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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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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Old Line Bistro in Greenbelt, MD out of an 8 oz pint glass.

A: Pours an slightly cloudy yellow hue with a minimal head that very quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Fruity and spicy aromas with some hints of citrus and Belgian yeast.

T: Fruit character up front – mostly apples, pears, and maybe some melon. Finishes a little spicy with a great aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Brew – Goose Island never really disappoints. I wound up drinking two of these they were so good.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale yellow with a large rocky white head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, yeast, grass, and pears.

Tastes somewhat sweet, and bitter. There are lemons, yeast, pears, grass, pepper, and other spices in the flavor profile. There is more bitterness than sweetness, but it balances out nicely.

Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Finishes dry, with a lemon aftertaste. A nice Saison, worth having again.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml. bottle dated 04/24/2012-0804. I stored it a few months. Sampled on January 10, 2013.

The pour is golden with a short-lived fizzy white head but continued carbonation and good clarity.

The nose is fruity and champagne-like mostly with some pale malts, wild yeasts and a citrus zing.

The body is lightweight

The taste has a very agitated, carbonated sparkling flavor like champagne with a sharp hop bite at the end. Others call this one exceptional. I cannot do that. Perhaps I had a bad bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sofie poured a slightly hazy yellow like the second pee on a hazy post-drinking morning. The head was white and persistent. The aroma was of citrus and wild yeast and was very inviting. There was some zesty orange peel and a hint of vanilla in the finish. The finish was sweet and dry.

Price was okay, but not great. $10/4

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4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Shiny sunlit yellow, topped with a huge billowy head and leaving some good lacing around. The nose is fantastic, offering a great mix of aromas, from fresh cut grass and lemon, to mint, mild barnyard, and a pleasant tartness. Wow, so complex! The taste is rather attractive as well, and it's distinct from the usual saison thanks to its tartness. Lemons, tartness, and barnyard notes make this agreeable to drink. The aftertaste is dry with a some lingering tartness. It's medium bodied, with lively carbonation running around.

Not your usual saison here. With its tartness, is a great alternative to those super funk-ridden saisons.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow, somewhat hazy, and highly effervescent.

Smell is strong on citrus, grains, and alcohol phenols

Taste is peach and apricot upfront followed by sourdough and lemongrass. Very nice.

Month feel has the sharp and prickly carbonation characteristic of the style. A slight hint of sweet stickiness

Overall really a nice beer. Great starter saison.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,537 ratings
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