Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

BEER STATS
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#2,147
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
2,180
pDev:
10.22%
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.14/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

looked good but tastes like vinegar and seltzer mixed with sour patch kids. I took a couple of sips, my face puckered and I used the rest to clean my drip coffee maker. awful. If you're selling vinegar in a bottle with a cute "lolita" name on it, don't charge $20/bottle.

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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 355ml bottle into glass. Bottled on date is '04NOV16 1257'.
Cloudy, reddish pale amber colored body. Some white sediment bodies (as mentioned on the label). Fizzy head quickly disappears. No lacing.
Aroma of raspberry, oak, red grape, and funk.
Taste has raspberry jam (but not too sweet), tart red grape and oak tannins, funk (horse blanket, earthy, leather), apple vinegar, and some bitter hops at the end. The natural fruit taste continues as the flavor profile fades away.
Medium mouth feel, with low carbonation.
Beer is tasty, with semi-sweet, tart, and sour aspects all mixing together.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark orange color with light beige head. Aroma is really fruity with raspberry jam and concentrated syrup. Taste is also fruity, not very tart, you can also get the wine barrel notes. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Quite nice fruit notes, not too acidic, easy drinking.

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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Goose Island Beer Co. "Lolita - 2016 Release"
765 ML brown glass bottle, capped and covered with a capsule, "BOTTLED ON: 10DEC15 1415 8.1% ALC/VOL"
$18.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The label reads "Belgian Style Wild Ale" so I wonder what I'm getting into here. It also notes wine barrels and raspberries so it's got to be good. It's poured a clear dark orange that looks kind of reddish in the full glass beneath a finger-thick head of big bubbled then creamy off-white foam. The nose is floral and fruity but mostly funky funky with a metallic sharpness, or acidity, raspy oak, a bit of "horse blanket", wet straw, and mineralish muddy soil. I could probably go on but I'm sure you get the idea. It truly is like a Belgian wild ale. The flavor follows but with more fruitiness, and this time it's clearly raspberry although you might suspect there's some cherry in there as well. It's not as smooth as I'd suspected, there's a kind of roughness to it, most likely from the oak, but neither is it as acidic as I thought it would be so it's smoother in that regard. Hmm, I take that back, it might be the oak, but I think there's also an odd phenolic there. Hmmm. I certainly appreciate the depth of character from the yeast and bacteria though, even if it is a little bit off; it would have been easier to just do a lactic ferment - this is the real deal. Looking back, the head hasn't held well, and there's just a thin floating island in the center of the glass and an average collar. Lacing is minimal with just a few spots and streaks here and there. I guess that's not bad for a sour beer though. Back to the beer itself, it's medium bodied with a gently biting effervescent carbonation. Overall it's a little bit rough, the Belgians are much better at blending, and the fresh oak from the wine barrels is a bit bold, but it remains a special beer nonetheless.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.48/5  rDev +9%
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,180 ratings