Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.09/5
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4,583 Ratings
SofieSofie
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:
#2,331
Reviews:
1,126
Ratings:
4,583
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
1,208
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,583 |  Reviews: 1,126
Photo of Quafftastic
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mblack62
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. Slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Citrus zest aroma, mainly lemons and oranges. Peppercorns also. A sweet funk that was almost pear-like. The taste followed. Slightly tart fruity and sweet. Nice peppery notes. Clean and dry finish. Easy to drink.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dataslal
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

L hazy yellow, white head, good carb
S yeasty, white wine
T sour, orange, pepper
F light, crisp, tart

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Photo of sdzoe14
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good.

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Photo of davillanx
2.67/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold. Aroma is lemon, pepper and funk - with some orange and alcohol. Taste is orange and banana - definitely tangy and a bit funky. Starts off a little bit tart but finishes sweet. Feel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this was fine, but not worth the price tag for a 4 pack. Would go great with salmon.

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Photo of hairnic
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsqc7
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear golden body with poofy white head. No lacing.

Flavors are simple and good; sweet malts, floral hops, and rustic yeast. Sharp acidity and generous carbonation makes everything feel very crisp.

Good!

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Photo of Half-full
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Light golden color with a head that leaves a ring of lacing. Nose of floral hops, yeast, and pepper. Floral hops and sweet malt are upfront with pepper and funky yeast coming in on the back. Light body and medium carbonation.
There's an aftertaste to it that I think comes from the yeast. It's almost musky and makes each next sip seem less desirable. I got through one pint and I had to nurse it.

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

Dark yellow in color with orangish hues and a heavy haze. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Funky yeast, tart fruit, and vinous grape-like aromas with light malt. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light smooth feel up front that transitions quickly to a dry tartness through the middle. Light malt flavor followed by light tartness and funky yeast. Tartness peaks through the middle followed by pear notes and vinous white wine grapes to the end. Finished semi-dryly with funky yeast, earthy, spicy, and tart grape notes. A pleasant display of complex flavors and aromas. Funky, fruity and tart, followed by an earthy and dry finish. Very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MJSFS
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a wide-mouthed goblet-style glass. The beer is a hazy orange gold with a 3 finger pure white foamy head.

S: Funky sour yeast in there as the dominant note under a soapy, lemony, grassy hop note. Earthy and slightly fruity at the same time.

T: Milder than expected with a definite malt backbone. Then comes the sour funky bretty note but it's balanced in there with a lemony character. White wine is a big note in there but with a malty sourdough yeasty kick.

F: Lightly carbonated.

Overall: I like this. I was pleasantly surprised. It's almost a sudsy champagne kind of character but with a beery kick. I'm not sure I'd pay the price I paid for it again (maybe a bit higher from here in China?), but if it came along for the right price I'd get it again. Refreshing and a good change of pace.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bombelsky
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, hazy. Frothy white foam. 2 fingers tall. Diminishing to a small crown. Good lacing. High fruity aromas. Lemons. Yeasty. Rather tart with some light malty sweetness. Light hoppy flavor. Medium high fruitiness. Dry finish. Some tartness. Quite sparkling. Light body.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,583 ratings