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 Mauerhan
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review number 200. Courtesy of Sholland119 for tossing this in our latest trade. Thank you Scott!

I read that this was a gusher...so I had my chouffe n'ice glass ready. Still shortly after the cracking of the cap I was assaulted by pink foam. Caught the majority of it.

Pours a light red with bright highlights when held to the light. after the initial 4 finger head off a gentle pour a nice one finger head that leaves some splotches on the side of the glass. Remaining head stays strong for a good deal of time. Fifteen minutes into drinking it and I still got some head. Looking good.

Smell is slightly musky. a sweet/tart berry cuts through the musky scent like a champ.

Great tartness on first sip as well as a big appearance of the wine barrel in the taste. A decent yeasty quality in the back ends but not to much. Very balanced. I can't get enough of this blackberry it hits in spades as the beer warms.

It might be a touch over carbonated but I really dont seem to mind. leaves a pleasant taste on the palate. Dry and delicious.

I am onto my second pour as I write this so is Juliet drinkable? I would say so.

Great experience with this. Thanks again to Scott. This is going right back onto my wants list.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle from batch number 2. poured into my duvel tulip and served just above cellar temp.

A- this one pours a light pinkish red colored body with a very pink colored three finger head. the head takes a while to go down and leaves behind a wall of lacing. ive heard that this particular batch has the tendency to gush, but not my bottle.

S- musty/earthiness up front. mildly acidic. i can detect the barrel alot more in this one than i can in other similarly treated beers. fresh berries. not as sweet as i would expect a fruit infused beer like this to be, which isnt a bad thing.

T- very musty and earthy like in the nose. the acidic tartness is alot less than i was expecting. the berries and barrel make themselves known. very well balanced and not very extreme which is nice for a change.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated. finishes dry which i like.

D- easy to polish this one off and was left wishing i had more. something id like to check out more often, but the price tag is quite the deterrent.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on Darkness Day

Bottled Aug. 14, 2009

Pours a light peach pint color. The head is white with a pink hue to it.

Aroma: tart fruits, very sour, raspberries, strawberries, and more fruit.

Taste: Very sour again with a lot of raspberries. Big strawberry flavor. Fresh hops. Very nice and well done.

Mouthfeel: Fresh feel to it and very refreshing. Very clean. Medium bodied. High, but good carbonation. Sour and tart.

Overall, another one of those beers that I just want more of. Easy drinking and a ton of nice sour flavors. I can't wait to see what age does to this one.

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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 jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a mellow a red, almost strawberry in color with a light pink head. There are lots of nice yeast floaties. It pours with tons of carbonation but is gone quickly with a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is light but nice and tart. The dominating flavor is blackberries.

The taste is good, has nice tartness but is not very powerful. It needs to be little more tarty but its very drinkable.

Update based on 2010 bottled. This version is brand new. Biggest difference is the aroma, very buttery, not very tart. Still not a big fan of this beer, 2009 is probably better.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second daughter was born in September and we named her Juliet. So I sought a 2009 bottle of this beer, which is not very easy to find based on its very limited availability. I owe a big thank you to someone who I probably should not name.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangish-pink with a light pinkish head that foamed up excessively at first but settled back, leaving some light lacing behind.

Smell: Very tart with a strong fruitiness, especially apple and blackberry, but some clove and earthiness comes through as well. Slight alcohol detected.

Taste: Tart fruity malts with pepper and only a slight blackberry taste, at least at first. As I made my way through the bomber it opened up and became more complex, and the blackberry, oak and wine-like characteristics became more noticeable.

Feel: High carbonation, with a light body and dry-tart finish. Feels spritzy when first poured but turns smoother as some time passes.

Drinkability: Very drinkable sour ale that is a little more simple and approachable than many others. Quite excellent.

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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 bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't think I'll be buying beer for a while after throwing down some serious cash on a few bottles of this stuff. Hope it's worth it as I've heard very very good things about this beer.

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

A: Certainly pours an interesting color, a sort of reddish pink coming out of the bottle and adds just a touch of that color to the ample head on this beer. Carbonation is quite active, but not overly so with nice ropes of bubbles trickling up from the sides of my glass with a nice, thick curtain of pinkish white lace wrapping around the side of the glass. This beer is a marvel to behold, so pretty.

