smell is of lactate, delicate strawberry, surprisingly strong pepper, some other tropical fruit like kiwi and mango, and lemon.
Taste is of soft sweet fruit, primarily strawberry, tart but not too sour, pepper is somewhat subdued throughout but perhaps present on the very back end.
Mouthfeel is effervescent, light to medium body, smooth, mildly sticky and dry, very drinkable.
Overall, for the price this is definitely a once in a while treat, but this was a very, very enjoyed beer. Great fruit flavor and sour notes are just perfect with a good balance of sweet, tart, and pepper. Very drinkable.
11-30-2013 05:04:41 | More by MCain04
4.45/5 rDev +8%
A- Pours a bright, effervescent looking, hazy orange. Medium sized head forms and sticks around just a little bit. Not very much lacing.
S- Fairly complex with strawberry being first and foremost on the nose. Some pepper and traditional saison spiciness mixes in behind the fruit. Towards the end, some lemongrass and light grainy notes make an appearance.
T- Starts with a bang of strawberry fruitiness and grassy saison flavors. Grains and some lemon peek in there too. The end is mainly a dull, grainy, saison flavor profile with a hint of lingering strawberry as it fades away. Throughout the drink, there are bits and pieces of pepper and just a touch of the underlying sweetness from the honey.
M- Light across the palate and quite highly carbonated, making it crisp and a little stinging on the tongue. The 9.5% ABV isn't really evident in the flavor, but is slightly noticeable in the drying sensation left in the mouth.
Overall, this is a very good beer. I'm not sure it's worth the $30 price tag, as it's not much better than Lolita or Juliet, but it is unique. Glad I got a bottle to try and enjoy. This is a very interesting and delicious beer.
11-30-2013 02:13:04 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.34/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange blossom honey color capped by about an inch of foam that fades quickly, leaving a smattering of dots and squiggles behind
Smell: A lot of acidity in the aroma, with tart strawberries, grapefruit, white peppercorns and barnyard funk
Taste: Biscuity malt lays the backbone, but the lactic sour flavors take over quickly, bringing strawberry yogurt sweetened with a hint of honey; in the middle, the tartness continues to build, with barnyard funk, grapefruit and the peppercorn elements adding a hot complexity; the finish brings back the strawberry elements, though the puckery tartness lingers in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery and a bit hot from the peppercorn
Overall: Pricey, but well worth a try - this beer is a stab in a new direction (and how many beers truly provide that these days)
Thanks, redsand22, for the opportunity
11-28-2013 19:26:02 | More by brentk56
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.