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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.


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Ratings: 2675
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%

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.

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Photo of TWStandley


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Foundry in Somerville. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

Appeared a see-through golden color, reminded me of cider/champagne. Very small white head disappeared rather quickly.

Smelled a bit tart, some apple, grape, and banana notes. Could detect a bit of a musty smell that actual made it quite appealing.

Tasted like a cross between a cider, a reisling, and a wit-bier. Very nice taste, could definitely picture myself drinking this on the porch in the heat of summer. Slightly tart, slilghtly sweet, well balanced taste.

Light and mellow mouthfeel. Matches the taste quite well. Carbonation spot on.

This was a great beer - one that I had not anticipated liking as much. Very refreshing, yet not boring. Some nice complexity with the yeast flavors. Will seek out and drink again!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 15:17:31 | More by TWStandley
Photo of danedelman


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap at Breuklyn Bier Merchants

A-very golden with a nice head

S-lemon peel with a rosey or chamomile smell. nice malt smell too

T-big lemon peel smell which would make this a great summer beer. I 'm drinking this while it is 8 degrees outside. Nice maltiness but the lemon peel really hides it.

M-very light and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 22:10:59 | More by danedelman
Photo of TMoney2591


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at the Clybourn brewpub.

Y'know, I think I've had Sofie a couple times before...why the hell haven't I given her the proper respect of a review yet? Let's fix it: She pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, sour wheat, pepper, dank oak, and spicy white grapes. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, orange peel, cardamom, wheat, black pepper, and spicy white wine grapes. As nice as the flavors come across, it's not as good as the smell would have me believe. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a tasty, refreshing Belgian treat. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 18:50:28 | More by TMoney2591
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 01:18:30 | More by deebo
Photo of KDawg


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this from tap and poured into a snifter. Clear gold color with a small head that doesn't last all too long.

Very aromatic with a good amount of citrus aromas and spices with some florals

medium/full bodied with a very smooth feel. Polished with a touch of funk along with citrus flavors and spices

this is a 2011 bottle. Should develop more funky aromas and flavors with more age, but the citrus base of it right now is very nice

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 04:46:52 | More by KDawg
Photo of seasonsix

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crystal clear bright yellow into a tulip glass, with a small but respectable head.

S - getting that classic saison yeast smell, along with a good amount of fruity/perfume aroma. so far so good!

T - really impressed here. taking a saison style and translating it nearly perfectly into the pale-ale realm. Just the right amount of peppery yeast to counterbalance all the sweetness in this beer. paired with some sautéed scallops.

O - comparing to Capt Lawrence's 'liquid gold', this pulls off the same idea more successfully of taking the backbone of the farmhouse style and re-imagining it as an american pale ale. this is a great all purpose beer for food.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 15:25:43 | More by seasonsix
Photo of jneiswender


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at canary in Jamaica plain. Served in a wine class...cool.

A. Wisp of a eggshell head. Nice gold body.

S. White sugar...slight herb.

T. White sugar and light hop flavor..
Some coriander

M. Light

D. Nice and drinkable. I would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 21:03:36 | More by jneiswender
Photo of nickthetick


3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a nice finger of frothy head doesn't stick around or hang on the side of the glass.

S: sweet pineapple, apricot, spices, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon, bananas, light malt and bread.

T: sweet yellow fruits and slightly under ripened apples come through first. They are chased by a nice lemon note and finished off with a peppery flavor that compliments well.

MF: as one should expect, middle of the road body and moderate carbonation.

O: good saison that can hold its own but is missing out on six pack potential, especially for this easy of a drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 23:43:51 | More by nickthetick
Photo of AleWatcher


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This barrel was from August of 2010 according to the bar owner.
Served in a tulip.

I LOVE this beer with 18+ months on it... so it is cool to try a glass that's about 10 months for comparison.
A bright yellow body is clear and gorgeous... White shiny froth is perfect.

Smells and tastes of lemons, limes, grassy and hay funk, kaffir leaves, perhaps some wheat malt... Slight tartness towards the finish is great.
This beer is refreshing and delicious. It is a perfect summer beer-- a few more months, and it's a perfect "I need a funky dry Saison" beer!
The body is light and airy, just right.

I'm having another.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 19:59:32 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of amphion1065


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sunset, poured into a 13 oz. tulip.

Light golden brown body, with hints of gold. Bubbly carbonation. A half-finger white head forms, leaving a ring of lace around the glass. Pretty.

A very strong banana flavor in the smell - the fruity esters are almost overpowering. Some cloves and bubblegum undergird the fruit, contributing to a rich yeast profile. This honestly smells similar to a hefeweizen, but in this case the aroma is a little muted and one-note.

