Saison | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'n Hum. Pours a dark amber color with berry hightlights has an off-white head with good retention. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Good amount of pepper with grassy hops and a light funk. The taste is dry, hay like, light farmhouse flavors with some green apple and a grassy bitter hop. Definitely on the hoppy side for a saison. The feel is light with tingley carbonation, sweet but finishes with a grassy bitter hop. Good but not outstanding, dark for a saison. Could use some more traditional saison flavors.

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Photo of botham
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Clybourn brewpub. the new batch (Sept 2009) has 7.1% APV and is poured into a tulip glass. pours a rich orangish amber with a single finger of tight white head that has good retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is lightly fruity with a base of bready yeast and a faint touch of carammel. the funk is restrained with an overall character similar to a belgian golden ale.

taste is mildly fruity as well with light banana and citrus notes along with the same base of light grainy malt. nicely composed, but could use a bit more funk.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a malty backbone and a finish of residual fruit and malt. bready malt on the back end hinders the drinkability a bit.

drinkability is good. easy going and sessionable with a fresh and malty quality along with a solid profile and well composed aura. could use some more funk to be taken seriously as a Saison, but still quite good. cheers!

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a ruby tint and a small white head.

Scent of yeast, some sugars, oats and fruits. Very good, my favorite aspect of this beer, just a nice floral scent.

Taste of spices and yeast with some earthy malts. Didn't think it was anything special at first, but it really grew on me and it turned out the be my favorite beer of the evening.

Mouthfeel is light and a little oily, could be better.

Very drinkable, before I knew it my glass was empty.

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Photo of LoRezDave
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2008 GI Saison at the Clyborn brewery in Chicago (scheduled to close 12/21).

It was served on tap, in a tulip glass, and far to cold for my liking.

Apperance was an opaque light brown with maybe a touch of rose color...or that could been the incandescent lighting.

Nose is slightly sweet, slightly tart, maybe a hit of cinnamon and/or yeast? Once it warms a slight barnyard nose appears.

Taste notes clearly has citrus and a slight tart sour. Very fresh but NOT young, the complexity is there. Tart in the back of the throat.

Very very good stuff - I wish I'd have picked up a growler!

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Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Pour
Goose Island Clybourn

Goose Island's Saison pours a caramelized golden, slightly darker than the average saison. A one finger head was present on the pour that left webbed lacing down glass after each sip. Good looking saison.

Smell up front is of pale biscuity malts with a touch of caramel. Middle to the finish is big on the spicy peppery yeastiness. Some lemongrass and white pepper along with a few unidentified spices. Ends with a mild but noticeable hoppiness.

Flavor is directly in stride with the aroma. The semi-sweet maltiness up front along with a spicy middle with the hints of white pepper, spicy yeast, a touch of lemongrass, and a pleasant grassiness. This leads into the swallow. This beer just grows on you.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side but a touch thicker than I would prefer. Moderate carbonation adds a nice creaminess.

This beer is highly drinkable. The more you drink the faster you want to drink it and it goes down pretty easy.

A good saison from Goose Island. Truthfully I was kind of hesitant ordering a saison as I've had others in the past from other brewpubs that were less than stellar. This was a pleasnat surprise.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Chicago last week. Very light amber color,
thin ring of foam for head.
Aroma-faint hop aromas, white grapes with a sweet tea-like smell.
Mouthfeel-Quick flourish of hop bitterness then sweet but mild malt flavors. this is very middle of the road for me. I realize all saisons are not grassy yeasty sweeter brews. Very sesionable just mild on all tastes. Good offering.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison 2007, listed as 7% at Clybourn.

Pours a hazy golden amber, thick white head, nice lacing, great retention, settles to a pretty layer and ring. Smell is neat, barnyard, wheat, some grass, yeast, bit of lemon sourness, right amount of funk. Taste is sweet up front, citric bite through the middle, yeasty, some fruits, floral and funky yeast goodness in the finish, a little tart. Mouthfeel is medium bodied witgh medium carbonation, smooth, flavour coats the tongue. Also enjoyed in a growler on DLD. Nice saison!

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Photo of kajerm
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip on tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours amber and slightly cloudy, capped with a finger and a half white head.

The aroma is underwhelming-- I was expecting funk (and maybe a little sourness) and instead I got light, mixed fruity aromas and some malt character.

Tastes like it smells, fruity with a little malty sweetness. There is a little bit of cidery funk that shows up late palate, but it's faint enough that I might have willed it to be there.

Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation; combined with the light flavor this makes for a super-drinkable beer, but I was expecting a lot more from this one.

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Photo of dherling
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice orange brown, slightly clouody, a think white head. The nose has an apricot forefront, with some big bitter herbal hops and a little yeasty spicyness. The taste is the same as the nose, note for note. Apricot, bitter herbal hops, and yeasty spice. There's some alcohol in there now too, and slight acidity on the edge. The mouthfeel is creamy and long.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a long-stemmed tulip glass)

A- This beer had a warm glowing deep orange body with a thin white head that lasted and lasted. It had a very high carbonation with lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. I thought this was a bit odd for a cask beer.

S- The sweet soft perfume note of apricots had a light soapy note to it but was otherwise pretty clean. As it warmed even more there was a hint of green hops in the finish.

T- The smooth soft light malt flavor had a slight apricot dried fruit note with some flavor so white wine and alcohol in there. There was a crisp little bitterness in the finish that had a hint of hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a faint creamy texture in the finish.

D- The perfumy qualities need something to balance them or give them more depth and there wasn't much spice to balance. For all the bubbles on the glass it didn't taste fizzy or have a fizzy mouthfeel.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered on-tap at Goose Island in Chicago. Poured a cloudy light orange, with a very thin white head. Thin lacing on the glass, too. Smells of strong honey and floral. Opens up nicely the more you put your nose in it. Very light quality in the aroma - definitely smells like a spring or summer ale. In the taste a sweet, honey opening gives way to light, floral hops. Medium carbonation has a bite to it, giving this beer a very refreshing and crisp complexion. Very strong example of the American interpretation of a Belgian style. Would definitely go back for another taste of this one.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Clyborne brew pub. Has a cloudy yellow color with a thin white, wispy head. Earthy, musky smell with light fruits. Lightly carbonated, too light for this flavor. Decent Belgian style taste of spices, horse blanket funk and lightly sweet tree fruits . A little unbalanced but not too bad

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Goose Island Clyborne location
Sits a hazy gold color in the glass, and is topped by a thin tan head. The nose has a nice level of Belgian yeast spiciness to it, I get notes of ginger, coriander, and an apple fruit component. The aroma has a faint mustiness to it as well. The finish of this beer has a certain astringency to it which nicely balances the softer components of the beer. This is a really nice Saison, much more character than I was expecting. There is a nice fruitiness up front, a combination of pear and apple. My only real complaint (really more of a what if than a complaint though) is that this beer needs more carbonation, which would require bottle conditioning. This would be a killer Saison served from a bottle conditioned 750ml.

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