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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,230
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 140
Gots: 470 | 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 cadizkyguy
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled June 1, 2009 and purchased at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL last summer, I've been sitting on this brew for a special occasion and tonite's spaghetti dinner at home (the wife makes some good pasta) is the perfect time.

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. . . WOW, what an impressive head. Three inches of frothy goodness. The appearance is a winner, cloudy goodness in the glass, which smells very earthy and musty. Initial taste reminds me a a hefeweizen, lots of yeasty goodness. You can't mistake this beer for the style. I can picture some Frenchmen sitting down to a dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread with this beer in tow.

This is a nice surprise from Goose Island. I will definitely pick this one up again.

cadizkyguy, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

A - Hazy wheat yellow, pours a small near-white colored head that recedes quickly to a film of microbubbles on top

S - Wheat, peaches, and a hint of tart fruits. Some clove as well.

T - Lightly sweet belgian yeast, clove, and a hint of lemons and banana.

M - Very light and pretty thin, the carbonation could be a bit stronger for my taste.

D - Overall a good saison, but not a great one. Would drink it if handed to me, but wouldn't seek it out over many other Saisons.

NYCWheatFanSC, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours palest yellow with a slow developing haze and a vast fluffy white head. Aroma is extremely spicy - clove and allspice. Flavor is extraordinarily lemony with a thick spice character. The finish has a citrus sourness and a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is amazingly thick and substantial for such a pale beer - a big surge of liquid in every sip. Very good

Seanibus, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +8%

This is courtesy of BEERchitect, cheers Kevin!

2009 vintage pours a very effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of fluffy ivory colored head. Hazes a bit a the bottom, duh... Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy with apple peels, plus lemons

T: Apple peels, white grape, lemony hops & a wee bit of dirt & tartness up front. Tartness with a bit of golden delicious apple & lemon zest as this warms, slight dryness & a touch of Chardonnay. finishes dry with cidery character, with a touch of coriander & white pepper thrown in, plus slight acidic twang at the very end. Might just taste bit too clean to pull a 5.0..

MF: Light & spritzy, much winey & cidery aspects to this

Extremely drinkable, abv is completely hidden. This is very quaffable. Would love to age a bottle to see how this progresses in a few years, but I doubt that will happen...

russpowell, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

80% Belgian Style Ale blended with 20% Belgian Style Ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Bottled 07/17.

Poured into Duvel tulip. Sparkling pear colored clear body. Very lively carbonation through out the glass, needless to say a thick and steady stream jets out from the nucleation sight. Massive four finger head appears from pour. Slowly creeps back to a slim cap leaving scattered lacing. Head is extremely bubbly and bone white.

Tart apple, lemony citrus fragrance and white wine aroma easily identified at first whiff. Spicy floral hops and a peppery characteristic help provide a balance to the aroma. Sweet pale malt base is subtle and overwhelmed but the more aromatic attributes. Funky yeast contributions are well noted but more subdued than expected.

Initial tart bite transitions quickly in to a more earthy flavor. Sweet pilsner malt and significant spice come in mid palate. White pepper and coriander provide a very dry spiced flavor. Citric flavors tickle the back of the tongue. Hop profile is very earthy, complimentary to the dryness of the brew.

Light bodied brew. Crisp and refreshing, prickly carbonation. The finish is very dry. Soft chalkiness left on the palate.

Remarkably easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed through out, pleasant flavors glide effortlessly across the palate. Sofie is one which should be sipped in order to savor the delicate flavors. Unfortunately savoring is not as easy as it sounds, the beer goes down far to easy. I will definitely seek this out in the future. Great beer.

kzoobrew, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/6/09 with hophead101

A - pours a light lemon color with a big, white, fluffy foam that stuck around for quite some time

S - Belgian saison, a bit funky and fruity, lemon and oranges, apples with some pepper, light grass

T - wheaty taste up front followed by the lemony corriander and orange along with a peppery finish

M/D - hands down, i could drink this all day. wish i had more

mikereaser, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%

Got this one on a trip to NYC...

A: Very light honey color with a thick white head that reduces quickly.

S: Very light and fruity scents. Pears, apples, etc.

T: Nope, I do not like this one. A little hoppy in flavor with hints of sausage or meat flavor. Ick! No sir, I don't like it.

M: Decent amount of carbonation and smoothness. Not perfect, but decent.

D: Hard to get down. This might be a drain pour.

