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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,438
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 155
Gots: 534 | 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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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Bottled 02/11/11. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, wheat, slight funk, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This is the beer myself and beermeX2 used to warm up our palates while waiting for the others to arrive. A really nice saison with just a hint of some funkiness. For some odd reason I really like saisons with a touch of funk. Everything just seems to work, and this is no exception. A must try.

thagr81us, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Smchenry75 for this extra you are the man!
A - 12oz long neck, sunlight was hitting this as i was pouring into a tulip and it was absolutely stunning. pale golden haze with a 2 finger head that falls quickly to a thick ring around the edges with some bubble creating a thin foam.

A - yeasty banana flavored bubble gum covered with tart sugars and thats about all my nose is getting. straight to the point.

T - follow the nose with a touch of tart sourness that transitions into a cooked honey coated banana. very clean and crisp. good bitterness that comes in just when you think it may be too sweet then turns out for the best.

M - perfect, a tad light on the carbonation, slightly coating presence but not quite there.

O - good beer, the aroma frightened me as fas as a preconceived possibiliity that it will be overly sweet which would be weird, not the case the tart characters were done accodingly to avoid such a mess, this is great summer sunday evening beer. drink it for sofie who is feeling a little sour after the boat ride...

JayAre46, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw color that turns hazy in the glass. A one finger white head rests on top. The haze is thick, but particulate, and is quite attractive. Head retention is not great, nor is lacing.

S: On the pour there is an immediate mineral-ginger-acidic aroma. Closer investigation slides more towards the acid, almost vinegary. Maybe some deep underlying fruit or sweetness?

T: The sour vinegar is dominant above any spicey or horsehair saison flavors. I get the wine barrel, but not much orange at all. It's not what I expected, but not bad. A very interesting experiment in beer for me. The orange comes through the more I drink.

M: Surprisingly little carbonation comes through to me, but that's ok.

D: This fits what I think was the brewers goal, beer for the dinner table. I could imagine serving this in place of a Sauv Blanc or alascian Riesling.

mdwalsh, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

Pours an opaque pale golden color with about a half finger of pure white foam, minimal lacing and okay retention. Smells like sweet banana and green apple, some spiciness. Taste is a nice mildly tart apple, lemon, and white pepper. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very refreshing and drinkable beer, clean flavors, pairs well with food and is great for the warm weather.

pmarlowe, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly hazy apple juice color. Fizzy head grows rapidly and then dies down to an almost nonexistent film. Minute strings of lacing line the glass here and there. A pretty looking glass of Farmhouse goodness.

S-The funky yeast is very noticeable and very attractive. There is some delicious citrusy aromas as well. Orange and lemon. A bit spicy and clovey as well. Complex and aromatic.

T-The yeast and slight funk is the first flavor that hits me. A bit sour which is a great addition. The juicy citrus and even pear is quite tasty. Belgian yeast flavor. A touch of spice.

M-Medium bodied. A bit syrupy. Carbonation is strong. The feel is not my favorite. I would actually enjoy the body to be a bit lighter and less stickiness. This is not a very big deal for me however.

O/D-I am quite impressed by this beer. I am not very familiar with the style. I did not enjoy the mouthfeel all that much, but I really enjoyed the flavor. This beer drinks incredibly easily. It begs for another sip. I really think that if I had enjoyed its mouthfeel more I would LOVE this. But I truly do still like it a lot.

VelvetExtract, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer. Pours a very nice golden color but I could not get a head out of it at all. It looks like a chardonay. How does this beer have an A-? No lacing.

Aroma is of orange peel and malt. But there is this slight weird funky smell like a bit of stinky cheese.

Taste is a bit weird too. Has a weird tart sweet malty taste. Bit of like an imperial saison. Too malty for a saison.

Mouthfeel should be dryer. Needs alot more carb too.

Overall I don't know why people are rating this so high. It's nothing that a saison should be. Especially if you look at what the standard is considered (fantome). Its not a terrible beer but has so much wrong and it is not to style at all. No thank you.

PeprSprYoFace, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden wheat color with very little head after the bartender handed this one off to me. It quickly dissipated to almost nothing. Very slight cling to the sides of the glass, and no visible carbonation. The nose on this beer is a nice balance of sweet and sour, with strong yeast notes at the front. There's also some flowers and ripe fruit (oranges and banana) in the mix here. The fruit hits your tongue right up front--predominantly orange--but this quickly moves to yeasty wheat and bread flavors. Very smooth in its transitions on the palate. The lingering aftertaste is that of orange peel and fresh bread. The mouthfeel is crisp and zesty, with a little more body than the "light" label it was given on the draught menu.

While I'm not a huge fan of saisons, this was one of the most enjoyable that I've had and would certainly be a recommendation I would make to others just trying this style for the first time. A nice bouquet and full flavors that don't overwhelm or put off. I don't think I could throw back a lot of these, but certainly worth trying again in the future.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 08, 2011
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
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,438 ratings.