This beer had me written all over it.
I was down at Elizabeth Station browsing the seemingly endless beer options when I came across a lovely bottle called Lolita from Goose Island Brewing. Large format bottle with a nice label and not much in the way of a description of the contents …okay I’m intrigued. My faithful companion Beer Buddy let me know Lolita is a wild raspberry ale with enough positive feedback that I knew this little temptress would be hitching a ride back across the border.
Lolita, like her name-sake, is an effervescent, seemingly sweet pink creation that hides a wicked tartness just below the surface. Lolita pours a uber-clear, earthy rose colour with so much carbonation you would think you poured a sparkling wine. Lots of sweet raspberry on the nose but not in that artificial kind of way more like fresh-picked barely ripe berries and also some funkiness. Light bodied but retaining lots of depth due to the Belgian character, which brings in some spiciness. As you drink the berry remains at the front of the palate but the tartness dominates the remainder of your swallow, oaky overtones remind you that this one spent some time in the wood. A very dry finish rounds this beer off.
Overall I really liked this one. A sour beer that is actually sour but at the same time not a one-trick-pony. There are many tastes going on in this beer that should satisfy just about ever beer geek out there but take warning Lolita will set you back around $20/bottle.