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Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 56
Gots: 164 | FT: 23
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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Reviews by thezach:
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3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To be completely fair, I really enjoy wild's and farmhouse beers. And while I enjoy the tartness and funk you can get on the nose, they don't intrigue me as much as saisons and other Belgian and American styles do. Wilds and brett beers run a bit together to me.

That being said, Halia has noticeable oak character that really sets it apart. A bright and hazy golden yellow with a white head that quickly settles into nice lacing. It's very dry and has a wonderful mouthfeel about it. There are definite layers of flavor and aroma, peaches, buttery wood, bright tartness. I could enjoy this one for a while on a spring or summer's day, and I would definitely recommend having one now and saving another to savor at just that moment, though at $25+ for a bottle, that could be difficult.

thezach, Nov 28, 2013
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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.

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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2013 vintage
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.

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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.