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 bruachan
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pink! it pours a wicked pink and i'm thinking to myself "oh damn", 'cause it's way pink (not just Rose de Gambrinus, but Lindenmans). the foam is slightly lighter shade of pink, and a nice tight foam for a wild beer. it's a clear and spritzy brew (i can even hear the suds vanishing--snapcracklepop!). the pink is dark and lusty...almost red. when the head fades a big collection of ringlets remains

the aroma is deliciously sour--edgy, gueze lactic tartness with a good sampling of berry sweetness

delish to the taste, featuring two levels of sour yeast work: acidic up front with wild-type funk to follow (this grows as the brew warms, as well). sour is certainly the predominant flavor, though berries can be found, mostly before the finish which finish is dry and hops accentuate this. berry sweetness appears with the first injection of sour, as well (reminds me of sour patch kids or something)

the mouthfeel is crisp, wthout being extremely thin (still thin, though). my gf referred to a gueze the other day as "champagney" and i think she'd be apt to do so tonight as well--dry, acidic

i'm not really sure what to say of the wine or barrells (which formerly contained said wine), since i don't really pick them up; i would be very interested to have a taste pre-barrell

not quite Drei Fontainen but %^&ing delicious nevertheless

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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 mikereaser
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/6/09 courtesy of Hophead101

A - pours an orangish red with very little foam.

S - aroma of light cherries, some wine, grapes, nice brett as well

T - hints of fruit along with a slightly funkiness to it, nothing too strong, slightly tart, brett isn't overpowering at all

M/D - crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation, very nice flavor and balance all around, I try to grab this whenever i seen one.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 2009. Poured to my glass with a pink/redish hue. Quickly frothing two finger head expands and slowly crackles atop my glass. Visible carbonation is continuous throughout this tasting.

A funky and slightly acidic nose abounds. Hints of sharp citrus/grapefruit are present. Notes of dried raspberries/strawberries also appear.

Taste is interesting and complex. I'm finding more dried strawberry mixed in with a very carbonated citrus taste. White grape also comes to mind. Mouthfeel is laced with sharp carbonation. A desireable dryness is achieve at the end of each quaff.

I found this to be a very decent offering from Goose Island. I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did, but would love to have another couple bottles. I have not yet been let down by their "Belgian Style" beers.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice. Beer was a hazy strawberry color, with a three-finger foamy head. Heavy carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was brett, berries, light funk and bread. Great aroma.

Taste was sweet raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, very light tart taste along with some oak. Well balanced and drinkable.

Very enjoyable and elegant beer.

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Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade with ImperialKing - thanks Jeff!

Pours a light pink! color with lots of explosive and expressive head.

Smell is wild brett, blackberries, raspberries, yeast. Smells amazing!

Taste is subdued compared to more sour or tart wild ales, but this has a bit of those flavors. Just not lactic or sharp compared to some of the most highly regarded examples of the style. What Juliet does well is showcase how an American Wild can refresh and still challenge the expectations of both newbies and the old and jaded. I liked the fruit flavors - blackberries, cherries - and I really dug how this beer has some wine characteristics from the wood and fruit. There's also a healthy amount of Brett that adds some sophistication to the mix.

Mouthfeel was great - effervescent and amazing. Drinkability was also a strength. Glad to have had the chance, and I'm also very interested to keep a bottle around for a while and see where she goes. While this wasn't anything near a Cantillon or Russian River in terms of bold flavor, Juliet was a really nice beer!

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

Holy head a-roonies!!! I barely get two ounces in the glass an I'm overwhelmed with head. Very spectacular looking, but a bit much at the same time. The color is a juicey and carbonated light merlot and amber. Holy wine barrel aged funk with a little monk! This beer hasthe aromas of blackberry, vine, oak, and some earthy yeast funk. Tart wine grapes mingle with fruity and also tart blackberries. The funky yeast just encourages the wine barrel flavors. Lots of grapes and blackberries, but also a little toasted wood thrown in to this diverse grab-bag. Funky yeast and to different fruit flavors make the flavors of this wild ale pretty complex. The palate is tart and fruity orchard farm funky. Lots of carbonation visible and palatable. Very nice offering from Goose Island.

