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Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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MCain04

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 23:42:11 | More by MCain04
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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.