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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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977 Reviews
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Reviews: 977
Hads: 3,958
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 197
Gots: 875 | 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.
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Reviews: 977 | Hads: 3,958
Photo of kkleu357
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap during Madison Craft Beer week. Light body. Sweet spicy aroma with a subtle funk. Taste is slight pepper, some orange, kind of funky, with hints of citrus. Good amount of Belgian funk. (191 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To those who compare this to the taste of champagne (by which, I actually assume sparkling wine, as few have sipped on Champagne), had either never had champagne or a beer of this style.
This is not bad though. Refreshing, although not quite saison, but then thankfully not quite Flanders sour either. Would most likely skip buying it again, but would welcome it if offered for free. (383 characters)

Photo of Azaitouna
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look was crisp, gold, and refreshing. The aroma was fruity with orange being the most potent. The taste was great, it was refreshing and light. Overall a great beer that I would definitely go buy (199 characters)

Photo of KatieS5643
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer a lot. It is a clear gold color. The Scent was a mix of citrus fruit, in particular orange with an oak smell. The taste was slightly tart, with an oak or caramel type flavoring as well. Overall easy drinking. (225 characters)

Photo of buckslayer50
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really refreshing beer, tells you the different tastes you get on the label and they all come through wonderfully. Cant wait to get my hands on more, and try the other sisters! (177 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.01/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle looking and feeling like champagne. When I first saw it sitting on the table I really was surprised that it was a beer. The Citrus notes in the ale were a bit over whelming and gave an unappetizing odor to that of rotting fruit. Which I am sure was from the yeast used in the brew. When I drank it, it was very smooth and easy. The ale tasted like vanilla with citrus and made up for the smell overall. And again the texture fools ya, because if I didn't know I was drinking a beer I would have mistaken it for some champagne. (550 characters)

Photo of Meganomiidae
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage.

A: Standard Saison hazy gold appearance, but with minimal head and lacing.

S: Disclaimer: My first Bretted beer. Pineapple funk with artificial orange flavoring scent, followed by an odd, musky aroma - must be the Brett. Smells like it'll be fun to play with.

T: First few sips had me puckering. Takes a bit of getting used to for the uninitiated. Lemony sweet on first taste, fading into the funk of the nose. Bitterness is reserved, but present. First few sips I didn't like it, but after that, it morphed to godlike.

M: Standard champagne-eqsue mouthfeel, although a bit less carbonated than I'd like - perhaps to allow for the carbonation caused by further brett aging? Either way, would like more fizz.

O: Worth the experience. At the pricepoint, most worthwhile American farmhouse-style I've found. Will be a repeat. (856 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of carolynschaf
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of gmossii
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.13/5  rDev -48.2%
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. (237 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of 4ster
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.... (247 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of KF_MSU
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (150 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,420 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 (377 characters)

Photo of demon
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is like a Blue Moon on crack. Awesome! Great beer during the summer for a cook- out and served out of their bomber or 4-pack 12-oz bottles. Distributed by Goose, it is distributed to the masses all year... makes it easy to get your hands on when you want it (except the 4-packs get a little rare during the fall/winter). A super go- to for all types of tastes and preferences. (381 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally excellent Saison that seems to skirt the line between beer and wine. If you do not believe me, please try for yourself. There are notes of citrus, light wheat, grapes, semi sweet white wine, and hints of pepper here. This is very light for the ABV content it is said to have. Owned by AB/Inbev or not, this is an outstanding beer.

Would absolutely seek out and purchase again. (402 characters)

Photo of car2052
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to goblet.

A: Hazy pale yellow, with a white 1 in. head.
S: Orange zest, lemongrass, peppercorn, dill, and olive brine.
T: A lot of lemon/orange flavors, with a bit of spicy yeast qualities that add character to the fruit. Finishes crisp.
M: Light to medium. Creamy.
O: Not a bad saison. A bit too fruity for me. (339 characters)

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.