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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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly cloudy, light reddish in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of tart berries in the nose along with notes of sourness from the yeast. Hints of the cabernet sauvignon are also detectable.
T: The overall taste has strong flavors of tart and sour berries as well as oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the sourness and tartness are not overpowering.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by someone at Oakquinox, thanks!

A: Hazed red with a small white head.

S: Fresh and rich raspberry character that's vibrant, very aromatic, and the standout quality of the beer for me. Light musty notes with a little barnyard. Lots of fruit and a little funk.

T: Piquant raspberries with a little sweetness and pie crust melds with oak, barnyard notes, a little wet leather, and mustiness. Lightly tart with a little lactic sourness. Somewhat vinous with a restrained acetic acidity. Finishes dry.

M: Medium in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Tasty and refreshing on a day like this. Nice fruit profile.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/29/11 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Hopleaf in Chicago the night before Dark Lord Day. Bottle #0745, bottles on 12/04/10.

a - Pours a clear dark amber color with a reddish tint, low carbonation evident, and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of oak, cherries, raspberries, light tart, some funk, and fruity malts. A nice combination of light tart dark fruits, light funk, and light oak, where nothing was overpowering and everything about it was enjoyable. Outstanding nose.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, tart raspberries, oak, some funk, and fruity malts. Again, everything is balanced and light, yet refreshing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Was between buying a bottle of this and Madame Rose and while I have still not had Madame Rose, I was very happy with my choice. Overall I thought this was a great, very drinkable sour. It isn't the most funky or sourest wild ale out there, but was refreshing and a beer I felt like I could have drank the whole bottle of. Light sour raspberries and cherries complimented by light funk and oak. Would love to get more of this one.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The first pour of Lolita yields a radiant, clear, cherry red beer. There's a little bit of pink tinged foam crowning the beer, but it fades quickly and without leaving a trace. The second pour would introduce some sediment and cloud the beer up. The nose is very raspberry centric, with a bit of acidity to it. It comes across as a less bold Weyerbacher Riserva. The flavor has a bit more nuance to it, as pure raspberry is smoothed out by some dark fruitiness from the wine barrels. In addition, there's a little bit of funk to take the vinegar edge off the noticeable tartness. I have to say, for a beer that specifically mentions brett but no other critters, it sure is still overpoweringly sour rather than funky. This one finished out just a little too dry for me, either that or it was too highly carbonated. Whatever the cause, that balance was thrown off and resulted in an overly spritzy mouthfeel, especially towards the end of the beer once it had warmed some. Were it not for a pretty great flavor Goose Island gets from the raspberries Lolita aged on, it'd be an entirely average attempt at a wild ale.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is ruby-amber, smallish head with no lacing:

Smell: Light, tart raspberries and some other berry flavors, a bit sweet and candy like

Taste: Slightly sweet and light raspberry taste with a very faint funk and some oak. A bit subdued and not very sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation

Overall: Decent beer but not that impressive or worth seeking out.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.87/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish chestnut color, almost no head on the pour. Looked like some big soapy bubbles that just feel flat.

Very earthy dirt funk that I get from most raspberry wild ales. The raspberries seem to be doing its usual thing it does in wild ales. Reminds of the seeds mixed with rotten raspberries. Acidic and a mild pretzel aroma.

Tart raspberry syrup flavor. Not like an artificial flavor but not very fresh tasting. Flavor just drops off completely after swallowing. A very mild one dimensional bretty finish could be salvaged. This beer is like drinking a funky sour raspberry soda.

It was okay to drink but like all of the Goose Island sours (except for MAYBE Juliet), I would never seek it out or bother trying it again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/4/10 bottling

Pour of a clear raspberry brown , healthy white head of mini bubbles

Smell of raspberry, tart acid and light malt

Tasting not surprisingly of raspberry, light acidity and some mild funk flavors. Extremely smooth and easy drinking. Definitely does not come across as a 7% abv beer. Healthy carbonation and a light body. Second of the three sisters in preference. Madame Rose easily beats this on my scale. Partially wild, but mostly tamed. It is good but I would hesitate at the wild ale categorization in taste but the aroma seems about right.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled the same day as every other bottle and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Poured into my tulip, this brew pours a rusty Autumn orange with a head that vanishes in thin air. Nothing impressive from this bottle.

S: The aroma is heavy in the raspberries and candy sugar. The nose is not funky at all, and the tartness compliments it's sweet aromas.

T: The tartness comes out strong (compared to the nose) in the flavor. The raspberries add a fresh backbone. The finish reveals it's wine barrel aging and finishes like a weak Merlot, but it's evident that this brew should be a little more dynamic than what it is.

MF: Mouthfeel is fine for what this brew is.

Overall, Goose Island might be the king of bourbon barrels, but they're definitely far away from being the kings of wine barrels. I don't see Lolita improving with age, because I do not see any flavor notes that are hidden that will improve over time, but only time will tell.

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Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Tick.

Hazy reddish-amber. The head dissipates quickly, settling to a thin collar. Tons of brettanomyces on the nose, leaving a damp barnyard aroma. There's a juicy raspberry character beneath the funk along with mild acetic notes. The palate is juicy and lightly acetic, heavy on funky brett with a mild but pleasant raspberry note. Finishes with light tannins, lactic sourness. Very dry, but only mildly sour.

