Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a great "beer" aroma of yeast and spice
Appearance- This is a light golden color with some haziness visible. Pours a thick white head;
Taste- Incredible, citrus yeast and spice, a fantastic experience
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, A dry finish
Overall- One of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 JLaw55
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally excellent Saison that seems to skirt the line between beer and wine. If you do not believe me, please try for yourself. There are notes of citrus, light wheat, grapes, semi sweet white wine, and hints of pepper here. This is very light for the ABV content it is said to have. This is an outstanding beer.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Azaitouna
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look was crisp, gold, and refreshing. The aroma was fruity with orange being the most potent. The taste was great, it was refreshing and light. Overall a great beer that I would definitely go buy

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Photo of JRorie
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Sofie - 12 oz. bottle

Apperance: Yellow and cloudy with almost champagne like carbonation. Really a beautiful pour. One of my favorite things about Saisons and this one is spot on.

Smell: Tons of orange zest, Belgian yeast, and pepper. Very fruity as well.

Taste: Right up front you get the orange zest, the Belgian yeast, pepper, and a bit of sourness. Finishes off dry with a hint of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, with a touch of dryness. The carbonation is perfect.

Overall: This is my favorite beer made. I can drink it anytime of the year, month, or day and be perfectly content. I love everything it has to offer, and will revisit often. This is what a Saison should be.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. . Truly the champaign of beers. Lite but full of flavor aromatic with a nice punch. Tasted like champaign and beer had a baby. . Give me some more please

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Photo of andyosterman
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Especially on tap.

Occasion :: Night out w/ friends. Drank in a signature Goose Island Vintage Ales glass.

Appearance :: Light and bright. Beautiful creamy collar of foam. Left a good amount of lacing.

Color :: Straw.

Smell :: Delightful. Hints of vanilla. Slight orange. Definitely can pull out the fresh oak aged barrels.

Taste :: Tart. The oak and vanilla play subtly. The citrus from the orange zest is apparent but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel :: Dry. Effervescent. Clean.

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Photo of Isrealite
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goose Island, for all intensive purposes, is a macro brewery, yet this beer is not only up to par with other highly rated micro saisons and farmhouse ales that I have sampled, but it completely destroys them! I was never a huge fan of this genre, yet this this is the first beer that I have given a perfect rating! Perfect golden color, great head and lacing, aroma and flavor that are unparallelled in this genre, and incredibly smooth! I usually do not like to spend a lot of money on recreation, but this is the exception to the rule. Perfect for special occasions, and I really don't feel like the caviar eating snobs can talk crap about this one.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one's dated 2/19/10... It's been cellar aging for close to a year now. I bought 4 bottles at the time, and have enjoyed them all throughout the last year!

A- Poured into a Maudite Tulip glass... the head floats three fingers deep and stays for quite some time. Hazy, golden yellow hue with champagne like carbonation.

S- Orange blossoms, lemon zest, and honey at first sniff. Smells of a grassy meadow on a warm spring day. Close your eyes and you can feel the sun shining down on you.

T- Bubbles float on your tongue... Oranges, fresh cut grass, and bitter pith aftertaste. Gets a little bready and yeasty as you keep tasting. picks up more alcohol... especially as you keep sniffing and drinking.

M- Love the bubbles... This would be a great beer to ring in the New Year, or make a toast with! Even Champagne snobs would apprieciate this fine brew. Leaves your mouth tasting zesty and clean.

D- This could easily be an everyday drinker for me... so refreshing, yet... sophisticated.

This is one of my all time favorite beers... I've enjoyed it many times... and hope to enjoy it for many more years to come.

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Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A- a gorgeous light hazy gold with a decent head and nice carbonation.... beautiful

S-citrus ,orange-ish,light straw ,peppery , niiice

T-the smell matches the taste with that oak vanilla spice,green apples,sour grapes,cloves

M-light bodied ,crisp , medium/heavy carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O- this is my favorate beer in this style. the carbonation and flavor balance is incredible and this is a must try for anyone.

purchased at total wine in naples , florida for 12.99$ for a 4 pack

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- enourmous cotton white head, dense but light. this could be the most expansive explosion of foam i've ever seen. with these kinds of suds, it goes without saying that head retention and lace are amazing. as it settles, the foam forms a rolling hilly snowscape and the lace is thick and soft. hazy golden amber champagne colored body with a lime greenish tint to it when backlit with white light, and honey colored by incandescent. an absolutely beautiful looking beer in any light. diggin the simple and elegant label and cap design as well.

S- very funky yeast character and rubbery earthy band-aid bitterness. some citrus could be from the orange peel or from the yeast. lemon zest, basil, green grass, clove, banana, vanilla, melon, and a hint of pear and bubblegum. some peppery spice as well.

