Brettanomite | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Final addition to Goose Island's 25th Anniversary Bottle Series, a sour, barrel-aged wheat beer. Aged 13 months.

Added by Flabbyjandro on 11-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- hazy darker yellow body, two finger white head with good retention, effervescent and fluffy. Rings of lacing.

S- lemon, citrus, sweet Belgian candied sugar, mild funk

F- on the sweet side. Candied sugar sweetness, lemony acidity about 5/10, musty hay, dry funkiness, citrusy tartness separate from the acidity. Again, on the sweet side.

M- medium body, good carbonation, easy drinking wild that isn't too sour although it is quite a bit sweeter than I expected.

O- very similar to the other GI sours in that this is on the sweet side of the style but the acidity and tartness are more on spot here than in the others. Pretty good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head. Settles out quickly. Looks rather lifeless after a while.

Smell - Sourdough, citrus, oak. Vanilla. Bourbon barrel? I think that's bourbon. A bit of acidity there, too.

Taste - Sharper tang to it. Grainy wheat. Sourdough flavor again. Citrus. Lots of vanilla. Acetic sourness in the back. Earthy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Moderate sourness. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Very interesting beer. Some aspects I don't like are a little intense.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is golden copper with a tight white head. Nose has a good bit of barrel with nice hints of vanilla. Strong citrus bret with ripened orange and pineapple. Taste is less oaky, more citrus and bret with a light to moderate sourness. Body is light, assertive carbonation and moderately dry finish.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden yellow with a small white head to it

S- Good balance of funk and tartness. Light farmhouse funk to it with tart lemon and light white vinegar

T - Up front there is light lemon and sweettarts. Then, there is a mild and not overpowering barnyard funk to it. Light grassy presence. Finish is farmhouse saison with light vinegar tartness

M - Light carbonation with a slight mustiness. Finish is slightly dry

O - Nice wild from Goose that really highlights the light mustiness and farmhouse aspects that Brett can bring balanced with some light tartness

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Photo of junior30
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hot damn is this a fine looking beer. Fantastic gold hue, super clean and clear

Smell - Loved the smell of this. Great citrus aroma that stings nostrils.

Taste - I really enjoyed this one. Super tart forward, nice oaky finish. Great citrus notes. To steal a phrase from FFF, "a wheat [flavor] that doesn't suck."

Mouth - Maybe a tad over carbonated. With this kinda of style though, it kind of works.

Over - A fantastic beer. I liked this one a lot. Hopefully I'll be able to find it again on draft.

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Photo of prior2two
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter and enjoyed while watching the Blackhawks destroy the the Dallas Stars.

A: great golden color. The head faded pretty quickly, but that's to be expected.

S: Everything I want In a Wild/Sour. Super funky and floral. I got excited just from sniffing the bottle.

T: I love this beer. I'm normally not a fan of wheat beers, but this was awesome, though calling it a wheat isn't really fair. Starts with a blast of tartness that kind of fades into a nice sweet finish.

M: I love the upfront punch of the bubbles mixed with the tartness. I thought it worked perfectly.

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Photo of atomic
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the pub

A: all beer is beautiful, this one is a bright light golden color with big head that dissipates quickly.

S:lots of funk, a little sweetness, and soft tropical notes.

T: pretty interesting to have a sour wheat. Definitely not your run of the mill wheat beer. Some good sweetness from the wheat and loads of funk. Gets rather fruity after a few sips but super tart up front. Finishes smooth and oaky.

M: If I had to say it, id say its a little too carbonated from the tap, not tried from the bottle.

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Photo of CLCardinal84
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden with a little haze.

S: Funk, barnyard, tart lemons and citrus.

T: Wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. I could drink glass after glass of this and not get tired of it. The wheat aspect adds a really soft aftertaste after the initial punch of tart and funky goodness. Very smooth and extremely delicious.

M: Very nicely carbonated, not too heavy and just perfect.

O: I love sour, brett beers and this was fantastic. Nick has really impressed me with this last two releases and was happily surprised at how awesome this beer was. Just an awesome sour, citrus bomb. Hope they stash a couple kegs for surprise tappings later down the road.

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Brettanomite from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.36 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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