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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2008

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Photo of route66pubs
2.58/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After much hype and repeated efforts, I was ecstatic to grab this in a trade. I had REALLY high hopes for it. Alas, while Wild Ales intrigue me, they are not my favorite thing. So that should be noted going into this review. Bottled on August 14, 2009 - tasted on 1/23/10.

The bottle opened with a pop, and before pouring could commence, a thick head was oozing from the bottle. The initial pour into a tulip glass resulted in 1/3 beer, 2/3 fluffy perfectly white head, which nicely subsided so that more brew could be poured into the glass. The second pour revealed a beer with a rosy hint to its amber color. Once held up to the light, a small amount of sediment was noticeable in the bottom of the glass.

The bottle states "Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries." The blackberry notes do not disappoint, but the fruitiness of the blackberry aromas overpower any hint of wine. This, in my opinion, is a good thing. The slight spicy aroma of brett is also distinguishable, but remains secondary.

I had high hopes for this beer. I feel let down to some extent. The wine flavor - Pinot, perhaps? - pushes so much away. The blackberries fall to a secondary state, but not much else seems to be there. A hint of spice comes through as well, but that could be the carbonation.

This is effervescence through and through. The carbonation combined with the brett kick at your tongue. It almost screams of soda pop throughout. Not in a great way. It feels like sitting on this and letting the carbonation drop would VASTLY improve this beer, as it feels too candy-like to drink and enjoy at the moment.

And it's that mouthfeel that ruins the drinkability for me. It's seems so carbonated and so sweet that it no longer feels like an ale. Wild, yes. Ale, no. The bottle states "develops in teh bottle for up to 5 years" and I would like to know how that changes this brew. But now, 5-6 months after bottling, it is still too young to enjoy to its fullest.

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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An off white head jumps off to nearly two fingers and fades to a skim in nearly 3 minutes. Body is a hazy apple cider color in tone. Nose is distinctly tart with a real brett horse blanket feel up front. It has some raspberry and powdery sweet candy in the smell also. This beer immediately delivers on the super sour feel up front with a very brett induced tartness. This is very funky with a consistent mineral feel to the palate. Such a firm bold malt profile really balances the tartness to perfection. Mouthfeel is thick yeasty and really dough based and overall truely attractive. This is a perfectly drinkable sour that I wish I had a lot more of.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Aug. 14th, 2009.

(A)- Pours a pale, but brilliant ruby red color that produced a gargantuan pink colored fluffy yet effervescent head that is still sticking around a 3+ finger size even after a few minutes time. Some of those bubbles are sticking to the sides of the glass; just fantastic retention on this.

(S)- Man, you can really smell the red fruits & oak from the red wine barrels. Some awesome cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruits. Yeasty, but is subtle. A touch of hay & finishes in a dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. The same great fruits with the blackberries as the focus & a super dry middle ground. Bits of oak & hay with just a tiny bit of tart/bitterness.

(M)- A nice big carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue; great for the style, but actually it is just a tad too much. If you let it sit for a bit, that mellows down to a great more accessible level. Balanced, with that great dryness, tart, and barnyard nuances. Basic to a point, but dynamic in what it offers the palate to figure out.

(D)- A fantastic wild ale with a great flavor to it. Now, I havent had very many wild ales at this point, but I am really loving this one! The high fizzy carbonation may turn you off initially, but seriously... let it mellow for 20 minutes or so and you are good to go. Fruity, with a classic tart, almost sour kick. Very drinkable with only a 6.7% abv. This 22oz. bottle didnt last long, nor will the next one! The bottle says it can be aged for up to 5 years. . . I will definitely try to grab a few of these for the cellar.

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

22oz bottle split into pint glasses

Pours a cloudy pinkish color with big frothy ale head that fades fairly quickly. Smells sour -- blackberries are definitely evident.

Taste is sour with a little strawberry flavor. Maybe a little dishwater taste. Has a little Hawaiian Punch theme going on.

Mouthfeel is a little grainy, but light and airy.

Drinkable and enjoyable, but keep in mind that this is a sour beer at heart.

Originally reviewed under the wrong Juliet.

2013 bottle enjoyed on Groundhog's day 2014. Left the sediment in the bottle, so this time it's pretty clear.

I don't have a clear recollection of a flavor three years ago, but I think this is sourer, and less Hawaiian punchy. More sweet tarty. I might give it higher ratings this time.

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Photo of fropones
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! 2009 Batch 2

A - Pours a nice beautiful red that is a cross between a tomato and an orange. A nice pinkish 3 finger bubbly, foamy head that goes does down to about 1 finger. Beautiful. Nice streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma of cherry skins and vinegar. Some funkiness, some strawberries, some wood. Very interesting aroma.

T - Flavor of cherries and boatloads of strawberries. Not especially sour, but tart. The fact that it is not super sour does not detract from it, but rather let some of its other flavors shine. Some raspberries here as well.

M - So carbonated that it almost detracts from the beer. It sort of foams up a bit every sip you take. Extremely effervescent. Nice astringency. After a while the effervescence goes down some and the beer becomes more drinkable and less "foaming in the mouth." Nice dryness.

D - Once the extreme carbonation subsides, it is nicely drinkable and quite refreshing.

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