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Sofie Paradisi - Goose Island Beer Co.

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 49
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sofie, as you have come to know and love her, is a saison brewed with orange peel and aged in wine barrels. Keep citrus in the family, Paradisi uses grapefruit. 60% ale aged in barrels with grapefruit, 40% ale.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-30-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wine, grapefruit, and slight Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice wine and Bretty presence.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Thorpe429, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.4%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an inch of foam capping the amber colored liquid; decent lacing action

Smell: A little closed though I can pick up some oaky wine and grapefruit elements as well as the Brett

Taste: The tart flavors prevail, up front, with the grapefruit, lemon and the Brett; in the middle, the vinous oaky and vanilla elements add complexity with the Brett returning in the finish to dry out the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp, with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A really supurb beer; Goose Island at its best

brentk56, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

spycow, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a touch of orange, light haze. Tight layer of lasting foam on the surface that leaves behind a bit of delicate lacing.

Funky classic Brett aroma of horseblanket, leather, and a light spiciness. Brett seems to have overpowered the fruit here.

The grapefruit is present in the taste, not in a big way, but it's there lurking under more Bretty yeast-derived flavors. Dry and tangy, a bit of wet hay, leather, and general wild yeast funkiness. Citrus peel, a light citric acid note, though it's not especially sour or tart. Not much barrel character, the yeast carries the flavor. Pleasant and drinkable, though i'm not sure about a night of sessioning these. Good in a 1-2 serving scenario.

emerge077, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

largadeer, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/29/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, bananas, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong citrusy grapefruit flavor. Then some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and there’s a thin malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but the extra grapefruit over-powers the Saison qualities.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GI Belgian Beer Fest. Served in a taster pint glass. I'm under the impression that special Sofie variants are 100% barrel-aged.

A - Looks like Sofie. White foam settles to a thin ring and some haze, but minimal lace. Hazy, almost neon, yellow body.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma, with notes of lemons, white wine, a touch of oak, and even more grapefruits. It's like super-awesome grapefruit juice with a bit of oak-aged saison blended in.

T - Taste has a bit more beer character to it, but again it's mostly grapefruit. Doesn't quite pop as much as the aroma, but still highly enjoyable. There's some oak, citrus, stone fruit malts, peppery yeast, and white wine in the periphery.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium body, and a slightly tannic and sticky finish.

D - Superb stuff - I would go out of my way to have this one again, as it's a fantastic beer. I really liked the test batches for Sofie and this gets back to that vein of experimentation. I had at least three pours of this one, and it was my pick for best in show.

MasterSki, Aug 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

drabmuh, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

oline73, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Rifugium, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, May 28, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/15/13 notes. had 2-8 oz. pours of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC because I liked it so much.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright yellow-golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation. Looks like a nice saison.

s - Smells of sour grapefruits, white wine, citrus, sour fruits, oak, orange, brett, lemon, floral hops, some pine hops, and light vanilla and earthy notes. Amazing nose; just a ton of fresh citrus, white wine, and sour fruits to it. I loved this nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus, sour lemon, oak, white wine, vanilla, floral hops, earthy notes, oranges, and light pepper. Very nice taste; not quite as sour or citrusy as the nose, but really nice still.

m - Medium bodied saison and low carbonation. Very easy to drink and smooth; could drink a ton of this one.

o - Overall I think Sofie is a pretty good beer, but Sofie Paradisi is a great one. I absolutely loved the nose on this one; one of the best smelling saison's I've had, and while the taste fell off a tiny bit, it was still quite good, and it's very easy to drink. I'm really hoping they make this one more often because I would buy it all the time.

mdfb79, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

MarkyMOD, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with banana-like hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Good retention with steaks of soapy lace left behind.  Visible carbonation bubbling up as well.

Musty farmhouse aroma with earthy oak, zesty spice, banana bread, citrus rind and vinous light fruit.  Subtle dry oak/toothpick complimenting the earthy saison character.  Nice peppery spice presence with some coriander and clove in there.  Vinous light fruit notes with light grape and white raisin.  Sweet citrus pith with lemon peel/juice and grapefruit.  Was expecting more grapefruit in the nose but I'm pickin up more funk, wine and lemon.  

On the lower end of medium body with soft carbonation that's perfect for the style.  Mouthfeel is very nice and the flavors are complex yet nicely balanced.  Peppery spice up front with musty brett/farmhouse funk and a very strong citrus presence that lingers over the bread/yeast, light fruit and dry oak into a sweet, slightly dry finish.  Grapefruit is much stronger than in the nose and nicely compliments the vinous barrel and lighter fruits.  Nice white white presence with light grape and golden raisin but the barrel/oak is very faint.   Complex and very flavorful yet it's light and easy to drink.  ABV is invisible.  A lot of really nice flavors bouncing off of each other.  Each sip reveals something different and everything blend together very well.  The grapefruit juice/rind is a really nice addition to an already great beer.

corby112, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pint at WF Alexandria.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin foamy white head that fades to a thin collar, no lace. Aroma of grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind, white wine, oak barrel, light pepper spice. Medium thick body, well carbonated, slightly bitter fruity finish with a dry neutral oak woodiness. Flavor is a well integrated blend of pithy grapefruit juice, red flesh and membrane with typical spicy Sofie Belgian yeast and white wine. I still don't like Sofie, but this was pretty great. But so are grapefruits and wine.

yourefragile, Apr 30, 2013
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Sofie Paradisi from Goose Island Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.