Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on February 02, 2015. Finally getting around to trying this one again after several years. Acquired a single bottle from a local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow body, hazed with flecks of sediment. A finger of frothy white head with decent staying power. Some okay scattered lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - A smooth creamy aroma: fruity, citrusy, lemony, minor tart. Some subtle cream & vanilla in the aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy, fruity, & citrusy. Tart and dry from the wine barrels, but not overly so Citrusy from the addition of orange peel. Minor elements of cream and vanilla. Good complexity. There is quite a bit going on here.

M - Smooth, crisp, & creamy. Lightly dry, citric, & tart. Super easy-drinking / borderline refreshing almost. Good carbonation.

Overall, I think it's safe to say that I enjoyed this one the best of the original four sister twelve ounce bottles from Goose Island. Very enjoyable, and recommended.

Goose Island Sofie -----4/5.

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3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body hosts a very light tan head. Head fades fast leaving a few waves of lace behind. Nose is very yeasty with hints of citrus on the back side. The taste is incredibly creamy with a yeasty feel that is nicely Belgium inspired. Vanilla wafers and sweet citrus. It is a bit zesty but and well balanced. This is however not at all tart like the label insists.

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Photo of safaricook
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light yellow, murky, frothy white head
apricot, peach fruitiness, white wine, Belgian Pale malt aromas, note of rusty Saison yeast, peppery
Nice interplay of white wine sourness, Saison tartness and Belgian fruity malt body
Refreshing, light, nicely carbonated
Really good beer. It could grow on me if I could have it more often

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 2015 (bottled on 3/4) bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Lemon yellow sun... Hazy. One finger head moved quickly to a thin rim of lace.

S- Banana belgian clove yeast notes. A little straw and lemon zest.

T - In line with the nose. The wheat and faint bubble gum notes come through in the finish. Maybe some slight pear or cider notes on the back end as well.

M - Carbonation is medium, feel is somewhat soft for the style, but still full, with a wine like finish.

O - A needed to be tried beverage. I wonder how things "develop" in the bottle after five years.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to tulip. Hazy light straw color; lots of thick, white head the eventually settles to nothing. Aroma is spice, pepper, Belgian yeast. taste is dry fruit (pears and apples), white pepper, orange, coriander, spice, and that beautiful, Belgian yeast. Fantastic choice for celebrations or any day drinking.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at J Alexanders tonight and nothing on tap seemed all that interesting so I thought I'd take a chance on this farmhouse ale. Wow, what a good choice that was. This was almost perfect in terms of what I look for in a saison and the excellent slightly sour taste aspect added a level of interest that just put it over the top. I will definitely seek this out in the future and hopefully can find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

July 25, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium to dark straw, with a touch of light gold, hazy and very effervescent, bubbly. Bright white head of less than a centimeter develops and then dissipates quickly.

S – Lemon-orange hop aroma with white bread and cracker malt impression. A bit of spiciness, and some mild funky barnyard, Brett-like notes. An oaky, vanilla finish.

T – Lemon acidity with a slight yogurt-like creaminess. A bit of tangerine / nectarine. A touch of pepper spice.

M – Starts off sweet but very dry, near the consistency of a light champagne, with that bit of creaminess mentioned previously. Carbonation is moderate, with a medium-light body. Only mild bitterness towards the finish.

O – Seems like a very traditional saison, with just the lightest touch of souring. Very good.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. . Truly the champaign of beers. Lite but full of flavor aromatic with a nice punch. Tasted like champaign and beer had a baby. . Give me some more please

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light golden yellow color in a Pretty Things glass.
Carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.

Aroma: spicy bouquet, full lemon, fruit.

Mouth feel: lightly carbonated.

Taste: lemon, fruit, spice. Very smooth.

Smoothest spice and fruit and in a Saison that I have tasted.
Also, the most balanced In flavor and carbonation.
Very distinctive: the champagne of Saisons.

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Photo of Nctide
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nose is reminiscent of pear juice. Taste has a white wine quality that seems to get sweeter and really wears on me on successive sips. The finish is fairly dry similar to champagne. By the end of the 12 oz pour I felt like I was drinking a cheap Riesling.

I haven't had a beer quite like this one before. It's just not my thing.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pales a nice pale straw color with a thin fizz and tiny, champagne-like bubbles. A hint of sour brett, without the funk, and some chardonnay in the opening sniffs. Light white grapes too.

The taste is light, slightly dry with a nice floral hoppy flavor too, which actually turns just a touch sweet at the end. Almost no pepper flavor, but just enough to make it a little more complex. Really nice beer that could be both complex and refined, and deliciously refreshing.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Wisdom! Divine inspiration in a glass. Rivals Hennepin on all counts. Not sure it surpasses Hennepin. This calls for multiple side by side comparison tastings. How will I handle the pressure?

Pours cloudy with a full figured head and some retention. Citrus and yeast on the nose. Some Bret but nuanced and done with a light hand. No barnyard effect. Definitely one to keep in rotation. Best I've had from Goose Island.

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Photo of Tele
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 7.14.15

A: 4.5 Pours mostly clear, yellow-gold with a fluffy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4.25 The aroma is pretty interesting, going back and forth between sweet and tart elements. Mostly dominated by chardonnay and green apples, but lemon, some brett funk, and grape juice come through with a slightly oaky, vanilla finish.

T: 4.25 The characteristics from the nose are present on the palate, but in a more balanced, subdued way. First, there’s some classic saison esters, followed by the chardonnay and oaky sweetness. The beer then moves quickly to a bright, minerally, mild tartness with lemon, apple, and a bit of funk on the finish.

