Hombre Secreto with Mango
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #487
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,206
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
20
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Hombre Secreto is a saison that has been aged in Lunazul tequila barrels with Brettanomyces. Hombre Secreto was brewed as a collaboration between Goose Island, Lunazul Tequila, and Big Star.

10 IBU
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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/29/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; small white head that quickly fades and fizzes out leaving little retention and okay lacing. The aromas have hints of citrus, banana, bubblegum and vinegar. Malts and yeasts are there. Some funk. Mild and subtle tequila notes in the background, but they're kind of hard to pick up on. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. The flavors might start off a little rough around the edges, but everything quickly comes together. It's sweet and tart. More funk and vinegar. The brett definitely makes its presence known. More citrus. The mango is there. Some yeasts. Malts do their thing. The tequila barrels are subtle and balanced. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied and is pushing full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's smooth stuff.

This is a nice brew. It has alot going on, but everything works and doesn't come off as over the top. It's definitely not your traditional saison. It doesn't really come off as a saison for the most part, but it works. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of defunksta
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden, bubbly lemony color.
Aroma: Strong aroma of predominately mango. Some citrus & stonefruit. Lots of brett, leather funkiness too.
Taste: Wow! Strong flavors of mango, pineapple, stonefruit, and tart citrus. Decently tart. This is followed by a strong leather funkiness. Similar brett strain to their Matilda I imagine. Good amount of Belgian yeast and spices. Some clove, coriander, and banana. Faint tequila twang, but not overbearing Honey malt backbone, yet peppery and dry. These complex flavors come together for a unique fruity, Double-Bubble Bubblegum flavor!
Feel: Peppery and dry on the palate, but heavy-bodied and drinks heavy.

Overall: What a beer! A delicious mango and Double-Bubble bubblegum (DB) flavored saison. The earthy funk is delicious and probably the same Brett strain used in Matilda. So much complexity and flavor in this beer. It comes together and tastes just like Double-Bubble. There is more lemony, fruit tartness than Matilda as expected for a saison. I've had a few beers that taste like DB, but I think if DB was a beer, it would be this one. This is a more tart Double-Bubble beer. Just like Matilda, Goose Island does it again and proves why they are the largest brewery in Chicagoland.

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Photo of stortore
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into a tulip glass. The cans are only 7.5%. Canned 9/19/18, had 10/31/18. Review replaces a 4.09 rating only of the 10.0% tap version in 9/2016.

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a one and a half inch quickly dissipating foamy head, no lacing. It looks flat as hell in a few minutes. Aromas of Belgian yeast, mango, some grain, light malt, light tequila, light spices. Flavors of tequila, mango, some malt, wheat, light yeast, spices- coriander for one, a little oak. A little bitterness on the finish when warm. Smooth, a good medium body, appropriately carbonated on the low side.

Good aroma and flavor, the mango seems fresh and vivid. Let it really warm up. It’s not as good as the original version. Worth a purchase for being a little different.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green mango on the nose for sure. GI manages to get some great fruit character out of their fruited beers. Perhaps a bit chaotic with the tequila barrels (and I otherwise love tequila), again not sure it's any better than regular old Sofie, but a fun spin on the classic nonetheless.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure what it is about this beer, but it hits that sweet spot of a damn near perfect drink. I had it alongside this year's Bourbon County Stout and Barleywine, and this was frankly better than either (though I think both were weak this year). Appearance is typical of a blonde: golden pale color, minimal carb and some lacing, medium haze.

Smell is irresistible. Seriously, it's a rare beer that I literally can't bear to pull my nose away from. This one has just a hint of tartness and brett influence, a hint of mango peel and passionfruit. It's a bit vegetal, a little acidic and fruity, and completely mesmerizing.

Taste echos some of those mango rind notes, with the slightly fruity acidity, and the flavor up front lies somewhere between a dry white wine and a mild tequila. The finish is surprisingly dry, and overall, this beer is so shockingly smooth, you would never guess the 10% abv. Medium carb and a crisp, medium body.

Overall, as I said, this beer is glorious. I don't think I could get tired of it, and would likely get wasted off of it long before I even realized. If I had one complaint that kept it from being a perfect beer, I'd have preferred a bit more strength in the overall flavor profile. It's just half a notch light in the mango and tequila flavor areas, but it's still as good and better than it needs to be, and the subtlety certainly works to this beer's advantage, in a way. Worth seeking out!

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Hombre Secreto with Mango from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 20 ratings