Juliet | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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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Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of hawks10
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Matilda wine glass...Batch 1 - Bottled January 2009...

Pours a slightly hazy ruby/orange...pinkish, slightly rosy...one finger of soft-white head with a pink hue, dissipates very quickly. This beer did not experience any gushing or other over-carb issues...

Tart, tangy and acidic in the nose. Sour ripe fruits, nice berry presence and some great wild yeast funkiness...complex and beautiful, one of the better smelling sours I have ever experienced...

Taste follows the nose...nicely tart and sweet, good ripe berry flavor. Slightly funky, nice and woody and dry...Complex like the nose, different tastes emerging as I drink. Finishes dry and kind of spicy...

I like a my sours to be spritzy, this one sure is, but not at all over-carbonated like many others have experienced. Nice and bubbly, light bodied and tingly...refreshing...

Incredible beer from Goose Island. One of my favorite new beers over the last 1.5 years or so...hope none of the other bottles I have are over-carbed like so many say...

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

Just cracked this open and wow. This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had. Poured into my Duvel tulip and was instantly blown away by the pink color of the beer and the enormous amount of amazingly fluffy bubbly head. The aroma has a strong wine odor to it and the flavor is like a nice light but bubbly wine.

Very different and very tasty - definitely something I would drink again.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with Course #8 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner (beef and chanterelle pot pies).
Explodes all over me and the floor, a few other people, making a right mess. Of all the corks we popped and tops flying off, this was the only real squirter. Eventually settled to an absolutely stunning amber with pink head and highlights. simply glorious.
smells of blackberries, funk, spice, and sharp tartness/mild sour. a stunning combination of flavor as these scents mingle through the nose as the liquid strikes the tongue. the blackberries hit first, followed by the sour tartness, a subtle spiciness lingers, and the blackberries come back on to join in the tart. quite excellent.
It rolls around in my mouth, exploring me as I explore her. A very soulful endeavor.
A beautiful pairing with the beef and chanterelle pot pies as sort of a digestif.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.24/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well-chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of a generous trade with boatshoes. Thanks, Fletcher!

A: Upon opening, this bottle explodes all over my desk and computer, and continues to gush profusely. *@&#%!!! I wish I had read the reviews before opening this thing.

Its body, a glowing ruby color, is capped by 2 inches of light pink head off a very gentle pour. Overcarbed? Overcarbed! I'm completely annoyed at having to clean everything up, so points off.

S: Funk, blackberry tartness. I enjoy the brettanomyces character, but it is not particularly complex.

T: Blackberries, raspberries, and some grape are evident on the taste. There is a mild tartness in the mid-taste, and I keep wanting to find lactic sourness in there, but it doesn't exist. Horsey funk comes out near the finish, along with a spicy bite, but neither are particularly strong flavors.

M: Very, very spritzy. The carbonation really hurts this beer, resulting in a watery, soapy feel that obscures the flavors.

D: Pretty underwhelmed by Juliet. It's a nice first (?) attempt, but it doesn't measure up to anything coming out of Russian River or Lost Abbey at the moment. It was nice to try, but in the spectrum of wild ales this is decidely bottom-tier.

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Photo of punkindrublic50
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this (as well a new growler bottle) as a valentines present from the girlfriend - dating someone who is just as into beer as you is great!!

The beer: shockingly pink when first poured, with a large foamy head. I must admit I was disappointed at first as I figured there was no way this was naturally brewed - boy was I wrong. Delicious blackberry/sour flavor on first sip, and its all 100% natural brewed. Blackberry syrup and food coloring this isn't. Taste only improves as the beer progresses: not only does this beer have great flavor, but boy is it smooth. You could drink this all night long, and that's pretty rare in the sweet/sour arena.

I had to track down a second bottle the following week, and was shocked to find it was only $13 dollars. In a world of $35 Cantillon and $25 Russian River, this is a shining star that will be seeing some serious time in my cellar.

