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Juliet | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
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 alamode
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From notes.
Bottled 2012.
Vinegar, tart berry, Brett & some barrel in the nose.
Vinegar, oak, sour apple and tart berry in the drink.
2 years have done this well. Wish it wasn't my last bottle.

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

2012 vintage. i should be fair to this beer and admit that i enjoyed it in the same session as several new glarus sours, a consecration, and yes, a cantillon saint lamvinus, so some features that came across as lackluster or negative might actually not be so in another light, but i had one bottle and its been consumed, so here we go. pours a unique mix of orangey rust and rose pink, they kind of wash eachother out in a hazy melted crayon look. a finger or two of off white foam dies right away. the nose is quite sour and fruity, cherries maybe, lots of vinegar and lemon. it smells as bretty as it does like a kitchen cleaner for hippies, but im being critical. the taste is quite good, again with the fruit, maybe wild raspberry or something in there providing that tartness along with what must be a heavy dose of lemon peel and some sour yeast, which is quite intense towards the finish. lots of acid, and lots of residual sugar, not a combo i usually like at the tail end of a beer, but they seem to neutralize eachother reasonably well here. really poppy mouthfeel, gnarly carbonation over just a medium body. long drawn out aftertaste of lemony yeasty funk. i also taste some tonic water in here, especially in the aftertaste, which i cant explain but i dont care for at all. this one starts better than it ends.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bottle of the 2012 vintage and pour into our CB’s Signature Series chalices. It glows a golden orange coloring, resembling the look of sparkling cider. It puts up a quick one finger head of big tannish bubbles, but this is gone before you know it. Specs and rings of lacing are left around the glass once the liquid starts to disappear. Haze and sediment are thick with the last half of the bottle or so, while carbonation appears active. The nose is fresh and tart. We get big notes of souring Brett, sweet and nectary floral hops, pale and chalky grain, booze, and nail polish remover bite. With warmth comes more of that yeasty musk, an aged cheddar cheese twang, and a wild, fruity juiciness of blackberries (faintly) and raspberries. Our first impression is that this beer is majorly soured, as hoped for, but the blackberry inclusions are a bit lost. As we sip, pale malts start things off, but become quickly overtaken by an insanely souring blend of Bretty yeast and oaked red wine astringency. The hops also quickly move in to mix, with lemony zest and nectary florals to pull us to the peak. This is marked by more serious Bretty bite, fennel seed, oaky dryness, fusel booziness, lemony hops, and drying pale grain. The finish moves through with cheddar cheese funk, rye, juicy soured yeast, more lemon, herbal hop pucker, and juicy, but puckering, chokecherries. The aftertaste breathes of puckering raw blackberries (finally!!), drying green olives, black pepper bite, pale malts, rye, oak, red wine dryness, chokecherry bite, and that continued big Bretty sourness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to full, with a prickle to the lip. There is decent slurp, smack, and pop, but little froth or cream. There is big tannic astringency, and a strong final dryness and pucker all around the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the complexity through the sourness. We were very excited when we first sipped this beer, as the tart Brett really takes off robustly from the start. The entire time you’re trying to pick apart all of the flavors that make it so puckering, but keep it so drinkable and juicy. We do wish that the blackberry was more present in its sweetness, alongside its sourness. Either way, this beer had an excellent flavor, and was insanely drinkable.

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

650 mL bottle poured into a chalice. Bottle dated 1/26/2012.

Appearance - Pinkish. Cloudy with a nice white head. Settles to a white collar.

Smell - Vinous winey acidity. Red wine notes. Musty and maybe some brett.

Taste - Fruity grape sourness. More vinous wine notes. Pleasantly tart, but not intense by any means. Oaky and malty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A touch sweet from the fruitiness, but the tartness balances it out. Medium bodied.

Overall - Solid. Better than Lolita by a fair margin. Muted fruit notes yield a nice sour beer behind it.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 1/26/12 1202

Thanks to 3hops for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a ruby color which appears more dark amber when held up to light. A sliver of bright white head quickly comes and goes. A small stream of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Leaves no lacing. Really pretty color though.

