Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #23
Ranked #9,348
4.03 | pDev: 11.91%
Oct 28, 2022
Jun 04, 2003
Notes: Golden sunrise color, baking spice aroma, fruity biscuity malt flavor, dry body.
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
The pour is golden yellow with some sediment. The taste is belgian yeast, mild hops along with some sour notes from brettanomyces, along with some mild banana, pear & green apple notes. This was quite an impressive belgian ale. Cheers! A-
Oct 28, 2022
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Jul 19, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
had this beer back in 2007 at 11 % seemed on the strong side . this i i just had at 7% is quite smooth great Belgium ale
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
I love this style. It has quite a bit of fruitiness and funk, much like a good apple cider fermented with wild yeast. It reminds me of summer evenings in the countryside... Good memories, great aroma and flavor.
Feb 28, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by irishevans from California

Feb 10, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, date code is unclear, but I think its best by 13 Jan 26

Pours golden orange color, white head. Aroma of fruity apricot, spicy clove, bready malt. Similar taste, a little tart in the finish. Thin to medium bodied, feel is a little slick.
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Kessel from New York

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Big blossoming strong ale with Brett illuminating notes and Rudy-copper body. The alcohol is tame on the palate with a protracted sizzle of carbonation and back to forward bloom of malt sweetness. A jolly good pale ale hybrid.
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4.05 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Oct 12, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
It's been about 5 years since I had this beer at a local event (held at the football stadium in a large party room. This is not a style I generally pursue, but I found this beer to be tasty and the flavor grew on me as I consumed it. I didn't take a lot of notes on Untappd but I found the bottle to be somewhat spicey and unique.
Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by trickynicky from Maryland

May 21, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Drink by 10Jan26.

L---Rich, clear copper color. White head faded to a cap fairly quickly and left ok lacing.

S---Sweet, rock candy, clove & yeast.

T---Dried fruits, candy sugar, spice, yeast.

F---Medium/full bodied. Good carbonation.

O---A really tasty one. I was going to buy two, but only got one. Wish I had gotten two.
May 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
355 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 7%. Deep golden to amber colour, big white (or slightly off-white) head. Strong fruity and spicy aroma, notes of cloves, Belgian ale yeast and alcohol. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Drank it a bit too warm, but the flavour has a decent fruity and malty sweetness with some notes of mild spices and moderate hops in the finish. Pretty good stuff.
May 08, 2021
Rated: 4 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by JamesLeung from Florida

Mar 08, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by caffeinelogic from New York

Feb 16, 2021
Rated: 4 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by uncleotis from Illinois

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jan 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Beertsipper from New York

2.79/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Look: Amber/copper. Very small beige head.
Nose: banana, clove, bubble gum, band aid, rubber.
Taste: Follows the nose, with a mild malt sweetness. Sweaty socks also detected.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a chewy to oily kind of vibe.
Overall: Probably the worst representation of this style that I've had. And this is a style I basically enjoy very much.
Won't purchase again.
Nov 24, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by bgunnink from Illinois

Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Nov 13, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Slightly hazy and deep copper gold color with thin, dense white lacing.

S - Sweet light Belgian candy sugar aroma, pear, a hint of white grape, and spice.

T - Light spice, a little bit of green apple, white grape, and pear, with biscuity malt.

M - Big medium body with soft, gentle carbonation.

O - As I work through this 12 oz bottle it's starting to grow on me.
Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle Drink By 04NOV24 (about a year old) poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 7% ABV 26 IBU. The beer pours moderately hazy in a medium amber color. The head is light khaki and recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild funk, pineapple and a little wheat malt. The taste is semisweet wheat & biscuit malt with barnyard funk creeping in before an earthy mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good.
Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle born on 8/25/16 poured into a pint glass at 53 F.
L - dark, almost amber, with a nice head that dissipated slowly
S - You can smell the Brett and a bit of clove and hops
T - Not sour, but you can taste the yeast/brett immediately, mixed with clove, a slight hop flavor turning to somewhat fruity on the finish
F - A bit on the thin side, little carbonation in the mouthfeel
O - A different beer, not like any other pale ale I've had. 4+ years in it seems to have lost some hoppiness
Sep 23, 2020
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Reviewed by jws7968 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I thought this was going to be bad as it foamed out the top of the bottle when opened. This was not an issue. Pours brownish, orange with nice lacing. Smells of bananas and tastes somewhat tart. Bottled August 24, 2016
Sep 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 10/23/18

I’ve had this one sitting around for a while but it seems like every time I open the fridge I’m not really in the mood for something like this. Except tonight. I need some (Americanized) Belgian in my life

Pours a murky light brown with a finger of off white head that quickly reduces to a cap and leaves no lacing

The nose is pretty lively here. The Belgian yeast lends notes of banana, pepper, and light bubblegum. There’s minor notes of lemon and honey to support the yeast

Hmmm, this is more tart than I expected on the front end. Right off the bat I get tart lemon and mild pepper. Post swallow brings more of the same, but layers in sweet malt, light hops, and orange. Quite tasty actually

This has a medium body and very light carbonation, leading to a smooth and refreshing drink. It finishes a bit too sticky for my taste, but it works out in a beer like this

This was actually pretty good. I haven’t had many strong Belgian pales, but I might have to start seeking more out
Aug 21, 2020
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled and purchased from Altrincham town Tesco store
Pours a slightly hazy mud brown body with with decent enough off white head
Aroma is candied peel and distilled grain
Flavour has that with a lovely tartness
Aug 13, 2020
Rated: 2.45 by dubadw from Switzerland

Jul 28, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Pchop18 from Kentucky

Jul 28, 2020
Rated: 3.47 by eppie82 from Illinois

Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 3.2 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Jul 11, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jun 11, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by Verotor86 from Mexico

Jun 06, 2020
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Reviewed by NCAHappyHour from Kansas

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Okay - I don't write connoisseur reviews. That said -- I like this beer because it isn't over the top hoppy, but still has that bite. I haven't seen many people describe it as a farmhouse ale, but that's how I would best describe it. The ABV seems a little stronger than 7%, but I'm not on my ass after a few. Not your "after yard work" beer; it's not what I would call "refreshing" -- more after you have showered and are getting ready for dinner. All things said, I would probably opt for Sofie, but Matilda is right after. My only disappointment -- they changed the label. The label below was classic!
May 23, 2020
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