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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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3,269 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 480 | FT: 16
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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2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden color with no head nor lacing.

S - Musty from the moment I poured it. The must fades into a fruity/pear-scented aroma with a hint of a yeasty funk.

T - Mostly follows the nose, but more fruits/sweet malt than anything. Yeast adds a sort of bready flavor as well.

M - Bubbly and thin. Clean and dry finish.

D - Not too sure what I think about this one. Maybe its because I haven't had a saison in awhile, but the nose and flavor I associate with a good saison are missing.

muttyd, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2012 bottle vintage

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with only a hint of film atop the brew. Steady carbonation flow throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of clove, butter, saffron, and some dull fruity sweetness. Flavors are a bit watered down, with a toasty, slightly sour backbone of cereal and banana. The slight sour character keeps the spice notes to a bare minimum, with only a hint of oregano and clove. There is a slick, oily partial lacing left along the glass. Toasty, subtle aftertaste, with not much else to go on. The finish is quick and sharp, with a slight bitterness to it. Meh.

GarthDanielson, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mentor
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Stamp on the bottle is: 02/19/10 1716. Pours a four finger off-white head over a brilliant light straw liquid. Smells brettanomyces and some light fruits. Dusty, cherry, soured grapes. Head settles wonderfully and does leave some lacing on the glass.

Tastes bret edgy with some tangy sour and clovey phenol. Wet malt underneath with some pear esters. While light bodied, there is a dextrinous thickness when sloshed around in the mouth. Pretty simple nad the brett is distracting overall, rather than complementing.

mentor, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of emsroth
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, bottled 12/11/09

App: straw golden with a fluffy head. Medium cloudiness. For some reason, I feel like this looks a little light colored for a saison which bothers me. Hence the 3.5.

Smell: Tart and funky with a hint of spice. Sour grapes, plum skin, hint of oat-like grain, and a touch of pepper. A rather tart aroma that has me excited to try the brew--rather curious how the flavor will match.

Taste: A quick bite of carbonation and fruity funk followed by a long, slow malt. A slight wine sharpness is the middle. Very dry with a kick of grassy, herbal hops. The flavor seems to fall flat and the light body doesn't back up the flavors that are present.

It's got some nice qualities, but something about this beer falls flat for me.

emsroth, May 01, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11 ounce pour - $8.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazy, pale straw-hued body with a slim coating of white fizz.

Smell: A scent of casually chewed gum atop notes of reserved malts, coriander seed, meager pear, a little snippet of citrus, and 'nanana.

Taste: Starts with a very soft, very gentle maltiness, then the tranquility is tainted by a large dollop of icing sugar for a jarring initial sweetness. Orchard fruits, pureed bananas, and a nod towards the citrus component. All the while a taste of Chiclets. A little bitterness. Coriander spiciness, but also some pepper. Fruity Chiclet, sugary, lightly spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It was merely okay. Just barely so-so. I had rather expected this one to please with ease. Time to fire up the Smokey Robinson song, "Tears of a Clown."

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampler at Glass Nickel Pizza in Madison.

A=Very pale yellow color...not bad, but not great.

S=Faint...sweetness.

T=Lighter body and flavor than the Matacabras I've had. Citrus presence.

M=A bit lighter than I would have liked.

O=Nothing spectacular...too light in flavor and body for my liking.

dhannes, Feb 07, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Barley Island in Indianapolis' Broad Ripple district, though I've seen it at a bunch of other places.

It looks, smells, and tastes like a middling saison, which is bizarre because the bottled version is boffo. Here the citrus ain't as crisp, the yeast spice is pretty much not there, and really it's like a very fizzy blonde ale with a tiny bit of lemon added to it. There are 2 Saisons on tap at Brugge, right down the street, that are much better.

This is nuts. I've been attentively drinking beer for 6 years now, and I've never encountered one that was so different between the tap and the bottle. And it's not a matter of me not remembering the bottled version or the vintage being different or anything--I've had several bottles of both the 09 and 2010 Sofie, and all were spectacular.

mynie, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Longfellow Grill

A-Golden, slightly cloudy with no head with tons of tiny CO bubbles.

S-Slightly funky yeast, not much else to note.

T-Belgian yeast is evident, funky yeasty

M-Finishes a bit long, bitter with a fairly long tingly bite.

D-Not good for a saison

O-An okay beer but nothing too exciting. Go for Matilda instead of this one.

deebo, Jan 08, 2012
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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,269 ratings.