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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 142
Gots: 504 | 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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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer at top Hops a few weeks back, excited to finally give this a try. Sure enough, this lived up to the hype and without a doubt, this had to be the easiest Saison that I've ever had. The spice really wasn't here and the effervescence from the champagne really came through from start to finish. Goose Island certainly took a risk with this offering and came out better in the end for it!

The pour was good - golden, with some swirls in it and a head that was sufficient if nothing else. No lacing to be had here but with a beer this thin, I wasn't expecting one at all. Then came the aroma - lots of champagne yeast, white wine, and citrus and the mouthfeel has the consistency of the latter. It felt like a mimosa combined with the sourness of a farmhouse, minus the spice and booze. The result was a beer that went down so easily and packed the most subtle of punches, while never seeming offensive in any way. It was lively from start to finish with just enough straw, grass, and funk in here to remind me of what style this fell under.

The alcohol was spot-on too and I liked the buzz that I picked up as I made my way through this. Like the Ommegang beers, this easily matched up and may have even surpassed its counterparts from overseas while coating my mouth in the softest and slickest citrus aftermath in its wake. Somehow, everything fit in harmoniously here and this is a beer that I will be buying again, now that Spring has finally sprung. Worth a go if you love beers that are beautiful in their subtlety while pushing the edge of what's possible at the same time!

JerzDevl2000, May 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Jake's Billiards.Poured into a goblet a slight hazed lemon/strw color with a bone white head.Aromas are yeasty but not overly phenolic with a burst of citrusy lemon.Flavors of light spiced phenols and mild dough,lemon brings bright and even sharpness in the finish.The phenols are kept in check pretty well and the citrus flavors are nice if a bit sharp in the finish,not bad.

oberon, Oct 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

aszatk01, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

beerhunter13, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DanGeo, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

OhioBobcat, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle presentation of this beer is incredible. Very nice label.

Looks almost clear pouring from the bottle, but turns out to be a light straw color with some haze and a thin, bubbly white head.

The aroma and taste of this beer are both subtle. The aroma is of citrus zest, pineapple, pear, clove, mildly funky yeast, and something Champagne-like.

The taste is of mild orange and lemon zest, peppery hops, and it has a slight bit of funk to the yeast. The hops are a suprising bonus in the dry Champagne-ish finish, which works well with the brisk carbonation. I would say this is a toned-down, less banana-y Tripel, if I had to guess. Saison would have to be my second guess, even though it doesn't really have the heat presence a lot of Tripels tend to have.

Very good now, I'm thinking that a few years to soften this out, could make it outstanding.

brownbeer, Apr 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

npala86, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

mykd, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

tbryan5, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Breen
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour/Appearance: A thick, 2 finger head, with lots of lacing. a hazy golden/amber in color. Some yeast sediment noticeable.

Smell: A strong citrus smell with a hint of spice were the only notes to standout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied without an abundance of carbonation. A smooth beer with good balance.

Taste: Citrus from the orange peel very evident, though it seemed more lemon than orange. Possibly a bit of coriander lending to the spice notes.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, thought saison/farmhouse style is not noted on the bottle, it is very much evident. While no one area (appearance, smell) stood out as uniquely outstanding, the overall experience was excellent and this is a beer I'd have again and recommend.

Breen, Sep 23, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bought on 7-4-09, most recent release to hit Chicago. Pours into my glass a bright sunshine yellow with orange accents, good clarity. A nice half inch of foam and steady rising carbonation. Aromas greet me with crisp, light grain malts melding into earthy, wild yeast accents. Orange peel is noticeable with citric hops in the background as well. Spicy with a touch of mellow dry oak. Elegant.

First sip brings crisp malts met by peppery, earthy yeast flavors. Orange peel works its way in along with a kiss of brett. Flows down with a touch of bitterness and a lingering spiciness. Quite dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and light. Extremely easy to drink with well balanced carbonation. A bomber of this brew would easily disappear on a summer afternoon. Overall, a great brew and the orange peel works great without being overpowering. Will be buying more of this one.

orbitalr0x, Jul 06, 2009
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sabitu, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cervoise, the beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head. It had a sweet, candy aroma with a tiny bit of spice. Taste of cotton candy, orange, and coriander. Kind of yeasty. Medium bodied, nice drinking. I would buy this again anytime.

lordofthewiens, Apr 21, 2010
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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,326 ratings.