Scully | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2010 brewer's notes: (White Pepper Strawberry Saison) 6.5% ABV, 25 IBU. After a free rise fermentation with our Saison yeast strain, we add crushed white pepper, mashed fresh Michigan strawberries and Local Farmer's market honey to create a dry, drinkable yet complex Saison variation.

Re-named "Gillian" in 2011.

Added by thetomG on 08-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 32
Photo of Ryan011235
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: this is a review of Gillian; just posting here to keep them all together. Feel free to flag and have it moved; I don't care.

On tap in a Goose Island chalice at Bodega on 10/7/11

Clear, pale golden color. Poured no head, save a pinstripe ring of retention. Meh.

Clean, juicy strawberry aroma with a touch of subtle sweetness. Ghost note of grass. Pepper tones are absent at first, emerging over time. Blends nicely. Strawberry doesn't taste as strong, which is a good thing as it doesn't translate nearly as well. A bit fake with a metallic nip. Grassier with a dry floral hint. Herbal spices throughout. Pepper picks up on the finish. Lighter body. Crisp feel with ample carbonation. Though not super boozy the abv is too high for the feel. Slick and warming. Fruity esters as it warms.

Overall impression - ok, but it's all downhill from the aroma.

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Photo of afksports
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, and to quote myspoonistoobig aka Mike, thus beer is summer in a glass. And a hangover in the morning. For me, I might take something lighter. That said, Goose island Scully is NOT red haired like the X-Files star, but it IS a great summer high alcohol beer. That's hard to do.

It fits the saison style, being golden in clear appearance with a small head that settles and remains throughout the pour. The smell has strawberry, hay, and esters, but hardly a hint of alcohol. Scully's like a mixed drink. A Belgian saison beer mixed with science fiction!

The taste follows. Starting with a golden ale taste that announces the Belgian style, and coming through with the fruity strawberry hints in the middle, the beer finishes with a slightly stronger red orangeish fruit - not much tart, but a little - and a touch of the alcohol that at 9% would be hard to go unnoticed.

The mouthfeel is solid; this saison fit within the style as well as the substance of what it should be, and the carbonation remains.

Overall, I had this beer between work and class, and after a brandy barrel bourbon county stout. So... it was great!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly cloudy yellow beer with a fizzy white head that left a few spots on the side and faded to a ring.

S - Lots of strawberries. Strawberry beers generally seem to suck as a rule, but this one smells really great. Nice saison yeast with some pepper to spice things up a bit.

T - Taste is really great as well, just liek the nose. Straberry flavor is real, but light enough to not overpower the saison. Slight bit of pepper sice that also doesn't overpower, with just a slight bit of drying yeast. Really good stuff.

M - A little bit lighter than medium, with good carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Good beer, I've had it a couple of times now and like it every time. Really great, wish I could get this in bottles. If you like strawberries, this is probably the best strawberry beer I've ever had, although granted, the bar has been pretty low so far.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Rattle n Hum's Goose Island event 6/21. This one was a 12oz pour in a tall, thin glass.

Scully pours fairly hazy, and inhabits the space between lemon yellow and tangerine. There's only a thin white head (as much from the pour as anything else), so not a ton of opportunity for any retention or lacing. The nose is definitely strawberry dominant (and impressively, specifically strawberry, rather than a general fruity/berry note that I've gotten from other strawberry beers I've tried), but with a solid light peppery undercurrent running through it. The strawberry presence is impressively even more vibrant on my palate. It's prefaced by a brief bit of honey sweetness that wasn't hinted at by the aroma, and pepper comes in to shake things up at the back end. The body is impressively light (especially since the bar had this listed at 9% rather than BA's reported 6.5%), it finishes as dry as any saison I've had. Carbonation is not as in your face active as some, but rather a bit more subtly lively. Strawberries and pepper is an odd combination to season a saison (or any beer) with, but Goose Island pulls it off wonderfully. I'd love to see this get a bottle release at some point down the line.

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Photo of jaymirage
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the most recent American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, MA.

Pours a beautiful golden, on the lighter side. Taste is crisp, sweet, light but full, with a hint of spice. I don't rate smell due to my anosmia.

Love the mouthfeel. Very carbonated, and exceptional in that the carbonation is neither distracting nor overly exaggerated. One of the most memorable mouthfeel experiences I've had in a long time.

Definitely the best saison I have tasted in 7+ years. Kudos.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Small Bar Fullerton for the Goose Island Tap Takeover.

Pours a clear, light golden yellow with a thin off-white head.

Not very fragrant, but some sweet fruity esters are present.

Light fruity esters upfront, slightly sweet. Finish is a lot more complex with light strawberry and honey mixing with a nice pepper presence. At times the strawberry comes through as a sweeter fruit juice flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation, bubbly finish.

Nice twist on a saison. The strawberry really adds a nice twist to the taste and makes the flavor rely less on the Belgian yeast.


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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled over and over until I could no longer think at NotLA 2011 at Goose Wrigleyville. Poured into NotLA tasting glass, over and over.

A - Pours yellow, fizzy head, not much lacing or retention but some bubbles around the edge of the glass and here and there on top.

S - Nice solid sour/tart, not much in the way of funk, strawberries, but more citrus/oranges instead. Maybe I just wasn't looking for it? Dunno.

