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 goblue3509
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color with a ruby twinge and a slightly off white one finger head which recedes to skim and leaves little lacing. There is sticky carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass and the inside appears very carbonated. The aroma is wine like with blackberry and cherry notes very present along with a hint of white grape. The taste follows suit with a sour cherry flavor up front before a white grape wine taste takes over. The back end is all blackberries, well blended and a very good taste. The flavor leaves you wanting more. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and a bit stingy, almost like a champagne. Overall a very good beer, great aroma and flavor, I will seek this out again for sure.

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Photo of malcontent
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ack! Penalty! Yes, we have a gusher and around these parts we dock you points when you waste precious beer. As for the beer that DID make it into the glass, it's beautiful. Massive three fingers of pink-ish head is fed by a swarm of bubbles originating from a cloudy, rose-like body.

Almost overwhelming mustiness, but I like how it's softened by a sharp fruit tartness from underneath. Spicy, vinous phenols creep up from the backside. Layered and complex.

First off, the sour tartness is lovely and understated (perhaps too restrained?!). Soft yet bitter fruitiness deftly showcases the blackberries without bowling over the malt body. Funky, saison-like dryness lingers on for a nuanced, mature finish.

For such a monumental head, the carbonation is maintained masterfully. Never does the spritzy nature of the drink hurt the ability to taste the broad spectrum of flavors. The crisp acidity of this beer makes the a brilliant (if expensive) potential partner for an array of foods. This may be the finest thing to come out of Goose Island, which considering it's company (BCS, Matilda, Naughty Goose, et. al.) is quite an accomplishment.

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Photo of hawks10
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Matilda wine glass...Batch 1 - Bottled January 2009...

Pours a slightly hazy ruby/orange...pinkish, slightly rosy...one finger of soft-white head with a pink hue, dissipates very quickly. This beer did not experience any gushing or other over-carb issues...

Tart, tangy and acidic in the nose. Sour ripe fruits, nice berry presence and some great wild yeast funkiness...complex and beautiful, one of the better smelling sours I have ever experienced...

Taste follows the nose...nicely tart and sweet, good ripe berry flavor. Slightly funky, nice and woody and dry...Complex like the nose, different tastes emerging as I drink. Finishes dry and kind of spicy...

I like a my sours to be spritzy, this one sure is, but not at all over-carbonated like many others have experienced. Nice and bubbly, light bodied and tingly...refreshing...

Incredible beer from Goose Island. One of my favorite new beers over the last 1.5 years or so...hope none of the other bottles I have are over-carbed like so many say...

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Photo of botham
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber bought at Paddy Long's in Chicago; possibly the last bottle from the first batch in Chicago...Thanks Matt!

bottle poured into a Goose Island reserve glass. pours amber with fiery garnet mixed in, with a minimal head that leaves no lacings and has poor retention. very appealing in the glass.

aroma is lightly vinous with a distinct acidity and very light fruit notes; a distinct lack of sweetness overall. very pleasant in the nose with a wine-like character and a lightly dry overall feel. nicely composed.

taste follows the nose with a vinous sourness and light fruit notes of grape and some distant cherry. somewhat soft on the palate with a lightly acidic finish of residual grape-like sourness and a bit of residual fruity yeast. alive on the palate with supurb proportioning. solid.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly sharp at first with a vinous quality and a finish that is just sour enough to cleanse the palate.

drinkabliity is great. an easy going sour with a very palatable character. finishes lighly sharp with a soft aftertaste. very well put together and solid with a bit of aging. can't wait for the next batch to come out! cheers!

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This little sack of motherfuck was just sitting in Binny's and, well, I'm only human, susceptible to the hype the same as the rest of god's creatures.

Pours pretty fab for a wild, like a really nice framboise lambic. Fruit Rollup red with the prettiest pink head I ever have seen.

Smells damn near perfect sweet sour. Big yeast, funky sour, light tart fruits like cherries and tears.

Tastes as it smells, sour and playful. Faint upfront followed by pure sour, so strong you can't pick one flavor out from another, and that mellows out into fruit nodes with the sour hanging over them like sunshine or the spectre of death. Fruits are cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples. Pretty much anything red, and then after that there's a light breadiness. Very nice.

Wonderful. Maybe not quite worth what you pay for it, but still effin wonderful.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

225 Review. 2012 Vintage. Cellar temp. Bomber poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

Appearance- Looks like a nice Rose wine. Purple/red color. No head or lacing. Very clean looking.

Smell- Big tart berry presence and oaky wine aromas. Quite funky and very powerful. Stone fruits and berries dominate.

