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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,649
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 169
Gots: 668 | FT: 19
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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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of sukwonee
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow hazy body with 3 finger head that retains well. Lots of lacing.

S: Lemon, peppery, saison yeast aroma.

T: It's quite refreshing and lots of spices towards the end. Lemon, whole bunch of wheat, slight barn yard funk. Green apple taste lingering in mouth.

M: Dry, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very solid Saison.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy straw/piss yellow with a fire storm of bubbles escaping from the bottom of the glass and reminding me of champagne. The head lasts awhile at a finger width and is made of big and velvety bubbles that leave a lightly sticky and sliding lacing on the glass. The beer smells damp and fruity with a nice spicy kick. The wine barrels that the beer sat in also seem to be present as a ghost in the smell. There is some great citrus orange in the smell and a nice slight farmhouse funk. The beer tastes tart and fruity with an oh-so-slight biscuity malt background. The spices are subtler in the taste, though the orange peel distinctly kicks through in the fruitiness of the beer. A sweet, perhaps chardonnay flavor ghosts in the beer, and the farmhouse funk is present slightly as it plays with the biscuit malts, but the sweet orange citrus is the first big flavor in the beer. On further sips I also started detect nice bananay yeast, reminiscent of Matilda, which is quite nice. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and citrusy, but the sweet malt takes over more and leaves a nice glaze in the mouth. Mouthfeel is a little sharp from the initial sip with carbonation, but not too much so. The beer then mellows into a velvety clean caramel on the tongue and washes down nicely leaving slight saliva and the ghost of a tingle, and nothing else. Overall, I think this is a solid citrus saison. It reminds me of Le Merle from North Coast Brewing, only I like Sofie more in flavor and in the fact that the carbonation isn’t assaulting my tongue. Good saison, though I tend to like the spice-sentric ones more than the citrus ones, this beer is worthy of a try, though, and another lovely Belgian Style Ale by Goose Island.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium slowly dissipating white pillowy head with some light lacing. Aroma of spicy fruity esters, some citrus and banana notes, light yeast fill the senses. Taste is biscuit malt, yeast, citrus notes with some spicy fruity flavors and some nice tart bitterness. palate is a nicely balanced medium crisp body with lively mouth tingling carbonation. The finish is a sweet spicy tropical fruity flavorsome nice citrus notes, yeast ending with a lingering sweet tart bitterness with a bit of nutty flavor. Overall a very good, tasty and nicely balanced Saison. Nice.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pristine glowing yellow pour with ample amounts of bretty yeast flowing about, crisp, clean white head sits on the top with very nice lace, small bubbles and retention. Aroma, white wine, pepper, orange peel and an actually enjoyable belgian yeast vibe going through the nose, well done.

Taste, good belgian pale ale vibe, extremely dry like a saison, nice citrus profile, lemon and orange rind, some spice in a background type amount. Has kind of a light body packing lots of flavor, not any discernable alcohol heat around. Wow, I'm telling you, for not being into this style of beer, this really impressed myself and everyone else who partook in the consumption of this dandy. Good tartness, the brett is ready to go on day 1, but I'm sure I'll delay the other three bottles from my four pack a bit, maybe have the other one at the end of summer, save the other 2 for next year. The pepper seems to give the body and mouthfeel some zestiness that keeps the beer feeling lively without having to resort to over the top carbonation. Good oak flavor for rounded out complexity.

Very impressive.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle
Bottled on: 3-30-2012

80% Belgian Style Ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Served in a Goose Island Vintage glass/chalice.

Some chill haze. Bright golden color with a solid white head. Not quite as effervescent as a typical Belgian beer though. Looks like it might have some lacing. Pretty attractive beer when poured correctly and in the right glass!

Smells like soft citrus and grassy hops. Some vinous notes from the wine barrels are there, but mostly in the background.

Rich flavor, somewhat dry body. Alcohol provides some flavor/heft to the beer. Definitely get a lot of oak flavors from the wine barrel. Toasted oak? Definitely wine-like.

Flavors of citrus, toasted oak, wine grapes and a slight hint of yogurt. Not as much carbonation as expected. Overall - GREAT beer to introduce a wine drinker to craft beer. Not exactly sessionable. Good beer though and would definitely drink again. Not sure if it really captured "Belgian" though. This wine-like beer is not exactly similar to any true Belgian. I think they compare it to Saison DuPont, which I will have to revisit, but I don't think it is similar at all!

Would pair well with rich Italian seafood dishes.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,649 ratings.