Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 58
Gots: 177 | 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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(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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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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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.