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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,653 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,653
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 170
Gots: 673 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

2011 Edition.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a fair amount of particulates in suspension and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a dense thick patch with a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: A very interesting smell to this beer and one that is unexpected for the style. There is a significant amount of funkiness in the aroma along with citrus and sour hints. There are also some floral notes as well as hints of spices (like clove and coriander).

T: The taste is very similar to the smell of this beer, there are significant notes of citrus (mostly orange/orange peel) along with some prominent spice notes (clove and coriander). Additionally there is quite a bit of funkiness in the flavor as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: The beer is quite tasty and enjoyable though is a little too intense in flavor to be sessionable - this is a very good sipping beer. I found the beer to be quite refreshing. The funkiness of this beer might make it a little less approachable for folks that are not fans of that flavor profile.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JaredKent
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly golden in color, considerably hazy. Pours a nice white head that is about an fingers width. This definitely sticks around for quite a bit.

Scent: I get quite a bit of clove up front with a bit of the orange peel. The clove aroma reminds me the minty characteristics of birch beer, which I absolutely love. I dont get too much from the wine barrels, but there is definitely something complex about this beer, something I just can't place my finger on.

Taste: Lots of flavors coming right out of the gate. Again I get clove and orange peel. The typical funk associated with Belgian yeast strains is present, but very mildly. The oak wine barrels do a great job smoothing this out. The flavors of the wheat and the citrus are all tied together with the oak. Luckily the oak doesn't overpower this light beer, it's just present enough to bring it all in.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy to drink with a light body. The carbonation is prominent which I expect from a good Belgian Wit.

Overall: Goose Island has succeeded in take the simple Belgian Wit and turned it into something more complex and interesting. The spice combination in addition to the oak aging in wine barrels really adds new flavors unseen in many other beers of this style.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 poured in a duvel tulip. Pours a hazy gold with a inch thick white head that lingers with ok lacing. Aroma is white grapes, yeast, and mild pepper. Reminds me of a pinot grigio. Taste is white grape, golden raisin, Belgian yeast, and some pepper. Thin mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. This beer resembles champagne. Not bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a bright white head. Lots of bubblegum and clove on the nose. Some grassyness.

Nice fluffy body with nice effervescence. Tart sweetness throughout. Lemon grass flavor. White peppercorn. Some spicy yeast bite but balances out the sweetness. Complex well blended and great balance. Very good. Doesn't wow you but its finely crafted.

Photo of eriktoyra
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(The bottle gushed a lot when I opened it.)

A: Pours a golden hazed liquid with lots of carbonation. Looks like sparkling wine. A huge white head is forming before it dissolves down to about one finger high.

S: Smells citrus, coriander, orange peel, honey and typical Belgian yeast. I can also find hints of bananas when taking a deep sniff.

T: Surprisingly sour, almost like lemon and lime blended with some spices. Black pepper at the end. Hints of Belgian yeast.

M: Light body with large carbonation bubbles. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste, but only slightly.

O: Smells great! But I can't find the balance I expected from it. The smell says one thing, but the taste says another thing. Maybe this bottle just needs some aging to be more balanced?

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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a straw yellow with a thin head that dissipates.

S- oak, citrus, Belgian yeast, vanilla, pear, apple, and pepper.

T- citrus, pepper, yeast, tart pear, and oak.

M- prickly carbonation with a medium to light body and a subtle heat from the alcohol content going down.

O- this is my first beer from Goose Island and I enjoyed it but I found it to be to yeasty. I would like to see how Sofie gets with age.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Photo of rdilauro
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured nicely as a beer. But was it really more like sparkling wine than beer? This Saison was very light, crisp and delicate with a number of floral overtones. The initial taste was light to match up with the aroma, the start and end to this one were the same, nice, crisp and light..

If I had closed my eyes, I would have thought I was drinking a Sparkling wine (since wines from the Champagne region in France are the ONLY ones allowed to be call Champagne)

So, there was really nothing wrong with this beer, everything about it was fine, just something I could not really get into.

But for some lovers of lighter crisper delicate beers, this may have something to offer

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle to a chalice

Pours a nice reddish orange, slight haze, 2 soapy head. Lemons, orange peel, spice and hints of clove. Explosive fruit blast on the tongue, fruity pebbels, lemons, limes, oranges, slight sour/funk on the finish. Light on feel, big carbonation, very sweet a tad sour. Great saison, Sofie is always a good choice.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,653 ratings.