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Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 766
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 76
Gots: 191 | FT: 26
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.

Formerly known as Mae.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/9/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, peach, funk, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour peach, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, but I am not getting any barrel aged characteristics other than wood.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness from the brett are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off sour but also has notes of whitesome hints of peaches.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be saison that is easy to drink and has lots of interesting complexities, neither of which are too strong.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

easily one of goose islands best, halia is a wild belgian saison type aged in wine barrels with peaches. im guessing chardonnay barrels here, the acid is right on for that, as is the body infused into an otherwise rather light wheat based brew. great color, hazy burnt yellow color, shining bright brass when i hold it west towards a setting sun, crowned by just less than an inch of frosty white lace. the nose is peachy, awesomely so. a million peach beers taste fake or no fruit at all, this is right on, juicy and ripe, and the effervescent carbonation tickles my nose, a welcomed addition and improvement over some others in this series, wine tannins are there, white for sure, and the saison yeast and brett complex is remarkably more tart than anticipated. the flavor too has a great tartness to it, low on acid, but high in pucker. the peaches stay strong from the nose to the flavor too, especially in the finish when their sweetness and softness is front and center. wine barrel character is enormous, sharp but also mellow from the oak, a nice dichotomy of textures. finally, the proportionality of it all is what impresses me the most. not too much peach, not too little. dead on between wild ale yeast and saison or belgian yeast. not too much barrel, but certainly prominent time in them. a great balanced and interesting beer, that seems perfect for the first real warm night of the season. maybe overpriced, but i like this a whole lot, and appreciate the extra 15ml in these bottles, that last sip really is sweet!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As Goose Island continues to up their game in the sour arena, this abhorrently priced American "wild" ale employs Georgia peaches as its Belgian lambic inspirations show true form despite its gross misrepresentation on the label- it vague "farmhouse" moniker indicates nothing about its sour underpinnings.

But Halia opens with a glowing pour of golden and canary hues. Despite its mild yeasty haze, the beer simply seems to light up right there in the glass. As a dainty and delicate lacy sheet rises to cap the beer, its foam structures dissolve into a simple collar about its edge. Random and spotty lacing temporarily hangs on the glass before collapsing back into the beer. Its a common appearance where the beer's head character has been compromised by by its own acidity.

Mouthwatering aromas of tart fruit, dry cider, light vinegar and must fills the nose with olfactory-piercing intensity. As any short-lived sweetness contributes only a dry whole wheat type of breadiness and "Sweetheart" candies. But soon its lemon, lime, white grape and white wine acidity wafts over the nose; carrying with it the scent of musty, dried fruit, sea air, and a glimpse of damp hay.

To taste, that thin sweetness and breadiness only gives a lift to the fruit- giving it a modest ripeness before it trails. In its absence, the acidity has full control from the middle palate onward: minerally white wine, dried limes, crab apples, earthy brine and mild apple cider vinegar. Its dry and acidic taste is clean, sharp and palate-stripping. It shies away from the richer and earthier "funk" flavors of traditional lambics in its preference of cleanness and crispness. Its dry fruit taste only reveals any notions of peach as the ale finishes and echoes of its Georgia fruit return in aftertaste, accompanied by wheat.

Dry from start to finish, its early carbonation carries away any sweetness with ease- leaving only acidity to scrub the palate late. Mild alcohol warmth is wrapped into the acids and light barrel tannin with soft spice and powdery oak to finish.

Halia is a wonderful sour ale but misses an opportunity to express more earthen character. Though I like its expressive and clean acidity, it seems overly simplified. It would certainly provide a perfect counterpart to rich french reductions in entrees.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015: 4.25 Draft version is awesome. Oaky vanilla, ripe peaches, moderate sourness. Don't age this.

2013 vintage:
Revisiting this one, found a place selling it for $18 and remembered I liked it.
Bottled Aug 6, 2013, so almost a year old at this point.