S: Smells very tart, with sour acidity, a fair amount of oak from the barrel, a bit of funk and the faintest hint of raspberry that I probably wouldnt have picked up if I had not been looking for it.

T: Follows the nose. Very tart, with a puckering sourness. Lots of oak and a good amount of barnyard funkiness. There are hints of raspberry, but they are faint. Banana esters linger on the finish. Maybe a touch watery at times, but otherwise a really great flavor profile.

M/D: Medium bodied, high carbonation that gives it a crisp feel, no hint of any ABV, drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, quite a good brew here. It has the big sour notes I look for in a wild, and a nice bit of funk and oak barrel characters as well. I would have liked the raspberries to be a little more prominent, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Not mind blowing but Id drink again in heartbeat. I recommend.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 26, 2012

Juliet pours an interesting pink stained copper color. It’s a light color, but looks really nice. Backlighting gives it more of a light orange appearance. Carbonation seems light, producing a light surface covering of white bubbles. They disappear rather quickly. Lacing is really non-existent. Nothing to discuss in that department at all. I do like the color. The rest…just okay.

It definitely smells good. Wild yeast is noted on the first whiff. It has that unmistakable barnyard funky scent going on. It’s rather pronounced in the mix, but doesn’t completely overwhelm everything. There are definitely berry notes that resonate throughout. It smells a bit earthy and grainy. I suspect that’s the rye quality coming though. It’s not spicy though. There’s a little oak on the tail. Alcohol is blended very well.

Juliet is a tasty Wild Ale. It starts out a bit grainy and earthy. That’s notable, but that’s about the only indication of rye being present. The Brett flavor follows and is pretty strong. It’s not completely overwhelming, but it definitely brings a strong funky, tart flavor to the mix. Mouth puckering? A little. The berry presence is flavorful and blends rather well. Oak is secondary, but adds quality depth and character. Alcohol is definitely masked well. Perhaps time has helped a little. Finishes fruity, tart, and dry. Really good stuff.

Juliet has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. I honestly wouldn’t mind a few more bubbles. Small gripe. It goes down so soft and easy. I don’t think this bomber is really going to be enough. It’s disappearing far too quickly.

Juliet is a really nice release from Goose Island. I’ve wanted to try it for a while. Expectations were high. For the most part, they were met. I could handle maybe just a little less tartness and a few more bubbles. Those two tweaks would improve it in my book. Still a very impressive beer nevertheless.

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Photo of champ103
2.65/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a ruby red color. A two finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace at all.
S: Tart and acidic fruits. I enjoy the fruity character, but there is nothing else here.
T: Tart fruits like cherries. Muddled, kind of dirty malt. The tart acidic sourness lingers for a second. Then vanishes to nothing.
M/D: A light to medium body. Really high carbonation. Also really thin and watery. Not clean at all though. The high carbonation actually makes this harder to drink. Alcohol is present. Not a fan of the muddled malt character either.

This is a disappointment for me. Not that much is here. Just thin, acidic, and overly carbonated. This is not something I care to revisit, or finish for that matter. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a flute.

A - Ruby red with hints of brown and gold. Decently dark so that you can't see your hand on the other side. Lots of carbonation trailing upwards which quickly dissipates its small head

S - Tart raspberries and blackberries on the nose with a grassy and lemon funk. There is a nice oaky barrel presence as well

T - Much tarter than in the nose. Balsamic and white vinegar are up front to give it a tart bite. There is a sour raspberries in the middle that gives it a sour sweettarts flavor. The oak comes in the finish as well as a slight lemon peel. The tart raspberries linger on in the finish

MF - Lots of carbonation that give it a nice tingle on the tongue. Medium body that gives a nice slight creaminess. Tartness lingers on the tongue that makes you almost want to pucker your mouth

O - A tart and refreshing sour. Definitely the most tart and sour of the three sisters. Nice to see GI step up production of this and the other sisters to give the Midwest a nice and easily accessible sour option.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A chilled bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Ruby red and light brown in color. Pours not much of a head.

Aroma: Really fruit forward. Big raspberry notes provide some nice tartness and sweetness. Some light lemon tartness with a strong undertone of funk and brett. Really nicely balanced.