M: 4.25 Nice carbonation and body with a dry finish. The only minor flaw is that it feels a bit rich/slick for the style that a touch more carbonation would take care of.

O: 4.25 Really nice saison with a bit of funk. I was pleasantly surprised that the portion aged in wine barrels added a lot more than I was expecting. I’ve read the brett really helps this beer developed over the course of a couple years, so I’m excited to try the rest of my four pack down the road.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large unrefrigerated bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to about 50 degrees and consumed unhurridly, while warming, from a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. A nice, balance beer with just the right level of funkiness for me. Definitely a beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sofie 2014. deep, cloudy straw colored with a thin head that stays around. nose; orange pulp and sour yeast. taste; hints of bright green apple tart and lemongrass, with a white grape farmhouse ale backbone. finishes clean and crisp with a slight black peppery note. i will admit i did not try this common-sight brew at my local store for a long time because of the anheuser-busch association, but i'm glad i finally did and look forward more goose island offerings.

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Photo of leantom
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good Belgian ale. Here goes:

A: Hazy gold. Plenty of carbonation (spritzy). Pours a large, soapy, white head, but this quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing (really surprising; Belgian beers usually have lots of proteins).

S: Very complex. Lots of bready, peppery, spicy Belgian yeast complemented by clove, coriander, and citrus. Great.

T: Follows the nose, which is good. Citrus peel, coriander, and pepper followed by a healthy dose of bready Belgian yeast.

F: Nice and bready. Great.

O: A great Belgian saison. The complexity was superb.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy straw gold with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head that settles to a film.
Smell: Belgian yeasts, orange, coriander?, white wine
Taste: Orange acidity, white wine, mild sweetness, dry finish. Slight off-flavor in the finish.
Feel: Light body, lively but not explosive carbonation

Overall: One of the most wine-like beers I have ever tasted. Crisp, dry, acidic and fairly delicate. The only turn-off was the slight off-flavor in the finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blu Wofl Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a bone white head, about one inch, and a few strings of lacing.

This one smells great, orange peel, citrus, saison yeast, white wine, and white pepper.

The barrel here is subtle, but you do get it. It seems like Goose Island didn't want to go full sour here, so only 20% of the blend is white wine barrel-aged. It shows subtlety and restraint on their part, because most breweries would just go for a full sour bomb here. This one starts citrusy sweet, and finishes with dry white wine and pepper. It's unbelievably easy to drink, too- tasty and drinkable.

This has a champagne like mouthfeel, lively and bubbly, with a higher level of carbonation.

A super underrated beer from Goose Island that you don't hear a whole lot about.

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Photo of deakin
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 (Bottled 4/22/15)
Look: Very light yellow, straw colored. Poured with a fingers worth of white head that quickly dissipated into a wispy foam.
Aroma: Funky and fruity. Banana, tangerine, lemon curd, fresh-cut grass. Smells fantastic.
Taste: Wow! Much bolder than I was expecting. Tart lemon juice, lots of citrus, musty in a good way. Pleasant grassy hop bitterness. A bit astringent as it warms. Much breadier with the dregs poured in.
Feel: Pretty interesting mouthfeel. It starts hugely expansive and carbonated, almost like a champagne. At the very end it dries out completely with a very crisp and clean finish.
Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. Saisons are one of my favorite styles and this is a classic example of one.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of orange peel and grainy malts.

Tastes of the grainy malts layered with orange and spices. Malts lead off with grainy sweetness. Next comes orange and lemon notes. This gives way to some clove and coriander. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering grain.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but doesn't particularly stand out.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

765ml bottle into goblet. bottled march 19, 2015. consumed june 10, 2015

a: slightly opaque glowing pale yellow with a finger of bubbly white head

s: spicy Belgian yeast, banana notes, very bright citrusy lemon, and white grapes. good malty backbone to this as well. maybe a touch of apricot too

t: somewhat tart lemon and white grapes, followed by the Belgian yeast notes -- white pepper and overripe bananas. the sourness lingers for a bit, then the bready malt notes come in. moderately bitter on the finish with herbal and peppery notes. there is also a pinch of funky flavour

m: good medium-ish body. carbonation is too tame though

o: i like this a lot because it's just so bright and lemony. a great saison that's hitting the spot during a hot day

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Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden and straw colored; minimal head and thin lace that retains well. Aroma is sour, citric, lemony as well as some barnyard funk. Taste is fruity; pear like, some strawberry, slightly tart. The finish is herbal and peppery. Light mouthfeel and mild carbonation that retains the flavors well.
Overall, a solid saison.

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Photo of joberlander
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer, hazy and golden. Aroma has a lot of citrus notes and a little funk to it. The first sips you really get the orange and a little lemon and as the beer warms you get the pepper notes. There's a really nice smoothness on the finish. I can't pick up any of the vanilla. Overall an amazing saison. The fact I got 4 bottles discounted to 5 bucks a piece makes it taste even better. Looking forward to trying them over the next year or so to see how they develop.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2013 12oz bottle, pours hazy lemon yellow small white head, smells of yeast and smooth malts, tastes of Bright smooth hops and well balanced malt and yeast tartness, smooth mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish, carbonated very bubbly to add to the crispness and brightness

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Photo of kkleu357
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap during Madison Craft Beer week. Light body. Sweet spicy aroma with a subtle funk. Taste is slight pepper, some orange, kind of funky, with hints of citrus. Good amount of Belgian funk.

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Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,054 ratings.
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