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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,332
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 142
Gots: 506 | FT: 16
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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Photo of wardealeo
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: Feb. 11, 2011
Very enjoyable farmhouse style ale.

Pours a little bit cloudy, yellow-golden with greenish tint with enough carbonation to lift a full finger persistent head. Some citrus and funk along with a bit of yeasty and spice notes. The carbonation keeps the various flavors alive and interesting. A nice range of flavors from acid-citrus elements through some sour-tartness and a touch of sweet spice. This is really nice. Refreshing and very drinkable!

wardealeo, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This took the place of Saison Dupont at my favorite bar. I've enjoyed various Saisons lately so when my husband saw this was a Saison his words to me were "Get. It. Now."

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy with a very white head. Retained the head fairly well.

Body: Medium bodied

Scent/Taste: Light. Sweet banana and grapefruit. A small amount of cinnamon spice.

I'll have to do more reading and tasting of this style, I really enjoyed this beer.

(I took what I consider adequate notes on my tasting, but frankly I was busy enjoying this with (near the end of the glass) bacon wrapped dates.)

ElizabethCraig, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sour green apples mostly. There are some nice notes of citrus and barnyard funk as well. Also, I am getting some grassy scents as well.

T - There is a nice sour green apple taste up front. There is also some nice grassy earthy flavors and a nice amount of citrus. There are some nice fruit flavors like white gapes, pear, and lemon. A mild funkiness is present as well.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some sourness that is mildly mouth puckering.

O - this has good drinkability. The flavor is good, and I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was a nice twist on the style. It was very tasty, and I would definitely pick it up again.

JizackFH, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of meatmallet
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy and golden yellow with a thick white head. Lots of visible carbonation and suspended sediment.

Smell: Good citrus smell with some grassy and floral scents as well.

Taste: Sour and a bit musty as a saison should be. Bread, cloves, yeast, lemon, and a hint of banana in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a light body. Leaves a pleasant slightly soured and sweet aftertaste.

Overall: Easy to drink at 6.5% ABV

meatmallet, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of jgagne
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very mruky golden hue, very prominent creamy white head. Exactly how it should look

S-Very nice citrus smell with some other tropical fruit aromas. great smell

T-Consistent fruity, spicy taste that begins when you take the first sip and follows through very nicely.

M-sits light but very spicy,with medium carbonation

T-Really awesome interpretation. Just enough innovation that it isnt boring or played out, but does not drift to far away from the style that leaves you confused on what your even drinking. Awesome!

jgagne, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a nice rich farmhouse aroma with white grapes and sharp apple and horse blanket. The fruit morphs into a sweeter, creamy frosting taste with lemon tart cupcake and a mild cherry finish. This is an impressive beer. It doesn't quite have the mouthfeel of classic, big bottle saison from Belgian, but Goose Island has created a great take of the farmhouse ale.

tempest, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/18/10, had on its first birthday.

A-Cloudy yellow, carbonated, generous head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lemon, oranges, hops and wheat.

T-Starts with lemon and oranges, so tartness/sourness in there as well. Not much bitterness though.

M-Light and with lots of carbonation

O-Was feeling bummed out after not doing good on my GRE but this beer put me in a better mood. It was my first go at GI's Belgians and I'll most likely have more after this one.

rlee1390, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance: Yellow! Like natural apple juice or the defunct wheat beer they sell at brew-co in Westwood california. The head is one inch and fluffy. It only sticks around for a little while.

Aroma: As soon as this beer is cracked open the aroma of breattanomices clove, wood and orange peel hit your nose.

Mouthfeel: This is the most bubbly drink I can remember having, its like when you take a first sip of club soda but with tons of flavor. Very nice.

Taste: This beer is very similar to other wild ales it tastes fantastic. Not as complex as the wine barrel aged but for 7.00$ for a 22OZ bomber, I would much rather buy this bargain.

Overall: This beer makes me feel so grateful for the good things in life! Much like the Rodenbach grand-cru this beer leaves your mouth with a taste of bubble gum candy. Very refreshing. It has a long bitter cloying finish which, I think, gives this beer character! Definitely a beer to have on a picnic or as an alternative to champagne! Also a great beer to have with a medium to full bodied habano leaf cigar!

ChanChan, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.99. Poured from the 355mL - 12 FL OZ bottle into my Schlafly Tulip Glass and has BOTTLED ON: 04/20/11

Aroma- Slight sour from the beginning with a nice orange peel aroma. Says it was aged in barrels with orange peel so this is dead on! Medium amount of floral hop that is balanced within all of these characteristics.

Appearance- Bright golden and clear body with a 1 finger head that dies down except for a ring of bubbles around the glass. Leaves a nice lacing afterwards, sudsy to be exact.

Flavor- Nice malt taste with a tart sourness that is lingers as you drink. Citrus/orange taste stays around till the finish where there is a mild bitterness. You can taste the floral hops and there is a mild spice at the end as well. Great Saison!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Highly carbonated with nice effervescent attribute, and doesn't have any strength of the 6.5% alcohol which is perfect!

