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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,703
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 179
Gots: 707 | 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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Bomber bottled 2/15/12.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a rich and unforgiving head that wants to climb out of my glass as soon as I get the slightest bit rigorous with my pour. Excellent retention and lovely sound of fizz and popping bubbles.

Semi-dry aroma of yeast and critters. Some green apple and lemon and hay. Almost bretty in aroma. Gentle spice notes that play around my olfactory glands. Just a spike on the chart from hopping. Italian bread is a note that sounds from the malts.

Starts off with subdued bitterness and a playful saison yeast and finishes a little tart. Picking up more lemon and straw upfront with a lingering green apple skin sweetness that's equally tart. Elegant usage of spice notes from coriander to clove to white pepper. Light juicy apricot note. Chalky yeast finish with some caking. Enormous complexity as there are fruit and yeast components I can't quite pin down.

Medium-light bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. Feels jumpy on the tongue, but swallows with great relief. It's still quenching, yet pondering. Extremely refreshing and yet yearning. Exquisite.

I'll pour my Goose Island Sofie and look in the direction of Belgium both paying homage and pretentiously scoffing at the motherland; they might need to step their game up with this beer among the ranks. Hell of a saison, and a damn good beer overall.

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Sample: 1 bottle 2009 (2.5 years aged)

A: Straw yellow in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a medium foamy white head that lasts, a bit cloudy throughout

S: Very complex nose, apple crisp, citrus, light tropical fruits and some floral notes also, moderately fragrant

T: Much like the nose, but more subtle, tropical fruits and citrus seem to dominate, with some herbal and floral undertones, well balanced, mild flavor

M: Light and airy in the mouth, smooth and drinkable, mild citrus/floral aftertaste, not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: A subtle, and yet complex saison, definitely seems to have mellowed out with age, smooth and mild

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.