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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 43
Gots: 166 | FT: 29
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:
Gillian - Saison with Strawberry, Honey, and White Pepper

Alias of Scully:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 1549/61122 

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-12-2011)
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halo3one, Sep 08, 2014
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NickThePyro, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Rborre321, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jakea, Sep 07, 2014
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4.28/5  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.

superspak, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

EdFed, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BeerBucks, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

IMFletcher, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jyacco15, Sep 05, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Great tart and sweeter balance, with a fruity note running throughout.

barczar, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kurmaraja, Sep 04, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

mdfb79, Sep 02, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%

MNBeerGeek, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

enelson, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a cloudy gold resembling apricot flesh. Aggressive pour give way to racy carbonation that quickly loses any retention.

First aromas of spice candy, a chinese sweet sour, and mild yeast. Lemon zesty and berry esters.

Taste yields more of the same. Cane sugar sweetness with overripe strawberries. As I'm listening to Richard "Groove" Holmes, funk comes to mind. Squeeze of lemon and peppery spice in the back.

I would say more of a medium bodied brew due to the heavier sugars, IMO. Scant carbonation and quenching.

This was a past Xmas gift to me I finally tapped into. This turns out to be more of a lambic than a saison for me. A little heavy on the sugar and malt. Would not purchase but would always accept as a gift.

joeseppy, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

KAF, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

TMoney2591, Aug 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

spointon, Aug 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

joesteinkamp, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Chingringo, Aug 26, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%

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Kelp, Aug 24, 2014
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.