Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Halia is a Belgian Farmhouse ale with peaches aged in wine barrels. This 765ml bottle is courtesy from the higher-ups over at Goose Island Fulton and Wood. Thanks guys! Poured appropriately into a GI chalice.
This beers pours a delicated straw yellow out of the bottle, and accumulates into a body of a slightly muddier yellow color with an opaque nature. A fizzy pure-white head of a finger of depth is present, which lends to some nice lacing. A thin film of white settles atop the beer and is present all the way down as the drink finishes.
Belgian-style yeast and bacteria-laden funk is present on the nose. I am searching for peaches but they are not as apparent as I might have expected. Definitely picking up a lot of vino character, and a little bit of grape sweetness. A hint of lactic acid on the nose as well. Delicate and not overpowering.
The first sip lends to exactly what I expected out of this brew. A softer sour, the lactic acid (moreso than funky) taste bites my tongue but not aggressively so. Wine flavors and belgian malts and yeast swoop in and round out the character. Not very oaky, but the wine barrel character is apparent and melds the flavor well. The peaches again are not as apparent as, say, the strawberries in Gillian, but are noted towards the end in the fruity sweetness. My guess is that the peaches used were more tart and less ripe, and thus lend more to the acidity of this beer instead of making it fruity and sweet.
Mouthfeel on this brew is medium-to-highly carbonated. It is prickly on the tongue from the start, much like a champagne. It is light-bodied and very easy to drink. The finish is somewhat dry, and a little sticky.
Overall, this is a great farmhouse ale from goose island. It is meticulously crafted and all the taste profiles that were attempted were landed. I might have like to have more peach taste and aroma in this. In addition, there was a large amount of carbonation, more than I typically enjoy. Finally, the taste is more so lactic than funky. I think this brew drinks great now, but could really benefit from spending a couple years in a cool dark cellar, as the wild yeast develops a funky taste and aroma, and the carbonation calms down to lend to a smoother drink. Well-done from Goose Island. I'd drink it often if I could afford to!
12-11-2013 23:42:11 | More by MCain04
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4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
Bottle from Proof. Poured into a Goose Island wine-style glass. Slight haze to this beer. Color is like the skin of a lemon. Yellow/gold with a twinge of straw. Tons of bubbly white head that held about a minute before fading into a thinner head and medium collar. Lots of lacing. Aroma is like dry earth, faint barnyard funk, a healthy amount of peach is noticeable, but not at all overpowering. Taste is delightful: peachy farmhouse goodness. Dry/tart yeast. Earthy/floral hops. Simply divine. Nice high carbonation and medium-low body really make this fun to drink.
01-26-2014 05:03:49 | More by mverity
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
A - Light golden haze with a head if carbonation on top
S - Tart peach, light vinegar. Really a rich sweet and juicy peach
T - Bretty, slight blue cheese, really farmhouse funk. Light tart vinegar. Juicy peaches to it that adds a nice sweetness to it. Light sweettarts.
M - Thick beer with good carbonation to it that makes it slightly creamy
O - One of the best peach sours I've had as it has a strong juicy peach flavor balanced with slight tartness and Brett. I hope they make this one often and a lot if it
01-14-2014 18:36:36 | More by jeonseh
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
(Served in a chalice)
A-4 This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow body with a sea of microcarbonation and a sticky white film of snow white head.
S- 4.5 The light stone fruit pit aroma has notes of Brett white cheese rind and a dry woody gentle french oak quality with a dry green mango and pine note in the finish. There is the paper straws aroma of oak that comes through as it opens.
T- 4.5 The nice soft tartness is lactic with some full brett flavor of cheese rind and saison ester fruity qualities. There is some soft white wine flavors in the finish with a nice full but soft oak flavor lingering.
M- 4.5 The medium mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture and no real alcohol heat.
O- 5.0 The nice white wine character in the aroma is delicate with great brett character blending in and strong support from the fruity saison yeast and peach notes. This is a delicious beer that didn't last long on a cool summer evening.
08-18-2014 14:39:50 | More by rhoadsrage
Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.