Taste- Big berry up front (kind of a mix of cherry, raspberry, blackberry), very sour and oaky and funky. Don't get much red wine, but pretty oaky.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated, crisp, clean, refreshing, extremely sour.

Overall- The first Goose Island beer to wow me and wow did it wow me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650mL bomber, dated JAN 09 on the label, purchased from Binny's in Lake Zurich for about $16 after Dark Lord Day. The beer is faded pinkish lilac color, hazy to the point of opacity, with an off-white thin 1/4 finger of foam that laces with good adhesion to the glass. The aroma is everything you could want in a wild ale, musty leather and horse blanket with a hint of tart berry. The beer tastes just as good, not puckeringly sour, more of an accessible wild ale with just enough bite to keep an experienced palate happy. Undertones of berry flavors (apparently this was aged in wine barrels with blackberries) along with a mellow pucker and hints of lactose, delicious. The beer is well carbonated and light bodied, enhancing drinkability (and only 6.7%). This is definitely one of the better wild ales I've tried, Goose Island is showing strong brewing chops lately.

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Photo of McRyan
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1-26-2012

Smell- Very oaky right away I pick up more a of a raspberry smell than blackberry.

Taste- Lip puckering, sour, tart, deliciousness right away. Lingering you get the oak from the barrel and again I get more raspberry.

Overall- I need to find more of this I would recommend this to anyone. I see a lot of reviews of other wild ales that say "not sour enough". This will for sure cure that need! This reminds me a lot of supplication, I give the slight edge to Juliet.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy rose color with pink hues and little head. A few dots of pinkish white lace are left behind.

S - Tart blackberry, slightly funky barnyard, red wine vinegar and traces of musty wet oak.

T - Sweet blackberry that turns to a rush of tartness as the carbonation hits the palette. Red wine notes, hints of vinegar and a smooth oakinees that lingers into a dry mixed berry that stays on the tongue for minutes after each sip.

M - Medium body with very crisp carbonation in the middle of each sip that works well with the tart funk. Nice dry lingering berry flavor.

D - The best version I have tried out of all the samples Goose has been giving out over the last year. Complex and tasty.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy reddish-pink color with a light pink foamy head. Head is very thick despite gentle pour but settles relatively quickly to a solid one finger of foam.

S - Sour fruit aroma with lots of strawberry and hints of cherry syrup. Light woodiness as the beer warms. Light funkiness as well.

T - Sweet and sour with lots of fruit flavors. Much like the nose, strawberry and cherry come through the strongest. Very tart with hints of lemon in the back of the throat. Hints of barnyard and mustiness as the beer warms.

M/D - Light and very well carbonated. Verging on too much carbonation. Very lively in the mouth. Just the right balance of sweetness and sour in the beer to keep this one very drinkable.

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Photo of quinnsi
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Bottle at Paddy Long's in Chicago

A: Pinkish red in color with a nice finger of pinkish head. Tight carbonation beading up the side of the glass

S: Great smells! I'm getting so much here, with stone, chalky cheese rind, horse blanket, good 'ol funk and blackberry.

T: Great funky sourness w/ berry and wine fruit coming on in the mid palate and lingering on for ages. The aftertaste reminds me of a french burgundy.

M: Nice tart tingle pairs well with the high carbonation level.

D: very drinkable! If it didn't cost so much, I could drink this all night long, night after night.

Truly a special beer with complexity for miles.

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Photo of kels
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

***disclaimer - if you're reading this review and want to trade me a Juliet, please send a BM***

I am not a wild ale drinker. That said, I loved this beer. Thanks so much for sharing at the Holiday Inn tasting unclejedi:)

Pours a nice light cranberry color with hazy shades of apricot throughout. Tons of quick little carbonation bubbles float throughout and feed a well-retained bubbly white skim.

Nice tart sweetness, even smells sticky, bit of yeast and a little light berry essence on the nose.

Feel is like drinking a soda or bubbly wine. Good sweet-tart berry taste, there's a little funk in the aftertaste that has a tinge of that "turned" flavor, definitely citrusy; lots of sugariness in the back that reminds me of rock candy. Feel is incredibly fizzy and light. Super refreshing and tasty.

Drinkability is undeniably high. It is almost not even like drinking beer or alcohol. More like deliciously fizzy juice. An altogether wonderful beer.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with Course #8 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner (beef and chanterelle pot pies).
Explodes all over me and the floor, a few other people, making a right mess. Of all the corks we popped and tops flying off, this was the only real squirter. Eventually settled to an absolutely stunning amber with pink head and highlights. simply glorious.
smells of blackberries, funk, spice, and sharp tartness/mild sour. a stunning combination of flavor as these scents mingle through the nose as the liquid strikes the tongue. the blackberries hit first, followed by the sour tartness, a subtle spiciness lingers, and the blackberries come back on to join in the tart. quite excellent.
It rolls around in my mouth, exploring me as I explore her. A very soulful endeavor.
A beautiful pairing with the beef and chanterelle pot pies as sort of a digestif.

