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 Ineedabeerhere
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New Review, 3.10.10 from notes. Bottled August 14th.

Whoa, gusher alert. I mean just an instant flow of foam as soon as I relieved any pressure from the bottle cap. Pours semi-hazy with equal parts ruby and purplish orange. Pinkish foam towers with good retention and some lace, but it is clear that this is over-carbonated.

Aromas are pretty subtle and muted, especially at colder temps. Fruity and berries. Some wild yeast. Everything about this beer is very delicate... except for its carbonation. Wow this is just too bubbly and effervescent. Spritzery bubbles scrub my tongue and steal away some of what could've been. Still, there are bright flavors of tart fruit and berries. Light merlot and grape juice with a little earth. An interesting beer which might pair nicely with a summer salad - it's certainly thirst-quenching, crisp and dry. I look forward to future properly carbonated batches.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks timmi!!!!

Pours a very murky, cloudy deep amber almost brown color. There is a soda pop like head that fades quick and also tons of small pellet sediment.

Smells sour and earthy, the kind of the smell you get in the produce section of a grocery store. There is an underlying sweetness and a sort of locker room funk to it as well.

The taste is wine forward for sure, there is a tannic bitterness that reminds me of Cabernet. But the fruity black berries really remind me of a Pinot Noir. There is a definite funk in the middle of the taste spectrum accompanied by a sour push that is very balanced. The aftertaste carries a very dry finish and the tannic nature shines through gripping the sides of your tongue.

The mouthfeel leads you to believe that you are drinking sparkling wine, very thin and moderately dry. Carbonation is pretty heavy, but fades quite a bit as the brew warms.

The bomber won't be hard to finish, but this is not something that you would drink more than one of. Moderately low ABV, but it will definitely kill your palate for a while.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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 craytonic
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy red-orange-brown, enormous pink head

Smell: You can tell it will be sour, touch of funk and vinegar with the blackberries (and perhaps some other dark berries or black currants) shining through. Perhaps a bit of Cabernet or Merlot as well.

Taste: Big sour with some funk. The blackberries make this one unique, and are followed by a nice wood oakiness. Great use of fruit without being fruity. Also a weird metallic element, I blame their water.

Mouthfeel: Typical for style, perhaps a bit much carbonation.

Drinkability: good

This is a good example for the style; I truly wish something similar was available locally. That said, there are others I would seek out instead after having tried it once.

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Photo of westweasel
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.
Note - I am the one who posted a thread based on what I learned at my favorite beer store entitled "GI Juliet Removed?" http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2031089.

I thought that this may be due to just a story from the distributor, and thanks to all the responses (especially the one from Greg), I'm glad that I hung onto the bottle.

The beer is a translucent, hazy pink that borders on copper. It has a finger-and-a-half white head that dissolves fairly quickly to a white ring. Belgian lace is left along the glass.

The aroma was surprising. A beady malt sent mixed with mild brick cheese and some blackberries. A few sips of the beer reveals white bread early in the swallow, followed by a mixture of blueberries and blackberries with a strong, tart, sour finish.

The mouthfeel was medium with moderate carbonation, and a tart, crisp finish.

This beer is extremely drinkable if you can appreciate sour beers. I had been waiting a long time for this to be bottled - I'm glad that it's finally available.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 bmwats
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty heavy carbonation
slight bubbly white head
settles very quickly smattering of bubbles
light cloudy plum color
light lacing quickly retreats into brew

tropical fruit
maybe some banana and papaya
light spiced

light non-distinctive fruit but not overly sweet

has a light and carbonated feel
steely aftertaste

nice drinkability

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Photo of seaoflament
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jay23 for hooking me up with another Goose Island beer, this brewery is starting to be one of my favorites, pretty solid beers. I shared this beer with a few friends at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary party (5-16-09).

The color of this beer was lovely, even people were coming up to me to ask about the beer simply because of the mesmerizing color. Poured a beautiful apple rose hue with a ½ inch of blushed foam.

Fruity berry aromas initially with some acidity in the background. Later on some sweetness came through, kind of like a berry fruit roll-up. After a few moments of just smelling the beer I could definitely detect blackberries. Some hints of tannic and acidic wine notes as well.

Tasted very similar to the aroma but not as sweet. A tart berry blast on the tip of the tongue with some funk and plastic flavors in the finish. Quite dry in the end and the dryness seemed to intensify with every sip. Tart and salty berry flavors, lemon tartness, and a bit of dry cracker flavors in the aftertaste. Getting more merlot-like flavors after a few sips, dry and tannic with hints of brett. Medium-high carbonation at first but it mellowed down a bit after a few minutes. Very tasty beer and would love to have again.

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Photo of bakeller
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tuo for the hook up.