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Photo of caresville
2.84/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had a sour tasting the other night with PaulMPap and we cracked open this one first... needless to say it took us longer to figure out a way to try and open this one without it exploding everywhere then it took us to drink it.

a- i was already a little ticked off from pink foam blasting everywhere so this beer is lucky i gave it an average looking appearance review. pinkish overly carbonated beer, with a huge pinkish white never ending foamy soap looking head. obvious lacing and just a pain in the ass to let settle down before being able to drink it.

s- by far the best part of the beer... great sour funk, all kinds of fresh fruits. smells almost like the yellow starburst.

t&m- very dissapointed in the taste. waaay watered down. its like sour cherry/strawberry/apple foamy fizz water with hints of vinegar. at times water actually overpowered the mellow sour taste and just turned this beer into a flavored pale ale almost. not what i expected at all.

d- not very difficult to drink since there isnt much to it, a very mellow and toned down sour for sure. i might have to come back and try this a few months (or years) down the road to see if it has gotten any better with some age on it.

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Photo of abecall98
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been sitting on this.

A - bright pink. Huge huge viscous head foamed out the bottle as I opened. Pours enourmously big white head, but went away quick!

S - light raspberry flavor. Not much aroma going on.

T - sweet, starts with sweet raspberries, hits tart with strawberry esters, and finishes dry.

M - very carbonated, overly so. It's bubbly, and not the most pleasing.

D - this beer is made to be drinkable. It's good, and goes down so easy. Drinkable is this beer, but not much else!

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Photo of Reaper16
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served into a tulip. Thanks, GbVDave!

The bottle was a gusher. After settling down Juliet pours a lovely sort of sun-kissed garnet. There is a small amount of yeast floaties in the body. The head is damn attractive. It is very pink (!) and voluminous and rocky. It does recede pretty quickly.

Assorted berries dominate the nose, principally blackberry. No real tartness, some definite wild yeast funk. It is pleasant, yes, but not complex.

More berry taste on the tongue; a lot of blackberry and some red raspberry. A subtle, balanced sourness spreads across the tongue. It finishes all yeasty like. I wish I could write more about it but the beer is pretty straightforward. Its good but in a disappointing way.

Thankfully the carbonation level is completely on-point. It feels prickly and light in the mouth. This helps the drinkability for sure. The balanced, clean, subtle flavors and straightforwardness of Juliet lead to a very drinkable wild ale.

Juliet is tasty. It just isn't as complex as I thought it was going to be. It is a very nice beer that also happens to be a disappointment in many ways.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Came out foaming like mad, despite letting it chill and sit for quite some time. Amber red, with tones of strawberry and watermelon. Light pink head that recedes quickly.

S - Very tart and sharp cherries, zero funk. Some phenols, but very light.

T - Not nearly as tart as the smell would imply, indeed even a bit sweet. Pretty fruity: cherries and strawberries especially. Maybe even a hint of grapefruit. More tartness comes out as it warms, but never to the level I personally prefer.

M - Too highly carbonated (a la LeBleu), which really detracts from enjoying the flavor profile. Very light.

D - Very glad I tried this, but wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: We have a foamer. As soon as I popped that cap, it fizzed over. This was slightly hazy, colors ranged from a dark golden to reachy amber. It poured with a massively fizzy and chunky head that had hints of pink in it.

s: Bright, tart berries lightly sprinkled with confectioner's sugar leap out of the glass. Moderate earthy funk lurks underneath, gaining strength as this warms.

t: Bit of a disconnect from the smell. There is certainly fruit here, but it isn't the same as whats in the smell. It starts off with a nice clash between sweet and bitingly tart apricot flavors, with hints of berries and green apples. Towards the finish it dries out and gets mustier.

m: Aggressive effervesence help blunt the sour bite somewhat. Just what you look for from this style.

d: I've given up trying to get Jes to share my passion for beer. It just isn't her thing. At least she has good taste on the rare days she is in the mood for a beer. She tends to favor saisons, tripels, and wheat beer. I have to say though, that I'm alarmed and dismayed at the enthusiasm she showed for this and for Consecration recently. I love my wife for being low maintenance, at least I thought she was. Thanks to OHLRangers for helping her affirm her love of beer aged in wine barrels with fruit. Thanks goodness they are so inexpensive and plentiful. Seriously though, thanks for this Ed, we both loved it.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split two ways with boothbeer. Big thanks to booty for picking this up in Chicago. Upon opening, a gusher all the way past the top of the label. Difficult pour into the glasses, but man is this a pretty beer...

A- You get a great sense of the appearance from the foam exploding out of the neck of the bottle. A huge pink to rose colored head with giant bubbles that descend into a thin collar with a volcano-like rise in the middle. The lacing leaves a variety of hues from top to bottom. The "old faithful" opening act probably brought a lot of yeast off the bottom. Very little beading and a good amount of dark sediment. This would benefit a lot from being served in a flute.