S: Very jammy as Greg Hall said on his twitter a few months back. It's been a while since I've had a sour but I'm taken back by the subtlety of this beer, very soft on the sourness in the nose, sour berries caress the nostrils here, raspberry, blackberry and a touch of hayloft funkiness to bring everything together. It's all so very quiet here.

T/MF: Well there is no doubt this beer's a sour as I get that familiar pucker in the throat as the beer first hits my tongue. Sour raspberry,apricot and blackberry, slightly woody with a white wine kind of fruity acidity and taste. The overall sock you in the face sourness that say a beer like Beatification has is not found here and that's okay, a little bit of sour goes a long way in my opinion. Given some time to aerate in the glass the tart berry flavors of the nose and the first few sips become more apparent, bolder. Feel is great, tart on the tip of the tongue, lingering sourness in the back with a solidly constructed carbonation providing an excellent, almost solidly chewy, texture. Aftertaste brings additional flavors not apparent in the initial tasting, the flavors here are softer, woodier with a lingering fruitiness that reminds you of the beers finer points.

D: This would be a fantastic introduction to sour beers for anyone who is interested, though it may be a bit hard to come across. Knowing how much I paid for this beer I am trying as hard as I can not to gulp this beer down because it is just so gosh darn refreshing, it's a shame this beer was released in the fall it would have been an excellent compliment to summer. Can't wait to see what a few years might do to my other bottle.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 poured from 22oz bomber into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Woah, we have a gusher here! Pours a mirky ruby reddish color with a light pink/off-white colored head. Reminds me of fruit punch.

S - Nice funky, sour/tart notes, subtle berry sweetness. Not super funky, but enough to let you know that it's there and it means business. The sweetness really evens out the funk. Really a nice combo when blended all together.

T - Medium tart/sour notes, berries, and oak from the cabernet barrels. Not super-sour, but there's enough to keep me interested in this one. Tart sour cherry and oak finish.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation (maybe a little too much), dry finish.

D - A great wild from Goose that I hope they keep making for future batches. I would like to try a batch #1 to see what (if any) differences there are.

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Photo of Overlord
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deaconbluez, who really hooked me up.

Pours a light pinkish purplish reddish thing. Small white foam head.

Smells like ... cherries? ... some sort of berry, anyway, but one that's a bit unripe and still sour. Some oak notes in aroma. And ... not much else, actually. Pretty straight-forward sour/oak aroma.

Taste has a bit of funk, but not that much. It's mostly sour berries/cherries, a big oak backing, and a bit o' sweetness to go with the vinegar. Flavor is a bit thin, actually ... it's a kinder, gentler introduction to the world of American Wild Ales.

Sparkling, effervescent, quite drinkable for a sour.

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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 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 aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy rose color with 2 fingers f white head. Little bit of rose colore in the head as well which looked great. Quite a bit of particles in the glass as well which is always enjoyed by me.

S: Straight barnyard. Tons of brett. The fruit comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Nice mix of fruit and brett which is a hard balance to achieve. When drinking the beer I got raspberries but the bottle said blackberries. Very nice.

M: Very light and prickly carbonation.

D:Super easy drinking. Very nice and light. On tap this would be a wonderful joy.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jets of vigorous carbonation jettison upward and form a pink tinged head atop the red amber body.

S: Pretty tight nose. Some barnyard funk and a touch of wine. Too faint though.

T: Bolder than the aroma but not where I'd like it to be. The flavor is great though. Some wine and blackberry.

M: Smooth and light bodied.

D: Great wild attempt from GI.

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a nice light pinkish hue with a small fizzy white head that shows tinges of pink. Lots of spritz, but no retention or lace which is fine for the style.

S: Nice tart red berries, bread, and yeast.

T: Tart raspberry, acid, earth, and light oak.

M: Light and zippy carbonation carrys the flavor nicely.

