Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
1,053
Ratings:
4,306
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
20.19%
 
 
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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
Bubbly, slight haze to the straw gold color. Tower of white foam 3" high. Dissipates quick.
Sweet and sour funky yeast, wild like aroma upfront. Sour wheat, herbal mix with minor sweet fruit edge. Very strong.
First impression of the feel and flavor is, DRY. Tart, sour yeast, once again, Brett-ish yeast very wild and funky. A very green grassy hop after taste. Dry wheat, sour, citric fruit and a long, bitter, dry, grassy finish. Just perfect for a Farmhouse style.
Americanized Farmhouse/Raison styles usually don't touch the authentic Belgian versions, but damn if this doesn't. As a lover of this style and flavor profile, I consider this one of the more complex, well executed versions on the market. It's all about the yeast.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow color. Aroma is grassy and funky. Flavor follows the nose. Notes of funky, earthy and grassy. Has a solid feel and overall a good beer.

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, just popped open a 3 1/2 year old Sofie (2013, Feb. Batch). I look at the murky, bubbling, golden color topped with a nice, full, 1 inch sparkling head and give a bow and a toast for the effort to let her ferment that long.
It smells sweet but not strong at all. Grapefruit and lemon notes, again not over powering.
Mouth too is light.
What an honor to slowly sipbthis top-shelf Belgium Ale.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6 June 16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazed bright and deep yellow. 1 finger white head, a few lazy streams of carb. Not much retention or lacing.

S: sweet, fruity, tart, floral. Very Belgian, slightly sour. White peach, yellow cherries, a little wheaty grain and some mild phenolic notes. Is there wheat in this? Quite wine-like on the nose.

T: lightly tart, thick and wheaty, mild fruity and bubblegum esters. A touch of bready sweetness, drying on the mid palate. A little lingering phenolic note on the end with some very mild noble hop hanging around.

M: lighter side of medium, with ample carbonation, and some lingering slickness.

O: this is an outstanding summertime Belgian. I think this is better than Tank 7, not as good as Hennepin. Or maybe as good as Hennepin, but milder; and sometimes that is what you want. Good for an occasional change up, and worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1201 29JUL2015

Pale yellow body; lots of lively carbonation; thick, creamy head. Lemony and herbal spice aroma. Weak flavor; some brett funk; pepper and sage; mild yeast flavors; bitter and slightly metallic. Watery mouthfeel yet with some prickly qualities to it; dry finish overall.

Not a bad beer at all yet nothing stupendous. Aside from looks and smell, the beer seems rather weak and one-dimensional with no depth or exquisite flavors. The mouthfeel adds to the blandness with a flat and uneven quality.

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

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a one finger white head that hangs around as a nice cap of foam. Aroma is yeast, earth, funk, must, floral, and pepper spice. Taste follows with yeast, peach/pear, earth, grass, floral notes, a little bit of barnyard funk/must, pepper spice. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and a bit oily, with a nice sparkle of carbonation in the middle and end to scrub the palate. Overall, this is a very nice saison/farmhouse ale. I would like to see a little pronouncement of each flavor, as they are a bit muddied together, but still very nice.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Farmhouse Ale, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and in 750ml. bottles. This is the 2013 vintage release.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours a pearl-white head of a frothy foam consistency over a densely hazy golden yellow body with a stream of lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is dense and clingy. 4.5

(Smell) Tangy, aromatic saison yeast nose with delicate funk, a juicy fruit bouquet and a spirited peppery spiciness. Soft, pale malt base with subtle cracker and lightly toasted bread character, the yeast leads the aroma. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Largely echoes the aroma of this beer, albeit slightly softer on flavor overall. Simple softly sweet pale malt body, fruity yeast character with an equally potent spiciness on the finish. Overall, slightly tangy with some slight funk. Fairly dry, slightly less malt sweetness than the aroma suggested. Very enjoyable, but not gushing with character as much as anticipated from the aroma. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, frothy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly peppery spicy and drying over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very favorable saison that is not the least bit impacted by a few years' age. A bit better balanced than other American examples, with a decent amount of malt sweetness remaining, yet the yeast profile is nicely rounded, generating lots of fruit and spiciness, without either dominating the flavor of this beer alone. Very drinkable and overall very enjoyable. A great American-brewed saison option. 4

Goose Island Beer Co.'s
Sofie Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
4.09/5.00

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light straw yellow. The nose is of Belgian yeast, sweet corn banana and pepper. Taste of banana, fruit leather, white pepper and yeasty. Nice dry mouthfeel that leaves you wanting another sip. Straight forward review. I love saisons and this one is right up there with the best.