S- Acidic grapefruit and blackberries at the outset. This is sharp and clean, but in no way overpowering. After a swirl or two, some oak and wine barrel in the background. Several satisfying layers- but where is the rye? I really expected some, which lead to my initial quest for this beer. Rye aside, this smells very nice.

T- Medium to medium-high amount of acidity. Blackberries, and an outstanding ruby-red grapefruit flavor. No noticeable alcohol, even at close to seven percent. The blackberries border on lambic influenced, but fall short of the sourness. Could use some age to increase the sourness.

M- Very high carbonation, thin bodied, with a dry finish. Almost scrubs the palate clean. Even for an American Wild Ale, I would like more body... or "staying power"? A bit lighter on the carbonation and this would be top notch.

D- Wonderfully drinkable. The initial carbonation is intense on the palate, but only hurts the mouth-feel, not the final drinkability. Great beer, that I have waited too long to try. Worth the wait, but where is the rye??

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Photo of boothbeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with pecorasc. Bottled August 14, 2009.

A: This one was a gusher. Pink foam spewed out of this as we cracked it open. Super carbonated. Pours a dark ruby red grapefruit color. I am amazed at how bright red this is. Tons of light pink head made up of really big airy bubbles.

S: Smells of sour citrus and berries. Hints of the wine barrels its aged in. Also get some cherry smells.

T: Sour berries and grapes up front. Nice amount of sweetness which blends well with the sourness. Not too much funk with this one. I guess you could say this is more tart than sour because of the citrus and sweetness. The aging with blackberries is a nice touch. Really enjoyed this beer.

M: Surprisingly balanced. I thought it would be super carbonated, almost champagne-like, but it isnt. Much smoother than I expected. Dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. At 6.7%, this sour goes down really easily. Next time I am in Chicago I will be picking up more than one bottle.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to hoppymcgee for this one in a recent trade. 22oz bottle, bottled Aug 14, 2009.

A: Orange/pink in color with an incredible soft pink head that continues to billow out of the bottle, this was a gusher when opened. Bubbles are light and quite active in their motion. Even after the first pours, foam continues to rise up in the bottle. Chunks of purple berry sediment float to the top of the remaining head. Fairly cloudy as well.

S: Funk and lemons, smells quite tart, a few notes of blackberries and raspberries. Slightly woody as well. Doesn't have an overwhelming barnyard sweaty horse stink to it, but it is fairly funky. The lemon sourness really stands out.

T: Not the flavor I was expecting at all. Initial flavors of lemon and a slight funkyness gives way to a blackberry preserves flavor way in the back, has a few notes of vanilla as well. The funk is definitely there though and has a distinct soil/dirt profile to it, but not in a bad way. Slightly medicinal as well. Nice flavors but overall a little bit light. Very delicate flavors here.

M: Light and spritzy like seltzer water, fairly lactic, makes my spit very thick, not puckeringly sour, but it works here. Nice.

D: Very easy to drink, its hard to believe this beer is almost 7%, nice flavors, but are a little delicate. This would make for a nice introduction to wild ales, and maybe even beer as a whole for a wine drinker. Nice beer, recommended.

Thanks Greg!

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Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, acquired in a trade quite a few months ago...dont remember who but thanks! served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass

A - massive, billowing puffy cloud of foam taking over the glass. the head has a slight pinkish ruby hue to it, quite interesting. specks of sediment, like wine "rinds" cover the top. the beer is pretty hazy, and a magnificent reddish purple color. very spotty lacing.

S - tartness mostly at first, before some belgian yeast characteristics make their way in. there's definitely some funk creeping in the second half...joined by tart cherries, soapyness, slight oak.

T - somewhat mild compared to the nose. tartness again right off the bat, with a delicate teasing of sourness at the back sides of the tongue. has that clean but slightly spiced kick of a saison. yeast dances around throughout each sip. hints of cherries, blackberries, soap, cinnamon, cloves.

M - bright and lively carbonation comes to life in the mouth. pretty dominating, but very nice and refreshing after sitting and calming after a few minutes. thin and crunchy body. prickly and dryish finish and quite acidic.

D - an interesting one, especially on the eyes and nose. threading that fine line between sour, tart, and funk...going more in one direction might give this beer a better identity. maybe this is slightly past its prime. 22oz is perfect to split.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one sent to me by my girlfriend as part of my birthday package (along with two seasonal Cantillon releases!). Thanks again!

