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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2008

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to Jeff for sending me a couple of these way back. Opened one up on the 4th weekend.

I made sure this one was ice cold to avoid gushing and opened it over the sink just in case. No beer lost, but it did foam up quite aggressively.

A: The pour is a cloudy pink-orange color with a very fluffy head that is mostly white but perhaps has a pinkish hue to it.

S: Quite a bit of fruitiness to the nose. Raspberries and strawberries seem to be the most noticeable, along with a hint of lemon and grapes. A fair amount of oak to this one as well.

T: Surprisingly vinous in terms of the flavor. Lots of oak, red grapes, raspberries, and blackberries. The sourness is not as intense as other wilds, but the tartness is nice.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is very plentiful, perhaps too much so at first. But as the beer calms down from its initial gushing, it is more pleasant.

D: A pretty easy to drink wild ale. Not overly sour, but good fruit character and a nice bit of oak to it. Glad to have another bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured into a SAVOR snifter. Bottle #1154 bottled on 12/11/10.

a - Pours a hazy reddish pink color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries and raspberries, lots of brett, and red wine. Very sour and funky, I really love the nose.

t - Taste of tart raspberries and dark fruits, brett, acedic notes, light spice, oak, and red wine. Again, loads of sour dark fruits and brett; really great.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a really great wild ale. I think I liked this one better than Lolita; really looking forward to Madame Rose. Lots of funky brett and sour raspberries; would highly recommend and would like to have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Figured I'd celebrate my birthday with some bottle, might as well be a shelf sour (check my local's shelf...it's definitely there...). It pours a mostly clear sunrise auburn topped by a half-finger at best of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet berries, light tart cherry, very light and very mild Brett funk, and a kiss of vanilla. The taste eschews the eminent sweetness of the smell in favor of a few waves of varying degrees of sour: tart berries, sour cherries, tart red wine, a small bit of straight Brett funk, and a bit of white vinegar for the sake of it. Nothing is exceedingly powerful, though, allowing everything to meld together without o'erwhelming the taste buds or peeling the enamel off of the teeth. This is what sour beer brewers should be aiming for, dammit! The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' sour goodness, one of the premier beers I've yet had from Goose as a whole. Happy birthday to me!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paul shared this at a recent tasting. Thanks man!

A: Ruby and orange hues with a medium-sized white head filled with tiny bubbles.

S: Fantastic aromas of brettanomyces and cherries.

T: This beer is not incredibly sour, but refreshingly tart. The taste is world class. I thoroughly enjoyed my glass and savored every drop. Blackberry flavors shine.

M: Lactic start and acetic in the finish. High carbonation in the feel with a little kick at the end.

D: A really great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a chalice. Bottle dated 1/26/2012.

Appearance - Pinkish. Cloudy with a nice white head. Settles to a white collar.

Smell - Vinous winey acidity. Red wine notes. Musty and maybe some brett.

Taste - Fruity grape sourness. More vinous wine notes. Pleasantly tart, but not intense by any means. Oaky and malty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A touch sweet from the fruitiness, but the tartness balances it out. Medium bodied.

Overall - Solid. Better than Lolita by a fair margin. Muted fruit notes yield a nice sour beer behind it.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Several samples of this care of CaptinRedBeard, thank you Corey for sharing. Poured into a 6oz snifter this brew appears a light almost orange color with a redish ruby hue all about it. The head appears as even a redish stained cap of foam that is more than a finger strong with quite a bit of fizz to it. Lacing sticks in patches and slips to just a layering of bubbles around the interior perimeter of the glass.

The nose of this brew is dominated by brett. Loads of earthy bretted goodness smelling of wet leather run all through the nose of this brew. Some slight, almost cheesy suggestions are evident. Once the glass was emptied and before another sample was poured, the smell of berries was left clinging inside the glass. It was a very fresh smelling fruity scent reminescent of raspberry and it is a shame it is hidden beneath the brett while the glass is full.

