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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 158 | 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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Ratings: 441 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

12-02-2013 13:56:10 | More by vinny21bal
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stevec32

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-02-2013 13:38:34 | More by stevec32
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-01-2013 22:36:37 | More by 2dogbrew
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-01-2013 16:03:07 | More by jfstilling
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scotv

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-01-2013 15:32:22 | More by scotv
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IndyDad

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-01-2013 15:05:34 | More by IndyDad
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firedwarftj

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-01-2013 04:36:17 | More by firedwarftj
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-30-2013 21:41:45 | More by AnalogErik
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-30-2013 13:53:10 | More by ShanePB
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myuncle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-30-2013 13:25:09 | More by myuncle
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-30-2013 13:14:20 | More by aasher
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-30-2013 10:00:26 | More by largadeer
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MCain04

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks to Goose Island for this bottle to review! Poured into a GI belgian glass.

Appearance is a cloudy straw yellow body with a fizzy white head which dissipated into minimal rimming and no lacing.

Smell is of lactate, delicate strawberry, surprisingly strong pepper, some other tropical fruit like kiwi and mango, and lemon.

Taste is of soft sweet fruit, primarily strawberry, tart but not too sour, pepper is somewhat subdued throughout but perhaps present on the very back end.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, light to medium body, smooth, mildly sticky and dry, very drinkable.

Overall, for the price this is definitely a once in a while treat, but this was a very, very enjoyed beer. Great fruit flavor and sour notes are just perfect with a good balance of sweet, tart, and pepper. Very drinkable.

11-30-2013 05:04:41 | More by MCain04
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +8%

A- Pours a bright, effervescent looking, hazy orange. Medium sized head forms and sticks around just a little bit. Not very much lacing.

S- Fairly complex with strawberry being first and foremost on the nose. Some pepper and traditional saison spiciness mixes in behind the fruit. Towards the end, some lemongrass and light grainy notes make an appearance.

T- Starts with a bang of strawberry fruitiness and grassy saison flavors. Grains and some lemon peek in there too. The end is mainly a dull, grainy, saison flavor profile with a hint of lingering strawberry as it fades away. Throughout the drink, there are bits and pieces of pepper and just a touch of the underlying sweetness from the honey.

M- Light across the palate and quite highly carbonated, making it crisp and a little stinging on the tongue. The 9.5% ABV isn't really evident in the flavor, but is slightly noticeable in the drying sensation left in the mouth.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I'm not sure it's worth the $30 price tag, as it's not much better than Lolita or Juliet, but it is unique. Glad I got a bottle to try and enjoy. This is a very interesting and delicious beer.

11-30-2013 02:13:04 | More by boilermakerbrew
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-29-2013 23:01:29 | More by mpayne5
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-29-2013 23:00:22 | More by kjkinsey
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-29-2013 19:27:24 | More by fredmugs
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-29-2013 09:41:43 | More by SourAddict
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Rainier

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-29-2013 07:29:11 | More by Rainier
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-29-2013 01:55:40 | More by dgherm
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%

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

11-28-2013 19:26:02 | More by brentk56
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Thishops4u

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-28-2013 16:25:04 | More by Thishops4u
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-28-2013 01:23:54 | More by CDCNAM
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cwxc818

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-27-2013 02:49:17 | More by cwxc818
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-26-2013 13:50:43 | More by InspectorBob
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.