D: Wonderful sour offering by Goose Island.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like wine, you'll like Juliet. This is a wine-drinker's beer if I've ever had one before. The color is sparkling ruby red with a white head. The aroma is of oak, wine, berries, yeast, alcohol, and funkiness. The beer has a wonderful effervescence that makes the flavors come through even better. The taste is of berries and wine. There is a surprising tart quality which is offset by a sweet flavor as well. Overall the sweet/tart is very balanced. It does resemble a wine in many ways. This is no doubt due to the aging in wine barrels.

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Photo of DawnL
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite brews.

Beer poured and alluring (somewhat surprising) rose color. Minimal head dissipated to sticky lacing.

The aroma was of wine. Definitely a Pinot Noir bouquet. The berry infusion is lovely, subtle, delicious and reminds me of a Cantillon bottling I sampled at Brett Fest.

The flavors came together on the palate just like wine would. I actually opened a bottle of 2005 Marc Morey Bourgogne Rouge to have as a comparison. Pinot Noir in one glass - Juliet in the other - life was good.

Light carbonation tickled the tongue and made me want more. This is a bottle that is definitely going on my wants list. Just wish it was available in New York... That should speak volumes about its drinkability.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Murky pinkish, orangish, brown with a 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace. Loads of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Passion fruit, mandarin peel, perhaps currants, a hint of vinegar, and wild yeast join a biscuit like malt. Great combo but not extremely vibrant.

Taste: Just like the nose but much more vibrant! Additional flavors include cherries. Nice amount of funk and sourness. The flavor profile is so nice....

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, actively carbonated, quite effervescent.

Drinkability: Oh this is a sour I could just kick back.

Much better than Sofie! Really like it!

2009 Vintage bomber consumed 6/2/10

Appearance: No head really, just a tiny swirl of lace, and the brew is fairly red/orange.

Smell and Taste: Besides the cherries, the fruity qualities have started to fade and the brett is beginning to take over.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange. Aroma of sour notes, yogurt, and sweet tart candies. Flavor is initially acidic with some yogurty and funky notes in the finish. The palate was a bit on the acidic side. Tasty but I wasn't as super impressed as I thought I'd be.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Binny's, Orland

Vintage 2009

Goose Island's Juliet shows off the color of a setting sun, the orange borders on blood red with haziness enough to make seeing through the tulip tougher than usual. Streams of carbonation run up the sides of the glass. A dusty white head of over a finger in height rises on the easy pour. It quickly crackles down to a thin cap that leaves behind some patchy lacing.

The nose is very vinous upfront with some softer notes of mild balsamic vinegar. A note of horsehair funk comes through with deep pulls but the brett hasn't taken hold of this brew yet. There are some crazy cherry Pop Rocks aromas and some green, still on the bush blackberry coming through with a touch of lactic funk. Dry oakiness brings up the rear.

The flavor is totally unique and while it shows a lot of the same characteristics as the nose it comes together much better on the tongue. The barrel aging comes into view immediately with large vinous notes and a dry oakiness. Blackberry and a whisper of balsamic vinegar come along quickly but roll through slowly. A little horse hair is coming along mid palate with a touch of must and make for a well rounded, soon to be, sour. There's a mild lactic sourness that combines with the blackberries on the swallow that adds some sweetness to balance it out.

The mouthfeel couldn't be much better. The body has a light feel and the carbonation has enough liveliness to both scrub the tongue and keep things moving. There's some mild dryness on the swallow. The light, Belgian airy feel is perfectly in place with this brew.

Juliet doesn't yet have the sourness needed to be at the top of its class. With that said the tartness and airy feel of this brew make it incredibly drinkable. Each swallow keeps me instantly coming back for another drink.

Juliet is a damn fine brew from Goose. I can see a few more months making this sour incredibly delicious. The blackberry notes work incredibly well to make this one hell of an easy drinking wild bug driven libation.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 22oz bottle served in the new style Boulevard Chalice. Poured a pretty reddish orange with a quickly dissipating head. A little Brett in the aroma also some berries. Decent amount of sourness. A little sweetness. Light bodied. Some berry flavor. Nice sour pucker in the finish. Also subtle wood in the finish. Very easy drinking. I wish I had another bottle to age. I'd like to see where this one goes.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
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 -12.2%
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 +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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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,573 ratings.
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