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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,245
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 142
Gots: 472 | FT: 16
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

765 ml large format bottle poured into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy lemon yellow brew with a gorgeous creamy white head that retains form well, some fizzy effervescence and yeast debris floating around. Pretty beer. Wonderful nose, too ... Shockingly tropical and vinous, loads of pineapple, white grape, pear, lemon, yellow grapefruit, Juicy Fruit gum, unripe gooseberry, and dry moderately funky horse blanket. Just a hint of fresh bread. Certainly a unique farmhouse ale on nose and palate. Very quenching, dry, and sour, but with enough pear and tropical fruit to provide some balance and keep this firmly anchored outside of Orval territory (although one is tempted to draw a few comparisons). Fresh pear and pineapple galore with echoes of coriander and orange peel. Nice easy-going but still assertive brettanomyces creates an earthy dry vibe that runs parallel to the fruit element. The sour note does develop as one sips. Body on the light side, fairly high carbonation. Finishes citric, mildly floral, and bone-dry. Any malt flavor is largely buried, but if you appreciate sours or Belgian beers more generally there is much to like here. I am appreciating the meld of sweet fruit, sour fruit, and dry Belgian funk, with no one component running the show.

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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 3,245 ratings.