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Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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562 Ratings
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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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4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 19:32:20 | More by Ri0
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ohio

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A light wheaty haziness along with the dull wheaty color. A few shades shy of orange and a bit too dull to be yellow. It appears very drinkable and refreshing with light carbonation springing to top and settling into a thin ring of small bubbles.

Smell - Brett and fruit. What could be better? More Brett and fruit would be better.

Taste - Oh yes. Light funk. Dryness from the wine barrels. The dryness melds with the tartness in the back of the throat for an awesome swallow (yeah, I wrote that).

Mouthfeel - Looking at the beer, I suspected a thinner feel, but it left a rich coating that allowed me to wait before taking another sip. It hung around, and I like that. I didn't want that flavor to go away.

Serving type: bottle

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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 01:14:07 | More by StonedTrippin
Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.