All in all, I do not like this brew. You might like this brew if you like hoppy flavors with hints of apples and light fruits. Not my style, but it might be yours.

steve8robin, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Elegant saison, a little funky yeast aroma, along with white pepper. Pours light colour with lots of foamy head. Refreshing taste and mouthfeel, very good with supper. Elegant and not compelx, with a bit of the orange peel. Nothing really funky about the taste.Lace lines.

Sammy, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

A - pours a clear yellow with a huge, fluffly head

S - I got a huge hit of orange on the first smell. On the second smell, I got more earth tones and some bready malts

T - I was expecting something different from the nose, however I got a lot of soap at first. I don't know if that's a combination of the wine barrels and orange peel, but it was pretty unpleasant. Once it warmed, I was glad to get a lot of fruity and earthy tones. I could definitely make out the orange peel and the wine barrels added a touch of dark sweetness.

M - This is nice and full with a decent amount of carbonation that bites your tongue.

D - this is an interesting beer - it isn't your run-of-the-mill saison. The low abv and lighter taste makes this bomber very easy to take down. I am glad I picked this up, now I really want to try Juliet.

birchstick, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large two inch bright white head. There is great head retention but no real lacing.

The aroma is mostly nice. There's a nice dose of orangey citrus with a bit of spice and a nice yeast character. There's also a bit of a soap aroma which is not fantastic, but doesn't detract too much.

The taste is decent. There's a light dose of pale malt up front that is quickly followed by some slightly tart citrus and a bit of yeast. Again I get a bit of a soapiness that makes the beer taste a bit washed out and weak.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. The abv is easily managed and the flavor profile is pleasing which makes for pretty easy drinking. It does have a tendency to lack a little flavor which bores me a bit. All in all it's a good beer, but I wish they took it a little bit further.

Goliath, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

First beer on New Years eve! Beautiful hazy bright gold color when held to the light. Fluffy white head when gently poured into a portsmouth tulip. Aromas are delicate, muted. Some light grass, banana and other light fruits. some grassy hop bitterness up front and at the end. In between some bready yeast flavors with a bit of banana. Crisp mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness. Lovely beer. WOuld be a wonderful summer thirst quencher.

DrDogbeer, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

First beer of the night for New Year's Eve is Goose Island Sofie. Nice to see that this brewery is now distributed in Mass. Color is a hazy straw/gold with a white heading that has some serious lasting power. Very interesting smells going on such as a bit of basement must, wild flowers, orange peel, and something reminds me of lime. Very crisp and floral taste profile. I get some raw grain, green apple, pear, just a very bright tasting Saison. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and at times appears to be bordering on Witbier status. Drinkability is simply superb, and the lower ABV helps to make this an easy brew to consume. This is a top notch example of this style. Goose Island really hit a grand slam with this offering. I cannot wait till their Sour beer, Juliet, makes its way out to these parts as well. Cheers and Happy New Year.

jamie2dope, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

I have to give some credit to heliosphann for giving me this in a trade earlier back, but now it's available here finally. So glad I can get my Goose Island now.

A: Pours a creamy live big bubbled head of about a finger, bottle conditioned style. It doesn't even seem to fade, but may be getting help from the trillions of bubbles rising to the top from the etch at the bottom of my Sam Adams pint glass. It's a hazy bright golden yellow color with a slight glow. Lots of haze though.

N: Very Bavarian wheat like on the nose. Lots of spicy yeast and malt aromas. Lots of wheat, citrus, banana, lemongrass. Theres a slight strong yeasty farmhouse like aroma, with spiciness and earthy aromas.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, lots of wheat to start. It has a yeast that is bright and slightly earthy/spicy. Lots of banana, some lemongrass, straw, etc. Some slightly earthy bright hop flavors as well with hints of bitterness. Some other fruity flavors, almost tropical. A slight sweet malty flavor as well graces the taste.

M: Lighter body, good carbonation, slightly spicy.

F: Finishes somewhat bitter, more than I thought it would. Also pretty dry with some spicy flavors again, as well as the nice wheat finish. It also leaves some fruits and banana flavors lingering a bit. Some slight earthy tastes, but not really very long. Long finish of wheat, banana, and yeast. Would be a great summer beer.

jlindros, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

22 oz. bottle. Bottled on July 17, 2009.

Beautiful pale, hazy, lemon yellow body. Rocky, concave, soft, long-lived, cottony white head. Zesty nose with notes of sugar cookies, white pepper, fresh hay, lemon zest, unripe banana, cloves, and some light barnyard funk/metallic character. Very nice.

