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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,597 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 168
Gots: 617 | FT: 18
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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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. This is a cloudy golden yellow color with soapy foam. Smells of Belgian yeast and spices with lots of cloves and orange. Taste combines light tartness/sourness and citrus. It is very drinkable and doesn't have as much of the strong flavors of other saisons.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2012 bottle vintage

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with only a hint of film atop the brew. Steady carbonation flow throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of clove, butter, saffron, and some dull fruity sweetness. Flavors are a bit watered down, with a toasty, slightly sour backbone of cereal and banana. The slight sour character keeps the spice notes to a bare minimum, with only a hint of oregano and clove. There is a slick, oily partial lacing left along the glass. Toasty, subtle aftertaste, with not much else to go on. The finish is quick and sharp, with a slight bitterness to it. Meh.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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%
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.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,597 ratings.