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Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,439
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 155
Gots: 536 | 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 drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and mosltly clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles.

Aroma is overall a little weak but its fruity with a mild tartness to it.

Beer is quite tart, mild fruitiness in the midpalate. No sweetness up front. Beer is medium to light in body and the carbonation is low on the palate, just like in the glass. Beer is kind of boring, not boring just plain. Its a very mild wild ale. Overall its OK.

drabmuh, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/11/09 drank 09/07/10
650ml to chimay goblet, pours a pale golden shade, white head retains nicely, great lacing

smells of sweet dry malt, yeastliness banana clove, pepper, nice

taste is of excellently balanced malt sweetness with the dryness of the yeast, hops hide in back, orange peel adds a nice complexity in the end, the oils pop out on the tongue, yeast character is very nice, yum yum yum

mouthfeel is fairly creamy and the body is great, very very drinkable

drxandy, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of obrendano
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wonderous beer is like having a liquid dessert in a glass. Amazing

A - head settles to a thick finger of goodness, beer is a gorgeous sunny hazy milky orange

S - instant tone of orange zest, lemons, light malt and vague spice

T - strong taste of orangey citrus, light grainy malt, hints of spicy clove and anise

M - light and smooth, coats the tongue and keeps flavors sitting right up front

D - a fabulous sipper, full of class and character. I love Goose Island and their devotion to quality and tradition, and this one reeks of both attributes

obrendano, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright shade of yellow, hazy, and a 1/2" head forms then quickly subsides; Sharp aroma with a slight mineral quality, slight wild funk, and lemon tarts; let down I'm not getting more of those Amarillo hops, but this was bottled back in February; Taste is great, and each sip seems to expand in the mouth from the high level of carbonation; bright and sharp flavors of citrus with a lovely bready and yeasty finish; the Brett is adding to the mix, providing a nice undercurrent of that unique flavor; I didn't pick up wine barrel aging qualities, but I wasn't aware of them at the time and not looking for those qualities; I could have easily drank two or three glasses of this in one sitting. Really good.

JEdmund, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this lady is apple juice colored, a gentle pour wells up a thin white head that fades to a scant lring of lace quickly despite steady carbonation streams

S - the first aroma I detect is muscat grapes and some faint honey sweetness, all over a sneaky alcohol note

T - yeasty and bready, mellow bitterness which is a combination of the hop profile and another kind of tiramisu style light bitterness, if that makes sense

M&D - medium bodied, a bit harsh, needs some age which is what the rest of the four pack will get and at that time this review will get an edit

sinstaineddemon, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass in two parts. 2009 Vintage (bottled 12/09).

Appearance: The first pour yields a pretty aggressive head. Two thirds of teh first pour is head. After it settles, it pours a nice two finger, white head with average retention. Straw yellow in color and no sediment on any of my pours.

Aroma: Lots of yeast character here. Also, some green apple and some pale malt here too. The Brett is the standout though.

Taste: Tart green apples and a little farmhouse funk, not as much as the aroma. Crisp, the pale malt plays nicely. As it warms slightly, this begins to feel more like a saison and the Brett becomes more prominent. Some light lemon and white wine also provide a nice, subtle backing.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a good bit of carbonation, though not as much as I thought after the first pour. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Some crisp and smooth. The ABV is perfectly hidden. This is definitely the most drinkable saison I've ever had.

Overall, a nice crisp, funky saison that nicely balanced. Light yet suitably complex. An enjoyable drinking experience. Can get a little boring at times though. Still recommended.

Gosox8787, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of a74gent
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from previous notes - tasted on 8/20/10

Huge head on this beer. Just nice drinking and well done. The nose is very, very mild and the appearance is pale gold and cloudy. The taste is just solid and light and fruity. No specirfic taste to me just a very well structured belgian.

a74gent, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with relatively large white foamy head which receded quickly.

Smells a little fruity and spicy as expected from the yeast style and some subdued earthy hops.

This is by far the best tasting saison I have had to date. So nice, not too lemony or peppery, with a nice tang finish I just can't describe but it is great. Clean, slighly tart finish, perfect if you ask me.

Certain Belgian styles can be butchered by American breweries, but this is on par if not better than the originals.

claspada, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a recent review I wrote when i recently had it in a bottle.

Wow!! This is a very good beer! The bottle says "belgian style ale". At first it tasted like a Belgian pale. Not quite yeasty enough to be a saison. Whatever it is it's great! Light pale and cloudy good white head. Great aroma. A great sheer and not too expensive for a 22 ounce that looks more like a bottle of wine.