Taste: The berry notes stand out here as well. Huge raspberry and lemon notes. Really tart, but also a ton of fruit notes. Drinking this relatively fresh was a smart choice as the funk and brett notes are nicely developed but don't overwhelm the fresh fruit notes. Alcohol is really nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and plenty of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, a really impressive fruit foward wild ale. Definitely one of the more impressive examples of an example fruited wild I have had. The berries provide a nice touch of raspberry flavors. Nice balance of tart and sweet. I would definitely enjoy revisiting this. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 26, 2012.

Beer is a cloudy dark amber pinkish hues and a smallish white head that fades very quickly.

The most immediate smell is brett. Smell certainly suggests that this will be a funky, sour beer. Really smells like a lambic. Oak. Berries.

Flavour is not quite as funky as the nose suggested, but this is still a funky brew. Tart with a yeasty, barnyard-like flavour, The blackberries are subtle in comparison, but plainly there and provide a nice counterpart to the funk. Vinous. I would not have noticed the rye without looking for it but once recognizing it it is clearly there, a bit of a spicy taste. Very good.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Rather sticky. Dries the mouth somewhat, a function of the tartness. Feels like tannins in red wine.

Overall, a very nice beer. Very tasty indeed.

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

Another good fruity sour from GI, fairly long and enjoyable.

Presentation: 22oz brow capped bottle. Simple and elegant white label with gold touches, purple name typography with the name and a white background with the Goose Island branding. Side narrative includes serving instructions, main style and characteristics, and cellaring character. Shows bottling date (01/26/12/), and Alc. by Vol. (8%). Served in a snifter.

A - Deep amber/crimson pour with a short lived fizzy head, small memory and lacing.

S - Nice tart nose with good touches of berries and a dash of vinous memories…

T - Tart and fruity, malty sweetness, light blackberries, distinct bitter underflow, acidic touches..

M - Medium/light body with tingly and persistent carbonation. Dry and fruity lingering finish.

O - Nice tart, fruity flow, complex enough.

Notes: Less of a memorable aroma than Lolita but a better rounded brew, although not that far off the range.

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

Cant remember where I got this bottle from, bottled on 1/26/12. Think I traded for it...poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy "berry" juice like hue with a fizzy soda like quarter inch head that fades almost immediately to leave well, nothing. Hrmph.

S - Aromas of light rye and brett, some super faint berry, and some nice light barrel notes.

T - Flavor isnt bad. The rye bounces back and forth, as does slight amounts of brett. The barrel comes through nicely with good berries. As this warms up a bit the berries come out a bit more. It grows on me, as I initially didnt care for it but find it quite enjoyable the more I drink.

M - Well, it hides the ABV quite wonderfully. Very tart and sour in the mouth, not quite flemmy but pretty damn close. A hair thin which matches up with the lower carbonation.

O - Overall this really has an average appearance as well as aroma, but the taste really grew on me. Quite tart.

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Photo of maximum12
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle grabbed a couple months ago. Only know of one place that still has bottles, so figured I'd give 'er a go to see if it's worth picking up another one. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Poured to leave the bottom two or three ounces in the bottle, this is a deep, vibrant, almost glowing red, with minimal carbonation. Nose starts tart, but underneath there's a fruity sugary quality; extremely vinous.

Juliet is a tart lady. Huge tart kick right up front. Lemon, vinegar, with whatever berries they are barely visible on the horizon. Oak dries on the end. Carbonation has been kidnapped, pretty flat. Easy to sip.