The taste of this brew is very carbonated. Continuous swirls attempt to release the carbonation and tame this brew down a little. It takes some effort to make it drinkable but it is worth it. A flavor of brett runs rampid through this brew with a taste of wet leather and minor puckering quality. Quite drying finish with earthy notes that are almost grassy and cheese like that hang inside the mouth. This is a light bodied brew that is excessively carbonated. Overall though it was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade from ajzy, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a lightly hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy bone white head that that dissipates as quickly as the bubbles in a glass of ginger ale. Tart and funky fruit dominate the aroma here. Lemons, cherries, and berries with lots of lactic sourness and funk make up most of the nose with hints of brown sugar deep in the background. The flavor puckers your face up front with lemons and tart cherries. Light brown sugar malt sneaks in before the citric return and burns a hole deep into your nether region. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick tart puckering mouthfeel. Nice American wild, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded red hued brown. Nose is just funky sour goodness. Flavor brings the same. Lots of sour. Lots of funk. Tart fruits on top of vinegar. Yes friends. This is an American Wild Ale. Feel is typical; kind of thicker with a lower and slightly biting carbonation. Mmmmm. My favorite style. I love it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, vintage 2012, into a tulip glass.

Real gorgeous body color, a clear to mild opaque red raspberry and orange peach hued body. Head doesn't form much but leaves barely a collar, settles like a nice wine. Looks like an amazing lambic, love this color.

Nose is red fruits of cherry and raspberry. Jammy. Mild tartness, off the pour it seemed strong from a distance, but closer it's subdued. No sense of heat, or real punching yeast, just like a good solid lambic.

Bent first hints with a tomato V8 quality. As it warms up, more of the fruit action comes in with a nice tartness. Mouthfeel is very crisp, prickly, but not detracting. No sense of heat alcohol, or sharp yeast. Good acidity without any craziness.

Seriously, while the tomato action really reminds me of Zwanze 2011, this brew could easily pass for a solid Cantillon. Very impressed

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

Bottle opened by Paul (Lunch) at a small tasting. Thanks Paul. Beer is amber to ruby red and forms a pink head of small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is GREAT! Lactic with some leather and mild acetic notes to it. Very good.

Beer is thin and moderately acidic. The sourness comes through but its more subtle than the aroma would lead you to believe. Body builds on you and there is some growing tartness in the back. Overall its a good example of a brett beer.

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

Poured a 2009 Juliet, it burst open and foamed everywhere for about five minutes, the activity in the beer was insane

Appearance: poured very slowly with a billowing foamy head, took about five to ten minutes to calm down, had a creamy white head with flashes of burgundy here and there, good amount of sediment in the foam, very very active and carbonated, a rich burgundy in appearance

Smell: smelled of wine and sour raspberries

Taste: sour and flavorful, tastes of sour raspberries and is kind of wine-esque yeasty after taste

Mouthfeel: very active and a lot of carbonation, great appeal, medium bodied

Drinkability: it's a good beer but is a little too sour for my liking, it's worth a try but beware of the exploding batch from 2009

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pino, bottled December 11, 2010; into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy brownish red, with an transient offwhite that falls to a think collar. Nose gives off sour notes immediately, cherry, raspberry and some less noticeable blackberry. Wild notes and lots of funk, oak and some sweetness as well. Taste echoes the nose, piercing sour cherries and raspberry throughout. Some tannins, puckering and juicy feel. Some vanilla and general barrel character as well. High carbonation, and an impressive sour.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 vintage. The beer pours an orange-pink color with a large white head that has a pink tint. The aroma is pretty tart with some blackberry and oak. The flavor is not near as tart as the aroma led me to believe it would be. I get some oak with a hint of blackberries as well as some lemon tartness. The fruit comes out more as the beer warms up. Fizzy carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. The beer is very prickly on the tongue. The beer reminded me a little bit of LeBleu, but that may just be the mouthfeel and carbonation. I wish the carbonation was toned down a bit.

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

Jan 2009 Bottle; Sampled November 2009
This pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a two-finger thick, pale beige colored head. It is a murky amber hue that shows a honey-like, somewhat clear hue when held up to the light. The aroma is funky, musty and reminds me of an overly ripe, funky farmhouse cheese, perhaps even some moldy toe-jam character as well as a musky, goat-like, huge Brettanomyces funkification; this last being the most dominant aromatic note. Hints of fruit are just noticeable underneath the Brettanomyces onslaught; berry seed like aromatics, musk berry (almost elderberry like), tannic berry skin aromatics; this doesn't have a dominant, clean or bright berry character to it, which is usually what I like to find in a fruit beer. The fruit character evokes thoughts of cherries, some rose and perhaps a touch of Brandy more than it makes me think of raspberries. There are some pepper-like aromatics here, some spicy wood character as well as a touch of toasted oak that is noticeable at times.

