Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small, quickly-fading clear head. Brew is a pretty clear coppery red. No lacing.

Tart and slightly funky. Slightly sweet; almost smells more like strawberries than raspberries. Brett and berries are both evident.

Flavor follows the nose: slightly tart and acidic, definite notes of berries, and a tiny bit of funk. The Brett might be more significant if you allow this beer to age; right now, it contributes and is present, but everything is fairly well balanced and blended.

Very refreshing and light; lively. Has a lasting residual coating slightly surprising for the lighter feel. The tartness and light funk will have you sipping it more slowly than the feel implies.

This is a good beer, very much worth a try. Somewhere between a fruit lambic and a Brett saison. At about $20 for 750, it's worth a try.

2013 vintage.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 765 ml bottle (bottled June 14, 2013) into a tulip.

A-The pour is uneventful with a short-lived tan head of about one finger dropping immediately to nothing; not even a collar of head remains. The beer is nearly clear with a few streams of carbonation trickling up to the top. The color is a light cranberry.

S-The smell is full of funky, lactic tartness and raspberries. The acidity is high and tends toward lemon juice. I also get a hint of cherry juice as the beer warms. At colder temps (like 50 degrees) I get a whiff of fusel alcohol that gives hints about the 9% ABV, but otherwise, alcohol is pretty well-concealed.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but not as mouth puckering. There is still a healthy dose of funky, fruity tartness, but the lemon juice and carbonic acid from the smell is mostly gone. I taste lots of raspberry, as well as some white grape. The beer is pretty dry.

M-The feel is light to medium body and effervescent with an aggressive carbonation that tickles the roof of my mouth.

O-I enjoyed this beer, but I had perhaps set my expectations a bit too high. The funky, lactic, raspberry flavors are nice, but simple when compared against better, more complex examples of the style. I could have used more oak in the flavor profile and a more robust body to tamp down the high levels of acidity. All in all, it is a good beer but there are better examples.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 765 ml bottle into a duvel glass

A- this beer pours a light pinkish copper type red color with a cloudy hue. it fizzes as ithe small 1" head dissipates.

S- smells of wine barrels , barnyard hay, berries, Belgium

T-tart raspberry ,Belgian barn funk, slight bitterness , and tea

M-pretty light ,slightly carbonated , tart , and well balanced

O- i like the sourness and slight herbal tea flavor combined with Belgian funk in this one ... im not sure i would keep going back to this because of the price ,yet well worth trying!

purchased at total wine in naples, fl for 18.99$ for the 765 ml bottle

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
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