Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pours a two inches foamy white head.

Colour : champagne..
Taste citrus and vanilla favor.

Overall. An excellent saison well worth it, my hat off to you, Goose Island.

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Photo of Reddanm1
2.79/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The Sofie Beer by Goose Island was very interesting. The color was very deep, golden yellow. The Aroma was fruitful, but also had hints of floral. The original taste of the beer was very citrusy and florally. The major taste and aftertaste I experienced was pear. Overall, the beer was light and a fair beer.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 12-16-16

L: hazy orange yet appears like a flat IPA. Expected sparkling champagne appearance but wasn't present.

A: fruit, strawberry, bubblegum

F: 1st sip is thin that turns medium and fizzy and sour. Mild champagne feel. Slow sipper that makes you crave for more and more. Alcohol well hidden.

T: bananas, grass, mildly hoppy, mildly sour, citrus, mildly pepper, spicy, earthy, floral, mildly sweet, sweet and sour, melon, vanillia, creamy, pineapple, orange, lemon, lemon grass.

O: reminds me of Bornem Triple, perfect for Christmas or a summer/spring day. Wasn't as sparkling as expected but best Goose Island I've ever had. Have another 750ml for aging to test the Brett and am interested how that will taste.

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Photo of richdeneault
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strangely enough, I had this at a bar/restaurant in Guadalajar (Sel de Mar, check it out!). It tasted so much better after having mexian lagers all trip!

The taste is belgian, which is always a good thing. Softer aftertaste. Golden colour. Lots of taste with very little alcohol feel. Loved it

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Photo of Raas
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Light golden/yellow color, head - thick white quickly dissipating. Low carbonation.
Taste: Yeasty/Belgiany at the beginning replacing by light to medium acidity and citrus aroma. Medium/light bitterness. Some metallic taste. Very nice beer with good balanced between sweet, bitter, alcohol and citrus aromas. Pleasantly associated in taste with champagne and citrus fruit.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep straw/pale gold producing almost 2 fingers of finely bubbled, white, somewhat lasting head that recedes into a thin layer of foam that leaves only a few motes of lace. Aroma is s blend of pale & biscuity malts, lemon, orange, pineapple & faint clove, yeasty wet hay, dry with a hint of sulfur & some sourness. Taste is Belgian funk forward & thus presents phenolic notes swimming in biscuit malt, citrus, wheat-like tones & a faint sulfur hint. Taste while similar is even dryer than the nose through mid-sip, finishing faintly sweet with a nice peppery spice but rapidly transitioning to a dry, citrus & slight sourness while retaining the spice all of which become the mix making up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation spice & dry.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Saveur Biere. In Goose Island glass. At lunch, with maccaroni bolognesa. Noticeable yet elegant, non agressive funkyness. Notes of white grapes/wine and refreshing amarillo hops. Effervescent. Sounds good but the truth is that it took much long to finish, wasnt easy drinking.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the big bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---THANK YOU VERY MUCH KEVIN!
This fine ale pours a light pale honey golden color with a FANTASTIC head of white foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thick layer, and features some darn nice sudsy lacing. Nose of wheat,
farmhouse yeasty funk, candy malt, subtle lemon zest, cracker, white pepper, grassy hops,
and subtle white wine notes. Flavors follow the nose with wheat and Belgian candy sugars
dancing about the spice of white pepper and lemon touched farmhouse yeasty goodness with
notes of fresh bread and zinfandel wine with notes of crackers on the rear with a touch of grassy
herbal hops. Excellent feel; medium body, smooth, lightly tart, medium carbonation that is lively
and lightly effervescent with a dry cracker finish touched with some light wine notes.

Overall, a near perfect farmhouse ale done RIGHT in America.


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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 4 oz. sample of this in a flight. The small glass had a small white bubbly head. Mild Belgian taste, light and crisp. Not my favorite style, but a good representation of the style.

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Photo of NoBadBeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank while on the crapper. My first beer from G.I. Bright clean aroma, with crisp notes of white grapes and tropical fruit. Refreshing vinous taste similar to gruner veltliner. Slightly bretty with notes of bubblegum and tart kiwi. Well carbonated. I'm not generally a saison/farmhouse drinker but I found this to be a satisfying brew. If someone put one in my hands, I wouldnt turn it down.

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Photo of bwood06
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some friends of my wife and myself were over just a few nights ago and decided to pick this bottle up from a local bottle shop since the NFL games were not going our way. We figured spending our time catching up and talking was more worthwhile than watching two NFL games that were not incredibly fun to watch.

This beer pours a glowing, clear, golden color with heavy carbonation very easily visible that is topped with a white frothy head that dissipates slowly to an ultra thin lacing that is somewhat ghostly. 4.25/5 The aroma is like peeling a grapefruit with grapefruit flesh and peel really coming out strongly along with a light cracker note. The aroma is somewhat one dimensional but it is very enticing. 4/5 The flavor is very much like the aroma in that the grapefruit really dominates the profile. Earthy hops, light graininess, and cracker complement the sweetness and bitterness provided by the grapefruit flesh and peel. There is something here that lends a slight tropical feel as well but it is hard to pin down. Bitterness is moderate from the peel and lingers after swallowing. 4/5 The mouthfeel features a high carbonation burn on the front end, leading into a medium body that is wet but turns dry fairly quickly. The dryness is moderate but only lingers lightly on the palate after swallowing. 4/5 This is a very good saison, a beer type that is fairly hit or miss with me. Those that I like, I really like, and those that I dislike, I really dislike. This one falls into the really like category. I would gladly return to this beer if and when given the chance. Very well balanced and a really enjoyable drinking experience. 4/5

