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 DaverCS
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a retaining white head that holds around the glass. On tap at world of beer.

Aroma is of relatively strong funk, baking soda, citric acid, a bit of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. Some shoe leather noted.

Taste is extremely funky. A bunch of leather, beef jerky, lactic acid, citrus peel, and only a bit of a raspberry/ blackberry-like tartness. Very dry.

Overall, the beer is on the more extreme side of a wild ale. Nothing amazing in my opinion and a little too "wild" for my tastes. Still a solid offering. A little hard to drink a full glass of as it it is so relentlessly sour. I see it pairing well with richer dishes, perhaps a French pate. It gets a 81/100.

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

Bottled 12/11/10 ~ Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours almost ruby red, slightly hazy, with a fizzy off white head, quickly faded to nothing. No lace. It is a wild ale, the color is awesome, but once the head dies down it looks a bit odd.

Smell- Strong blackberry and cherry aroma, tart. Earthy, a bit woody. Vanilla and leather.

Taste- Sweet blackberry and a hint of cherry, turning tart throughout the drink. Slightly acidic, slightly puckering. Vanilla and wood show up in the middle. Leather and some mild funk and dryness towards the back end. Finishes dry with lingering fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body/carbonation. A bit sticky, tart on the sides of the tounge.

Overall- Very solid now but this should age exceptionally when the brett will make its self much more pronounced. If it wasn't so expensive I would give it a 5 for drinkability, but I need to factor that in a bit considering its $17 a bottle.

Notes- It seems the '09s tend to be gushers, the '10, at least at this point, thankfully is not.

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Photo of stimulus
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bottled on 12/11/10.

A: Pours a ruby red with a thin dissipating white head.
S: Some fruit followed by the wine barrels, and finally a bit of funkiness.
T: Oh wow, never thought blackberries would work better in a sour than cherries. At serving temp, this beer is a sour, tart, funky, fruity beer. The wine barrels poke their heads through in the background, bringing it all together quite nicely.
M: Like Madame Rose, this is spritzy and refreshing like a typical saison, but with a medium body. The lack of head doesn't show through here at all.
D: This may be a little be too sour and even acidic for some palates, but it is an interesting take on a wild ale.

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

Bottle dated 12/11/2010. Pours a pinkish red with good off-white head. No lacing. Not cloudy, but not entirely clear either.

Aroma isn't that easy to describe--sour funkiness, tart raspberries, some sweet berries. Not overly sour. Very inviting.

Mouth puckering sourness upfront. Unripe fruit skins and a general fruitiness. Middle is less sour and more neutral. Increased sour flavor at the finish. Lingering blackberry tartness.

Medium body, higher carbonation. Fizzy. Clean finish.

Good sourness that isn't so dominate that other flavors can't come through. Great aroma. Flavor seems kind of basic, but has a nice authentic fruit taste.


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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 WankelEngine
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Goose Island chalice
2010 vintage

A: Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy ruby color. No head, no lacing. 4.5/5

S: Smells like barnyard funk and berries. A little bit of tartness to complement a mostly sweet smell. 4/5

T: Funkiness is the first thing I notice. It builds quickly until I can feel my mouth watering. At the same time, luscious blackberry flavor becomes prominent. Very sweet and fruity. Some funky flavors but not very strong. Primarily tart and blackberry. 4.5/5

M: Light-medium bodied with a good amount of effervescent carbonation. 4/5

O: Fantastic. I would say that this beer is better than Lolita. The blackberry flavor really lends itself to the tartness. 4.5/5

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Photo of bmeehan
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer. It poured nicely, a beautiful amber color, but it was so tart it was difficult to drink. I slowed down, thinking that'd make it easier, but it just seemed to get more sour over time. I love sours and goses, but this tasted like neither of those. I don't know how I finished the glass that I had.

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Photo of shleepy
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Good amber color. Virtually no head.

S: Very heavy oak that mixes in with the acidity for an almost gasoline-like or white-out-like smell. I think there may be jam flavors in there, as well.

T: Heavy oak - even tree sap. Not all that sour, actually. Some bitterness (balanced by sourness / oakiness) in the finish. Light berry flavors.

M: Fairly light and very drinkable. Mine wasn't very carbonated.

O: It's well-balanced, other than the overwhelming oakiness, and has "interesting meta-flavors," but lacks subtlety and complexity.

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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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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 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 cjacobsen
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 2009 batch, 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured a light red, grapefruit color. Slightly hazy, almost brownish in the center. Some light sediment with small round seeds.