Was really hoping for a wild that showcases the berries, but this beer just shows up with sour, tart, & more sour. No rye, berries scarcely noticeable - blah. Still tasty, just not what was advertised. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml 2012 bomber poured into tulip 12/10/12 thanks Mattsander and alpineclimber

A amber with a salmon glow, just a thin fizzy head and little for bubbles and zero lace but I’m liking the color

S sour fruit, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and cassis but I think the writing on the bottle convinced me of the last one, vinous notes and oaky with some faint funky earth, smelling good

T more sour oaky notes and the fruits faded, quite sour and pretty solid but I preferred the nose, a little burnt sugar as it warms

M medium weight with a bit of a tingle, a little grit and quite the pucker to it, the earthy sour notes linger, well done in this department

O 8%? I’d believe 4%, very well rounded stuff with a nice blend of fruit and woody vinous notes, very well done

I could drink this for a while without getting board, a fair bit going on and I like everything that’s happening, worth seeking out

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Photo of Converge
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a 16oz tulip. 2012 vintage. Both my first Goose Island brew as well as my first American wild ale. Bottled 01/26/12.

A - Pours a surprisingly vibrant red hue. almost crimson with a touch of copper. Body is totally clean, with nothing floating around but some fine air bubble making their way to the top. Small, fizzy white head lasts a few seconds before it's reduced to a thin collar. Beautiful color, classy label, and overall very nice presentation.

S - Complex and pungent aroma. Barnyard funk is in full effect here, with musty notes of wet hay, dank basement, and reserved oak character. Lactic acidity and as assertive tart aroma are also right up front. Under the bold notes some light fruitiness can be made out, which I really enjoy. The blackberries can certainly be made out, although aren't particularly strong. The thing I don't get a lot of is the rye. Still, the aroma here is just excellent, with deep, complex notes, and copious amounts of funk.

T - Follows the nose closely. Barnyard funk is front and center, with pungent notes of dank hay and must. Lactic acid is sour and assertive, with tart notes abound. Lemon, vinegar, blackberries, raspberries, and a hint of oak. The rye never really comes through, but some vinous notes do. Complex, but simple at the same time. Bold, but very easy drinking.

M - The carbonation sort of caught me off guard on my first sip. It's definitely on the higher side, with fine, spritzy bubbles. Medium bodied feel, but it's still very light overall. Definitely finishes dryer than most, and the 8.00% ABV is non-detectable.

D - A tasty and ultimately drinkable offering from GI. All the care and consideration put into brewing beers like this really comes through with beers like Juliet. There was some talk a while back about GI coming to Canada, and while I doubt offerings like Juliet will see their way North of the border, I'd welcome more from them after this brew, that's for sure.

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Photo of Damian
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 650ml - 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled: 01/26/12
Served in a chalice

Hazy, crimson hued, orangey-amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger, off-white head that had a pink-ish/purple tinge to it. The head was super bubbly and it snapped and popped as it dissipated to a thin ring of froth.

The aroma was incredibly complex. Super musty and funky. This beer smelled more like an aged gueuze than any type of wild ale I have ever come across. Strong horse blanket notes. Lots of oak and tannins. Good dose of vinegar. As the beer warmed, the fruity character really came forth. Although I would probably not guess the fruitiness to be derived from blackberries per se, it was impressive nevertheless.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was remarkably interesting. Some tart fruits (perhaps berries or sour cherries) appeared on the front end before the funk took over. Lots of must and barnyard character. It was obvious that brettanomyces were at play here. Crisp, wheaty notes came through in the center. Oaky and slightly tannic on the back end. The beer finished tart and vinegar-like, but not overly sour or astringent. With so many factors coming into play (including the rather high ABV), I was amazed by this beer's balance and overall drinkability.

The mouthfeel was typical for the style. Medium bodied, crisp and spritzy. I could imagine this beer going down all too easily on a hot summer day.

I have been consistently blown away by Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout variants, and now I know that they can make an amazing version of a wild ale as well. This beer ranks up there with some of the best sour ales I have ever tried. Truly a superb offering.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a pinkish hue with a 2 finger pink/tan head. Small blotches and bubbles speckle the glass but reside quickly.

S- big raspberry, vinegar, oak, vinous, funk.

T- vinegar, sour and funk, followed by nice raspberry flavor and oak.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Has a higher carbonation but not so much that it fizzes in your mouth.

