Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,527
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 162
Gots: 573 | 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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Photo of scalffd
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

765mL bottle dated 22APR13:

L: Huge head quickly dissipates down to a decent sized fluffy Belgian head.
S: Clove, some orange zest and a tiny bit of funk.
T: Much like a tripel with expected Belgian yeast flavors with a quickly passing finish of orange zest, wine, and tartness. Fades quickly.
F: Prickly carbonation, quick finish, thirst quenching. Can't complain.

Not a bad beer, but it I definitely prefer Matilda over this. I was hoping for a big vinous, tart, and bitter beer, but this was mostly just like a tripel with light funk. Maybe it needs more/less time?

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brought home in a growler. Poured into a 16 oz. traditional pub glass.

Look: Pours a straw-yellow, very slight hint of orange. Leaves behind possibly about half-inch of foam. Head dissipates somewhat quickly. Lacing is very little which was a disappointment. Kinda boring. Slight hint of bubbles floating to the top, but at least it's consistent.

Smell: Upon first takes of the aroma, I get a hint of some funky yeast aromas. Almost a wine-like aroma as well as I further inspect. Grains, malts, yeast and some wood-like aromas are also noticeable. Not exactly thrilling, but still interesting.

Taste: First sips, I sense a slight sour-like yeast presence. A little funky that blocks the real flavors underneath. As I let the brew settle, I sense slight hints of white grapes, apple, and the orange-zest. Not too bad, but a little unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: A bit above average carbonation. Quite good in that department. Finishes quite full. Not bad at all. Does leave behind a somewhat sour aftertaste.

Overall: Never was a fan of sour beers and something into this, I was quite surprised at the level. However, as the beer leaves cold temperature and enters room temperature, it does reveal some more flavors of orange and woodgrains. Not my favorite brew. I would stick with Hennepin by Ommegang or Saison-Brett by Boulevard. I may recommend to a few friends, but I definitely won't be trying again. Cheers!

Photo of bambinichole
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow great beer or blend I taste a lovely light hop with light oak lemons and and a dry white wine very nice I don't taset vanilla at all maybe I need to let warm up ? Mine was 2013 almost 2 years old

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a small wine glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: bright yellow, clear and effervescent with a pale head that went away almost immediately.

Nose: Candied lemon peel, sweet and citrusy

Taste: very light body, citrus, slightly malty, sweet and light

Overall: It almost has a fake or manufactured flavor to it. I don't think it detracts from the overall flavor.

Photo of andrew8626
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJW211
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing champainge like great body amazign taste

Photo of chrisdopeee
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

765 mL bottle, poured into a tulip glass. I paired this beer with Christmas brunch - ham, French toast, and Brie cheese. In short, this is an amazing beer. It looks great in the glass and the flavours are incredible. Subtle fruits, delicate pepper, and a dry clean finish. This is easily the lightest tasting Farmhouse Ale I've enjoyed, in the best possible way!

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ian_Alexander
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmorey
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of s35keith
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 version poured into a tulip glass. Clear, gold in color with a fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Tons of orange in the aroma with a peppery spice. The flavor has a white wine quality to it that really defines this beer for me. Very tart in the finish with some of the spice lingering. Light to medium bodied, fizzy and effervescent. A really unique and tasty beer.

Photo of brandon911
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully pale golden yellow with a fluffy head that quickly dissipates. A plethora of tiny bubbles rise to the top of the glass. The beer smells of belgian spice and yeast, with some slight citrus. The taste is where the citrus tart and fruit comes out, complimenting the belgian yeast and spice character. Pears, green apples, and green grapes. The slightest hint of orange peel. Mildly tart dry aftertaste with a tiny bit of funk. Creamy and bubbly like a champagne. Immensely drinkable. A standout saison for my money.

Photo of Dougish
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of inonesock
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abagofit
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaemeno3
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.