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Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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SofieSofie
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
Ranking:
#2,140
Reviews:
1,114
Ratings:
4,537
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
259
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Trade:
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Ratings: 4,537 |  Reviews: 1,114
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elegant saison, a little funky yeast aroma, along with white pepper. Pours light colour with lots of foamy head. Refreshing taste and mouthfeel, very good with supper. Elegant and not compelx, with a bit of the orange peel. Nothing really funky about the taste.Lace lines.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with minimal retention on a hazy dull golden body.

S: very aromatous with candy sugar, pineapple, banana, minimal yeast presence.

T: slightly tart citrus, mostly lemon and pineapple. Clove, yeast and light herbal notes, mostly corriander.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a very dry finish.

Overall: Very good and despite how dry it is, the drinkability of the flavor overcomes that nicely. I like these a little dry, this just seems too dry for me.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jaydoc
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

2010 vintage. Bottled 2/19/10.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, wine, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slight funk in the flavor as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a little over hyped I think, at least the 2013 version is, possibly a considerable step down from other vintages. this pours from its new wine bottle format a hazy champagne color, pale and yellow, grassy, with just a small white head. the nose is fruity like apples, not as coriander heavy as I remember it being, and yeasty. a little tart and funky, but not as exciting to my palate as I think it used to be. I taste green apples too, tart and sweet at the same time, although this beer adds a dry element to that flavor. wine-like fruity vibes, and a similar acidity. I view this so much more as a fall beer, rather than a spring one. its got all the leaf changing colors feel to it. really mellow on the citrus, and I don't get any vanilla at all. ultra bright carbonation and a clean dry finish. light bodied and drinkable, but I wonder if the sale of goose island has effected the recipe or the quality of this beer. I remember it being so wonderful and interesting, and now it just seemed like another half hearted saison. maybe its me, and ive had too many good beers to recognize that this one is special, but it seems somehow dumbed down to me now.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy golden color, it had a foamy white head on top that faded into a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer is a grainy and has plenty of the citrus fruit aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer is a little spicy with a fruity kick to it in the finish. The hops balance out the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp and clean feeling. A good healthy amount of carbonation in this beer livens it up a bit. Overall I thought this beer was quite refreshing and enjoyable. I could see myself possibly drinking this one again some day.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured clear light yellow into a snifter glass with a large, white foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose has some funky citrusy, floral and sour aromas. It's not quite what you would expect from a typical saison.
T: Orangey flavors really stand out in the taste, along with some notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth from the level of carbonation.
D: This beer is a good sipper yet is also refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel, you have company!

Goose Island may have hit a home-run here. Sofie begins with a murky canary-yellow with very lively carbonation, fair head formation, retention, and lacing. A fair but sturdy look.

Aromas of citrusy esters, peppery phenols, and delicate pilsner malts set the stage for a light musty, cork-like dusty note that gives it just a little more than the standard Belgian Pale Ale.

Sweet up front with pilsner malts, cracker-like lightness, and confection sweetness. Lemon-like acidity, limes, and background notes of tropical fruits (appricots, pineapple) usher in the estery mix. White pepper, cumin, orange peel, and hop earthiness come in late with sharp and decisive variations.

Somewhat fuller and sweet to initial sip but the beer quickly morphs into a peppery, citrusy, acidic dryness that makes drinkability effortless- this is where the Duvel comparisons make moste sense.

Great job Goose Island for a Belgian worthy Saison style beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

765ml bottle, WTF? Anyways, nice to see Goose Island make its way up here to Alberta, and with a brew that I've passed over way too many times on trips stateside, mostly due to price, only to encounter them now, and so agreeably tagged at that - booyah!

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, creamy, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves some sudsy coral reef lace around the glass as things apparently quickly and steadily dissolve.

