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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Picked up this beer at top Hops a few weeks back, excited to finally give this a try. Sure enough, this lived up to the hype and without a doubt, this had to be the easiest Saison that I've ever had. The spice really wasn't here and the effervescence from the champagne really came through from start to finish. Goose Island certainly took a risk with this offering and came out better in the end for it!

The pour was good - golden, with some swirls in it and a head that was sufficient if nothing else. No lacing to be had here but with a beer this thin, I wasn't expecting one at all. Then came the aroma - lots of champagne yeast, white wine, and citrus and the mouthfeel has the consistency of the latter. It felt like a mimosa combined with the sourness of a farmhouse, minus the spice and booze. The result was a beer that went down so easily and packed the most subtle of punches, while never seeming offensive in any way. It was lively from start to finish with just enough straw, grass, and funk in here to remind me of what style this fell under.

The alcohol was spot-on too and I liked the buzz that I picked up as I made my way through this. Like the Ommegang beers, this easily matched up and may have even surpassed its counterparts from overseas while coating my mouth in the softest and slickest citrus aftermath in its wake. Somehow, everything fit in harmoniously here and this is a beer that I will be buying again, now that Spring has finally sprung. Worth a go if you love beers that are beautiful in their subtlety while pushing the edge of what's possible at the same time!

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Based on notes from a 2012 bottle and growler fill from The Beer Growler Windward, Alpharetta, GA.

A - Golden haze
S - Honey and light malt
T - German pils followed by a beautiful bouquet of Chardonnay. Delicious.
M - Maybe a bit of wheat in there, but a light, doughy mouthfeel.

O - An American classic interpretation of the Saison. Different from any I've tasted, in a very good way. Different American interpretation of the style than Hennepin, both are great in their own way. WIll seek out from now on.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,583 ratings