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
Ratings:
4,473
Reviews:
1,096
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
1,160
For Trade:
23
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Reviews by ExaltedNecrosis:
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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into St. Feuillien oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow straw color with two fingers of fluffy/airy white head. Lots of visible carbonation and effervescence.

S - The aroma is dry and tart, with notes of citrus and apple.

T - The citrus is very upfront with this, mainly orange and lemon with some dry tart apple. There is also an element of tangy yeast funkiness. There is also a distinct sparkling apple cider aspect to this. It's dry and crisp with an interesting assortment of flavors with the various citrus and funk notes.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with high carbonation. The carbonation on this is aggressive but not overpowering, and really pops on the tongue to bring out the flavors. The aftertaste does not linger for long, however.

O - This is my first of "The Sisters," and I have to say that I loved it. It hit all the right notes with me even though saisons aren't really my style. The wine barrel and orange peel really set it apart, I think.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of VABA
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured from a 12 oz bottle (from a 4-pack) that was less than a month old. The beer had a very nice color. The aroma was very subtle. The taste was very sophisticated and elegant. Overall a very refined beer!

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Photo of NoBadBeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Moneypenny
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Wisdom! Divine inspiration in a glass. Rivals Hennepin on all counts. Not sure it surpasses Hennepin. This calls for multiple side by side comparison tastings. How will I handle the pressure?

Pours cloudy with a full figured head and some retention. Citrus and yeast on the nose. Some Bret but nuanced and done with a light hand. No barnyard effect. Definitely one to keep in rotation. Best I've had from Goose Island.

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Photo of J9gates
2.28/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Biased towards pales, so not wild about this one. Sharp fruity taste lingers unnecessarily long on the tongue. Not much body, but you can definitely taste the slightly higher ABV. Wheat aroma.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Jake's Billiards.Poured into a goblet a slight hazed lemon/strw color with a bone white head.Aromas are yeasty but not overly phenolic with a burst of citrusy lemon.Flavors of light spiced phenols and mild dough,lemon brings bright and even sharpness in the finish.The phenols are kept in check pretty well and the citrus flavors are nice if a bit sharp in the finish,not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I loved Matilda so I thought that by all the great reviews that I'd love Sofie since I love me some Belgian style beers. I was very confused by this beer. I poured it into a glass and the beer looked incredibly light looking, I tasted the beer and it tasted incredibly light (like watered down), and thus I was disappointed. I bought a 4 pack so I'll definitely be drinking it all but I'm not a fan of this one. Their beer called Matilda on the other hand was awesome. I'm not sure if they encourage aging this beer but that's what I'll be doing since as it is, it just isn't special. Maybe with time it gets better? idk.

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Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of brownbeer
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle presentation of this beer is incredible. Very nice label.

Looks almost clear pouring from the bottle, but turns out to be a light straw color with some haze and a thin, bubbly white head.

The aroma and taste of this beer are both subtle. The aroma is of citrus zest, pineapple, pear, clove, mildly funky yeast, and something Champagne-like.

The taste is of mild orange and lemon zest, peppery hops, and it has a slight bit of funk to the yeast. The hops are a suprising bonus in the dry Champagne-ish finish, which works well with the brisk carbonation. I would say this is a toned-down, less banana-y Tripel, if I had to guess. Saison would have to be my second guess, even though it doesn't really have the heat presence a lot of Tripels tend to have.

Very good now, I'm thinking that a few years to soften this out, could make it outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,473 ratings.
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