Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,867 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,867
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 190
Gots: 816 | FT: 21
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,867 | Reviews: 1,000
Photo of CashChel
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth taste a little sweet and slightly hoppy.

Photo of Sydney10
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Golden color.
Smell: Citrus fruits such as oranges, yeast, and grassy notes.
Taste: Grapes, champagne and slight taste of oranges.
Overall: A little tart but very good and refreshing.

Photo of carolynschaf
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. It is partially aged in Cabernet. It has orange peel. It is aged in oak barrels. The best Belgian farmhouse ale. Pairs very well with any food.

Photo of gmossii
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me more of a traditional saison. A nice pronounced citrus scent and flavor while adding a bitterness to balance the sour. The color is nothing special and I would have preferred more carbonation which I believe would have heightened the subtle fruit flavors. For some brewed here in the states, it's a contender.

Photo of whitephi
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with strong woody taste

Photo of wilgenb1
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

has smells of eggs but plenty of spice in flavor with a hint of pepper and vanilla

Photo of bmeehan
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sofie is exactly what I expect from
a saison. You can immediately taste the spices that you'd expect from a saison, but its finish is so smooth that you know you're drinking something special.

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.13/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is eggs and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is super strong, has zang to it and overpowering with unpleasantness that I can not even describe.

Photo of capilial
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice golden coloring. It has a nice undertone of spices and citurs. Golden yellow in color.

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a pale hazy straw color with a fluffly, merangue-like but quickly dissipating 1” white foam collar.
S: Faint banana, spice, orange, white pepper, perfume.
T: dry, pepper, sweet berry, orange peel, wheat, faint banana, pepper, traces of Brett.
F: Fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: Very tasty, well balanced saison with traces of Brett.

Photo of 4ster
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely lemon colour, lots of bright white froth that lasts for awhile, aromas of banana, pepper, citrus, taste is malty, citrus zest, coriander, little wine on the finish, smooth, crisp and refreshing with a bit of farmhouse funk in there too....

Photo of dbtossi
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing beer with hints of citrus

Photo of kbernthal
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, taste has a citrus quality to it but is not over powering

Photo of E-McFarden
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Peppery scents with Citrus undertones. Strong spices and orange flavors . Dry finish like champagne. Good brew

Photo of Michelleluw
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is such a fun beer! All the way back to how it's bottled. The refreshing taste with the citrus nodes gives it a wonderful and sparkling body. This is a great beer to recommend to someone who doesn't drink beer, but loves champagne and wine.

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright pale golden color, some haze. Lots of lively carbonation streaming. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Banana, spices, tropical fruit, peppery, sweet pale malts.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Peppery-fruity up front, Belgium spices, coriander, some orange zest, a bit of grape skin. Sweet pale malts, biscuit. Finish is very tart, crisp. Body is light-medium, very dry, smooth, refreshing.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ouncer poured into a mid mouthed goblet. Light yellow and cloudy in color- reminded me of carbonated lemon juice. 1 finger head that faded quickly with minimal lacing. The smell was lemon citrus with a hint of pepper that carried over to the taste. Nice mouthfeel, tiny bubbles that danced down the tongue. This was my first Farmhouse ale. I wasn't overly wowed by the flavors but I could see myself enjoying the refreshing Ms. Sofie on the patio during a summer afternoon.

Photo of KF_MSU
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden coloring. Smells of minerals and sweetness. It is very smooth with noticeable carbonation and some citrus hints. I liked it overall.

Photo of redinge7
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very good! Easy to drink, a bit sour with strong citrus (mainly orange) flavors, but mostly mild in taste.

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 5.9.14. Drank 3.29.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, sediment laden, muted yellow with wild color range from center glass to edge of glass. Light visible carbonation that continues well after initial pour (30min in and it is still bubbling). Picture perfect, three finger, stark white head. Fades to a silky smooth, thin cap, with a moderate collar.

S: Luscious grape, blast of champagne, dried orange rind, light pepper, light lemon zest, wonderful Belgian yeast. Its like the sparkling wine your relatives gave you as a kid for Thanksgiving grew up and decided to rebel by becoming a beer.

T: Dray, sharp carbonation, dried citrus rind, some wood from the barrel, creamy vanilla, distinctly similar to oak barreled chardonnay.

M: An eruption of carbonation akin to champagne. Light, airy, washes down exceptionally dry and clean. Leaves a traces of alcohol warmth and drying grape afterwards. Once again, very similar to champagne.

O: Why on earth did I wait so long to try this? Maybe my palette wasn't ready, maybe I hadn't grown up, but damn, this is a glorious beer. A beautiful counterpart to the overwhelming crush of hop forward beers. Complex, delicate, sophisticated... this beer is perfect for any day with the simple goal of relaxation.

I look forward to setting up a vertical, as I have heard Sofie really hits its stride about three years of conditioning.

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is sofie king good.

Photo of Straycorn
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this... but really didn't care for it. Now I can cross this off my list for good.

Photo of Csikic93
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold. The smell of pepper is apparent right away. Spicy at first but finishes with a smooth and vanilla flavor. Feels refreshing and an overall great tasting beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Sofie has a medium, white head, a yellow-gold, quite bubbly appearance, with powdery sediment and minimal lacing. The aroma is of brettanomyces yeast, lemon, light wheat and barley, and sweetness. Taste is of the same elements, with noticeable, yet mild, bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Goose Island Sofie finishes champagne-like and drinkable.

RJT

Photo of demon
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This lightly cloudy, highly effervescent, and light yellow ale poured with a nice and airy head. Very aromatic with floral and citrus notes on the nose. Upfront there are some nice and bread-like flavors combined with some fruity and banana-apple-estery yeast flavors. Very smooth wheat beer feel and leaves a softly bitter tinge of citrus hops on the palate.

Very nice and quite different from other saison/farmhouse style ales I have had. I originally was turned off by the bottles wine-like appearance, but I am glad I tried it. I was having some strong cravings for a saison and this was the closest and only option in stock at a Ralphs here in San Diego, hidden behind the plentiful variety of California IPAs.

I can't really knock this beer because I can't detect anything at fault. This is a really well executed and good beer, without a doubt. I am a little surprised this beer is rated as high as it is though because--while it is good--my mind was not blown as it has been for other beers ranked as well as this one.

I would buy this again if I were going out to a friends house for lunch, or maybe out to a picnic. It would pair excellently with chicken or a salad. Very refreshing.

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,867 ratings.