Juliet | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2008

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1,588
Reviews:
353
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My birthday treat from Peensteen, and it did not disapoint. Great pink foamy look, great aromas of berries, cherry, raspberry. Large retained head. Well malted, and bretted sour that enticed the palate. Tart, berry, great drinkability.Lovely sour.Cellaring for a few months likely rounded sour edges.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leschkie for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour blackberries, slight vinegar, and some funky aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slightly woody taste that is present as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wild ale with some very nice sour blackberry aromas and flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. i should be fair to this beer and admit that i enjoyed it in the same session as several new glarus sours, a consecration, and yes, a cantillon saint lamvinus, so some features that came across as lackluster or negative might actually not be so in another light, but i had one bottle and its been consumed, so here we go. pours a unique mix of orangey rust and rose pink, they kind of wash eachother out in a hazy melted crayon look. a finger or two of off white foam dies right away. the nose is quite sour and fruity, cherries maybe, lots of vinegar and lemon. it smells as bretty as it does like a kitchen cleaner for hippies, but im being critical. the taste is quite good, again with the fruit, maybe wild raspberry or something in there providing that tartness along with what must be a heavy dose of lemon peel and some sour yeast, which is quite intense towards the finish. lots of acid, and lots of residual sugar, not a combo i usually like at the tail end of a beer, but they seem to neutralize eachother reasonably well here. really poppy mouthfeel, gnarly carbonation over just a medium body. long drawn out aftertaste of lemony yeasty funk. i also taste some tonic water in here, especially in the aftertaste, which i cant explain but i dont care for at all. this one starts better than it ends.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: Moderate aromas of berries are present in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: There is a moderate to strong amount of sourness in the overall taste along with notes of blackberries and oak. The sourness particularly stands out in the finish, which also some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to strong amount of dryness.
O: The beer isn’t too difficult to drink because although the sourness is strong, it is not overpowering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Borrowing inspiration from traditional sour ale brewers and blenders of Belgium, America has planted itself as formidable as any when it comes to these sharply acidic ales.

Goose Island hits home with a rouge hued creation with soft peach highlights- looks something akin to red grapefruit juice. The beer builds a creamy white cap that is somewhat fluid and liquified with remarkable lacing power.

A lot of musty fruit and wine character fill the nose with the more tart and acidic attributes of fermented fruit. Tart cherries, green apples, green grapes, white wine vinegar, cider, raspberries, and blackberries- all seem dusted with the must of sandalwood and hard candies.

Flavors are even drier in taste and more acidic than even the nose suggests as the flavor of cherries, berries, apples, and grapes deliver a juicy taste but without the associated sweetness of fruit. Instead, the mild and rounded flavor of dried wood, almond, vanilla, and oak with the vinous character of dry red wines with mild hop bitterness.

Dry, dry, and more dry as the mouth puckering sourness offers a clean and crisp lactic refreshment with only subtle support of dry malt carbonation and almond-like starch. Once the carbonation recedes even before the middle palate, the palate stripping cleansing of acidity shuts the door on the finish. Only an aftertaste of tart fruit exists in a short lived aftertaste.

All that's lacking is the intensity of complementary flavors to accompany the fruit in the same way that Belgian lambics do. In the end, the beer has a more simplified palate as does some like Cantillon and 3 Fontienen.

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3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

765ml brown glass bottle with classily sparse label and purple foil-ed over branded black/silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO bottle shop for ~$30.00 USD and served into a Belgian Independence Day stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 8% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled: 01 Aug 2013. Reviewed as the style it identifies as: "Belgian style wild ale."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour and intense effervescent fizziness which recedes inside 10 seconds, leaving no lacing. Carbonation is very active to the extent that it's reminiscent of champagne.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pink with orange hues. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Average vibrance. Unfortunately, it's a bit weak looking - almost watery. I'm concerned but optimistic.

Appearance is consistent with the conventions of a wild ale.

Sm: Has a nice lactic sourness over pleasant bursts of bright wild berries and slightly tart fruit. I don't find the blackberry per se, but I could see raspberry. It's hard to find the Belgian yeast in there too; I don't doubt that there's a souring yeast strain or two, but most of the sourness feels bacterial. I do pick up subtle wine notes as well as ample white grapeskin. It's a biteen floral, but not in a hop-derived sense. Any malt foundation is hidden beneath the guiding sourness.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. It doesn't seem as acidic as many sours.