I had this on draft recently at Rattle and Hum and felt pretty much the same way, possibly finding it ever better than the first time. Color and aroma were pretty much the same but i think it was even nicer tasting and had even better carbonation and belgian lacing.

david18, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a solid gold color with a large white head that fills up the goblet.
A slight sour oaky smell, an orange and lemon smell, a bit of a peppery smell and a bit of a berry smell are noticeable in smell.
The beer tastes slightly citrusy and fruity; there is an oaky slightly white wine like flavor as well. A slight sourness also appears in the beer. There is also a slight raw alcohol flavor as well to the beer. There is a fruity yeast flavor. A subtle but noticeable present of hops add a mild but noticeable bitterness that helps all the flavors mingle with each other. A very complex flavor yet it is smooth and easy to drink ale.
It is quite easy to drink I could drink a few glasses of this. It is quite good on a hot day. The carbonation is moderate
Overall a very good light Belgian style ale that packs a punch. This is the best Belgian style beer I have had from Goose Island. Worth trying.

chumba526, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega.
A: Hazy pale golden with some film and collar.
S: Dry tartness, perppery, lemon, very light overall with some green apple sourness. Inviting.
T: Peppery apricots and a lemony sharp citrus with green apples. Strawberry/cherry/raspberry/cranberry are noteable, as well as the banana clove finish.
M: Thin, but frothy.
D: Very good. I'd order another.

ne0m00re, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of meatyard
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale, golden yellow with a short head that hangs a bit then falls to a cover without lacing. A high level of carbonation streams are visible.
The smell is yeast, lemony citrus and clove.
The taste is all the same as in the smell but at a much higher level.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side but crisp & refreshing. Ample carbonation throughout the bottle.
Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking and those who like Saison's should find this an interesting interpretation from GI.

meatyard, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of mynie
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Barley Island in Indianapolis' Broad Ripple district, though I've seen it at a bunch of other places.

It looks, smells, and tastes like a middling saison, which is bizarre because the bottled version is boffo. Here the citrus ain't as crisp, the yeast spice is pretty much not there, and really it's like a very fizzy blonde ale with a tiny bit of lemon added to it. There are 2 Saisons on tap at Brugge, right down the street, that are much better.

This is nuts. I've been attentively drinking beer for 6 years now, and I've never encountered one that was so different between the tap and the bottle. And it's not a matter of me not remembering the bottled version or the vintage being different or anything--I've had several bottles of both the 09 and 2010 Sofie, and all were spectacular.

mynie, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of coryking
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It really doesnt get much better than this. We did a blind tasting with 23 saisons and farmhouse ales, this was one of the 3 winners.

Notes from a 6 month old bottle.

A: Just a beautiful straw color with a nice pillowy head that retains nicely and leaves foamy cling rings on the glass.

S: I get a nice subtle blend of light wheaty malt, and tiny touch of caramel, with a backbone of orange juice, yeasty chardonnay? with a hint of vanilla and funk.

T: This thing is just too complex yet refreshing on the tongue! I get some nice acidity of citrus juices, with a chardonnay like mouthfeel and sweetness, a malty, yeasty, saison-esc finish. Light amarillo hop character in there maybe.

M/T: Just wonderful on all parts here. I could way too easily drink this beer all day! So refreshing, so drinkable, so complex, yet easy drinking. The creaminess and carbonation levels fight for a perfect harmony that was somehow achieved.

My favorite beer for these 100+ degree days we have been having. Just a top notch beer in every way!

coryking, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled 12/11/2009

A: Slightly hazy yellow under a decent sized white head. No lace, a little retention.

S: Wheat, some earthy yeast tones, hint of wood, little bit of orange peel which imparts a certain sweetness to the aroma. Very balanced.

T: Most of the same, wheat, earthy yeast, very slight funk in the middle, some orange peel, hint of wood again and a bit of a complex finish that battles between bitter and dry. Despite the fight, still pretty balanced.

M/D: Light carbonation, carbonation fairly high. Drinkability is pretty good. A very good beer overall.

NCSUdo, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of pauls132000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer was served in a 10 oz. glass. It poured a cloudy light yellow. Very thin white head. Some lacing.
S: Yeasty malt aroma. Also some spice, cloves.
T: Pleasant fruity banana flavor.
MF: Smooth, silky, light carbonation
D: Delicious sipping beer. It was highly recommended by the server. I also would recommend it.

pauls132000, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a luminous golden straw with two fingers of tight lily-white head.