T - Nice orange/citrus peel sour/tart, no real funk though. Some slight strawberries but mostly just the tart notes come through here for me.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - One of the highlights at NotLA's for me, by a f'n long shot. Goose continues to produce awesome small-batch stuff along with all their BCS variants and such. Recommend!

Edit: Had this beer again at the Goose Invasion @ Small Bar Fullerton on 04-23-11. It didn't even taste like the same beer. The sourness was no where near what it was @ FoBAB...lost a lot of Wild Ale characteristics. I wonder if it's the same batch?

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer merits me leaving the usual 5-point review style.

Served at FoBAB on 11/6/10 with an extra generous pour due to a volunteer who was particularly taken with my Pliny the Elder shirt.

This beer pours a beautiful and heavily effervescent gold that actually undersells the complexity of the beer to follow. Of course this is immediately corrected by the intense and complex scent that leaps out of the simple tasting glass and immediately makes you stand at attention (even after several previous tasters). You can really smell a great deal of complexity and spicy yeast right off the bat. The taste is so unique that it defies the saison label and makes me wish for a bottled version that I can store for a year and see what happens. The pepper and strawberry really complement the light and spicy nature of this style while at the same time bringing out subtle nuances that make this beer worthy of note.

Please GI hear my plea and put this in a bottle.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Great Taste of the MW. Pours a pale white golden color with a fluffy white head. Strawberry notes assult your nose on this one along with some underlying belgian notes and spice. The taste is very strawberry forward followed by the traditional saison flavors. Nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Very crisp finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the GI sheffields event, way to behind on my reviews, from my notes.

Holy sh*t, a strawberry beer that doesn't taste either generic or like stale fruit. A great aroma that has so much going on, great fresh true to the aroma strawberries, pepper and yeast, so interesting...The taste loses a lot of the strawberry drops more into the saison range but still good, light fruit, peppers, a little musky.

I hope this comes around some more, its worth trying and I'd like to get more then a 3 oz pour.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheffield's Bar had a fantastic event called Goose Island Invasion. I was one of the lucky one's to grab a taster of this before it blew up. Poured into my tasting glass

A- Crisp, tight packing of perfectly white bubbles that were raised to about a fingers worth of head. Decent lasting performance. I'd give its body a similar color as sunset.

S- Reminds me of the mall and walking through a crowd of pre-teen girls who all have a different perfume. Strawberries, watermelon, and breads but it isn't perfect unison.

T- Oh goodness... strawberry tootsie roll wrapped in an IPA. I can taste the generic nature but it is still quite enjoyable. There is an astringent, bitter finish that reminds me of grape juice that I would say benefits rather than distracts.

M- Full, bright, refreshing. Its like biting into gum. It has that crisp nature of cleaning while generating great flavors. However, this becomes distracting towards the end.

D- This is the easiest drinking strawberry beer I have had as of yet. It is delicious while at the same time still being a beer. No alcohol can be noticed throughout it and its got that glorious 6.5%

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffield's Goose Island event. Served in a Goose Island taster glass.

Disclaimer - I love The X-Files, redheads, and strawberries.

A - Pours with a lively finger-plus of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and some patchy film. The body is a hazy white-flesh peach color.

S - Huge fresh strawberry nose, with light pepper, spicy yeast, and a bit of stone fruit and citrus as well. I haven't had too many strawberry beers, but this is by far the most impressive and authentic smelling one.

T - Taste is a little more muted, but still contains a lot of fresh strawberries, with notes of pepper, stone fruits, Belgian yeast, honey, and pale malt mixed in to good effect. Not particularly musty or funky here - guessing there isn't any wild yeast at work.

M - Medium-light refreshing body, medium soft carbonation, and a pleasant dry finish.

D - I had multiple pours of this - it's very good. I'd rather have this in bombers than any of Goose's other Belgians. Was quite disappointed when the keg kicked, as I would have purchased a full pour.

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Photo of mothman
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Taste 2010

Pours a light layer of white head that fades to a ring. Color is a dark straw yellow.

Aroma/Taste: This beer starts out with a huge fresh strawberry flavor. I have never experienced a beer with a beer with this much strawberry (except Strawberry Short's Cake). It does have the pepper with a citrus flavor. A decent amount of fruit flavors. Other than that, there wasn't too much farmhouse flavors. Not a lot of funk here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, smooth. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, the only thing that took away from this beer being amazing was the fact that it was missing some key saison components. It wasn't very funky or have a farmhouse bite to it. Still, it was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of thetomG
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes, I had this on draft at the Goose Island booth at the 2010 Great Taste of the Midwest...

The described this one as a "White Pepper Strawberry Saison" and it definitely lived up to the description. Poured a somewhat typical golden yellow with some slight haziness - very attractive. Good amount of fairly dense white head.

Aroma was subtle, but very pleasant. The sweet strawberry & citrus notes come through and mix with the more standard saision elements nicely. Flavor is even more interesting with the strawberry aspect being more prevalent but with a slight hint of spices and pepper.

The main thing I kept admiring about this as I sipped was just how well balanced and subtle each of the elements were. It was complex, but not overwhelming in any way - a characteristic that really defines this beer from the appearance all the way through to the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. Very very tasty - this was probably my favorite beer of the festival, and one of the best saisons I've had. Truly sublime.

PRAYING I get another chance to try this gem!

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Scully from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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