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

A huge thanks for getting this one over to me. It had been sitting on my wants forever. Brought over with the rest of the lineup for the xmas night tasting, this one was consumed on 12/25/2009.

The pour was decent. A light pink in color with a huge head of white that came up over the top to a height of around an inch before dropping back down to earth with little in the way of lacing. Aroma was wonderful though. Nice touches of raspberries, hints of light cherry and a touch of sour apples as well. Really quite nice, and very light and refreshing. Smooth and light flavor here as well. Not especially sour, but people need to realize a wild ale does not need to be sour. Anyway. Cherries and Raspberries dominate here, light touches of grape skin, apples and a smooth, and light sugary note to it as well. Light feel and nice prickly carbonation give it an almost champagne like feel, but the drinkability remains very high.

Overall I really enjoyed this. Nice light fruit notes, quick hit of tart flavor and a nice and even profile kept me coming back for more. I would have no problem at all trying this one again.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not very wild, if you catch my drift.

The appearance is of pink champagne, or grapefruit juice. It is almost pink with with a really gorgeous orange hue to it. It comes very carbonated with a two finger head that appears to be a light tint of rouge. Head sticks around and gives a very light lacing.

The smell is of light cherries, some wine dryness and Brett. There is a lot of musty Brett smells in this.

The taste is not very sour or strong by any means. It would be a great starter for someone looking into "Belgian Style" Wild Ales. There are light hints of fruit, blueberry, raspberry, and green sweet apples. It is tart, but in a very subtle way. Very sweet with fruits, this is not mouth watering or saliva inducing. There is a dry white wine characteristic to it that is very enjoyable. as well. It tastes good, but I want something that makes my tongue revolt in horror at the overwhelming sourness.

The mouthfeel is carbonated in my enjoyment and not very thick at all. This is really easy to drink and my bottle left pretty fast. It is thirst quenching and tasty, flavorful and interesting. This is a good beer but not what I was hoping for.


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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2009 - bottled Aug 14) received in trade with homebrew311. Thanks! Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a bright translucent ruby red/pink with a two fingered cap of pinkish tan head. Head gets coated sparsely in dirty fruit residue, it would appear - maybe yeast though, that gives an uneven coloring. Only a minor detractor, but worth notice. Very active beer with lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head never really completely dissipates - falls to a low skim coat...like a dusting of pink snow on top. Lots of foamy pinkish lacing left on the glass.

S - Huge red wine aroma...fruity, tannic, tart. Lots of berry character. A touch of funk, smells a little bretty, horseblankets mainly, but very minor. Overall gives a sour and fruity impression...can't wait to taste this one.

T - Surprisingly not especially sour at all. It definitely has some tart aspects, but this isn't the focus. Brett plays more of a role than in the aroma, funky and barnyardy - enhanced by the aroma on every inhale. Just a touch of woody oak. Lots of sour fruits - berries, apples, lemons. Lots of white wine like character...quite acidic and fruity. Pretty refreshing.

M - On the thin side, but not to the point of being watery. Very high carbonation level. The carbonation seems to propel/enhance the sour fruit in here. Very active beer that tingles and stings the entire mouth...even foams a bit as it hits the tongue.

D - Good and fruity wild ale...not overly sour - rather refreshing. This would be a great summer beer, but works well even in the winter. Probably good for those getting introduced to wild ales. This is good now, but think I'd like to try to put some age on a bottle or two and see how this progresses.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks, JamnesCameron!

Reddish/pinkish/purplish pour. Blackberry colored foam. Really, the foam kind of reminds me of a daiquiri in texture, right down to the black skins/seeds.

Aroma is of sweet yet tart blackberries. Like a blackberry SweetTart, but not artificial. Very light funk. Seems like it would be an outstanding introductory sour.