Appearance- This has to be the best looking wild ale I have ever poured. My bottle pours a beautiful hazy raspberry burgundy with an enormous three fingers of sherbety pink head. Furthermore, the head has amazing retention and stays really puffy and large for about two thirds of the drink before dying back to about a quarter finger and sticking around for the rest of the drink. Lovely.

Smell- Surprisingly mild nose. A very mild whiff of lactic tartness along with an assortment of sour mixed berries. Detectable hint of blackberry, along with a little raspberry and maybe even blueberry. Nice but muted.

Taste- Again, rather mild but enjoyable. Starts off with the mixed berries, tilting more towards the blackberries and a little red raspberry. Some very mild funk along with a very mild lactic tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel leans towards the thin and watery side and the carbonation seems surprisingly absent despite the massive head. However, it is decent for the style. The drinkability is pretty good on this one though because of the mild but decently complex taste. A good intro for sours.

Overall, not a mind-blowing American Wild Ale but one of the best looking ones I've ever seen. A decent intro to the style and worth a shot on the whole though.

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Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 600th review and doing it in style. Been wanting to get a bottle of this for quite some time and found this bottle while on a recent trip to Chicago. Pours a dark orange/pink color with an enormous light pink head that fell slowly, but the bubbles were so big that it left virtually no lacing. It couldn't have looked much better on the initial pour. Big berry and tart lemon notes on the nose, light on the barnyard funk, but it's there buried beneath the fruit and the subtle oakiness. Upon first sip, this beer has a wonderful sourness, tart and lemony, mild red wine flavors, then slowly turns dry with a light rasberry-like tartness. The funk and tartness mingles well with the light fruit and is easily quaffable. The only complaint I have with this beer is that nothing really stands out with it. It's very light and very accessible for someone new to the style, but I'm liking it a lot, nonetheless. Carbonation is a little stingy at first, but a few swirls really calms it down and brings out some more fruity aromas. This is a fantastic brew, and I wish I would have picked up two bottles of this instead of the let down that was Allagash Interlude.

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Photo of kels
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

***disclaimer - if you're reading this review and want to trade me a Juliet, please send a BM***

I am not a wild ale drinker. That said, I loved this beer. Thanks so much for sharing at the Holiday Inn tasting unclejedi:)

Pours a nice light cranberry color with hazy shades of apricot throughout. Tons of quick little carbonation bubbles float throughout and feed a well-retained bubbly white skim.

Nice tart sweetness, even smells sticky, bit of yeast and a little light berry essence on the nose.

Feel is like drinking a soda or bubbly wine. Good sweet-tart berry taste, there's a little funk in the aftertaste that has a tinge of that "turned" flavor, definitely citrusy; lots of sugariness in the back that reminds me of rock candy. Feel is incredibly fizzy and light. Super refreshing and tasty.

Drinkability is undeniably high. It is almost not even like drinking beer or alcohol. More like deliciously fizzy juice. An altogether wonderful beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rapberry with a thin beige head.

Nose has tart blackberries, oak, red wine, barnyard funk and fruity malts.

Taste has wild berries, merlot, wood, funky yeast and sour cherries.

Medium body is well carbonated. Nice dry and acidic finish. Tasty stuff, well balanced.

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Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle opened to a surprising overflow... after a run to the sink, Juliet pours a bright red with hints of pink and purple. A gentle pour gives an inch of white/pink head with small purple specks here and there. Settles down and leaves about a 1/4 inch with decent lacing.
S- Lots of fruit... Cherries, raspberries, even a bit of blueberry up front, with some oak, red wine and funk in the back.
T- Not nearly as much going on in the taste as there is in the smell. Taste at first reminds me of a Tomme cheese, then opens up to strawberries, grassy barnyard hay funk provides a slightly sour, almost bitter flavor. An almost unpleasantly odd sour berry/antiseptic bitterness in the finish.
M- Light body, very dry highly carbonated mouthfeel finishes clean and astringent. Carbonation isnt over the top like some wild/sours ive had but compliments the dryness.
D- This beer seems to have everything going on for it but the taste... Hopefully it will get better as I adjust to the sourness. Not sure if I will be able to finish this bottle on my own, but still enjoyable.

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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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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.

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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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Juliet from Goose Island Beer Co.
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