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 gatornation
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage bottled on 01/26/12

A- pours a light ruby copper color with a thin whispey head with a sustained collar thru=out
S- wine and oak with tart fruit barnyard funk musty earthy scents
T- tart and acidic up front with sour fruit that is mellowed out with red wine and blackberry dark fruits notes of oak and spice
M-Tart and acidic with a great blend of fruit and brett nice finish with spice
O - a great wild ale with berry and wine flavors

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2013 release, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with some reddish hues with no head. Plenty of fine champagne like carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is red grape, vinous with grape skin tannin astringency, red berries, oak, light brown sugar.

Taste is vinous, sweet grape with grape skin tannin, black berry flavor, tart and slightly sweet, red wine soaked oak. Medium finish with lactic acidity with red berry lingering on the tongue.

Medium body, tingly and ample carbonation on the tongue.

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

2013 765ml bottle

I usually make it a point to go into detail while reviewing. I just don't have that kind of time right now.

That said, I will say this. I don't really like red wine, and thus don't really like red wine barrel aged beers. However, this beer has a nice balance; perhaps, the best combination of sourness and red wine influence I've had in a beer.

Funk, sourness, and just a little red wine. I'm surprised that I actually like it.

I'm rating this just above outstanding because: 1. It made me enjoy a beer with an element that I usually don't and: 2. It's balanced, with not too much red wine character and very drinkable. Would definitely drink again. Sometimes less is more, and that's why this beer wins for me.

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Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765mL (bottled 8/1/2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a minimal head that quickly settles to a thin film, and then nothing at all. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bready and tart, oaky. Reminds me a little bit of Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Taste is puckerlingly sour, oaky. Strong lactic acidity is well-balanced by a nice sweetness. Just a touch of crushed aspirin.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall a pretty good wild ale, as mentioned above comparable to Rodenbach or maybe The Dissident. But at about twice the price, probably not worth coming back to.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

08/01/13 large format bottle poured into a snifter for tasting. Minimal head dissipates pretty quickly. Opaque ruby color, no lacing or cling. Dark fruit aromas but super tart. More of a specific, dark berry, flavor, and also very tart, but not too sour. Feels smooth up front, but dry and highly carbonated in the middle/end. Berry/tart aftertaste. Overall, really good beer. Super unique and interesting; really enjoy what Goose Island has done here. Cheers.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Poured into Goose Island stemware after leaving the beer out on the counter to warm for awhile. Cloudy, reddish-orange, amber haze. No head formation, just loud fizzy bubbles that dissipate rapidly.

The nose is absolutely wonderful, mouth watering even. Sweet fruit, lactic acid, vinous, slight earthy grassy funk, oak.

The initial sip might make you pucker. Rye bite, sweet, tart with no defined fruit flavor. Light tannin and wood, dry finish. No strong yeast characteristics, bacteria dominates throughout, sour but with little funk.

A somewhat subdued effervescence, Juliet is refreshing and light bodied. Carbonation works well with other aspects of this beer.

Should another bottle come into my possession I would probably cellar it for at least a year or two to allow for further evolution of flavor, especially in regards to brettanomyces or any wild yeast. As it stands this is a nice enough beer to consume fresh and in my opinion worth a try.

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Photo of gr0g
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangey-amber color with a quickly disappearing head. Very hazy, opaque. Some lacto sourness at first on the nose, followed by mustiness from the Brett. Plenty of ripe and tart fruit. Kind of a candy note, like Smarties. Really nice aroma thanks to the blend of funk and fruit.

Sourness hits upfront, and it's moderate by my tastes. Not puckering. Underlying complexity is good, with contributions from both wood and fruit. Not really any blackberry flavor, but blackberry doesn't really have much of a distinctive flavor. Somewhat tannic. Tart, unripe stone fruit. While it might appear undercarbonated, there's plenty of fizz on the tongue. Light and slick otherwise.