Flavor follows. Sweet and tart, lightly woody taste. Not really vinegary or acidic. Lots of subtle flavor.

Champagne-like feel. Light body, high carbonation. Airy texture. Much more drinkable than most sours. With most sour beers, a few ounces is more than enough, but a whole bomber of this wouldn't be a problem.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant purple/pinkish color... very similar to the color of the font on the label. This one is quite bubbly with a 3-4 finger rose colored head which dissipates to be about a one finger head

S: oak, cherries, black berries, vinegar, a hint of vanilla. The oak seems to be the predominant aroma with a lot of tart fruitiness in the background. Very complex.

T: this one packs a punch with the tartness right off that bat followed by nice fruity flavors of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. Some what puckering but very complex. The woodiness also makes an subtle appearance on the finish

MF: very very very high carbonation on this which is sharp on the tongue but seems to work well for the sourness on the palate. Effervescent

D: this is quite tasty and leaves you wanting more. Very complex with a lot of sour character as well as fruitiness. If it weren't for the price tag, I could see my self drinking a lot of this

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Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mfielden on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Mark! Had this in the middle of a series of amazing wild ales and lambics, so maybe it didn't get the most fair shake, but hey, it was good.

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a medium-sized off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma was not incredibly pronounced compared to some of the Cantillons and such. Bretty funk, prosecco, red wine, and red berries were present.

Flavor is tart, slightly funky and bretty, with red wine, prosecco, blackberry, and raspberry.

Fairly light on the body with slight acidity and lasting tartness on the finish.

Drinkability is high and this is pretty refreshing for a wild ale. Overall very good, but not quite a standout within its style.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This little sack of motherfuck was just sitting in Binny's and, well, I'm only human, susceptible to the hype the same as the rest of god's creatures.

Pours pretty fab for a wild, like a really nice framboise lambic. Fruit Rollup red with the prettiest pink head I ever have seen.

Smells damn near perfect sweet sour. Big yeast, funky sour, light tart fruits like cherries and tears.

Tastes as it smells, sour and playful. Faint upfront followed by pure sour, so strong you can't pick one flavor out from another, and that mellows out into fruit nodes with the sour hanging over them like sunshine or the spectre of death. Fruits are cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples. Pretty much anything red, and then after that there's a light breadiness. Very nice.

Wonderful. Maybe not quite worth what you pay for it, but still effin wonderful.

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

Poured from a bomber (8/14/09 bottled on date) into a oversized wine glass.

A:Pours a 2.5 finger coarse whitish pink head with little retention. Brew is a surprising hazy deep rose color. Lacing is patchy and frothy.

S: Nose is woody tartness, cherries, and slight skunkiness

T: Sweet and woody at the start followed by almost immediate tartness. Raspberries, unripened strawberries (?) come in towards the middle. Cherry and red fruit sourness finish interrupted by a slight hop twinge.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and extremely carbonated. The bubbles dance in your mouth. Finish is dry but not overly so with a slight lingering tartness.

D: Not as complex as some other sours but the appearance and mouthfeel make up for a lot here. A very enjoyable experience that I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

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Photo of BullDurham
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a Darker orange/red color. Big fluffy head, medium sized bubbles pink and a purplish color which reduced to a thick ring over time. Nice stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of my Duvel tulip.

Smell: Sour berries, some black berries. Something funky, a light vinegar smell, and a touch of wine.

Taste: Like the smell but stronger. Started with some funky and sour taste. Blackberries, cherry and something sweet which i couldnt figure out. Wine sits in the background mid-drink. and finishes with a tart taste.

Mouthfeel: Felt very thin to me, but i wouldnt change the carbonation.

Drinkability: High. Had no problem finishing this bottle. Actually didn't realize how fast I finished the bottle.

Overall: This was a great way to discover the world of American Wild Ale. If you can get it pick up a bottle and try it. I will be getting more of this. Great taste and easy to drink.

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Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Gusher ALERT!!! I opened the bottle and saw how quickly the carbonation began to rise and nearly choked trying to salvage it by putting my mouth to the bottle.