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Photo of KevCan
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a couple loose 12 oz. bottles from Giant in Arlington, VA. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Golden straw colored and clear with generous, rocky white head.

Smell: Primarily citrus (orange/lemon), saison yeast, and maybe some kind of herb (rosemary)? Just a hint of Brett-like funkiness.

Taste: Tart, very flavorful, excellent saison. Very dry finish. Sweet and sour lemon candy.

Feel: High carbonation, medium-thick body, slightly syrupy.

Overall: Amazing example of a saison. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a cloudy straw color. The thick white head thinned out rather quickly but never fully disappeared. No visible carbonation. I get a strong orange and lemon peel smell followed by a slight peppery aroma. There is also a slight sweet cream smell. The beer taste is short and crisp. I get a mixture of the citrus fruits, a slight pepper spiciness, and a soft sweet cream flavor to balance it all out.

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Photo of kitch
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl oz bottle bottled on 16th December 2015 and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly cloudy champagne gold colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Strong orange peel, juicy orange, lemon and white grape. Light funkiness with a hint of mango.

Taste: Juicy mix of orange and lemon with a hint of mango. Light tartness, some peppery spice notes and a hint of bread on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high spritzy carbonation.

Overall: A great solid saison with nice juicy citrus notes. Very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw colored, slightly hazy gold with copious white head and sticky lacing. Smells is pungent with hints of lemon, citrus, funky barn/outdoorsy smell, some woody notes, yeast and perhaps a bit of white wine that spilled on a tablecloth and allowed to dry.
Taste is semi sweet, with citrus notes of orange and lemon up front and mixed with peppery notes and hints of banana, cloves. A pleasant balance of sweet and funky tartness. Medium bodied with copious carbonation and a fairly clean finish. ABV well hidden.
Overall, this is a solid saison – a easily quaffable beer with just the right amount of funk to be enjoyed by those (like myself) have not graduated to the wild beers. A great beer – comparable in price and quality to Ommegang’s Hennepin.
Great with Chinese or Indian food – the perfect palate cleansing compliment.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This is an amazing looking farmhouse ale. It purs a cloudy golden wheat color with 2 fingers of foamy white head that dont fade. It may also help that this bottle has beem aging 2 years! Carbonation is etremely lively and very helpful in keeping the head around.

Aroma - orange peel, phenols, a very overp ronounced brett funk bubblegum aroma, white wine and fresh bready belgian farmhouse yeast. I do get a hint of the wood from the barrels but its really subtle. This smells fantastic.

Taste -Brett funk, A tarty/bubblegumy funk dominates this one followed by more tart from the wine grapes and a bit of oak. Some peppery spice is also present and fresh baked white bread finishes this flavor profile. Its tart with a little bit of sweetness and virtually no bitterness. The perfect terrasse beer!

Feel -medium light body with a light spice almost no bitterness and velvety carbonation.

Overall - I hate when a company is bought out and people act like the beer isn't craft anymore. I mean ok, there are definitely cases where the company suffers but Gosse Island is not one of them. The brewers here still pride themselves on their product and do an excellent job when it comes to execution. The only thing AB inbevs money does is get this beer out there. This a fantastic artisinal ale and to me it is still craft. The flavors come together fantastically and mesh with the feel in a way unseen in farmhouse ales. Try this one!

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you love Duvel, as I do, all my tulip glasses say Duvel, you're going to love this affordable saison. Try 24.

Appearance: Pours a hazed pale lemon color with a one finger head; not much retention or lacing.

Smell: Lemon pie; tart, dry, almost cidery, with lemon citrus esters

Drinkability: Starts crisp and lemony, on white crackers, then a well-done sourness develops, then cedar/ wood/ sawn oak offer woody dryness, with a grassy bitterness in the long bright finish. Finesse!

F: Light with prickly, high carbonation.

O: Bang for your buck. Super dry, almost wild.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Lemon orange tangerine some funk
Taste: upfront lemon orange middle of the mouth tangerine Sparkling white grape juice green apple skin finishes with a slight fruit tartness and just a hint of oak
Feel: a light medium body creamy at first but then dry but not as dry as I thought it would be.
Overall: No flavor really stands out. The flavor is a little underwhelming. But it's very easy drinking and I still thought it was pretty solid overall.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and semi-hazy golden yellow with a soft orange hue and a finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

Lemon zest, bretty funky must, white grape, sour apple skin, and some light oaky notes.

