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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 46
Gots: 162 | 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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Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 12/10/13

Appearance: Light orange with some nice honey highlights - some golden highlights - lightly cloudy - some milky clarity around the edges - pours with a medium sized, creamy head - keeps a few hints of a cap, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Strawberries and lots of funk - nicely wet, damp, funky, musty - nicely tart - strawberry flesh holds up remarkably well, especially considering the barrel-aging - some white wine - some light grains in the background, some light sweetness

Taste: Wet, tart, and sour, with some really nice fruit - as the aroma suggests, the strawberry flesh here is remarkable - a light touch of honey, and the peppercorns are much more apparent in the taste than in the aroma - musty, damp basement, very went funk - lots of white wine flavor - extremely interesting - nice, pale malts at the base

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with some interesting spiciness from the peppercorns, lightly puckering, nicely smooth, nicely carbonated, touch of alcohol heat

Overall: I want to believe

This bottle is almost worth $30. Almost. The sourness and tartness elements are great, as are the strawberry flavors. The peppercorn is kind of weird, but it works. This is not the best sour from Goose Island, but it's definitely worth a try.

angrybabboon, Dec 11, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance: Hazed golden yellow. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Minimal retention leaves a small collar in relatively short order. Moderate carbonation on the pour. A vigorous swirl creates a rich creamy one-finger head that drops pretty quickly.

Smell: Fresh juicy strawberry. A touch of honey laced through the back with a soft peppery spiciness. Deeply fruity with a slight push of peach, apple, and pear. Very light pale maltiness thrown in the mix. A touch of bread with oak tannins. Wine barrel rounds the whole thing out. Push of grape skin and bright white wine. Warming ups the strawberry flesh and wine component. A bit of powdery floral yeast. A touch musty and damp.

Taste: A little bit less assertive than the nose would indicate. Nice push of clean fresh strawberry up front. A touch of pepper runs through the back of the whole thing. Softly spicy. Raw honey adds a nice element as well. Yeast is very light with some mild fruity esters. A touch of apple skin. Grape must with a nice push of oak and white wine. Almost like a spritzer on the finish. Manages to keep the slightly tart push of strawberry. Some underlying musty funk. A touch grassy and damp. Juicy. Slight citric acid tartness. A nice complexity and fruity depth.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with an initial juicy sip.

Overall: Definitely not the ugly one.

A nice blend of powdery funk and fruit. Manages to balance strawberry and wine without being a wine cooler. Well played and delightful. Not the best of the "Sisters," but it's definitely drinkable.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 11, 2013
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2013 vintage 765ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow orange color with less than a finger of a fizzy white head that dissipates almost instantly to a thin collar. Body is hazy with lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Fresh strawberries, white pepper, saison yeast, slight acidity, honey, slight lactic character, light barnyard funk and a hint of orange. Aroma is complex and appealing.

Taste: A light acidic sourness hits the palate right away. After that it follows the nose pretty very closely with more strawberry, white grape, honey, funk, and oak. Big white pepper flavors on the palate which carry through to the finish and linger into the after taste (to the point of producing a slight spicy burn and you get towards the end of the bottle).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Moderate levels of lively carbonation help move the flavors along. Finishes tart and dry. Booze is very well hidden.

Overall: Another good beer from Goose Island. Delicate and complex with just enough sour/wild character to remind you it's there, but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors of the beer. My one gripe would be that this could benefit from them toning down the pepper a bit. With all that being said, while this is a really good beer, I don't think it justifies the $29.99 price tag it carries.

Jonada, Dec 06, 2013
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.