Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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Photo of levifunk
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - ruby red pour. very low carbonation. no head.

s - quite sour. raspberry tartness. oak.

t - not as sour as expected, not as sour as madame rose, but much more dry and vinegar flavor. raspberry flavor isn't strong, but for sure present....mostly in the tartness.

m - compared to madame rose, its pretty dry. while its lower in carbonation in appearance, its got a decent amount in feel.

overall - i think i prefer madame rose in flavor, but this in sour dryness. i think this has potential for being a big sour with age.

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Photo of jthahn
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 12/4/10

A- Beer pours a very clean orange, with little to no head. very light lacing in the glass.

S- Possibly one of the best aromas out there, wild or not. The nose is very reminiscent of supplication. Likely there are some similarities in the type of ale this is based on. Honestly I wouldn't pick out the raspberries on the nose, but there would be no doubt that this beer has some funk.

T- This wild ale really balances the 'wild' and the 'ale' better than most do. typically you end up with a lot of wild and not much ale, but this beer shows it roots as an ale in the taste. Again, i'm not sure i would pick out the raspberries, although they are definitely there. this speaks more to my palate than the beer.

M- I could do with this beer being just a tad thicker on the mouthfeel. the beer has a lot of flavor i feel like a slightly thicker mouthfeel would work with it.

D- Because this beer is a little lighter on the mouth it makes it extremely drinkable. I'm usually taxed after a 375 of supp. or consecration, but drinking a 655 of this is a joy.

This is an outstanding beer and a great addition to Goose Islands already fantastic barrel aged series. G.I. has got their barrel game down.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review! I will celebrate this milestone with a beer!
Oh, wait...

Pours blood orange with an amber tinge and a light veil. When held to the light, you get some very nice ruby highlights. Like a glass of champagne, the pour creates a very brief effervescent head that instantly settles to a few surface bubbles.

Your nose will want to linger over this one: fresh raspberry, lemon tart and soda cracker overlay some lighter smells of oak and white wine. Nothing too powerful, but subtly complex.

The taste translates most of those smells to your palate. Sweet raspberry blends into some initial tartness and white wine grapes. There's a little bit of funk and oak, but not enough to add the next layer of complexity that bolster the standouts in this style. The tartness and light funky bitterness are abruptly cut off by a clean, crisp finish. Although the crispness is refreshing, I feel like the flavors evaporate just as they are getting going. I'm not looking for a boost in the strength of the flavors; it's more of a duration issue.

Lolita is initially flavorful but unobtrusive, which will make it a very nice pairing with just about any kind of fish. Its compatibility with food may be the reason that Goose Island decided that it would limit distribution to restaurants. It's a shame because I believe that -- like its "sister" Juliet -- some age could open this beer up and bring it to the next level.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Whilst out to bear witness to an '80s extravaganza, what better beer to order than a wild that made it only to precious few stores in the area? It pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a minor bit of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light raspberry, cranberry, cobwebs, Brett, peaches, red apple, and sour cherry. The taste holds notes of tart orange, cobwebs, Brett, light caramel, light cream cheese, lime, and grapefruit zest. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty good wild, but nothing really outstanding here by any means. To me, it's too much like an odd, tart wine to allow thorough enjoyment.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a single layer of big white bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, dark, midnight red. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Nose is pungent sour raspberries, cherries, oak, and Brett. Sweet and simple overall but aromatic and very enticing.

T: Opens slightly spicy and sweet. Brett in the background that is overshadowed by slight yeasty bitterness and sweet cherry. Middle is more red fruit with a mellow, creeping Farnese that never quite gets there. Finish is cobweb and yeast. Aftertaste is sweet red fruit puree.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lively in the mouth and abrasive going down. Finishes dirty with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: The appearance and smell of this beer leads me to believe that this one's gonna be amazing... But the taste never quite gets there. Not really tight, funky, or oaky. I would definitely like to revisit this one somewhere down the line, but as is, I'll pass for now.

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Photo of brystmar
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to tulip glass.

A: red with minimal white head, poor retention. Fits the style, but I'd love to see more foam.

S: sour raspberries, sweet fruit, yeast.

T: same as the nose, but not as intense. Ripe raspberries. Sour for sure, but only mildly so. Finishes almost bitter and not nearly as pleasant.

M-D: body and carbonation both fit the brew well. Drinks easily and enjoyably. A solid offering.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Translucent, halfway between amber and bright ruby red. Tiny head, no lacing.

S - tons of raspberry, a hint of funk

T - about the same. predictably tart, but not overly so. the berry flavor not at all syrupy (like lesser lambics -- Lindemans, etc) or artificial tasting. not super complex either, but very nice presentation of what it is.

M - medium bodied, but nicely sticky, especially for a 7% beer. finish is super dry. a little more carbonation might be nice, but works fine as-is.

D - solid, no big flaws, interesting take on style.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I shared with zimmerbloke and mtunell...

Served in a New Belgium Globe

A reddish orangey color. Minimal head. Very little lacing.

Smells huge of raspberries. Some nice tartness shines through...

Taste is huge raspberries. Very sweet, good tartness. Really sweet, but not cloying.

Feels a tad undercarbonated, but very solid otherwise. Medium full body.

This is another beer I look forward to trying with some age. The beer right now is young... With some time, I see this really becoming great.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$16.99 (!) for the bomber @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. "Bottled 12/4/10" on the label.
So this is young and fresh and the label is telling me it "Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years" Wish I could wait, but that aint gonna happen...

Pours red/ruby hued, clear, the head is exceedingly quick to vanish, no lacing left on the glass.

Fruity nose, berries come to mind.

Moderatly tart, plenty of raspberry, minimal funk, perhaps that will develop with age, I'll likely never know. Some subtle woody flourishes.

