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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,600 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,600
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 168
Gots: 620 | 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:
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.
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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snuggs13
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite beer by far as is 1/16/2015, can't find it yet here in Maine, but I know a few distributors that can order it for me.

Photo of Skud
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CodyMiller
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of montesown
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Crisp and clean, but still watered down taste.

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NateF90
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewCrew44
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoneyLamb
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaCrax
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a dark beer fan, I didn't know how I would feel about this, but it really did deliver. Right off the bat you get the citrus aroma and the beautiful bubbly head. On first taste, you immediately detect the wine notes, which are beautifully balanced in the mix. I really loved this beer, and I don't love a lot of lighter beers.

Photo of dramer
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dd43
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Chardonnay influence is undeniable, both in flavor and mouthfeel. These particle characteristics, the wood aspect and the slightly slick mouthfeel, become more apparent as the beer warms up from fridge temperature. I did not experience the visible carbonation levels that have been reported in other reviews. Saison yeast aromas up front, you get the grassiness and some lemon scent along with a hint of white pepper that I found appealing. Somewhat hard to nail down exactly what is going on with this beer, but it's worth trying for sure.

Photo of Adam_Wood
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Farinag16447
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SilverLab2012
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of backwardspope
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OntheLambic
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damorneau
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a good beer. I am usually a fan of darker beers, but still enjoyed the Sofie. I enjoyed he citrus notes and the zest and the hint of chardonnay.

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

Photo of dknight75
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrBoh
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour of the beer is as beautiful as the design of the bottle. Champagne like in color, a light slightly hazy yellow. A nice frothy head which doesn't last, leading to just a thin cap that leaves lacing wherever it touches.

Scent is wonderful. Just enough spice, I hate too much. A little peppercorn, bitter orange peel and nutty bread. A sweet, minty lemongrass smell lingers before the white peppercorns clean it up. The only hit on the scent is a too prevelant off smell of spent grains.

The scent was so light on the wine barrel notes, that I forgot this thing was aged in them. The taste is a quick reminder though. A really great oak taste, and light, dry chardonnay dominate. Mild peppercorns, bitter orange peels, and sour lemons balance out the wine character. The individual tastes are not extraordinary, and it's missing a fresh character, but the balance here is fantastic. Overall, light and refined is how I would describe it.

The mouthfeel is just not what I expected. I thought it would be more champagne like, instead it's like a mix of chardonnay, moscato and champage. It has a little body, best described as slick, and just a tad bit of stimulation that reminds you it is still a beer.

A very interesting and balanced beer. A little more carbonation, and some fresh character (herbs or more late addition hops?), could make it world class. But, as it stands, it's a good American attempt at a Saison.

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,600 ratings.