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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 610
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 26.52%
Wants: 62
Gots: 190 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-12-2011

Gillian - Saison with Strawberry, Honey, and White Pepper

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on 9/11/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, strawberry, white wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, strawberry, and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white whine and sourness are present in the nose along with hints of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some added hints of strawberries and oak from the wine barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable saison that has interesting flavors of wine barrels and sourness.

Note: Bottled on September 11, 2013

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this whole series is great, but i think gillian is my least favorite among the ones ive enjoyed so far. it comes across sweet from the strawberry, less authentic fruit than the others, and is rather under carbonated, at least mine was, but this may improve with age. its a funny colored brew, caramel colored almost, a little lighter, with the pink from the berries trying to color it, but getting muted a bit by the slightly darker grains. there isnt much head, and the carbonation thats missing ends up being the real weakness of this beer for me. it taste sweet from the strawberry, like dried strawberries in cereal or granola rather than fresh ones. the saison yeast never really cleans it up, and i dont get half as much of the brett funky and bacterial sourness as i do in the others. it just stays sweet. i also dont get as much white pepper out of it as i would like to, its such an interesting ingredient, easy to overuse, which they dont, but i want to taste it more than i do. i think it gets lost by the belgian saison yeast rather than enhanced by it. the finish is sweet and funky, but its also boozy compared to the others. an elegant idea that could use a little lighter hand i think. maybe age will do this well, but i only ever had this one bottle, so maybe i wont ever know. i think still worth almost what they ask for these, but i liked halia much much better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange blossom honey color capped by about an inch of foam that fades quickly, leaving a smattering of dots and squiggles behind

Smell: A lot of acidity in the aroma, with tart strawberries, grapefruit, white peppercorns and barnyard funk

Taste: Biscuity malt lays the backbone, but the lactic sour flavors take over quickly, bringing strawberry yogurt sweetened with a hint of honey; in the middle, the tartness continues to build, with barnyard funk, grapefruit and the peppercorn elements adding a hot complexity; the finish brings back the strawberry elements, though the puckery tartness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery and a bit hot from the peppercorn

Overall: Pricey, but well worth a try - this beer is a stab in a new direction (and how many beers truly provide that these days)

Thanks, redsand22, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island asks us to pay an ultra-premium price in order to enjoy their strawberry infused, sour Saison. With their reputation on the line and with my wallet at ransom, the ale proves to be much more lambic-inspired than that of farmhouse.

Medium goldenrod in color and with threads of peach and amber, the hazy ale pours and simply gleams with a glow despite its yeasty veil. As its racy carbonation rises to fuel a light creamy head, its retention is light as the beer's acidity breaks up the bubble and relegates any head character to a dainty necklace with minimal spotty lace. The beer looks as much like sparkling white wine as it does ale.

Musty fruit springs to life like dehydrated lemons, limes, tart green apples, under-ripened berries and over-ripe strawberry. The ale miraculously retains the recognizable characterists that are unique to strawberry without fermenting away its subtle and volitile aromas. A waft of weathered oak, cellar-like must, saddle leather and wet hay offers up a robust and pungent "mossy" earth character to complement its sourish twang.

To taste, its "Pez" like malt sweetness is somewhat confectionary although light. Supple honeysuckle gives the beer's fruit flavor a riper taste before turning bracingly acidic in the middle. Dried and must fruits pile on the taste buds with sour white grapes, crab apple, tart berries, lemons, limes and unmistakable strawberries! Caught somewhere between dry cider and white wine vinegar- its sour tone is front and center. Earthy flavors of cooked hay, sea salt, brine and mineral is lightly rustic and raw as a woodish and leathery taste leave final impressions with echoes of strawberry and wheat in aftertaste.

Its light and bone-dry body becomes racy with its champagne-like carbonation that carries away its early candied sweetness. What's left is an arid and acidic texture that evaporates off the palate like cotton candy. Much of the beer's flavor experience happens in aftertaste as its high carbonation ushers in a quick and fleeting finish of pepper, warmth, wood spice and sourness.

Gillian is the queen of the crop of Goose Island sours because of its complex offerings of earth to its sourness. Gillian is unique in that the earthen qualities are quintessential Brussels, and doesn't only lean on sourness to carry the load. Also, the way that it retains its strawberry aroma and flavor is nothing short of remarkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Big ups to VDubb and his brother for sharing this pricey lady with a penniless vagabond such as myself. This stuff pours a hazy sunset gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mildly-tart berries, Belgian yeast, light black pepper, lemon zest, light white wine grapes (Pinot Gris in this case), and a touch of grassy hay. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness of the yeast and berries mixing with some tartness from berries, apple, lemon, and stonefruits, followed by a layer or three of Belgian yeast and spices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty fruited saison, nothing earth-shattering, to be honest, and certainly nowhere near worth the price, but it is decidedly enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

765ml brown glass bottle with classy understated red label and white foil-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster stem tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. 2013 vintage. "Ale brewed with strawberries, honey, & white pepper. Aged in wine barrels." "Belgian style farmhouse ale." Reviewed as a farmhouse ale. Bottled 11 Sep 13. 9.5% ABV confirmed.

