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Sofie Paradisi - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Sofie Paradisi
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94
outstanding

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 53
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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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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.

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Sofie Paradisi from Goose Island Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.