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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very light, slightly cloudy, fairly carbonated, appropriate for style.
S: Nice Belgian yeast aroma, lemony, very bright, light spice. Inviting.
T: Taste a bit more muted than aroma in terms of yeast character, but similar. Alcohol playing a rtole in flavor profile. Again, fairly lemony. Some sweet character reminiscent of candi sugar. This almost seems more like a Tripel, although it is slightly peppery. Very nice, enjoyable. The sweet note is a little distracting, but not too much.
M: Very dry, crisp, although that sweetness again a bit uncharacteristic.
O: I like this beer, I don't get any wine or barrel character out of this, althought if I seek it out maybe a bit of white wine grapiness comes out. Very drinkable and complex at the same time.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 2012 12oz poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pale gold, almost a pale lemonade in the light, with a thick, full, and white head. The head sticks around and, though cloudy, carbonation is visible and steady.

S: Lemon, orange, grass, wet stone, brett funk, pepper. The aroma is strong from the moment the cap is off.

T: Lots of lemon and bread and a bit of peach on the front, with equally strong pepper, grass, and stone on the back. Sweet at first, but some tangy notes enter fairly quickly before finishing with slight bitterness. There is a crisp zing throughout.

M: Medium and crisp with a touch of cream.

O: An enjoyable and complex beer that has some saison qualities, Sofie is a treat.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Breckenridge Brewery 471 Globe.

Pours fast and light. Looks very airy, summery, bright yellow with a slight haze. Head comes up quickly and leaves just as fast. No lacing. Appearance of a slightly lighter apple juice. Smells beautiful. Fresh, slight citrus, slight honey, really powerful to the nose. Subtle hint of spice. Taste is really something else. Sweet, sour, flavorful, like a grapefruit from the gods. Perhaps a tone of pepper? Tremendous drinkability. I could drink many of these.

If you see them, I'd recommend the 4 pack. If I had more than one, I would've cellared a few and enjoyed one fresh. A real treat from Goose Island.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 15AUG12, 1314

Pours light gold with a solid quilt of bone white foam. Smells good, really good. Fruit, maybe honeydew, some peach, wheat, leaves, yeast cake, co2, bits of lemon and funk. I like the nose here. Taste is clean, slightly tart, some grain and corn, a bit of bitterness, some clay, and funk. Medium bodied with prickly, but low carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer, wonder how it develops.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6/11/2012

Pours a hazy, milky golden yellow color. If you look close, it's just full of yummy stuff floating around in the liquid. Though relatively pale, it's thick enough that it's basically opaque. The head is a brilliant white, full of similar sized, tight medium bubbles. Retention is moderate, with little sign of lace.

Not sure you could improve the smell. The funky yeast is front and center, backed up by the orange peel. Slight pear and pepper duo in the background.

The taste is a bit disappointing only because the smell is so amazing. The pear and pepper combo really comes through in the taste.

There's a lot of complexity due to all the things going on. Sweet early on, the tart and tangy comes on midway, before some spice and pucker finishes strong. Very crisp the whole way, only slight hop presence.

Awfully good, I'd not know it wasn't a Belgium had I not read the label. I can't think of anything that needs to be changed. Looking forward to cellaring 2 or 3 of the remaining bottles.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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