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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,234
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 470 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
80% Belgian Style Ale, 20% Belgian Style Ale aged in wine barrels with citrus peel. Champagne color, white pepper aroma, citrus & vanilla flavor, sparkling body.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009)
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Appearance - Pale gold with very active carbonation. Big and bubbly, fluffy, white head. Nice lacing, but head quickly dissipates, unfortunately. Strange considering how active the carbonation races to the top.

Smell - Amazing. White grapes/ white wine and pear are very prominent. I've never had a Farmhouse Ale with so much white wine and pear on the nose. Super impressive.

Taste - Pear, pear, pear! Wow. Very distinct and most likely caused by the yeast strain? Lots of pineapple (and other tropical fruits), peaches, nectarines and an array of white wine notes. Hints of lemon and orange peel, coriander, and a clean hop profile (which I cannot seem to distinguish). Sour notes, too. This is creative and distinct.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth. Not sticky and rich, which is quite nice for this style. You can feel this all throughout the palate. Almost watery, albeit in a good way. Almost allows this to go down more easily and keeps it fresh and light with every sip, while remaining complex in flavor. Very nice.

Overall - Extremely clean and very well-balanced. After drinking my first glass, I read the back and discovered that 20% of this blend is aged in white wine barrels, which explains the beautiful white wine and pear notes mentioned earlier. What a great beer. Very impressive. This stands out in an over-saturated market of American craft beer, no doubt about it. I am rating this extra high for its precision and creative approach.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,234 ratings.