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.

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

This is a translucent red color, with only light carbonation. Smell is sour and tart with some apple and berry. Taste is tart and sour with raspberries, cherries, apple, and grape fruit presence. The alcohol is masked extremely well. Very drinkable, not overwhelmingly sour.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 12, 2011.

It pours a clear brownish red with a small head of foam that soon disappears leaving no lacing behind.

There's oddles of raspberry in the nose, both sweet and sour, and lots of and I'm digging the aromas big time.

The tannins from the wine barrel aging takes the number 1 spot with raspberry tartness taking second place. There's a mild fruity sweetness about mid palate but the sour rules it. This is very tasty fresh and I'm curious as to how it would be with some time on it but I'll leave that to others as this is my only bottle.

About medium bodied and light with the carbonation, the mouthfeel is on par with a fine wine.

Very drinkable despite the hefty abv, I'm very happy that I got to try it. Very good stuff.

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

I had Lolita in a tulip glass.

Appearance- The pour looks like pink grapefruit skin, but settles into a light amber-orange haze in the glass, highlights a little more golden. The head is a squat, soapy, off-white affair that audibly fizzes as it dies quickly to leave nothing behind.

Smell- The nose is lighter but gives off an oak barrel funk and a little sour quality. The raspberries do not really hit the nose as sweet, but definitely more tart. Again, this is a very soft nose.

Taste- It starts a little sweet and then quickly settles at sour. The raspberries give the very fast impression of sweet, which is then joined and overwhelmed by the barrel funk. Finally, it turns to that band-aid like sourness that lingers with hints of grapes.

Mouth feel- The body has a medium to light weight, and is not as slick as I would have supposed. There is enough carbonation here to give some lift, but not overdone. Also, this one is very dry, oh so dry.

Overall- This Wild Ale certainly packs the sour punch that most would expect, however, for mentioning being brewed with raspberries, it hardly comes across on the palate.

The wine barrel aging is much more noticeable. This big beer is dry enough and has the red wine characteristics down pat. I would have appreciated a bigger nose, and a little more sweetness to off-set the sour, otherwise a fun beer to try.

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Photo of davey101
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. #1345, bottle on date 11/12/11.

A - Deep, clear red with some brown tints. A small off-white head forms but fades away to some edging.

S - Oh ya! Strong raspberry preserves and some fresh brettanomyces. Really vibrant and pleasantly funky. The finish has some oaky tannins and what can only be described as...burnt plastic.

T - Does not live up to that wonderful aroma. What happened? There is some fresh raspberry with some faint notes of funky brett, but its very tame and muted. Aftertaste is slightly buttery with some oak barrel notes. Mouth feel is light but highly carbonated.

O - Wonderful aroma, boring taste. I was really expecting more from this beer. Perhaps it just needs some age for the brett to start working up, but as a fresh wild ale it is really tame.

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Photo of jegross2
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lolita from Goose Island Brewing Company. This was the last of the "Three Sisters" that I needed to review, the other two being Juliet and Madame Rose.
Score: 82

Bottled 11/12/11, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/07/12. You can see my friend Kendra's head creepily photo-bombing this beer picture. This review is from notes from our tasting session that night.

Appearance: Dark ruby orange color that falls between translucent and opaque. Pours three quarters of a fingers of white bubble head that quickly settles into no head at all. Minimal lacing, below average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Tart cherries and fruitiness. There's a white grape sweetness and a definitely aroma of oak. Some apple too and a little bit of what can only be described as "funk." Like a dirty gym socks smell. Wouldn't be a bad aroma if not for that stinky funk. 2.5/5

Taste: Tastes substantially better than it smells. Sweet, candied cherry. A little sugary apple, white grape and fruit. Hint of oak. Crisp, refreshing and drinkable. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet, sugary and slightly dry finish. 4/5

Overall: The other beers in the Three Sisters series (Juliet and Madame Rose) were noticeably better -- primarily because they did not have a funky smell. I suppose if you like that "funky sour" smell, then more power to you. At least it tastes way better than it smells.

Recommendation: If you like funky smelling sours that are cherry-apple flavored, then seek this one out. Those who do not like sours/lambics/wild ales can probably skip this one, and I think it's the least appealing of the Three Sisters for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Dark chocolate cake.

Cost: $16.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks man. Beer is sort of brownish and hazy with a thin wispy head of small bubbles, some lacing low retention moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sour, cherry, mild oak, some lactic for sure.

Beer drinks a little like an oude bruin but more fruity and less sour, mildly tannic at the back an interesting beer. Decent sour for the collection. I feel like with a name like Lolita this beer shouldn't be aged.

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

2011 incarnation, bottled 11/12/11. I've had this on tap before at beer fests, but it's been ages and I wanted to try it again, so picked up a few bottles.

Cracking it open and taking a sniff, I'm struck that this smells like yogurt. Is this a common experience with fruit beer? Or with a fruit-centric Belgian? I don't know, but that's my immediate impression. Which is ok: I like yogurt.

Appearance is browner than I expected, with a reddish hue. A finger nose that dissipated in a minute.

Taste: Berry, woody, buttery, sour, some wine detectable. I'm still thinking yogurt, but that's ok. It's sort of a strange concoction of flavors. Since I've had it before, I was ready for it and enjoyed it. But a novice expecting it to taste like raspberry juice would be in for a surprise.

Overall: I like it. It's unique and complex. I wouldn't want to drink it every night, but it's an interesting brew to have on occasion.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mdfb79 for providing this brew to Saturday's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice light orange color with some pinkish hues. There's a bit of a white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dosing of raspberries plus a bit of oak. There's a good bit of earth and moderate funk behind that as well. The flavor isn't quite as strong and integrated, but is nice nonetheless. Light-medium body with a good bit of acidity through the finish along with some dryness. No detectable alcohol. Really nice.

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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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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 2,107 ratings.
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