The taste is quite yeasty. After an initial wave of crisp sweetness, there's a lingering grain and yeast flavor. Some citric fruit flavors, but that yeasty banana character is very present. Not a whole lot of funk in this one, but it doesn't detract from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is very nice - this tastes very fresh, and the lively carbonation helps bring out a lot of the more subdued, muted flavors.

A solid but unremarkable saison. I've had this before and will likely have it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 19:11:37 | More by amphion1065
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden wheat color with very little head after the bartender handed this one off to me. It quickly dissipated to almost nothing. Very slight cling to the sides of the glass, and no visible carbonation. The nose on this beer is a nice balance of sweet and sour, with strong yeast notes at the front. There's also some flowers and ripe fruit (oranges and banana) in the mix here. The fruit hits your tongue right up front--predominantly orange--but this quickly moves to yeasty wheat and bread flavors. Very smooth in its transitions on the palate. The lingering aftertaste is that of orange peel and fresh bread. The mouthfeel is crisp and zesty, with a little more body than the "light" label it was given on the draught menu.

While I'm not a huge fan of saisons, this was one of the most enjoyable that I've had and would certainly be a recommendation I would make to others just trying this style for the first time. A nice bouquet and full flavors that don't overwhelm or put off. I don't think I could throw back a lot of these, but certainly worth trying again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 06:15:27 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of ElizabethCraig


4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This took the place of Saison Dupont at my favorite bar. I've enjoyed various Saisons lately so when my husband saw this was a Saison his words to me were "Get. It. Now."

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy with a very white head. Retained the head fairly well.

Body: Medium bodied

Scent/Taste: Light. Sweet banana and grapefruit. A small amount of cinnamon spice.

I'll have to do more reading and tasting of this style, I really enjoyed this beer.

(I took what I consider adequate notes on my tasting, but frankly I was busy enjoying this with (near the end of the glass) bacon wrapped dates.)

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 11:32:13 | More by ElizabethCraig
Photo of Phelps


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops, inside a mini weizen glass.

Pale, golden straw in color with the slightest haze. Topped with a silky, one-finger tall crown of bubbles that soon becomes a thick, soapy oil slick. Bubbles stick to the sides in tiny, jagged groupings.

Fantastic aroma. Sweet pears, wheat, red apple, lavender, coriander, hints of banana. The faintest hint of tartness in the background. Sweet and smooth.

More wheat in the flavor, resulting in a slightly drying graininess. The fruit medley of apples, peaches and pears emerges mid-palate, mingling with hints of coriander and floral lavender. Finishes sweet, with a slight lactic tang lingers on the tongue between sips.

Lightly effervescent, with soft carbonation massaging the tongue amidst a somewhat thin body. The tang eventually builds to levels bordering on acidic, though I think it adds interest to the beer.

A little sweet for a saison, but that Sofie’s a nice lady. Very girl next door. Not sexy, but full of old-fashioned lovely that keeps you coming back for a visit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 06:40:35 | More by Phelps
Photo of hooliganlife


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ The Good Pie (paired quite well), served in goose island stemmed glass

pour was a cloudy hazy pale yellow. light fizzy head that hung around a bit.

lots of funk up front. light hints of apple and grape. light spice.

i mainly detected funk up front, horse blanket, funky yeast, etc. backing spice through out. hints of light pepper. a bit of a lemon zest with a touch of grape or green apple.

nice moderate carbonation with a bit of a bite. light and crisp.

this was delicious and paired well with a pizza covered in crushed red pepper. it was light and easy, nothing over powering. i will say not NEARLY as sour as many reviews have stated. i found it quite tame actually, very subtle but worked well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 01:39:01 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of joshk

New York

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Did someone say horse-blanket? Because it wasn't me. What is a horse-blanket?

Had on tap in Penn Station.

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a light white head.

Smell: sweet, fruity. Sour, mild pineapple and sour apple notes, some apricot . Smells like a sour candy.

Taste: light hoppy flavor, sour apple, champagne, "light fruits" (as opposed to dark fruits). Light malty flavor, "chalky yeast," light spice, floral, mild sweetness. After a while, I could taste a faint grain or wheat flavor. Very complex brew.

Mouthfeel: medium to light, certainly not super light.

Drinkability: high for Belgian style. However, I usually can't drink more than one or two belgian ales a night. Either it's the strong yeasty flavor, the occasional spice, or the complexity.

Notes: an exceptional Belgian style from the US. Reminds me of Duvel, but I like it better. Very easy drinking, my first farmhouse ale. A relatively expensive pint, but was well worth it (like six bucks and some change). Would go well with some aged gouda and crackers, or garlic pork loin, coq au vin, or other fancy shit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 02:42:40 | More by joshk
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Kramerbooks in downtown DC.

A: Poured a nearly clear, straw yellow color, with about a one finger solid white head that dissipated into a small vat of suds on top of the brew.

