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 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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Photo of Seanniek91
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

225 Review. 2012 Vintage. Cellar temp. Bomber poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

Appearance- Looks like a nice Rose wine. Purple/red color. No head or lacing. Very clean looking.

Smell- Big tart berry presence and oaky wine aromas. Quite funky and very powerful. Stone fruits and berries dominate.

Taste- Big berry up front (kind of a mix of cherry, raspberry, blackberry), very sour and oaky and funky. Don't get much red wine, but pretty oaky.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated, crisp, clean, refreshing, extremely sour.

Overall- The first Goose Island beer to wow me and wow did it wow me.

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

2013 vintage. Poured from bottle into a Petrus tulip. The pour is very low carbonation and is a reddish-brown color with some haze. The nose threatens you with high levels of acidity and tartness. I get notes of white wine, green apples, grapes, and berries. I don't get much in the way of barnyard aromas, which is something of a nice departure.

Light-medium body with an intensely sour, fruity flavor. Very light grain up front, a flash of cereal-like sweetness, then the acidity rushes in. Big flavors of berries, lemons, vinegar, and chardonnay crash in and scour the palate.

Overall, a very good sour, though not on the same level as the sours from Russian River. One can taste the fruit in those sours and it adds a balancing sweetness to the sour notes. I prefer those kinds of sours and wish more brewers would strive to emulate them, instead of bombarding us with acidity the way they try to one-up each other with hop profiles in IIPAs. Still, this is a superb wild ale and fans of sour bombs should seek it out.

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Photo of McRyan
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1-26-2012

Smell- Very oaky right away I pick up more a of a raspberry smell than blackberry.

Taste- Lip puckering, sour, tart, deliciousness right away. Lingering you get the oak from the barrel and again I get more raspberry.

Overall- I need to find more of this I would recommend this to anyone. I see a lot of reviews of other wild ales that say "not sour enough". This will for sure cure that need! This reminds me a lot of supplication, I give the slight edge to Juliet.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to beer-clean tulip. Drunk cool.

A - 4.0 - Beautiful, crystal clear, light cranberry color crossed with amber. Fizzy head that can never summon more than a thin blanket of coverage before fizzing itself out. I did an aggressive pour for the second glass and built up almost two fingers that still fizzed out in under 10 seconds. With a nicer head, this would have been a home run. But for clarity and beautiful color it still scores well enough.

S - 3.75 - A warm smell of mellow spice, fruit tang, the soul of fruit like a strawberry, and a clean sort of funk. Smells nice, with that bretty note tamed by fruit. A bit on the fainter side of the house.

T - 3.5 - While I know this is blackberry, I get more of a cran-apple out of it. It's tart like a milder cranberry juice but quickly transitions to a dry apple note. Finishes notably acidic. After that passes, the aftertaste is like a mix of tannic apple skin and oxidized apple flesh. It isn't particularly complex or rich or deep. Kind of simple. In its favor, I'll say the fruit notes combine with the tame funk in a nice way that almost gives a strawberry impression. That's an interesting balance. In the second pour, I intentionally included the sediment, hoping it would boost the flavor like it does with some beers, but it did a bad thing instead, introducing an overdone bitterness of an unpleasant kind. Ah well. This review is based on the first glass before that since that was my fault.

M - 3.75 - Light and thin body. A bit dry. Back in the salivary glands, it feels a bit like drinking cranberry juice. A quick and mild bit of spritz on swallowing.

O - 3.75 - Disappointing. I think I paid close to $20 for this and I sat on it for a few months until just the right opportunity for it. It wasn't worth it. I wonder if age would have deepened it any. It seemed kind of insubstantial, with its moderate tartness being its main distinguishing feature. Overall it came across like sparkling cran-apple cider, which I can get a lot cheaper and which isn't what I want when I want a beer, though I recognize that things like gueuzes come across this way on purpose. That makes it kind of hard to rate, because as a sparkling cran-apple cider, it's pretty good. But as a beer it falls short. My instinct was to drink this one colder than I usually drink my special beers, but I didn't want to risk numbing my palate so I did the usual slightly cool. Now I wish I had chilled it fully. I think I'd have enjoyed it more just as a refreshing cold drink since the taste didn't wow me or stand out.

For context, 3.75 on my personal scale is "better than average" while 3.5 is "average for craft" and 3.0 is "average for all". Beeradvocate has added "outstanding" next to 4.0 in the past year which for me means a lesser "very good".

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Photo of jbaker67
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near clear burnt orange with a dark pink tint and minimal fizz. The aroma is crisp musty cidery with an acidic funk. There is a quick sharp front to the beer and a pleasant lingering finish. There is a rich brett and lactic character with a lemony vinegar in the forefront with a musty funk and earthy dried fruits. The finish ends softly carbonated with a smooth tartness and the fruits and wine flavors peeking through.

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Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours a orange-russet color, cloudy and glowing, with a small white head that retains as a fine, bubbly ring. Fruity berries and dry mustiness in the nose. Tart juicy sweetness and woody spice. Quite sour in the mouth, loads of blackberry tartness, dry oaky wood, and lactic notes. Increasing lemon acidity and some funky straw notes. Not necessarily the most complex thing ever, but damn tasty. Medium-light and acidic mouthfeel, finishing tart and dry. Mmmm...enjoyable and a bit more sour than Lolita. The blackberry isn't super prevalent, as the citric acidity tends to dominate.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Orangy-peach-pink-garnet colored beer under a small tight head. No lace and sparse retention, but very nice unusual color. Aroma is tart purple berries, stinky orange, wine, musky wood, floral, yeast, brett, funk... Taste is a perky surge of sour mouth watering fruit, fermented and tangy. Nice dry, super smooth mouthfeel. Smacky. Very nice...

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours golden orange color with peach highlights, small fizzy head that dissipates quickly

S- big juicy blackberry notes with the french oak really coming through on the aroma, some funky yeast closes it out

T- the blackberry flavors and big and tart up front, and very authentic tasting, unlike some fruit infused beers. Nice funky yeast mixes in with some fermented grape flavor, the finish is tart with more juicy berries on the finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a lightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp-yet-tart finish

O- I really liked the blackberry notes in this beer, it was just enough sour, yet well balanced. I'd put this up there with Lolita as my favorite of the sister beers.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2010. Pours lightly cloudy red-orange color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart blackberry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, pepper, musty brett funk, leather, rye, toast, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of tart fruit, fruity/funky brett, malt, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of tart blackberry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, pepper, musty brett funk, leather, rye, toast, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, musty funk, rye, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of tart fruits, wine barrel, and big fruity/funky brett presence; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour ale with 3 years of age. Big brett presence with great balance of wine barrel and blackberry fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Elprico
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a dark orange with some pink. Lots of carbonation at the beginning, but settles pretty quickly. Almost no head to speak of.

S-Definite sourness and fruit will hit you right up front, but the wine and wild yeast becomes apparent later on to round it out. Very complex with the right amount of funk.

T-Tart berries and slight brett flavors. Very similiar to the way it smells. The blackberries weren't apparent right off the bat, but I did catch some green apple. All around crisp.

M-Fairly carbonated, but great mouthfeel. The wine barrels seem to give it a bit of a dryness, but in a good way.

O-Overall, a great sour. The tartness was balanced with the dry, crispness of the wine and wild yeast, even if can be a bit overwhelming in the long run. It's worth a try if you're willing to shell out the money and I'm looking forward to trying their other sours.

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