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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,591
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 167
Gots: 619 | 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:
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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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deceptively like a belgian pale ale with ample head, copious lacing, and a yellow body that is the furthest thing from transparent.

The aroma is more funky than sweet and it hints at having it's share of sourness. There's mild spiciness, but it's mostly tart and fruit forward. Some yeast as well.

The taste is a bit toned down from what the rest of the drink suggests. It has everything described above, but in a much lighter, more drinkable version.

Surprisingly, this wasn't all too sweet, and has a very interesting profile all around. Nothing really dominates, and it's balanced quite well.

The body is medium full, thanks to the overactive carbonation. You can tell without it, it would almost feel like air inside of you.
The finish is ever so slightly dry and sticky.

Overall this was a lot better than expected. It's nice to know that Goose Island has some solid offerings that are available to everybody, rather than just hard to get gems. I may pick up a few more to see how some age works with them.

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4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - The lightest shade of yellow pours into my pint glass. A fizzy white head of large bubbles arises. Very little streaking.

S - A great deal of lemon zest smells. You can get some spiciness in the nose also. Somewhat herbal and grassy.

T - You get some banana flavors with a clove spiciness. Not soured at all compared to other bottles of this I have had in the past. Great malt body from probably a lot of pilsner malt. Mild but noticeable brett character. Has the refreshing tartness of a good green apple.

M - Light on your palate with a great fizzy carbonation quality that is very pleasant.

O - My favorite summer beer. I find this beer extremely complex in flavor yet delightfully refreshing.

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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage drunk in Dec. 2011.

Well, it pours like ginger ale, all sturm und drang, literally a pint glass full of head and noise. After several minutes of patience, it settled out to a 2" pour. Repeat the pour, watch the explosion of foam, wait for the settle. A nice straw color, clear and bright with little lacing left behind after the show.
Smell is tart, sour, malt, vanilla, yeast, a hint of hops and a woody note as well. Very well balanced.
Taste is the same, the right balance of tart and sour with a sweet maltiness. Notes of lemon, yeast and vanilla back it all up nicely. Alcohol invites itself, politely, to the party after about 30 minutes. Amazingly well balanced.
Lightly effevescent (after the pour I'm surprised too!) and fairly full-bodied, the only real downside is the coating of the palate that follows the swallow.
This is a great example of the style and a really good beer. Start right away, nurse it and revel in the growth of flavor or let it warm for 20 minutes or so before drinking. Either way, great stuff.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crystal clear bright yellow into a tulip glass, with a small but respectable head.

S - getting that classic saison yeast smell, along with a good amount of fruity/perfume aroma. so far so good!

T - really impressed here. taking a saison style and translating it nearly perfectly into the pale-ale realm. Just the right amount of peppery yeast to counterbalance all the sweetness in this beer. paired with some sautéed scallops.

O - comparing to Capt Lawrence's 'liquid gold', this pulls off the same idea more successfully of taking the backbone of the farmhouse style and re-imagining it as an american pale ale. this is a great all purpose beer for food.

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A: Great color and nice finger head that reduced quickly to a nice collar.

S: Very floral fragrance with a nice citrus scent.

T: Nice mix of flavors, some spicy flavors up from blend with the sweet and tart flavors on the back side. Almost a green apple note with some orange peels.

M: Very good carbonation and a crisp tartness to the beer.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, want to pick up an extra couple bottles to age.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,591 ratings.