Juliet | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rye beer aged in French oak (Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon) with blackberries and Brettanomyces.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 7.31.15)
Consumed: 12.24.15

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish gold with a small, off-white head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S: 4.5 As soon as the bottle was opened, blackberries fill the room. Intense berries are followed closely by floral funk, lemon, and some medicinal, raspberry aromas. Mild oak and vanilla start so show up as the beer warms.

T: 4.25 Flavors start off pleasantly tart with jammy blackberries and berry skins followed by funk and medicinal berry flavors. Some sweetness and oak come through, balancing out the tartness before finishing with mild dryness and more lemon and berries on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 The body is really nice and silky. A bit more carbonation would really go a long way with this beer.

O: 4.25 Plenty of fruit flavor, good oak quality, nice tartness and funk. It’s also nice how consistent Goose Island is with their sours; Juliet has a lot of similar flavors as Lolita. Overall, this is a really solid blackberry sour.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer. It poured nicely, a beautiful amber color, but it was so tart it was difficult to drink. I slowed down, thinking that'd make it easier, but it just seemed to get more sour over time. I love sours and goses, but this tasted like neither of those. I don't know how I finished the glass that I had.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Juliet 2010, bottle pour at Hawthorne's for Goose Island Migration Week. "Aged in Cabernet barrels with blackberries and fermented with wild yeasts"

A little faded, no doubt, but still legit and delicious.

The taste is on point, sour ma non troppo. Crisp, vinous, fruity. Yogurt and old milk. Plenty of bacteria to go around.

The mouthfeel is still remarkable strong despite the age, with a nice peppery-spicy-grape-y finish that lingers oh-so-pleasantly.

So drinkable and easy, yet complex.

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Photo of Chris912
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

A- light grapefruit color with a thin head. Lacing is observed, lingers for a minute and dissipates into the liquid
S- wine barrel, tart a bit of hay and other earth notes. Brett making a presence here
T- acidic up front. It mellows out on the back end. Some blackberry and other fruit taste, maybe plum?
M-Tart and acidic. A bit more brett than I tend to enjoy, but it was very refreshing.
O - Glad I had the chance to try this. Impressed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage

Light fizzy head disappears quickly, clear candi orange red color.

Nose sour lacto and vinous funk, acidic, sour malt. Weird glue thing.

Taste big lacto sour, sticky sour flemmy, big tart blackberry, little phenolic acetone, solventy, big acidity, tangy vinous barrel like notes. Finish flemmy tart sticky sour, lingering tart berry.

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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seems to pour very clear from the bottle, but settles into a slightly hazy, translucent coppery-brown brew in the glass. An extremely fizzy head quickly disappears entirely, leaving a constant, light stream of bubbles from the carbonation to sail to the top and quickly die.

Aroma is typical of American Wild Ales: sharply tart and sour, fruity, with a Brett mustiness behind. Red wine notes and berries.

Flavor follows: sharp, sour, tart, fruity, vinous, vinegary, oaky. There's a touch of Flanders red-style vinegar and oak; a nice blend of berries; a trace of red wine; a very faint mustiness.

Active and lively but smooth feel; quite a bit of puckering; slightly harsh due to the sourness.

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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 SportsandJorts
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2010. Drank in January, 2015 (with some notes from the 2009 I just drank as well)

Appearance: pours a brownish red with some purplish hues to it. a finger or just more of a white bubbly head with weak retention and a very small lacing. pretty dark and some haze but some clarity and brightness to it. (2009 bottle almost exploded when I opened it. bigger head and better retention)

Smell: funky yeast and red wine grapes. slightly spicy red wine, weaker and sweet fruitiness. (aroma on 09 was very faded)

Taste: opens with a strong funky yeast and some strong oak. red wine barrels blast in with spicy flavors and red wine grapes. backend has a light berry sweetness and a little bit of earthy and oaky yeast. (09 was very bland and almost tasteless in comparison. almost no funk or red wine, just fairly weak and bland fruit)

Mouthfeel: sticky and tongue coating. moderate body and leaves behind some earthy funk (09 was light and insignificant. carbonation was extremely sharp)

Overall: I drank the 2009 first and gave up most hope for the beer. the 2010 was much better. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle of 2009 or if its just past its prime but 2010 is much better.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 cellared 16 months

Pours fizzy murky amber and grapefruit in color. Smell has deep acidic and slight vinegar aroma with notes of berry, hay, and hints of wine an oak. Taste follows nose with a nice tart acidic crisp flavor forward before a ripe berry and sour vinigar flavor. Oak and wine finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, tart, sticky, moderately carbonated and finishs dry.

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Photo of c-rum
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A - Delicate, clear, light ruby with a fizzy 2 finger head. Head vaporizes very quickly.
No lacing.

S- Sour blackberries, cherries. Some oak with hints of wine, mild funk.

