Off the Wall: Juliet

JulietName: Juliet
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Chicago, Illinois
Style: American Wild Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.00%
Price: $21.99

Ricky’s Thoughts

This is the third sister, and I actually didn’t plan on drinking another beer tonight. But after dinner, it sounded like a good idea. I asked Sheryl what she wanted to review, and she wanted to review an “off the wall” beer. I have wanted to finish the sisters, so I grabbed a bottle of Juliet. I poured it out, and saw an email from Cody. Apparently they started a 14-day challenge today at work, and Cody wanted me to be involved. It was late, and I hadn’t worked out yet today, and he was bragging about his run.

Needless to say, I put the beer glass down and went for a run myself. 30 minutes later, I am back to review Juliet.

This is an American wild ale… A style that is hit or miss for me. But typically, that means the beer is sour. Before I left, I heard Sheryl say, “This is sour!” She is right. It is REALLY sour. But we will get to that.

In the Glass: I also have a glass of Sawtooth Nitro sitting on my desk. I grabbed a bottle of that the other day at Total Wine & More, and I don’t care for it. That is why half a glass is still sitting there. Juliet didn’t have much head, no late to speak of, and looks like a flat barleywine in the glass. Not a bad thing!

Nose: This smells like blackberry juice! The beer is Belgian style ale aged in barrels with blackberries. I guess that is why it smells like blackberries! It also sour. Smell it. You will understand what I mean.

Flavor: At first, it is sour. Then, as I swallow, it goes from sour to REALLY sour. I am talking lip sucking sour. I love it. It doesn’t taste like a Belgian sour should, necessarily… As the sour feels forced. As the beer heats up and as the sour flavor wears off, the blackberry flavor really comes forward. I would love to try this room temperature next to a cold glass.

Aftertaste: The sour lingers, but as it sits on my palate, it starts to taste grassy… Remember when you were a kid, and you would chew on a blade of grass or straw in the barn? I am from Indiana. Kids do that. That is what it reminds me of. Anyway, that is what the lingering finish reminds me of. Don’t judge!

This beer, as the other sisters, were at first rare. I had to go all the way to Tucson to get them. When they hit the Valley, no Total Wine got all 4 of them. I was at Total Wine in Tempe last weekend, and they had all 4 of them just sitting there. I am glad that I didn’t wait and then miss the chance to get all 4. It wouldn’t make sense to have 3 of the 4, anyway.

1 more sister to go!!!

Rating: 4.5/5 (I am only giving this a 4.5 because I LOVE sour beers. The tart is, at first, almost too much for me. But I like it as the beer heats up and I could see myself buying another bottle of this in the future.)

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I think this is the next to last of the “sisters” beers that we have to drink from Goose Island. So far, I think I have liked the first one the best. This one is Juliet. (I joked and asked where Romeo was.)

In the glass, this beer is kind of an auburn or amber color. It’s reddish brown. It’s also kind of cloudy. It doesn’t have much head or really any lace whatsoever. If I didn’t know better, I might think it was flat. It smells… sour. (Ok, I’ve already tasted it while I write this, so I actually know it’s sour. Oops.) It actually smells kind of fruity and spicy.

Ok, moving on to how it tastes, since now we both know I’ve already tried it. As I said, it’s pretty sour. It’s good, and I imagine that Ricky will like it a lot. I’m not really sure that I’m that impressed, though. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like sour beers ok. They just aren’t my favorite, and one reason (similar to why IPAs aren’t my fave either) is because they tend to taste a lot alike to me. Maybe my pallet isn’t advanced enough? I’m sure that’s what some people would say. Or maybe sours just aren’t my thing. At any rate, it’s still a good beer. Just not sure I’d pay this much for it again.

Rating: 3.5/5

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