In cases of uncommon beer, where the value per bottle shall exceed twenty dollars, the right to speedy consumption and assistance of acquaintances to consume, if desired, shall be preserved.
Dear friend, if you are like me, exploring the endless tide of craft beer is an exciting activity. Craft beers change with the seasons. The basic styles of beer are in constant flux as brewmasters and -mistresses develop unique recipes. Put a spice in at one moment of the boil, mix in a different type of hop or malt, change the method of fermentation-any one of these things produces an entirely different brew. The method of fermentation is what makes Goose Island Beer Company Lolita so unique. It is painstaking. It is tedious, but the finished product is elegant.
Goose Island Beer Company Lolita is a craft beer gem. Without Untappd, I would have been completely unfamiliar with Lolita. For our readers who are unfamiliar, Untappd is a great, free app that keeps track of which beers one imbibes. Drink different styles, at different places, during different times and one unlocks badges. Think of it like this: you get rewarded for going on a Walkabout through the world of craft beer (as if drinking craft was not rewarding enough). I bring up Untappd because of its “Meet the Sour Sisters from Goose Island” badge. The qualification for this badge not only opened doors for me…it opened barrels.
With the exception of the Chicago-style dog, Goose Island Beer Company’s Lolita might be the tastiest thing to come out of Chi-Town. I am used to having sour ales be relentlessly sour, lacking any other gustatory dimension. Goose Island defied my expectations and provided a series of sour ales with a smooth flow. This sour ale has a great, multifaceted personality, much like a graduate of the Northwestern (looking at you Jarn). Lolita and her four sisters are the limited edition sours for which Untappd offered a badge upon consumption. I did, willingly.
Gillian, Lolita, Juliet, Halia, and Madame Rose are the sour sisters of Goose Island. I only had the pleasure of meeting lovely Lolita. Her bottle is gorgeous. It has the appearance of a classy bottle of wine (although we all know beer reigns supreme). Lolita is brewed with raspberries and fermented inside of wine barrels. The finished product is a delicate, multi-dimensional, Belgian-style wild ale with hints of raspberry, jam, and grape intermingled with sour overtones. Goose Island Beer Company Lolita is comfort in a bottle.
Lolita is accomplished, cultured (no pun intended), and smooth. She earned Silver at the 2010 World Beer Cup Awards in the category of Belgian Fruit Beer. Her ABV of 8.7% is enough to make one relax and appreciate her complexity. Lolita has a lyrical flow like Common (another Windy City native). I choose to believe that of the Sour Sisters of Goose Island, Lolita is the sweet, comforting sister.
Among the sour there is a web of delightful honey, raspberry, wheat, sweet, and jam flavors. Minimal carbonation makes for an almost wine-like finish. The floral aromas leave a hint of fruit at the end of a sip mixed with a slight sour bite. Lolita is a sweetheart of a sour ale. Introduce yourself to her and a pleasant experience awaits. Zum Wohl!