As someone who's still more of an appreciator rather than lover of sours, I quite liked this. Great aroma, great complexity.

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Photo of Gruber221
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juliet is another fine sour. It pours amber in color with an acidic scent, laced with tart fruits and lots of red wine.

The taste as you would imagine starts out pretty sour but disaptes quickly to spice and red wine. Its a delicious beer!!

Thanks to Railroad Street Bar and Grill in Limerick PA for hooking me up. If you are in the Area they have a limited amount in bottles available.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a sliver of head which quickly dissipates. The head was a mostly pure white color while the body is a blend of medium to dark amber, maroon, and light raspberry which appears as a mix of light peach and medium amber when held up to the light. The body does not appear to be translucent.

Nose- Strong notes of acetic acid followed by strong and tart fruits. I feel like I describe the same aromas for almost all sours but here goes: strong tart cherry followed by some apple, strong berry flavors but nothing that I would specifically describe as blackberries, and light hint of funk and straw. I'm sure the slight note of Brett would be stronger if this had had more time to age. Swirling reveals a note close to Froot Loops or other fruity cereals.

Taste- Starts off with the strong tart notes of the nose and builds on that. Does seem to mellow out quickly (I'm judging this to be an effect of being aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels) and shows red grape (the full cherry and berry, fleshy grapes and slight leather of a Cabernet Sauvingon) and then leads in to small hints of grass, funk, and straw. I'm not sure if this is caused by its freshness but this seems to be a much more accessible sour than most. It also may mean my palate has become even more accustom to them. A faint wheat quality that I think might be caused by the rye but none of the spiciness (as of yet) that I equate with rye beers. Not surprising that this is pretty vinous. It's pretty airy as well (which I appreciate) but I would like more funk. I imagine this would come with more age. Notes of berries around the edges, perhaps even some that I would identify as blackberry but this is where my palate gets confused and why I don't think I could ever be an effective wine tester. What I do know is that this is a damn fine beer. It is quite delicate even despite a good amount of presence. It's not quite Cantillon or Russian River quality but it's close. Straw and grass notes show themselves more and more and I do think I will have to get another bottle to age. It's not worth the 30 bucks everybody else was charging but seems fair at 17 bucks. Slight hints of oak and spice (rye spice) linger on the tongue after a few drinks.

Mouthfeel- Not quite as airy as some of the Cantillon I've had but gets closer than most of the top notch sours I've had. A little more than light bodied with healthy carbonation. Good effervescence. Flirts with being airy. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- Pretty damn good for a sour. Right now, I'm drinking this pretty quickly and sours tend to slow me down. I wouldn't pay 30 bucks but I'm going to get more if this is still 17 bucks.

Overall- Very good beer. I don't like to drink InBev but when I do, it's Goose Island's premier beers. Worth a try if 30 bucks doesn't bother you. If you find it for as cheap as I did, grab it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml bottle; 2013 bottle cap. Split with Regen today, 11/6/2013. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

Appears fairly bland- dark hazy red body reminding me of a flanders red. Comes with a small white head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing sticks around at any point.

Smells nice and acidic. Some lactic and vinegar.. quite nice. It is a substantial body, very tannic and earthy. Not really fruity here.

Flavour-wise, fairly strong on the barrel character. Lots of red wine tannins and oak. Some lactic character, fairly sour. Can't really tell there are blackberries here; it is fairly subtle. Didn't know this was a rye beer at all.

Wish this had a bit more carbonation. Medium bodied, a bit boozy but not terribly so. Aftertaste is mostly tannins.

Interesting GI sour. Not the best sour by any means, but its not bad. Wish this has a cleaner, lighter flavour and mouthfeel like the Belgians do. This is a bit heavy-handed, but this is GI after all.

