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Halia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-19-2014 14:09:59 | More by PappyVans
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-19-2014 01:36:51 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-18-2014 21:11:36 | More by wonothesane42
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BKotch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-18-2014 19:48:01 | More by BKotch
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-18-2014 05:21:31 | More by drewone
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-17-2014 10:33:05 | More by mjohnson17
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-17-2014 01:01:09 | More by BullBearHawk
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-15-2014 20:34:55 | More by JamesStreet
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-12-2014 19:43:16 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-12-2014 16:04:45 | More by JohnnieNepal
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-12-2014 05:27:37 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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Herky21

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-11-2014 17:07:30 | More by Herky21
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-10-2014 12:29:08 | More by mcsauter82
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-09-2014 21:11:50 | More by jim_carignan
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-08-2014 00:46:58 | More by XmnwildX12
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-06-2014 08:32:53 | More by DRBiser
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-04-2014 22:16:06 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 22:13:40 | More by metter98
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rodkin

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-04-2014 15:57:18 | More by rodkin
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CSO

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-04-2014 04:11:59 | More by CSO
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FLima

Brazil

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with a thin aired head.
Light aroma, peaches just shows up randomly when it warms up. Notes of funky lemony sourness.
Flavor of white wine, pear, green apples, lemon, funky yeast and just a bit of white pepper. Again no peaches. Barrel aging is quite subtle. Very dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
Good beer even though I was expecting more peaches. In my mind I was singing: I am going to the country and eat a lot of peaches...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 18:47:36 | More by FLima
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 16:06:29 | More by TMoney2591
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -27.4%

04-28-2014 02:07:42 | More by kscaldef
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-27-2014 01:35:15 | More by Sammy
Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.