Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 zachary80
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottled 11/12/11, #1507

Pours with the slightest bubbly white head which dissipates rapidly. Tons of little bubbles streaming up through the auburn body. Ruby highlights.

Aroma is good. Leather, funk, a little hay character. Raspberries mingle with the wild yeast influence.

Flavor is a bit of let down, everything seems muted. Picking up a little tannin character. Raspberry is subtle, accompanied by a mild breadiness. Most of the flavor leaves the palate immediately, with an astringent and funky lingering flavor that is neither good nor bad.

Mouthfeel is overly thin and carbonated, even for a wild ale. Very dry. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, but begins to show itself as the beer warms up.

Overall this could use a bit more of everything. Raspberries are weak. Belgian yeast character is lacking. Could use a bit of sweetness to back everything up, or some more malt influence. I'll lay one down for a while but I do not have much faith in this beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Lolita (2011)

I was able to acquire a rather fresh bottle (11/12/2011) of this Belgian style ale that is brewed with raspberries and subsequently aged in oak wine barrels. It pours a nice amber color, quite clear, with hints of honey and garnet that appear when held to the light. A an off white bubbly head does appear on top of the glass, but only for a few brief moments before completely dissipating leaving no evidence it once existed. The nose is faint and weak, but raspberries are the biggest player, faint oak and some yeasty funk also come to life. The flavor is a much more robust than the nose, but still a bit thin, nice jam like raspberry notes, sweet and earthy oak flavors spring forward that also bring with it, some of the residual wine flavors from the aging, a bit of funkiness with light vinegar round out a very pleasant palate, but not necessarily complex. The body is actually quite nice, bigger than some of the other Goose Island sours, but still amply carbonated, which plays very nicely with the raspberry flavors, adding a wonderful prickliness.

Verdict: Very pleasant sour beer from Goose Island. I've yet to have a truly great sour from them, but they are definitely on the right track with Lolita.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip.

A. Poured 1 finger of fizzy head that disappeared very quickly. Very little retention. Very little lacing. Appears well carbonated. Color is ruby red.

S. First smell is fruit. Then sour. Cherries, raspberries. Smells a little bit like flowers. Get some tart fruit sourness. A little bit of yeasty aroma comes out as well. Smells very refreshing. A delicate aroma.

T. Taste is also very delicate. Nice raspberry flavor balanced against some tartness. Very interesting fruit flavor. Pretty refreshing and clean flavor profile. Not a lot of complexity, but nice fruit flavors without being overpowering. I prefer just a touch of sour in any beer, and I think this delivers perfectly on that. A faint amount of barrel aging comes out way back on the tongue, that delivers some woody oak.

M. Medium/high carbonation. Pretty clean finish, just a touch of sweetness and tartness. Medium bodied.

O. Very unique beer. Definitely has some wine like qualities, and shows how versatile that beer can be. Makes use of nice fruit flavors without being over your face or syrup like. Hides 9% very well. This is a beer that reminds you that craft beer is an art form. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing! Thanks Chris!

reviewed from notes taken on 2/24/12.

bottle dated 11/12/11.

Appearance: light amber /orange bodied beer with a thin white cap of head that dissapates to no head.

Smell: Vinegar and funk. Little bit of fruitiness from raspberries, oak and hay.

Taste: mild to moderate sour that mixes with faint yet tart raspberries. Little bit of oak is noted midpalate. The beer finishes with a lingering cereal note and some more raspberry.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with lively / moderate carbonation. Super drinkable and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Goose Island makes another really nice beer. Its delicate and balanced sour beer with nice complexity.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. 7% ABV. Pours almost clear, reddish amber color with a hint of pink. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is immediately musty with a bit of gym socks, followed by tart raspberries. Lots of raspberries with a bit of red wine vinegar. Taste is immediately sweet raspberries. Takes a bit for the tartness to kick in. Some oak flavors with tart raspberries and red wine. A little bit of brett flavor with grapefruit. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and VERY fizzy. Tart, but not puckering. Drinkability is high, as it is a refreshing and tasty beer. Overall, this is a good beer, but probably the least complex and least favorite of the "Three Sisters" of Goose Island.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a slightly hazy pinkish red hue with only the slightest whhite head.

Smells of fresh rasperries, vinegar, and brown sugar.

Good tannic qualities to the taste, fresh raspberries, tart, but not too tart.

Thin bodied with prickly carbonation. My mouth puckers.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's not as good as the price point suggests, though. At least they got it to 9%.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2010. Not sure how well this is going to go??!?!! A good hiss off the cap pull.

