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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 129
Gots: 411 | 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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip from a 22oz bottle (2009 vintage).

A - Pours a light gold color with some slight haze. It pours with a nice frothy white head that is slow to recede and has nice densely packed bubbles.

S - Very nice sweet malt hints, some grainy bready hints that quickly turn into nice clove like spiciness with some pepper as well. Very nice sweet fruit aromas, like pear and grapes. Some mild banana as well as some yeasty quality comes through. Very nice. I cant pick up on any hop character except for some at the end.

T - Tart flavors initially with some yeasty powders as well. followed by some grain character that is interlaced with some clove sweetness. There is also some mild fruit hints as the smell indicates. It is a very complex brew which you might not expect from the appearance. As it warms the flavors evolve and come alive. The tartness comes through even more as it warms and there is ample yeast character. Very good stuff. There is some mild hop character at the end with some slight bitterness and some dryness that leaves the tongue dry and clean.

M - Complex, medium bodied brew with nice falvors all over and a good CO2 content.

D - Very high and enjoyable brew. Lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:50:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, light golden color with a cap of bright white head. The collar retention was good and the lacing was good as well. The aroma was fresh, pleasant and bright. I detected citrus zest, crystal malt, an array of spices and floral hops. The flavors were very zesty with so much citrus, especially grapefruit, that it was difficult to pull much more out of it at first. The yeast and malt characters were harder to discern but I did get a general doughiness along with a pleasant yet bitter floral hops finish. No doubt a great summer beer complete with a medium body, light/medium carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Quaffable, acidic enough to pair well with food and very sessionable. Try it, like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:27:59 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of matthewsteven


4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2009 bottle poured into a tulip glass at a french place in Chicago.

Appearance- Cloudy, lemon yellow with a small, lasting head.

Smell- earthy, cut-grass smell with some lemon zest and a bit of spice at the end of the nose.

Taste- clean, a bit spicy, with big grapefruit and lemon flavors, refreshing and light.

mouthfeel- very lively carbonation, a pretty active beer.

drinkability- very clean, bubbly beer, refreshing and fruity. made for a very good contrast to the peppercorn steak i had for dinner. quite enjoyable.

overall, i was pretty impressed. i'd been wanting to try this one for awhile, but i couldn't seem to find it. it was a bit on the pricey side ($11) so hard to justify a second one at the time, but the next time i see this on a beer list i'll be sure to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:07:46 | More by matthewsteven
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours an unfiltered lemon yellow with a foamy, bright dense white head with moderate lacing and light retention, nothing exceptional. Strong citrus and yeast aroma, smells like a blue moon with a large piece of fruit in it basically (not that I would honestly have any idea what that smells like). Medium full body with effervescent carbonation and fruity, dry finish. Body has strong grain and malt basis with a nice balance of spice and fruit (orange peel, coriander, pepper, lemon zest, grape, etc). A nice refreshing saison, but something is lacking in character and complexity to get this again at this price for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 01:26:22 | More by yourefragile
Photo of ghostee


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a pale hazy yellow color with about an inch of head after a gentle pour.

Smells a bit yeasty, with a strong citrus smell, orange and lemon.

Taste is again, citrus, predominantly orange and lemon. Yeasty, and a tad sour, but not bad at all.

The feel is quite carbonated and bubbly, feels light on the tongue.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer, that would probably be great to drink outdoors on a nice summer day. Not a great beer, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:13:14 | More by ghostee
Photo of DoppleJock


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.
Bottling Date: 10/23/2009.

A: Poured a cloudy lemony-yellow. 3-inch head with lots of lacing afterward.

S: Tart citrus scents with some hints of yeast. Nice smell.

T: Tastes even better than the smell. Semi-dry citrus flavors with a mild tart aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied. Nice carbonated feel.

D: Like this one a lot. Wish I had bought two bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 01:49:24 | More by DoppleJock
Photo of peabody


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really cloudy pee yellow with two fingers of very foamy white suds. Lacing appears around the rim of the glass.
Smell is good. Lots of spices and sharp yeast strains along with a lemon pledge sort of perfume quality.
Taste is a little weak but still it has all the ingredients needed in a farmhouse.
The aftertaste is like a cloudy mess of sugars and stale beer.
Drinkability is OK but this one could be lots better.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 03:50:59 | More by peabody
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy and muted light yellow with a thin and fizzy white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, lemon, clove and a bit of barnyard funk.

The taste is both slightly sweet and slightly sour with lemon, Belgian yeast, cracker, clove and green apple.

Lighter bodied, tart and dry, with a sharp, fizzy carbonation.

A nice Saison from the folks at Goose Island. Quite tasty and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:06:49 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of champ103


3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Funky barnyard and yeast. Ripe fruits of apples, oranges, and bananas. A zesty and peppery spice.
T: Sweet fruit of oranges and bananas. Some spicy flavors and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. Dry and crisp. Not hard to drink. I can finish the bomber with no problem.

