Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 767
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 76
Gots: 191 | FT: 25
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:
Beer added by: sidetracked on 04-24-2011

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.

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Photo of dapperslapper
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the beer makes me think about having sex in a peach orchard. it is wonderful. each sip makes me go "whoa". it is a wonderfully balanced sour with bright peachy notes. it is exquisite. I hope they do it next year so I can put a vertical together.

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Photo of KaeF
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great fresh summer beer! A very nice fruity smell of sweet peaches, the taste is complex, yet so balanced; it is sweet, creamy, fruity and has a little sour in the end. Awesome beer for the warm summer nights!

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has lemonade, lemon peel, saison yeast, some Brett funkiness, a light bready malt, hints of peach on the end. A tart and bright aroma. Some oak and white wine character.

The flavor follows of tartness of lemon juice and pineapple. There's a light bready and cracker and malt and wheat, and then the beer moves onto fleshy peach flavors. Some barnyard funkiness in there as well. The finish is of the white wine barrels and beautiful drying.

The carbonation is a highlight. Tons of bubbles like champagne.

This beer is definitely my favorite so far of the Goose Island sisters series. A wonderful beer that hides it 7.5% and is super drinkable. The combination of tartness, light bread malt, Brett, gentle peach, and huge carbonation is beautiful. A great refreshing beer by itself, can't compliment this beer more.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of Ri0
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 2013 bottle into Duvel tulip. Cost was $19.99.

A - It is a lighter golden peach with a 2 finger of white head. Good retention and decent lacing for aged sour beer.

S - The aroma is definitely tart with lemon zest, unripened peaches , sour apples. Wet grass, slight funk and dry wine notes are all present.

T - Starts off with yeast, sour notes of lemon zest, unripe peaches and sour apple. Good amount of Brett and wet grass, along with some grain and mild spice. This flavor profile really works for me.

M - Light body and fantastic carbonation. The beer has a mild sour flavor and a dry finish.

O - I passed up this beer for 6 months. Finally decided to buy it and I am glad I did. One of my favorites from GI.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a light straw yellow in color with a mild amount of haze. Medium sized head that retained well and lacing is very good.

S- Light and slightly tart. Spicy and grainy with lemon tones. Tartness is enticing and shows just a slight amount peach.

T- Starts with a mild tart bang. Same great light and grainy flavors appear in the taste. Lemon grass flavor is there and then the peaches mix in. Slightly dry flavor after the peaches from the wine barrels.

M- Light, crisp, and highly carbonated. This is a classic light sour feel. Grainy and slightly tart, but still refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, an awesome, somewhat sour, farmhouse ale. Not too sour, not too spicy or grainy, and tremendously easy to drink. It's refreshing and just a touch fruity.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

The brew pours a nice slightly hazy yet a bit bright straw golden color with a nice pillowy and dense white head. Nice retention as the head sticks around forever. (4.5)

Aroma is delicious. The brew starts off slightly tart and vinous with some mild lemony notes in the nose and some mild citrus acidity. The background develops into a delicious mildly earthy and grainy saison base that seems dry and woody. There are some flowery and slight fruity notes to the nose with mild hints of unripened peach. There are some nice slightly sugary and ripened peach notes (4.5).

Flavor is very delicious. Dry notes of white wine and some great oaky and dry woody notes. Musty and funky wood notes with some great barnyard yeast notes. Nice sharp tartness comes up along the middle of the brew with notes of unrippeeend peach and some mild offsetting ripened peach sweetness. Slight lemony notes are present in the tartness but it is kept dry and grainy. As the brew warms the vinous notes shine more mixed in with delicious slight sweet peach notes. The woody dryness is even more pronounced and each sips requires another one. There is a delicious crisp and clean mouthfeel that is light and dry. The carbonation is lively like a bottle of champagne. (4.50) (4.75)

Overall. This has to be my favorite GI sister. Delicious mild peach notes with great musty and funky yeast notes along with some good dry wood notes. Good base saison notes that work so well with the delicious notes of the peach and the Brett funk and tartness (4.75)

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

(Served in a chalice)
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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Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 765 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled on August 6, 2013 so almost a year ago.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, translucent peach/gold color and leaves a couple fingers of white, fluffy head, which slowly fades to a white layer atop the beer, leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemon zest, fresh peaches, grape skins, grapes, grassy funk. Nice balance of funk, sour, fruit. Pleasant and refreshing aroma.