Looks and smells the same as the 2012 test batch described below. Not a hugely fruity nose or taste, but it's definitely a sour peach wild ale, not at all muddled, the peach still comes through. After almost a year in the bottle though it seems to have thinned out and attenuated a bit, very dry and very carbonated. Flavor still has plenty of peachy acid and peach pit tannins. Still quite good, but not really worth the high price tag.

appearance 4, smell 4.50, taste 4, mouthfeel 4, overall 4.50

Unlabeled, purple-waxed 22 oz. bottle, huge thanks to Dave & company for sharing this on the brewdeck at Fulton. Second time trying this, first time taking any notes on it.

Pours a lightly hazed gold, with rapidly streaming carbonation. Frothy white foam laces a little bit around the edges into a spotty sea foam pattern. Plenty of carbonation visible through the side of the glass.

Softly funky aroma of wild yeast, reminds me of Upland lambics right away. Lacto and mild Brett, minerals and damp hay, some soft peach fruitiness bleeds through behind it.

Tart and crisp with zesty carbonation, it has a certain depth to it, and not just a one-note sour ale. Peach pit with bits of clinging flesh, wild yeast elements, light acidity. A touch more oak presence in here would be nice. Crisp with a pleasant dry finish that triggers the salivary glands. Light bodied and refreshing. It would be easy to finish a bottle solo, hope they release this eventually.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Luckily for my poor ass, VDubb's brother was willing to share this bottle with us. Good man. It pours a partly-hazy gold topped by over a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises white grape must, mildly-funky citrus, cracked wheat, light Belgian yeast, and a touch of black pepper deep in the background. The taste basically mirrors the smell, though with more funk, mostly growing on some faded fruit that they tell me is a "peach". Sure, whatever you say, he says, nodding condescendingly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, there isn't enough flavor (especially in the peach department) here to warrant the price tag. In the end, it comes across as a week, lightly Brett-ed, lightly fruited saison. Not a bad beer, but a thoroughly disappointing one.

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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 kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"Belgian style farmhouse ale." 7.50% ABV confirmed. Bottled 06 Aug 13. "0855." "Ale aged in wine barrels with peaches." Expectations are high given its $21ish price point. 765ml brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and orange foil-ed over branded pressure cap acquired at Argonaut Liquor and served into a slender stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. 2013 vintage.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Somewhat thin. Lacking creaminess. Spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a slightly hazy yellow of average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it looks okay for a saison and average for a wild ale. I'm not really sure what it is at this point. Not unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Lemongrass, faint lemon peel, faint brettanomyces-induced funkiness, floral hop character, fruity hop character, a white wine tone, and peach fruits (along with accompanying esters). Light bready and biscuity malts. Some biscuity yeast character replete with vitamins. Some hay.

A clean fragrant pleasant aroma of moderate strength. I really wanted some tart fruit or sourness from this. There's none of the nuanced white pepper or milky notes you'd expect in a good saison, and none of the notes you'd want in a sour.

No alcohol presence is noticeable.

T: Floral and fruity hop character. A backgrounded white wine tone is present and adds little; it doesn't even guide the beer or lend much cohesion, but rather distracts. Faint hay. Golden malts. Some biscuity and lightly funky brettanomyces yeast. No real sourness or tartness at all. Light peach fruit; it's not particularly evocative - it isn't juicy orchard fruit or anything. Has an unwelcome kiss of lychee. Sadly, there aren't any real barrel notes at all - no rich oak wood or anything.

Decently balanced, but certainly not gestalt. Fair complexity and decent subtlety. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

If they were shooting for a saison, they flat out missed the requisite subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. There's no white pepper, spice, or milky notes here at all. If they were shooting for a wild ale, they flat out missed the requisite sourness and the beneficial tart fruit.

Even the highlights here - the peach fruit and the brettanomyces yeast - feel like wasted potential. Subdued for a saison.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Lightly coarse - unnecessarily so. Wet. Somewhat refreshing. A bit overcarbonated. Decent body and thickness. There's nothing terrible here, but it just doesn't complement the flavour profile as well as it ought to. Gets the job done, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste. Fair presence on the palate.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, scratchy, or boozy.

