Goose Island Beer Co.

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Wild Ale
4.15 | pDev: 10.36%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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.
Reviews: 391 | Ratings: 2,224 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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szmnnl99 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mar 24, 2012
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Bottled: 11/12/11

Lolita is a flat out beautiful ruby hued beer with near perfect clarity. The ruby body is of gem quality and glows to no end. The raspberries have really made this beer beautiful. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush up the glass from everywhere and keep the thin crown alive. Lace is patchy here and there.

This beer is just over three years old and I could still smell the raspberries from two feet away when the top was popped. Raspberries burst from the glass, seeds and stems as well, freshly picked. Lactic qualities compliment the fruit, adding faint yogurt notes, while acetic acid brightens it up with some well integrated white vinegar. Good depth and complexity with a nice sweet and sour play.

The flavor profile follows the nose in stride. Raspberries are still big, bright, and bold. They're so fresh and real they have that sweet/sour play which when combined with the bright acidity really pops. The flavor does bring a good dose of woodiness from the barrels and a rich wine note that's a little tannic, astringent. Bueno!

The body is light and effervescent with carbonation that's still bright after these few years. The acidity bites at the inside of the cheeks and leaves some minor heartburn in it's wake if you're not careful, or old. The finish is nice and dry. Well built and highly drinkable.

Lolita is a gem of a beer. This batch is holding up like a champ. The raspberry is still vibrant, the acidity is bright, and the sheer enjoyment is sky high. I have always been a fan of this beer, this is the oldest I've drank and it holds up well.

Dec 26, 2014
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jopezu from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a hazy, rosy/peachy copper with a loose medium head that poofs instantly. nose; white grape/wine, band-aid brett, tart yeast funk, & berry syrup. taste; tart & sour... something... berry-ish. almost no malt or hops detected, just sour ale with hints of raspberry and belgian funk. almost malt vinegar aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. i just can't... definitely interesting to try, but i can't see drinking an entire serving of this - sour enough to be completely palate desensitizing after just a couple sips. even hop bombs remain enjoyable for a beer or 2, but this guy is going to be a drain pour. i'll give it points for being unique and crafty, but this is way outside of my wheelhouse. i tried.

Jun 03, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

Belgian influence of the most artful kind plays out in the wooden vats of Good Island. A raspberry ale introduced to a slew of wild yeast and micro flora produces extreme complexity and dynamic flavor.

Mildly hazed with hues of plumb red and peach sculpt the impressions of fruit even with its appearance. Fizzy head character rises quickly, fueled by high carbonation, but then quickly falls as well. With no real lacing action, I would have preferred better foam character, but the sharp acidity to come would have nothing to do with that.

Tart aromas of fresh and lightly under ripened raspberries fill the nose with slight dominance above complementary notes of wine must, lime-like acidity, vinous white Zinfandel, green apple cider, white grapes, mild sulfur, white wine vinegar, musty sea air, and weathered sawdust. Low in sweetness, there persists a nutty, pithy, and vanilla like scent that reminds me of almond paste.

Stronger raspberry character comes to life in the flavor profile, but not without further complementary flavors of dried cherries, tart (shy of sour) vinous white zin wines, mineral salts and briny yeast that come together like sea water and sea shells. Again, the light sweetness of vanilla and almond seem like a rhythmic dance throughout the must and tartness that power ahead. Low in bitterness, only a mild taste of wood and cheddar create sharpness to complement the low spicy phenols, wood tannin and cinnamon nuances. Old sun dried wood, mild sherry and balsamic notes provide a succulent taste that keeps me coming back with rather rapid succession.

Light bodied due to it's spritzy carbonation, strong acidic, and highly attenuated malt character, but not without a calm velvety powder texture from wood tanning and soft dextrin and seemingly light nutty oils. Sharp in finish, the dryness of wood and alcohol play out in a very refreshing but highly acidic aftertaste.

With so much tart fruitiness and dry sweetness, this beer is ideally suited to win over lovers of all sorts of wines and I find notes of minerally Greek whites, robust Chilean merlots, and simplified white zinfindales sprinkled all over this beer.

