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Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 159 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with the Saison and farmhouse ales of Belgium in mind, we added fresh Georgia peaches and Brettanomyces claussenii to a fresh white wine barrel and aged the Saison base for 9 months. Stretching the boundaries of the traditional style, we decided to put our own little spin on it.

Formerly known as Mae.

(Beer added by: sidetracked on 04-24-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 765 mL brown bottle with a standard bottle cap and foil around the top, similar to wine. The bottling date says August 2013, but this style should have no problem holding up over the course of four months. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Initially pours a crystalline golden yellow, with no sediment or cloudiness in the body. In fact, the only "irregularities" are the lazy drift of carbonation bubbles rising towards the massive three-finger head. It's so clear that I can see a warped view of my kitchen in the background through the liquid. The enormous head is stark white and rocky, with bubbles beginning to burst and leave large pocking and mottled sheets of lacing down the glass. Upon subsequent pours from the bottle, the opacity changes a little bit from the presence of the sediment and yeast in the bottle. Still beautiful, just in a slightly different way.

Smell - Notes of chardonnay, tart but dry notes of fruit--the peach is definitely well-represented in the nose--and some fainter elements of wood and toasted sourdough from the grain base. Some nice traces of musty barnyard and wet hay, but I have to say the aroma leans more towards tart than funk. Not a problem by my view, although it does raise one's eyebrow at the "farmhouse" classification.

Taste - As expected, the initial taste is dry and tart, with a very wine-like quality that I imagine come from the addition of fruit and wine-barrel aging. White grapes, some light notes of apple cider vinegar, and coming in after the initial tartness has worn off is a delicious characteristic of fresh-cut peaches. Ripe and bright, but not strong enough to overpower the core beer characteristics--in other words, this doesn't taste like a "fruit beer". The tartness becomes a bit more pronounced (to my pleasure) as I let the glass warm up a tad. This is good enough to make one wonder if the traditional lambic breweries of Belgium should maybe give peaches a go. Of course, they probably have already at some point--given the price point on this beer, I'm curious if the cost of fresh peaches is just too prohibitive to use with any consistency.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with ample carbonation and a wonderfully dry finish that entices the next sip. Very quaffable for a 7.5% beer--if I'd had to guess the ABV based solely on taste, it's very likely that I would've pegged this as closer to the traditional ales from which it draws; maybe a 5-6% lambic or similar.

Overall, a wonderfully tasty beer, and a definite candidate for people looking to crossover into sour beers. I especially love the fact that you can somewhat manage the level of sour based on the temperature at which you drink it. If you're new to sours, grab a bottle, pour a glass and take a few sips straight out of the fridge. Then let it sit a little while and take another swig after it's warmed up to something closer to 50°F. If it hadn't been so expensive, I might've tried to grab a second bottle to see how much it sours over time. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.