Taste: Sour lemon zest, fresh peaches, grapes, a bit of hay-grass funk. The peach and the sour are a little bigger than in the aroma, but are still well balanced in the flavor. Definitely some white wine influence in here - a bit dry towards the end. Nice and very drinkable.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with an interested fairly heavy, foamy-feeling body. Finishes a little dry and a little sour.

Overall: The peaches play nicely in the background of this slightly funky/sour/white wine influenced beer. Well balanced and quite drinkable, this is a tasty, well crafted farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a half inch of white head. The aroma brings white wine, peaches, brett, white grapes, oak. Smells nice. Tasty peaches. Mellow and smooth on the palate. A delicate sweetness. Fruit and white wine. Grape skins with a touch of funk. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of macher0
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This did not last long in the cellar.

Bottle to snifter.

A. Light straw. A little cloudy. Poured a healthy fine bubble egg shell head. Retreats slowly to a thin film and rim. Very nice laces. Straight line updraft of bubbles.

S. Very pleasant. Sour yeast and lacto. Light malts. Lemon and peaches. Funk.

T. Ohh ya more funk. Moderate tartness. Sour yeast, sour bacteria, neutral oak, syrupy peaches, with a little light malts.

M. Very smooth, high carbonation, light body. Thin.

O. Very similar carbonation level, viscosity, sour level, and overall feel to the older sisters. The peaches are subtle but apparent. Totally worth the price and highly recommended. I feel this is excellent where it's at in the aging process. If age brings out the peaches, then I hope the feel doesn't change. I'm glad I enjoyed it on a playoff weekend. This is certainly a bomber one can take to the head.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with hab11.

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow peachy dream sunset color with a few pieces of papers worth of brilliant white head that very quickly dissipates. Very decent carbonation with no danger of exploding.

S: Wow was not expecting this brett bomb. Very balanced brett presence with noticeable peach in the background. Faint but noticeable vanilla oak tannins as well.

T: Wow candied peach with brett. Very up front intense flavor of peach candy, followed by a nice lactic acidity with a great tartness. Almost cloying and will definitely age quite nicely but drinks very well right now. Big fan. Would have liked a second or even third bottle to age for a year or two. Bigger gulps reveal more pronounced oakiness without overpowering the great tart acidity or peach nectar.

M: Carbonation has largely subsided taking away from what could have been a tasty mimosa like beverage. I enjoy the amount of sweet and sour though.

O: Found this at a very reasonable price and for the price would definitely purchase again but sadly it was a one day bargain. Almost too sweet, just on the cusp but so much brett c. that I can forgive that. More time in the cellar would definitely benefit this beer. Overall very pleased.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

765mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- A big nose of white wine and peaches/apricots. Subtle dry oakiness and funk. Superb combo of wine barrel and fruit in this.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. Great combination of wine barrel and peach/apricot-like fruits; almost becomes like pineapple as it warms and opens up. Bits of tartness.

(M)- A nice carbonation level meets a very harmonious wine barrel fruit profile. Not overly complex, but very refreshing and vibrant.

(O)- A great wine barrel aged fruit beer if there ever was one. Just a touch of funk and tartness to make this stand out.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at The Beer Store in Southampton, enjoyed chilled in a wine glass, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is a sunny golden with haze like peach juice with small white head and very fine bead with lace that sticks in spots. The aroma is very enjoyable with nice lactic scent up front with a mild fruit aroma wiht light peach type odor with mild sweet note and subtle oakiness from the wine barrel. The feel has a mild prickly carbonation with slight sour entry and moderately sweet middle and light woody texture rounding it out.

The flavor is excellent a lot of tangy tropical fruit flavor with light peachy taste and mellow white wine aspect adding to the slight sourness of wild yeast with some nice citrus elements and a very tasty wine barrel element adding to the complexity - a very nice blend of peach with the sour ale flavor and only a hint of alcohol in the finish with the tangy lemony aspect lingering. Overall I consider this delicious and drinkable with enough sourness without becoming to acidic to drink more than 1 glass.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 765 mL bottle into cervoise. Bottle #1547. Bottled on 06AUG13.
A: Pours a clear light lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 1-2 inch white bubbly head...almost champagne-like.
S: Mild farmhouse funk, citrus, peaches, and a vinous note (akin to ice wine).
T: Chardonnay, farmhouse funk, and peaches (note: the peaches are fairly subdued) hit first. White pepper, soft cream, tart berries, and sweet citrus follow. Mild brett notes throughout.
M: Absolutely love the feel on this one. Effervescent tingle from the carbonation a la champagne with alternating sweet, tart, and sour notes dancing on the palate. Light-medium body. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too...more tart and sour here.
D: Really enjoyed drinking this one. Starts out strong and only gets better from there. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Even decently sessionable with a reasonable 7.5% ABV. Goose Island knocked it out of the park with this one!

