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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 WunderLlama
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

Three finger foamy cap settled down to a solid frothy layer. Some lacings on the glass. Opaque hazy yellow orange with very fine carbonation when observed up close.

Banana, peppery, lemon and orange peel aromas.

Medium mouthfeel , peppery , citrus notes. No bitter aftertaste. A bit of alcohol in the taste.

Very good represntative of the style and always worthy of multiple repeated pourings

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Photo of mtomlins
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass on 2013/06/15

A: Straw colored and a bit on the orange side. A huge white billowing head that lasts a long time and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. It is a bit cloudy which is expected for the style.

S: A big nose on this beer, lots of yeast initially followed by orange peel and lemon with a pit of peppery spiciness. Also detectable is some sweet malt, maybe a bit bready or buscuity.

T: Wow, all those fantastic Belgian notes; lots of yeast and sweet malt but also filled with orange peel, coriander, lemon and that peppery spice. There is a nice dry, clean finish letting some of those bitteriing hops come through

M: Light and soft with a medium-light body and lots of carbonation.

O: An excellent example of a farmhouse ale. Nice nose and a great flavor and very easy drinking.

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Photo of ssmack
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle enjoyed over 2 days.

A light golden straw colour with 2 inch head of large bubbles that disappeared quickly into a thin slick. The lacing slid quickly down the glass. There was some sediment in the last pour from the bottle.

The aroma is a heavy funk with strong yeast smell. Pepper and white bread. This funky smell could be coming from a medical treatment room.

The taste is quite tart and dry. There is pepper on the front of the tongue. Lemony. Oakiness at the end and a touch of the funk returns.

Excellent carbonation give a solid feel.

The big aroma is the belle of the ball. Each sip is a double hit ... funky aroma and tart taste. Very complex and very enjoyable.

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

Poured into snifter glass. Started out with a small white foam which disappeared quickly. The beer presented a beautiful golden color, almost like champagne.

Instantly smelled lemons. It was a very pleasant aroma, nothing aggressive, just pleasant.

While I took a sip, it once again gave a lemony flavor. Very nice and refreshing. In no time, it started to transition from lemony to a bready flavor. Did not taste much of the peppery or subtle spicness that I get from other Saisons. Not sure if I picked up any orange peel (as the beer said it has in 20% of the belgian ale mixed in), maybe it contributes to the lemony flavor. Overall the flavor profile was nice, very easy drinking. It had a light bodied mouthfeel. I like it, will drink again but hope to try it on tap.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,537 ratings
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