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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 130
Gots: 446 | FT: 17
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 ikantspel:
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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%

Bottled 2.15.12 #1130

Served into chalice

Pours a light golden with the most quickly dissapating head ive ever seen. Those bubbles were in a hurry.

Slight belgian yeast aromas along with citrus spice and everything nice. Some granny smith apple too

First thing i notice is the nice heavy carbonarion. Kinda apple tarness with belgian hops and a wonderfully pleasing aftertaste

Goose island once again blows me away with this effortless brew

08-20-2012 03:16:39 | More by ikantspel
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

10-08-2013 16:13:04 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-10-2013 23:19:43 | More by aszatk01
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-02-2014 23:23:32 | More by beerhunter13
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-21-2013 00:42:55 | More by DanGeo
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-13-2014 13:54:05 | More by tectactoe
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-15-2014 13:59:31 | More by CavemanRamblin
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-18-2013 16:32:13 | More by jono0101
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-28-2013 04:42:54 | More by MaxT
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

04-09-2010 04:11:57 | More by brownbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-10-2013 19:40:09 | More by npala86
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-03-2012 19:41:10 | More by mykd
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-04-2013 12:22:58 | More by tbryan5
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

11-09-2013 22:07:59 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-07-2014 14:13:29 | More by GameOfBeers
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

09-23-2012 22:52:18 | More by Breen
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-06-2009 02:14:07 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-22-2013 22:56:22 | More by sabitu
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-15-2012 03:11:59 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

04-21-2010 20:25:42 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-10-2014 23:25:52 | More by freshflesh
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South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-29-2013 04:12:38 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-11-2014 23:47:28 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Pale yellow with a gorgeous white head that is settling ever so gently.

Smells of light champagne, has some fruity notes.

Oh yes. Great complex flavor smoothly washes over my tongue, followed by bit of carbonation ting and some lingering spice. Great belgian flavor, yet surprisingly light and drinkable.

Given the choice, I'd take this over Matilda.

Pairing with some Point Reyes Farmstead Toma. Works fairly well.

I burped through my nose. Burning.

05-25-2010 18:11:37 | More by andyfrancis
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-09-2014 06:12:55 | More by chip26
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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,149 ratings.