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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

It pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a ring around the glass. The aroma is mostly lemon and citrus with some orange notes, It is not as spicy or yeasty as most saisons I've had in the past. The flavor is also more citrusy then I was expecting. Slightly wine like acidity with a yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a dry finish. The body for me was a little to full for the style and I felt it was not carbonated enough. Overall I liked it, I didn't want to but I enjoyed it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/28/12 (reviewed approximately 11 months from bottling):

Pours a transparent straw color with a moderate cap of crystalline white suds. The head is more modest than the loud hiss of cracking the bottle open would suggest. Speckled lacing descends the glass following each sip. Aroma is sweet and spicy, smelling of coriander, clove, cinnamon, pepper, and biscuity, honied malt. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but with the pepper and honey coming more to the fore, along with some grass, and the other flavors taking on more of a supporting role. Belgian yeast lends some of its signature character as well. Even a touch of alcohol is present, which is a little surprising considering the relatively modest ABV. The carbonation is crisp and biting, which accentuates the spiciness and also imposes a drier finish on the sweet malt flavor.

The whole affair exudes quality and craftsmanship, which is not surprising considering the pedigree. I don't think I've had a Belgian style ale from Goose Island I haven't enjoyed, and this is no exception. If I had to find a fault, it's that the spiciness can become a little cloying over time, but this is a minor grievance. Otherwise, this is a crisp, complex, flavorful saison that represents the style ably.

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22oz – Bottled 06/11/2012 – Tasted 05/26/2013

A – Pale bright yellow pour. Straw like in hue. Bright white 1/2" head forms. Hazy throughout and lacing is spotty, but nice overall.

S – Lemon, yeasty, bright and intriguing. Lemongrass and banana abound, some clove spiciness here as well.

T – Big banana first, leading to a bright and BITTER lemony body. Finishes with a light anise and pepper spiciness.

M – Airy and light, though it does have a good body to it. Finish is long and lingering, quite nice.

O – Great beer here. Big notes of banana and tart lemon. Great summer sipper. Gets better over time, nicely yeasty, very very well balanced, albeit tart.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,492 ratings.
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