Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
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 steve8robin
2.51/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this one on a trip to NYC...

A: Very light honey color with a thick white head that reduces quickly.

S: Very light and fruity scents. Pears, apples, etc.

T: Nope, I do not like this one. A little hoppy in flavor with hints of sausage or meat flavor. Ick! No sir, I don't like it.

M: Decent amount of carbonation and smoothness. Not perfect, but decent.

D: Hard to get down. This might be a drain pour.

All in all, I do not like this brew. You might like this brew if you like hoppy flavors with hints of apples and light fruits. Not my style, but it might be yours.

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Photo of Nat1975
2.53/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amazingly little flavor in this beer

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #2 Bombers. Thanks Jamnescameron.

Bomber #8 poured into a tulip. A very pale yellow body is capped off with a huge fluffy white head that takes up 2/3 of the glass. Moderate lacing and a continuous cap look good. Saison is the only thing that looks like this.

Smell confirms this is a saison. Lemony and funky aromas have me thinking that I'm in for a treat!

Whoa and not in a good way. Big buttery banana, is not something I like in a saison and this delivers in spades. This actually reminds me of Hennepin...which I am the lowest rater of.

Mouthfeel is sticky and moderate. High carbonation is adequate for the style. Not the best.

Drinkability is not very good I don't want this again.

As part of such a fun BIF reviews are just part of the game. Unfortunately, this was not one that I preferred. Thanks to Jamnescameron for taking the time to include this one but my personal tastes didn't jive with it.

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2.73/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of eggs and was a little pungent. It is a light gold beer and tasted of fruity and floral undertones mixed with malt and grains.

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2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Reddanm1
2.79/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The Sofie Beer by Goose Island was very interesting. The color was very deep, golden yellow. The Aroma was fruitful, but also had hints of floral. The original taste of the beer was very citrusy and florally. The major taste and aftertaste I experienced was pear. Overall, the beer was light and a fair beer.

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2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden color with no head nor lacing.

S - Musty from the moment I poured it. The must fades into a fruity/pear-scented aroma with a hint of a yeasty funk.

T - Mostly follows the nose, but more fruits/sweet malt than anything. Yeast adds a sort of bready flavor as well.

M - Bubbly and thin. Clean and dry finish.

D - Not too sure what I think about this one. Maybe its because I haven't had a saison in awhile, but the nose and flavor I associate with a good saison are missing.

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2.82/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,483 ratings.
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