O- great wild ale from GI. 7/10 sourness, gives a nice pucker from the sourness but has enough raspberry to balance this beer and make it very enjoyable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, it's a 2012 bottle but there's no bottling date printed on the label. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours an orange/red color with a half inch head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice and sour, it smells like tart berries, oak, and red wine. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, except that the berry flavor tastes more like sweet and tart blackberries, and that the sourness is stronger in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this beer, it's tasty and tart so I can't complain about that! $15.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 1/26/12.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a very thin ring. No real lace left on the glass.

S: Nice tartness with a hint of lactic sourness. Sweet berries with a hint of tart blackberry and some strawberry sweetness. Light oak flavors with some subtle red wine notes in the background.

T: Huge lacto sourness up front. Mild blackberry tartness with a touch of fruity sweetness. Very acidic sourness with a subtle dry malt body to it. The finish has a slight hint of red wine.

M: Mouth puckering sourness with a medium to light body to the beer. Medium carbonation with a slightly tart, fruity finish. Major teeth coating going on as well.

O: The black berries and red wine barrel really play off each other nicely. The lacto sourness cuts the sweetness of the berries and the malt body brings it all together. A very solid sour overall and definitely a beer that I would like to have again.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A slim head of light cappuccino and slight purple in color. Foam disappears quickly. Body is very cloudy and a reddish/purpleish/amber color.

S - Lots of white wine and raspberry. Slight funkiness and very acidic smelling.

T - Green tart raspberries. Lots of earthy/vegital funkiness. Wine is not as pronounced. As it warms, things start to blend a little more and not as in your face tartness.

M - Very tart makes it drying. Carbonation is good especially considering the low head. Body seems a little too thick for this.

O - Good flavor and goes for that super sour beer thing. I do like the not so subtleness, but can only handle so much.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a tulip glass. Pours reddish copper with zero head. Aromatic notes of wood, tannin, dark fruit and spice make Juliet an ideal beer to suggest to Pinot Noir enthusiasts and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian sour ales. Flavors of tart fruit; definitely a complex ale. While an interesting and complex brew, this did not cut it for me as I am not a big fan of sours myself.

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Photo of The_Blodge
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep ruby red color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. The beer then almost appears flat. Not totally transparent but very clean. Almost wine like.

S: Earthy, sour funk but pleasing. Wonderful perfume that lingers. Subtle alcohol. Citrus

T: Very tart and sour. Pucker up baby! Subtle sweetness up front with notes of oak and citrus. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Light bodied with tiny bubbles that dance on the tongue.

O: A very interesting sour beer. I think that it is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a dark transparent ruby red with a beige tiny bubbled head. Nose is heavy tart berry, fair amount of dry wood, hints of lacto and vanilla, light Brett leather note. Taste is heavy sour dark berry, lightly lactic. Wood isnt there near as much as the nose. Body is lightly dry, a hint syrupy, rather puckering and highly carbonated. Not bad, pretty sour, strong berry note, not too much else.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, served on 8/19/12 in a wine glass.

Pour: Blood orange with a finger of bubbly pinkish head. Diminishes to nothing.

Smell: Hay funk, raspberries, cherries.

Taste: Tart pear, mixed berry (indiscernable between blackberries and raspberries for me), slight cherry, funk.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, a little sticky. Not too tart.

Overall: This beer took me by surprise and was pretty kick ass.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. 650 ml bottled 01-26-12. Poured into a stemmed goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. A very small fizzy head quickly fades away. Not much lacing is left.

Smell: Big sour smell upfront with lots of tart cherries. Some Belgian yeast along with good hints of blackberries. Brett, rye, and hints of oak and wood. Hints of dark fruit including dark cherries, raisin, fig, and prunes. Also picking up a little banana and a slight hint of caramel malt. Some booze is also in the mix.

Taste: Like the smell, but with an even bigger taste of blackberries. Starts out with a pretty sour taste of tart cherries and brett. Then comes a big flavor of blackberries. Some Belgian yeast spice and some notes of dark cherries, prunes, raisin, and fig. Also some banana. Notes of oak chips and wood. Some malts with rye and a little caramel. The tart fruits stand out the most, but it is not overbearing with the sourness. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty tart. Has a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really good take on a sour. A good combination of tart and sweet fruits. Bold but not overbearing with the sourness and acid.

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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,555 ratings.
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