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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,165 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 132
Gots: 450 | 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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Ratings: 3,165 | Reviews: 892 | Display Reviews Only:
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n2185

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy gold-yellow with about two fingers of white head that dissipate into a thin film with only a little lacing.

S: Coriander and orange up front followed by a sweet Belgian yeast aroma. There's a nice floral aroma to it as well.

T: Spices and orange are the most noticeable flavors at first followed by a nice chalky Belgian yeast flavor. The aftertaste is very clean with some floral characteristics.

M: Light-to-medium body with high carbonation that accentuates the yeast flavors well.

D: Goes down very smooth and clean, making it very drinkable and refreshing.

01-28-2011 04:40:59 | More by n2185
More User Reviews:
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oberon

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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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-10-2013 23:19:43 | More by aszatk01
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-02-2014 23:23:32 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-21-2013 00:42:55 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-13-2014 13:54:05 | More by tectactoe
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-15-2014 13:59:31 | More by CavemanRamblin
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-18-2013 16:32:13 | More by jono0101
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MaxT

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-28-2013 04:42:54 | More by MaxT
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brownbeer

Missouri

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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npala86

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-10-2013 19:40:09 | More by npala86
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mykd

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-03-2012 19:41:10 | More by mykd
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-04-2013 12:22:58 | More by tbryan5
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

11-09-2013 22:07:59 | More by TimBeaulieu
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-07-2014 14:13:29 | More by GameOfBeers
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Breen

Kansas

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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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-22-2013 22:56:22 | More by sabitu
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-15-2012 03:11:59 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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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freshflesh

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-10-2014 23:25:52 | More by freshflesh
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-29-2013 04:12:38 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-11-2014 23:47:28 | More by DaftPatrick
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andyfrancis

California

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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chip26

Illinois

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 3,165 ratings.