Juliet | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of DaverCS
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +1.4%
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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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Jadjunk
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Juliet is brewed in the style of a Belgian Style Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries added. Available in 750ml. limited release bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a short-lived crisp, fizzy head of a pale beige tone over a medium hazy caramel amber body with moderate carbonation. Retention is poor and there is no visible lacing. 2.5

(Smell) Bread and pale malts with the tangy, acidic and slightly sweet impact of blackberry juice. Bold tartness and acidity suggest Brettanomyces had a further impact on this beer, and a peppery, spicy nose is suggestive of Belgian farmhouse style yeast strains. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very sour and acidic up front with the tanginess of blackberry fruit adding a mild note of juicy complexity. Moderately dry malt profile, quite clean and lightly bodied with simple pale malt and bread malt characters. The spiciness of the yeast profile is a bit more dialed down and in line with the other flavors in this beer, coming through quite nicely for a punctuated finish. The barrel aging is detectable, vinous characters are mild but lend themselves well to the fruit base of this beer for a light and dry but complex sour. Juliet is one of the most sour of the sister beer releases I have sampled from this brewery as yet, but is nicely done as well. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, lightly residual, tangy and peppery, moderately chalky dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is sour, tangy and acidic, over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is one of the more acidic and tangy sour beers out of the "sister" series, and the blackberry character, while not particularly bold in flavor delivery, accents the simple malt profile well. This is my favorite of the bunch so far, but I would find an annual release in a more accessible format far more pleasing for a return visit, as this is one of their most expensive releases as a 750. 4

Goose Island Beer Co.'s
Juliet: Belgian Style Wild Ale

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2013. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin carbonated head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is non-existent. Nice tart aroma with some undertones of cherries and blackberries and wine. Very good cherry taste up front with a sharp, tart zing and blackberries at the end. Small amount of rye is present. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Definitely an enjoyable beer. Not too tart.

3.25 4.25 4.5 4.0 4.5

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a reddish orange with a small off white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness, oak and funk with some hints of blackberries
T: Taste is quite tart with some funk, horeseblanket, oak and barnyard with some blackberries. Swallow is more oak and funk with some lingering blackberry flavors
M: This one is medium in body with soft carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity.
O: This is a great sour beer with fantastic flavors and complexity. Great fruit influence along with the sourness and the funk makes this one very memorable. I need to drink a fresher one to see how it compares but this one is exceptional.

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Photo of SomeKidNamedAlex
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As tart as my favorite Kreiks, this drinks like a satisfyingly refreshing bite into a sour Granny Smith with a simultaneous blackberry punch. The mouthfeel toes the line between the thick sourness of a Flemish red and the dry crisp refreshing citrus of a mint Julip. The flavor is pleasantly complex for such a macrobrew. Cranberry, port, cherry, boysenberry and tons of blackberry come through on top of obvious sour tones and citrus notes - a tiny bit of earthiness. The finish shows you a glimpse into the beers steel tank fermentation - metallic, a little bit medicinal, and lemony. All in all well rounded and enjoyable - if you like Sours.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No hint of slowing down this wild ale had all the sour and tartness that I love but was so smooth and easy to drink. Flavor tended towards cranberry juice but I could certainly taste the Sauvignon grapes and blackberries.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 7.31.15)
Consumed: 12.24.15

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish gold with a small, off-white head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S: 4.5 As soon as the bottle was opened, blackberries fill the room. Intense berries are followed closely by floral funk, lemon, and some medicinal, raspberry aromas. Mild oak and vanilla start so show up as the beer warms.

T: 4.25 Flavors start off pleasantly tart with jammy blackberries and berry skins followed by funk and medicinal berry flavors. Some sweetness and oak come through, balancing out the tartness before finishing with mild dryness and more lemon and berries on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 The body is really nice and silky. A bit more carbonation would really go a long way with this beer.

O: 4.25 Plenty of fruit flavor, good oak quality, nice tartness and funk. It’s also nice how consistent Goose Island is with their sours; Juliet has a lot of similar flavors as Lolita. Overall, this is a really solid blackberry sour.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer. It poured nicely, a beautiful amber color, but it was so tart it was difficult to drink. I slowed down, thinking that'd make it easier, but it just seemed to get more sour over time. I love sours and goses, but this tasted like neither of those. I don't know how I finished the glass that I had.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Juliet 2010, bottle pour at Hawthorne's for Goose Island Migration Week. "Aged in Cabernet barrels with blackberries and fermented with wild yeasts"

A little faded, no doubt, but still legit and delicious.

The taste is on point, sour ma non troppo. Crisp, vinous, fruity. Yogurt and old milk. Plenty of bacteria to go around.

The mouthfeel is still remarkable strong despite the age, with a nice peppery-spicy-grape-y finish that lingers oh-so-pleasantly.

So drinkable and easy, yet complex.

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Photo of Chris912
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

A- light grapefruit color with a thin head. Lacing is observed, lingers for a minute and dissipates into the liquid
S- wine barrel, tart a bit of hay and other earth notes. Brett making a presence here
T- acidic up front. It mellows out on the back end. Some blackberry and other fruit taste, maybe plum?
M-Tart and acidic. A bit more brett than I tend to enjoy, but it was very refreshing.
O - Glad I had the chance to try this. Impressed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage

Light fizzy head disappears quickly, clear candi orange red color.