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Photo of siege06nd
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to Jackie O's tulip...

A. Pours a hazy, golden honey color. Good two fingers of eggshell white head emerges and settles to a half finger. Thick lacing on the edges of the glass leaving a nice sheen of suds. The color on this is vibrant. Very nice-looking farmhouse.

S. Peaches, breadiness, apple skin, grape skin, some earthiness, and bright, acidic, wine-like notes. Really sexy nose on this, with a strong peach presence that asserts without dominating. If you blindfolded me, I'd guess I was smelling a nice Sauvignon Blanc. It's fruity, dry, and just a touch funky. Excellent.

T. Ripe peaches, earthy peach skin, white grapes, mild barnyard funk, a dry, semi-sweet finish. I really like this. It's sweet, yet dry...bright, yet earthy. Very nice balance and great flavors. High marks.

M. Finish might be just a touch yeasty/dry. Otherwise, everything it well-balanced and delicious.

O. This is an excellent beer and I'm glad I sought it out. Is it worth $25 for a bottle? I'm not sure any beer is worth that, but I can tell you I am happy with my purchase. It's a very well-crafted saison that has been aged with love in wine barrels and given a nice does of earthy, acidic peaches. It's outstanding, and worthy of your attention.

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Photo of mverity
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of beertooth
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mae pours a hazy, pale, straw yellow with a thin whisp of bubbles and white foam. Looks like a Saison.

The nose is slightly acidic with a touch of wild funk. Notes of wooden peach basket, tropical citrus, lychee flesh, and rolled, cut lemons are popping out.

The taste follows the nose, but is much brighter. Peach skins and pits, white wine grapes, lychees, yellow citrus. Also, tart, sharp minerals that lend a salty element. I also pick up a slight buttery pretzel dough note. It's extremely dry and quenching. The acidity really builds up after each sip. Awesome stuff, very close to New Belgium's Tart Lychee, but a bit more sour.

Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Mae is a great wild ale. I really hope we see it again in the future.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Halia pours a light bodied, opaque bright yellow in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It looks very similar to Temptation or Beatification in the glass. The nose offers aromas of acidic tartness, a touch of butter ala oak influence, and moderate tannic peach skin. It smells fantastic. The oak influence definitely stands out. The beer drinks light and smooth with a wonderful, slightly rich and buttery mouthfeel ala an oaked California Chardonnay or an aged Russian River Temptation. The flavors are very well rounded. There is a nice tannic tartness from the peaches and the beer has the perfect level of acidity. The brett is present in the near perfect amount. It all goes together so well. The drinkability for this beer is very high, further increasing its appeal. Overall this is an exceptional sour. Juliet has long been my favorite Goose Island sour but I've been longing for Goose to do a blond sour that I can get behind. That sour is Halia.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Let's make this my celebratory beer for saving somebody's bacon.

This is a great beer. Nice even sour tones with some accents of fruit and sweetness. Quite smooth really. A wine-like character rarely seen in wild yeast brewed beers. Brings a good level of intensity without being overbearing or obnoxious. In a word: finesse.

I wonder what more age would do to this one. I'm half tempted to drive out and go get some more and find out personally.

A stellar beer. Truly stellar.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a one finger head that fizzes away like 7-Up. Leaves a light off white ring around the surface with some light clingy streaks of lace.

S: Light brett notes are evident immediately along with some golden delicious apple, spicy yeast notes, light oak, sweet white wine, leather and some faint underripe white peach. I'm digging it.

T: Led upfront by some sweeter peach and green apple flavors. White wine, lemon faint brett and some underripe pear flavors. Crisp and nearly perfectly carbonated. The flavors in here meld together amazingly well.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy straw yellow, fair amount near white head leaves pretty quick, lots of cling. An inviting lookin beer.

S - Funk and sour dominate. I get an almost juicy fruit wafting through it.

T - Yes. Hits the back of my mouth with sour and spreads forward. Tangy. Nice sweet subtle finish at end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and balance.

