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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,020
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 127
Gots: 396 | 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 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
Photo of jlindros


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

I have to give some credit to heliosphann for giving me this in a trade earlier back, but now it's available here finally. So glad I can get my Goose Island now.

A: Pours a creamy live big bubbled head of about a finger, bottle conditioned style. It doesn't even seem to fade, but may be getting help from the trillions of bubbles rising to the top from the etch at the bottom of my Sam Adams pint glass. It's a hazy bright golden yellow color with a slight glow. Lots of haze though.

N: Very Bavarian wheat like on the nose. Lots of spicy yeast and malt aromas. Lots of wheat, citrus, banana, lemongrass. Theres a slight strong yeasty farmhouse like aroma, with spiciness and earthy aromas.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, lots of wheat to start. It has a yeast that is bright and slightly earthy/spicy. Lots of banana, some lemongrass, straw, etc. Some slightly earthy bright hop flavors as well with hints of bitterness. Some other fruity flavors, almost tropical. A slight sweet malty flavor as well graces the taste.

M: Lighter body, good carbonation, slightly spicy.

F: Finishes somewhat bitter, more than I thought it would. Also pretty dry with some spicy flavors again, as well as the nice wheat finish. It also leaves some fruits and banana flavors lingering a bit. Some slight earthy tastes, but not really very long. Long finish of wheat, banana, and yeast. Would be a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:30:45 | More by jlindros
Photo of alexgash


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Bottled on July 17, 2009.

Beautiful pale, hazy, lemon yellow body. Rocky, concave, soft, long-lived, cottony white head. Zesty nose with notes of sugar cookies, white pepper, fresh hay, lemon zest, unripe banana, cloves, and some light barnyard funk/metallic character. Very nice.

Lemongrass and herbal hop bitterness up front. Acidic lemony flavors stay throughout. Musty, metallic brett character comes through mid-palate. Slightly sweet malt present with yeast, and fresh hay near the finish. Lingering citrus and yeast. Very lively, bottle-conditioned feel. Very good now, but would like to see what some age would do to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:13:27 | More by alexgash
Photo of billyzoom666


3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass from 1 pint, 6 oz bottle. I should start by admitting that this is not my favorite style of beer. Having spent a lot of time on my grandparent's farm as a kid, anything with a wheat/grain smell reminds me of grain elevators and cattle feed. So, subconsciously, I'm all ready biased against the style, although I love my grandparent's and the farm. Go figure. Anyway, This had a dark yellow coloring with no head at all. The sediment rests on the bottom of the glass as it settles. The flavor is "grainy", for lack of a better term and I think this may work well with a food pairing. It didn't do it for me as a stand alone beer. It's a little sweeter than I expected, and that only hurts the drinkability for me. Disappointing, as the guy at my beer store loves the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:37:32 | More by billyzoom666
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.5 A: Nearly clear golden straw color. Two and a half fingers of creamy/pillowy white head that retains excellently and leaves tons of pillowy lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of barnyard straw funkiness. Lemony citrus. Some clove and a pleasant yeasty spiciness. Good aroma overall, but could be more pronounced.

3.5 T: Not as fruity in the taste. Actually, it's a dry fruitiness if that makes any sense centered around lemon. Unmalted wheat is one of the more pronounced flavors. Straw funkiness again, but not as much as in the nose. Pleasant yeastiness with pepper and a touch of clove. Decently bitter.

3.0 M: Light body. Too light actually, even for a saison and thus could be a bit creamier. Carbonation is very spritzy, but fine.

3.5 D: Good brew. I like a good brett'd beer every once in a while and this one didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:47:43 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jsh420


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 07/17/09

pours a cloudy bright staw yellow with a big fluffy 2+ finger pillowy head that left no lacing reminds me of a hefe

smell is very fruity belgian yeast

taste of pears apples bananas lemons peppery grassy but a little thin compared to most saisons but the flavors are still there

mouthfeel is light crisp well carbonated but still a bit thin(adds to drinkability though)

drinkability is high - i can only imagine drinking this on a hot summer day - oh well it still is drinking nicely on this cold winter night

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:13:02 | More by jsh420
Photo of number1bum


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a bottle of this on our first night home with our second son Matthew. What a nice, light and drinkable brew for an easy going evening. Label is gorgeous in its simplicity as well.

