Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Ranked #209
Ranked #4,367
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Mar 31, 2023
Apr 24, 2011
Brewed with the Saison and farmhouse ales of Belgium in mind, we added fresh Georgia peaches and Brettanomyces claussenii to a fresh white wine barrel and aged the Saison base for 9 months. Stretching the boundaries of the traditional style, we decided to put our own little spin on it.

Formerly known as Mae.
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Rated: 4.27 by Curt3 from Ohio

Mar 31, 2023
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Feb 2016 release. Drank 12/29
Pour is crystal clear. White head that is fizzy and quickly fades to nothing
Nose is straw, hay, funk
Initial taste is straw, hay, light lemon acidity. Not overpowering, nicely balanced. A bit of a champagne taste. Buttery white wine, a bit of tannins. Dry finish. Subtle peaches
Dec 30, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I found a bottle of the 2017 vintage recently at a grocery store in Los Alamos, NM.

Poured into a tulip glass. Bright, slightly hazy yellow color with effervescent head and little lacing. Smell is pleasant with white pepper and lemon. Taste follows the smell with a bit of funk. Crisp and slightly tart. I enjoyed it with homemade chicken soup.
Nov 16, 2022
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Faint head, light straw color. Vague funk on the nose. Champaign with slight funk, lingering vanilla notes. Not their best showing.
Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very clear straw color with a small head. Head retention is very mild. Lacing is as well. Has an aroma of Belgium yeast, Brett, white grapes, and hay. The same thing goes with the taste with a nice amount of funk. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.
Apr 28, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
4/4/22: Drinking from a bottle from 2017

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light golden color with almost no head. SRM of 5. (3.50)

Aroma: Strong aromas of yeasty funk and Brett. Some citrus underneath.

Flavor: Strong and intense flavors of wild yeast and Brett. Some citrus underneath before a strong yeasty and funk finish mixed with intense fruity tartness.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. An intensely tart and bitter finish and very astringent

Compared to Goose Island Sofie 4/4/22 Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas. More intense yeast and funk. Less stonefruit and vanilla. Much more tart and intense.

Overall: A whopper of a wild ale here. Strong funk and brett with intense tartness and astringency off the end. Packs a bite and not for the faint of heart or if you rarely drink wild ales like me. The intensity may have increased since this one is 5 years old. (Final Rating: 3.62)
Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tulip.

Pours shimmering but slightly hazed light gold. No head or lacing.

Aromas of yeast, funk, lactic acid, lemon, and white stone fruit.

Modest honey-kissed white stone fruit sweetness on the tip of the tongue. And then holy cow. Lactic tartness, oaky barrels, horsey funk, grass, white pepper. Sneaky good brine notes at the finish.

Medium bodied. Very light and bubbly. Crisp short finish.

Is it worthy of the price? I'm not sure. But it's really tasty. The brine notes are what take this one up to the next level.
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by illtexzona from Illinois

Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Sep 15, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Zanico from Ohio

Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 28, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Mar 29, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by SpaethJam from New York

Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by mamaraza from Texas

Aug 22, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Large capped bottle, "12Jan17" printed on the rear label. "Develops in the bottle over 5 years". So the store aged this for me for just over 3 years and its got a few years to develop...hmm interesting stuff.

The pour here is fully hazed orange infused amber, no head, film or lacing left on the glass.

Subtle sniff with earthy and and yeasty qualities with lightly sour underlying and back note.

Super tasty wild/sour ale, with more earthiness, yeasty notes, yes the advertised peaches and apricots. More then a little bit sour/tart, but not at all over the top...delicious creation, soft, tasty, complex....highly worthy creation.....gotta pick up a for more (nicely aged) bottles next time...
May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a nice golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has a generous peach and yeast hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a well balanced peach and yeast sour flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Saison
Feb 28, 2020
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1030 ratings