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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 529 | FT: 17
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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009)
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

xraided81, Mar 28, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a moderate amount of haze and a bright white head. A strong whiff of yeast greets the nose with a bit of a funk note and a nice presence of peppery spice and some fruit. Some wine-like notes with hints of grape and sugars.

A delicate balance of flavors on the palate. Lots of tart fruit character thats offset by a good dose of clove and pepper notes. Wine character comes through quite a bit as the nose had suggested.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and plenty refreshing. Overall, Sofie and a top-notch saison with a great variety of flavor in a rather light package.

Kinsman, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

guezarka, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Sofie 2011 Belgian Style Ale"

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap, bottled date 03/02/11 "2048", served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Holingshead's Deli in Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I usually enjoy beers from this brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pizza and breadsticks.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, fair thickness, and really bad (~ ten second) retention. Colour is a foggy yet transparent yellow. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Lemon peel, white wine notes, a hint of orange peel, straw, clean barley, hints of funkiness, and perhaps yeast. Lemon peel is subtly dominant. I like the funkiness. A mild strength pleasant aroma.

T: A lightly funky flavour profile. Clean malts and barley comprise the foundation, with hints of white wine and yeast. The barrel aging only comes through when I really search for it. Light lemon citrus esters lend it a nice tone. The funkiness is a bit underdone. A bit bland and simple for the style, making it a bit boring. Balanced well. Its emphasis on subtlety doesn't really off; in the end it's neither complex nor subtle - but that doesn't prevent it from being pleasant and enjoyable to drink. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours decently but far from perfectly. Carbonation is adequate. It's a bit too thin. Not refreshing, though it should be considering the style.

Dr: Drinkable but surprisingly unremarkable considering the brewery. A disappointment from Goose Island. I wouldn't have it again or recommend it to friends, but I enjoyed drinking it for what it was. The simplicity and lack of sufficient funkiness hold it back. Overpriced. Hides its ABV well. I'd probably try it on-draught.

Drank okay out of me Guinness pint glass, but a beerflute, wine glass, or tulip would all likely yield a better drinking experience.


kojevergas, Mar 19, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a nice, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of floral citrus, lemon, orange, some noble hop along with a small hint of spicy/earth character. Pretty nice, almost DuPont-ish smell.

Taste is tart, acidic up front that goes into a more sweet, fruity, honey middle and ends on a just slightly bitter note with more floral and lemon/orange, particularly orange, flavors. The finish is quite nice actually. The orange and lighter fruit notes open up as the beer warms and this makes it a good saison.

Higher, bottle carbonated carbonation and medium to light body are spot on.

I really like this beer; it is a spot on example of a saison with enough complexity to keep things interesting.

TenHornsProud, Mar 18, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Pours a hazy, bright, golden-straw color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Appearance reminds me of a berlinerweisse. Scent is slightly funky with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Definite orange peel aromas in the nose. Hints of banana and clove with the slightest tart lemon aroma. Taste is tingly once it hits the tongue. Bright citrus fruits immediately followed by banana and pepper. Wonderful Belgian yeast flavors. Lemon and orange peel with just a bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, crisp, and champagne-like. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is not my favorite representation of the saison...but it is a damn tasty beer.

DovaliHops, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

AndrewRoecker, Mar 10, 2012
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rbmjr1, Mar 09, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smiths Commons on H Street NE in DC. Served in an absolutely fabulous Goose Island glass designed specifically for Sofie.

A - A beautiful golden color with a lingering off white head. The glass presents the beer wonderfully.

S - Faint smells of Belgian funk The nose really does not follow the eventual taste...

T - Fantastic. Bright Belgian funk with some fruitiness to it. Taste is right in the farmhouse wheelhouse.

M - Nice fizzy carbonation that continues throughout the entire glass.

O - A great beer in this series from Goose Island. Very drinkable for a Belgian farmhouse. Fully recommend.

raveskdr, Mar 09, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a Witbier with white pale yellow clear color with slight cloudiness 1 finger head and lots of carbonation. Good head retention as well.

Smell- Smeels like a well made Belgian Blonde Ale with straw and earth notes and a sweetness quality.

Taste - A very interestingly uniquely flavored beer. Has a tartness / sourness in the flavor almost like champagne. Has a crisp hop presense in finish. At first it was tasty but the more I drank it the more the sourness deterred from the pleasantness of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated but slightly watery.

Overall - I give Goose Island credit for originality on this one, but its not the best tasting beer due to the sour/tartness.

bubseymour, Mar 08, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, bottled 11/11/11

A - Aggressive pour gets a billowing white head that retains well with some lacing. Body is slightly hazed yellow.

S - Yeasty, barnhouse funk with sweet lemon candy like aromas.

T - More of the citrus, lemon zest comes out in the taste, with less of the yeast character, finishing with lemon candy malts, grassy hops, and a slight yeasty twang. Lingering sweetness remains.

M - Light body, high carbonation, maybe a little too high. Still finishes crisp, but it seems a little too much sweetness hangs around.

O - Taste and smell are on-par for style, but mouthfeel is really keeping me from liking this more.

garuda, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Omer4176, Mar 06, 2012
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.