Barely any head made, crystal clear a gorgeous red/orange hinting into cinnamon red. Some rising carbonation but not much. Head never really forms, but not too matter, a faint caramel presence makes its mark.

Nose is mild heat. Hints at cinnamon, solid and basic, but real good.

Taste sort of seems to take a back seat. Slightly watery feel, nose hints and flavors to come seem quite subdued on the palate. It's all tuned down and mellowed, that it comes off actually downplayed with not much to say. It's mostly just wild mellowed yeast.

Overall, I am thinking this didn't really age that well, perhaps I missed it at its prime. That's the impression I got, but somehow I can still enjoy this great looking beer.

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied Rose pink in color with a lot of carbonation and a quickly dissipating off white head. The nose features a touch of sweet raspberry before becoming very dry and offering aromas of oak aging and Brett. It’s very Belgian on the nose. It’s nice and features more berry as it warms. The flavors too begin with soft fresh raspberry sweetness before becoming very dry and tart. I get a good amount of Brett. It has nice flavor and no aspect is over the top. It drinks very light in body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall this is a nice, drinkable sour with intriguing flavors. If this was cheaper it would be far more appealing but I don’t think I’d buy much of this at 18.99. Nice beer though. Hopefully the other two sisters are available here soon.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/12/11, Bottle 1310
Poured into a red wine glass.

A- Pours a nice light purple/pink with a thin 1 finger dirty pink head. No lacing.

S- Amazing smell! Nice amount of raspberries and vinegar, with some barnyard funk as well.

T- Raspberries aren't as prominent in the taste as the nose. Vinegar is there with again some funkiness.

M- Medium body with high carbonation. Leaves a tingly feeling in the mouth but doesn't froth up at all.

O- Great american wild ale. Would have liked the fruit to be as forward in the taste as the nose, but that's just me.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lolita | 650 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Goose Island Beer Co.
Style: American Wild Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Beautiful russet hue, with little to no head.

Oh, this unmistakably smells like sour berries (the rasp variety) and a bit of red wine.

Sour, almost vinegary, but with a lush raspberry back group and hints of the wine barrel.

Fizzy and thin, like Sprite.

I appreciate that it straddles the line between sweet and sour.

Would I get it again?:
Not my favorite style, but a good beer. I guess that's a maybe.

Bottled: December 4, 2010
Served: February 19, 2012

Price = $15.95 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, number 1539 bottled on 11/12/11, poured into a Cantillon tulip-sorta glass.

A- Pours a clear, dark pink color. Topped with a finger of fizzy white head that bubbles down quickly.

S- Acetic tartness, oak, mild raspberry fruitiness.

T- More acetic sourness, which is nicely puckering, some raspberry fruitiness, which avoids any kind of syrupy or sweet flavors, and some oak and yeast funk.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, very dry finish.

O- A really nice, tasty beer. Very simple, tasty and surprisingly refreshing for 9%. Definitely a beer to try.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

A: Dirty, sexy pink in color. A standard pour yields a one finger white head that fades quickly.

S: Ripe red fruit and a touch of mild funk.

T: Funky fruit, a bit of sticky tannin and wood. The wine quality here becomes much more pronounced as it warms.

M: Dense for a Wild Ale, yet it's got a lively carbonation that helps add complexity to the beer.

O: Nice little beer, this Lolita. I don't know if I'd pay $16ish again for another bottle, but I won't be turning it down if offered at another tasting. Recommended as an entry level AWA, and for those looking for a little nuance with their funk.

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Photo of Shagtastic
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my chimay goblet

A: I love the ruby color and and bonus points for a slick looking bottle.

S: Sour notes are pretty large up front but recede quickly giving off a fruity nose.

T: While not overly sour this one is really well balanced. The sweetness matches up well with the tartness.

M: Not too overly carbonated but holds well as it starts to warm up

Overall: While I enjoyed this beer it is not my favorite. For 17.99 it would be hard for me to pick up this beer again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into Great Lakes snifter.