Overall Impression- Have had this Saison once before (The Tavern) and was very happy with it. Easy drinkability and is very balanced. Almost a thirst quencher during a hot day. Would recommend to anyone who wants an above average Saison or even could be a first Saison for some!

DCon, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/8/10. Pours a bight golden color with a huge head that isn't going anywhere quickly. The aroma is truly that of a sweet perfume. I don't think I have ever smelled anything quite like this. There is a hint of fresh berries, orange and some spice.

Upon first sip the carbonation is very prominate and last the whole time. There is a bit more citrus in the taste but it pretty much backs up the aroma with a pepper bite. This is very refreshing but the carbonation was toned down just a bit it would be even better. It finishes very crisp and of fresh grains of paradise. This was very drinkable and well done.

lonestar4lunch, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head. As I drink the beer it leaves a little bit of lacing in my tulip glass. The smell has a nice fruity sweetness to it, a smell I can't exactly place, it seems like strawberry and a touch of mango and citrus. It also smells slightly acidic. The taste starts with a fruity sweetness, in the middle of the taste I get some light malts and towards the end it tastes a little bit sour. Mouthfeel is a medium, with energetic carbonation. Overall, this is a very different take on a Saison style, but I prefer a more traditional saison.

gkunkle, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 17, 2009. Served in Goose Island white-wine glass.

A: Pours luminously clear straw with fluffy, mountainous head that has decent retention. Foam slips away leaving ribbon-like lacing festoooning sides of glass. Nice effervescence that is just a little more sedate than sparkling.

S: Citrus peels, citrus, and spicy white pepper take lead. Next, toasty and biscuity malts. Digging, I find a white wine quality.

T: A mellow sourness joins the above elements in taste. Herbal spiciness is also present. Low bitterness and sweetness. All characteristics are very well integrated and mature. Crisp, clean finish.

M: Lighter bodied and medium, yet soft, carbonation. Not overly dry.

O: I drank this vintage about a year ago, and I am positive the extra year in the bottle has served it well. Lovely, mature American interpretation of a Saison. I suspect the barrel-aging is asserting itself a bit more now. Super drinkable.

Wadsey, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of nukem5
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden and a bit hazey huge foamy cap on this one which stays till the end and has great lacing on glass top to bottom.

S: Light banana clove light hops make all the right aromas pop so greatly.

T: Bread, clove, banana, really spice this up. 2010 pull from 4 pack which will hope to do some vertical tastings with cant wait for next year...mmm.

M: Warm, rich, medium body, just kind of rolls on tongue with some brie and wheat crackers this one is a hit.

D: Very drinkable and cant wait for next year.

Well 2011 is here and not sure how to do the vertical tastings on this web site but here goes...

A: is still a golden color but this year big carbonation levels and still great lacing.

S: This year a Mustardy tang like dill pill is present in the smell.

T: much of the same from last year but a dill pickle taste dont know if I like it yet or not.

M: Same feel as last year as I read and reminiss.

D/O: Very drinkable and overall a very tasty beer.

nukem5, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

mikesgroove, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the perfect beer for a hot summer day. pours a hazy straw color with a big white head that disappears quickly. nose detects sweet fruits and breads. has a tart taste, but not too over the top. can taste apples and oranges with a slight wheat taste in the background. nice and smooth with great carbonation. a very good brew from goose island.

match1112, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit...the post on the Goose Island web site mentioning this batch may be tainted got me thinking....and drinking. Here we go...pours a light yellow colored ale with a huge white foamy head with nice lacing. The aroma is fruity with apples, pears and some nice wine characteristics. Pleasing. The taste is good with some funk mixed in. Floral, dark fruits and a bit of wildness on the tail end. Lingering orange peel on the aftertaste which is actually quite nice. The wine seems to have disappeared but I carry on. Overall I think this brew really hits the Saison style. A lot of the American-ized Saisons are off the mark but this stays true to the style. Throwing in the 20% Belgian aged in wine barrels is a nice twist. A good beer on bottled on 2/11/11 but am curious to see how this would turn out in 4+ years as the bottle states it can develop. Will probably buy another to age and see the difference.

kaseydad, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Northsider
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Haymarket Chicago.

Appearance on this was cloudy yellow and massive head, though not lingering long. Bubbles can be seen rising through the body.

Smell was very fruity and citrusy, with hints of wheat and yeast.

Taste was excellent! I was surprised! Fruity! Zesty! Very low on the bitterness.

Overall a solid great beer, especially in the hot months. I think this is the first of this style I've had, and I can say I'm a fan! I want to try more and see how Goose Island stacks up. Even my wife loved this one.

Northsider, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/11/11 - According to GI, this batch is infected...so I went out and bought it.

Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy yellow with a few fingers of champagne-like head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

Nose is citrus - apple and lemons - and a touch of vinegar.

