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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,656
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 170
Gots: 674 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009

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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

served on tap at Breuklyn Bier Merchants

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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to the trader who sent this my way as a generous extra --

Vintage 2010

A: Gently poured from the lees, giving it a bright, clean golden hue with a few white floaties. A careful pour yields a 2.5 finger head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing or collar.

S: Tart green apple funk and hits of orange rind.

T: Not far off. Faintly funky, with crisp acidity and a touch of residual sugar. Hints of mandarin orange skin.

M: Bubbly and light with perky carbonation.

O: Nice effot from Goose Island. They've created an easily accessible Saison that I could see myself returning to.

Photo of slentz
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for this beer in a recent trade. 6/3/2011 bottle date. GI chalice at about 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour leads to a nice finger width of creamy white head that dissipates quite slowly. Beer is a golden color with a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks really nice. 4.5

S: Smells pretty funky, a little grassy, definitely picking up the Belgian yeast. Little bit of lemon and coriander. 4.0

T: Quite tart. Hmm has tough flavor to describe. A tad sweet with very little bitterness. Definitely some citrus fruit notes going on in this beer..a bit of lemon or orange...along with some white grape flavor along with Belgian yeast qualities. This is a great tasting beer, clean, refreshing, with tons of flavor. 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is light and prickly on the tongue. Very nice level of carbonation. 4.0

O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It's nice and light with a nice tart punch...exactly what I was in the mood for tonight. A nice break from the bourbon barrel stouts and IIPA's I have been enjoying lately. Really glad I got to try this. It seems that Goose Island is never disappointing as everything I have had from them has been outstanding. 4.5

Photo of charlzm
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed January 13, 2012. 2010 vintage. Tasting started with beer at 48 degrees F. Consumed in Klokke Roeland goblet/snifter.

Beer pours an amazingly clear and pretty light to medium golden with copious carbonation. Bubbles rose through the glass for the entire time I drank it. A two-finger meringue-like white head sat atop the beer on first pour and stuck around for a long time, finally becoming a thin yet still-complete layer at the bottom of the glass. Outstanding.

Beer is very aromatic: zesty lemons, powdery Belgian yeast, freshly cut grass and a slight tinge of a funk I can't quite nail down. Delicious.

Flavor reminds me of Duvel in a good way; imagine that beer with some tightly controlled funk and you're coming close. White pepper, lemon, grass and hibiscus. The flavor is so satisfying and complex that the smooth segue to the fairly bitter finish is sneaky. Pretty clean at the end, stopping short of evaporative.

Mouthfeel has restrained but still-present carbonation bite and a smooth dryness on the finish. Nearly flawless.

I drank the whole bottle myself and loved every swallow, though I got too greedy and wound up with a good amount of yeast floaters from the bottom of the bottle due to wanting to drink every single drop.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at the Clybourn brewpub.

Y'know, I think I've had Sofie a couple times before...why the hell haven't I given her the proper respect of a review yet? Let's fix it: She pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, sour wheat, pepper, dank oak, and spicy white grapes. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, orange peel, cardamom, wheat, black pepper, and spicy white wine grapes. As nice as the flavors come across, it's not as good as the smell would have me believe. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a tasty, refreshing Belgian treat. Good times.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Sofie 2011
22 oz. bottle, dated 09/15/11 1658
$7.99 @ Whole Foods Market, Union Square, NY

The two words that came to mind when I first put Sofie to my lips were 'sophisticated' and 'refined'. It's easy to make a Belgian-style beer that's bursting with flavor, but it's not as easy to do it while keeping the yeast in-check with the other flavors.

It pours a hazy, deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white. The head retention and lacing are good... it'll rise up on you if you're not careful, so pour it gently until the very end of the glass.

In the nose it's displays a light, delicately sugary malt and the juice of fresh, crisp and tart baking apples. Some wet wood and minor spice rounds it out.

In the flavor the apples clearly return, along with the gently sugary malt, but there's also a delicate carpet of spiciness for them to roll around on. I'm assuming there's Brettanomyces involved, but I can't say for sure. The tartness is clear, but I also find a bit of straw, and some mild 'leathery' notes. There's no mettalic zing to it though, nor any real barnyard, mud, or manure. If it's Brett, they've kept it very clean. A mild touch of coriander appears, and there's some gentle peppery quality to it. A bit of vanilla, and some mild orange/citrus rounds it out with a nice creamsicle note. It's light and delicate, but it's actually quite full of flavor, and it's more complex than it initially seems to be - and that's exactly what I mean by 'refined'. Too often American brewers over-do the yeast and spices, and each one stands out on its own, whereas most Belgian brewers try for a spice component that lies in the background, not necessarily revealing its complexity. This has that. It has sweetness, tartness, vanilla, citrus, sandalwood, and spice all putting something in, and at the same time pulling together to balance it. Superb...really nicely balanced and polished. It finishes in different ways as you progress through the glass, but mainly it's dry with a bit of residual tartness that then fades to leave some ever-so-subtly-chalky orange peel and old wood behind.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a bit of a dexrinous character, but still "light". And it's just gently zesty, and mainly 'airy' on the palate.

Overall, it's a remarkably charming and seductive ale. I think that almost anyone could fall in love with this beer. Worth seeking out!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Longfellow Grill

A-Golden, slightly cloudy with no head with tons of tiny CO bubbles.

S-Slightly funky yeast, not much else to note.

T-Belgian yeast is evident, funky yeasty

M-Finishes a bit long, bitter with a fairly long tingly bite.

D-Not good for a saison

O-An okay beer but nothing too exciting. Go for Matilda instead of this one.

Photo of muletrane
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/15/11

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden colour. Two fingers of fluffy white head that dissapates very quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Yeasty funkiness dominates the nose. Some spiciness in here too. Coriander? Some citrus notes too. A touch of alcohol too.

T: The yeasty funkiness comes through in the flavor as well. Citrus comes in on the back end. Finishes with some lingering funkiness and some citrus and spice. Slightly dry.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly puckery mouthfeel.

Overall this a nice representation of the style. Not really a standout Saison like I hoped it would be but still very solid.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow color with a thin off white head. Somewhat hazy in appearance, with decent lacing on my snifter glass. Nose is nice, although subdued. Funk, light fruit, spice, pepper are the main things I get. Very clean nose. Taste is good, using the same profile as the nose... but it's too sweet and clean tasting. I want more funk/meat in this beer. It's too refined and sweet for my tastes. Feel is very light, with low carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Some funk again in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a serviceable saison... but you can find much better in the style out there. Especially from Belgium. Cheers.

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,656 ratings.