A: appearance is a nice deep ruby red, crystal clear, minimal head, some micro bubbles around the edges, this brew leaves legs on the glass as it is swirled

S: brett up front on the nose, slightly musty funk plays with some oak character, dried fruits come through, almost zero perceived sweetness on the aroma, all tartness from the raspberries

T: the slightest amount of raspberry sweetness sneaks through first, this quickly dries out and takes on a wine like quality with tannins, plenty of oak on the palate, the tartness is there but is minimal... definitely the least tart of the three sisters. Lots of complexity here, I get different flavors with each sip. Just wish the tartness would shine through a little more.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: well this certainly doesn't drink like a 9% beer, lots of interesting stuff going on, I'm having trouble deciding if I like the way all of these flavors blend. Definitely unique for the style and worth a try.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle split with wesside89 and ma bro

22 oz. split into wine glasses

Pours a nice amber rose color. Very little head as well as small spotty lacing.

The nose has a good amount of sour/sweetness involved that is making a lovely nose. Tart, raspberry funk is displayed in moderate force. The tart scent draws drool from my mouth with each whiff (drooling).

The taste has that same killer balance. Raspberries start it off with an ample amount of funkiness. There is some grapefruit involved as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty comfortable with it's tart and bitter feel. Medium body with a crisp tartness.

Overall, this is a damn nice wild ale that takes on fruit characteristics beyond whats normal. Goose Island knows how to take a beer and a barrel, and create a bomb ass creation. This is a prime example.

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Photo of Agold
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didn't expect to see a handful of these on the shelves, but when I did I was happy to pick a couple up. The beer is a nice ruby red color. Sodalike head that recedes to nothing immediately. Aroma has a lot of nice funk, with some raspberries, and a bit of acetic tartness. Flavor has some bitterness, raspberry, some barnyard funk, but not a lot, more acetic an lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is great. Dry, nice high carbonation, very refreshing. I really enjoy this beer. Sort of surprised they got this to 9% and kept it so dry. Outstanding.

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Photo of gigaknight
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 8 oz taster glass from a 22 oz bottle purchased for $16.99 from Mainstreet Liquors in Countryside, IL.

A- Lolita rushes out of the bottle positively fizzing with light ecru head that dissipates quickly. The beer fills into a lovely dark amber/orange color, reminiscent of a dark marmalade. The light hissy carbonation which persists after the pour is typical enough of a wild ale, and the enthusiasm is appreciated.

S- A distinct lactic tartness makes itself know with a bold grip on the nose, joined by the abundance of raspberries infused with the beer. Some barnyard funk and light leather notes provide solid counterpoint to the sharper acetic tones.

T- The taste follows closely with the nose, an aromatic lactic tartness fills out the front of the palate. The lack of overpowering raspberry flavor is somewhat unexpected, but appreciated. This is not a fruit bomb as I might have initially thought, but rather a very well-balanced wild ale which utilized fresh fruit to add depth to a melange of flavors rather than dominate them. Strong leather notes are present, and act as contrast to the dry tartness of the raspberries; which taste more like tart raspberry seeds than the lush meat of the berry (which is a positive characteristic). Some light musty oak with a tinge of chardonnay lingers throughout the palate as well, giving more depth to the tannic structure of the beer.

M- Dry and fizzy, it would be refreshing if it weren't just a tad too vinegary. It's fitting that a fruit ale with such little sticky fructose character would be similarly dry and complex. Keeping far from cloying, this beer is very well attenuated in terms of sugar content and carbonation.

O- Surprising stuff, much less of a frilly dessert beer than I had initially expected. One of the better fruit beers or wild ales I've had in some time. Hopefully I can find another to age!

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my wifes favorite beer, so it gets opened commonly for that reason.
This is our first 2011 bottle.
The color is a strawberry orange color. Initially there is a fizzy white cap that fizzes out quickly to a nearly still looking body.
The aroma has a nice musty note all around it, which is nice, i dig it. The raspberries smell like the whole fruit, does not smell artificial.
Flavor wise this one is nice and tannic up front initially, and as you get to the bottom it looses some bite. There is a blend of oak and tart near the top that accents the forward raspberries.
The mouthfeel is medium thin, and could use a touch more carbonation but has enough to suffice. maybe if it wasn't brand new fresh that would have changed.

i would want more acidity, but that would hurt her preferance.
i like it, she loves it.

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Photo of wschmit
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition, bomber into a Cantillon taster/flute.

A: An off-white head with serious fizzle pops away into nothing, just a scant ring about a pink-tinted amber body. Moderate haze and little apparent carbonation. Almost reminds me of the 2011 Zwanze or Lou Pepe that I drank from this very same glass.

S: Sweet sour funk. As soon as I popped the cap, the funk came out. The barnyard is well balanced by the raspberry, malty sweetness. Among the best "wild" noses I have encountered in an American beer, second only to New Glarus' R&D Geueze. Tart, sweaty, just a touch of hay, rotten meat, and medicinal notes.

