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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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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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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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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,154 ratings
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