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.

Added by robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle on 17JUN13.
A: Pours a coppery red hue with 1/2 inch bubbly white head that quickly recedes.
S: Tart raspberries, oak wine barrels, and a musty barnyard funk. Lovely.
T: Oh-so-tart raspberries...mouth puckering. Mild sweet malt, oak wine barrels (a definite vinous quality), and a hint of barnyard funk.
M: Light body. Refreshing and tart. Mildly sweet...especially in the finish.
D: A surprisingly good brew. The tart raspberry note is superb. Very sessionable even with an 8.7 ABV.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

765 ml bottle poured into a Goose Island stemmed glass.
8.7% ABV, Bottled on 14JUN13, "develops in the bottle for up to 5 years."

A - An effervescent hiss fills my quiet room as I pour this clear tawny, ruby-highlighted amber beer into the glass. It's noisy head disappears before I can even snap a shot of the beer, oddly revealing what resembles oil-slick patters on top of water. Odd, but expected from the beer's acidic aroma.

S - Quite complex right from the get-go, Lolita is a unique beer with a lot going on. At first, a bushel of fresh raspberries pours out with sly wine barrel characteristics that showcase wet wood, faint red wine, distressed leather, and a slap to the face with a pool noodle. As the beer warms and settles, the funky yeast turns medicinal and ushers you in a doctor's office reeking of sterility and boxes upon boxes of latex gloves. Thinking of getting blood drawn before sipping beer isn't quite comforting but a good swirl returns the previously inviting complexities, however briefly.

T - Powerfully tart raspberry juice is almost reminiscent of dry, tart cranberry juice in it's presence. Abundantly earthy this beer darts in a few different directions at once, skipping from wild barnyard-like yeast to soaked wine barrel staves back to a melange of fruitiness; raspberries being the most potent.

M - Bone dry from front to back, this incessantly tart, borderline sour-finishing beer is light-bodied, crisp with lively champagne-type carbonation. Lolita hides her alcohol very well giving this beer a very nice feel, ongoing burps aside.

O - Goose Island's Lolita paves new ground with an incredibly tart raspberry beer that captures the true nature of the fruit, not employing a sugary paste into the beer, but it's increasingly medicinal notes really, really hurt the good that's encased in this bottle. The wine barrel aging suggests a typical white or Rosé wine though the beer overall brings fourth darker fruits. A courageous experiment into wild yeast implementation though, for the price, I wouldn't purchase this again.
[Sadly, two years later I did and I still feel the same way, really making me regret such a purchase.]

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 2,128 ratings.
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