T: More dry than I expected. It carries itself like Orval, more medicinal than band-aid or sweat kind of Brett, until the tartness kicks in. The fruitiness is pretty subdued as well, or perhaps balanced is a better word. Starts mild and dry, with some citrus notes in the middle, and finishes with a bit of pucker. More citric than acetic, to me. Fantastic.

M: Low-to-medium body. Carbonation really blew itself out early on, but there's enough to keep it moving. No alcohol burn. Less sticky than I anticipated for a fruited beer. A bit astringent at the end.

O: This was a 16 or 17 dollar bottle, and absolutely worth it. Among the best American attempts at a funky Belgian that I have encountered. Not quite a proper lambic/geueze, really, but still damn good. Captures many of the desired "wild" characteristics in the best way, but in a balanced manner. Thoughtful to the last drop.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a very nice looking reddish orange color. It was pretty still after the pour with not much of a head forming at all.

The aroma mixes the fruity raspberry with a tart, sourness. I get a little funk to it as well. I liked the aroma, the sweeter raspberry mixed well with the tart sourness.

The taste is very tart at first with more of the sour fruits showing up towards the finish. Again, I just get a slight funkiness to it but the tart sour raspberries were good.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very nice beer. The tart, sour raspberries were very good in it. A little more funkiness to add some complexity would have gone a long way for me. Very tasty beer overall though.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010: Bottled 12/04/10. 650ml. brown bottle many thanks to Pierre-Luc and Julien. Ale brewed with raspberries aged in wine barrels. Salmon-orange with a white head. The nose is very appealling with red wine (pinot noir) and strawberry. I very like this nose. The taste is wonderfull with wine, pinot, raspberry. There is some oak as-well. This is an easy drinking beer by it's acidity. One of the best.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened a bottle and filled my goose island wine glass. bottled 12/04/2010 0844

a - poured an orange pink red with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that bubbled away quickly leaving a ring on the surface and some small islands of bubbles. semi transparent with some visible carbonation.

s - smells really nice. raspberries and sour cherry. makes my mouth water. very VERY nice.

t - tart raspberry. some sour funkiness on the back end.

m - fizzy. a bit much so at first and then becomes quite easy to drink. puckers my mouth a bit. leaves a crisp tingle.

o - overall, i'm impressed. i've been hangin onto this one for a while and decided to pop it open for a taste and was pleased i did so. i've been trying more lately and this one was pretty good in my opinion. here's to hoping this is brewed again soon.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light red/pink with a pretty small head and a good mount of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Smells strongly of tart raspberry. Taste is giant puckering sour upfront which fades nicely to raspberry. Carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty on par with what I expect out of a good wild ale. Overall pretty decent beer

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Photo of BigMike
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: POured an amber color with some light reddish highlights around the edges. Cloudy with a small off white colored head.

S: Smells fruity. Funky and spicey. Sour cherries and floral notes.

T: Tart white grape skins. Light oak flavors. A nice amount of funkiness.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Drinks easily.

Overall: A real decent wild ale. I've had better, and i've had worse. I would definitely drink this again though.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bell's tulip. Big thanks to Sean for the trade!

A - Pours a cloudy reddish color which fades to a golden-amber towards the edges of the glass. Also has a nice finger plus of pale white head, which fades quickly to a minimal rim around the edge of the glass. Lack of head retention is a bit disappointing. The color of this beer, however is astounding.

S - Huge cherries backed with subtle vanilla up front, as well as a definite funk. Perhaps some floral notes in there as well, but the cherry and vanilla dominate, with the funk coming through as an integrated part of the cherry scent and a welcome addition to the complexity in the nose.

T - If I didn't know better, I would say I just bit into a cherry. Dominant cherry flavor up front, with a harsh funk to it, and lacking some of the balance and complexity present in the nose. Highly acidic cherries as well. As it warms, a bit more earthy and oaky vanilla notes come through. Yes, definitely opens up a bit more once it warms, and the balance present in the nose is definitely more evident. Really turns into an excellent beer.

M - At first, super acidic and a bit harsh, but as it warms, seems to also lighten up in acidity (not sure this is possible, but that's how it seems, perhaps the cold just intensifies the acidity?). Does still seem to strip some enamel from the teeth, but that's ok by me.

O - Overall a very good wild ale, not quite up to the Supplication standard, but an excellent representation of the style nonetheless.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
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