Lemongrass and herbal hop bitterness up front. Acidic lemony flavors stay throughout. Musty, metallic brett character comes through mid-palate. Slightly sweet malt present with yeast, and fresh hay near the finish. Lingering citrus and yeast. Very lively, bottle-conditioned feel. Very good now, but would like to see what some age would do to this.

alexgash, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of billyzoom666
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%

Poured into an oversized wine glass from 1 pint, 6 oz bottle. I should start by admitting that this is not my favorite style of beer. Having spent a lot of time on my grandparent's farm as a kid, anything with a wheat/grain smell reminds me of grain elevators and cattle feed. So, subconsciously, I'm all ready biased against the style, although I love my grandparent's and the farm. Go figure. Anyway, This had a dark yellow coloring with no head at all. The sediment rests on the bottom of the glass as it settles. The flavor is "grainy", for lack of a better term and I think this may work well with a food pairing. It didn't do it for me as a stand alone beer. It's a little sweeter than I expected, and that only hurts the drinkability for me. Disappointing, as the guy at my beer store loves the stuff.

billyzoom666, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured into a tulip.

4.5 A: Nearly clear golden straw color. Two and a half fingers of creamy/pillowy white head that retains excellently and leaves tons of pillowy lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of barnyard straw funkiness. Lemony citrus. Some clove and a pleasant yeasty spiciness. Good aroma overall, but could be more pronounced.

3.5 T: Not as fruity in the taste. Actually, it's a dry fruitiness if that makes any sense centered around lemon. Unmalted wheat is one of the more pronounced flavors. Straw funkiness again, but not as much as in the nose. Pleasant yeastiness with pepper and a touch of clove. Decently bitter.

3.0 M: Light body. Too light actually, even for a saison and thus could be a bit creamier. Carbonation is very spritzy, but fine.

3.5 D: Good brew. I like a good brett'd beer every once in a while and this one didn't disappoint.

DavoleBomb, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

bottled 07/17/09

pours a cloudy bright staw yellow with a big fluffy 2+ finger pillowy head that left no lacing reminds me of a hefe

smell is very fruity belgian yeast

taste of pears apples bananas lemons peppery grassy but a little thin compared to most saisons but the flavors are still there

mouthfeel is light crisp well carbonated but still a bit thin(adds to drinkability though)

drinkability is high - i can only imagine drinking this on a hot summer day - oh well it still is drinking nicely on this cold winter night

jsh420, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Cracked a bottle of this on our first night home with our second son Matthew. What a nice, light and drinkable brew for an easy going evening. Label is gorgeous in its simplicity as well.

Pours a very light straw yellow sort of color, surprisingly light and somewhat cloudy, with a quickly building three plus fingers of white head. Retention was excellent, keeping a very full, thick lace, but not too much on the sides.

Smell is bright, floral and very pleasant, with fruity and floral aromas plus a bit of funk. Light citrus notes and some zesty grapefruit, plus some apricots. Very nice.

Taste was much like the smell but I'd call the nose a bit brighter, whereas the taste was on the light side. Great flavor, but almost a tad too thin for my liking. Citrus and floral flavors primarily, plus a bit of slightly tart yeasty funk (although there was more in the nose). Just a splash of residual sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, a touch too thin as previously mentioned, but very crisp and clean. The crispness made up for the lightness, and the clean finish was very refreshing.

This was a very nice brew from GI. Clean, flavorful and very drinkable, would be an excellent Belgian brew for a warm summer evening. Drinking it on a cold night in front of a warm fire was nice as well.

number1bum, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of KI9A
4.47/5  rDev +9%

Sofie, where have you been all my life?!

A: Light hazy yellow. Creamy, great head, leaving lace chucks on the glass.

S: Lemony, Belgian candy-ish. Lemonhead candy ( ? ) Make me want to jump right in.

T: Lemon. Bananna. Clove. Sweet Belgian candy. Followed up by a nice slight hop bite. A little brett funk added to the mix.. Lusious.

M: Light, refreshing, awesome.

D: Big time drinkabilty with the 6.5 abv. This would be really decent summertime brew. Going to pick a couple more up, and stash them. Like to put some age on one for grins.

KI9A, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +8%

22oz bottle poured with a great head and straw color.

Aroma is some lemon zest, grape skin, clove, and Belgian yeast.