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Photo of stimulus
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bottled on 12/4/10.

A: Pours a ruby red with a thin white head that disappears immediately. Also has specks of white particles: perhaps it is yeast.
S: Tart raspberries, funkiness, and some red wine.
T: Tart and acidic fruit, very sour as it hits the tongue. Some sweet vinegar on the finish.
M: Medium carbonation with a light body and crisp finish.
D: Could be a touch less sour and more fruity, a little bit worse in this category than the other two GI sours (Juliet & Madame Rose).

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Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 bottle, drank 2/22/11.

A - Cherry tinted cognac. Low head.

S - Oak, woody, earthy.

T - Dry oak up front with a tang of raspberries in the mid profile. Almost Flemish sour characteristic. Sour cherries just after the mid profile. Carnations and flower stems in the finish.

M - Sour with a carbonated tingle. Very dry finish. Floral back end.

D - Not your every day standard, but interesting. The tartness will slow you down if you're not a fan of sour styles.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More trouble than it was worth to track down, imho. First release was intended as on-premise only, then was leaked to a few highly random retail locations. Odd sporadic distribution = not worth the effort... don't pay much over $15 if you can.

High clarity amber gold, receding ring of foam, initial white cap on the surface. Ascending streams of carbonation visible. Sparse spotty lacing.

Sweet raspberry in the nose, mild wet hay and stables, some vanilla from the oak presence.

Tart and puckering, seedy raspberry, minor authentic fruit-derived sweetness. Very distinct raspberry notes, mildly acetic. Wet oak. Clean and crisp feel, very quenching. A bit simple, could use more Brett complexity and barrel character. As it is, it seems young. The fruit forward character is nice, and the body is light and crisp, though it ultimately seems to be lacking a bit in depth.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby red/amber brown in color with lots of carbonation racing to the top of the glass. Not a lot of head on this one (seems to be a common theme with the 3 sisters). Slightly hazy.

S - Like most american wild ales, lots of brett. funk on this one and the wine barrel aging can be slightly detected. The raspberry aroma is a lot like a raspberry jam/preservative, nice and juicy.

T - Lots of sourness upfront from the yeast, and with the added dryness of the wine barrels make this beer quite tart. The raspberries are subtle and allow other flavors to come through, and they taste quite fresh and juicy. Lots of oak left on the palate in the aftertaste as well as fruit tartness.

M/D - Medium body and very dry. Champagne-like carbonation. Very easy to drink, but hard to drink fast due to how dry it is.

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Photo of antoines15
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: copper colored, orange-red? one finger head, dissipated real quickly.

S: funky! like a watered-down supplication.

T: not as funky as supplication, not as carbonated either. doesn't have that biting, sour aftertaste that i was hoping for. A good intro to wild ales nonetheless.

M: Good, not great. Fizzy at the beginning, not so much at the end.

D: It's not a bad beer but I don't know that I would be inclined to drink more than one.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 22oz Bomber poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a rich blood-orange color. Absolutely head or lacing. Reminds me or a red wine in appreance.

S: The strong aroma of sour fruit. Sour raspberries? Not that I could distinguish if I didn't know that is brewed with raspberries; however, I do get the aroma of berries.

T: Very sour, but not mouth puckering. Sour raspberries do come out in the flavor more than in the notes.

M: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Has the consistency of wine.

D: Oh Yes! Without a doubt!! Whish I could get more of this. :-( So lucky to have though!!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my trusty Loterbol tulip. Many thanks to wilfu for a major hook-up with this one!

Bottled: 12/04/10

A: Pours a deep orange with ruby highlights. 1/2 finger of bubbly/fizzy, off-white foam that quickly disappears down to a thin, creamy ring that leaves no lace in the glass. Relatively hazy with some pretty active carbonation.

S: Initial whiff of vinegar that blends into some tart raspberry, funk, tangy grape, citrus, and finally finishes with a tiny hint of barrel. Picked up a bit of fresh-cut grass from the second pour.

T: Much like above with a further blossoming fresh berry flavor. As it comes closer to room temp, it picks up definite vinous flavors as well as some damp barrel. Nice how fresh, sweet raspberry melds so well with tart berry and grape, citrus, and funk.

M: Starts sweet and then an acidic, vinegar mouthfeel gradually takes on a spicy and peppery note. Oaky astringency during the finish. The finish falls off rather quickly.

D: Fantastic drinkability here. Like Madame Rose, this is a sour that doesn't strip the enamel from your teeth. I can't imagine what a 1/6 barrel of this would cost, but this (and Madame Rose) is something I can could see putting on in my kegerator.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a GI stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a deep crimson color. Produced some white bubbles.

(S)- A nice tart fruit aspect; lots of raspberry and cranberry aromas. Not overly funky, but it does have a nice dry oaky vanilla at the end.

(T)- Exactly like the smell. A nice tart and sour cranberry/raspberry fruits with a twist of dry oak and vanilla.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp and tart with nice fruits. The oak makes this better.

(D)- A good one for sure. Age will open this up more; too bad I cant find out until they actually release this outside of their bar and restaurants.

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Photo of levifunk
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +15.3%
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 -7.1%
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 -11.9%
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 -18.7%
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 -11.9%
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 -1.5%
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 +6.8%
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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