T - Plenty of berry notes - blackberry, raspberry, cherry. Good amount of sour, oak and lightly funky, faint notes red wine.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing, nicely sour.

O - Very good nice sour Blackberry.

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Photo of Reed_iTap
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

2013 Bottle
G: Goose Island Tulip (Cliche, but it felt right)

A: Reddish Orange in color with a light pink tinted head.

S: Tart sour Blackberries are still present with a sweetness that wasn't there fresh.

T: There is still plenty of bite to this beer, by more of the sweetness is pulling through.

M: Moderate carbonation which helped it feel not as bitter as when fresh. It drank smooth with a small bite.

D: I am a huge Juliet Fan and enjoyed the almost 1 year of age on the bottle. It felt more enjoyable and was still plenty sour. I'll have to open my other bottles soon!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

In a beer share that also included Wicked Weed Oblivion and Boulevard Love Child No.4, this brew really stood out.

The bottle we cracked was a 2012 edition poured into a teku.

I could kick myself for not taking notes, but what stood out to me on this brew was the big malt flavors and burnt cherry. The flavors were simply more pronounced than on the other two sours mentioned above. There was more body to this beer as well, and the tartness and acidity quite enjoyable.

Of a group of four for the bottle share, the consensus was that this beer was better than both Oblivion and Love Child No. 4. That both of those beers were excellent should impress on you just how tasty this brew was.

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Photo of BobbyDigitali
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

2013 765ml. Let this one age for at least a year. One of the best tart/fruit brews I've tasted recently. My favorite out of the Goose Island sister series. I'll be buying a few to sit for awhile.

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Photo of cafemondegar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Another fantastic beer in the long line of great beers from Goose Island. Poured from 765 ml bottle into thistle glass, a lovely copper color with distinct gushing sound of escaping carbon di-oxide. Almost no head.
You can smell the oak and the Brettynomyces even before the first sip.
Has a lovely, tangy taste and the 8% abv is cleverly hidden by the various other flavors - of oak, wild yeasts, blackberry and rye malt (subtle).

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Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition that's been waiting to be let out. Lots of funk upfront; acidic, piercing. Funky, barnyard, TART - well rounded and really comes together as it warms a little. Good prickly carbonation dances around. As advertised, a great sour/wild that I would recommend to anyone interested in a representation of what the style should be.

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Photo of Ri0
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml into teku.

A - Delicate, clear, light ruby with a fizzy 2 finger head. Head vaporizes very quickly, which is normal for the style. No collar or lacing.

S- Sour blackberries, cherries, and green plum. Some stonefruit and oak with hints of wine. Funk is mild.

T - Plent of berry notes - cherry, raspberry, blackberry - and some green plum. Good amount of sour, oak and lightly funky. Don't get much red wine, but there are faint notes.

M - Perfect for a sour style as far as I am concerned. Highly carbonated, crisp, clean, refreshing, nicely sour.

O - While very good, I had to compare this to New Glarus Very Sour Blackberry. It held it's own and was tasty.

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Photo of SeaRip
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great bubbly feel almost like a champagne followed sour sweetness of blackberries. Great nose, has all the sour characteristics that you hope for. Appearance is a nice orange amber with very little head retention and super clear. Definitely top 5 for me.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small off white head which vanishes quickly, and leaves no lacing. The aroma has tart fruit, Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, and wood. Smells very acidic.

Tastes tart with some sweetness. There is tart fruit, Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, wood, tannin, sugar, and dark fruit. Very nice. According to what I have read blackberries are in this beer, but they are difficult to detect. If I had not read that blackberries were in this beer, I would not have known.

Light bodied with appropriate carbonation. Has a tart fruit aftertaste. A very nice easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Sergio
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a tulip.

Pours a gorgeous amber color. Effervescent head that dissipates very quickly.

Smells very funky. Got some tart fruit, a little wood, and some vinegar.

I was expecting more blackberries in the taste. It's there, but it very subtle so I was a little disappointed in that regard. Other than that, it tastes great. Great white wine characteristics. Apple, raspberry, blueberry.

Light body with a great dry finish.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this and am now looking forward to trying the other GI Sister beers.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765 ml bottle was poured into a large snifter. Bottled 8/1/13.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced quickly to nothing. Common for a wild ale. Very bubbly and popping as the beer was poured. It is a hazy orange amber color with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tart, bready, funky, barnyard, grapes, apple, and blackberries.

Taste: Tart, funky, sour, blackberries, a little chewy, some bitterness, grapes, oak, and apples.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry, high carbonation, a little chewy, and light bodied.

Overall: Total sour pucker tart funk deliciousness. I like it a lot.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juliet pours a amberish color, with no head, and lots of bubbles. There is a strong sour aroma, very yeasty, and very sweet. The taste is very acidic, sour, lots of yeast, and nice subtle blackberry colors. Very bold, strong flavors, good to sip on. Overall a very powerful enjoyable wild ale.