D - Could definitively do a few of these.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765 ml bottle, 2013 Vintage, stamp on label says bottled on 0733, 12AUG13. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head that fizzled away quickly. However, there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, peaches, white wine, oak, and some funk. I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some green grapes/grape skin. It's also nice and tart. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's refreshing, a bit coating, and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, but it's pricey at $20.99 a bottle. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Straight pour from a 1 pint, 9.87oz/765ml pry-off bottle to a teku. There’s also a packaging date of August 6, 2013 printed in black ink near the bottom-left corner of the back label (“BOTTLED ON: 0830 06AUG13”), which would make this bottle just over a year old (53 ½ weeks, more or less). Been looking forward to this one for a while now!

Appearance (4.5): Nearly three fingers of bone-white, crackling foam rise off of the pour easily, dying down at a moderate pace (especially for the style), showing overall pretty good retention including scattered suds, a wide but thin film at the surface forming thin, arcing collars, and a thick, crackly cap which dies down on the surface of the body. Which, by the way, is a glowing, nearly clear, light golden body with honey-orange highlights.

Smell (4.25): Quite a bit of mixed acidic tones coming through right off the bat—a little lactic tang, moderate acetic strength without coming off as vinegary, and light citric acid married to the fruit aromas—but they get out of the way for the fruit and other elements. Peach flesh, light passion fruit, underripe kiwi, oaky chardonnay, and a nice layer of peach juice underneath fills out the aroma.

Taste (4.5): Sharp citric and tangy lactic acid jump out in front and hang out at the top of the palate from start to finish (more on that later). Underneath it, a very, very tasteful acetic character mingles with tart and juicy orange and peach flavors, a mellow, oaky layer (think chardonnay), vinous mineral notes (think pinot grigio), and light melon flavors. There’s some very minimal malt character left here, but at this point it’s widdled down to some dry common crackers and a little dry hay and straw after interacting with the primary yeast, I’d guess. The finish is long, citrusy, very tart without being bitter, and drying. Tart, lean, complex, and thoroughly pleasant from start to finish—and no sign of ABV.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Not surprisingly, considering the style, the carbonation really dominates the feel, offering a moderately sharp prickle as it fills up all spaces with coarse, but friendly bubbles as it foams up and washes out. The body, meanwhile, is lean, dry, far lighter than medium-weight, and juicy without being syrupy. It finishes dry, to be sure, but certainly not parching.

Overall (4.25): Hell of a beer. The price is a little prohibitive, unfortunately, but forgetting that, it’s a great example of why sours are still the future of craft beer. Any wine lover should be able to appreciate this beer, in addition to the beer geeks already in the know, and it feels like a crowd pleaser for anyone with a discriminating palate (and plenty of folks less interested in such things, too). My only gripes are that the mouthfeel could be smoother, the oak could be more understated, and the fruit could pop a little more. But the sour dynamics are spot-on, it drinks like a champ, and is as refreshing as a cold shower in the tropics. Love it.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought the hype; I finally pulled the $25 trigger and picked up that 765mL bottle that’s been staring me in the face whenever I’ve perused the local bottle shop these past few months. Ah well, I guess it’s a late Christmas gift to myself. Cheers!

Bottled 08/12/2013, just about five months before the date of this tasting.

A: Hazy, pale goldenrod with an inch-high head of fizz, stark white and bubbly. It settles to just a short hill of retention over the nucleation site in seconds, leaving strands of delicate lace all around.

S: Mildly funky with a wonderful aroma of fresh peaches. Brett scents come off as green and slightly peppery – less must, more grass – and they make up the majority of the nose, but the peach adds an alluring fruit character. Lime, orange marmalade, and pear notes bounce around in the background.

T: A bright, bretty palate throughout, marked by dominant notes of fresh lemon, tangerine, crisp green apple, and a lightly metallic brine taste (reminiscent of a low-alcohol sauvignon blanc). All this combined makes a remarkably refreshing – though still complex – sipper. The flavor of genuine peach also permeates the palate, tasting exactly how I like them: underripe. That is, softly sweet, but with a sour edge, which meshes well with the brisk brett profile. Finishes without much of an aftertaste, maybe a sweet baked apple flavor but not much else; it hits a sour peak in the back-middle of the palate, so everything else seems a little diminished, including the finish.

M: Not as silky as I thought it would be. Actually, it has a somewhat oily body with a bright, effervescent carbonation, though in the end, that serves to bring this a step closer to the authentic Belgian experience.

O: My favorite Belgian-style beer from Goose Island, hands-down. I definitely got my money’s worth here – even at $25. Excellent.

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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.