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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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3,501 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,501
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 159
Gots: 556 | 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:
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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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sofie builds a huge, white meringue cloud that, by volume, is five times the clear, pale yellow beer. There is lots of carbonation. The pale, yellow beer is similar to the color of champagne or straw. Puffs of lace reside on the pint glass long after the head turns to sea foam.

There is a strong, earthy funk with straw, wheat and some lemon aromas. This one is very well done, starting simple and slowly developing to include a ton of fresh grain, yeast and sweet vinegar.

Sofie is excellently balanced, opening with some sourness and acid, similar to a dry, white wine. As it warms, fresh, juicy fruits are revealed without becoming too sweet. Ultimately, herbal flavors can be detected.

A medium body with silky texture and soft carbonation makes Sofie seem lighter, initially. Finishes dry with no detectable alcohol.

The ultimate drinking beer, Sofie is interesting enough for conversation, relaxation, or just a refreshing thirst quencher.

I let some yeast sediment into the second round and found that while the beer became cloudy, the aroma picked up more of a wheat beer character with banana and clove. The flavor shifted discernibly toward the dry white wine found earlier.

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

Appearance: Hazy, straw yellow with a huge head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Champagne-like; dry and yeasty with notes of grape juice and sour apple

Taste: Just like the smell; very champagne-like. Dry, crisp and tart upfront, then a bit of sourness and soft, pale malt that is almost wheat-like. Finish is pretty fast and clean with some grape notes.

The Rest: Pretty unique, but tasty none the less. This bottle was a 2010 vintage. Bottle says it can be ages five years, but I don't see much point in that. The profile is pretty tight and clean and I don't see how aging would be very beneficial.

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

Poured a 12 oz 2011 (6/3/11 bottle date) into a pint glass

A - a light straw color that pours a creamy white head. Lots of carbonation visible to feed the head, lacing hugs the side of the glass leaving a line after every sip

S - Citrus/Sour Apple/Yeasty

T - Taste mimics the smell with a herb or spice I can't recognize.

M - Light and crisp with carbonation dancing on my tongue

O - Very solid beer by Goose Island. Will for sure buy more and and attempt cellaring them. Pulling them out in warm weather is a must.

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darn nice pour from the bomber into my glass. lots of head that settled steadily. nice lace down the glass. good steady carbonation. clean clear light gold tint. nice bready flavor. very nice beer. another gem from Goose.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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A-very golden with a nice head

S-lemon peel with a rosey or chamomile smell. nice malt smell too

T-big lemon peel smell which would make this a great summer beer. I 'm drinking this while it is 8 degrees outside. Nice maltiness but the lemon peel really hides it.

M-very light and refreshing.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,501 ratings.