Served chilled after a period of rest following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a quarter finger white head which recedes to nothing inside 15 seconds. No lacing.

Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. Translucent but nontransparent. Appears well-carbonated. No floating yeast particles are visible.

I'm quite disappointed with the (lack of) head, but overall I'm optimistic. It's not unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Wonderfully subtle strawberry notes - real authentic strawberry, not some artificial fruit syrup. Crystal malts. Belgian pale malts. Light honey. A hint of tart fruit, maybe even a kiss of sourness. Hop profile is floral and fruity but vague. Maybe some faint white wine? I only notice it because I'm looking for it. A pleasant clean aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Lightly sour - particularly on the finish - which is a welcome characteristic. Faint nebulous white wine tones guide the beer and lend it some cohesion throughout. Belgian pale malts, tame honey, and crystal malts provide the accomodating effective foundation. The strawberry is lovely - it's very subtle yet still evocative, and there are no traces of any artificial fruit syrups or extracts; strawberry is a hard note to nail, but Goose Island succeeds here. If brettanomyces was used, it's extremely reticent here because I'm not finding it at all - no funkiness or biscuity character at all. The honey sweetness is nice, but I would like a bit more sourness. Hop profile is almost purely floral, but there are some light nectary and fruity notes as well, all of which complement the other flavours well.

Overall, it's a very balanced brew with some impressive cohesion, but it isn't gestalt. I love how the fruit is handled. Well-built, with notable complexity and subtlety. I'd even say the strawberry is intricate and nuanced, but the white wine does feel a bit wasted - there just isn't much character there, let alone any true barrel/wood notes. Sadly, no white pepper comes through. I do get a hint of peach. I'm content to treat this like an American wild ale rather than a saison as there's not as much complexity here as a good saison would have, nor is there any white pepper or milky character. For a wild ale, the depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are average. (It's too intense for a saison and nowhere near as deep).

No alcohol, overt spice, or cream comes through.I can't tell what kind of yeast is effecting the sourness, but I'd get it's actually a bit of lactobacillus bacteria.

The strawberry note is exquisite, and is easily the highlight of the beer for me.

Not puckerworthy, but it provides enough sourness for sour lovers to be satisfied. If Cascade Kriek is a 10 on the sourness scale, this is a 5.

Mf: Crisp, soft, smooth, and wet. Refreshing. Medium-bodied. Great comforting approachable presence on the palate. Perfectly carbonated. Constructively, it is a bit too thin. Above average acidity. Really complements the flavour profile well.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; I could easily kill a few bottles of this in a night. It's a shockingly effective profile for a saison-meets-sour, and I'd recommend it to friends if not for the flat-out-ridonkulous price point. With the myriad of superior offerings in the style available well below this price point, I can't say I'd get this again. At half its price, it'd be worth it every once in a while. As much as I've enjoyed this bottle, it's still not a world class beer - and it disturbs me that the brewers labelled this a saison. Well worth trying once if you've got the scratch. Hides its ABV very well; I'd guess this was 7% if I tried it blind.


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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/11/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing fairly quickly. No glass lacing, and a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big strawberry, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, green apple, pear, white wine, honey, oak, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, strawberries, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big strawberry, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, green apple, pear, white wine, white pepper, honey, oak, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and spice on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, green apple, pear, white wine, white pepper, honey, oak, hay, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, strawberries, and white wine barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding wine barrel fruited saison. All around awesome complexity and balanced of fruity/spicy yeast, strawberries, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev 0%

From 08/29/14 notes. Found this on the shelf in Manahawkin, NJ for $17.99 that morning. Date on the bottle is 11/Sept/13, 750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one inch of off white head that leaves quickly, and high carbonation evident. Lots of fresh strawberries, sweet dark fruity malts, white wine, oak, and citrus. Taste is tart with more berries and sour vinegar notes. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation , dry finish.