T- immediately noticable are the additions of orange peel and amarillo hops and they are a perfect combination. ridiculously perfect. while not overly bitter, the orange/grapefruit flavors of amarillo blend exquisitely with the yeast and orange peel. banana, clove, bubblegum, band aid, farmhouse funk! old barn, basement, cement, basil, vanilla, oak, green peppercorn, cardamom, coriander, lemon, apple, pear, melon, white grape, a spatlese sweet/dry balance, and a sweet fruity finish. perfect amount of light hop flavor without being bitter, and a nice mild bitterness coming out in the finish with lingering yeast and citrus flavors.

MF- tight prickly carbonation gives way to a juicy body, soft and slick, with a crisp edge. grassy and herbal feeling with some dryness. a bit sticky on the lips. feels very natural and rustic.

D- i've been on the lookout for sofie for some time now, and i'm glad i finally found her. i've spent plenty of time with matilda, but juliet is nowhere to be found. at least pere jacques is locked up in my basement. i expected good things from sofie, and i'm more than impressed. refreshing, easy drinking, thrist quenching. a little high in alcohol for how drinkable it is. something arounf 5% would be nice, but i'm not complaining. a masterpiece of american brewing emulation, a very wise maneuver with the amarillo and orange peel, and a damn near perfect saison.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - The lightest shade of yellow pours into my pint glass. A fizzy white head of large bubbles arises. Very little streaking.

S - A great deal of lemon zest smells. You can get some spiciness in the nose also. Somewhat herbal and grassy.

T - You get some banana flavors with a clove spiciness. Not soured at all compared to other bottles of this I have had in the past. Great malt body from probably a lot of pilsner malt. Mild but noticeable brett character. Has the refreshing tartness of a good green apple.

M - Light on your palate with a great fizzy carbonation quality that is very pleasant.

O - My favorite summer beer. I find this beer extremely complex in flavor yet delightfully refreshing.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. It is partially aged in Cabernet. It has orange peel. It is aged in oak barrels. The best Belgian farmhouse ale. Pairs very well with any food.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is one inch of rocky foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of barnyard, leather, horse blanket, lemon peel, and herbs. This is a very complex smelling beer. The taste is similar to the aroma with tons of barnyard funk, and enough lemon and citrus to add some balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the best saisions I have ever had. I will be drinking this beer regularly.

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Photo of latackbeer
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I had Sofie I was working a beer tasting and Goose Island was there with a 1/6 of Sofie. I think I drank most of it :). The head was very impressive and the smell was unbelievable, so many smells of fruity and spicy notes. The taste well, as I stated earlier I drank most of it myself.

I buy a few pints a week from my local beer store!!

A two thumbs up for Goose Island Sofie!

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Photo of richdeneault
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strangely enough, I had this at a bar/restaurant in Guadalajar (Sel de Mar, check it out!). It tasted so much better after having mexian lagers all trip!

The taste is belgian, which is always a good thing. Softer aftertaste. Golden colour. Lots of taste with very little alcohol feel. Loved it

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled on Jun 01 09
A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow body with tiny bubbles gliding in slow motion to the surface. There is a tick snow white head that last for the full beer and coats the glass with each sip.

S- The light cream and herbal green notes have a fruity dry white wine quality with a very soft bubble gum note to them. As the beer warms the aroma becomes more complex with a floral yeast perfume quality and a pine quality coming though the green herbal notes.

T- The smooth blended flavors have a slight white sugar flavor that is not really sweet. There is a nice flavor of wheat and malt that is not really distinct. The finish has a tad more dry fruity wine finish that works well with the light but complex flavors at the beginning of the beer. The finish has a very light tartness to the wine notes that is a soft Brett quality.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture from the head and no real alcohol heat until the beer warms a good bit and even then it is smooth and compliments the flavors wonderfully.

D- This is a delicious beer with a slight sweetness that works well with the drier fruit flavors and the wine notes with the Orval yeast qualities. This beer is light but has a great mysterious complexity that beg to take another sip. I am excited to try this one aged but I don't know if I can keep from drinking it now.

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Photo of ChanChan
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance: Yellow! Like natural apple juice or the defunct wheat beer they sell at brew-co in Westwood california. The head is one inch and fluffy. It only sticks around for a little while.

Aroma: As soon as this beer is cracked open the aroma of breattanomices clove, wood and orange peel hit your nose.

Mouthfeel: This is the most bubbly drink I can remember having, its like when you take a first sip of club soda but with tons of flavor. Very nice.

Taste: This beer is very similar to other wild ales it tastes fantastic. Not as complex as the wine barrel aged but for 7.00$ for a 22OZ bomber, I would much rather buy this bargain.

Overall: This beer makes me feel so grateful for the good things in life! Much like the Rodenbach grand-cru this beer leaves your mouth with a taste of bubble gum candy. Very refreshing. It has a long bitter cloying finish which, I think, gives this beer character! Definitely a beer to have on a picnic or as an alternative to champagne! Also a great beer to have with a medium to full bodied habano leaf cigar!

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Photo of akorsak
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to autumnaldave for this 650 mL bomber from the 2009 release.