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Photo of erk0607
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Super yellow-gold with a slight orange tint in the light, practically no head at all, just a few bubbles floating and white lacing
Smell - Yeasty funk front and center, followed up by orange and citrus, wine must and malt
Taste - Orange and lemon citrus notes, a little bit grassy, bready, with tons of yeast derived flavors that are just best described as funky and barnyard/hay.
Feel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Super smooth carbonation that gives it a little bit of liveliness. Slick.
Overall: Super beer. Would definitely get again and will probably look for aged ones now too.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

In the Matilda/Sofie series of Belgian style ales, this one definitely comes out the winner. It pours a golden honey color with a mild head and a little lacing. This one is very refreshing, like a good Farmhouse should. The peppery, spicy nature of this brew is very noticable at the front and back of the sip but it also dominates the smell. There is a little citrus in there, but and a hint of bitterness at the end. I'm not getting the vanilla, but there is a smidge of sugars here...Perhaps the pepper hides the vanilla. This ale has a wonderful sparkling and somewhat dry finish like a champagne that makes it utterly drinkable. This one is worth a go, but don't expect it to come off like a real Belgian Saison.... The one thing it seems to lack are those yeasts that make it distinctly Belgian.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: An unripe pear color, pale honey, not the best looking beer
S:; Pears, oranges, apricots, a slight funky brett smell, smells dry
T: Orange peels, apricots, dried grass, slight funk taste
F: Fine body, medium carb, pretty smooth
O: A fine beer to pair with nearly any food. Nothing outstanding but a good beer .

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Goose Island chalice
From: Goose Island Pub at Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Dec. 14, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 14, 2016
Reviewed as: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Misc.: N/A

Was staying at the Hard Rock for a work trip and had planned on heading to the Goose Island Pub once I saw that BCBS was on tap. The plan was to review Sofie and Matilda, and have a BCBS. However, once I got there I was told that they ran out of BCBS in the last hour. Bummer. Still wanted to try both beers and was actually surprised that I had not yet.

Poured a straw-gold yellow clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled rather boozy up front. Settled in and got lemon, coriander peel, citrus zest, white wine (could not pick out which type) barrels, grassy notes, lingering peppery spices and dry apricot. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was much better, getting lemon juice, bitter coriander peel, hints of boozy oaky white wine, but not overwhelming, grassy nots, some tartness, a touch of banana and still that dry apricot. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a really good beer. Better than I thought I would be. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of Chouine
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is phenomenal.Good balance on the acidity, sweetness.You can taste the subtility of the orange peel.Love it. A must try for the ones liking white beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to goblet. Bright yellow, lacy head.
Aroma is mild yeast, lemon, Orange.
Taste has some apple character, touch of the Belgian wild yeast, but ok, lemon comes late.
Feel is smooth and Very bubbly.
Nice beer, though I think a slight step down from the Matilda.


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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden pour with thin cap of white. Aroma hints of lemon, slight funk and maybe a touch of candi sugar. Flavor is similar with some light sour notes of citrus, and a decent malt sweetness. Nothing about this beer is overly dominant. Very tasty and very balanced with a slightly tart finish. One of the best I've tried for the style.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top notch Farmhouse style..suprised I hadn't seen this one before today at my local grocer...sweet, a bit over carbonated for my taste, but very nicely done

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic saison. It may register at as sweet, but the nose and the complexity are off the charts. Like Matilda, Goose Island has out done themselves once again. Snag this one.

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When fresh this is a very good saison. Admittedly a touch sweeter than I like and I think is necessarily appropriate for the style, but still an outstanding and well crafted beer. GI has a nice yeast strain they use in these beers that goes a long way to setting it apart from its American made saison brethren.

Whats interesting is how this bottle develops with some age. The sweetness really takes over and the yeast becomes subdued. It actually takes on some granny smith apple/white wine flavors that are very good, but tend to depart from the traditional saison character.

Saison DuPont will always be the gold standard for saisons but Sofie is no slouch. Its still an outstanding beer in its own right.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle

Appearance--Pours a pleasant hazy but not cloudy champagne color. Very little head that quickly dissipates, but persistent lacing throughout.

Aroma--Not unpleasant, but perhaps "off" for the style. Citrus, wine, and pepper aromas, but lacking in the yeast and funk departments normally hallmarks of the style.

Taste--Green apple, citrus, and wine notes, providing pleasant tartness without bitterness. Crisp and very pronounced dry finish. Very well balanced, though it doesn't get a "5" only because the "funk" I was looking for was a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel--One of the best "finishes" of any beer I've ever tasted. Very dry for the style, but in a perfect way. Combined with a champagne-like "bubble," it is simply outstanding.

Though lacking the complexity and character of others, I can't say anything negative about this. The feel and finish combined with the pleasant tartness is spot on for me.

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Photo of Nrad
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of candied lemon, mild citrus, vanilla and spice. Taste is the same.

Compared to tank seven, much lighter, less funk, less abrasive. I prefer the tank seven, but this is still good, just different.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a foamy, 2 inch white head. Beautiful saison, with intense bubbling throughout. Smell is heavy Belgian yeast, spice, and citrus finish. Tart fruity flavor, notes of grape, pear, and orange. Slight vanilla touch on the finish. Very dry, very crisp mouthfeel. Definitely one of the most refreshing beers in the style, and one I will come back to.

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Photo of Wanzuki
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great Farmhouse! Slightly murky yellow color; fair amount of head as one would expect from this style. Crisp lemon aroma and tang at the first taste; after a while the subtlety of the yeast sets in.

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