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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 54
Gots: 172 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-12-2011

Gillian - Saison with Strawberry, Honey, and White Pepper

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 765 ml bottle (dated September 11, 2013) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated January 5, 2014.

A-Interestingly, my first pour is nearly clear and golden in color. The second pour from the same bottle is much more cloudy and looks like crystalized honey in color and clarity. I get about a finger of short-lived white head both times and no lacing.

S-My first whiff suggests strawberries, white grape, green apple, and a pretty substantial lactic tartness. Further sniffing discloses some oaky tannin-like dryness, some alcohol warmth, and a bit of honey as the beer nears room temperature. Pretty inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with a subdued but noticeable strawberry flavor; dry, tart white grape, a touch of honey, and tart granny smith apple. There is a nice, vinous acidity that provides a good bit of tartness and a warming, slightly medicinal alcohol. It is mostly dry on the finish despite the honey flavor up front.

M-The feel is lighter to medium in body with a chunky, assertive carbonation.

O-This is a really nice take on strawberry, which is a hard flavor to do right in a beer, IMHO. The honey provides just enough sweetness to balance the dry, acidic fruit flavors. This may not be my favorite sister from GI, but I would happily drink more of this and it goes great with food. It would pair especially with roast chicken.

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A - Light yellow with an orange haze. Small amount of carbonation sits on top

S - Strawberries, passion fruit, tart lemon, and slight sweet tarts.

T - Strawberries up front, light vinegar and sweet tart. Pepper spice in the back

M - Really thick, much thicker than I'd like. Kinda chewy overall. Finish is dry

O - Another solid sour from GI but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with Halia. Good strawberry presence and the pepper is there but light

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2013 Version

A - Pours a slightly cloudy apple juice color with a fizzy one finger head that dissipates pretty and doesn't stay around to say hello. Lacing and retention are minimal.

S - Funky yeast characteristics and sweet berry aroma to start off. The latter has a white wine tart character and more of a belgian quality.

T - To me, the belgian yeast is much more evident throughout on the taste. It really follows the nose, in my opinion. Really good funk, strawberry sweetness, some lemon and a little white pepper.

M - Lighter bodied and medium carbonation. Crisp body and effervescent.

O - Really enjoyable take on the style. The strawberries and tartness are a treat.

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A: Cloudy pale pastel yellow. Forms a smallish, fizzy white head that reduces to absolutely nothingness fairly quickly. No lacing.

S: Aroma is quite pleasant. Typical Saison notes: yeasty esters, fruity, and fresh. With some bright berry notes and hints of pepper.

T: Tastes is similar. Very inviting. Again there are those typical Saison flavors: yeasty, slightly peppery, and lemony. But then there is another layer of flavor. Strawberry, hay, mildly vinous. Maybe some Brett notes, though I question if I am perceiving the white pepper as Brett.

M: Lighter bodied with a effervescent carbonation. Mildy prickly. Tart, but not quite sour.

O: A very nice take on the style. Rather enjoyable.

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Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.