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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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985 Reviews
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Reviews: 985
Hads: 3,994
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.24%
Wants: 198
Gots: 892 | FT: 22
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: 985 | Hads: 3,994
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blu Wofl Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a bone white head, about one inch, and a few strings of lacing.

This one smells great, orange peel, citrus, saison yeast, white wine, and white pepper.

The barrel here is subtle, but you do get it. It seems like Goose Island didn't want to go full sour here, so only 20% of the blend is white wine barrel-aged. It shows subtlety and restraint on their part, because most breweries would just go for a full sour bomb here. This one starts citrusy sweet, and finishes with dry white wine and pepper. It's unbelievably easy to drink, too- tasty and drinkable.

This has a champagne like mouthfeel, lively and bubbly, with a higher level of carbonation.

A super underrated beer from Goose Island that you don't hear a whole lot about.

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Photo of deakin
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 (Bottled 4/22/15)
Look: Very light yellow, straw colored. Poured with a fingers worth of white head that quickly dissipated into a wispy foam.
Aroma: Funky and fruity. Banana, tangerine, lemon curd, fresh-cut grass. Smells fantastic.
Taste: Wow! Much bolder than I was expecting. Tart lemon juice, lots of citrus, musty in a good way. Pleasant grassy hop bitterness. A bit astringent as it warms. Much breadier with the dregs poured in.
Feel: Pretty interesting mouthfeel. It starts hugely expansive and carbonated, almost like a champagne. At the very end it dries out completely with a very crisp and clean finish.
Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. Saisons are one of my favorite styles and this is a classic example of one.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of orange peel and grainy malts.

Tastes of the grainy malts layered with orange and spices. Malts lead off with grainy sweetness. Next comes orange and lemon notes. This gives way to some clove and coriander. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering grain.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but doesn't particularly stand out.

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

765ml bottle into goblet. bottled march 19, 2015. consumed june 10, 2015

a: slightly opaque glowing pale yellow with a finger of bubbly white head

s: spicy Belgian yeast, banana notes, very bright citrusy lemon, and white grapes. good malty backbone to this as well. maybe a touch of apricot too

t: somewhat tart lemon and white grapes, followed by the Belgian yeast notes -- white pepper and overripe bananas. the sourness lingers for a bit, then the bready malt notes come in. moderately bitter on the finish with herbal and peppery notes. there is also a pinch of funky flavour

m: good medium-ish body. carbonation is too tame though

o: i like this a lot because it's just so bright and lemony. a great saison that's hitting the spot during a hot day

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Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden and straw colored; minimal head and thin lace that retains well. Aroma is sour, citric, lemony as well as some barnyard funk. Taste is fruity; pear like, some strawberry, slightly tart. The finish is herbal and peppery. Light mouthfeel and mild carbonation that retains the flavors well.
Overall, a solid saison.

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

Great looking beer, hazy and golden. Aroma has a lot of citrus notes and a little funk to it. The first sips you really get the orange and a little lemon and as the beer warms you get the pepper notes. There's a really nice smoothness on the finish. I can't pick up any of the vanilla. Overall an amazing saison. The fact I got 4 bottles discounted to 5 bucks a piece makes it taste even better. Looking forward to trying them over the next year or so to see how they develop.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2013 12oz bottle, pours hazy lemon yellow small white head, smells of yeast and smooth malts, tastes of Bright smooth hops and well balanced malt and yeast tartness, smooth mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish, carbonated very bubbly to add to the crispness and brightness

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Photo of kkleu357
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Azaitouna
5/5  rDev +22%
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

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Photo of KatieS5643
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.01/5  rDev -51%
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.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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.

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

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

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

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.

It's a very good beer.

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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.

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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.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.