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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,773 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,773
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 184
Gots: 753 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009

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.
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Ratings: 3,773 | Reviews: 980
Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.01/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle looking and feeling like champagne. When I first saw it sitting on the table I really was surprised that it was a beer. The Citrus notes in the ale were a bit over whelming and gave an unappetizing odor to that of rotting fruit. Which I am sure was from the yeast used in the brew. When I drank it, it was very smooth and easy. The ale tasted like vanilla with citrus and made up for the smell overall. And again the texture fools ya, because if I didn't know I was drinking a beer I would have mistaken it for some champagne.

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

Very carbonated, tastes and goes down similar to champagne. I love this beer. It has hints of vanilla and grass but with spice too

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

2014 vintage.

A: Standard Saison hazy gold appearance, but with minimal head and lacing.

S: Disclaimer: My first Bretted beer. Pineapple funk with artificial orange flavoring scent, followed by an odd, musky aroma - must be the Brett. Smells like it'll be fun to play with.

T: First few sips had me puckering. Takes a bit of getting used to for the uninitiated. Lemony sweet on first taste, fading into the funk of the nose. Bitterness is reserved, but present. First few sips I didn't like it, but after that, it morphed to godlike.

M: Standard champagne-eqsue mouthfeel, although a bit less carbonated than I'd like - perhaps to allow for the carbonation caused by further brett aging? Either way, would like more fizz.

O: Worth the experience. At the pricepoint, most worthwhile American farmhouse-style I've found. Will be a repeat.

Photo of QueenDiva2015
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It has a little kick to it but the aftertaste was really smooth

Photo of CashChel
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth taste a little sweet and slightly hoppy.

Photo of Sydney10
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Golden color.
Smell: Citrus fruits such as oranges, yeast, and grassy notes.
Taste: Grapes, champagne and slight taste of oranges.
Overall: A little tart but very good and refreshing.

Photo of carolynschaf
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. It is partially aged in Cabernet. It has orange peel. It is aged in oak barrels. The best Belgian farmhouse ale. Pairs very well with any food.

Photo of gmossii
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me more of a traditional saison. A nice pronounced citrus scent and flavor while adding a bitterness to balance the sour. The color is nothing special and I would have preferred more carbonation which I believe would have heightened the subtle fruit flavors. For some brewed here in the states, it's a contender.

Photo of whitephi
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with strong woody taste

Photo of wilgenb1
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

has smells of eggs but plenty of spice in flavor with a hint of pepper and vanilla

Photo of bmeehan
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sofie is exactly what I expect from
a saison. You can immediately taste the spices that you'd expect from a saison, but its finish is so smooth that you know you're drinking something special.

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.13/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is eggs and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is super strong, has zang to it and overpowering with unpleasantness that I can not even describe.

Photo of capilial
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice golden coloring. It has a nice undertone of spices and citurs. Golden yellow in color.

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a pale hazy straw color with a fluffly, merangue-like but quickly dissipating 1” white foam collar.
S: Faint banana, spice, orange, white pepper, perfume.
T: dry, pepper, sweet berry, orange peel, wheat, faint banana, pepper, traces of Brett.
F: Fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: Very tasty, well balanced saison with traces of Brett.

Photo of 4ster
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely lemon colour, lots of bright white froth that lasts for awhile, aromas of banana, pepper, citrus, taste is malty, citrus zest, coriander, little wine on the finish, smooth, crisp and refreshing with a bit of farmhouse funk in there too....

Photo of dbtossi
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing beer with hints of citrus

Photo of kbernthal
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, taste has a citrus quality to it but is not over powering

Photo of Bierleichen
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just not that great for everything I have heard

Photo of E-McFarden
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Peppery scents with Citrus undertones. Strong spices and orange flavors . Dry finish like champagne. Good brew

Photo of Michelleluw
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is such a fun beer! All the way back to how it's bottled. The refreshing taste with the citrus nodes gives it a wonderful and sparkling body. This is a great beer to recommend to someone who doesn't drink beer, but loves champagne and wine.

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright pale golden color, some haze. Lots of lively carbonation streaming. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Banana, spices, tropical fruit, peppery, sweet pale malts.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Peppery-fruity up front, Belgium spices, coriander, some orange zest, a bit of grape skin. Sweet pale malts, biscuit. Finish is very tart, crisp. Body is light-medium, very dry, smooth, refreshing.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

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

12 ouncer poured into a mid mouthed goblet. Light yellow and cloudy in color- reminded me of carbonated lemon juice. 1 finger head that faded quickly with minimal lacing. The smell was lemon citrus with a hint of pepper that carried over to the taste. Nice mouthfeel, tiny bubbles that danced down the tongue. This was my first Farmhouse ale. I wasn't overly wowed by the flavors but I could see myself enjoying the refreshing Ms. Sofie on the patio during a summer afternoon.

Photo of KF_MSU
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden coloring. Smells of minerals and sweetness. It is very smooth with noticeable carbonation and some citrus hints. I liked it overall.

Photo of redinge7
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very good! Easy to drink, a bit sour with strong citrus (mainly orange) flavors, but mostly mild in taste.

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 5.9.14. Drank 3.29.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, sediment laden, muted yellow with wild color range from center glass to edge of glass. Light visible carbonation that continues well after initial pour (30min in and it is still bubbling). Picture perfect, three finger, stark white head. Fades to a silky smooth, thin cap, with a moderate collar.

S: Luscious grape, blast of champagne, dried orange rind, light pepper, light lemon zest, wonderful Belgian yeast. Its like the sparkling wine your relatives gave you as a kid for Thanksgiving grew up and decided to rebel by becoming a beer.

T: Dray, sharp carbonation, dried citrus rind, some wood from the barrel, creamy vanilla, distinctly similar to oak barreled chardonnay.

M: An eruption of carbonation akin to champagne. Light, airy, washes down exceptionally dry and clean. Leaves a traces of alcohol warmth and drying grape afterwards. Once again, very similar to champagne.

O: Why on earth did I wait so long to try this? Maybe my palette wasn't ready, maybe I hadn't grown up, but damn, this is a glorious beer. A beautiful counterpart to the overwhelming crush of hop forward beers. Complex, delicate, sophisticated... this beer is perfect for any day with the simple goal of relaxation.

I look forward to setting up a vertical, as I have heard Sofie really hits its stride about three years of conditioning.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,773 ratings.