My first impression of the flavor is that this has a fizzy carbonation that is mixed with a lightly bracing tartness. This is quite sour and has a carbonic bite to it in the finish as well. This is quite dry feeling, with the finish leaving an oak-flavored, slightly astringent, palate drying character that lingers on the tongue. This couples with a slightly phenolic, musty cotton ball note. The fruitiness is quite dry with a slightly tannic fruit-skin character, some grass-like berry-seed flavors and the tartness evokes hints of sour berry flavors. There is a firm oak character that provides structure to this beer; it is perhaps the most noticeable character here, especially after the palate adjusts to the lactic acidity. The oak boosts the body / palate presence and provides flavors of fresh cut wood -planks as well as a sometimes Bourbon like spiciness. The oak and acid combination make me think of a white wine at times, though there is a touch of berry-fruit flavors here too. Overall this has a medium'ish body to it that is not heavy and even somewhat light, but it has a palate presence that can even be creamy in texture at times.

As the beer warms up the berry notes come out more in the nose; even some jam-like notes become noticeable (a sort of cranberry, cherry and blackberry mixed jam of sorts). My second pour is a bit more murky and the aroma even gets more funkified in its wild farmhouse cheesiness. The funk is here in the flavor, though it is not nearly as noticeable as it is in the aroma; musty, somewhat musky flavors and a butyric bite all contribute to the flavor profile.

This is an interesting, funky beer that is quite enjoyable. The oak can be a bit much at times and despite the complexity, it isn't as well balanced as I would like. This is a very solid offering though, but I definitely prefer Sofie to this beer. The funkiness of the nose is much appreciated by this lover of funky beers though.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of the evening (at least for me) at Dyan's the other night.

The beer pours a hazy rose color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is pretty unusual, with a blend of raspberry and sour funk. The funk and sour aren't too overwhelming, and like the flavors on the palate, this is not an intensely aromatic beer. Flavors replicate the nose, but seem just a bit muddled. It comes across as pretty much a dumbed down sour, a beer where the sour dominates but there just isn't all that much flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the beer is a bit short on the finish. Drinkability is fair in this simple, one dimensionable sour beer from Goose Island.

I guess it's not bad for a first effort, but can't say I was overwhelmingly impressed.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Torry for this one. The beer is ruby tinted orange with a small, off white head. As Goose Island says, rose is an accurate description of the color.

The initial aroma is of Brett. Musty barnyard with a bit of horse blanket and some oak. Tannins, vinegar, and blackberries are evident. There are some earthiness and wine notes.

The beer is sweet and slightly tart with some wood and tannins. The tart blackberries add a unique spin to the beer, and cabernet notes are apparent. The beer has a low level of tartness to it, with an interesting buttery character in the finish.

The beer is light bodied with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

A really enjoyable sour from Goose Island. The first I've had from them.

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

Cant remember where I got this bottle from, bottled on 1/26/12. Think I traded for it...poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy "berry" juice like hue with a fizzy soda like quarter inch head that fades almost immediately to leave well, nothing. Hrmph.

S - Aromas of light rye and brett, some super faint berry, and some nice light barrel notes.

T - Flavor isnt bad. The rye bounces back and forth, as does slight amounts of brett. The barrel comes through nicely with good berries. As this warms up a bit the berries come out a bit more. It grows on me, as I initially didnt care for it but find it quite enjoyable the more I drink.

M - Well, it hides the ABV quite wonderfully. Very tart and sour in the mouth, not quite flemmy but pretty damn close. A hair thin which matches up with the lower carbonation.

O - Overall this really has an average appearance as well as aroma, but the taste really grew on me. Quite tart.

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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 jbaker67
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near clear burnt orange with a dark pink tint and minimal fizz. The aroma is crisp musty cidery with an acidic funk. There is a quick sharp front to the beer and a pleasant lingering finish. There is a rich brett and lactic character with a lemony vinegar in the forefront with a musty funk and earthy dried fruits. The finish ends softly carbonated with a smooth tartness and the fruits and wine flavors peeking through.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in yet another great trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Bottled Jan '09

It pours from the 22oz bottle(filled almost to the lip of the bottle) a cloudy red-orange with a 1 finger head of foam. It looks gorgeous.

The smell is sour and fruity and yeasty and nice! The fruit comes across for me as blackberries and some cherries and I want to dive right in with the taste.

The taste has oodles of sourness with the cherries and blackberry semi sourness, a light malty breadiness, wood, yeast, and a very light bit of funk. Tasty! And after every sip, a ton of lacing is left on the glass.

The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium, the carbonation is medium bordering on high, and it finishes as it starts with a nice sour send off.

Drinkability? I wish it was in a 750ML bottle cuz it's disappearing way too quickly for my liking.