Jun 08, 2012
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Dyssolve from Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I took one sip of this and instantly did a backflip into a full kata routine. Then out of nowhere over 150 ninjas stormed my house, so I grabbed the broom (I was in the kitchen see) and broke it in half and, just like Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, I killed everyone of those ninjas with my broken broomstick pieces. I even made Bruce Lee sounds while I did it.

That's how sour this beer is.

Smells malty, looks like carbonated fruit punch. Tastes like

This is not a "smooth" beer. It's not hoppy, and the malt doesn't come as strong as it smells. You can't drink it quickly or gulp it. It must be sipped slowly and you must have plenty of room to move around after each sip (I kept going into "cat stance" from my Shorin Ru days).

Highly recommended.

Dec 09, 2016
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on special at Butler's for $14. Great price. Decent looking beer with a great smell. Had not looked at it and did not realize it was a sour until I caught a whiff. Not as tart as some sours I have had, which I like, but it was wonderful. I enjoyed this beer very much and will certainly be going back to see if I can snag a few more while they are on special.

Had again, a 2013 bottle in Feb. 2016. It was even better than I had remembered. Unreal.

Jun 10, 2014
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dream from Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 Batch

Look: Amber peach with a nice head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell: It smells like that cologne Aramis. No shit. It straight up smells like Aramis.

Taste: Hmm.. it tastes just like Aramis too. Not off putting, as Aramis is not a bad cologne. It's just's the question of do I want to taste it with a hint of raspberries and tartness.

Feel: Refreshing, if I took away the taste. It has an interesting carbonation profile, and I'm suspecting that's because of the Belgian leaning.

Overall: This is part of my Shelf Turd series reviews, dedicated to Lee's Liquor on East Sunset Road in Las Vegas. A legendary shelf turd beer shop which has absolutely no regard for craft beer. I got this beer for $9.99 marked down from $24.99. A shelf turd of 2 years, this beer was as I suspect still very fresh (it had that nice magical mist when you popped the top still). However it just wasn't amazing to me. Oh well, someone else might really enjoy it.

Aug 25, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 16, 2014
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 07, 2013
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tdmccarthy from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

May 03, 2014
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xdefeatsy from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dec 10, 2013
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brewblues82 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

May 19, 2012
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sfr26 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Oct 31, 2013
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Wrex68 from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Sep 06, 2014
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle dated 11/21/11

A - Pours redish brown with very little head that dissapears almost instantly
S - Red wine vinigar, raspberrys. Makes your saliva start to flow immediately!
T- Sweet then tart, then sweet again. Great amount of sour that is still drinkable. Raspberries add a great layer of fruit flavor
M- Smooth with a tiny bubbles helping to drive the taste all over.
O- I really enjoyed this sour. What I want from sour... tart, smooth, drinkable. This will not be my last bottle of Lolita.

Jun 11, 2014
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LAp from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a friend's taster at a sour tasting event. Grainy, belgian, wheat quality. Dry and wine-like. A strong sour. Not enough was sampled to give a true rating (just an impression), so I've given an approximate placeholder rating here.

Aug 02, 2016
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Photekut from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%

May 19, 2013
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samie85 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 2/04/11.

A-Pours a beautiful crimson color with the slightest bit of white head.

S-Raspberries and a bit of dry red wine notes with some leather and slightest hint of tart acidity.

T-Mildly sweet and barely tart raspberry with some more leathery notes with some sherry on the finish.

M-Very well carbonated with a dry and pretty light body.

D-A very easy drinking and thirst quenching beer; not really all that tart or sour, which I was kind of hoping it would be.

Jun 24, 2011
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 22, 2014
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bbadger from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 16, 2012
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boilerwillie from California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Oct 26, 2013
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instinct2 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dec 26, 2013
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handcrafty from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 17, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter tart raspberry flavor. Sourness is slight and not overwhelming. Goes down easy with nice crispness to it. Very good blend of raspberry and light tartness. Definitely will drink again. Delicious!

Dec 27, 2014
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jessiejean from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 15, 2015
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