TimE (5774) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 22, 2013
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 couldnít agree more that this would be a great beer to convert Pinot drinkers over to beer. Wow, very unique. I love this stuff. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
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
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 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
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
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 isnít 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 blenderís 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 (8) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 26, 2014 does not count
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. Iím not a big sour fan, but this beer is outstanding. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle from Total Wines. 750ml Reddish pour, no carbonation. Nice mix of Brett and dark fruit aromas. Mild sourness, balanced well with the dark fruit flavors, some wood in the background. Dry finish and easy to drink for a sour. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2013 Pours a cloudy, light reddish amber. No real head. Fruity, berries.. Wild, good yeast character.. Sour. Little funk, barnyard. Wine barrel. Nice collection and balance of tart, sour, fruity. Nice sensations on back of tongue and throat. Not too dry. I like that the fruitiness was not overtaken, kept a excellent balance. Great initial berry. The shared glass went fast! superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2010. Pours lightly cloudy red-orange color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart blackberry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, pepper, musty brett funk, leather, rye, toast, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of tart fruit, fruity/funky brett, malt, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of tart blackberry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, pepper, musty brett funk, leather, rye, toast, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, musty funk, rye, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of tart fruits, wine barrel, and big fruity/funky brett presence; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour ale with 3 years of age. Big brett presence with great balance of wine barrel and blackberry fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering. curepute (141) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Itís weird but I can relate to the nose of this to two of the other sisters (Halia and Lolita) even though yes this is different. Nose of grapefruits, sour grapes, acidic notes. Appearance of golden strawberry, no head. Taste, very tart, acidic, dark fruit acidic... tingly spices. Finishes tart, dry and sour. Top notch beer. Iím so conflicted, an inbev company and some great beers. The only way I can relate this is to Diagio and some of the success of single malt.