A: Pours a pinkish purple, like watered down cranberry juice and a very champange like head that builds quickly but dissipates just as fast. Some sediment sits at the bottom of the glass as well

S: Tart fruity aroma with notes of brett and sourness. Not much sweetness just funk. The funk however is not vinegary or overwhelming.

T: Nice amount of blackberries that provide a good tartness. Some funk, but not overly complex, just enough to keep sour freaks happy.

M: A bit harsh, and difficult to even sip, think champagne all the way.

D: Like champagne , this one is really easy to put back. You need to sip it slowly because of the harsh feel but the taste is very subtle that would be appealing to a wide variety of people.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy shit, lot of gunsmoke upon popping the cap. Pours into my Leffe goblet with a ton of pinkish carbonation and a bright rose-colored body. For a wild ale/lambic type of beer, the head retention is outstanding.

Blackberry, grape, and Sweet Tarts in the nose along with some old barrel. Bright, potent aroma.

This tastes a lot like sour candy. I'm glad that blackberry comes through here rather than being buried entirely beneath sour and funk. Vinous overtones from the cabernet barrels are present, though not quite to the extent I expected. Sour, but not stomach-churningly so. In the finish, a little kiss of hop.

Feel-wise, I was very afraid that this was going to show as overcarbonated. It certainly looks it, but thankfully it doesn't really manifest on the palate to that extent. It's perilously close, though.

I think my closest analogy to this beer is Cantillon's St. Lamvinus, grape lambic in red wine barrels. This is not as toe-curlingly sour, nor as flavor-intense. However, it is a well-put-together and delightful beer with a ton of crossover appeal. It's complex and sour enough to warrant at least a nod from BA sourheads, yet also accessible enough and wine-like enough to appeal to women who don't necessarily like beer. I love this series Goose Island has done, the Matilda/Sofie/Juliet trilogy. I'm going to call it "The Women of Goose Island"....

Side note, with the carbonation as it stands after just a half-year, I'm not sure I really want to sock this one away for 5 years, if there's still fermentable sugar in there for Brett to work on.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this from the extremely generous sholland119. Thanks, Scott! This batch was bottled Aug 14, 2009

The pour is gorgeous, a beautiful crimson color with excellent clarity and a large, bubbly pinkish-white head that falls off choppily. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well, this is one very attractive beer.

The nose is great too, quite Bretty with a definite bandaid character, some barnyard and a nice, fruity component with a lot of berry character. The reserved acidity and mellow fruit character sets the blackberry character apart as unique from other berried-beers. Solid stuff, there's a mild vinegar character too.

The flavor palate opens with a distinct lactic and vinegar character, with the combination of clean lactic acid and high carbonation bringing to mind a good Berliner Weiss. Vinegar component is clean and mellow, akin to white wine vinegar. The blackberry character is quite well-expressed (reserved and non as strong as it could be, though). Fruity sweetness is apparent through the midpalate, along with a relatively reserved funk character, with grassy barnyard notes. Vanilla sweetness and a mild tannic character appear towards the drying finish, one that's a little disappointing in being a little watery. Light in body with high carbonation, this feels quite good on the palate, but didn't wow me as much as I was expecting. A little more body, and a shift from a lactic acid driven palate to a funkier one with a little more vinegar would make this beer truly wonderful. I'm also not sure I pick up much vinous character, and some of that would make this beer pretty epic. All told, a great wild ale, especially for a first attempt.

Edit: The addition of the yeast to the beer does improve the feel, specifically the body, a little bit and goes a someway towards improving the complexity, almost to the point where I'd give the taste a 4, but not quite.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy reddish-pink color with a light pink foamy head. Head is very thick despite gentle pour but settles relatively quickly to a solid one finger of foam.

S - Sour fruit aroma with lots of strawberry and hints of cherry syrup. Light woodiness as the beer warms. Light funkiness as well.