I'd like the mouthfeel to be dry, juicy, and vaguely refreshing like an orchard fruit, but it falls well short.

Dr: Certainly drinkable, but at this price point it just isn't worth it. Frankly, the wine barrel aging isn't helping the base beer at all, and I figure that's probably what drove the price up in the first place. This is disappointing work from Goose Island, but only because it's priced unreasonably. It'd be fine at $8.99. It drinks like a good-but-not-great saison. Hides its ABV well. The peach notes in particular were disappointingly reticent. I'll easily kill this bottle alone, but I definitely wouldn't get it again, nor would I recommend it to friends.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I honestly never heard of this one until someone brought a bottle to a recent tasting. But now that I see it used to be Mae, I'm pretty sure I did have it back in the day during on of my Chicago trips.

Hazy, pale yellow pour, with a foamy white head that settled to a thick ringlet; soapy lacing. Aroma heavy with Belgian yeast (brett), flowery, with notes of white wine, with a slight earthy funk; almost BPAish. Didn't really pick up any peaches in the aroma or the taste. Otherwise, flavors of pale malts, white grapes, a rather controlled acidity/tartness, brett, and some barnyard notes. Light-medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel, but seemed like it might get a bit chewy if not consumed at a cooler temperature. In other words, this is basically a bottle to share, and I wouldn't tackle it on my own (especially for the price at which I've been seeing it). Decent, but not too memorable.

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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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle into tulip, bottled on 8/12/2013. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart peach, pineapple, lemon, pear, apple, white wine, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of peach, yeast, brett, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of tart peach, pineapple, lemon, pear, apple, white wine, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart peach, pineapple, lemon, pear, apple, white wine, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of tart peach, yeast, brett, and moderate malt flavors; with a great fruity/spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome brett fruited saison. All around great complexity and balance of peach, yeast, brett, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 11/16/13 notes. Picked up a bottle of this in NJ for ~$17; cheapest I've seen it aside from Top Hops. 750ML bottle is dated 06/08/13 and poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, medium to pale yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour peaches, sour white wine, tropical fruits, citrus, oranges, oak, spice, yeast, floral hops, earthy notes, and apple sauce. The nose is awesome; tons of sour peaches, wine and fruit. Brett is there though not overly strong. Love it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, white wine, sour peaches and fruity oaks, oak, spices, earthy malts and floral hops. More spice to the and less peaches. Good but a step down from the nose for me. Decent citrus but didn't feel like I noticed the brett as much as I did in the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Clean and acidic.

o - Overall a good wild ale, though I prefer Juliet and Lolita; would probably put this on par behind those with Madame Rose. I thought the nose was awesome and had a lot of peaches, but that didn't translate as well to the taste, which had more spice and citrus to it. A good beer for sure, but not worth the $30-40 I've seen some places trying to charge for it. I'd love to try it again sometime, but personally would picked up Juliet or Lolita again before this one.

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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 smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep lemon yellow, orb glowing and opaque. Noticeable transparent carbonation on the sides, with a nice creamy white top that makes two fingers. Slowly settles down with a half finger of head that coats the glass nicely. Looks like a big lemon drop dolloped with a splash of whip cream, real nice looking beer.

Mellow nose, with a subtle subdued sense. Mild brett sensing funk and subdued fruit and a little bit of cream. Peach angle is very buried leaving an indistinct fruit sensation. Otherwise pretty solid.

Big carbonation and playful but also a bit sensing soda carbonated like watered down Perrier. God brett action but very subdued pepper. Not much oak character to this either particularly in the mouthfeel. Good fruit body but not quite juicy, with some peach but mostly hints at some good lemon like tartness.

Overall it's not a bad creation but the body lack some depth and the aromas and flavor don't seem to deliver the peaches very much.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrusy. White wine. Bretty and earthy. Some stone fruits.

Taste - Bretty immediately. Stone fruits. Earthy and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sweet but the brett cuts it.

