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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.


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Ratings: 2703
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%

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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Photo of RaiseTheBar


4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm cheating on my wife with SOFIE! Wow. Great beer. Everything I love in a beer even though it's more a Farmhouse Ale than a Wit/Hef/Belgium where my preferences are centered. I've had both the large format and 12 oz (4 pack). I'm biased towards the large format bottle but that's probably because of the outcome of finishing it vs a small 12 oz! ;-)

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 17:02:45 | More by RaiseTheBar
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(poured into a heavy, crystal goblet)

A: silky foam.... hazy, pale - but relatively translucent - faded yellow... ghostly, webby bands of lace

S: peppercorns, mango, potent floral overtones... super-bold overall... unmatched

T: funky-floral, exotic fruit.... vaguely tangy, sour-ish aftertaste (similar to Delirium Tremens?)... the spicy-peppery element seems to shrink into the background... elegant-funky core - once again, unique... veiled intensity of overall taste, but in favor of smooth quaffability

M: dry silk... no bite, not a bit sharp.... fog-like crawl... could up the dimension up a notch or two

O: apparently, I think highly of this beer and enjoy drinking it

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 03:47:52 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of DaveBlack


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Dec. 17, 2013.

A: Slightly hazy, light straw colored beer. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle was very loose, though I tried my best not to pour any. The head is big, about 1", and lasts a long time, since it's fed by a never-ending string of bubbles from the bottom.

S: Belgian yeast, green apple, lemon peel. A bit of a wet grass smell, and slightly spicy.

T: A bit of sweetness up front, followed by a crisp, almost tartness. The finish brings in lots of spicy notes, and a lingering yeasty bitterness.

M: Light and crisp and loaded with carbonation.

O: I wish that I had another bottle of this to lay down for a while. Right now it is a solid beer, good flavors, very drinkable. Unfortunately it's not as complex as it might be. Still, it is a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 18:53:58 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light straw yellow color, voluminous fluffy white head, leaves nice lacing

Smell: Lemony citrus, a little bit of light bread, and some refreshing yeast aromas

Taste: Lemony citrus tastes up front, light bready malts, some tartness to it as well. I taste some wheat in there as well. Very refreshing, yet very complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice champagne like carbonation, semi dry finish

Overall: This is a fantastic brew, one that showcases how good Goose Island brews can be, and honestly something I think is better than the Bourbon County stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:16:50 | More by MadCat
Photo of abeeronthebeach


4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like a golden blond ale of Belgian extraction. Fizzy head, good retention. Reminiscent of cider.

S - Smells of peach. Crisp, bracing, fresh and tangy. A little yeast. Sour green apple.

T - Hefe wheat accented with lemon. Mild grapefruit flavours toward the core. Musty IPA. A subtle bitter quality to the finish. Yeast, and perhaps clove also. Lots of flavours to tease out here. Complex.

M - Frothy and full-bodied. Effervescent.

O - The effect of aging with citrus peel was much more apparent than the influence of the wine barrels. Not as sour or funky as I'd expected, but this is not Sofie's fault. Multi-faceted; lots of depth to explore here. Too much bitter citrus peel for my liking but I can still give this beer respect.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 05:51:30 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a wide-mouth wine glass. Bottled on 4/24/2012. Drank on 2/22/14

A- Light and hazy yellow color with a massive pure white head that lasts and lasts. Heavy lacing, too. Bottle conditioned look.

S- Perfumed flowery Belgian yeast. Light fruit.

T-Lots of Belgian yeast and light fruit flavors. This BA blend makes it slightly sour.

M- Champagne-like feel, which I find unpleasant. Slightly sour, tart, and dry beer qualities help save it. Lots of carbonation.

O- This experimental blend works for me despite my issue with the feel. The aging showed well.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:58:52 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of osant37

New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle into a wine goblet. pours a a very effervescent glear sparkling cider color. egshell white head that quickly dissapates. the smell is pure apples and citrus with some clove and yeast funk. the tastes is just what the nose percieves. nice crisp green apple and a hint of the orange peel. delicious light clove and a hint of the wine barrel comes through. carbonation out the wazoo. washes the pallet and leaves a semi dry aftertaste. overall a great take on the style. goose island keeps doing the damn thing...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:56:25 | More by osant37
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 version from the LCBO $10.00/765ml bomber. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Ok. Opened well and poured with a nice 2" head dissipating to a film within 2mins. Opaque colour and slightly cloudy.

S- Excellent! Bread and yeast notes with citrus

T- Excellent. Belgium yeast fluffy flavors.

M- This is definitely bottle conditioned. Creamy and tart

O- Excellent and will look forward to seeing how this one ages

Food Pairing

This one matched very well today with... Sushi! A California roll, touch of wasabi and a few slices of pickled ginger was delicious.


Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 16:10:58 | More by DaveBar
Photo of GPHarris


4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


a- poured a one finger thick bubbly, eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright, bubbly golden color with some yeasties floating around.
s - green apples with a hint of funk.
t - apples, floral, with a spicy finish.
m - crisp and dry. very nice.
o - another winner from this series of beers by GI.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 17:29:16 | More by GPHarris
Photo of jwhancher


3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with nice white head. Accidentally poured some yeast in with the beer so some sediment is floating around.

Smells of lemon and citrus with a Chardonnay quality. Ever so subtle funk character but clean smelling for the most part.

Tastes citrusy upfront with slight funk but finishes extremely dry. Ample bitterness seems to balance out wheat malt which lends a slight breadiness. Has a rustic quality to it.

Feels light but ever so drinkable - crushable perhaps. Clean tasting & nice carbonation.

Overall, a very elegant beer. Would be perfect in the high heat of summer. Would pair great with fish, chicken, or a sharp cheese. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:02:20 | More by jwhancher
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

765mL bottle Christmas present (brewed Aug 19, 2013)... Poured into a Goose Island “wine glass”...

A: Lightly hazed pale gold; two-finger, fizzy white head; nice retention of a slight foam layer leaves no lace.

S: Light sour - wine like notes... sauvignon blanc-esque; some bready and musty notes, too; pepper.

T: Light cracker malt; rustic finish; citrus notes, but not too heavy; a touch of chalky bitterness.

M: Light feel, but slightly viscous; high carbonation and zing.

O: A very drinkable, refreshing ale; not as rustic / horsey as some more traditional farmhouse ales; orange peel sweetens things; quite nice!

*from notes: 01.10.14

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 23:56:26 | More by jpro
Photo of StoutItOutLoud


4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 3-24-2013. Consumed 2-11-2014.

Hazy, light straw color. Visibly carbonated, with the 1.5-finger white head fading quickly. Irregular lacing.

Yeast imparts lemon, pepper, white grape, very faint underlying banana

Tart sour spice, champagne, orange

Dry finish goes down very smooth, quite sessionable. Perhaps a tad light

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:47:52 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Photo of Or80rowley


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up @ total wine in San Antonio

A. Light yellow, slightly hazy, nice color, three finger white champagne head

S. Bright apple, lemon peel, grain funk

T. White wine grape, apple, slight vinegar on front of mouth

M. Dry, crisp, clean finish

O. Crossing the line between dry white wine, & light beer, good choice

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:49:40 | More by Or80rowley
Photo of buzzardman


4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Citrus mostly orange, light funky yeast.

Appearance: Clear light yellow, nice white carbonated head that drops quickly.

Flavor: Fruity clean citrus, light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light clean and smooth.

Overall: Really nice Farmhouse ale. I would like to be able to taste the barreled side of the ale along with the orange a little more, maybe if the blend was a little more even. Great summer day kind of beer clean and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:09:41 | More by buzzardman
Photo of TBoneJones


4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow pour, ample carbonation, low white head.
A little funk, grass, grains, white grape, sour.
Highly refreshing and a bit tart, this all blends well together to create not my favorite saison (so far) by any means, but a solid fine example I'd grab anytime. I didn't expect the grains to play in the back like they do here, but it employs a nice character to go along with the tangy/ sour aspect.
Feels well carbonated and medium/ somewhat thick for what it is.
Overall, if you dig saisons and are open to more sour and less dry, then try this one when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:44:17 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of BierJager89


4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow with a foamy white head, looks like a typical Saison.

S: Earthy nose with notes of funky Belgian yeast and lemon.

T: Poppy, lemon, floral notes, wild yeast notes, a bit tart.

M: Medium bodied, a bit too much carbonation, typical of the style.

O: Definitely worth a try. Probably their most interesting years round beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:55:51 | More by BierJager89
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into St. Feuillien oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow straw color with two fingers of fluffy/airy white head. Lots of visible carbonation and effervescence.

S - The aroma is dry and tart, with notes of citrus and apple.

T - The citrus is very upfront with this, mainly orange and lemon with some dry tart apple. There is also an element of tangy yeast funkiness. There is also a distinct sparkling apple cider aspect to this. It's dry and crisp with an interesting assortment of flavors with the various citrus and funk notes.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with high carbonation. The carbonation on this is aggressive but not overpowering, and really pops on the tongue to bring out the flavors. The aftertaste does not linger for long, however.

O - This is my first of "The Sisters," and I have to say that I loved it. It hit all the right notes with me even though saisons aren't really my style. The wine barrel and orange peel really set it apart, I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:01:55 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of Scrapss


4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a chalice.

A: light yellow, pale. light carbo action. thin head yields to a ring with minimal wispy lacing. mostly clear.

S: Light bread, pear, tart apple all combine into a nice smell. Chardonnay like notes.

T: Some mild milky funkiness, pear, tart apple, spicy bready notes. Chard-like notes in nose are present on quaff.