Taste is really wonderful. Stands out from other American Saisons because of three elements I really think set it apart. First off, there is this slight sour/lemon zing that adds so much without dominating. Secondly, a mild bit of funk and spice takes this to a nice place - think very mild Brett and some cloves. Finally, a grape-like sweetness makes an appearance before this one fades out to a yeast-driven finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's VERY lively, which is acceptable for the style and works well with the fresh lemon taste. Finishes very dry.

Drinkability is wonderful. A 6.5% with absolutely no noticeable alcohol and depth of flavor that keeps revealing something new across the whole drinking experience. Well constructed and executed!

jampics2, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of lenin2040
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

a: slightly hazy straw gold, moderate head
s: a little funk, grape husk, lemongrass
t: ginger, moderate tartness, bubblegum, citrus, sparkling apple cider, faint hop bitterness, finishes kind of sweet
m: delicate bubbly
d: wish i had more than the bomber!

lenin2040, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a 3 finger and growing head of foam. There's a ton of bubbles rising to the top..wow. A very good looker.

The smell is grainy and funky with some lemon zest thrown in and a little bit of clove. It sure smells the part to me and that's always a good thing.

First sip and lemon zest starts things off followed by a definite Brett influence. The lemon adds a nice tartness and I'm also tasting some sweet aspects and working together brings some good balance to the flavours. Very enjoyable and I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a well made Saison.

It has a nice medium body, ditto for the carbonation..well...maybe a tad to high for my liking. I'm still glad all those bubbles I saw didn't translate to an over carbonated brew.

Drinkability? Seeing as this is right up my alley flavourwise and alcoholwise, this is a cheer joy to drink and very drinkable. Excellent example of the style!

Bitterbill, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Golden yellow and rather clear. Beautiful fluffy pillow-like head, about two fingers thick. Ridiculous retention with over one finger of foam still resting on top long after the pour. Chunky lacing left on the glass.

S - White pepper, lemon, clean earthiness. Very mild pale malts.

T - Lightly sour and very acidic fruits up front with lemon being the most dominant flavor. A hint of dustiness underneath. Lots of crisp pale malts. Peppery without being overly spiced.

M/D - Light, crisp and very well carbonated. Very easy drinking as well. Not the best saison ever, but certinaly very very good.

ckeegan04, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +8%

A - Two fingers of bone white head on top of a perfectly clear, straw-yellow body filled with strings of rising carbonation. The foam settles slowly and leaves only minimal lace.

S - A strong aroma of wild yeast with only moderate sourness. Lemon, pepper, and vanilla yeast notes with plenty of tart wheat backing them up. There are some standard issue, noble hop aromas lurking in the background as well, but they are mostly washed away by the other aromas.

T - Lots of tart wheat up front with moderate sweetness and some vanilla yeast notes. Tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and pepper kick in next with a bit of wild yeast and sour cherry. Finishes with significant herbal hop flavor and moderate bitterness balanced by complex yeast and a bit of malt. Lingering musty hops interact nicely on the palate with the equally musty, but mild, wild yeast character.

M - Moderately thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This distinctive interpretation of the style is quite drinkable and refreshing. The yeast is a wonderful combination of fruity saison yeast and distinct brett mustiness. The hops are subdued in the aroma, but show up in full force flavor-wise, which is a nice nod to classic hoppy saisons like Dupont and also makes for a nice contrast set against the yeast. The finish is perfectly balanced and unusually champagne-like, which leaves me thirsting for another sip.

nickfl, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Duvel, you have company!

Goose Island may have hit a home-run here. Sofie begins with a murky canary-yellow with very lively carbonation, fair head formation, retention, and lacing. A fair but sturdy look.

Aromas of citrusy esters, peppery phenols, and delicate pilsner malts set the stage for a light musty, cork-like dusty note that gives it just a little more than the standard Belgian Pale Ale.

Sweet up front with pilsner malts, cracker-like lightness, and confection sweetness. Lemon-like acidity, limes, and background notes of tropical fruits (appricots, pineapple) usher in the estery mix. White pepper, cumin, orange peel, and hop earthiness come in late with sharp and decisive variations.

Somewhat fuller and sweet to initial sip but the beer quickly morphs into a peppery, citrusy, acidic dryness that makes drinkability effortless- this is where the Duvel comparisons make moste sense.

Great job Goose Island for a Belgian worthy Saison style beer.

BEERchitect, Dec 07, 2009
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,230 ratings.