Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 728
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rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
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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 BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head. Nice looking beer, but nothing outrageous

S- nice peach aroma, with some subtle white wine characteristics - it's tough to get a good peach aroma in a beer that doesn't smell artificial, but this is does it well.

T- light peach, along with some bubblegum, slight vinous flavor. I honestly expected a lot more, but it's not bad by any means

M- medium bodied, extremely effervescent like Alka Seltzer (despite a normal amount of carb).

O- not worth the ridiculous price point, but still a very good beer worth trying

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

B-

Photo of tsauce2
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 765 ml bottle poured in to a DFH tulip.

A: SRM is bright golden/straw yellow. Translucent. Head is foamy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Big waft of tart initially, with peach undertones. Pick up notes of barrel aging as well.

T: Following nose with a sharp tartness initially. As beer warms a bit, peach notes and chardonnay notes really come through. Gives more of a funky/tart saison taste rather than a sourness in terms of "wild"ness. A bit of a biscuit aftertaste along with peach.

M: Medium/light body. Belgian characteristics along with fruit addition and wine barrel aging give a complex feel. Semi-dry finish.

O: Overall, just the beer, this is very nice. Great flavors, well crafted. At the price point though, I would definitely not buy this again.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery glass. Back label says Bottled On: 09AUG13

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that doesn't retain long before soon fizzing away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and and a honeycomb pattern of surface foam specs. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- The Brett gives off a nice aroma similar to green olive and goes well with the light peach fruitiness in the back.

T- The Brett kicks just as hard in the flavor and the peach is still just an afterthought. Mildly sweet with the alcohol being present but not too bothersome.

M- I was hoping for more tartness like there is in Lolita but there's practically none. Still, a bit dry and crisp. Medium-low carbonation also a disappointment. Light in body.

O- Doesn't hold a candle to Lolita, or even Matilda for that matter. Nice for a fruity Brett fix but definitely not worth the $21 I paid.

Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage, bought over by Doug today, 11/4/2013. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Looks like an above-average saison- clear straw-orange body, effervescent with a nice fluffy white head that has solid retention. Not much lacing.

Smells delicious actually, hints of peaches accompany a decent funkiness and some oak. Not surprising, but its very delicious smelling.

However, the flavour profile is just not as good as it smells. Some funk, some mustiness, some oak, a little bit of fruity sweetness that doesn't immediately translate to peaches for me. But there are definitely faint hints of peaches. I get no white wine in this. Disappointing, honestly, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is the biggest achilles heel on this. This is so watery and thin bodied for a saison which isn't the most full-bodied style. Carbonation is good and sufficient, but not enough to overcome the wateriness of this beer.

This beer was so disappointing, I just didn't want to finish my glass yet alone the bottle. Watery, not interesting enough. In fact, the Crooked Stave Vielle saison we opened up after this was just so much flavourful, Halia tasted like water after we cracked the CS bottle. No way this is worth $23, and I'm absolutely done with Goose Island sours/saisons from here on. If you're thinking about taking the plunge, don't. You're better off with a Saison Dupont or something like that.

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2013 Vintage

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight haze. Just over one finger forms before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

I get a combination of brett funk with slight barnyard aromas. Smells vinous with slight pepper notes. Get more from the wine barrel than the peaches which I do not pick up on at all.

The flavor is dry, mildly funky and acidic, with mild grape notes. Peaches? I am not picking up on any. I am rather unimpressed with this beer. It is good but the flavor is not knocking my socks off. The funk has not really developed yet and the fruit is not making itself known.

Light and effervescent just the way I like my funky/sour beers. Hard to believe this has a 7.5% ABV.

Would not be worth it at half the price. Probably would improve with age but I wonder where the peaches went.

Photo of rlee1390
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Semi-cloudy yellow, one finger head that left some nice lacing.

S-Rather citrus from the peaches, grass, spice, lemon and wheat. Mild tart notes as well.

T-Citrus, wheat, lemon. Tad oak. Tart not sour.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation crisp dry finish.

O-Juliet had more fruit flavor and more sourness, was expecting the same from Halia, but it didn't deliver.

Photo of rodlavers
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

06/08/13 large format, poured into a snifter. Bright white fluffy head, thins out a bit but maintains a clear layer, decent cling/lacing. Opaque pale yellow, not quite like urine, but really cloudy. Light fruit aromas, zero sourness, but a light tart/fruit character to it. Some tart flavor up front, but overall creamy with light peach notes. Feel is incredibly smooth and only a little tart/dry. Light carbonation. Overall great beer. So different from the other ladies. Might be my favorite. Cheers.

Photo of gr0g
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, this is much more of a straight-up saison than a wild ale with just a mild tartness. Hazy, straw colored, head is nice and fluffy. Good retention and lacing. Aroma features no sourness, only straightforward Brett and saison notes. There's not really any detectable trace of the peaches per se, though there is an overall tart stone fruit note. Brett is somewhat tame.

Slight tartness upfront, not much more than, say, Sofie. Quite dry overall. Tartness becomes more prevalent as it warms though the finish remains dry. Bright, fruity character with minimal Brett earthiness. Excellent mouthfeel, fully but softly carbonated.

Similarities with Sofie are many, though the extra tartness and fruit character give Halia a slight edge. While not really a great value, this is still a great saison.