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

Enjoyed out of a brown 765 mL bottle with indigo foil encasing the neck and crown. The vintage, 2013, is marked clearly on the label and the foil, as well as a bottling date of 8/1/2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured with moderate aggressiveness, which yields just the faintest of heads--a quarter finger of effervescent, champagne-like foam that disappears within seconds of finishing the pour, leaving no lacing whatsoever. A faint ringlet of white bubbles with the faintest of purple tinting lines the edge of the liquid. The body is a rose color with hints cherry red and garnet shadows. Carbonation bubbles lazily drift up from the bottom of the glass for a bit before the liquid becomes completely calm.

Smell - Lactic sour and red wine vinegar are front and present, with generic notes of tart fruit reminiscent of raspberry and red currant. Being a big fan of blackberries, I was excited for this, but at least in the smell, any specific characteristic of that particular fruit is hard to make out. Vinous oak tannins and woody notes complement the sour notes. There isn't much in the way of the grain bill to be found up front, as the tartness is the predominant characteristic.

Taste - Very similar to the smell in that I have a hard time picking up any precise blackberry notes, other than more general tart fruit flavors--currant, raspberry, perhaps blackberry as well. The wine characteristics are more present here, with notes of pinot noir and merlot peeking through the overriding sourness. There is also a subtle musty funk that I can only imagine comes from the barrel.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and surprisingly effervescent feel on the tongue, given the lack of visible carbonation and foam. Fruity, but dry finish.

Overall, a very good beer, but I'm a little confused by the fact that this particular "sister" sour is more expensive than Lolita, because it doesn't really stand out. Perhaps it's just a factor of production totals. Certainly one of the better American-made sours that is widely available, calling to mind traditional Belgian styles like kriek and flanders red, but as noted, the unique element--blackberries--simply doesn't come through in a way that would really make this brew truly one-of-a-kind.

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Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange reddish color, not usual to see, with practically no head.
Aroma of blackberries, mildly funky.
Flavor is unexpectedly bold. Strong tartness with notes of blackberries, lime, some lactic and Brett, sulphur, vinegar and mild oak. Very acid aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is absent.
Surprisingly intense sour beer. Lots of character, not for amateurs.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich, pale purple with an amber flair. It sits in the glass as a rich, rose color with a small head of off-white bubbles that quickly leaves. In body, the beer is a deep, colorful murk with a definite opacity to it. When splashed against the sides of the glass it leaves a receding tide of lacing. On the nose, this thing is richly acidic with tart lemon, rich blackberry, blueberry, and even fresh and antiseptic mint. On a second sniff I receive rich, lightly toasted oak, soft malt vinegar, and smooth caramel malt. As I sniff more and more, I do get a sense of chlorine and pool house air, which isn’t completely off-putting, but is odd. On the tongue, this beer is hugely vinous with rich acidity that blossoms into sweet fruit, very faint salinity, and the briefest kiss of herbal bitters. The finish is rich with oak tannin, sweet fruit, and soft acidity. In flavor, this beer is delicately beautiful. It begins as a rich tide of lime and lemon citrus that erupts into rich berry notes mixing strawberry, blackberry, and blueberry. This is then ballooned outwards by a rich, lightly roasted oak and soft earthy characters. The finish returns to bright citrus that blends the berry and oak into a long and fruit-forward finish. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium with a rich, jam-like mouthfeel that gives a lovely bristle of fruit skin. Carbonation is soft but gives a nice sparkle and snap to the sip that keeps the beer from feeling heavy or syrupy. The mouth is left slightly wet and sticky from saliva. As I drink more and more the beer does become a little syrupy and left the tongue feeling a little heavy. The tannins add a touch of astringency that really helps with balancing out the syrupy sweetness. Overall, this beer is impeccably balanced. The syrupy sweetness does win out as you drink more and more of it, but it is never tiring to sip and the rich, subtle complexity in flavor makes it quite enjoyable. Goose Island must have a hell of cellar, and their blender’s tongue must be really refined because this beer is miles ahead of many of the other American Wild Ales. Haters be damned, Goose Island has still got it, and it is very good.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from 765 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear purple hue with fizzy carbonation producing a 1/4 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates. Carbonation jets persist. No lacing.
S: Sour/tart, blackberries, oak, wild yeast, and a hint of red berries more than cherries.
T: Sour oak, tart blackberries, nearly a brett-like yeast, almost a lactobacillus quality too, and a hint of cherries more than red berries.
M: Light body. Sour and tart upfront, then turns toward fruity sweetness. Moderately effervescent. Dry, acidic, and fruity-sweet finish.
D: Extremely refreshing and drinkable. ABV is very well hidden. A light and airy brew that does not disappoint.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,580 ratings.
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