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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,698
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 179
Gots: 703 | FT: 20
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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Ratings: 3,698 | Reviews: 953
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, bottled: 09/15/11 1556

Poured into a Schneider Weisse 2010 Jahresglas. Pours a hazy straw with a snow-white head over 2 fingers deep. The head recedes slowly and leaves a bit of lace.

The first smell that comes to mind is oak, not sure which type of wine used to age that portion of the beer, but it could be chard. Nice sweet grain aroma lying beneath the oak aroma. The taste is very pleasant the oak provides a pleasant touch of sour, a nice intro to sours, or intro to good beer for a wine lover.

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2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampler at Glass Nickel Pizza in Madison.

A=Very pale yellow color...not bad, but not great.


T=Lighter body and flavor than the Matacabras I've had. Citrus presence.

M=A bit lighter than I would have liked.

O=Nothing spectacular...too light in flavor and body for my liking.

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

Had on draft at the Foundry in Somerville. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

Appeared a see-through golden color, reminded me of cider/champagne. Very small white head disappeared rather quickly.

Smelled a bit tart, some apple, grape, and banana notes. Could detect a bit of a musty smell that actual made it quite appealing.

Tasted like a cross between a cider, a reisling, and a wit-bier. Very nice taste, could definitely picture myself drinking this on the porch in the heat of summer. Slightly tart, slilghtly sweet, well balanced taste.

Light and mellow mouthfeel. Matches the taste quite well. Carbonation spot on.

This was a great beer - one that I had not anticipated liking as much. Very refreshing, yet not boring. Some nice complexity with the yeast flavors. Will seek out and drink again!

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle. 2-19-10 "bottled on" date. Listed as a Saison, but everything about this beer screamed wit.

App- Hazy straw. Light white had and foamy lacing.

SM- A bit phosphorous. Lots of yeast esters. Orange peel and coriander. No noticeable funk effect form the barrel aging.

Ta- Very wheaty. Nice bittering hops to cut through. The spices (notable coriander and orange peel) come through nicely. Beautiful balance.

MF- After letting breathe for a few minutes the carbonation got to a nice level. Was a bit high when first opened. The wheatiness gives you that nice full-bodied mouth feel.

Dr- Amazing.

Overall the best wit I have ever had. I think this is probably because GI decided to pay the wit the attention that is has always deserved. Would love to see how this does with a little age.

Update: drinking 2 year old vintage. Aged beautifully. The brett has really developed with a nice subtle earthiness and left the beer bone dry. Well worth the time in the cellar.

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

12oz bottle. Bottle date 4/20/11. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow color. Clear as can be. About a finger of bright white head. Good carbonation from glass.

S: I get that barnyard funk actually. Mild wet hay and horseblanket scents. Tart green apple and maybe white grapes too.

T: I get that tartness on the tip of the tongue. Green apples and white grapes etc. Middle of the mouth you get that Belgian yeast character: spicy, bitterness, etc. Close is dry like a white wine. Chardonnay.

M: Light to medium bodied, with great palate clearing carbonation.

O: I really like this one. Especially like that it's a nice 12oz format and readily available. Big ups to Goose for that. Need to get my hands on some other saisons and sours from them.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
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