M: medium full, gentle finish with puckery edges and tart middle. nice carbo for creamy palate. Spritely. bitter citrus at ultimate finish. mildly drying.

O: Very nice. Other sisters are similar, but the wine barrel shines here to set the distinction.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:12:21 | More by Scrapss
Photo of BWED


3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes: On draft at Croft's Tavern, Spring City, PA. Poured into a Goose Island stemmed Matilda Glass.

A- Hazy pale yellow. Delicate white head dissipates to a ring, but leaves some good lacing.

S- Grassy, citrus, lemongrass. Subtle Brett.

T- Light grain, sweet citrus/orange, and that tangy/funky Brett.

M- Light, with a little bit of snappy carbonation. Dry tangy finish.

O- Delicate, and subtle. Very nice. The Brett fits in really well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 00:14:58 | More by BWED
Photo of ranger7


3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a glass.

A: Light, hazy gold with small white head, lots of fine bubbles.

S: Oranges and grapefruit.

T: Not bad - a bit sour and bitter mixed with sweet. Small amount of hops at the finish.

M: Not good. Fizz is strong up front, leaving only citrus and hops taste at end.

O: Not bad, but not great either. Appearance and smell lead me to believe it would be better, but unfortunately not.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 00:52:54 | More by ranger7
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged May 22 2013. A friend and I shared a bottle from this same batch back in June, which I enjoyed enough to warrant a re-tasting. I am surprised at how long these bottles have remained in stock - I am guessing a combination of the price point and the feminine name, which is guaranteed to drive away the average Sarnian hick beer shopper. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy straw yellow colour, topped at first with two fingers of frothy, sparkling white head. Great retention; the soapy foam takes quite a while to finally dissipate, emulating the same resiliency of some of my favourite Belgian blondes. In addition to plenty of lacing, an ample cap and collar are left to remain at the surface. I am loving this aroma; in addition to vinous notes of white grapes, there are additional nuances of orange peel, white pepper, clove and lemony citrus. Very fresh and fruity with undertones of Belgian yeast - it's impossible to sniff this stuff and not immediately want to take a sip.

An absolutely excellent brew - and this bottle is drinking even more nicely than the fresh one I had six months ago. The flavour is light, zesty, and a little funky, with pale malts, orange peel and lemon mingling with notes of Chardonnay and oak. The whole profile has a pleasant, understated tartness that I am really digging; this feature becomes more prominent toward the vinous finish. Coriander and clove spice vibes also show up amongst the yeasty notes in the tail end. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that gives this one a spritzy, lively mouthfeel, providing the illusion of a lighter, sessionable beer - though with such bold flavours (and 6.5% alcohol) there's no reason to rush yourself on this one.

Final Grade: 4.4, an A grade. I enjoyed Sofie quite a bit the first time I tried it, but this time around it is really blowing me away. While I've never been a big wine drinker, I have a soft spot for both Belgian blonde ales and certain white wines, so this brew is scratching all of the right itches for me. This is a top shelf beer and it is priced accordingly, but you will get what you pay for. Although it is not a traditional saison, I'd rank this up there with some of my favourite Belgian examples, including Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 07:47:15 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 765 ml bottle to a tulip.

Pours a pale and hazy straw golden color with a very full fluffy white head. When the head breaks there is some lacing left behind and a thin layer of foam.

The aroma is funky, with some mustiness and a faint sweetness as well. The flavor follows the aroma, with the funk and a distinct tartness up front, followed by a wine like sweetness on the finish. There is a light and crisp feel to this beer with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, I think this is a nice saison. While it is not my favorite style, I can appreciate this beer. This is my second time having this beer, and this bottle has a bit more age on it. I can say that I did find it more flavorful and enjoyable the second time.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:50:56 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of Mongrel


4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Pours pale straw yellow with a soapy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Moderate to light lacing.

Cool, clean nose, with tangy grapefruit and lime. A tinge of straw/wheat smell too.

Taste follows the nose very closely with juicy citrus, most notably lime, plus tart apple (think sparkling apple cider). Nice hop profile without any bitterness. There's a touch of that saison coriander/pepper spiciness, but not abrasive at all. I detect a little coconut too. Really clean and refreshing.

Dry finish with vanilla and oak flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 22:01:37 | More by Mongrel
Photo of beer-to-relax


4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 sofie. incredible. has a bit of a champagne like mouthfeel and refreshing. drank one on new years and its a great beer. lov goose island beer they make a good product whichever you pull off the shelf. Think I'm gonna leave a couple in the garage awhile and see if they cant get any better with some age. cant say enough about sofie.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:20:06 | More by beer-to-relax
Photo of Beerfull


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It feels, tastes, and looks like a citrus champagne. Drink it in a champagne glass if you don't mind your friends making fun of you. I tried it in both a tall glass and a champagne glass, and the champagne glass made a big difference. I'm going to open some to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:44:11 | More by Beerfull
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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.