Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.41/5 rDev +7%
Enjoyed out of a brown 765 mL bottle with a bottling date of August 30, 2013 marked on the label. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.
Appearance - Pour yields an effervescent white head that brings to mind champagne fizz, with small active bubbles. Builds to about three-fourths of a finger thick before dissipating into a thin line of foam around the edge of the glass, then nothing. Zero lacing whatsoever. On the first pour, the body is a clear yellow-orange shade with some hints of amber and golden highlights from where the light pours through. Subsequent pours reveal some hazy opaqueness, as one might expect from the sediment hiding in the bottom of the bottle. Looks more like a lambic than it does a saison.
Smell - I'm very pleased to find the strawberry notes very detectable up front. Bright acidity of fresh picked strawberries alongside a nice complex wood characteristic from the barrel. Some notes of apple cider vinegar and after it warms a bit, the delicate earthiness of the white pepper begins to shine through. The overall smell has a gentle sweetness to it that balances quite nicely with the more astringent tart characteristics. Very excited to dive in and taste this beer.
Taste - As with the smell, the strawberry is front and center, but this time is joined much more aggressively by the white pepper--reminds me of fresh-ground white pepper. To me that spice is awesome because it isn't overpowering or terribly spicy, but it has a real earthiness, almost clay-like, that provides a lot of character and depth. The taste reveals more sour bite than I would have expected based on the smell, but that is entirely a good thing. As I take subsequent sips, I start to get some notes of oak tannin and perhaps blush wine (but not the crappy, sweetened variety) elements as well. A fantastically complex beer.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. As noted in the appearance, almost champagne-like in feel, with a ton of effervescence and prickliness from the bubbles. Finish is mostly dry, with just a kiss of fruity sweetness.
Overall, a wonderful offering from Goose Island. I know the use of strawberries and honey really drives up the price based on how expensive those raw ingredients can be, but I think it was well worth it. The additives used to make this beer unique really shine through--there is no doubt that either are present. Looking forward to picking up a bottle of this each year it comes out.
01-26-2014 01:15:11 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a 765 ml bottle into a Goose Island Tulip glass. 2013 Vintage bottled on September 12, 2013.
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Slight white head that quickly fizzes away. Not much lacing.
Smell: A fairly tart, sweet, and sour aroma with good hints of fruit, yeast, and spice. Belgian yeast with good hints of white pepper, farmhouse funk, and slight clove. Big wine barrel presence with hints of white grapes, oak, wood, Brett funk, and acid. Big scent of sweet strawberries along with some tart green apple, cherry, and berry. Sweet hints of honey and cream. Soft pale malt with hints of wheat, straw and cracker. A very good sweet and sour aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sweet, sour, and tart taste with big notes of strawberry, yeast, and wine barrel. Belgian yeast with some nice notes of white pepper, farmhouse funk, and a little clove. Big champagne like wine barrel presence with notes of white grape, oak, wood, acid, and some Brett like sour funk. Big fruity taste of sweet strawberries along with some notes of green apple, cherry, and berries. Sweet taste of honey and some notes of cream. Soft pale malt with notes of wheat, straw, and cracker. A very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Tart and fairly acidic with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked fairly well.
Overall: A very good twist on a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Very nice balance of fruity sweetness and sour notes from the barrel.
02-21-2014 08:19:59 | More by MattyG85
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
A - Light yellow with an orange haze. Small amount of carbonation sits on top
S - Strawberries, passion fruit, tart lemon, and slight sweet tarts.
T - Strawberries up front, light vinegar and sweet tart. Pepper spice in the back
M - Really thick, much thicker than I'd like. Kinda chewy overall. Finish is dry
O - Another solid sour from GI but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with Halia. Good strawberry presence and the pepper is there but light
01-14-2014 22:19:17 | More by jeonseh
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.