T: Wonderful bursts of tart berry and fruity grapeskin blend beautifully with a guiding prominent lactic sourness - which is very bacterial yet still clean. There's some very buried complementary floral hop character which adds a bit of complexity. The malt bill - which I assume is mainly Belgian pale malts alongside clean barley - is completely obscured by the sourness. Notes of wine - white, red, rose, I can't quite tell - play well with the acidic sourness. I don't find any tannins. There's no oak or wood barrel notes per se, but I like what's present. The barrel aging certainly did the flavour profile well and has made a perceptible difference, which is more than I can say about a lot of beers.

Good depth and intensity of flavour. Above average duration of flavour; it's full and evocative but doesn't linger or carry much aftertaste. Good complexity and subtlety. It's not nuanced per se, nor is it particularly intricate, but here the balance is enough to impress. I'd call it a gestalt build; you couldn't take anything out without negatively affecting the overall flavour.

Mf: Crisp, clean, and near perfectly acidic, with a smacky almost puckering presence on the palate. Fizzy as hell with almost ideal carbonation. Good thickness and body for the style. The texture is certainly complementary of the taste to the extent that it almost feels custom-tailored specifically to it. Fantastic execution.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy. None of the weakness of the appearance is manifested here.

Dr: Extremely drinkable in spite of its acidity. I could easily kill this bottle alone. This is about a 7 in terms of sourness, and will please the discerning drinker. If it wasn't so unreasonably priced I'd definitely buy it again. I'm hesitant to recommend it to friends - it isn't worth $30 - but I'm glad I got to try it once. I can see why it currently has a 95 rating, but I can't say it's world class per se. Just a damn good sour I'm really digging. Easily my favourite of the 4 Goose Island sisters.

A solid sour from Goose Island which is triple the price it should be.

B+

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aug 14 2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color (with all the hues you would see in a perfectly ripe piece of fruit); while it didn't gush as much as others, the initial pour was all foam and it took the better part of an hour for the beer to settle down; the foam left wavy strands of lace

Smell: Blackberry and brett aromatics, with a delicate balance between the sweet fruit and the barnyard funk

Taste: The initial impression is of sweet berry fruit, with the bretty tartness blossoming by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oaky elements add a dry character to the profile; there is also a vinous element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but overly carbonated

Drinkability: The overcarbonation is a real distraction from this otherwise nicely balanced wild ale; while not the sour bomb that some may be seeking, I rather enjoyed it

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50º in a stemmed Oerbier glass. Batch #1 Jan '09

Deep opaque vermilion, initial pour got a finger or two of sparkly pink-hued foam, but it rapidly subsided. A thin ring and spotty traces of lacing are left behind. With a quick swirl the skim of foam spreads across the surface again. The color is attractive, but head retention is low. Wild horsey traces in the nose, well blended with macerated blackberry tartness, barn stalls, and wet stone.

Juicy blackberry, woody flavor in the back with a moderate mellow tartness. Some buttery oak and fruit lingering again in the aftertaste. A nicely developed flavor profile that should only improve in the bottle as the Brett takes hold further.

A touch more carbonation (a la Sofie) would improve the feel slightly, but that may well develop in time with the wild yeast. I'm struggling to slow down with this, it's very quenching and scratches the wild itch at the same time. Highly accessible, and food friendly. Great stuff!

This was much improved from the tap sample I had last November...

2010 bottle notes:
Much more acetic, lacking the spritzy carbonation of batch 1-2. More fruit flavor, but it sacrifices carbonation. Will age one, jury is still out.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of GRM: Poured a cloudy reddish color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sour cherries and raspberries with sour notes, light oak and barnyard. Taste is a nice mix between some lacto, sour cherry and sour notes with light vinous feel and a strong barnyard finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice level of complexity while retaining good drinkability qualities.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First batch from early '09, I believe. 22 ounce bottle shared by HopHead84 a while back. Thanks, Shane. Pinkish-amber appearance, a large white head rises and retains well. Tons of brett funk in the nose, with a tart berry-like undercurrent that I couldn't specifically identify as blackberry. As it warms, I get a touch of pale malt and something a bit hay-like. Fruity, dry and tart on the palate, quite acetic but not in a stomach-churning way. Light bodied with high carbonation. Dry, woody, acetic finish. This is a great first sour for Goose Island, I hope they make more in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, fizzy head of off-white foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of blackberries, rye and sour notes.

T - Good sour taste with some sweetness from the blackberries. Some rye and funky brett kicks in later.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a really good wild ale. Love the sourness and funkiness.

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