bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
2009 Vintage bottled August 14, 2009.
AROMA: Aroma of berries and wine.
APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy reddish gold color with lots of soap like foam. Head is white with a red hue.
TASTE: First taste is tart berries and earthy, then quickly turns tart and finishes try with a woody taste.
PALATE: Crisp and lively, lots of carbonation here.
OVERALL: I’m a really big fan of this beer. In my opinion, it is the best of the three sisters. I still have one bottle of 2009 left and have yet to try the 2010. Can the "new" Goose Island keep up the quality? I hope so!
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
(22oz bottle courtesy of cosmicevan!). Pours hazy cranberry juice color with no real head and light carbonation. Aroma of cheap wine, ripe fruit and wood. Taste is both tart and sweet. This beer has more funk than the other sisters. Medium bodied with a dry finish. The wine is very prominent in this beer and the tannins are quite noticeable. Good, but I prefer the other sisters. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
The beer pours a mellow a red, almost strawberry in color with a light pink head. There are lots of nice yeast floaties. It pours with tons of carbonation but is gone quickly with a decent amount of lacing.
The aroma is light but nice and tart. The dominating flavor is blackberries.
The taste is good, has nice tartness but is not very powerful. It needs to be little more tarty but its very drinkable.
Update based on 2010 bottled. This version is brand new. Biggest difference is the aroma, very buttery, not very tart. Still not a big fan of this beer, 2009 is probably better. Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Shared at the Tampa Crew Tuesday Tasting. Thanks for the trade, Tooch4321. Punchy funk nose with lots of blackberries, gentle sweetness and appreciable sourness. Great beer. hirigalzkar (3172) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle. Is this really a sour/wild ale? Only slightly sour. Lots of nice strawberry and rapberry notes in taste. Taste is little short. Too much carbonation.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pinkish/purpleish minimal head. Aroma rather muted, light sour cherry, light funk. Flavor on par, sourness comes through a tad more. Well attenuated. Decent overall. rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pours a hazy amber/red. Aroma is a bretty funk. Slightly fruity notes (From the pinot barrels?) Light, spritzy body. Flavor is funky with spicy, fruity notes. Tough for me to nail down. finol (3392) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2011
2009 Bottle from UTO beer.
Pours blood red with a huge but short lasting pink head.
Taste of fruitsallad with lots of oranges and strawberries. crossovert (12937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 22 oz. bomber. 2009 Vintage. Bottles Aug 14.
It opens with a gush. It pours into my oversized wine glass a vibrant red magenta with a huge rosy pink head. It sticks for a long assed time and leaves some good lacing. The blackberries make this one look stunning.
It has a decently funky smell. There are vinegar notes and a smidge of funkiness. It is more sour than funky smelling. There is a huge oak presence in the smell as well. The blackberries also make an appearance in the scent. This is an amazing smelling beer though the oak is ever so slightly overpowering and it clashes a slight bit with the blackberry.
The taste is a lot like the flavor. It is sour but not overly sour. The oak is once again prevalent in the taste and it is a bit overpowering to go along with the sour blackberry.
The mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated but refreshing. It has a very dry finish.
Overall a great sour beer from Goose Island, though a bit pricey.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2010 03:25:32
Had another bottle and it was fresher and even better. By far the most complex of the three sisters. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2011
Share, many thanks, with Reakt. Thanks mate! Bottle from as ever awesome Utobeer.
Aroma is sherbert special reserve. Blackberries. Peach. Lemon. faint musty citrus. Taste is black.berries.peach, lemon tart. Smooth non aggressiveness. Not too much acid. Like the most perfect blackberry sherbet.candy bomb. Why are.sodas not like this?. Top too work Goose Island on a Belgian style.. Interesting.