Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Wild Ale
4.11 | pDev: 10.46%
Sep 19, 2022
Oct 29, 2009
Notes: Belgian-style ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Each barrel receives 50+ pounds of fresh raspberries. Spontaneous secondary fermentation in the barrels. Aged 8 months or more.
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle at Bottom Lounge

Well damn, I just can’t get away from Goose Island on this trip to Chicago. I started my Chicago beer adventure at GI, and I’ve had plenty of their stuff during/after the shows. I’m ending off Riot Fest with a Jeff Rosenstock aftershow here at Bottom Lounge and this long time want was calling my name. Let’s see if it was worth the wait

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a finger of off white head that very quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves no lacing

It’s definitely fruity tart in the nose, but there’s a nice funk to it too. I’m picking up on aromas of red wine vinegar, tart raspberry, rose, crabapple, bready malt, black cherry, and sharp oak

It’s a bit sweeter in taste, but there’s still nice levels of funk and fruit. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tart raspberry, black cherry, honey, lemon juice, tannic red wine, light oak, and bready malt. The swallow brings notes of tannic red wine, black cherry, tart raspberry, brown sugar, wet hay, light leather, bready malt, and lemon zest

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp beer. Finishes mostly dry with a bit of funk

Well, it’s nothing amazing like I may have dreamed it to be 4 years ago, but I’m happy to finally cross it off my list
Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2013 750 ml. bottle on sale 60% off. Seems like a good bet.

I waited until our Spring temperatures were in the nineties and I could enjoy a sour fruit wild ale.

Freeing the cap, there was a small crust of sediment on the underside. The beer is a translucent hazy brownish raspberry with one finger's fine white head, full surface cap and spotty lacing.
As soon as I removed the cap I smelled a strong raspberry aroma. After pouring I also smelled light bandaid, Brett funk, strawberries, and stone fruits.
Tastes are tart raspberry, red wine, strawberries, light lemon, wood, barnyard.
Good lasting carbonation. Sour, but not overpowering. Dry finish.

No evidence of oxidation or other symptoms of age. Very pleasant drinking and a good buy.
Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by edthehead from New York

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review 1622
Goose Island
Date: 20 August 2015
I found this in a vintage beer shop in Oregon a few months back. The beer is 46 degrees, and I used a tulip glass. The pour created a one-finger light tan/off-white head with terrible retention. No lacing was left on the glass after the quick dissipation. . The color is a cross between red and orange, but not. Lots of carbonation is visible through this clear beer. The appearance is not much to adore.
The aromas I detect are tart raspberries, funky barnyard, a touch of horse blanket, earthiness, toasted bread crust, a hint of floral, and some oakiness.
I taste tart raspberries, oak, floral, fruity esters, funky barnyard, straw, green herbal, earthiness, and toasted bread crust.
The mouthfeel is tart, acidic, and dry.
The body of the beer is light, has high carbonation, and has a lingering finish.
This beer is fantastic. Excellent bright and tarty flavors. I enjoyed this beer.
Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by jdurey from Korea (South)

Jul 21, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jul 19, 2021
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Reviewed by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Effervescent yellow gives way to a vennacular sparkling peach, red roses to the surface. Pungent, over-ripe, raspberry occupies the nose. The tongue comes in low and light, turns sour, tart, completely falls off the back, and becomes a mist of perfume. In a word, Entertaining.
Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by bainz from England

Oct 30, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Sep 17, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

2.86/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25
2015 bottling

Look: Very hazy amber with a lot of bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass. A tiny ring of off-white head with no retention.

Smell: The distinctive, strong sour and barnyard funk scent of brett. Raspberry smell is very tart with little hint of sweetness.

Taste: Very sour, but with a medicinal bitterness underneath. Frankly rather unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very highly carbonated.

Overall: It's hard to tell if this bottle has gone off or if this is merely how it tastes; other wild ales I've had have tasted similar.
Jul 31, 2020
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Reviewed by EricBnSC from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not bad for a 5 year old wild ale. The aroma is very fruit forward with tart raspberries and a hint of of the muskiness of cabernet wine. It finishes much like a dry wine but with hints of raspberry and hoppiness reminiscent of an IPA combined with a gose. Overall, it's great if you want to try something out of the ordinary and you have a fondness for dry red wine. Not a must try but worth a visit.
Jun 30, 2020
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled August 2015 almost 5 years young now this has held up amazingly well. 1/2 price sale at the coolest local beer store imaginable, I have got some incredible buys here, including tonight's 1/2 price 2018 version CBS, which I remember being much more coffee forward (and preferable) than 2019's way sweet maple forward.