Overall - Definitely not worth the price, but objectively it's not bad.

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Photo of corby112
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 06AUG13

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with banana-like hues and a massive pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Inviting aroma with a nice balance of earthy farmhouse yeast, wine barrel, musty brett and light fruit. There's a decent amount of funk from the bugs and saison yeasts which is nicely complimented by grassy hops, peppery spice and a tame barrel character. Some toast oak and damp basement along with vinous light grape sweetness and a slight buttery presence but it's not offensive or too heavy on the diacetyl. As it warms, the peaches and ester-y light fruit notes stand out a bit more. Juicy canned peaches along with grape, apple and pear. Not the most complex aroma but the brett and farmhouse funk are nicely balanced by light fruit and subtle white wine characteristics.

Medium body with tight, tingling carbonation and a strong white wine barrel presence that slightly overpowers the wild yeast, peaches and saison flavors. Not much oak with just a touch of wood/toothpick but there is a really strong sweet vinous fruit flavor with light grape, raisin and buttery Chardonnay. This is followed by some peppery spice, possibly coriander or grains of oaradise, wild bugs and funky farmhouse yeast. Some grass and hay-like flavor along with musty brett and crisp light fruit, especially cider and pear. Light, crisp and refreshing with nice flavor but it's lacking depth and complexity. The white wine flavors are pleasant enough and this beer is very easy to drink, but I just wish that the peaches and farmhouse/saison flavors were a bit stronger. Decent beer but I wouldn't buy it again, especially at it's high price point.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Alex, thanks! Snifter.

A: Transparent gold and bright with a finger of white foam. Nice color.

S: Pronounce fruity esters, reminiscent of apple, pear, and pineapple. Peaches are evident. I get some wheat and biscuit with brackish notes. Leather blends with oak. Tartness is light, and lactic notes are evident.

T: Lightly floral, with pronounced apple and pear. Peppery phenols are light. I get a little pineapple and a good amount of peach with oak and a little leather. The beer is light tart with a lower moderate lactic sourness.

M: Light in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A nice Saison/Wild Ale. It's more Saison than Wild Ale.

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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 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 HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.10.13
Bottled on 1516 06AUG13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fizzy white head that is gone fast.

S - Lots of wine and barrel tartness, fruity sweetness, subtle peach.

T - Soft peach, chardonnay-wine and some subtle oak.

D - Decent carbonation with a light body, smooth.

O - Lots of wine and subtle peach. Nice, but spendy.

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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 jbaker67
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow gold with coarse, rapidly settling head. Thin lacing. Aroma is tart, lactic, quite funky, oaky, barnyard. Flavor is acidic, mildly tart, fruity, peach, apricot, with a buttery, oak finish. Citrus, fruity, moderate oak aftertaste. Vinous and mildly herbal. Soft to moderate carbonation, light body. An oaky, buttery, moderately vinous sour. Quite good.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. Pours a hazy straw gold with a frothy, half inch, bright white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose suggests light stone fruit and a lactic character. Taste consistent with nose - the qualities present in the nose are soft and blend nicely and there's an easy tartness to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation. Pleasantly tart without being overly assertive. Overall, a pleasantly nuanced farmhouse - quite refreshing, but the price point is a bit too high for general consumption.

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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 champ103
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazed and vibrant golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms and recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Silky and fine lace is left behind.
S: Bretty and earthy up front. Kind of a phenolic and plastic band aid aroma. A light citrus fruity flavor.
T: Like the nose, Brett forward. Earthy and phenolic. Citrus fruit with a bit more acidic bite in the finish. No peach flavor can be detected at all.
M/D: A medium body with ultra soft carbonation. A bit thin and I want more of a crisp bite. Pleasantly dry though. Not hard to drink. This will be gone in know time.

This is a fine Bretty Saison/Wild Ale. Not the best however. Considering that and the outrageous price, not something I am coming back to with all the great Saisons sitting on the shelf. A good beer, but Praire Artisan price point is so much better. Let alone a much better product.

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