Goose Island Beer Co.

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #135
Ranked #936
4.28 | pDev: 10.05%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.
Reviews: 372 | Ratings: 1,631 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of wl2bill
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy copper colored with rapidly dissipated head. The smell is berries and yeast. The taste is berries and lemon, there is a hint of the in the aftertaste. This is not a hairstyle for me, I'm glad I tried it.

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wl2bill from Wisconsin, Apr 22, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy light brown color with a very slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has blackberry and Brett hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a blackberry and Brett flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer with a nice sour and tartness
O-A good Belgian style Wild Ale

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VABA from Virginia, Dec 15, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Divebar, NYC.

Pours a clear amber color with a moderate head, retains decently for the style, and yields a ring of lacing.

Vinous aromas of sweet and sour grapes and a strong lime tartness. The tartness also evokes plain yogurt and gentle notes of Bret funk. The rye and barrel aging evoke spicy and woody aromatics respectively.

Tart throughout with notes of lemon, lime and yogurt. Vinous Cabernet flavors, fruity with notes of red and green grape, pear, green apples and berries. Spicy rye, wood, oak, Bret and peppery spices contribute to the complexity. Medium bodied with an acidic mouthfeel, crisp carbonation and bone dry finish.

Complex and with quite the acidic bite. Well crafted overall.

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Gajo74 from New York, Dec 13, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at an outdoor festival

Cloudy short lived translucent reddish copper. Scant white head, no lacing.
Brett, raspberry,melon, oak scents
Nicely balanced Brett funk with lemon, WINE, oak, berry. Hard to find the rye, guess it is drowned out, leaving just a little pepper note.
Medium mouthfeel, tart, stubborn carbonation, light hop bitterness.
Good hot weather beer, great with grilled meats
A great American sour sister, still quality beers coming from Goose Island.

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Reef from South Carolina, Sep 22, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Label has bottled on date as '03MAR17'.
Murky, reddish brown with a hint of orange colored body. Quick fizzy head doesn't last. No lacing.
Aroma is berry and Brett. Alluring smell. The wood of the wine barrel adds its note.
Taste is sour, with some lemon tartness. Overall a dry experience. Lots of berry and wine barrel. Underlying grassy funk.
Medium mouth feel, with good supportive carbonation.
The sourness level slows the ingestion rate, but any quaffs are rewarded with the bittersweet mix of berry, oak, and funk.

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Photo of npolachek
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a berry taste with a lot of Brett. Very solid sour - had directly at the brewery from a bottle pour. Lots of carbonation and good balance of tartness.

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npolachek from New York, Sep 13, 2019
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2.96/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells and tastes like the cologne Aramis. The question here is, do I want to drink Aramis? while Aramis is not necessarily a bad cologne, I'm unsure if it makes a delicious drink.

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dream from Nevada, Jul 17, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/2/13; drank 12/4/14 @ California Split.

Murky strawberry rust color.

Minimal white head; no lace.

Tart blueberry funk nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sweet blueberry flavor up front; a mildly tart blueberry finish.

Wonderfully balanced; a delight to drink!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 25, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 3, 2017

Pouring it into the tall stemmed, Goose Island wine glass it is very fizzy. Audibly and in highly carbonated head. It disappeared almost immediately and left champagne like bubbles all around the glass. It is hard to describe the color. I would call it a burnt orange with a purple-red tint.

It smells fantastic. Lots of oak and a bunch of Brett yeast. Fairly sour and acidic, with an underlying dark berry.

It is really tart and sour initially. Not sure if I just adjusted, but it really seemed to let up as it warmed with more of a deep, consistent sourness. After the sour punch and the yeast, there is a nice blackberry and wine flavor. Like red grapes. The oak flavor is in the finish with lingering dark fruit.

Decent amount of body. Carbontion/ pricklyness is not nearly as high as it suggested. A little twang with a slightly dry finish.

Just a touch too tart overall maybe, and I wish the blackberry flavor would shine more, but a very nice beer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good sour!!!! Poured from a bomber into a flute glass. Slightly hazy reddish/orange color. Good level of carbonation and a quickly facing small bubbly white head. Aroma and taste are both bold and inviting. Aroma featured Wild Ale Brett, wheat and fruit (I thought it was cherries instead of blueberries, but oh well, it was great either way). A lot more going on in the flavor. The flavor from the wine barrels was noticeable, some malt was there too. The fruit and yeast/Brett dominate the flavor as well as the aroma. This is a very tasty beer. Mouthfeel was great too. Nicely carbonated with a very tart, rich, smooth malt presence. This is a really great beer - expensive, but still great

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JayQue from Virginia, May 31, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage on tap into a 10 oz. tulip glass
look; orange/red with no head
smell; tart cherry
taste; tart sour cherry but smooth/easy on the palette.
overall one of the best beers i ever tasted, will definitely seek out.

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hawk56 from Ohio, Apr 15, 2018
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a bit of beige foam disappearing quickly. Aroma has grape vinegar, toasted malt, a hint of brown sugar. Taste is sour, acidic, fruity but I don't really get blackberry, more like generic sour berries with a light bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Quite intense on the sour, acetic notes.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Mar 05, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields no head, no lacing, and a muted pink body. Nose of blackberry and citrus. Taste of tart berry and slight pepper with a wine-like tannic finish. Feel is a bit lacking and overall a pretty enjoyable experience. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Nov 28, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow color with a slight pink and purple edge to it when held up to the light and a slight off white head in the smallish 1/4" range. Aroma smacked of blackberries and red wine barrel sourness.