Look is absolutely gorgeous raspberry color, couldn't be any prettier. Aroma and taste is fresh, fruit, wild, wood, tart, funk, sour, raspberry all day. Finishes very dry, maybe just a tad off very woodsy due to being 5 years old. Doesn't really detract, at all, from an wonderful, funky, sour, treat. Amazing beer, GI should make it again, not that they've done anything right, lately.
Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jun 07, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by gshak from Texas

Jun 06, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Broke this open for Easter.

Pours a beautiful bright reddish amber with an effervescent initial head and little lacing. Fragrant raspberry and strawberry smell and distinctive taste. Nice dry finish. Excellent with pre-dinner cheese and crackers.
Apr 12, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a wine-bottle style bomber (765 ounces?) into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed raspberry brown pour with a finger of fizzy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Tart fruit and funk. Raspberry, jam, and oak.

T.F: Tart up front but not a strong pucker. Enough to get the salivary glands involved. Raspberry and fruit... funky and acidic. A bit of red wine/oak/tannins, but more raspberry and jam. Light lemon citrus. There's the sensation of residual sweetness that never really materializes. Medium to light bodied... zesty carbonation. Raspberry at the finish.

O: A well executed Wile Ale. Great complexity and flavor, even if I'm not picking up all of the wine barrel I was expecting. Definitely a treat.
Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by YeastEnthusiast from New Jersey

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 3.43 by stephenlee93 from England

Jan 07, 2020
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Reviewed by TinFang from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
765 ml bottle purchased from a local market on sale at $16 each. Bottled 20 May 2015 7.8 abv indicated. Poured into a large tulip. Lolita has quite the bite. The wild yeast has consumed anything that’s remotely like sugar at this point, the result is an ale that’s as sour as it can get without being vinegar.

Look: clear rosé amber, transitory white head.
Smell: vinegar and crisp apples
Taste: tart funk of incredible strength and nuance. I seriously wondered if I could finish the glass as the experience was so intense. Small sips were quite rewarding - raspberry flavor as if you were eating just the very skin of the fruit, red wine tannin, a hint of oak and a megaton of unrestrained yeast activity. The funk has a broad feel across the tounge and probably provokes a physical reaction to the acidity and easily has more dimensions to it than any other sour I’ve had. Whatever sweetness remains is a ghost.
Feel: rather like champagne with less sparkle.
Overall: rewarding but you have to really appreciate sours.
Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Noelito76 from New York

Dec 07, 2019
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Rated by Devoided

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Currently available on tap at the Roadside in Blaine MN...I am confused, they found a keg some place? $10.99 for 10oz glass.
Sep 25, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by robebo44 from Virginia

Jun 27, 2019
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750 ml 2015 bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Nose is of funky yeast, caramel malt, wood, vinegar , nail polish and red fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is very sour, funky yeast, red fruit, caramel, vinegar. Finish is long and sour. Too sour for me.
Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on Nov 4th 2016, opened May 24th 2019:

Looks golden but where light shines through the glass most there appears faint cherry red. Minimal if any head with an interesting nose that promises tart and funk.

Tha funk, the tartness, the tease of a cherry sweetness on the finish, insanely interesting beer that gets better and better as you drink it. This is a truly a work of art that keeps you engaged the entire time you drink and marvel at it.
May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 6/20/13; drank 3/7/15 @ the Palace.

Murky strawberry appearance.

Small khaki head; no lace.

A mixture of tart & sweet cherry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

A delightful mix of tart & sweet cherry flavors up front; a mildly carbonated bite on the finish.

A top-tier fruit beer.
May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Proteus93 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2016 edition, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber with hints of pink/red, topped with a bubbly white head--about a finger tall and quick to dissipate.

S + T: The tartness is apparent in the nose--a sour fruit scent. A touch of woodiness and a balanced scent of raspberry. The flavor is similar, with an additional touch of green apple tartness.

