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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,699
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 179
Gots: 705 | 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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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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A: Pours with a large white 3 finger head, bubbly and fizzy first, with an actively effervescent body underneath maintaining the rocky head quite nicely. The head eventually fizzes out and leaves a light trace of film and collar. Spare lacing. Heavily cloudy, the body has a golden honeysuckle hue. The last pour deposits a modest amount of sediment into the glass.

S: Light bready notes with a strong perfumey scent mixed with grass and flowers. This beer was brewed with orange peel and the essence is undoubtedly there. The barrel comes through as well, providing a noticeable white wine quality and a subtler oakiness.

T: White grape, Fugi apples and pineapple bless the sweet part of the tongue while the back end of the palate is drier. A little spicy, a little dusty and a little chalky. Bitter orange peel rounds out the flavor profile. The label reads "80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels." And the blend was absolutely perfect.

M: The mouthfeel is very lively and has a violent fizziness at first. The tongue-assaulting effervescence, combined with the gritty/minerally texture seems to enhance the dryness. In a short time, the prickliness turns into a snappy crispness and the mouthfeel becomes quite enjoyable.

O: The last pour (sediment included) was every bit as glorious as the first. I've never had this beer fresh but, at one year, it was nothing short of spectacular. Constantly seeking out this beer.

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A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger pure white head. Very lively head that leaves some sticky lace on the way down.

S: Funky yeast with a citrus fruit rinds. Lemon peel and some orange pulp are the dominate fruits.

T: Slight musty yeast with a little peppery spice. Tart citrus fruits. Green apples, rinds of orange and grape skins are all present with an oat-like malt bill to even it out.

M: Light bodied with a lively carbonation and tart fruit finish.

O: This more of a tart fruit forward saison, but it's still got great flavor profiles none the less. Solid year round offering from GI.

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Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of sweet fruit, earthy funk and alcohol. The estery fruit notes counter the funky yeast with hints of apple, pear and grape. I'm also picking up notes of grass, bread and peppery spice.

Crisp medium body with soft carbonation, earthy funk, sweet light fruit, zesty spice and alcohol. Up front there is a strong fruit presence with hints of apple and pear followed by some musty/earthy notes of grass and straw before finishing with slightly dry with more sweet alcohol flavor. A nice amount of zesty spice and bready yeast add another dimension and fullness to the palate. Very nice balance of flavors going on here.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,699 ratings.