Smell -- Apple, banana, clove, spice, orange peel, some earthy/funky yeast character.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well: apples and pears, orange peel, clove, banana, earthy yeast. Mild hop bitterness in the back end. Finish is apple skin and orange peel.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with ample prickly carbonation. Pretty much spot on for a saison.

Drinkability -- This is a really exceptional saison. Light, bright, and mild fruit sweetness. Now I'm kicking myself for passing on this so many times before.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had from the US. These guys regularly blow my mind.

A - doesn't get much prettier than this, gorgeous straw-golden-yellow hue with a subtle head but persistent carbonation.

S - Saison! Lots of funky yeast (love it!) with citrus, spice, and a hint of malt.

T - beautiful on the palate, lots of spice and tropical fruit notes framed by funky yeast and citrus

M - wonderful texture, medium bodied (as a Saison should be) with the alcohol in check, light tannins, good acidity.

D - I could not stop drinking this beauty, seriously great beer here.

cbarrett4, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of armock
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that fades quickly to nothing

S - Is of slightly sweet malt with citrus spice and yeast

T - Follows the nose starts off sweet then the citrus and spice come out

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a good easy drinking saison with a good taste its going to be easy finishing off the bomber myself worth picking up sometime

armock, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Goose Island offering to date (at least that has been readily available in OH). Hazy golden straw color with tall white foamy head which receded quickly.

Smelled great with plenty of the normal Belgian yeast - bready with lots of banana and clove, peppery spicing and subdued hops.

Tastes better than any other saison I've yet had. I can be weary of most Belgian styles, but this one was the first I learned to crave. This is a creamy sensory delight!

This is very drinkable, I ordered two at the bar in between other beers. Had we not come as close to closing time I'd likely have had a third. The only thing detracting for me was the high carbonation which made each subsequent glass slightly tougher to find room for.

Spider889, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is one inch of rocky foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of barnyard, leather, horse blanket, lemon peel, and herbs. This is a very complex smelling beer. The taste is similar to the aroma with tons of barnyard funk, and enough lemon and citrus to add some balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the best saisions I have ever had. I will be drinking this beer regularly.

KarlHungus, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Hunter
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in Whole Foods, and since Belgian ales usually dominate my top ten favorite beers I decided to give this one a shot.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear honey-wheat color, heavy carbonation. Took a full point off because no head formed on the pour. And I mean NONE - wasn't even the ghost of one.

Smell: Light smell of apple on the nose, along with the more expected candi sugar. Very simple and clean.

Taste: The fruitiness in the nose carries over into the palate, but it's very subtle. Definitely representative of the style - dry, some sweetness, and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Scouring on the tongue, no serious aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is good beer, and apart from the disappointment in the pour, one that doesn't disappoint. It is, however, $7-8 a bottle. Hennepin is an equally good ale, for $2-3 less. Yes, that IS a selling point. At Sofie's price, I'd rather just drink Belgian ale from BELGIUM. Worth a try, esp. for a session, but it probably won't find it's way to my glass often unless the price drops.

Hunter, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured a fizzy 1 finger head. Good retention. Not much lacing. Color is a nice golden yellow.

S. Smell is all Saison. Yeast, citrus, lemon, orange, a little bit of funk. Pretty sweet smelling.

T. Yeast, citrus, sweet malt, pepper. A little funk. A very clean flavor. Nice combination between the sweet malt and the pepperiness from the yeast.

M. Medium low bodied. Lots of carbonation. Pretty dry.

D. This is extremely drinkable. I think Goose Island does Belgians very well, and this is no exception. Saison is one of my favorite styles and this one is damn good.

siradmiralnelson, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Bevmo in late June for $7.99.

Beer poured a straw color with a huge white head that has mostly dissapated. Nose is a nice note of light fruits. Taste is light fruits, some citrus, and a hint of pepper. Midway thru the glass i am getting a bit of tartness. Mouthfeel is classic Belgian yeast strain, light and smooth and very refreshing. Drinkability is very good. This is a very nice beer, some complexity to it yet very easy to drink. Glad to have tried.

arizcards, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy straw yellow golden with a small white head that dissipates to a film but leaves good lacing. Aromas are zest, but incredibly faint. Refreshing but I need more time to figure out what else is there. Flavors are refreshing and so saison-y. Lots of citrus, wheat, and general happiness. Emphasis though is on the sugary lemon sweetness. It's almost a little too much for me. Medium carb, relatively thin mouthfeel. I'm slightly disappointed here, but am looking forward to trying this in a bottle.

washburnkid, Aug 01, 2010
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,439 ratings.