Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 08:19:59 | More by MattyG85
4/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
765ml bottle poured at fridge temp (41 F) into a pair of chalices. Second chalice has much more sediment than the first. I'm drinking the first.
Dingy yellow, fairly cloudy (second is quite cloudy). Pours with a big initial head that dissipates very quickly (like pouring pop on ice).Leaves very little head, just a ring around the top that is more or less constantly maintained by the large amount of carbonation. Smell is sour grapes, some lemon, something just sweet-tarty about it. Smells good.
Taste is total sweet tarts. Candy like, but in a much stronger realm of tartness with a weaker balance of sweetness. Something about this even brings to mind the chalkiness of sweet tart candies.
Mouthfeel is chalky (where'd I come up with that) -- more dry, very effervescent. Overall, this is a tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 04:12:39 | More by snaotheus
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.