Goose Island Beer Co ‘Lolita’ BA Belgian Style Wild Ale – 2016 Release


41174950_948185455365600_2409089268480737280_n“Lolita is a pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise.”

Glassware: Stemmed Tulip.

Appearance: Amber body with a super fizzy head which disappears almost instantly. Not a skerrick of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Quite a complex little number. Lots of berries hit the olfactory’s…a mix of tart and sweet with a dense and jammy viscosity. The musty oak barrels present firmly along with an earthy stonefruit character – mostly apricot and peach. It has that funky farmyard/bretty sourness spiked with a tart framboise-like fruit profile. Lots of depth and complexity here, really impressive.

Flavour: Really well balanced. A slight rush of tart berries is casually softened by the complex oak tannins and earthy apricot. A bit of funky sourness and cheesy tang hinges on the musty cellared oak notes and vinous grape juice in the middle. Again we get berries alongside a touch of vinegar, medicinal cherry and acetic funk converging in a dry finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: Moderate intensity. Rather light on, spritzy at first becoming a little flatter as it warms. Mild-medium acidity, 7.9% AbV – well concealed.

Overall: It certainly doesn’t pull any punches. It offers a framboise-like sweetness, rich musty oak, tart berries, sour farmyard funk and hints of stonefruit. It kind of has it all!