Mildly spiced Belgian yeast, lemon, orange zest, oak, and subtle vanilla notes.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, yeasty, semi-tart, refreshing.

Overall, a damn good farmhouse and for the price it's hard to beat.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly. Slightly hazy. Smells of yeast, straw, fruity esters, apple, gives the impression it might even have a hint of tartness. Taste is heavy on Belgian yeast, pear, crisp apple, followed by vanilla, oaky character. Dry, almost cider-like mouthfeel. Such a great beer, and the price makes it hard to pass up.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on Jan. 29, 2016

Pours a clear straw yellow with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like big green apple, pears, vinous white grape, mild wheat, banana, spice, lemon, orange, vanilla, with mild grassy pine. Tastes pretty exquisite with a perfect meld of white grapes, apple, pear, wheat, some banana and clove, fresh orange peel, vanilla, with mild oak and earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 2015 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Color was a beautifully clear golden color with a one finger head with slight retention and fair lacing. What struck me mainly as far as the nose was banana which was also present on the palate. As I drank it slowly and it warmed some in the glass I discerned notes of lemon and subtle notes of coriander. It had a very pleasing level of carbonation. In spite of the ABV it was not boozy but rather light, crisp and nicely balanced. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Black Foil/Capped
Bottled On: 07 Oct 14

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice banana/clove/coriander notes, nice spicyness, slight citrus note, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, very nice touch of banana/clove/coriander, spicy/peppery, some citrus (lemon), licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, for the price this one is pretty hard to beat, delicious. Recommended!

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

765 ML Bottle
Bottled on May 22nd, 2015
Reviewed on May 14th, 2015
Served in a Goose Island Vintage Glass

Eyes
Poured a golden body capped off by a short, white foamy head. Very little head retention. Sparse amount of soapy lacing. Clean body with a fair amount of yeast scattered about.

Nose
Very fruity. Sweet citrus... mainly orange peel. Pineapple. Pear. Bitter grape juice, very reminiscent to champagne or sparkling wine, cut through the sweeter notes, adding a slightly sour touch.

Taste
Tart notes of sparkling wine hit the tongue first... grape juice stood out in the sharpest notes. The beer became progressively sweeter, especially as it warmed. Orange peel and pineapple juice. A slight hint of peppery yeast broke through toward the finish. Dry finish, ending with the dry sparkling wine notes it opened with.

Mouth
Light/medium body. Moderate-high carbonation. Similar to many other members of the Saison family of beers.

Notes
Not exactly a "textbook" Saison but a very nice offering nonetheless. The addition of wine barrel-aged ale made for a slightly sharper taste than I am used to. All-in-all a worthwhile Saison... try this!

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Photo of davidperez
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Goose Island Vintage glass, it pours a hazy bright yellow, the color of a ripe pineapple. It forms an almost one-finger head, foamy and white with low retention.

The bouquet is interesting.
You get the fruity citric notes, predominantly orange but also akin to pineapple, a hint of vanilla, clove and pepper, and definitely some funkiness too.

Such an enchanting flavor, a prime example of depth.
Upfront, high and pleasant carbonation. As it starts to fade, a citric tartness reminiscent of orange gains presence and dominates the palate. Soon after the spices kick in, and the vanilla note grows well into the finish, which is dry and long. The funkiness is subdued all throughout.
Light body, slightly velvety, very pleasant with such high carbonation.

Excellent beer

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well isn't Sofie a little wild child? This was served to me blind, so to speak, at BJ's, Willowbrook Houston. My server said I should try it without telling me what it was. I had been drinking hoppy ales, so I don't know why she thought I would like this. OK, so after a Stone collaboration IPA, this is definitely different. When I saw that it was served in a tulip and was quite murky, I figured I was in for a Belgian. Both sweet and tart with spice and phenol and lemon...obviously Belgian and I assumed it was a saison. This one seemed to have more barnyard than say, Saison Dupont which added to it's complexity but almost seemed too funky but that may be because my palate was lupulin-fried. I liked this one quite a bit and will try it again at some point.

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Photo of hennin55
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Appearance: light bright color with good head
Aroma: fruity smell, citrus, yeast and malt smells
Palate: medium body and smooth
Flavor: sour/tart, orange and peppery taste

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Light gold with white head. No lacing. Smell is yeast with fruit and pepper. The taste is amazing with sweet mango, pepper, vanilla, clove, banana and yeast. Nice barely bitter finish.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.
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