Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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SofieSofie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
80% Belgian Style Ale, 20% Belgian Style Ale aged in wine barrels with citrus peel. Champagne color, white pepper aroma, citrus & vanilla flavor, sparkling body.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,472
Reviews:
1,133
Ratings:
4,620
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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271
Gots:
1,221
Trade:
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Photo of descobar
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle of Sofie vintage 2013

Look: pours deep golden with 1/2" frothy off-white head that retains well. the beer is hazy and effervescent with not much lacing being observed.
Smell: hops derived aromas are grassy and earthy and yeast produces estery, citrusy as well as spicy peppery notes. malt produces a slight hay-like aroma
Taste: very light malt sweetness, medium-high bitterness with significant tart, tangy acidity that differentiates this saison from others.
Feel: medium-light body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and pronounced astringency
Overall: dry finish with lingering spice and bitterness. overall this is a phenomenal beer with 5 years behind it and absolutely no signs of deterioration!

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Diura
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eychung
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jripley97
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the slowest, longest, most protracted brewery horizontal that I have EVER conducted! I am in the midst of a purge of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & I ran across a buncha GI beers, including this one. I am moonlighting in addition to my day gig so I haven't had a lot of drinking time upon returning home, hence the lagging, NOT lollygagging.

From the Bottle: "90% Belgian Style Ale blended with 10% Belgian Style Ale aged in Wine Barrels with Orange Peels"; "Develops in the bottle over 5 years. Contains live yeast. A sediment may form."; "Bottled on: 15Mar17 0848"; "2017 Belgian Style Saison".

I love it when a beer presents me with a conundrum right off of the bat! I generally strive for clarity from my pours in my beers, but this style can be "poor to good though haze is not unexpected". Hmm. I decided on a compromise - my initial pour would be very slow & gentle with an eye towards keeping the lees in place. My second pour would follow an in-bottle swirl to release the lees back into suspension for a waste not, want not pour. I Pop!ped the cap & began the initial pour, followed by an in-glass swirl to attempt to raise some head. This trick worked wonders & I wound up with just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention that left behind some decent lacing. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with the NE-quality clarity that I was striving for. Nose was at one very vinous and very barnyard funky. My guess would be white wine barrels & the funk was leathery & sweaty, like a saddle off a freshly-ridden camel. You thought that I was going to say "horse", didn't you? We rode camels in Hurghada, Egypt & man, can they work up a sweat! Thankfully, the vinousness outstripped the sweatiness in this one. Phew. Mouthfeel was light, soft, almost like a spritzer than a beer. The taste was only lightly funky, begging the question of how much of that characteristic it may have taken on over 5 years' time. On the other hand, it was quite vinous, but I also tasted a light orange citrusiness. Finish was dry, of course, but not so dry as to be unpleasant. Saisons were originally developed to be refreshing interludes for farm workers & this was certainly refreshing, And now, for the latter, second pour: I had replaced the cap following the initial pour so as not to allow the beer's CO2 to simply escape. I agitated the beer in the bottle nearly constantly as I drank to ensure that I would achieve the desired effect (or die trying). Never say "die", you say? A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but one! We must be bold in this day & age of beer, never cowardly! The color turned much more hazy & the nose & taste became slightly more pronounced, but overall, it did not change very much. Still, every drop of it got drank with nothing going to waste.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reef
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a church festival, enjoyed from a solo cup.
Drinking this on a hot afternoon, accompanying sausages, gyros, and fries, is so pleasant.
Pours a light clear copper with a few millimeters of head, which sticks around. Plastic cup probably did not do it justice.
Strong winey aroma.
Tastes include the saison yeast, grapes, citrus peel, peppercorn, light funk, Brett.
Dry and refreshing, The flavor combination is superb.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigerinatrance
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer of all time. That is all.

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Photo of yungBeerBrat
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I was not a fan but trying to be unbiased.
2013 sofie in 2018 (5 years old) poured into tulip.
Appearance - Fine, light colored. Very carbonated but thin.
Smell - Funky sour farmhousey. Slightly herbal but in a sort of licorice way.
Taste - Holy Moly this is the funkiest, barnyardiest, herbal beer ive ever had. It was so strong i could not finish it. It was too carbonated for me, but I believe that is okay for the style. The taste was exactly what people call a farmhouse ale taste. It was like Apex predator but 3x stronger and 2x more carbonated. I couldn't handle it but if you like that taste youll love this beer.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brantleysmith
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolvmar
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Yellow with slight orange/gold tinge. Slightly cloudy. Small head that holds a decent ring with a little lacing. Very nice looking. Only lacking more head/lacing.

Nose: banana/mango with clove and a little honey. Very pungent, complex.

Taste: banana, citrus upfront, grapefruit and clove on the backend. A little honey taste adds a full sweet flavor. Maybe influenced by the label...slight wine notes balance it all. Tastes a little like a crisp NEIPA before NEIPAs were a thing. Really good.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation but appropriate for the style. Pretty full feeling but still a crisp and clean feel and finish.

Overall: this is really good. A beer that would go with nearly any food or any situation. Would definitely try and I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Junior
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to wine glass, minimal head and lacing. Bright golden in the glass, slight chill haze. Smells of saisin esters and citrus. Taste initially of sweet malt, bubblegum, citrus, a little spicy through the middle and a good day finish. Young bottle, not much if any funk. Good drinking beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ClintGoodman
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,620 ratings