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%
 
 
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249
Gots:
1,160
For Trade:
23
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of menkros
1.24/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2012 bottle direct from the brewery. Pours yellow , smells like pepper, taste is not my cup of tea. Gross, too bubbly, nasty aftertaste. Drain pour. Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (basement, cement), with notes of gum/banana, lemon candy, and pepper. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Overly sweet. The nose portends this, being very gummy/banana-ish and sugary. Not very enjoyable, not good.

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Photo of mwar
1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

Photo of ambiguousfigures
1.75/5  rDev -57.3%

Photo of claytong
1.96/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

i think i had a bad batch or something. butter dominated and stayed. not much of anything else came. was pretty sad about that as i expect nice things from goose. i have another bottle of this too, didnt buy it from the same shop so dont know if i should age it like i wanted or drink it now and see if i want to get more.

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Photo of ckr1451
2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of Chegui
2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of smaddock
2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of Sheldog
2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of jdrip
2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Was told it was a sour. I'm not a big fan of wheat beers... it's a wheat beer.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.01/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle looking and feeling like champagne. When I first saw it sitting on the table I really was surprised that it was a beer. The Citrus notes in the ale were a bit over whelming and gave an unappetizing odor to that of rotting fruit. Which I am sure was from the yeast used in the brew. When I drank it, it was very smooth and easy. The ale tasted like vanilla with citrus and made up for the smell overall. And again the texture fools ya, because if I didn't know I was drinking a beer I would have mistaken it for some champagne.

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Photo of joshautry
2.08/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JayRican
2.11/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I love saison's. But this one was pretty yucky. It was sour. I don't like sour. I was happy to finally find it and was totally disappointed.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.13/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is eggs and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is super strong, has zang to it and overpowering with unpleasantness that I can not even describe.

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Photo of nuebs
2.23/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of spikechiquet
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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 chinchill
2.36/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

fresh 12 oz 2011 bottle - 6/3/11 date - served cold.

Appearance - a hazy pale yellow with a small white head that quickly settles to a lasting ring. Visible moderate carbonation.

The appearance is a little funky; the aroma more so. In fact, it smells like it has gone bad or is at least on the way. There's plenty of over-ripe banana, hints of pineapple and over-ripe apples, along with other less distinguishable fruits. The aroma is yeasty but also quite funky and too similar to a moldy odor. The beer is fresh from the store, however, and has a recent bottling date, so the beer should be in fine condition. Hence, I try to over look suggestions of moldy wine and take a sip.

Tasting reveals a more palatible product than the nose suggests. In fact, with a strong citrus component [mainly lemon] and mild spiciness (mainly clove) added to the funky yeast flavors, this beer is rather interesting and passably drinkable although a bit challenging -- certainly not high praise on a very hot and thirsty afternoon. Earthy with hints of sour fruits and more than a hint of yeast.

M - Good carbonation streaming up from the bottom is also evident in the mouthfeel of this medium bodied and rather crisp beer. Has an unfortunate bit of a peppery bite on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

O - While interesting, as beers in this category generally are, I cannot recommend this particular saison to any but fans of sour beers with a strong banana components. Perhaps aging is required.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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