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Photo of Jonada
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle 2013 vintage. Bottled on August 1st 2013. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark red-ish orange color along with a slight purple hue. What little head there was in the pour dissipated instantly, almost like a soda leaving no cap, collar or lace. Body is hazy with some very fine visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: First thing I'm noticing right away is a big lactic sour character. After that it's blackberry, leather, oak, red wine grape, as well as a general red berry character that I can't quite pinpoint exactly.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely with an intense lacto character, almost yogurt like, being most prominent. There's quite a bit of barrel character as well with notes of oak and bold red wine flavors along with leather and maybe a hint of tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low medium levels of fine carbonation. Sourness, while not enamel stripping, is relatively high. Alcohol is hidden well through the finish leaving only a gentile warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Overall: Another good one from Goose Island. I'd like to see them tone down the lactic character a bit, as it detracted a bit from some of the the other complexities of the beer, but not so much so that it wasn't still enjoyable. Worth picking up if you find it reasonably priced.

***Update 10/18/2015***

Cellared bottle from same vintage and date

Much clearer appearance than previous review (bottle has been sitting basically undisturbed for 2+ years). Flavors and aroma much more balanced and well integrated after some aging. Not a lacto bomb like the fresh bottle and also surprisingly less sour. Sourness is still high, but not as abrasive as it was. Some age has definitely done this beer some good. Easily prefer it to the fresh bottle I had in 2013.

A: 3.75, S: 4.25, T: 4.25, M: 3.75, O: 4.25

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle (1 pint 9.87 fl oz.) with bottled on date August 02, 2013 printed on the back label. My first encounter with a bottle of Goose Island Juliet; expectations are moderately high based on my experience with the others.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours an interesting pinkish-purple orange color with about two fingers of quickly dissolving beige bubbles for a head. No lacing. Looks like a nice glass of juice.

S - Smell of blackberries hit me as soon as I uncapped this. Tart berry juice, cranberry, mild alcohol notes, soft cold leather, and a hint of barnyard funkiness. Maybe not quite as powerful smelling as the other sisters, but still very nice.

T - Delicious. Tart berry juice, apples, lactic acidity, some red / white wine, bit of alcohol presence, and some mild funky yeast. Not really detecting any rye in the taste, but that is fine by me. There is just a hint of heat on the finish, so maybe that's where the rye comes into play.

M - Feel is tart and sour, but finishes mostly clean, with a bit of juiciness lingering behind.

Overall, another nice beer from Goose Island. Definitely glad I managed to get a bottle of this; I suppose it was well-worth the twenty dollars spent. Tastes a bit more like wine than the others did, but maybe I am imagining it. Recommended.

Goose Island Juliet ---4/5.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan. 2012 bottle shared by Cam at a tasting a few nights ago. Thanks Cam!

The pour was hazy dark pink/purplish with no head, nice color though. Scent is enticing, it's all about dem tart fruits, tartness being on the lower side of the spectrum. Lots of berries, red grapes, and wine.

Taste is an improvement, really great blackberry and red wine flavor going on along with lactic notes, vanilla and light oak. Good tartness and some funk but it's the fruit that really shines here. Carbonation and overall feel is light, most likely has dissipated some, but the lightness works well here. Also very drinkable for 8%.

Nice berry and wine flavors with leveled out tartness. Not sure how this would continue to age but quite good at this point.

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

01-26-12 bottle split with some good people.

A- Pint glass pour with a murky, apple-cider looking appearance, a dark golden-amber. Fizzy head forms to about a finger but dies almost immediately with no retention. Falls to nothing looking like, cider. No lacing in sight.

S- Super tart fruits and apples are big and it actually reminds me of what it looks like, fresh market bought apple cider. Sour lemons, berries, Brett barnyard funk and tarts, grapes and wine are big.

T- Brett funk and barnyard comes through pretty big up front with even some slight band-aid. Really sour fresh lemon juice is present throughout the whole flavor and maybe the biggest part for me. Big wine barrel and vinous grapes, oak, berries, super tart lactic yogurt. Black berry flavor gets superb with time, like fresh with sour yogurt for breakfast.