T - Sweet and sour with lots of fruit flavors. Much like the nose, strawberry and cherry come through the strongest. Very tart with hints of lemon in the back of the throat. Hints of barnyard and mustiness as the beer warms.

M/D - Light and very well carbonated. Verging on too much carbonation. Very lively in the mouth. Just the right balance of sweetness and sour in the beer to keep this one very drinkable.

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

Big thanks go out to sproser for this and the rest of the beers in the badass box he sent my way.

Pours a reddish pink purpley hue, moderately hazy with a light pink head that rises easily (and slightly out of the bottle upon opening). The head reduces pretty quickly to a ring and spotty skim but leaves ok lacing.

Nose smells of wickedly dry wild yeast. A little bit of wood and some horseblanket funk is present, not getting a ton of fruit in the nose at first, but some tart berry comes out as it warms up a bit.

Wow. There's quite a bit going on here. Alot of tart wild flavor, some grassy barnyard presence, but not alot. The fruit does make its presence known, but is not anywhere near prominent. That being said, the fruit does come out a bit more as it warms up. A blackberry seed slight sweetness. There is a tiny touch of vinegar, but nowhere near the level that is found in something flemish (red/bruin) Some woody notes just before the tart finish, which is nice and dry, as it should be. Tart fruit and wild yeast linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is the main issue here. As far as viscosity, its great, perfect even, however, the carbonation is significantly high. It should be high for the style, which is why im not knocking it significantly, but this is a bit too much, any higher and it would be abrasive. I was suspect of this from the first moment, as it did gush out of the bottle, albeit only slightly.

Drinkability is quite good, and if not for the carbonation it would be downright excellent.

Overall, this one is a little bit messy as it sits, but it just reeks of potential (for both aging, and small tweaks by the brewers during the next batch) The carbonation makes me worry a touch about cellaring this one near any gems, but im gonna put some age on a bottle in the corner, hahaha. Other than that it shows great aging potential. This is a great beer, but i think the next batch (assuming they make a couple tweaks) with a little age on it could be a real gem. A fine beer.

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

22oz brown bomber with a great understated label with some good aging and brewer's notes.

Poured into a wide mouthed pint, the beer is a hazy dark straw/light red with a nice white head and lacing.

Nose of malts, yeast, berries and a bit of sweet tarts.

The taste is slightly tart with berries (black & red) cherries and lightly toasted crackers. Its sour but not off-putting. There are some spice notes late and some acidity.

The mouth is crisp & dry with active carbonation. I like this beer. It is a perfect size to split and savor with the wife. Another winner from Goose.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy, hazy reddish color, reminiscent of my mom's homemade applesauce, with a bubbly off-white cap and lots of yeast particulates and floaters suspended throughout the body.

S - Initial aroma combines the requisite band-aid character with a heap of sour fruit suggesting tart cherries and berries.

T - Quite sour and tart up front with a mild band-aid character.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture, perhaps a tad thin and watery overall. When combined with Juliet's moderate carbonation, the tart and sour qualities result in a bristly mouthfeel and quite a bit of pucker.

D - I found this to be very Cantillon-esque, perhaps a more lightweight version of a Belgian wild ale. However, Juliet remained quite drinkable throughout despite her tartness.

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric! Jay23 also hooked me up with a glass of this at DLD this year, so thanks to jay too.

22oz bottle, vintage 2009. sampled nov 15/09.

pours deep red with just a touch of haze. really pretty when held to the light. a thin wisp of white head forms, dropping almost immediately and leaving no trace of its presence.

aroma is good. malt vinegar. lemon. alcohol, and a bit of higher alcohols too. bit of grapefruit. white bread and cracker. horse blanket. bit of leather. some tobacco leaf too. bit of vanilla. earthy and woody.

taste is nice. lots of horse blanket and funk. lemon. malt and cider vinegars. red wine. vanilla and oak. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. bit of sour cherry. slightly earthy. horse blanket. leather. bit of oaky tannin.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. the acidic side is feeling a touch high, but it's pretty tasty and otherwise fairly balanced. a nice wild ale.

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