Smell is fruity with sour notes and grapes.

Really nice on the sourness. Citrus hints topped with wine and grapefruit. Blackberries are quite present and give it a dark sweetness to it.

Its tart, but its not overly sour and doesn't have that sour punch to the mouth.

This is really a nicely blended brew. Its a nicely done sour from GI and I'm glad I stumbled upon this one. It was a pleasant surprise to be able to try this one and I'm glad I didn't end up trading it away as I was originally intending to do.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber/red in color. Subtle off-white head that fades slowly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: tart, red-wine vinegar, peppery, earthy, red fruit.

Taste: red fruit, tart, peppery, vinegar, earthy, black berries, vinous, vanilla, cola, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tart.

Overall: A good sour. The black berries are very prevalent. Fairly complex. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Benjiehorn
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma was great with hints of citrus, blackberry, and sour cherries galore. The beer poured a hazy orange color with just a slight head and good lacing. The flavor was an immediate sour cherry, almost overwhelmingly so. I got a faint hint of the blackberry, wood and spice. My major problem with this beer is that it had no body to it at all. It had the mouthfeel of sherbet mixed with 7up. I like effervescence in my beer, but this tasted like sour punch without the sugar. There's a nice alcohol finish to it and it's pretty well rounded on the finish...I just really wanted more body to it.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a orangish pink. Light carbonation upon initial pour which dissipates into just a subtle amount of bubbles hiding unless you hold the glass closely up to light. I smell barnyard funk, straight brett. There is a dryness exemplified by the wine barrel on the back end. Tastes juicy, with the blackberry fruit bursting at each sip. The Brett character is apparent definitely keeping the sweetness in check. Carbonation is light on the palate, but I think it's just fine for the style. Overall a nice American wild that showcases great fruit character. I loved this and the Lolita I had a few nights back.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 7.31.15)
Consumed: 12.24.15

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish gold with a small, off-white head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S: 4.5 As soon as the bottle was opened, blackberries fill the room. Intense berries are followed closely by floral funk, lemon, and some medicinal, raspberry aromas. Mild oak and vanilla start so show up as the beer warms.

T: 4.25 Flavors start off pleasantly tart with jammy blackberries and berry skins followed by funk and medicinal berry flavors. Some sweetness and oak come through, balancing out the tartness before finishing with mild dryness and more lemon and berries on the aftertaste.

M: 4.25 The body is really nice and silky. A bit more carbonation would really go a long way with this beer.

O: 4.25 Plenty of fruit flavor, good oak quality, nice tartness and funk. It’s also nice how consistent Goose Island is with their sours; Juliet has a lot of similar flavors as Lolita. Overall, this is a really solid blackberry sour.

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

A- Beautiful raspberry colored body, some orange hues in the middle, white head which dies out quickly.

S- Sweet lactose notes, lemon acidic character, lots of sour berries.

T- Really tart but palettable, its decently balanced not crazy sour as some reviewers claim. I find the sourness tamed by the lactose notes im picking up, it calms it and translates into vanilla notes to balance out the tartness.

M- Moderate carbonation, light feel on the palette.

D- Very tasty, i really appreciated the vanilla notes to calm the sour, it made this wild ale really accessible for me.

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

A - Light-pinkish-brown with a lot of visible yeast. There's not much head or lacing.

S - Cranberry, orange, vinegar, and funk.

T - A touch of vinegar and some raspberry are noticeable first, with more sour notes and some orange rind kicking in next and continuing through the end. This isn't overly complex, but it's very tasty.

M - Light, crisp, and well-carbonated.

D - Pretty good. Pretty good.

Note to Goose Island - distribute this to Wisconsin. Please.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in Orval chalice.

Pours a unique grapefruit meat pink and peach. Dark and hazy. Very thin white creamy head with hints of pink against the body color of the beer.

Aroma has a light tartness and what I could be describe as a champaign quality - may be the wood, spice, and berry for this. A very slight touch of funk on the aroma.

Taste - the Pinot Noir comparison on the GI description is bery appropriate. Dark fruit but very light. I suspect this may be bottled with Champaign yest as I pick it up on the aroma and again in the flavor. If so, or in any case, it lends a very dry, crisp finish to the beer.

Obviously a lot going on with this beer - wild, berries, oak, and various yeasts. Full mouthfeel with an enjoyable dry finish that doesn't carries the appropriate flavors (not sweet or too much).