Pours a very light straw yellow sort of color, surprisingly light and somewhat cloudy, with a quickly building three plus fingers of white head. Retention was excellent, keeping a very full, thick lace, but not too much on the sides.

Smell is bright, floral and very pleasant, with fruity and floral aromas plus a bit of funk. Light citrus notes and some zesty grapefruit, plus some apricots. Very nice.

Taste was much like the smell but I'd call the nose a bit brighter, whereas the taste was on the light side. Great flavor, but almost a tad too thin for my liking. Citrus and floral flavors primarily, plus a bit of slightly tart yeasty funk (although there was more in the nose). Just a splash of residual sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, a touch too thin as previously mentioned, but very crisp and clean. The crispness made up for the lightness, and the clean finish was very refreshing.

This was a very nice brew from GI. Clean, flavorful and very drinkable, would be an excellent Belgian brew for a warm summer evening. Drinking it on a cold night in front of a warm fire was nice as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 03:55:23 | More by number1bum
Photo of KI9A


4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sofie, where have you been all my life?!

A: Light hazy yellow. Creamy, great head, leaving lace chucks on the glass.

S: Lemony, Belgian candy-ish. Lemonhead candy ( ? ) Make me want to jump right in.

T: Lemon. Bananna. Clove. Sweet Belgian candy. Followed up by a nice slight hop bite. A little brett funk added to the mix.. Lusious.

M: Light, refreshing, awesome.

D: Big time drinkabilty with the 6.5 abv. This would be really decent summertime brew. Going to pick a couple more up, and stash them. Like to put some age on one for grins.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 02:45:43 | More by KI9A
Photo of jampics2


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

22oz bottle poured with a great head and straw color.

Aroma is some lemon zest, grape skin, clove, and Belgian yeast.

Taste is really wonderful. Stands out from other American Saisons because of three elements I really think set it apart. First off, there is this slight sour/lemon zing that adds so much without dominating. Secondly, a mild bit of funk and spice takes this to a nice place - think very mild Brett and some cloves. Finally, a grape-like sweetness makes an appearance before this one fades out to a yeast-driven finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's VERY lively, which is acceptable for the style and works well with the fresh lemon taste. Finishes very dry.

Drinkability is wonderful. A 6.5% with absolutely no noticeable alcohol and depth of flavor that keeps revealing something new across the whole drinking experience. Well constructed and executed!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 18:16:13 | More by jampics2
Photo of lenin2040

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy straw gold, moderate head
s: a little funk, grape husk, lemongrass
t: ginger, moderate tartness, bubblegum, citrus, sparkling apple cider, faint hop bitterness, finishes kind of sweet
m: delicate bubbly
d: wish i had more than the bomber!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:05:52 | More by lenin2040
Photo of Bitterbill


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a 3 finger and growing head of foam. There's a ton of bubbles rising to the top..wow. A very good looker.

The smell is grainy and funky with some lemon zest thrown in and a little bit of clove. It sure smells the part to me and that's always a good thing.

First sip and lemon zest starts things off followed by a definite Brett influence. The lemon adds a nice tartness and I'm also tasting some sweet aspects and working together brings some good balance to the flavours. Very enjoyable and I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a well made Saison.

It has a nice medium body, ditto for the carbonation..well...maybe a tad to high for my liking. I'm still glad all those bubbles I saw didn't translate to an over carbonated brew.

Drinkability? Seeing as this is right up my alley flavourwise and alcoholwise, this is a cheer joy to drink and very drinkable. Excellent example of the style!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 23:32:05 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of ckeegan04


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow and rather clear. Beautiful fluffy pillow-like head, about two fingers thick. Ridiculous retention with over one finger of foam still resting on top long after the pour. Chunky lacing left on the glass.

