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Gillian - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this whole series is great, but i think gillian is my least favorite among the ones ive enjoyed so far. it comes across sweet from the strawberry, less authentic fruit than the others, and is rather under carbonated, at least mine was, but this may improve with age. its a funny colored brew, caramel colored almost, a little lighter, with the pink from the berries trying to color it, but getting muted a bit by the slightly darker grains. there isnt much head, and the carbonation thats missing ends up being the real weakness of this beer for me. it taste sweet from the strawberry, like dried strawberries in cereal or granola rather than fresh ones. the saison yeast never really cleans it up, and i dont get half as much of the brett funky and bacterial sourness as i do in the others. it just stays sweet. i also dont get as much white pepper out of it as i would like to, its such an interesting ingredient, easy to overuse, which they dont, but i want to taste it more than i do. i think it gets lost by the belgian saison yeast rather than enhanced by it. the finish is sweet and funky, but its also boozy compared to the others. an elegant idea that could use a little lighter hand i think. maybe age will do this well, but i only ever had this one bottle, so maybe i wont ever know. i think still worth almost what they ask for these, but i liked halia much much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 15:51:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-23-2014 23:32:00 | More by dfhhead25
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-23-2014 13:33:58 | More by NJBeer265
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-22-2014 01:36:25 | More by Bubbalito
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-19-2014 14:09:02 | More by PappyVans
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Wayne17

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-18-2014 22:07:07 | More by Wayne17
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-17-2014 06:12:20 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on 9/11/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, strawberry, white wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, strawberry, and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 04:11:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-14-2014 23:53:32 | More by warnerry
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dkw0063

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15%

05-14-2014 19:39:23 | More by dkw0063
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-14-2014 09:19:15 | More by GRG1313
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-13-2014 01:35:59 | More by lonewolfcry
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TickleMeTony

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-11-2014 16:42:24 | More by TickleMeTony
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robgage

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-08-2014 21:53:23 | More by robgage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-08-2014 00:54:08 | More by XmnwildX12
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-05-2014 04:20:13 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-05-2014 02:36:29 | More by jim_carignan
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rodkin

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-04-2014 15:57:33 | More by rodkin
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FLima

Brazil

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Milky yellow color with practically no head.
Nice aroma, very unique with clear notes of strawberries, funky sour and mild cloves.
Flavor of wild strawberries, salt, white pepper, peaches, lemon, chardonnay and cheese.
Astringent aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation. Incredible how they hide the whole 9.5% abv.
Great sour, excellent complexity, bold and acid.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 18:57:06 | More by FLima
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bpasquini

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-27-2014 05:57:23 | More by bpasquini
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-26-2014 23:02:32 | More by ADTaber
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memphischas

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-23-2014 22:23:41 | More by memphischas
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden orange with active carbonation bubbles that struggle to form any head.

It has a fruity aroma, like a banana split. Slight vinous quality.

Acidic and vinous flavor and texture. Crisp. The strawberry and honey contribute a sweet fruity angle. Peppery finish.

Good beer, not great. I felt like it got pulled in too many directions without committing to any one.


Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 19:59:45 | More by Vonerichs
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-21-2014 23:10:05 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-21-2014 15:39:57 | More by meanmutt
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.