A sip is light and pleasantly carbonated. It's got just a hint of apple tanginess to it along with orange, coriander and a subtle grassy earthiness. Maybe the slightest bit buttery but nice a dry finish.

I hadn't had a Sofie in a long while, so I can't attest to the level of infection this may possess. Based on what I was sipping any added funkiness was welcomed. Nice and refreshing.

OldIronLungs, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of n811
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this one. 2010 Sofie poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Very foamy head from a not so gentle pour, but it settled pretty quickly. Maybe the weather or my mood, but this beer was just what I was looking for tonight - a slightly tart saison that doesn't kill you with alcohol. Phenols are muted in the smell to me, giving way to sweet with a bit of funk. Taste was a great farmhouse blend of typical saison with a bit more of a dry finish, but a long-lasting finish with just a touch of orange.


n811, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Alpar
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden hazy yellow. Big carbonation at first but dissipates quickly. A few minute floaties in there as well.

S: Funky and zesty, I love this smell. Almost like a gueze actually, but not nearly as sour. Lemons and brett.

T: Just like the smell. Tastes funky and with a blast of lemon and pepper. One of the best summer brews or year round.

M: Crisp, carbonated and thin.

O: Excellent. One of the best saisons I've had and I've had a lot. This is worth seeking out.

Alpar, May 30, 2011
Photo of sccala
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a plainly elegant label made of what feels like higher quality paper. Right up front, I have a very good feeling about this beer. Beer was consumed from an oversized wine glass.

A- Slightly hazy straw, a two finger (slightly thin) head that lasted a minute or so and wound down to a more dense, thin layer over the beer. A great powerful stream of carbonation.

S- Fresh and fruity. Spices. Fresh bread

T- Slightyly sour and fruity. Typical spice's of a Belgian Saison....coriander, citrus zest, cloves? Anise?

M- A happy, not hoppy, beer. The hops don't leave much of an inpact. They are there, but the spices are the ticket. You can't wait for the next sip.

O- Very good beer. Can't wait to taste some of GI's other belgian style ales.

sccala, May 28, 2011
Photo of claytong
1.9/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

i think i had a bad batch or something. butter dominated and stayed. not much of anything else came. was pretty sad about that as i expect nice things from goose. i have another bottle of this too, didnt buy it from the same shop so dont know if i should age it like i wanted or drink it now and see if i want to get more.

claytong, May 24, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Sofie is delight. Thanks ChadQuest for the sending me this bomber in the Go Crazy! BIF.

Sofie is listed as a Belgian Style Ale, which is really not that descriptive. From the tart and tropical fruit aroma that hissed out of the cap when I opened it, I guessed the beer was a brett-ed pale or Saison. The beer was a pale, cloudy, golden yellow with a beautiful fluffy which head. The head retention was excellent and lingered for the entire 20 minutes I was drinking this beer. Poured into a Goose Island Wine glass and Mother Earth tulip, the phenolic brett came out and the citrus peel really dominate the aroma. The beer tasted tart up front, accentuated by the high carbonation. The acidity, like lemon juice, makes it taste really juicy and almost sweet, but is ground by the earthy yeast funky and medicinal phenol. The backend of the beer is slightly bitter with a minerally finish. As the beer warms and CO2 dissipates, the funkiness is much more apparent.

This is a very excellent beer and the wild yeast character with the light malt, high carbonation and citrus flavors meld well.

Soonami, May 23, 2011
Photo of Marty30
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010,bottled 2-19-10 batch 1035. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Cloudy straw yellow body,with a two finger white head that dissapates quickly to a nice quarter inch cap.Leaves behind some nice lacing.Good carbonation and lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

S. Ripe fruits and some sour funkyness,orange peel and some coriander.I also get some lemon zest in there.Smells awesome.

T. Wow this is good. Up front you get The ripe fruits such as orange and lemon,then you get the funky belgian notes with some coriander,ends with a sour grape taste.

M. Nicely carbonated and light feel on the pallet very well carbonated.Good sour aftertaste.

Overall I love this beer! Very well made, leaves me wanting more.Very refreshing on a hot day. I will be seeking out more of this.I highly reccommend!

Marty30, May 23, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, loads of carbonation. The bottle has a considerable layer of sediment on the bottom. Even a gentle pour to avoid the sediment produced about 2 fingers of frothy white head. After a few minutes the head managed to hold firm at about a finger and a half with nice lacing, very impressive.

S- Lots of musty, earthy yeast. Fruit as well, mostly citrus (orange rind and lemon).

T- The yeast is prominent here again, lots of orange rind and some lemon as in the nose. A bit of spiciness. Hop bitterness and any tartness/sourness is on the light to moderate side.

M- Light bodied, lots of carbonation, finishes crisp and dry.

O- An enjoyable, refreshing beer. Very drinkable. I have a feeling I'll be coming back to this beer a lot during the summer.

WillCarrera, May 22, 2011
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,332 ratings.