Poured from a bomber into a gouden carolus chalice

A: Pours a dirty, hazy orange color with a pink hue to it. When held up to the light, the edge is a beautiful pink/maroon color. There is minimal off white head (1/2 finger) that quickly disappears. Massive amounts of bubbles are present cascading off the bottom of the glass.

S: Has a funky, sour smell to it. There is a slight hint of blackberry. Very earthy

T: Starts off with blackberry tartness. Can also pick out an oaky component. Has a champagne-blackberry finish that lingers for quite some time. Really mild funk but has a mouth puckering tartness

M: Heavy carbonation that dances on the tongue. Very crisp and clean with a dry finish.

D: A sipper secondary to the tingly carbonation. Tasty, and sour. Glad I got the opportunity to try this beer, a solid wild ale. Wish I had a few more bottles to lay down and see how it changes with time.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in Orval chalice.

Pours a unique grapefruit meat pink and peach. Dark and hazy. Very thin white creamy head with hints of pink against the body color of the beer.

Aroma has a light tartness and what I could be describe as a champaign quality - may be the wood, spice, and berry for this. A very slight touch of funk on the aroma.

Taste - the Pinot Noir comparison on the GI description is bery appropriate. Dark fruit but very light. I suspect this may be bottled with Champaign yest as I pick it up on the aroma and again in the flavor. If so, or in any case, it lends a very dry, crisp finish to the beer.

Obviously a lot going on with this beer - wild, berries, oak, and various yeasts. Full mouthfeel with an enjoyable dry finish that doesn't carries the appropriate flavors (not sweet or too much).

Plenty of random micro bubble lacing from the creamy head.

I'll be interested to see how my remaining three bottles develop over the years. I look forward to less wine/fruit and more wild/funk and sour.

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Photo of younger35
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from Thorpe429 in a trade at Dark Lord Day '09. I searched up and down for just one bottle of this but had no luck. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Anaheim vs. Detroit playoff game.

Appearance- Pours a ruby red with hints of orange with a small fizzy white head that disappears as quickly as it came. No cap or collar is left and obviously no lacing. Kind of a sad looking brew.
Smell- Very earthy and slightly funky with a horse blanket like dirtiness. Some wet portabella and a light bit of something metallic. A bit of blackberry or cherry ads a bit of fruit but it's not really able to freshen up the nose. It's dirty and wild.
Taste- Starts with a bit of fruity tartness that is very blackberry and seems very fresh. Not as funky or crazy as I was hoping but nothing a few years won't fix. An almost buttery sort of vanilla and oak. As it all comes together its semi vinous and very quenching. Maybe a hint of sweetness from the grainy malt but it's fleeting and pretty much in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with some aggressive carbonation for a very sharp bite.
Drinkability- Very tasty brew that is on its way to what I wanted it to be young. A bit more funk would have gone a long way but regardless this is a fine brew. Nice and fruity and very enjoyable. Thanks much Mike!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful orange-pink rose color with a frothy, slightly pink head.

S: Mostly sour notes. Tart fruit of cherries and blackberries.

T: Sweet and sour from the outset. Makes you pucker on the first sip, and then mellows more into the fruity, sweet flavors, especially as it warms more toward room temperature.

M: Sour on the tip of the tongue and the sides of the cheeks. Very light and crisp. Moderate to minimal carbonation.

D: Very solid overall. Goose Island is really stepping up its game with the new collection.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is murky... the best way to put it is a berliner weisse with the raspberry Himbeere. smell is initially blackberry, plum yogurt... palate of cabernet grape with a heavy accent of blackberry and rosemary. spanish wine simple but solid. tart with a banana bread finish. a light meaty quality. almond malt, vanilla mellow. appetite inducing. has a flemish wild ale odor that carries. not overpowering but works with the character. fantastic. glad its a chicago brewery. quite unique. not an american beer expectation to say the least.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark cloudy ruby orange color with one finger of bubbly white head.

Scent of dry oak, caramel, blackberries, sugars, yeast, and a hint of chalk. Excellent scent, while not overly complex it has a nice strength and wonderful balance.

Taste of juicy blackberries, oak, a hint of creamy cheese, and some yeast. Very tasty, a very fine example of what a barrel aged beer can be.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong bite of carbonation keeping it lively.

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Photo of ajbick
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-copper in color and very hazy with white head. Very little head that dissapated quickly.

Aroma is tart and fruity. Blackberries come through nicely, but not too strong.

Taste is tart and fruity with a nice mix of maltiness. Has a slight spice to it, and a little dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

Amazing beer. The balance between all the flavors was great. I was afraid it might be too fruity, but was not disappointed.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Benjiehorn
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma was great with hints of citrus, blackberry, and sour cherries galore. The beer poured a hazy orange color with just a slight head and good lacing. The flavor was an immediate sour cherry, almost overwhelmingly so. I got a faint hint of the blackberry, wood and spice. My major problem with this beer is that it had no body to it at all. It had the mouthfeel of sherbet mixed with 7up. I like effervescence in my beer, but this tasted like sour punch without the sugar. There's a nice alcohol finish to it and it's pretty well rounded on the finish...I just really wanted more body to it.