Overall a good beer. Not my favorite of the GI sours but a lot of good strawberries and lots of sourness in the taste. Worth checking out for sure, would have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is hazy and light orange with a small white head. The aroma offers strawberries, oak, funk. Smells nice. The flavor brings strawberries and wine. Light alcohol presence. Moderate carbonation and mild acidity. A delicate honey sweetness with a light burn in the back. Tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Lots of fizzy sounding carbonation, and barely a faint white head is made which dissolves instantly. Very fine pencil thin collar is left while always drinking, sitting on top of a tang deep but opaque and even orb glowing yellow. Some nice rising carbonation a little on the sides, and some good rising carbonation in the middle.

Very interesting nose, fruity but no sense of heat or hot brett. Strawberry and cake like cooked dough, fluffy, with a sense of cookie like action sensing of strawberry shortcake and some cream. Quite fruity and moderately sweet with hints of lemon peel as well.

Palate jumps on first sip. The brett makes it presence right away but flashes out in a quick heat on the finish with some pepper. Fruit in the mid palate of strawberry and nice punch like qualities. Large carbonation and prickly but not jarring, doesn't give way to the thick fruit angles which contrast more into peaches and lemon while drinking. Subsequent sips keep this moving and repeating, but the brett flashes draw you back since they disappear so quickly. Sweetness turns more into vanilla than honey once again providing a shortcake like sensation of angel food cake.

Overall this is quite impressive, but not much sense of oak flavor or round feel, and I couldn't sense this comes from a barrel, which is an impressive feat in it's own right. Tastes more like a fruit lambic than a saison. It's a great beer but I am not going crazy in love over it. Tasty indeed though.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange. Not much of a head. No collar.

Smell - Grapefruit. Nice grapefruit. White pepper. Tons of citrus. Combines to yield an herbal character.

Taste - Grapefruit. Less of the pepper. More white wine. Herbal character in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda sweet.

Overall - I really dig this. Awesome grapefruit flavor, even though it isn't listed in the description.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, bright golden orange color with a half finger white head that immediately fades leaving no head or lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Vinous white wine barrel aroma with subtle oak and vanilla subtly integrated into the farmhouse yeast, light fruit and peppery spices. The oak is faint but the wine presence really stands out slightly overpowering the saison characteristics. There is some subtle musty, funky yeast but the wine, peppery spice, strawberry and other ester-y light fruit notes stand out. Slightly buttery Chardonnay presence with some strawberries and cream. The oak and honey are kept in check, and although it has nice wine and light fruit character, I wish it smelled a but more like a saison.

On the fuller end of medium body with tight carbonation and a nice wine and ester-y light fruit presence that's nicely integrated into the saison characteristics of the base beer. The white pepper and dry, funky farmhouse yeast stands out much more than in the nose. Sweet and vinous with grape and light raisin complimented by honey sweetness and estery light fruit. Strawberry and cream along with apricot, tangerine, apple and faint citrus acidity. This is countered by some peppery spice with hints if white pepper, ginger and coriander that goes well with the dry farmhouse yeast. Slightly earthy, grassy and funky with some light fruit and subtle boozy sweetness rounding out the finish. The appearance and aroma of this beer aren't too impressive but I find it to be well balanced, flavorful, complex and easy to drink with a well masked ABV. Overall, this is a solid beer but nowhere near worth the hefty price tag.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.12.13
Bottled on: 1142

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fizzy small head that is gone fast.

S - Nice strawberry sweetness, slightly tart.

T - Strawberry sweetness, tehn a puckering tartness and a spice-pepper finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body, tart and pepper finish.

O - A nice fruit, then tart punch. Pleasent finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle, 2013 edition, bottled on 12SEP13. I've had this sitting around a while now, and figured I might as well get around to drinking it. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is fruity and tart, the brew smells like strawberry, white wine, lemon peel, oak, hay, and a bit of peppery spice. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some green apple, funk, lime and some honey. There's a good amount of tartness, but also some sweet fruitiness too (mostly strawberry). Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden! Overall I liked this brew, and thought it got better the longer I drank it. However, with the $26.99 a bottle pricing I don't think I'd buy it again at that price. Still, it was nice to try this once.

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale orange/blush red color. Produced some minimal white froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A nice dryness throughout. The strawberry and peppercorn is very obvious. Ever so slight hint of some funky tartness.

(T)- Very much a saison (on the dry side) with a great dry yeast character. Good vibrant strawberry fruit bits. Thankfully, the peppercorn just adds a slight hint of spice to the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to this. Not overly oaky, but good trio of saison base, strawberry fruit, and dry spiced barrel. Again, very happy the peppercorn takes a supporting role and does not become overpowering.