The taste is a nice blend of bretty depth and blackberry tartness. Dark fruit sweetness and sourness going on. Very easy to drink, hides the alcohol quite well. I like the one two punch of getting the blackberry fruitiness and then the wine barrel complimenting it. Lacks the foot like harshness of a blackberry wild bretted beer in other iterations from other brewers. Its ability to avoid that drawback and still drop plenty of fruity red and purple sour-y notes is its strength.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage: 2 years old and absolute perfection. Pours a clear rose/brown with the smallest head. Smells of tart berries, lactic acid, and lemon. The taste is where this really comes to life. Tart berries galore (raspberry and blackberry), a good amount of lactic acid, lemon juice/zest, tartness, light yeast, light vinegar, some spices, and funkiness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall probably the best sour I've tried.

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andrewh995 from Arizona, Nov 22, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml 2013 vintage

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a one finger fizzy white head. The head dissapears quickly leaving no lacking.

S - The aroma is blackberries, white grapes, vinegar and oak.

T - The taste is sweet and tart blackberries, green apple, white grape and lacto with a great oak finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - This has aged well over four years. The blackberries and oak are the stars of the show. Highly recommended.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Sep 11, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tinted ruby / ember, quickly dissipating. Aroma has lots of tannins - which flirts with astringency - and some musty barnyard / yeast (though not characteristically brett) with rye spice, not enough of the blackberry. Flavor is more delicate & well-rounded: the tannins & (especially) the oak hit you first, but it segues nicely into tart blackberry, currant, and a sweeter lacto sourness. There is a whisper of the dry cab sav, which adds depth, but I wanted it to be slightly more assertive to balance out some of the tannin & tartness. Mouthfeel is good. All in it is a strong beer but really would have liked more expression from the wine barrel.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jul 10, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML 2015 Bottled 7/31/15, multiple pours into Goose Island Chalice. Clear copper pour, nominal white head, mild carbonation. Tart blackberry and grape aroma, Tate similar, tart sweet balance, blackberry grape sour taste. Very clear mouth feel, easy drinking. Very good sour/sweet combination, good offering by Goose Island.

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dukeandduke from Illinois, Jul 09, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale salmon with no head.

Smell is acetic berries, oak and aged vinegar.

Taste is acidic tart sour berries, oak, and acetic wood.

Good but stings with a frothy, full body.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jun 25, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass 2016 bottle.

A: Very little head that disappears almost as quick as you can pour it. Body is a reddish brown hue with a slight haze more red on the corners than through the middle.

S: blackberries, oak, wine grapes, some light clove and spice

T: nice beautiful wine flavors oak grapes light blackberries plays throughout. Mid palate you hit some honeyed clove and spices then finishes with lots of tannins and some sourness with more blackberries.

M: effervescent bubbly and tingly on the tongue slight cling medium bodied.

O: This beer is fantastic so much depth of flavors really surprised how well the blackberries come out in it. This was worth every penny and if I see it again I'll buy it no hesitation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Amber red, clear, light floaties, no carbonation, delicate white lacing ring.

S - Pears, white grapes, apple, and all with tangy, fruity acidity.

T - Tart from start to finish. White grapes, green apple, lots of tart tang and funk.

M - Velvety heavy medium body that's puckering.

O - This aged incredibly well.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Mar 24, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a retaining white head that holds around the glass. On tap at world of beer.

Aroma is of relatively strong funk, baking soda, citric acid, a bit of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. Some shoe leather noted.

Taste is extremely funky. A bunch of leather, beef jerky, lactic acid, citrus peel, and only a bit of a raspberry/ blackberry-like tartness. Very dry.

Overall, the beer is on the more extreme side of a wild ale. Nothing amazing in my opinion and a little too "wild" for my tastes. Still a solid offering. A little hard to drink a full glass of as it it is so relentlessly sour. I see it pairing well with richer dishes, perhaps a French pate. It gets a 81/100.

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DaverCS from Arizona, Aug 22, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber. Good color. Interesting smell. BlackBerry notes and some cab tannis. Vinegar smell but light and mixes well with the others. Nice moderate brett note. Ditto taste but adds a stronger brett funk. Tingling carbonation make good. Light body and thin. Good. Go for it.

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sour, funky, a little sweet, but overall a strong sour. The fruit comes through prominently, but there's a strong nuanced sour base here too. An excellent wild ale. Sampled from a friend's taster at a sour tasting event. Not enough was tried to give a true rating, but a placeholder approximating it has been given here.

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LAp from Ohio, Aug 02, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rusty orange hue with minimal carbonation that dissipates quickly. A noticeable oily slickness on the surface.

Bright fresh tart blackberry aroma with additional berry notes, a bit of herbal spice/earthiness, and a vinous white grape note.

A burst of blackberry flavor. Very tart and refreshing fruitiness with a touch of oaky and vinous barrel character.

Light-bodied, low carbonation, puckeringly tart, fruity.

Overall, quite a pleasant beer. Definitely leans farther on the tart vs. funk spectrum and provides a heavy does of nice blackberry aroma and flavor with a pleasantly puckering tartness.

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larryarms847 from Illinois, Jul 09, 2016
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