A: The saison is effervescent, pouring with lots and LOTS of bubbles. The first pour alone yielded 4 fingers of dense head in my tulip. The billowy head receded quickly though, leaving little lace behind. Underneath the head, the saison is sparkling, a golden yellow that is more clear than hazy.

S: I'm really digging the nose. It's citrusy, lemony like Sorachi Ace, with a dash of funk lingering near the end. Freshly cracked pepper is a sharp contrast to the sweetness. Orange peel adds another citrusy dimension. If I had to, I'd call it award-winning.

T: Oh sweet mercy! I am in love, flat out love. Orange peel starts things off, sweet fleshy fruit. The orange zest is a meme oft repeated throughout the ale. Initially is matches with cracked peppercorns, spicy with some heat. There isn't as much funk as the nose indicated, instead a yeasty anise bite stands in. The ale is champagne-like, the effervescence lightening up the ale substantially. As a sip is swallowed, the Belgian yeast is most evident with dry fruits and more anise. Orange peel, and the peel is most noticeable here, pops up again as the lingering flavor.

M: The bubbly champenoise style does the ale justice, smoothing over any weak spots while prolonging the orange peel sweetness. The saison is contrasting, wild with sweet and sour, spciy and dry flavors. Stunning.

D: The saison is moderate strength-wise, but complex enough that I don't mind. Orange peel is a key addition, lifting the beer above most all other saisons that I've had. A beautiful ale.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had from the US. These guys regularly blow my mind.

A - doesn't get much prettier than this, gorgeous straw-golden-yellow hue with a subtle head but persistent carbonation.

S - Saison! Lots of funky yeast (love it!) with citrus, spice, and a hint of malt.

T - beautiful on the palate, lots of spice and tropical fruit notes framed by funky yeast and citrus

M - wonderful texture, medium bodied (as a Saison should be) with the alcohol in check, light tannins, good acidity.

D - I could not stop drinking this beauty, seriously great beer here.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this the other night after another fine recommendation from my local bevy. I was so overly impressed by this beer that I immediately went on a hunt to find more (scored 2 today in downtown nyc on my lunch).

A - A golden, yellow, honey with great and lively carbonation. It was extremely reminiscent of Ommegang to me, except the head was a bit thinner, but it was nice and bubbly. Beautiful for the style.

S - Citric notes lead the way. Bubblegum and candied sugar follow. All the usual suspects in the flavor dept for a Saison, but certainly on the sweeter side. I really loved it, so did my wife.

M - Quenching. Even. Alive.

D - Really fantastic offering. For fans of Hennepin should DEFINITELY make an effort to find this. After sharing this beer with my wife over dinner, we were so into it, we popped a bottle of Hennepin immediately following and we both agreed that Sofie had it easily beat. Gotta give it a 5 in the drinkability dept since I immediately ran out to find more. I've heard this one is somewhat limited which is a bummer, so get em while you can.

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Photo of Agent1
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance - Pale gold with very active carbonation. Big and bubbly, fluffy, white head. Nice lacing, but head quickly dissipates, unfortunately. Strange considering how active the carbonation races to the top.

Smell - Amazing. White grapes/ white wine and pear are very prominent. I've never had a Farmhouse Ale with so much white wine and pear on the nose. Super impressive.

Taste - Pear, pear, pear! Wow. Very distinct and most likely caused by the yeast strain? Lots of pineapple (and other tropical fruits), peaches, nectarines and an array of white wine notes. Hints of lemon and orange peel, coriander, and a clean hop profile (which I cannot seem to distinguish). Sour notes, too. This is creative and distinct.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth. Not sticky and rich, which is quite nice for this style. You can feel this all throughout the palate. Almost watery, albeit in a good way. Almost allows this to go down more easily and keeps it fresh and light with every sip, while remaining complex in flavor. Very nice.

Overall - Extremely clean and very well-balanced. After drinking my first glass, I read the back and discovered that 20% of this blend is aged in white wine barrels, which explains the beautiful white wine and pear notes mentioned earlier. What a great beer. Very impressive. This stands out in an over-saturated market of American craft beer, no doubt about it. I am rating this extra high for its precision and creative approach.

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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 steelersfan6669
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-nice golden yellow, carbonated with a nice fluffy pillowy head

S-it smells very sharp.
yeast, apples , lemons, breads. pretty awesome.

T-the taste is very much like the smell.
yeast, cloves, tart , sour , slightly funky belgium yeast.

M-medium bodied refreshing and crisp.
finishes nice and dry .

O-this has become a go to beer for me.

pretty great for sessions.

picked this beaut up at Total wine in naples ,fl
12.49$ for 4 pk

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Photo of drpimento
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

whoa. rockin good beer here. serious. world class. Hit the sweet spot wiht this. Sophisticated yet so easy and drinkable. no cloying just quaffing. Poured with a fine off white head and a litle lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is fresh yeast malt spice grass crotch funk an plasure. Flav's bout the same, but with a tart edge. Killer body and carbonation. Not just drinkable, but suckable. mmm mm mmmm

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