Sofie | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,473
Reviews:
1,096
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
1,160
For Trade:
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Photo of duvel1979
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mamaraza
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 4 oz. sample of this in a flight. The small glass had a small white bubbly head. Mild Belgian taste, light and crisp. Not my favorite style, but a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Severymusic
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of powpow_
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NoBadBeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank while on the crapper. My first beer from G.I. Bright clean aroma, with crisp notes of white grapes and tropical fruit. Refreshing vinous taste similar to gruner veltliner. Slightly bretty with notes of bubblegum and tart kiwi. Well carbonated. I'm not generally a saison/farmhouse drinker but I found this to be a satisfying brew. If someone put one in my hands, I wouldnt turn it down.

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Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobertJBeer
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwood06
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some friends of my wife and myself were over just a few nights ago and decided to pick this bottle up from a local bottle shop since the NFL games were not going our way. We figured spending our time catching up and talking was more worthwhile than watching two NFL games that were not incredibly fun to watch.

This beer pours a glowing, clear, golden color with heavy carbonation very easily visible that is topped with a white frothy head that dissipates slowly to an ultra thin lacing that is somewhat ghostly. 4.25/5 The aroma is like peeling a grapefruit with grapefruit flesh and peel really coming out strongly along with a light cracker note. The aroma is somewhat one dimensional but it is very enticing. 4/5 The flavor is very much like the aroma in that the grapefruit really dominates the profile. Earthy hops, light graininess, and cracker complement the sweetness and bitterness provided by the grapefruit flesh and peel. There is something here that lends a slight tropical feel as well but it is hard to pin down. Bitterness is moderate from the peel and lingers after swallowing. 4/5 The mouthfeel features a high carbonation burn on the front end, leading into a medium body that is wet but turns dry fairly quickly. The dryness is moderate but only lingers lightly on the palate after swallowing. 4/5 This is a very good saison, a beer type that is fairly hit or miss with me. Those that I like, I really like, and those that I dislike, I really dislike. This one falls into the really like category. I would gladly return to this beer if and when given the chance. Very well balanced and a really enjoyable drinking experience. 4/5

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Super yellow-gold with a slight orange tint in the light, practically no head at all, just a few bubbles floating and white lacing
Smell - Yeasty funk front and center, followed up by orange and citrus, wine must and malt
Taste - Orange and lemon citrus notes, a little bit grassy, bready, with tons of yeast derived flavors that are just best described as funky and barnyard/hay.
Feel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Super smooth carbonation that gives it a little bit of liveliness. Slick.
Overall: Super beer. Would definitely get again and will probably look for aged ones now too.

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Photo of donzilake
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

In the Matilda/Sofie series of Belgian style ales, this one definitely comes out the winner. It pours a golden honey color with a mild head and a little lacing. This one is very refreshing, like a good Farmhouse should. The peppery, spicy nature of this brew is very noticable at the front and back of the sip but it also dominates the smell. There is a little citrus in there, but and a hint of bitterness at the end. I'm not getting the vanilla, but there is a smidge of sugars here...Perhaps the pepper hides the vanilla. This ale has a wonderful sparkling and somewhat dry finish like a champagne that makes it utterly drinkable. This one is worth a go, but don't expect it to come off like a real Belgian Saison.... The one thing it seems to lack are those yeasts that make it distinctly Belgian.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rjk00
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Holden color thin lace head that didn't last . These types of beers are really not my kind of Taste but got me it was just ok.

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Photo of liam_mcnulty
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcbroome
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ctb6582
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: An unripe pear color, pale honey, not the best looking beer
S:; Pears, oranges, apricots, a slight funky brett smell, smells dry
T: Orange peels, apricots, dried grass, slight funk taste
F: Fine body, medium carb, pretty smooth
O: A fine beer to pair with nearly any food. Nothing outstanding but a good beer .

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Goose Island chalice
From: Goose Island Pub at Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Dec. 14, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 14, 2016
Reviewed as: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Misc.: N/A

Was staying at the Hard Rock for a work trip and had planned on heading to the Goose Island Pub once I saw that BCBS was on tap. The plan was to review Sofie and Matilda, and have a BCBS. However, once I got there I was told that they ran out of BCBS in the last hour. Bummer. Still wanted to try both beers and was actually surprised that I had not yet.

Poured a straw-gold yellow clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled rather boozy up front. Settled in and got lemon, coriander peel, citrus zest, white wine (could not pick out which type) barrels, grassy notes, lingering peppery spices and dry apricot. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was much better, getting lemon juice, bitter coriander peel, hints of boozy oaky white wine, but not overwhelming, grassy nots, some tartness, a touch of banana and still that dry apricot. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a really good beer. Better than I thought I would be. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of Ealanjones
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngEo
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sofie from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,473 ratings.
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