Plenty of random micro bubble lacing from the creamy head.

I'll be interested to see how my remaining three bottles develop over the years. I look forward to less wine/fruit and more wild/funk and sour.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review number 200. Courtesy of Sholland119 for tossing this in our latest trade. Thank you Scott!

I read that this was a gusher...so I had my chouffe n'ice glass ready. Still shortly after the cracking of the cap I was assaulted by pink foam. Caught the majority of it.

Pours a light red with bright highlights when held to the light. after the initial 4 finger head off a gentle pour a nice one finger head that leaves some splotches on the side of the glass. Remaining head stays strong for a good deal of time. Fifteen minutes into drinking it and I still got some head. Looking good.

Smell is slightly musky. a sweet/tart berry cuts through the musky scent like a champ.

Great tartness on first sip as well as a big appearance of the wine barrel in the taste. A decent yeasty quality in the back ends but not to much. Very balanced. I can't get enough of this blackberry it hits in spades as the beer warms.

It might be a touch over carbonated but I really dont seem to mind. leaves a pleasant taste on the palate. Dry and delicious.

I am onto my second pour as I write this so is Juliet drinkable? I would say so.

Great experience with this. Thanks again to Scott. This is going right back onto my wants list.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Juliet 6.7% Wild Ale

A: Deep amber and light ruby notes, almost no carbonation, no lacing, very tame in body not very sticky

S: Huge wild notes, funk vinegar, grape peels, sour blackberries, tart wood finish

T: The fruits are more mellow, but refreshing. I willd rarely give Consecration a run for its money but this is very on point for the style and finish. I ultimately love the oaky and high abv of the Consecration but this is just fantastic. The vinous notes are supported with background sweetness and the tannins are great and add a layer of complexity to it.

M: It is very light in maltiness, thank god, and lets the fruits and wild aspect take charge with the full character. The drying fruit skin notes resonate for just long enough to make you want to reengage. I love that it doesn’t cop out the indistinct sweet/cider route or try to be a gueuze in disguise. This is distinctively sour and the experience is top notch.

D: All. Day. Long. This is a great beer and the abv makes it universally accessible and great to offer anyone. The light character with HUGE taste makes a crazy synergy that makes me want multiple bombers of this. If I had more patience, I would age it further and enjoy the mellowed version but, I do not and it is great as it is.

Narrative: Juliet knew she had something special to her. At first it was just idle whispers when she was younger. As she came of age, she learned to hone in on the narratives and focus in on the voices in her head. She had learned to learn a lot of things from the flowers, especially in the month of June. It was an ethereal talent that really did not give her any special insight to the world, but it was a power her own. “JULEZ? Are you still sitting out in the boysenberry patch?” Her conversation was interrupted abruptly and she had to put the rhododendron on hold. “Yeah mom, hang on.” The flowers really just complained and imparted sour notes into her life, but, somehow being so in sync with the idle problems of the flora made he feel whole. Juliet was a sweet minx, but sour through and through.

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


A: Red with amber and brown notes. Frog skim.

S: Moderate tartness and nair quivering. Apple musk and to a lesser extent, sauce. Alcohol.

T: Some mo sauce, a touch of tomato with the apple to start. Neutrally takes it's time in limbo until a pickled twist. Too much like pickled vegetables, even though it's modest.

M: Pretty forgiving on the tongue, pretty harsh on the esoph. Medium carbonation, light on the prickles.

O: Best colder. I still liked a lot and will get again.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter, no tulips on hand. Bottled 1/26/12.

A - Pours a light red with some purple highlights. Thin white head collapses to a small white ring around the outside of the glass. Has great clarity.

S - A small hint of tartness but not fruity. Also a glimpse of some delicate brett funk that increases with temp. Mellow alcohol is noticeable alongside oak for great complexity.

T - Starts with some spicy rye malt and cherry like sweetness but a wave of crippling tart/acidic body catches me off guard. The little bit of fruitiness hidden, I believe to be from the blackberries. Not very sweet whatsoever. Delicate brett flavor follows the nose with equal nuance. Has a pleasant lingering acidic bite to its finish.

M - Light body, light carbonation. Lingering tartness.

O - Evaluating this beer is tough. I don't know if it should be more of a sour summer/refreshing beer with light brett characters and lighter acidity or bigger and more complex overall. However, There are things I greatly enjoyed: the subtlety of a brett smell, the curveball of huge acidity, the unique color.

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