It smells of perky earthy yeast, mixed orange flesh and overripe apple mush, grainy pale malt, musty white wine funk, faint white and black pepper mill output, and grassy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a mere hint of bready caramel, pleasant in its temerity yeasty funk, still obtuse and well mixed-up citrus fruit notes, soft savoury spice (coriander, black pepper, the usual shit), a further, though lessened white wine lees dank fruitiness, and herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly light in its frothacular renderings, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more smooth than anything this yeasty, or even hoppy has any God-given right to be. It finishes off-dry, the heretofore unloved graininess showing its lingering capabilities, with mucho company yet - drupe fruit, mostly neutered funk, and green forest glade hops abounding.

For a typically understated style, this possesses a whole lot of extra goodness, all of which does nothing to push things over the top, instead, everything stays right on track, even the elevated 13-proof booze. A crazily saucy and intricate saison, packaging included, from one of the last parts of the world one might expect, transnational corporation ownership aside.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Sofie 2011 Belgian Style Ale"

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap, bottled date 03/02/11 "2048", served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Holingshead's Deli in Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I usually enjoy beers from this brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pizza and breadsticks.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, fair thickness, and really bad (~ ten second) retention. Colour is a foggy yet transparent yellow. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Lemon peel, white wine notes, a hint of orange peel, straw, clean barley, hints of funkiness, and perhaps yeast. Lemon peel is subtly dominant. I like the funkiness. A mild strength pleasant aroma.

T: A lightly funky flavour profile. Clean malts and barley comprise the foundation, with hints of white wine and yeast. The barrel aging only comes through when I really search for it. Light lemon citrus esters lend it a nice tone. The funkiness is a bit underdone. A bit bland and simple for the style, making it a bit boring. Balanced well. Its emphasis on subtlety doesn't really off; in the end it's neither complex nor subtle - but that doesn't prevent it from being pleasant and enjoyable to drink. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours decently but far from perfectly. Carbonation is adequate. It's a bit too thin. Not refreshing, though it should be considering the style.

Dr: Drinkable but surprisingly unremarkable considering the brewery. A disappointment from Goose Island. I wouldn't have it again or recommend it to friends, but I enjoyed drinking it for what it was. The simplicity and lack of sufficient funkiness hold it back. Overpriced. Hides its ABV well. I'd probably try it on-draught.

Drank okay out of me Guinness pint glass, but a beerflute, wine glass, or tulip would all likely yield a better drinking experience.

C+

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright jewel orange body, with an initial burst of meringue foam that threatens to spill over. Tiny flecks of sticky lace. The energetic head soon deflates to a broken skim. Dominant orange in the nose, very soft and intriguing. The citrus twang intertwines with light herbal coriander touches, and a vague underdeveloped mustiness. Sort of like a juiced up Wit, less funky than a traditional Farmhouse Ale. Conjures up scenes of farmland fields on a dewy Spring morning (in my mind anyway).

Light tartness from the yeast or barrel bugs, but it's oh so soft and creamy. Orange peel and delicate Belgian yeast dances over a light malty base. Dry finish with some noble hop herbals. Utterly quaffable and refreshing. I've only experienced this soft lightness before in a few Belgians, namely Fantome, Troublette, and other rustic-style Saisons & Wits. This is one i'll return to again and again. Paired nicely with a washed rind cheese, Jasper Hill Winnimere.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

June 01, 2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale lemon color with a three finger head; great retention and plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: Lemon meringue pie; very tart with plenty of lemony citrus esters

Drinkability: Cracker malt and lemony citrus, up front, with a growing puckery sourness that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, Curaçao and oak enter the picture, adding tropical complexity and woody dryness, along with a grassy bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A bit like a saison/wit/wild ale combination, this is a signature ale for Goose Island's Belgian chops

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy beige/orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium-sweet Belgian malt with some notes of orange peel and lightly tart whine wine is quite enticing. Taste is a wonderful mix between some tart notes from the wine barrel with some refreshing notes of Curacao and a nice attenuated Belgian malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done overall with good drinkability factor and some good complexity.

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Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this for Thanksgiving dinner.

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a white, bubbly, two-finger head of foam. Good rentention and left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, grains and some spiciness. There was a subtle funky aroma, too.

T - It had a nice toasty caramel flavor with spicy notes and strong yeast flavors. There was a slight funk to it, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale with a dry, snappy finish.

D - This is a very good saison.It went really well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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