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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,442
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 155
Gots: 538 | 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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Reviews by TheHoppiest:
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle bears a stamp, "Bottled on 4/20/11". I know I'm looking at an ale that is a year old, but having already sneaked in a sip, I can tell it is not going to negatively impact this review.

Pours a very clear pale gold color, with the slightest hint of cloudiness which appears to be due mostly to the active carbonation. Poured with an active fizzy head that quickly reduced to a thin skim of head.

Smells spicy, tart, tangy and slightly funky, with notes of white grape, hints of peppery spice, and a bit of a lemon finish.

Taste is pleasant and refreshing, with lemon tart, chardonay bite, and a fair amount of herby oregano and thyme. Finishes a bit dry and sour, but in a very refreshing way.

Light to medium bodied, the feel of this beer is just spot-on; crisp, but not harsh; refreshing, but still full-flavored; and tart, but not so much that your mouth just puckers up.

This is a phenomenal Belgian Style Ale, reminiscent more of a saison or farmhouse ale than a Belgian. Not sweet, but not too sour, with a decent amount of funk but not so much that your lips curl as you sip it down. Just think of it as the Goldilocks of beer!

TheHoppiest, May 02, 2012
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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freshflesh, Mar 10, 2014
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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,442 ratings.