MF- Super dried out body with a moderate overall consistency with some oily feel. Carbonation on the low-medium side and not much creaminess, somewhere on the watery side. Super tart and sour lemon finish.

Tons of fruit flavors and huge lactic sourness, super wild feel. Very enjoyable and hoping that GI can produce more beers like this in the future.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 batch, 12/11/10 no1149.

A: Super dark ruby red pour. Small soda-like tan head that fizzes out almost instantly. Almost no retention and no lacing at all.

S: A nice sweet and sour raspberry aroma. A little bit of acetone. Pleasant.

T: More sweet and sour. Reminds me of a raspberry pucker. Soft velvety berries and then a sudden sharp twang of sourness. Kind of an astringent tartness leading into the finish with hints of vinegar and acetone. Almost leathery too. Really quite nice. Lonnnng lingering tartness between sips.

M: Medium bodied and astringent.

O: Very interesting sour. A bit of balanced sweet and sour up front but turns into a drawn out acetic tartness. Great berry flavor throughout. One the best sours I've had. Very flavorful. Almost a little too tart but I'm still a beginner.

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Photo of oN3xM
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads "Belgium style ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries". Bottle date 1/26/12. Drank on 8/3/13.

A - An orangey, auburn body with a very light head that dissipates quickly. Very foggy - no transparency and no sediment after pouring the entire bottle. Very effervescent.

S - The initial aroma reminds me of a tart candy - sweet and tart. We poured it into two glasses and the glass that got the final pour smells musty (yes, almost like cat pee) while the other glass is much more clean. Probably the yeast sediments at the end of the pour.

T - Even before you drink this beer, you know it's a sour. Goose Island has crafted a lovely blend of tart and sweetness in this beer. Initial tastes have a hint of grape notes (assumingly from the wine barrels) followed by a lemony, acidic taste at the end.

M - Lovely thin body with insane amounts of carbonation that pop off your tongue. Lots of sourness that settles in your mouth and burns your throat after swallowing.

O - I've had a number of sours, but this is one that I'm ranking highly. I love the blend of sourness and sweetness that makes this beer. Goose Island did a terrific job with this one. If the price wasn't so high (paid $20 for 22 oz) I would be picking up more now. Cheers.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to enelson for hooking me up with this one awhile back.

Vintage 2010.

Poured this one into a tulip glass. Pours a rusty-color, with a thick bubbly head that fizzles away audibly. Light pinkish hue to the cap. Nose is tart and funky. Some citrus, dankness, vinegar. The nose held up well.

Easy feel. Plenty of carbonation, but nothing astringent. Crisp and refreshing. The flavor profile on this one keeps me gulping. Tart blackberry, lemon, lactic character, oaky dryness. Fruity finish from the barreling for sure. This beer disappeared quickly. Loved it. Thanks again, Ed!

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Photo of caskstrength
3.07/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2012 bottle. No need to keep this one in the cellar any longer.

Pours a beautiful golden amber, well carbonated.

S :Funky lactic acid. Not overwhelming, but not much else than funky lactic acid. I know sours are often about funk, and acid, but give me something else here. Maybe some lemon/grass if I force myself to find it.

T: Pretty one note. Lactic sourness, not enamel peeling ,but it's by far the dominant flavor. Some lemon juice (damnit, that's lactic acid). I don't know what else to tell you.

M: light, dry. sour. Above average for the style.

O: Not that interesting. Minimal depth or complexity. Nothing to seek out.

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

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

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

22oz bottle into tulip. Bottled 1/26/12. Thanks again, jbck109.

A: Pours a ruby cranberry color with a very short lived fizzy white head faded into faint active collar.
S: Very dry and funky barrel notes of musty cheese, oak tannins, dank basement and a hint of vinous fruit.
T: Tart notes of vinous wine barrel, oak tannin, earthy funk, tart lemon pith, and light blackberry juice. Fruit is light and comes through mostly in the finish after the initial citrus onslaught. Mild cheese, gritty tannins and spicy rye. Cranberry too.
M: Dry mouth, champagne carbonation, very tart, mild acid, dry gritty tannins.
O: Very tart, dry and flavorful. Really well rounded and enjoyable. Loved it. Cheers, Jay.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle. Split with angrybabboon and bilco.