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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 alamode
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From notes.
Bottled 2012.
Vinegar, tart berry, Brett & some barrel in the nose.
Vinegar, oak, sour apple and tart berry in the drink.
2 years have done this well. Wish it wasn't my last bottle.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 2009 batch, 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured a light red, grapefruit color. Slightly hazy, almost brownish in the center. Some light sediment with small round seeds.

Smell is fruity with sour notes and grapes.

Really nice on the sourness. Citrus hints topped with wine and grapefruit. Blackberries are quite present and give it a dark sweetness to it.

Its tart, but its not overly sour and doesn't have that sour punch to the mouth.

This is really a nicely blended brew. Its a nicely done sour from GI and I'm glad I stumbled upon this one. It was a pleasant surprise to be able to try this one and I'm glad I didn't end up trading it away as I was originally intending to do.

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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 GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at The Publican 10/14/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn and Tom & Heidi Morris for the assist!

A: Served a deep ruby red almost purple color with a tiny light pink head that retained for about ten seconds.

S: Amazing aromas of vinegar, tart berry, oak, pear, and cabernet.

T: A huge whack of tart fruit with vinegar, slightly sweet malt, semi-sweet berry, apple/pear, and a smooth undercurrent of soft buttery oak.

M: At first it's quite bracing, puckery, and dry. As it warms, sweet berry and orchard fruit flavors emerge to make this one finish with a slightly sweet lilt.

D: This was incredible! This needs to be available in more places...like now!

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

Just a word of warning, open this over the sink, bottle exploded and sprayed all over the place.

A - Beautiful pale reddish pink with a nice foamy head. This almost looks like a pink champaign in some ways. Not what I think of when I think beer but very nice.

S - You definately get the wine and barrel influence here. Fruit has a nice presence, very sweet and tart smelling.

T - Love this stuff. This is very much like a slightly less tart and less dry Temptation by RR. Blackberry is good with a mild oaky taste that only adds to the good flavor.

M - Light bodied and carbonated.

D - Can happily get this down and drink it all day.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, served on 8/19/12 in a wine glass.

Pour: Blood orange with a finger of bubbly pinkish head. Diminishes to nothing.

Smell: Hay funk, raspberries, cherries.

Taste: Tart pear, mixed berry (indiscernable between blackberries and raspberries for me), slight cherry, funk.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, a little sticky. Not too tart.

Overall: This beer took me by surprise and was pretty kick ass.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12/11/10 22oz bottle into DFH globe

Pours a reddish brown, almost plum color with a nice fizzy white cap on it that dissolves quickly like soda bubbles into the air. Smell is of sour berries, a bit of lacto, faint leather and horse blanket. Tart, puckering blast of sour berries (Cherries, blackberries) immediately following a sip, smoothing out into a brett middle with a nice wine-like finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a good level of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well. Overall a very solid wild ale from Goose Island. Would buy again for certain.

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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 Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 750mL bottle of the 2012 in Spring 2012. Pours a copper orange that is hazy and has a slight but quickly disappearing head. Scent is strong of aged blackberries. The taste is mostly of fermented blackberries that are fruity, delicious, and has a good drinking texture. Mixed with some wine but I'm not sure what kind of wine. Has a dry finish. A delicious beer that doesn't really taste like a beer.

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

Thanks norm!

A. Pours a dark red/amber with a white foamy head that leaves no lacing.

S. raspberry with some nice tartness, some nice vanilla and oak, not bourbon as I expected

T. Delicious, with raspberry, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla - not as much bourbon air expected

D.Medium body with a nice tart raspberry character

M .very drinkable

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another BIF beer at the DC tasting.

A: Very pretty rosey hue with a little darker crimson and light purple. Cool! Not a lot of lacing or head.

S: Great fruit with a tiny amount of tartness in the nose, some funk too. Blackberries smell great!. Also get softer oak and vanilla creamy notes and a dose of Welch's grape-cranberry cocktail.

T: Nice taste and nice tartness, and the blackberries are translating nicely in the taste. Some pulpy oak and dark balsamic/lemon juice acid. This is very close to a belgian sour to me, and it is very very tasty with layers of tartness and fruit and yeast.

M: Tart and layered, nice!

Overall good, this is the best GI sour and I'm going back to the store for more!

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,577 ratings.
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