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Photo of kasper
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dressed like a wedding party favor stamped JAN 09.

A: Pours a cloudy, dirty shade of magenta that turns a tea-colored shade near the edges of the glass. A soggy off-white head fizzles for a second before fading to fluffy ring. Only a handful of lacing legs wind up sticking to the glass.

S: Aromas of berries -- sweet, tangy, dark ones -- caught me as I popped the bottle. First thoughts were 'sweet lambic.' However, the funk comes next and is huge -- like wet pastry dough or fresh sirloin. When it's settled, I can pick up hints of brett -- it's definitely there -- but the nose isn't particularly sour. Interesting. Not bad, but not terribly inviting.

T: Here comes redemption: the taste is incredible but extremely restrained. The backbone is vinous, but not terribly acidic or overbearing. Then suddenly flavors of freshly mashed tart blackberries start to bleed through, leading to one of (if not) the cleanest finishes I've ever experienced. Finish is incredibly crisp, dry, but refined from the oak. The whole thing just works.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and a only a tad grainy; But the gentler flavors of this beer leave it feeling lighter, quenching.

D: I was honestly expecting something much more explosive, but what turned up in the is so much better (in my opinion). This has almost 7% alcohol? Yeah right. I could drink a keg of this. It's a home run. It tastes young, however. But that only means great things are in store for the years to come. I would seek this out (once these bottles run out =P ).

Overall, I believe this beer presents a compelling argument against the notion that a wild ale must be predictably pungent and puckering in sourness. I find it much more drinkable (and appreciable for a longer duration) than some of the other highly touted wilds.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ BTAH, '07 vintage.

Pours cloudy, dark strawberry red, with thin, fizzy head.

Nose is fantastic - sharp, tart red fruit, berries, sweet notes blending with acidic sharp tartness and a barnyardy funk also. Really delicious.

Flavor is funky up front, musty, barnyard, bit of wet leather, with a matching fruity tartness, sharp, more acidic - red berries coming through clearly. Wonderfully drinkable, funk lingers without being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is light with a vibrant, sharp carbonation up front.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlabeled 22oz bomber pours into my glass a slightly hazy pinkish purple hue with a quarter inch of off white bubbles on top and splotchy lacing. Aromas are quite complex with an upfront dark berry / vinous quality. Hints of vanilla and oak give the beer a wine like essence that segues into crisp maltiness and a spicy rye twang that I always enjoy. Mellow sour/funky Brett notes make up the backbone here with an overall dry, wood aged quality to the aroma. Not overwhelming, but has good depth.

First sip brings a crisp malt body upfront with the trademark spicy kick from the rye that I always notice. Dark berries mix with vinous red wine accents. Midway through I get vanilla and oak barrel flavors leading into a nice tartness. Mellow funk from the Brett as the beer flows down and finishes crisp and dry. A great mix of fruity, sour and barrel aged flavors overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an airy quality about it helped along by some fast moving carbonation. I'm unsure of the ABV here, but the brew goes down easily and has a refreshing quality about it with the vinous berry flavors and the subtle sourness. I could even see drinking this one the beach on a hot summer day. Very glad I was able to sample this and look forward to its release. Keep up the experiments Goose!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 littleg
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is a copy from an email I sent to a colleague who works at Goose Island. She sent me half a bottle and asked me my thoughts back in May. It was poured from a 750 into a small tulip. Served at room temp.

So, my thoughts on the Juliet. First thoughts were that this is one of the most unique beers I have ever tasted. I don't have a lot of experience with Brett beers but after Juliet I will be seeking more out. There was a nice balance between the funky, tartness of the Brett and the mild sweetness of the berries. It started out with a mild tartness, similar to a wine and then finished with a faint sweetness and a hint of oak. The tartness was the flavor that lingered the longest afterwards but it was pleasant and not overwhelming. Honestly I haven't been able to stop thinking about this beer and the impression that it left on me and my taste buds. I couldn't even begin to tell you how many different beers I have tasted and few, if any, have left me pining for another almost a week later. I was somewhat reserved about it when it was compared to a lambic but I personally think it has much more appeal than a mainstream lambic such as Framboise which I feel is somewhat cloying. Also, it is much easier on the palate than a lambic such as Cantillion which can shy new beer drinkers away from the enjoyment of tart flavors. From what I've read the Sour Beers are going to be the next big thing. They are huge on the west coast but besides from a few small brewers (Jolly Pumpkin for example) no one has really tapped into them here in the Midwest. I think Juliet would be wildly successful and a great addition to the reserve line.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 1,603 ratings
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