TimE (3628) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful crimson color with no head. Big brett, berries, oak and cherries, very very tart nose. The mouth is dry and very tart with berries jumping out all around the place with some oak. Uber well balanced. I couldn’t agree more that this would be a great beer to convert Pinot drinkers over to beer. Wow, very unique. I love this stuff.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
To me, the best of the GI sisters. Bottle shared by Jeff. Aroma of fresh berry, funky cheese, vinegar and lemon zest. Pours hazy light peach with a great champagne bubble to it but no head to speak of. Taste is full and funky but super tart. Tart berry, red wine vinegar, apricot, stilton cheese, and pear. The oak comes through just a litte. This is a great blend of funky and tart and a near perfect wild ale. Love this one.
Lupulucid (189) - - NOV 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Juliet is an astonishingly complex domestic sour which features a very light hand with regard to the addition of fruit. Contrary to the description above, I would not at all suggest this to Pinot Noir enthusiast; however, its expression does resemble Burgundy in complexity relative to other beers. It could also take the place of sparkling wine if there are no expectations with regard to terroir. Anyone with an interest in Belgian sours should definitely explore Juliet.
Claves77 (161) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Odd orange color, with little carb. Great wild smell. Similar taste with nice finish, a bit soft in finish. Excellent.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours a rich, pale purple with an amber flair. It sits in the glass as a rich, rose color with a small head of off-white bubbles that quickly leaves. In body, the beer is a deep, colorful murk with a definite opacity to it. When splashed against the sides of the glass it leaves a receding tide of lacing. On the nose, this thing is richly acidic with tart lemon, rich blackberry, blueberry, and even fresh and antiseptic mint. On a second sniff I receive rich, lightly toasted oak, soft malt vinegar, and smooth caramel malt. As I sniff more and more, I do get a sense of chlorine and pool house air, which isn’t completely off-putting, but is odd. On the tongue, this beer is hugely vinous with rich acidity that blossoms into sweet fruit, very faint salinity, and the briefest kiss of herbal bitters. The finish is rich with oak tannin, sweet fruit, and soft acidity. In flavor, this beer is delicately beautiful. It begins as a rich tide of lime and lemon citrus that erupts into rich berry notes mixing strawberry, blackberry, and blueberry. This is then ballooned outwards by a rich, lightly roasted oak and soft earthy characters. The finish returns to bright citrus that blends the berry and oak into a long and fruit-forward finish. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium with a rich, jam-like mouthfeel that gives a lovely bristle of fruit skin. Carbonation is soft but gives a nice sparkle and snap to the sip that keeps the beer from feeling heavy or syrupy. The mouth is left slightly wet and sticky from saliva. As I drink more and more the beer does become a little syrupy and left the tongue feeling a little heavy. The tannins add a touch of astringency that really helps with balancing out the syrupy sweetness. Overall, this beer is impeccably balanced. The syrupy sweetness does win out as you drink more and more of it, but it is never tiring to sip and the rich, subtle complexity in flavor makes it quite enjoyable. Goose Island must have a hell of cellar, and their blender’s tongue must be really refined because this beer is miles ahead of many of the other American Wild Ales. Haters be damned, Goose Island has still got it, and it is very good.
Nolabrewer (5) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 26, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep copper with no head. Not much aroma. Initial tartness is balanced by the sweetness of blackberries. Finishes with a dry bite that is neither unpleasant nor overpowering. I’m not a big sour fan, but this beer is outstanding.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Publican: This poured a beautiful red/brown/maroon in color with a thin head that fades away. The nose shows a tartness with aromas of rye, berries and hay. In the mouth this has great balance. It has great tartness but also comes off quite smooth and refined. It continues to improve in the glass and is one that really needs to be consumed by the glass vs. a small tasting. It really hit a sweet spot and is something I could drink all the time. I can’t wait until they bottle this one!
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from panatanap that I brought to PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Possibly my favorite beer of the day. Pours a beautiful hazy ruby with a medium white head. Big bretty aromas with crisp light berries and wood. Light and barely sweet, dry and a touch funky. Finishes crisply and with a touch of vinegar. This was remarkably good.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Poured from bottle into wine glass.
Slightly hazy orangish-pink with a light pinkish head that foamed up excessively at first but settled back, leaving some light lacing behind.
Very tart aroma with a strong fruitiness, especially apple and blackberry, but some clove and earthiness comes through as well. Slight alcohol detected.
Tart fruity malts with pepper and only a slight blackberry taste, at least at first. As I made my way through the bomber it opened up and became more complex, and the blackberry, oak and wine-like characteristics became more noticeable.
High carbonation, with a light body and dry-tart finish. Feels spritzy when first poured but turns smoother as some time passes.
Very drinkable sour ale that is a little more simple and approachable than many others. Quite excellent.
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - thanks to Toby. Pours an orange amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is sour and tart with fruity notes and oak. Dry, lingering vinous and oaky tart taste. Very rich and puckering. Has gueuze similarities... Delicious!