lightbias (446) - USA - JUL 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring a rosy amber with very little foam, Lolita from Goose Island is an olfactory delight straight from the crack of the cap. A light aroma white grapes and raspberry is punctuated with light yeasts; funky but not overpowering in the slightest. - a first sip is sour, with a sweet, berry-filled accent as I inhale. The carbonation tingles at the tip of my tongue, powering a tart experience, and as the beer fills my mouth it drives the fruits and grassy, funky flavor to permeate my tastebuds. Certainly mouth-watering, the vinous brew is a study in complexity, combining the beauty of light wines, fresh fruits, and yeast. -
The finish is quite dry, without the intensity of a desert. Just a clean, fruity back end, leaving little of the yeast to tear apart the next berry-laden quaff. -
My bottle, labeled 2013, is delicious. The cost to try it again does not scare me. This is a brew I will want to share with friends...expense be damned.
Alphadelic (2144) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a growler is this bad girl for $15. Ridiculous. Now it’s not my favorite sour of all time but it is very deep and complex. Amongst all the overt sourness lies this hint of over steeped black tea. There’s a big fruity hit to it also, peach and cherry. Vanilla too, plays a large part in it. This is good quality, well judged sour making.
bierkoning (12276) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Bottle @ Carnivale Brettanomyces 2016. Reddish Amber color. Raspberries in the vinous aroma and flavor. Candy. Sour and complex. Too matured to be called Lolita, this beer.
ShivanDragon (3240) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle in front of ’Bierkoning’ during Carnivale Brettanomyces 2016
bright red, pinkish with a small pink head. Aroma and taste of fruits, raspberries, syrup, sweet, funkym moderate sour, medium sweetness, light tart, medium body,
Zlotta (1907) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle in front of ’De Bierkoning’ during Carnivale Brettanomyces 2016. Clear, reddish amber, no head. Sourish-fruity aroma of vinegar, wood and sherry. Very sour, slightly fruity taste of vinegar, wood and sherry, followed by a medium long, rather tart finish. Medium body, very astringent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Nice!
Alengrin (4452) - BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong sour with raspberries, at Bierkoning during Carnivale Brettanomyces, poured by Goose Island’s own ’innovation brewer’ (cheers Tim!). Moussy, off-pinkish head over a deep copper-hued amber beer with vivid sparkling. Rich and enticing aroma of raspberry pie, raspberry vinegar and sweet fresh red raspberry, sourdough, orange peel, lemon rind, damp earth, wet wood, vanilla, yoghurt, ’horseblanket’. Softly sour onset, very emphatically fruity, sweet raspberry embedded in a general fruit tartness, estery, green plum-like, medium carbo, mellow mouthfeel, bready malt base with a pleasantly rounded feel, fruitiness lingering for a long time both in the actual raspberry sense and in the estery sense, vanilla-like wood tannins retronasally, soft sourishness drying the finish along with a glow of warming alcohol. I’ve tasted many attempts at lambic-like fruit beers from outside of Belgium but somehow most of them seem to lack a bit in complexity - this, however, is a beauty of international class.
PotjeBier (2661) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, in front of the Bierkoning at Carnivale Brettanomyces 2016, with Bierkoning, Travlr, Zlotta, Kermis, Maakun, TheJvd, ShivanDragon and more. Orange/pinkish color. Light pinkish head. Aroma’s: sour, raspberry, fruity. retronasal it’s raspberry, funky, fruity, sweet. Flavor is moderate sweet, moderate sour, funky. Medium bodied. Finish is sourish, slightly dry. I wonder whether this would be even better without brett...
MarcoDL (3980) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brett fest. Red-ish pour. Aroma of red fruit, tart and pomegranate. Fresh taste of red fruit, pomegranate, mild tart and soft malt. Good one.
BeerdedDave (1321) - Beckley, USA - JUN 23, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Dobra Zupas in Beckley, WV; pinkish-red color with a nice white head; great, sour raspberry aroma; fantastic raspberry flavor with wine notes and lots of oak; really dry, oaky finish with more red wine notes
Beachmaster (444) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught. Pours pink, with a small white head. Nose is raspberries and a little funk. Taste is tart raspberries, with a touch of funk on the finish. Outstanding.