Photo of thezach
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of TTAmod
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 version (#857) brewed on 12 Aug 13. Poured in tulip.

A: Pours a bright, cloudy yellow...almost glows. Super thick white head. Dissipates to a very slight head after awhile. Lacing is good. Great looking beer.

S: Pretty strong funk...brett is definitely present. There's also a strong peach that comes off the nose as well. Smells like a white wine. It's very strong...it can be smelled for quite a distance.

T: Not as funky as the smell would leave you to believe. Starts off funky enough, though, with the strong brett and smarties taste. Becomes very juicy halfway through...can definitely taste the peach. Hints of white pepper and alcohol, as well. Mellow cracker malt base supports the beer. Ends very juicy, yet dry (like biting into a ripe peach.) There's only a hint of sweetness, though.

M: Light, tart, refreshing, drinkable....about what you would expect for this type of ale.

O: Blurs the line between white wine and saison and has characteristics of both. I like it because it never gets sweet...very dry beer...just the way I like them! This one could've easily went overboard with the sweetness, but they kept it in check. The peach twist is definitely noticeable, but not overpowering. You can still taste the saison, too.

This is one of the harder of the sisters to find. It's definitely worth the price of admission (~$25). Like I've said before with other wine barrel aged wilds, this is a good wine replacement and, in my opinion, it has more depth and complexity than a white wine at the same price point.

Head and shoulders above the other GI wilds I've had.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale golden body with crystal-clear transparency. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to form a thin layer of bone-white bubbles on top.

S- Fresh peaches, white grapes, hints of earthy oak, fresh grass, grape leaves, grainy bread. The fruit is at the forefront, but the earthy subtle aromas are there too.

T- Puckering tartness up front gives was to juicy peaches and white grape flavors. Earthy flavors come through second, with some oak and funk coming through.

M- High carbonation, very tart and lingering, lots of dryness, medium bodied. Very sharp on the tongue when very cold, better when it warms up some.

O- Very tart, very juicy, very dry. It's a very good beer, but I'm surprised that there is only slightly more barrel presence than something like sofie, which is partially barrel-aged. All in all, a very nice peach sour.

Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Served in a Cantillon lambic glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow color with hints of gold. Less than a finger of head upon pouring, but settles to a white cap and collar. Body is hazy with a fair amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Fresh peach flesh and skin, white pepper, white grape, apple, wood, lemon along with some spicy saison yeast, but peaches are what stand out the most. Aroma strength is not very strong.

Taste: Peaches, white wine, light barnyard funk, mild lacto character, pear and some spicy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Dry, lightly tart finish. Very high drinkability.

Overall: If you're expecting a sour you'll be disappointed. It is however, a flavorful, complex and easy to drink saison with just enough funk to remind you it's a wild ale. At $22.99 it's overpriced for what it is, but if you take price out of the equation, it's a definite winner.

Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 765 ml (dated August 6, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces almost three fingers of white head. The retention is poor, but there is some clingy lacing left behind on the glass. The head is somewhat odd for a wild ale, but whatever. The brew is nearly clear and light yellowish golden in color.

S-The smell is tart with sour apple and lemon grass flavors opening things up. After my nose adjusts a bit, I detect some juicy apricot and peach. The brew has a good dose of funk, as well. Inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, although the tartness falls off somewhat. There is a nice bit of funky oak to accompany the peach and apricot fruit flavors. Good balance of fruit and acidity.

M-The feel is slick with moderate carbonation for the style.

O-This is a pretty good beer. I'm not sure it is worth the price that Goose Island charges, but it is reasonably complex, offers a nice balance of flavors, and drinks more easily than many wild ales. The acidity is particularly pleasing here...there is just the right amount of tartness to pair with lighter foods and cheeses, etc. without going overboard and killing my gut.

Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Gruber221
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Halia is an outstanding beer. Pours pale yellow. Smells of sour peaches, grapes, and white wine. Very easy to drink with a mildly sour finish

Overall a solid Wild Ale

Thanks to Railroad Street Bar and Grill in Limerick PA for hooking me up. If you are in the Area the have a limited amount in bottles available.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

765ml, 2013 (bottled 8/6/13)
Tulip

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow light orange color. Thin layer of bright white. Some sticky lacing when you swirl. If not it fizzles away to a collar.

S: Nice fruit character from the peaches. Muted but good. Vinous character. Some light bright. Light oak.

T: Nice prickly carbonation up front. Opens up the palate. Get hints of those peaches. Some Brett funkiness. Nice vinous white grape flavor. Little oak. Dry finish. Clean. Crisp finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a mostly clear, golden color with a slight foamy head. The aroma is a mixture of peaches and grapes. The taste is very carbonated and yeasty with lingering hints of sour peaches. Interesting but not quite what I was looking for or expecting in a sour/wild ale.

Photo of mnphish
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Halia $21.99:

Served in a Cantillon glass. This gem pours like a beauty with a crisp yellow body and a chunky head. Almost corona like, very appealing.

Nose smells moderately sour with hints of lemon tartness and very subtle peach. The taste is a little underwhelming regarding the peach but still packs a big sour punch. There is certainly faint spices hidden in there as well.

This is extremely refreshing and I will certainly be seeking out another bottle. I was hoping for a stronger peach presence but it is still very delicious.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.