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
Ranking:
#2,400
Reviews:
1,126
Ratings:
4,589
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
265
Gots:
1,209
Trade:
23
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Ratings: 4,589 |  Reviews: 1,126
Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MJSFS
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BucBasil
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a wide-mouthed goblet-style glass. The beer is a hazy orange gold with a 3 finger pure white foamy head.

S: Funky sour yeast in there as the dominant note under a soapy, lemony, grassy hop note. Earthy and slightly fruity at the same time.

T: Milder than expected with a definite malt backbone. Then comes the sour funky bretty note but it's balanced in there with a lemony character. White wine is a big note in there but with a malty sourdough yeasty kick.

F: Lightly carbonated.

Overall: I like this. I was pleasantly surprised. It's almost a sudsy champagne kind of character but with a beery kick. I'm not sure I'd pay the price I paid for it again (maybe a bit higher from here in China?), but if it came along for the right price I'd get it again. Refreshing and a good change of pace.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bombelsky
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, hazy. Frothy white foam. 2 fingers tall. Diminishing to a small crown. Good lacing. High fruity aromas. Lemons. Yeasty. Rather tart with some light malty sweetness. Light hoppy flavor. Medium high fruitiness. Dry finish. Some tartness. Quite sparkling. Light body.

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Photo of Nugget40
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of franciscop
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mst317
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yoshie
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryno1122
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of c014572
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For me, al little sweet for the style. Nice peppery notes. Good beer here, but better out there.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost clear bright golden color with a ring of white foam. Aroma has really earthy notes like wet hay, damp wood barrels, musty cellar, fruit pits. Taste is malty at first but the brett notes take over quickly. Dominant flavor is wood but there are also some spicy flavors. Medium to light body, medium carbonation, quite crisp mouthfeel. There is a light white wine flavor but mostly the brett esters and wood notes are standing out.

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

Photo of basaywhat
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a bubbly to lacy off white head. Aroma is of pepper, orange, citrus, biscuit. Taste is of orange, lemon, pepper, biscuit, clove.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in January 2018. There was a bottled on date of 6/19/2015, and I drank it about 2 n=months after purchase.

Appearance: Dark gold and very hazy. Head is very thick, and left a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine aroma dominates. There is some hint of sweetness of spices and tart fruit as well, but overall the citrus dominate the others. There is a little earthy aroma as well.

Taste: A tart citrus fruit flavor dominates. Definitely dry in the mouth like a citrus drink, but not as sour as some other Belgian ales. There is not much of an alcohol flavor.

Mouth-feel: Medium alcohol, but with a very smooth but dry body.

Overall this is a nice, complex Belgian ale, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I definitely like Sofie better than Matilda...

I was a tad wary on this offering from GIBC, since Matilda, though not a bad beer it is not Sofie. I hate to write it out this way (or maybe I don't) but Sofie is nicer on the eyes, she definitely has a nicer scent (hints of lemongrass, oranges, and even some grapefruit). I found the mouthfeel to be quite spicy with the high carbonation - but definitely full-bodied. Her taste though, my goodness, was lightly sweet, citrusy, and deceptively "poundable" (as you can easily go through three or four of these without even thinking about it.) Yes, Sofie was definitely a very nice surprise.

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Photo of jeffyboy65
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DBosco
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dawon
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of runeatdrink
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Vintage 2015. A nice surprise. Lovely bright yellow color with a white head that dissipated. Reminded me of some of the Belgian ales I have had. The note was a bit fruity with a vanilla to banana scent. Taste was light and crisp but very smooth. Not a full bodied IPA taste; closer to a pilsiner but the citrus and vanilla make a nice finish. Lovely surprise.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,589 ratings