S - White pepper, lemon, clean earthiness. Very mild pale malts.

T - Lightly sour and very acidic fruits up front with lemon being the most dominant flavor. A hint of dustiness underneath. Lots of crisp pale malts. Peppery without being overly spiced.

M/D - Light, crisp and very well carbonated. Very easy drinking as well. Not the best saison ever, but certinaly very very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:09:11 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Two fingers of bone white head on top of a perfectly clear, straw-yellow body filled with strings of rising carbonation. The foam settles slowly and leaves only minimal lace.

S - A strong aroma of wild yeast with only moderate sourness. Lemon, pepper, and vanilla yeast notes with plenty of tart wheat backing them up. There are some standard issue, noble hop aromas lurking in the background as well, but they are mostly washed away by the other aromas.

T - Lots of tart wheat up front with moderate sweetness and some vanilla yeast notes. Tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and pepper kick in next with a bit of wild yeast and sour cherry. Finishes with significant herbal hop flavor and moderate bitterness balanced by complex yeast and a bit of malt. Lingering musty hops interact nicely on the palate with the equally musty, but mild, wild yeast character.

M - Moderately thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This distinctive interpretation of the style is quite drinkable and refreshing. The yeast is a wonderful combination of fruity saison yeast and distinct brett mustiness. The hops are subdued in the aroma, but show up in full force flavor-wise, which is a nice nod to classic hoppy saisons like Dupont and also makes for a nice contrast set against the yeast. The finish is perfectly balanced and unusually champagne-like, which leaves me thirsting for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 05:22:57 | More by nickfl
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel, you have company!

Goose Island may have hit a home-run here. Sofie begins with a murky canary-yellow with very lively carbonation, fair head formation, retention, and lacing. A fair but sturdy look.

Aromas of citrusy esters, peppery phenols, and delicate pilsner malts set the stage for a light musty, cork-like dusty note that gives it just a little more than the standard Belgian Pale Ale.

Sweet up front with pilsner malts, cracker-like lightness, and confection sweetness. Lemon-like acidity, limes, and background notes of tropical fruits (appricots, pineapple) usher in the estery mix. White pepper, cumin, orange peel, and hop earthiness come in late with sharp and decisive variations.

Somewhat fuller and sweet to initial sip but the beer quickly morphs into a peppery, citrusy, acidic dryness that makes drinkability effortless- this is where the Duvel comparisons make moste sense.

Great job Goose Island for a Belgian worthy Saison style beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 04:31:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of bluejacket74


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/23/2009. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is lemon, orange peel, peppery spice, and wheat. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some green grapes. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high (but soft) carbonation, and also has a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it's a nice and refreshing brew. I liked this beer, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 23:34:44 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours an ultra pale golden yellow color with a two finger foamy white head that decomposes in 3D...leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. The smell is aggressive, earthy Belgian yeast lemon orange, spices and banana. Nicely carbonated, the complex texture of tiny bubbles and lively bright tangerine complements the slightly understated citrus banana pear flavors. This has got to be the lightest color ale that i've had the opportunity to consider!! WOW...this is definitely a 'keeper'...would like to have a number of these in my go-to stash. Full flavored..and surprisingly full bodied...it goes to show that you shouldn't judge an ale by it's color!! At 6.5 ABV, this one is HUGELY sessionable!! This one from Gommer's Midtown in KC...highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:13:11 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of mmva321


4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip.

This comes in a beautifully simple bottle. Dated 2009.

I'm struck by the appearance. The color is a light yellow and this may be the best loooking beer to have that color of body. It looks murky, but consistent and has a very dense look. A good amount of head with a little retention, and it leaves a thick and creamy foam on the top that leaves a delicate but lasting lacing on its way down.

Superb smell. The most immediate thing is a citrus auroma consisting of lemon and orange. But it is very dense, earthy and with a full body.

Diddo from the smell. The yeast comes through a little more in the taste. But really, I get an earthy and sour taste that really shines with the mix of lemon and orange.

