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Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,117
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
4,522
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
259
Gots:
1,186
Trade:
23
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Ratings: 4,522 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant yellow with loads of carbonation, thick white head and ok lacing. Smells so wonderful, very fresh and light citrus, apples, vanilla. The taste is so nice, ultra clean and refreshing, tastes follow the nose, just a very nice beer. I am getting into this style more and am very impressed with this one, clean and easy to drink, very nice beer from the normal ones out there.

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Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sloshy, mythical, sentimental, dreamy. Lovely.

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Photo of Jake-northrup
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. What a great little brew. It pours a very hazy light orange-yellow. The carbonation leaves behind a nice, thick, crisp white head, but dissipates rather quickly. The nose is a bit underwhelming, but comes in with light citrus essence, and a malty backbone. The taste is magnificent, notes of orange essence, grape juice, a bitter tanic bite, with a light wash of farmy wheat malt and citrus hops to finish it off. The feel is my favorite thing about this beer. It is effervescent without overcarbonation, and the malt leaves behind an oil on the tongue, allowing the finish to never leave. At 6.5% ABV, it is the perfect alcohol content to just enjoy a beer and relax. A complex brew, and certainly one for the books.

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Photo of Kmkapalka
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with nice head and lacing. The smell has a pleasant aromatic sweetness and is fresh and grassy. The taste combines honey, lemon, pepper and a bit of cinnamon. A very nice saison.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light gold with a white head that disappears quickly. Smells of white pepper, yeast, light fruits, and a mild funk. Tastes of white pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, light fruits (pears maybe), vanilla as it warms, and wood. Medium-light crisp body with medium-high carbonation. Overall a pretty good Saison, just doesn't live up to the average score.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rammed96
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a couple bottles for the first time in a long time. Like many before me, this was the gateway beer to the broad world of Belgian beers. Just as enjoyable as I remember and still an excellent ambassador.

Golden effervescent body with lively bubbles and a soft puffy head. Aroma is grape skins, hay, pepper and that unmistakable Belgian yeast.

Taste is fruity esters, grape must, light spice, a touch of funk. Drinks dry and finishes crisp. Easy drinking with a nice cascade of flavors.

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Photo of Stockatron
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Khaack
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dainbramage637
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandy14
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crawmcgraw
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bluett
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomT2
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthVorador
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uzivra26
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a thick head with good retention.
Aroma with notes of peaches, candi sugar, some sourness funkiness and mild horse mantle.
Flavor with notes of lemon, ginger, white pepper, white wine, friendly funkiness, some barnyard notes, candi sugar, pear and oranges. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness and residual acidity.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very elegant Farmhouse ale with white wine notes and spices that increasingly gets funky as it warms up.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,522 ratings
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