(O)- Wish it carried a bit more tartness into the mix, but the vibrant fruit and dry oak is quite nice. I will admit, for the price this bottle goes for, I expected more.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great balance of tartness and sweetness, with a fruity note running throughout. Wish I had more to say about this beer, but it was one in a long list of beers at a bottle share.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a frisky tight bubbled white foam. The nose is a complex array of strawberry, yeast, vinous acidity and a bit of rustic grain. The palate is ligth and refreshing with nice complexity. Pepper, strawberry, hay, vinous oak, bright acidity. There is a lot going on with this one but I feel the pepper was too much.

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4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Old Toad for their Goose Island tasting.

Pours a hazy, murky pale yellow, especially since I got part of the dregs. There's a small head, but no lacing.

Smells like strawberry, honey, oak, lemon, white wine, and distinct funk.

This is a really unique wild saison, I dig it. As it warms up, the strawberry, while already prominent at the beginning, becomes even more in your face. There's a nice sunny sweetness from the honey, with a mild sourness that's pleasant and plays in the background behind the strawberry and honey flavors. There's a bit of light funk, and a nice peppery finish. I'm glad the pepper is restrained here- I'm not sure how it would work if there was much more. I get a bit of lemon and lime flavors, too.

This is light bodied, with a light, crisp, and sweet mouthfeel. It's really drinkable- the GI rep called "sessionable" which I'm not entirely sure about, given the ABV. He is right in saying how crushable and easy-going this one is.

This was really unique and awesome, and nicely set up the big crushers later in the tasting.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes super hazy yellow orange color.

The aroma has a breadiness with a fruity berry note along with lots of honey sweetness. There's tartness and a bit of funk in there.

The flavor mostly hits of white pepper and pure floral honey. The sweetness is really definitely honey. The light pepper lingers around with a gentle tartness throughout. There's some fruit in there, but it isn't not really that strawberry forward. The funk in there that gives this beer some barnyard notes. The barrels dry this beer out at the end of the palate.

The beer is quite drinkable and really hides its alcohol well. However, still a bit weak on the flavor for me.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating from 2013. Pour is mostly clear golden orange with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of grain and tangy yeast with a focus of leathery bret and some fruity bret in back. Taste is unique, body is medium with very strong carbonation. Loads of bret and fairly sour. Golden fruit bret with some citrus and a tangy yeast underneath. A good bit of peppery spice towards the back. Different, theres an interesting dusty cobweb mid palate. decent.

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Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Milky yellow color with practically no head.
Nice aroma, very unique with clear notes of strawberries, funky sour and mild cloves.
Flavor of wild strawberries, salt, white pepper, peaches, lemon, chardonnay and cheese.
Astringent aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation. Incredible how they hide the whole 9.5% abv.
Great sour, excellent complexity, bold and acid.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

765ml bottle, with 2013 bottlecap cover. Split with Regen today, 10/6/2013. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

Beautiful looking beer. Pours a hazy straw-gold body that looks quite effervescent with a white 1cm head that retains fairly well. Lacing is there in spots. I'm just mostly struck by how nice it looks.

Smells interesting. Some light pepper scents, and some rubber. Definitely get quite a bit of strawberry tartness, if not the strawberry flavour. All comes together in a very interesting way.

Very tasty, if not a bit different. I've had a fair amount of saisons and this definitely fits the profile. Strawberries are present along with a rubbery, funky Brett flavour. Some barrel shows up here too. Very clean, fairly interesting profile.

Medium bodied, a bit heavy handed. The alcohol always reminds you that its there. Its a big flavoured beer, well-carbonated.

This is actually excellent. I was skeptical of this beer coming into this.. its still nowhere near $30, very interesting for a saison but if it was $15, we'd be raving about how good this is. Still, its GI and they definitely are heavy-handed in how they execute their barrel-aged wild ales and saisons. I wish they would be a bit more subtle, like the Belgian masters.

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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Fishpaws shared with Dad. Unexpectedly pours hazy light golden color with a fizzy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of strawberries, sour vinegar, crisp Brett. Flavor follows with tangy tart strawberry, crisp spicy yeast finish. Very light and airy with huge effervescent carbonation and lingering tart strawberry on the palate. Overall a neat take on a strawberry beer. Almost champagne like. Not my favorite sister brew but interesting brew and nicely crafted.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, nice carbonation, one finger head.

S-Strawberries but not that much, more of a faint note. Some tartness, slight grapes and honey.

T-Starts with strawberry and tartness. The strawberry isn't overly sweet or domination or artificial which was nice to see. Then honey and a tad bit of spice from the pepper. Slight grapes but not much oak.

M-Light with nice carbonation and crisp.

O-A good beer, one of the better strawberry ones. But for the price tag not worth a second try.

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Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.