Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,527
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 162
Gots: 573 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of menkros
1.2/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

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1.6/5  rDev -61%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.3%

Photo of claytong
1.9/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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Photo of chinchill
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of steve8robin
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.