Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.09/5
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4,609 Ratings
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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:
#5,220
Reviews:
1,130
Ratings:
4,609
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
271
Gots:
1,215
Trade:
23
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Ratings: 4,609 |  Reviews: 1,130
Photo of rpjterp
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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Photo of chiefz1
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

Photo of Spaten454
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Agent-86
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulFC
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with low carbonation and no head. Smell is non-existent with only a slight orange and banana. Taste is great. Fruity, Orange, Banana, all up front. Very small hint of peppercorns. Finishes crisp and dry. Overall good.

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Photo of Calabash
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastconfederate2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Odd, but delicious. A very rustic, wild saison.

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Photo of mchegash
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_Kole
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npdevil27
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,609 ratings