M: Medium bodied, shimmering carbonation, though the highlight is the dryness.

O: A pleasant evening sipper--I was fortunate enough to find three bottles at a local Weis grocery store, sitting among some clearance items and marked incorrectly, so the assistant manager offered a bargain of selling all three for $7.99 per bottle, marked down from the previous $18.99 price tag. I suppose that made for a more pleasant experience. I struggle with the justification of such cost on many beers, though it is certainly an enjoyable drink.
Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
2015 vintage 765 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Look - Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a short white head and a decent amount of bubble streams. Looks pretty decent in the glass.

Smell - Light and dainty. Sweet fruits with a tangy acidic bite. Welcoming and interesting without being overbearing.

Taste - Starts out sweet and pretty, but very quickly turns into a very aggressive full-body pucker machine. This is one sour beer. I wish the sweet stayed around a bit longer or the sour wasn't so extreme, a bit of balance wouldn't hurt, but it's pretty good all said and done. All this changed on the second glass. The bottom of the bottle was much more mellow and balanced, and overall it was much more enjoyable.

Feel - The body is a fine medium, a bit of chewiness to it, but the carbonation could be more lively. It's a little too still for how sour it is.

Overall - I simultaneously like and dislike this beer. It's both subdued and bombastic. The sourness is not to be understated, but at the same time, it exudes a certain level of class. Maybe it's the fancy bottle or the high price tag throwing me off, but I can't help but be drawn to this beer.
Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 4 Feb 2016 so there’s about 3 years of bottle age.

The slightly hazy reddish tinged dark amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a thin loosely bubbled white head that soon recedes to a thin irregular island of foam and a thick ring around the glass before it disappears entirely leaving while leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass. At first, sipping creates a few scattered bits of lacing that quickly slide back down to the liquid but eventually there’s no foam at all.

The aromas include a hint of acidity/tartness, lots of raspberry and some red wine grapes against a background of some earthy, leathery funk and a bit of oak.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include raspberry, red grapes, with some light, almost vinegary tartness with the earthy, leathery funky character in the background. There’s also a bit of oak and what may be a very light bit of bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly smooth with the light finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the flavors begin to fade into a fairly long dry ending that remains tinged with fruit, light tartness and what seems to be a bit of bitterness remains as the other flavors all gradually disappear in the back of the palate.

The beer has a tasty balance with both some fruity light tartness and some light sweetness. The tartness is well controlled and does not overpower the other flavors so that the berry flavor, the red wine grapes and the sweetness come through as well as do some musty barnyard funk and some oak. An enjoyable drinkable beer worth trying and having more than if you find it and have to buy a 4 pack, especially if you are able to age some of the bottles. I'd say that so far aging has done it no harm for my tastes it may be even more enjoyable than if I'd found a fresh bottle.
Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by godawgs from Louisiana

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Burnt orange in color, a hard pour generated a modest head that disappeared in the blink of an eye. Flowery aroma, honey, oak, sweet funk. Perfect balance of sweet & sour & a touch of salty, tart but not sour at all. Great flavor: plenty of oak & wine, mild funk, lactose & a blast of raspberries at the finish. It’s 9% is well hidden. Medium body with plenty’s of carbonation, it certainly wasn’t wasted on a head. One of the best sours I’ve tried.
Feb 24, 2019
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Rated by gobrewsome from Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Certainly a nice sour
Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Jan 30, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by mcthfg from Korea (South)

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by matcris from Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
LOOKS: Amber to a red murky hue, with a small foam cap that dissipates quickly.
AROMA: Bright. Lots of white wine/grape, woody notes, and definitely picking up lots of raspberries.
TASTE: Ditto. Nice!
FEEL: Full carbonation, dry, and medium full body.
OA: Very tasty. I'd pick up more.
Dec 21, 2018
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Slightly dark rose color with light and filmy head. Aroma is big on raspberries and light on malt. Taste is sweet from the raspberries and the souriness is well.matched, as the balance is done quite well. Mouth feel is tingly with the feel.of tart berries and finishes with a good sweet feel, but too sweet
Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 5 by tfsimpkins from Florida

Oct 28, 2018
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