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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,140 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,140
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 130
Gots: 442 | 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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menkros

Illinois

1.2/5  rDev -70.7%

2012 bottle direct from the brewery. Pours yellow , smells like pepper, taste is not my cup of tea. Gross, too bubbly, nasty aftertaste. Drain pour. Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (basement, cement), with notes of gum/banana, lemon candy, and pepper. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Overly sweet. The nose portends this, being very gummy/banana-ish and sugary. Not very enjoyable, not good.

09-28-2012 03:44:00 | More by menkros
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mwar

Kentucky

1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

12-01-2012 22:15:50 | More by mwar
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Dayman766

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

03-02-2014 04:26:43 | More by Dayman766
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ambiguousfigures

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -57.3%

07-20-2014 06:48:41 | More by ambiguousfigures
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DeadGuyRyan

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -57.3%

10-23-2012 15:06:56 | More by DeadGuyRyan
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claytong

Vermont

1.9/5  rDev -53.7%

i think i had a bad batch or something. butter dominated and stayed. not much of anything else came. was pretty sad about that as i expect nice things from goose. i have another bottle of this too, didnt buy it from the same shop so dont know if i should age it like i wanted or drink it now and see if i want to get more.

05-24-2011 06:41:47 | More by claytong
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Chegui

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -51.2%

05-14-2013 20:34:33 | More by Chegui
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

10-10-2013 01:21:51 | More by Larrydoherty
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

12-06-2013 22:42:07 | More by Lee_Hancock
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

01-02-2014 13:10:04 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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spikechiquet

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

02-07-2013 03:22:57 | More by spikechiquet
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -41.5%

fresh 12 oz 2011 bottle - 6/3/11 date - served cold.

Appearance - a hazy pale yellow with a small white head that quickly settles to a lasting ring. Visible moderate carbonation.

The appearance is a little funky; the aroma more so. In fact, it smells like it has gone bad or is at least on the way. There's plenty of over-ripe banana, hints of pineapple and over-ripe apples, along with other less distinguishable fruits. The aroma is yeasty but also quite funky and too similar to a moldy odor. The beer is fresh from the store, however, and has a recent bottling date, so the beer should be in fine condition. Hence, I try to over look suggestions of moldy wine and take a sip.

Tasting reveals a more palatible product than the nose suggests. In fact, with a strong citrus component [mainly lemon] and mild spiciness (mainly clove) added to the funky yeast flavors, this beer is rather interesting and passably drinkable although a bit challenging -- certainly not high praise on a very hot and thirsty afternoon. Earthy with hints of sour fruits and more than a hint of yeast.

M - Good carbonation streaming up from the bottom is also evident in the mouthfeel of this medium bodied and rather crisp beer. Has an unfortunate bit of a peppery bite on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

O - While interesting, as beers in this category generally are, I cannot recommend this particular saison to any but fans of sour beers with a strong banana components. Perhaps aging is required.

08-06-2011 22:08:27 | More by chinchill
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -41.5%

Got this one on a trip to NYC...

A: Very light honey color with a thick white head that reduces quickly.

S: Very light and fruity scents. Pears, apples, etc.

T: Nope, I do not like this one. A little hoppy in flavor with hints of sausage or meat flavor. Ick! No sir, I don't like it.

M: Decent amount of carbonation and smoothness. Not perfect, but decent.

D: Hard to get down. This might be a drain pour.

All in all, I do not like this brew. You might like this brew if you like hoppy flavors with hints of apples and light fruits. Not my style, but it might be yours.

01-03-2010 04:31:49 | More by steve8robin
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39%

12-19-2012 00:24:15 | More by HeyJim
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hopsbreath

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -39%

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #2 Bombers. Thanks Jamnescameron.

Bomber #8 poured into a tulip. A very pale yellow body is capped off with a huge fluffy white head that takes up 2/3 of the glass. Moderate lacing and a continuous cap look good. Saison is the only thing that looks like this.

Smell confirms this is a saison. Lemony and funky aromas have me thinking that I'm in for a treat!

Whoa and not in a good way. Big buttery banana, is not something I like in a saison and this delivers in spades. This actually reminds me of Hennepin...which I am the lowest rater of.

Mouthfeel is sticky and moderate. High carbonation is adequate for the style. Not the best.

Drinkability is not very good I don't want this again.

As part of such a fun BIF reviews are just part of the game. Unfortunately, this was not one that I preferred. Thanks to Jamnescameron for taking the time to include this one but my personal tastes didn't jive with it.

09-26-2010 02:34:12 | More by hopsbreath
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Sazz9

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -39%

07-21-2013 21:53:42 | More by Sazz9
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qwertyiop

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -39%

01-05-2012 05:59:48 | More by qwertyiop
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -39%

01-24-2013 17:19:56 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -39%

07-21-2013 14:38:56 | More by mwbrady12
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Kevin72

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -39%

03-31-2014 11:41:31 | More by Kevin72
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39%

11-12-2012 02:57:03 | More by TheBigBoy
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AndresR

California

2.5/5  rDev -39%

09-10-2012 22:49:06 | More by AndresR
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Soge32

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39%

04-18-2014 16:51:54 | More by Soge32
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Kempski

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -39%

06-23-2013 09:29:17 | More by Kempski
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Otter58

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -39%

08-16-2014 18:58:52 | More by Otter58
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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,140 ratings.