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Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009

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Reviews: 1,048 | Ratings: 4,280
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Sofie is delight. Thanks ChadQuest for the sending me this bomber in the Go Crazy! BIF.

Sofie is listed as a Belgian Style Ale, which is really not that descriptive. From the tart and tropical fruit aroma that hissed out of the cap when I opened it, I guessed the beer was a brett-ed pale or Saison. The beer was a pale, cloudy, golden yellow with a beautiful fluffy which head. The head retention was excellent and lingered for the entire 20 minutes I was drinking this beer. Poured into a Goose Island Wine glass and Mother Earth tulip, the phenolic brett came out and the citrus peel really dominate the aroma. The beer tasted tart up front, accentuated by the high carbonation. The acidity, like lemon juice, makes it taste really juicy and almost sweet, but is ground by the earthy yeast funky and medicinal phenol. The backend of the beer is slightly bitter with a minerally finish. As the beer warms and CO2 dissipates, the funkiness is much more apparent.

This is a very excellent beer and the wild yeast character with the light malt, high carbonation and citrus flavors meld well.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured from a 12 oz bottle (from a 4-pack) that was less than a month old. The beer had a very nice color. The aroma was very subtle. The taste was very sophisticated and elegant. Overall a very refined beer!

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly. Slightly hazy. Smells of yeast, straw, fruity esters, apple, gives the impression it might even have a hint of tartness. Taste is heavy on Belgian yeast, pear, crisp apple, followed by vanilla, oaky character. Dry, almost cider-like mouthfeel. Such a great beer, and the price makes it hard to pass up.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Wisdom! Divine inspiration in a glass. Rivals Hennepin on all counts. Not sure it surpasses Hennepin. This calls for multiple side by side comparison tastings. How will I handle the pressure?

Pours cloudy with a full figured head and some retention. Citrus and yeast on the nose. Some Bret but nuanced and done with a light hand. No barnyard effect. Definitely one to keep in rotation. Best I've had from Goose Island.

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Photo of J9gates
2.28/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Biased towards pales, so not wild about this one. Sharp fruity taste lingers unnecessarily long on the tongue. Not much body, but you can definitely taste the slightly higher ABV. Wheat aroma.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I loved Matilda so I thought that by all the great reviews that I'd love Sofie since I love me some Belgian style beers. I was very confused by this beer. I poured it into a glass and the beer looked incredibly light looking, I tasted the beer and it tasted incredibly light (like watered down), and thus I was disappointed. I bought a 4 pack so I'll definitely be drinking it all but I'm not a fan of this one. Their beer called Matilda on the other hand was awesome. I'm not sure if they encourage aging this beer but that's what I'll be doing since as it is, it just isn't special. Maybe with time it gets better? idk.

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Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mykd
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Breen
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.