Bottle labeled 2009. Poured to my glass with a pink/redish hue. Quickly frothing two finger head expands and slowly crackles atop my glass. Visible carbonation is continuous throughout this tasting.
A funky and slightly acidic nose abounds. Hints of sharp citrus/grapefruit are present. Notes of dried raspberries/strawberries also appear.
Taste is interesting and complex. I'm finding more dried strawberry mixed in with a very carbonated citrus taste. White grape also comes to mind. Mouthfeel is laced with sharp carbonation. A desireable dryness is achieve at the end of each quaff.
I found this to be a very decent offering from Goose Island. I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did, but would love to have another couple bottles. I have not yet been let down by their "Belgian Style" beers.
Served In: Goblet
Batch #1, kindly sent to me by TipTop.
Pours a beautiful reddish gold, with a white head that goes on forever. Killer nose - great blend of funk, blackberries, dusty oakiness, and some background acidity.
starts with this great two-pronged attack, on one side a soured funkiness with an underlying culture-based bitterness, but on the other side a dry blackberry juice and hop fruity bitterness... just outstanding. Love how the two prongs intertwine, the dry juicy sweetness of the berries on one side and the bitter-ish, horse blankety funk on the other. Not a lot of residual sweetness here. Finishes with a dry, blackberries and penicillin sort of funk that is 10000 times better than it sounds.
Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation - perfect for the style.
IMO just about perfect to drink right now. Helluva brew.
Served In: Tulip
Vintage 2009/First Batch
Goose Island's Juliet shows off the color of a setting sun, the orange borders on blood red with haziness enough to make seeing through the tulip tougher than usual. Streams of carbonation run up the sides of the glass. A dusty white head of over a finger in height rises on the easy pour. It quickly crackles down to a thin cap that leaves behind some patchy lacing.
The nose is very vinous upfront with some softer notes of mild balsamic vinegar. A note of horsehair funk comes through with deep pulls but the brett hasn't taken hold of this brew yet. There are some crazy cherry Pop Rocks aromas and some green, still on the bush blackberry coming through with a touch of lactic funk. Dry oakiness brings up the rear.
The flavor is totally unique and while it shows a lot of the same characteristics as the nose it comes together much better on the tongue. The barrel aging comes into view immediately with large vinous notes and a dry oakiness. Blackberry and a whisper of balsamic vinegar come along quickly but roll through slowly. A little horse hair is coming along mid palate with a touch of must and make for a well rounded, soon to be, sour. There's a mild lactic sourness that combines with the blackberries on the swallow that adds some sweetness to balance it out.
The mouthfeel couldn't be much better. The body has a light feel and the carbonation has enough liveliness to both scrub the tongue and keep things moving. There's some mild dryness on the swallow. The light, Belgian airy feel is perfectly in place with this brew.
Juliet doesn't yet have the sourness needed to be at the top of its class. With that said the tartness and airy feel of this brew make it incredibly drinkable. Each swallow keeps me instantly coming back for another drink.
Juliet is a damn fine brew from Goose. I can see a few more months making this sour incredibly delicious. The blackberry notes work incredibly well to make this one hell of an easy drinking wild bug driven libation.
Price: $16.00 Served In: Tulip
Thanks to Jay23 for hooking me up with another Goose Island beer, this brewery is starting to be one of my favorites, pretty solid beers. I shared this beer with a few friends at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary party (5-16-09).
The color of this beer was lovely, even people were coming up to me to ask about the beer simply because of the mesmerizing color. Poured a beautiful apple rose hue with a ½ inch of blushed foam.
Fruity berry aromas initially with some acidity in the background. Later on some sweetness came through, kind of like a berry fruit roll-up. After a few moments of just smelling the beer I could definitely detect blackberries. Some hints of tannic and acidic wine notes as well.
Tasted very similar to the aroma but not as sweet. A tart berry blast on the tip of the tongue with some funk and plastic flavors in the finish. Quite dry in the end and the dryness seemed to intensify with every sip. Tart and salty berry flavors, lemon tartness, and a bit of dry cracker flavors in the aftertaste. Getting more merlot-like flavors after a few sips, dry and tannic with hints of brett. Medium-high carbonation at first but it mellowed down a bit after a few minutes. Very tasty beer and would love to have again.
Served In: Snifter
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