Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #215
Ranked #4,306
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Apr 28, 2022
Apr 24, 2011
Notes: 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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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

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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3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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
4.44 by illtexzona from Illinois on Dec 27, 2021
4.41 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Sep 15, 2021
3.83 by Zanico from Ohio on Sep 12, 2021
4.34 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2021
4.24 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Mar 29, 2021
4.26 by SpaethJam from New York on Dec 25, 2020
4.21 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2020
4.3 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Sep 19, 2020
4.02 by mamaraza from Texas on Aug 22, 2020
4.33 by caffeinelogic from New York on Jun 13, 2020
4.14 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on May 17, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

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
4.16 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina on Jan 31, 2020
4.18 by craigbelly from Iowa on Jan 07, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

Vintage 2017.
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Lightly yeasty and hazy pale-blonde. Head fizzles out immediately. Lively carbonation.

Lactic acid, peach, Sweet Tarts, and lemon juice.

Moderate to heavy lactic sourness. Lemon juice, Sweet Tarts, and peach puree. Slight white wine and oak.

Medium-light bodied, sour, and off-dry.

Peach, white wine, sour. That's all you need to know.

Dec 03, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Stamped on label is bottled on date of '14JAN17'. Label terms this to be a "Belgian Style Wild Ale".
Sediment heavy, pale gold colored body. Brief fizzy white head disappears almost immediately after the pour. No lacing.
Aroma is redolent with saucy peach, along with funk leather and tobacco, with lemon tartness, and rich oak barrel.
Taste is tart and dry, with peach, lemon, oak barrel, earthy leather funk, and Brett.
Medium mouth feel, with very good carbonation.
Tasty, dry, white wine like brew with a bright peach flavor and smell. Refreshing and a pleasant sparkle in the mouth. Lots of sediment in the glass detracts from the appearance.

Sep 08, 2019
4.27 by dansmcd from Australia on Aug 18, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

There are a lot of great aspects to this beer: fruity peach flavor, depth of flavor with oak, white wine, leather/funkiness, Belgian yeast esters, and a restrained sourness. However, it is also too sweet for my liking, lowering the scores a bit.

Aug 14, 2019
4.16 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Aug 10, 2019
4.18 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 09, 2019
4.18 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2019
4.25 by BennyProfane from California on Jul 13, 2019
4.23 by JostVonDyke from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

750 ml 2016 bottle. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Nose is of funky yeast, vinegar , bready malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and sour. Nice brew.

Jun 24, 2019
4.18 by RollDamnTide from Florida on May 26, 2019
4.1 by animal69 from Louisiana on May 15, 2019
4.7 by Baumli from South Carolina on May 09, 2019
4.23 by stephenlee from England on Mar 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Foyle from North Carolina

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Hazy gold with plenty of sediment. Aroma is sour, floral, and peaches. Flavor tart, peach, yeast roll. Overall very good.

Mar 17, 2019
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 05, 2019
4 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Mar 04, 2019
4.21 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jan 02, 2019
4.34 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jan 01, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

Great example of the style. Bottled 2/3/16. Slight hazy pale yellow, no foam, some particulates. Smell is tart and funky, as is the taste with a slightly salty background. Very dry. Everything I expect from a saison/farmhouse.

Jan 01, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Fundamentally, there seems to be a psychological issue of $20+ for a barrel aged saison. And I get it, I have it too. But once, just once, i decided to take the expensive path with this beer. And then it sat in the cellar. But then, after 5 years, it found its literal spot in the sunshine this summer, as we broke it out for a day around the pool.

Pours golden and light amber, surprisingly good carbonation still on this beer, easily put forth a 1/2" white head. Aroma was a delicious bouquet of hay, wood and peaches, with a tart light rain and a subsequent nice sunny day.

Taste was a lot more sourness than you get with saisons, so this is kind of one of those saison wild ales essentially, but its still delicious however you categorize it. The peach was subtle all the way through, but still firmly present. The brett amount was sizeable and contributed to further dryness and levity to the beer in the mouthfeel.

These are quite the treat.

Dec 28, 2018
4.7 by Vylo from New Jersey on Dec 10, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1026 ratings