Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #199
Ranked #1,979
4.25 | pDev: 10.12%
Feb 12, 2023
Oct 15, 2008
Notes: A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.
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Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled April 15, 2016. Nice, bright dirty orange beer with excellent clarity and a short amount of fizzy head. Aroma is all kinds of musty funk, barrels and jammy fruit. Taste is largely what I would have expected based on the nose, with plenty of acidity, funk and oak. While I know blackberries were used, I can't detect them (go figure for an almost 7 year old beer). Light and effervescent.

Overall, good, but not great. Given the high level of acidity it will be interesting to see if I can knock out this entire 765ml.....we'll see.
Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Oct 14, 2022
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the 2012 version 750 ml bottle. Bottled 1/26/2012
A - Copper/ruby colored backdrop. excellent clarity, gently carbonated. A thin ring of evidence lasts the duration
S - Fruit skins, musty basement, earthy wheat base is in the mix.
T - Wonderful tension between fruit and yeast. The Blackbeery and Wine barrel dance beautifully
M - Crisp, tart/sweet/tart its a tug of war on the palate. Linger is outstanding
O - A delight from the basement, Fruit stands out, with all the edges from a wine barrel aged offering in place.
Sadly my last bottle.
Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review 1592
Goose Island
Date: 2016
Time to start bringing some heavy hitters to the party. I used my Jester King glass and served it around 46 degrees. The pour created a light tan airy head. The retention of the head is poor and left no lacing on the glass. I did expect that from this beer, not many wild ales have long-lasting billowy, thus far in my career of beers. The color is a dark strawberry orange. The beer is mostly clear, with lots of carbonation. The appearance of the beer is thought-provoking and mesmerizing.

The aromas are horse blanket, jammy, berries, lightly toasted malts, earthy, oaky, vinous, crackers, a hint of floral, funky, and a touch of barnyard.

The flavors are earthy, jammy, berries, lightly toasted malts, a fruity sweetness, vinous, oak, spicy rye, floral ester, funkiness, barnyard, horsey, crackers, and slight herbal note.

The mouthfeel is tannic, dry, tart, and acidic.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and has a long finish.

This beer is a marvel. The flavors are bright and acidic; yet complex and harmonious. The aging of the beer benefited it. The beer has so many nuances that; it is hard to detect them all out. Excellent wild ale; I am glad I got the chance to drink this beer five years later.
Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer is a dark red/brown color. No head, no lace.
Funky, berry aroma.
Taste of blackberry. Earthy, funky.
Sour and tart mouthfeel. Not too tart, but tart enough.
Aug 16, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jul 19, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by LennyBound from Illinois

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Goose Island Beer Co. "2017 Juliet"
$6 / 5 oz. @ Goose Island Brewhouse Philadelphia on 06/02/18

Listed at 7.1% ABV.
Look: Hazy deep amber/copper. No head.
Aroma: Some oak, some berry-like fruit but nothing specific, some malt.
Taste: Tart. Light caramelish malt. Oak. Some fruit... blackberry? That makes sense but it's not apparent upfront, yet it shows more clearly in the burp. Moderate to median bitterness. Dry, acidic finish with some tart fruit and oak lingering.
Feel: Light-medium in body and gently crisp.
Overall: Quite enjoyable. Not overly tart, funky, or fruity. Refreshing.
Feb 26, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is the Thanksgiving Beer for this year! This is a 2016 vintage.

Great smell - strong berry smell just from opening the bottle. It was poured into a tulip glass. Brownish pink color with good initial head but no real lacing. Very nice berry flavor with some excellent funk. Earthy and fruity. So far going great with the festivities. Happy to have the opportunity to try this.
Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2020
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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.
Apr 22, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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
Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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.
Dec 13, 2019
Rated: 3.2 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.
Sep 22, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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.
Sep 19, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.
Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Sep 10, 2019
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Reviewed by dream from Nevada

2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
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.
Jul 17, 2019
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 23, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

May 22, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by animal69 from Louisiana

May 20, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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!
Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 21, 2019
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Rated by beercam from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Really really good but overpriced at $30/765mL
Mar 05, 2019
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.
Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by mcthfg from Korea (South)

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by stephenlee from England

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 5 by estruntz from Maryland

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Bum4ever from California

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by cp45 from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Roy1586 from Massachusetts

Jun 17, 2018
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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
May 31, 2018
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Reviewed by hawk56 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.
Apr 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.
Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Feb 28, 2018
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