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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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92
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423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 154 | FT: 30
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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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%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:26:02 | More by brentk56
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-26-2013 13:50:43 | More by InspectorBob
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-26-2013 01:28:31 | More by mrebeka
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California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-26-2013 00:09:18 | More by topdown
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California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-25-2013 04:50:25 | More by midnitesun11
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-25-2013 03:51:02 | More by Troville1990
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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-24-2013 15:27:25 | More by smartassboiler
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-24-2013 05:09:05 | More by rodlavers
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-23-2013 03:35:46 | More by frankthetank86
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A heavy price tag for this, it's a very nice beer but maybe not worth the $.

The beer pours a nice solid orange color with a decent head, very hazy it's very opaque. No lacing on my glass.

The smell leads off with strawberry big time but then has a very hearty backbone of citrus, pepper: reminds me of the peppercorns you might get in a Thai dish with the young peppercorns still connected to the 'vine.' The taste follows in some ways but to me has a HUGE grapefruit juice presence in the bitterness and acid which I think is a tangent from the pepper, and also some band aid in the flavor, some vanilla oak notes as well. Tangerine, strawberry cream, slight sweetness. Would not have guessed honey if I didn't read it on the label.

The feel is pretty good, it has a depth and decent amount of carbonation that props up the flavors in the beer nicely, but doesn't make it exceptional. Hope that makes sense.

A nice beer, but maybe $10-15 too expensive depending on how much you pay. Maybe a $18-20 beer to me in the big format bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 02:29:10 | More by Dreadnaught33
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

11-23-2013 02:23:40 | More by nmann08
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Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Florida

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

765ml bottle into a HF wine glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a finger and a half of fizzy white foam. Poor retention and lacing.

S: Strong peppercorn, citrus, and grapefruit. Some musty funk behind that. Peppercorn certainly stands out in the aroma, though.

T: Strong tart, slightly sour grapefruit is most evident. Peppercorn comes in after that. As in the aroma, the peppercorn is quite strong in the flavor. Some musty funk behind that, but certainly not strong - just enough to remind you this is a Saison. The beer remains well balanced between dry and sweet (for my palate that admittedly tends to prefer dry Saisons). As the beer warms, the peppercorn comes out more and more.

M: Medium thickness with fairly high carbonation.

O: A very nice Saison, but disappointing both for the price and after having Halia (which is certainly better). I do like the peppercorn in here, but with it was toned down quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:44:27 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Myst

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Gruber221

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gillian is by far my favorite of the four sisters. It is a glass of sour strawberry, earthy funk deliciousness with a hint of pepper smoothed out with honey.

Its frigin awesome!!!

Thanks to Railroad Street Bar and Grill in Limerick PA for hooking me up. If you are in the Area they have a limited amount in bottles available.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 18:48:29 | More by Gruber221
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kustard

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-19-2013 18:18:23 | More by kustard
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.