Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.09 w/ 4,501 ratings

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: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a deep straw, lemon color with a 2 1/2 finger head. Delicate spotty lacing clung up the sides of the glass. Hazy and gorgeous looking

S- lots of citrus (lemon, bit if grapefruit and orange zest). Some welcome funk to balance it out. Really a delicious scented beer

T- taste is very much on the nose. Heavy zing of citrus with the lemon flavor dominate, still a hint if the grapefruit and orange zest. The funk is present and just enough to bring an earthiness. A slight spice note towards the end

M- light mouthfeel with a good amount if carbonation. A medium finish with the spice hitting you at the very end.

O- really a wonderful example of a delicate farmhouse ale. Well rounded and extremely food friendly

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

2013 edition, first Goose Island brew that I've been able to pick up in Ontario. Handsome wine-like bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy lemon-gold brew, with about an inch and a half of head that recedes into a thick ring. Some lacing flecks here and there, and some superfine sediment swirl in the glass.

Nose is simply stellar. It's unmistakeably saison with some definite acidity and mild funkiness, but what really sets this brew apart is the citrus. A brilliant blend of lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit flesh hits you hard in the nostrills.

The wine shows itself in the first sip, and it just improves from there. Very tasty saison indeed, with that nice acidity checked with white wine, lemon, orange, straw, pepper, spices, and a very mild yeast. Extremely refreshing.

Juicy feel, effervescent, puckery and sweet at the same time.

First brew from Goose Island to come to Ontario, and it's a thumping good'un. Top class saison, one I will be back for a few times before it's gone.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88.5% out of 100 with 4,501 ratings
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