Not bad, just one dimensional. I think I was expecting a little more, not my favorite of the style or brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 01:00:47 | More by champ103
Photo of srandycarter


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


A - Murky, hefe like body, light straw. Stark white head, leaves to disk pretty fast, lots of sudsy lace.

S - Barnyard funk mostly. Malt is sneaking around in the back.

T - Sour apples, barn funk and a surprising amount of sweet malt mixes together.

M - Good carb, good coating and nice mix. Good balance and begs for another sip.

D- I am really starting to dig this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:13:41 | More by srandycarter
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GooseI sland Sophie

Clouded, "white", prodigious head, lively and lovely.

Beautiful, spicy aromatics, coriander, ginger, clove....bright and sprightly.

Spice hits the palate right up front, very spritzy, with delightful spice...Mmmm, smooth,wheaty, easy-drinking, delicious....nice, grainy/grassy texture. Some malty, spicy flavor, then all is smooth...

Spice never quits, never never flags...really great saison!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:27:44 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Jayli


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a hazy straw yellowish color. A two finger of pristine white frothy head. Head retains nicely and leaves ample sheeting of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of belgian yeast, wheat, lemon citrusy notes, and a bit of pepper.

T: Taste starts with an overflow of belgian yeast, and lemon zest. Middle is filled out nicely with wheat, clove, and pepper. This finish is full of hints of sweetness, touch of apple flavoring, hint of pear mingled with a light hop bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a slightly dry yet chewy finish.

D: NIcely balanced, flavors play very well off one another. Goes down easily and very tasty. I wish I had this on a warm, humid summer day. It's a perfect summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:52:50 | More by Jayli
Photo of morimech


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 17, 2009

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Clear, light golden in color with a very large white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Light lacing is left on the glass. The second pour from the bottle resulted in a slight haze as the yeast gets mixed in. Light vinous qualities in the aroma with hints of white grapes. Yeast phenols add some spice kick but overall the aroma is a bit understated. Things pick up with the flavor. More of the spice comes into play. Hints of cloves and pepper. Slightly fruity. Finishes extremely dry. Not a flavor that I would call rustic or typical Saison. Very clean and crisp in comparison to others in the style. Light body with effervescent carbonation makes this a pleasure to drink. Feels light and airy. A nice Belgian style ale. I wonder how this beer will develope with a few years age.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:50:43 | More by morimech
Photo of cadizkyguy


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 1, 2009 and purchased at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL last summer, I've been sitting on this brew for a special occasion and tonite's spaghetti dinner at home (the wife makes some good pasta) is the perfect time.

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. . . WOW, what an impressive head. Three inches of frothy goodness. The appearance is a winner, cloudy goodness in the glass, which smells very earthy and musty. Initial taste reminds me a a hefeweizen, lots of yeasty goodness. You can't mistake this beer for the style. I can picture some Frenchmen sitting down to a dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread with this beer in tow.

This is a nice surprise from Goose Island. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 00:05:49 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy wheat yellow, pours a small near-white colored head that recedes quickly to a film of microbubbles on top

S - Wheat, peaches, and a hint of tart fruits. Some clove as well.

T - Lightly sweet belgian yeast, clove, and a hint of lemons and banana.

M - Very light and pretty thin, the carbonation could be a bit stronger for my taste.

D - Overall a good saison, but not a great one. Would drink it if handed to me, but wouldn't seek it out over many other Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:15:50 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
Photo of Seanibus


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours palest yellow with a slow developing haze and a vast fluffy white head. Aroma is extremely spicy - clove and allspice. Flavor is extraordinarily lemony with a thick spice character. The finish has a citrus sourness and a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is amazingly thick and substantial for such a pale beer - a big surge of liquid in every sip. Very good

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:03:09 | More by Seanibus
Photo of russpowell


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is courtesy of BEERchitect, cheers Kevin!

2009 vintage pours a very effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of fluffy ivory colored head. Hazes a bit a the bottom, duh... Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy with apple peels, plus lemons

T: Apple peels, white grape, lemony hops & a wee bit of dirt & tartness up front. Tartness with a bit of golden delicious apple & lemon zest as this warms, slight dryness & a touch of Chardonnay. finishes dry with cidery character, with a touch of coriander & white pepper thrown in, plus slight acidic twang at the very end. Might just taste bit too clean to pull a 5.0..

MF: Light & spritzy, much winey & cidery aspects to this

Extremely drinkable, abv is completely hidden. This is very quaffable. Would love to age a bottle to see how this progresses in a few years, but I doubt that will happen...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:40:07 | More by russpowell
Photo of kzoobrew


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

80% Belgian Style Ale blended with 20% Belgian Style Ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Bottled 07/17.

Poured into Duvel tulip. Sparkling pear colored clear body. Very lively carbonation through out the glass, needless to say a thick and steady stream jets out from the nucleation sight. Massive four finger head appears from pour. Slowly creeps back to a slim cap leaving scattered lacing. Head is extremely bubbly and bone white.

