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

brilliant straw yellow in a tall paulaner glass (yeah, i know, but it was what i was using for the evening), lots of effervescenceand a brilliant white head to top it off!
sour, vinegar-y fruit aroma; a belgium wanna-be for certain....
taste is the same as the smell. a bit sour, like an over-ripened fruit, very fruit-y. still very carconated. some orange in there, maybe a little lemon.
mouthfeel is sweet, yet over-ripened bitter (yes, you can taste it in the 'feel').
overall, it's a decent try at the style. i read a lot of good reviews of Goose Island brews and this is my first one. i wonder what else they brew?

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on: 12/13/12
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a pure white 2 finger head with some halfway decent head retention, little lacing. Pretty average and innocuous looking saison.

Aroma: Musty hay, pepper, zesty lemon peel, tart pear and some simple, cracker like pilsner malt tucked neatly underneath a thin layer of grassy hops.

Taste: Spicy yeast right upfront; black pepper, pear and clove. Impressions of orange accentuate the snappy, grassy hops nicely. The beer finishes slightly tart with a kiss of bready, vanilla infused malt preceding it.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and way too low of carbonation to be indicative of the style.

Overall: While this beer is certainly complex in it's subtle nuances, the mouthfeel and low carbonation really detract from the beer's overall texture. The beer just sort of sits on your palate instead of being lifted up by carbonation. I wish this beer had a more assertive citric presence to liven up the palate a bit. I'm pretty disappointed by this beer because I have heard great things about it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Cosendonk Tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with ample sediment and a thick white head. Lacing is present.

S- Excellent nose here. Musty with lemon and grassy notes. Some acidity can be smelled amongst the great funk.

T- Starts off nice and funky with lemon peel, some melon and then transitions into some nice acidic funk. The wild yeast really comes through here. The finish is long and dry.

M- Full carbonation here.

O- Great beer, very complex yet simple and quenching.

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