Nose sour lacto and vinous funk, acidic, sour malt. Weird glue thing.

Taste big lacto sour, sticky sour flemmy, big tart blackberry, little phenolic acetone, solventy, big acidity, tangy vinous barrel like notes. Finish flemmy tart sticky sour, lingering tart berry.

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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seems to pour very clear from the bottle, but settles into a slightly hazy, translucent coppery-brown brew in the glass. An extremely fizzy head quickly disappears entirely, leaving a constant, light stream of bubbles from the carbonation to sail to the top and quickly die.

Aroma is typical of American Wild Ales: sharply tart and sour, fruity, with a Brett mustiness behind. Red wine notes and berries.

Flavor follows: sharp, sour, tart, fruity, vinous, vinegary, oaky. There's a touch of Flanders red-style vinegar and oak; a nice blend of berries; a trace of red wine; a very faint mustiness.

Active and lively but smooth feel; quite a bit of puckering; slightly harsh due to the sourness.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: brilliant rose with a reddish tint and a thin layer of white foam.
S: a tart nose with a touch of barnyard, and a ton of fruit.
T: Big tart berries with spicy malt, oak, and a hint of wine.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation – the carbonation is very soft.
O: Straddles the line between wine and beer in a very nice way.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2010. Drank in January, 2015 (with some notes from the 2009 I just drank as well)

Appearance: pours a brownish red with some purplish hues to it. a finger or just more of a white bubbly head with weak retention and a very small lacing. pretty dark and some haze but some clarity and brightness to it. (2009 bottle almost exploded when I opened it. bigger head and better retention)

Smell: funky yeast and red wine grapes. slightly spicy red wine, weaker and sweet fruitiness. (aroma on 09 was very faded)

Taste: opens with a strong funky yeast and some strong oak. red wine barrels blast in with spicy flavors and red wine grapes. backend has a light berry sweetness and a little bit of earthy and oaky yeast. (09 was very bland and almost tasteless in comparison. almost no funk or red wine, just fairly weak and bland fruit)

Mouthfeel: sticky and tongue coating. moderate body and leaves behind some earthy funk (09 was light and insignificant. carbonation was extremely sharp)

Overall: I drank the 2009 first and gave up most hope for the beer. the 2010 was much better. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle of 2009 or if its just past its prime but 2010 is much better.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 cellared 16 months

Pours fizzy murky amber and grapefruit in color. Smell has deep acidic and slight vinegar aroma with notes of berry, hay, and hints of wine an oak. Taste follows nose with a nice tart acidic crisp flavor forward before a ripe berry and sour vinigar flavor. Oak and wine finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, tart, sticky, moderately carbonated and finishs dry.

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Photo of c-rum
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A - Delicate, clear, light ruby with a fizzy 2 finger head. Head vaporizes very quickly.
No lacing.

S- Sour blackberries, cherries. Some oak with hints of wine, mild funk.

T - Plenty of berry notes - blackberry, raspberry, cherry. Good amount of sour, oak and lightly funky, faint notes red wine.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing, nicely sour.

O - Very good nice sour Blackberry.

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Photo of Reed_iTap
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

2013 Bottle
G: Goose Island Tulip (Cliche, but it felt right)

A: Reddish Orange in color with a light pink tinted head.

S: Tart sour Blackberries are still present with a sweetness that wasn't there fresh.

T: There is still plenty of bite to this beer, by more of the sweetness is pulling through.

M: Moderate carbonation which helped it feel not as bitter as when fresh. It drank smooth with a small bite.

D: I am a huge Juliet Fan and enjoyed the almost 1 year of age on the bottle. It felt more enjoyable and was still plenty sour. I'll have to open my other bottles soon!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

In a beer share that also included Wicked Weed Oblivion and Boulevard Love Child No.4, this brew really stood out.

The bottle we cracked was a 2012 edition poured into a teku.

I could kick myself for not taking notes, but what stood out to me on this brew was the big malt flavors and burnt cherry. The flavors were simply more pronounced than on the other two sours mentioned above. There was more body to this beer as well, and the tartness and acidity quite enjoyable.

Of a group of four for the bottle share, the consensus was that this beer was better than both Oblivion and Love Child No. 4. That both of those beers were excellent should impress on you just how tasty this brew was.

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Photo of BobbyDigitali
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

2013 765ml. Let this one age for at least a year. One of the best tart/fruit brews I've tasted recently. My favorite out of the Goose Island sister series. I'll be buying a few to sit for awhile.

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Photo of cafemondegar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Another fantastic beer in the long line of great beers from Goose Island. Poured from 765 ml bottle into thistle glass, a lovely copper color with distinct gushing sound of escaping carbon di-oxide. Almost no head.
You can smell the oak and the Brettynomyces even before the first sip.
Has a lovely, tangy taste and the 8% abv is cleverly hidden by the various other flavors - of oak, wild yeasts, blackberry and rye malt (subtle).

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Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition that's been waiting to be let out. Lots of funk upfront; acidic, piercing. Funky, barnyard, TART - well rounded and really comes together as it warms a little. Good prickly carbonation dances around. As advertised, a great sour/wild that I would recommend to anyone interested in a representation of what the style should be.

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