Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #209
Ranked #1,976
4.25 | pDev: 9.88%
Feb 14, 2022
Oct 15, 2008
Notes: A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.
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Ratings by dream:
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2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by dream from Nevada

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
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

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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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

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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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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
4.63 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Jul 19, 2021
4.06 by edthehead from New York on Jun 14, 2021
4.5 by LennyBound from Illinois on Mar 04, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by puck1225 from Texas

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
4.1 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Jul 02, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by wl2bill from Wisconsin

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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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

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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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

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
3.2 by stephenlee93 from England on Oct 25, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Reef from South Carolina

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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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by npolachek from New York

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
4.07 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Sep 10, 2019
4 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 23, 2019
4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa on Jun 16, 2019
4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on May 22, 2019
4.24 by animal69 from Louisiana on May 20, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4.29 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Apr 21, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by beercam from Washington

Really really good but overpriced at $30/765mL

Mar 05, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WesMantooth from Ohio

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
4.23 by mcthfg from Korea (South) on Jan 24, 2019
4.34 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Dec 03, 2018
4.32 by stephenlee from England on Dec 01, 2018
5 by estruntz from Maryland on Dec 01, 2018
4.24 by Bum4ever from California on Sep 08, 2018
4.13 by cp45 from New Jersey on Sep 01, 2018
4.5 by Roy1586 from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JayQue from Virginia

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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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by hawk56 from Ohio

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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
4.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Feb 28, 2018
4.5 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 30, 2018
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
4.5 by cdtoffers from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2017
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1639 ratings