Appearance: Ruddy copper. Some orange-hues. Small white head drops to nothing and leaves a tiny white collar. No lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Nice hint of oak over a powdery tartness. Some blackberry flesh and juice. Sweet juiciness. Damp earth. Hay and slight woodiness. Lactic and acetic sour notes. Floral. Light sweet malt backbone. Warming pushes up the blackberry notes offering some fresh fruit. Slightly vinous. Grape must.

Taste: Balance of earth and damp wood. Oak and blackberry flesh. Solid lactic tartness on the back with some acetic flavors in the back. Bright fruitiness. Floral, almost perfume. Loaded with oak and tart fruit. Macerated blackberry flesh. White wine and grape. Building acetic as it warms, almost vinegar. Sweet and tart. Warming pushes even more oak and blackberry.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry medium body. Clean. Wet overall but not juicy.

Overall: Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though Romeo.

Tart and delightful. Good balance of fruit and tart magic.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 5/4/13

Split among goblinmunkey7, Bilco, and me

Appearance: Medium amber color, with some nice orange and golden tones - hazy overall - some lighter notes around the edges with some clarity, typical for barrel-aging - small, white head, fades to a small ring and leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Nicely funky and sour, with some wet, damp tartness - some fleshy, tart berry notes - damp, moldy, chewy wood - lots of sour funk, some typical barnyard Brett - some pale grains in the background, and some vinegar

Taste: Wet, damp, funky, tart, and sour - damp, musty Brett, wet wood - wet and funky, with tartness from the funk and tartness from the berries - interesting fruit flavors - nice level of sourness, mostly lactic

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, low carbonation

Overall: Juliet, get a towel or something

This is wet, funky, and tart. It's very interesting, with some nice berry notes. If this were easier to get, I would buy it again. This bottle is from 2012, and I would imagine it gets more complex or something.

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

Last one from an awesome box from deyholla. Pours a beautiful deep ruby orange with tiny fizzy head that recedes quickly. Smell is sour vinegar and very sweet fruit and berries. Flavor is sour up front with a smooth berry finish. The berry is not too sweet and has just the right balance with the sour and barrel notes. Prickly carbonation and light-medium mouthfeel. Awesome sour, probably my favorite of the GI ladies.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful spring day so decided to celebrate with a Juliet.

A- Pours a rusty ruby color with a quickly disappearing thin sparkling head.

S- White wine dominant funk with some blackberry in the background, no note of the rye used, almost to be expected. One dimensional when compared to belgian counterparts, but solid for an ameircan wild

T- Blackberries are much brighter on the taste and there's a nice dry, white wine lingering on the palate with honestly almost a touch of rye spice to round out the finish.

M- I remember trading for a bottle of the first batch and this being much drier, came off as a little sticky with just enough carbonation to not take away too much from the pleasure of consuming it, but just barely above par for the style

O- Initially graded this a little harshly, but then changed my mind that I should keep the Belgians out of my mind when rating an American sour. Hard to do, but the style says so, so for an American Wild, this is great. It is easily my favorite out of the 3 sisters, though all are fair examples of American interpretations of sour beer. For someone new to this beer, I'd definitely recommend one fresh and one for cellar if possible as some time may dry this out.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this a lot, it was a nice dry sour that in aroma and flavor was like a tart gueuze with some wine barrel character and blackberries. The berries were light in the nose and more apperant in the taste.
A pretty great beer for a sour fan. I wish I could find this beer distributed around here so I could give it a proper review but these where my impression when I had the opportunity to enjoy it while out of town. They where serving this in bottles at the City Beer Hall in Albany, NY.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,579 ratings.
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