Tart apple, lemony citrus fragrance and white wine aroma easily identified at first whiff. Spicy floral hops and a peppery characteristic help provide a balance to the aroma. Sweet pale malt base is subtle and overwhelmed but the more aromatic attributes. Funky yeast contributions are well noted but more subdued than expected.

Initial tart bite transitions quickly in to a more earthy flavor. Sweet pilsner malt and significant spice come in mid palate. White pepper and coriander provide a very dry spiced flavor. Citric flavors tickle the back of the tongue. Hop profile is very earthy, complimentary to the dryness of the brew.

Light bodied brew. Crisp and refreshing, prickly carbonation. The finish is very dry. Soft chalkiness left on the palate.

Remarkably easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed through out, pleasant flavors glide effortlessly across the palate. Sofie is one which should be sipped in order to savor the delicate flavors. Unfortunately savoring is not as easy as it sounds, the beer goes down far to easy. I will definitely seek this out in the future. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 23:12:10 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of mikereaser


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/6/09 with hophead101

A - pours a light lemon color with a big, white, fluffy foam that stuck around for quite some time

S - Belgian saison, a bit funky and fruity, lemon and oranges, apples with some pepper, light grass

T - wheaty taste up front followed by the lemony corriander and orange along with a peppery finish

M/D - hands down, i could drink this all day. wish i had more

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:10:11 | More by mikereaser
Photo of steve8robin


2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this one on a trip to NYC...

A: Very light honey color with a thick white head that reduces quickly.

S: Very light and fruity scents. Pears, apples, etc.

T: Nope, I do not like this one. A little hoppy in flavor with hints of sausage or meat flavor. Ick! No sir, I don't like it.

M: Decent amount of carbonation and smoothness. Not perfect, but decent.

D: Hard to get down. This might be a drain pour.

All in all, I do not like this brew. You might like this brew if you like hoppy flavors with hints of apples and light fruits. Not my style, but it might be yours.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:31:49 | More by steve8robin
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elegant saison, a little funky yeast aroma, along with white pepper. Pours light colour with lots of foamy head. Refreshing taste and mouthfeel, very good with supper. Elegant and not compelx, with a bit of the orange peel. Nothing really funky about the taste.Lace lines.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:06:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of birchstick


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear yellow with a huge, fluffly head

S - I got a huge hit of orange on the first smell. On the second smell, I got more earth tones and some bready malts

T - I was expecting something different from the nose, however I got a lot of soap at first. I don't know if that's a combination of the wine barrels and orange peel, but it was pretty unpleasant. Once it warmed, I was glad to get a lot of fruity and earthy tones. I could definitely make out the orange peel and the wine barrels added a touch of dark sweetness.

M - This is nice and full with a decent amount of carbonation that bites your tongue.

D - this is an interesting beer - it isn't your run-of-the-mill saison. The low abv and lighter taste makes this bomber very easy to take down. I am glad I picked this up, now I really want to try Juliet.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:05:54 | More by birchstick
Photo of Goliath


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large two inch bright white head. There is great head retention but no real lacing.

The aroma is mostly nice. There's a nice dose of orangey citrus with a bit of spice and a nice yeast character. There's also a bit of a soap aroma which is not fantastic, but doesn't detract too much.

The taste is decent. There's a light dose of pale malt up front that is quickly followed by some slightly tart citrus and a bit of yeast. Again I get a bit of a soapiness that makes the beer taste a bit washed out and weak.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. The abv is easily managed and the flavor profile is pleasing which makes for pretty easy drinking. It does have a tendency to lack a little flavor which bores me a bit. All in all it's a good beer, but I wish they took it a little bit further.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:40:23 | More by Goliath
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First beer on New Years eve! Beautiful hazy bright gold color when held to the light. Fluffy white head when gently poured into a portsmouth tulip. Aromas are delicate, muted. Some light grass, banana and other light fruits. some grassy hop bitterness up front and at the end. In between some bready yeast flavors with a bit of banana. Crisp mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness. Lovely beer. WOuld be a wonderful summer thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:54:12 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of jamie2dope


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

First beer of the night for New Year's Eve is Goose Island Sofie. Nice to see that this brewery is now distributed in Mass. Color is a hazy straw/gold with a white heading that has some serious lasting power. Very interesting smells going on such as a bit of basement must, wild flowers, orange peel, and something reminds me of lime. Very crisp and floral taste profile. I get some raw grain, green apple, pear, just a very bright tasting Saison. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and at times appears to be bordering on Witbier status. Drinkability is simply superb, and the lower ABV helps to make this an easy brew to consume. This is a top notch example of this style. Goose Island really hit a grand slam with this offering. I cannot wait till their Sour beer, Juliet, makes its way out to these parts as well. Cheers and Happy New Year.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 23:27:36 | More by jamie2dope
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.