I'm still surprised by how substantial and full-bodied this beer is considering its pale appearance. The feel is a great consistency. Its a little carbonated, but that serves to highlight the citrus tastes, but it's also dense enough to serve well the earthy and dry yeast of the beer.

This beer is pungent and pulls no punches. This can turn people off, I'm sure, but what I get is a very well refined, well balanced and enjoyable drink that has its ingredients integrated and working together to something great.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 03:08:22 | More by mmva321
Photo of katan


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet. bottled on 10/23

A - Pours a bright, effervescent gold color. Very hazy - lots of natural yeast floating around. Head formation is quick and very strong, dissipates quickly. Leaves behind a film.

S - Very yeasty, bready, spicy. Behind it is some funky sour notes. Certainly pulls through the belgian ale aspects. Very earthy overall.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, which is matched with a light grain astringency. Mid-stream is fairly light, with some bitterness and some wild yeast and tobacco notes. Very dry. Finishes with a sweet note, has a orange peel type note combined with a sour yeast flair. Some phenolic tones in the aftertaste.

M - Light beer body, some alcohol warming on the palette. Very strong carbonation bite - incredibly carbonated. Certainly in line with a saison.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is up there, but not off the charts. A bit filling however. A good one and done from the 22oz. Might have to put a few of these away for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 03:52:43 | More by katan
Photo of Tom8Analise


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice light yellow color with a small head. Leaves very little head on the sides of the glass.

S- Smells very hoppy and fresh yet kinda bitter.

T- Tastes very similar to an IPA but with a little more bitterness and tartness.

M- Mouth feel is smooth and lightly carbonated.

D- Is good because its very refreshing and light. Could definitely drink more then one :).

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 06:00:53 | More by Tom8Analise
Photo of Vixie


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow color with just a hint of orange. Forms a full white head, which lingers for some time.

Smell is a bit grassy, a bit floral. Reminds me a bit of fresh mown hay, with just a hint of spice.

The taste is a bit of spiced fruit, no one thing stands out, but as a whole, I like the flavor. Has just a touch of hops at the finish.

Feel is decent, pretty much what I expect from the style.

I found this to be very drinkable. Had a nice flavor balance, and was very smooth. This is one I'd have no problem trying again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 01:50:45 | More by Vixie
Photo of BMoney575


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

Sampled on 11-27-09
2009 Vintage

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a fizzy head that sticks to the sides and lingers for the whole experience.

Smell is very witbier, lots of spice and light, sweet malt, with a big hit of orange if you're patient. A slight funk lets you sense the wild yeasts.

Taste is alot like the smell, subtle malt, a little spice, and some light hops to finish things off. A little sourness, and big wheat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right for the style, fizzy and light.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors are not overpowering, and the abv is reasonable.

Overall, a solid beer, but a bit too plain to bee anything better.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:50:00 | More by BMoney575
Photo of david131


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

A- A creamy yellow liquid with a moderate white head that is remarkably creamy. There is a nice column of carbonation coming to the surface. Pretty nice.

S- Lemon, white bread, horse blanket funk, coriander, and orange meat. Complex and very appealing.

T- Lemon peel, grapefruit, white bread, a bit of funk. Remarkably citrusy, which is nice for a bit of a change. This is complex and very interesting.

M- Creamy with a bit of an alcohol/carbonation bite at the tail end. Tart and dry on the finish. Just about right.

D- For an American take on the style, this is going to be hard to beat. Drinks nicely and really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:42:48 | More by david131
Photo of zeff80


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

Had this for Thanksgiving dinner.

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a white, bubbly, two-finger head of foam. Good rentention and left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, grains and some spiciness. There was a subtle funky aroma, too.

T - It had a nice toasty caramel flavor with spicy notes and strong yeast flavors. There was a slight funk to it, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale with a dry, snappy finish.

D - This is a very good saison.It went really well with Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 21:28:07 | More by zeff80
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,020 ratings.