Sofie - Goose Island Beer Co.
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765ml bottle, WTF? Anyways, nice to see Goose Island make its way up here to Alberta, and with a brew that I've passed over way too many times on trips stateside, mostly due to price, only to encounter them now, and so agreeably tagged at that - booyah!
This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, creamy, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves some sudsy coral reef lace around the glass as things apparently quickly and steadily dissolve.
It smells of perky earthy yeast, mixed orange flesh and overripe apple mush, grainy pale malt, white wine musty funk, faint white and black pepper mill output, and grassy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a mere hint of bready caramel, pleasant in its temerity yeasty funk, still obtuse and well mixed-up citrus fruit notes, soft savoury spice (coriander, black pepper, the usual shit), a further, though lessened white wine lees dank fruitiness, and herbal, leafy hops.
The carbonation is fairly light in its frothacular renderings, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more smooth than anything this yeasty, or even hoppy has any God-given right to be. It finishes off-dry, the heretofore unloved graininess showing its lingering capabilities, with mucho company yet - fruit, mostly neutered funk, and green forest glade hops abounding.
For a typically understated style, this possesses a whole lot of extra goodness, all of which does nothing to put this over the top, instead, everything stays right on track, even the elevated 13-proof booze. A crazily saucy and intricate saison, packaging included, from one of the last parts of the world one might expect, Transnational Corporation ownership aside.
08-08-2014 05:34:50 | More by biboergosum
Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,138 ratings.