S: Mildly pleasant sour, with a very earthy, wheaty scent. Nothing too sweet or overwhelming here, just a bit of Belgian funk to add to the complexity of the saison.

T: Once again, a mild sourness, but with the farmhouse element winning out over the Belgian weirdness. It had a mild bitterness on the aftertaste, but nothing lingering.

M: Not too dry, especially unusual for a saison, and I would definitely describe this as a very "clean" beer in terms of its sweet/sour/wheat balance. The lacing wasn't too ridiculous and it had nice prickly carbonation.

D: Light, refreshing, and extremely drinkable (gulp-able even)! I'm glad I still have one of these in my cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 18:53:31 | More by Chaney
Photo of zhanson88


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Sofie pours a pale slightly hazy straw color with over a finger of awesome white head. Lacing is nice and clings all over the glass.

Smell: Strong smell of bananas, cloves and esters. Also a bunch of citrus in there too.

Taste: Bananas, cloves, citrus and esters combine nicely for a solid taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty light on mouthfeel with quite a bit of fine carbonation. Very crisp tasting. Drinkability is very high, this is a damn tasty beer. I was pumped the hotel pub had this on tap in Minneapolis. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 03:39:53 | More by zhanson88
Photo of CaptainIPA


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander on Downer and presented in appropriate glassware. Cheers to Patrick (father of the daughter who captained U of Michigan's sailing team) for buying the round.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. Aromas of malt, yeast, citrus and spice.

Opens with a malty spiced flavor and subtle notes of white pepper and orange peel. Earthy yeast tones surface with mild tartness. More malt and spice. Moderate hop presence with a touch of bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.

A complex and sessionable Saison that's spot on for the Farmhouse Ale style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 14:54:31 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of andyosterman


5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Especially on tap.

Occasion :: Night out w/ friends. Drank in a signature Goose Island Vintage Ales glass.

Appearance :: Light and bright. Beautiful creamy collar of foam. Left a good amount of lacing.

Color :: Straw.

Smell :: Delightful. Hints of vanilla. Slight orange. Definitely can pull out the fresh oak aged barrels.

Taste :: Tart. The oak and vanilla play subtly. The citrus from the orange zest is apparent but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel :: Dry. Effervescent. Clean.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 21:15:20 | More by andyosterman
Photo of salvo


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is straw yellow-towards-green with just a hint of lacing, no real head, lightly clouded, and medium carbonation with sharp bubbles.

Nose is grain and fresh rising sourdough with fruit esters and sour apple notes; smell is sharper than the taste, and two deep sniffs had my tastebuds firing.

Taste is mellower than the smell hints at, with pronounced tastes of wild yeast and sour green apple flavor. Mild hoppiness bitters and tempers the "sourpatch kid" sourness, greatly improving drinkability.

Goose island Sofie is a great farmhouse, a perfect companion for Black Sparrow's Pub Burger: tart and assertive, it was not aggressive or over-the-top. It's a great saisson and represents the stye and Goose Island very well. Thanks for great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 01:41:46 | More by salvo
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured yeast esters and lemon with a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft esters, a light honey sweetness and a spirited lemon zest.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a zesty and complex saison.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 15:06:23 | More by plaid75
Photo of latackbeer


4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I had Sofie I was working a beer tasting and Goose Island was there with a 1/6 of Sofie. I think I drank most of it :). The head was very impressive and the smell was unbelievable, so many smells of fruity and spicy notes. The taste well, as I stated earlier I drank most of it myself.

I buy a few pints a week from my local beer store!!

A two thumbs up for Goose Island Sofie!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 19:24:19 | More by latackbeer
Photo of HopJ


4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sofie 2010 - After having this from bottle and few times and loving it, I found it on tap multiple times while traveling. I began to crave this throughout the summer. So refreshing. Showed great complexity from smell to taste. Nothing ever stuck out too much. Sometimes I notice pepper, sometimes citrus/banana & sometimes a bit of funk. Amazing drinkability without sacrificing intrigue.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 16:31:51 | More by HopJ
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and mosltly clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles.

Aroma is overall a little weak but its fruity with a mild tartness to it.

Beer is quite tart, mild fruitiness in the midpalate. No sweetness up front. Beer is medium to light in body and the carbonation is low on the palate, just like in the glass. Beer is kind of boring, not boring just plain. Its a very mild wild ale. Overall its OK.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 17:55:23 | More by drabmuh
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with relatively large white foamy head which receded quickly.

Smells a little fruity and spicy as expected from the yeast style and some subdued earthy hops.

This is by far the best tasting saison I have had to date. So nice, not too lemony or peppery, with a nice tang finish I just can't describe but it is great. Clean, slighly tart finish, perfect if you ask me.

Certain Belgian styles can be butchered by American breweries, but this is on par if not better than the originals.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 18:15:36 | More by claspada
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,675 ratings.