Brightly flavorful, fresh and fruity. Refreshing and cleansing of the palate. I like beer like this. This one is a bit sedate, a bit underwhelming, especially for the price. But still interesting and enjoyable, went great with some creamy cheese and toasted nuts.

A nice splurge, especially for those who enjoy the style.

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Photo of hawks10
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - Bottled December 4th, 2010 - Had at Paddy Long's with my girlfriend, for our 5-yr anniversary - Poured into two Goose Island wine glasses...

Pours a beautiful, glowing ruby red, maybe it was the dark lighting and the candle on the table behind the glass, but this beer was bright red, almost neon, and looked beautiful sitting in the Goose Island stemware. Only a thin cap of sparse white head formed, leaving some haze on top for most of the drink...

Fresh raspberries, not sweetened raspberry syrup, but pure fresh raspberries fill the nose. Fragrant, but not overly sweet. Slightly tart and very dry. Oak and brett spice take over after a few whiffs, the brett is very apparent, quite musty and funky with a strong oak finish. Very, very good...

Raspberries provide a good deal of fruit sweetness, while being slightly tart and biting. The raspberry flavor does fall out rather quickly, giving way to the brett, which is very strong in this beer. The beer becomes very musty and dry in the finish, with oak and a bit of spice. The barrel is very apparent in the taste, as is the brett. Definitely can taste the Matilda components in this beer, but the subtle oak additions and the fruity and tart raspberries take this beer way past what Matilda could ever hope to be. I would have liked the raspberries to pack a little more punch, maybe be slightly more tart, but still, this is a fantastic beer. I can't wait to try another batch if they decide to remake it and try to improve upon it...

Light to medium bodied. Fairly high carbonation makes this beer feel pretty light. Finish is dry but a bit too abrupt, oak and dryness lingers. Would have liked the fruit component to play a bigger role in the finish...

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this beer. I am, admittedly, a Goose Island fanboy, but this was a solid beer either way. The fact that it is $26 and [mostly] in restaurants only means I probably won't be trying it again anytime soon, which is shame...

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from the Bristol.

A - A pinkish/red beer with a little bit of head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Raspberries are pretty on point, smells like true raspberries, very deep aroma. Fairly sweet and a little bit tart, with a decent amount of funk in the nose. Little bit of wood.

T - Acetic, tart, little bit of funk, deep raspberries that don't quite get rich in flavor and leave you wanting just a little bit. Slight funk and barrel, just finishes a little bit empty for me. Good, but not great, flavor not quite full enough.

M - Fairly light, slight carbonation bite.

D - Pretty easy to drink, this is a good beer, but not great, and was not quite as good as what I was hoping for.

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Photo of TriGuy20
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My quest to try all three 2010 sisters (Juliet, Madame Rose and Lolita) ends with this beer. Poured into Goose Island Tulip, 2010 vintage with bottled on date 12/4/2010.

A: Bright red with only a touch of head and a little lace clings to the side as the glass is tilted.

S: Sweet raspberry/ Vanilla/ Violet/ Oak/ Apple cider-brett funk

T: Upfront the sweet raspberry that is displayed on the nose comes through nicely; this is quickly followed by bitter raspberry and a nice apple cider taste with a little brett funk.

MF: Not as creamy as Juliet, this beer is more crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Like the other sisters this beer is quite drinkable. Everything is balanced nicely.

Great brew! This is a very primary beer; it lacks the complexity of some Wild ales but beautifully displays its fruit characteristics. Perhaps with age the secondary characteristics will come out more, however, like the Juliet I would be afraid that the beautiful display of fruit would fade robbing the beer of its best quality. Well-done Goose Island! It was a treat seeking these beers out. I look forward to the 2011 versions.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends at Bristol, poured into a GI glass...According to the bottle this beer has raspberries added then aged in wine barrels....Looks like a cherry 7-up, a light tan head, not much carbonation on this unless you really swirl the glass...Light aroma that displays raspberries in a very true state. Fresh squeezed raspberry juice, a little sweet and tart, but not overly sweet or any sugar added to give it a candyish character or make it a "true" fruit beer. The sweet component is done right but not tart enough for my liking. Slight oak finish gives some more diversity...The taste starts off pretty nice, the raspberries present more like blackberries to me though, I believe that is the wine barrel influence. For being in wine barrels its not very vinous, and the finish sucks; three quarters of the way through it loses all flavor and finishes with basically nothing. Besides the bad finish the feel is pretty good and displays the wine barrels as its very tannic with grape skins.

I liked this better than Juliet, maybe tied with Madame Rose. Nothing special by any means. Being only in expensive restaurants at $29 a bottle I just can't recommend this despite the above average rating.

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Photo of thetomG
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ the Goose Island Belgian Fest

Very tart & sourish aroma. VERY bubbly and nicely carbonated - leaves some spotty lacing around the glass. Reddish purple hue - this is a fantastic looking beer.

Flavor is an awesome blend of several intense flavors - the tart raspberry really comes through with the wild brett yeast making its presence felt as well. Very tasty.

Interesting beer and something I'm looking forward to trying again, but not sure how much you could drink in one sitting. Nevertheless, this is one to seek out once they bottle it later this year - delicious!

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Photo of robbyc1
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Described as follows during October Beer Academy: "..Matilda aged in cabernet? wine barrels with wild yeast (brett) and Raspberries."

Appears hazy gold with no head, very fizzy.

Nose is best part, malty backbone with fruity notes, hint of the raspberry, faint wood notes. Smells tart yet balanced.

The taste is acidic off the top, then sour notes, yeasty belgianess with the hint of raspberry. You can perceive the Matilda behind this and it's gone beyond although I think I like the straight Matilda flavor better.

Fizzy, decent body, fine for the style. Not an easy drinker, complex brew that is good not great.

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