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26th January 2012


James Clay, speciality world beer importers, has one final surprise for customers this year: a limited quantity of Goose Island’s renowned Vintage Reserve beers.

Available in the UK for the first time, Madame Rose and Lolita are American takes on the traditional Belgian Sour Beer style or ‘new world’ sour beers.

Both fermented with wild yeast strains that produce tart sour flavours, the 2 beers are aged in wine barrels with cherries (Madame Rose) and raspberries (Lolita).

Nigel Stevenson, speciality beer consultant for James Clay comments:

“The American craft brewing movement takes a great deal of inspiration from the traditional brewing cultures of Belgium, Germany and the UK. Not content with mimicking these traditional styles, US brewers are creating their own variations with creativity at the core, and Goose Island’s Vintage Reserve series is a great example of this, making Madame Rose and Lolita fantastic one-off additions to our portfolio of speciality beers (available in limited numbers and for a limited period of time).”

Madame Rose, 6.5% ABV

Madame Rose is a crimson coloured Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in French and American red wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.

Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years, and mingles with 40 pounds of whole cherries from Klug and Seedling Farms for a total of 13 months, Madame Rose won gold at the World Beer Championships 2011 in the Flemish Style Brown Ale category.

Madame Rose is an elegant beer and works with a wide variety of foods including red meats and rich chocolate desserts.

Lolita, 7% ABV

Lolita is a pink rose coloured Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavours and a crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise. The youthful Lolita also sat in French and American red wine barrels, but was accompanied by 50 pounds of Klug Farm raspberries.

Lolita won a platinum medal at the World Beer Championships in 2011 in the Belgian and Speciality Ale category.

Lolita’s bright jammy raspberry flavours complement delicate and fresh dishes, such as, salads and white fish, and her sour notes work to contrast with dishes, such as, savoury pork and chicken.

Limited supplies available, to order or to make an enquiry, please contact the team at James Clay on 01422 377 560.


For further information, please contact Julie Carolan at R&R Teamwork

E: / T: 0207 384 1333Goose Island