The American Wild Ale is currently my favourite style and Goose Island did a *great* job with Juliet. Thanks a bunch again, Joe!

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Aug. 14th, 2009.

(A)- Pours a pale, but brilliant ruby red color that produced a gargantuan pink colored fluffy yet effervescent head that is still sticking around a 3+ finger size even after a few minutes time. Some of those bubbles are sticking to the sides of the glass; just fantastic retention on this.

(S)- Man, you can really smell the red fruits & oak from the red wine barrels. Some awesome cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruits. Yeasty, but is subtle. A touch of hay & finishes in a dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. The same great fruits with the blackberries as the focus & a super dry middle ground. Bits of oak & hay with just a tiny bit of tart/bitterness.

(M)- A nice big carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue; great for the style, but actually it is just a tad too much. If you let it sit for a bit, that mellows down to a great more accessible level. Balanced, with that great dryness, tart, and barnyard nuances. Basic to a point, but dynamic in what it offers the palate to figure out.

(D)- A fantastic wild ale with a great flavor to it. Now, I havent had very many wild ales at this point, but I am really loving this one! The high fizzy carbonation may turn you off initially, but seriously... let it mellow for 20 minutes or so and you are good to go. Fruity, with a classic tart, almost sour kick. Very drinkable with only a 6.7% abv. This 22oz. bottle didnt last long, nor will the next one! The bottle says it can be aged for up to 5 years. . . I will definitely try to grab a few of these for the cellar.

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

(Served in a chalice) bottled Aug14
A- This beer pours a cranberry red body with a slight hazy and a sea of microbubbles boiling at the surface. There is a thick wispy head with tiny berry specks suspended in it.
S- This beer has a dry tartness wit a grapefruit rind note and a plastic note that grows in the finish. The finish has a white wine note that grows with a hint of clorine.
T- This beer has a big tartness with some berry qualities and a soft brett note. There is a bitter bite in the finish that has some grapefruit rind qualities with a dry berry hint and a concord grape note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft astringency and a fizz bite in the finish.
D- This beer has a big tartness and a big grapefruit bite but not much else. I don't know if age will help but the brett notes are pretty soft in the background.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for this unlabelled 750 mL bottle from Batch 1. A wild rye beer with blackberries? Sign me up.

A: The ale has a reddish maraschino cherry glow. Despite the fuller syrupy red color, it remains translucent. A thin, negligible band of white head lounges around.

S: Blackberries and brett. The dark sugary sweetness stands out against the tart funk. It follows a regimented order every time, blackberries first, then the funk. Oak runs through both elements, a vanilla dose, a nuanced aroma.

T: The fruit has been completely run out of the body, elbowed out by the brett and its insatiable appetite. The brett is funky, citrusy with a lemon pungency, that leaves the ale bone dry. Lemon is a stand-out near the end of each sip, showcasing the brett. The wood presence isn't as firm as in the nose, getting lost behind the brettanomyces, as everything seemingly does in this ale. Funny, larger sips, whole mouthfuls even, reveal more of the wood and even some blackberry. Lost in the smaller doses, they linger around the big picture. Blackberry even hangs around in the finish, a lightly sugared sweetness.

Prior to the finish, a wall of tart funk, more than just brett too. The only drawback is that I can't find any rye. It's been enveloped by the brett and the barrel and the fruit. I initially wrote down 3.5 for taste but the complexity has grown on me so I'll go with a 4.0.

M: The mouthfeel can't avoid the bretty and funky tartness. It takes some time and patience before the blackberry and oak come through. The dry finish reminds me of a red wine.

D: The alcohol is moderate and never gets in the way. The acidic funk gets a little filling at times, but that is a minor issue. It can be both delicate and forceful.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml 2012 bomber poured into tulip 12/10/12 thanks Mattsander and alpineclimber

A amber with a salmon glow, just a thin fizzy head and little for bubbles and zero lace but I’m liking the color

S sour fruit, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and cassis but I think the writing on the bottle convinced me of the last one, vinous notes and oaky with some faint funky earth, smelling good

T more sour oaky notes and the fruits faded, quite sour and pretty solid but I preferred the nose, a little burnt sugar as it warms

M medium weight with a bit of a tingle, a little grit and quite the pucker to it, the earthy sour notes linger, well done in this department

O 8%? I’d believe 4%, very well rounded stuff with a nice blend of fruit and woody vinous notes, very well done

I could drink this for a while without getting board, a fair bit going on and I like everything that’s happening, worth seeking out

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,582 ratings.
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