Halia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Photo of dapperslapper
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the beer makes me think about having sex in a peach orchard. it is wonderful. each sip makes me go "whoa". it is a wonderfully balanced sour with bright peachy notes. it is exquisite. I hope they do it next year so I can put a vertical together.

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Photo of KaeF
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great fresh summer beer! A very nice fruity smell of sweet peaches, the taste is complex, yet so balanced; it is sweet, creamy, fruity and has a little sour in the end. Awesome beer for the warm summer nights!

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has lemonade, lemon peel, saison yeast, some Brett funkiness, a light bready malt, hints of peach on the end. A tart and bright aroma. Some oak and white wine character.

The flavor follows of tartness of lemon juice and pineapple. There's a light bready and cracker and malt and wheat, and then the beer moves onto fleshy peach flavors. Some barnyard funkiness in there as well. The finish is of the white wine barrels and beautiful drying.

The carbonation is a highlight. Tons of bubbles like champagne.

This beer is definitely my favorite so far of the Goose Island sisters series. A wonderful beer that hides it 7.5% and is super drinkable. The combination of tartness, light bread malt, Brett, gentle peach, and huge carbonation is beautiful. A great refreshing beer by itself, can't compliment this beer more.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into snifter, this is the 2015 version drank on 8/11/16

A: Had a quick small head soapy in appearance, that was gone in a flash. Body is gold to light amber with great clarity.

S: Slight vinegar, hay, funk, a touch of peach, very faint clove and nutmeg

T: Tastes like soft vinegar, apple, honey, spices, and a very little bit of hay

M: Very light, crisp, smooth, it tingles on the tongue but yet feels low on carbonation.

O: It is amazing, excellent Belgian wild ale. It has such a soft silky feel and it envelops your tongue in honey and sourness. The peach comes more across as apricot but it is perfect. I wish I would have bought the rest even at $30 a bottle.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Light golden haze with a head if carbonation on top

S - Tart peach, light vinegar. Really a rich sweet and juicy peach

T - Bretty, slight blue cheese, really farmhouse funk. Light tart vinegar. Juicy peaches to it that adds a nice sweetness to it. Light sweettarts.

M - Thick beer with good carbonation to it that makes it slightly creamy

O - One of the best peach sours I've had as it has a strong juicy peach flavor balanced with slight tartness and Brett. I hope they make this one often and a lot if it

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Photo of Ri0
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 2013 bottle into Duvel tulip. Cost was $19.99.

A - It is a lighter golden peach with a 2 finger of white head. Good retention and decent lacing for aged sour beer.

S - The aroma is definitely tart with lemon zest, unripened peaches , sour apples. Wet grass, slight funk and dry wine notes are all present.

T - Starts off with yeast, sour notes of lemon zest, unripe peaches and sour apple. Good amount of Brett and wet grass, along with some grain and mild spice. This flavor profile really works for me.

M - Light body and fantastic carbonation. The beer has a mild sour flavor and a dry finish.

O - I passed up this beer for 6 months. Finally decided to buy it and I am glad I did. One of my favorites from GI.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a light straw yellow in color with a mild amount of haze. Medium sized head that retained well and lacing is very good.

S- Light and slightly tart. Spicy and grainy with lemon tones. Tartness is enticing and shows just a slight amount peach.

T- Starts with a mild tart bang. Same great light and grainy flavors appear in the taste. Lemon grass flavor is there and then the peaches mix in. Slightly dry flavor after the peaches from the wine barrels.

M- Light, crisp, and highly carbonated. This is a classic light sour feel. Grainy and slightly tart, but still refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, an awesome, somewhat sour, farmhouse ale. Not too sour, not too spicy or grainy, and tremendously easy to drink. It's refreshing and just a touch fruity.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

The brew pours a nice slightly hazy yet a bit bright straw golden color with a nice pillowy and dense white head. Nice retention as the head sticks around forever. (4.5)

Aroma is delicious. The brew starts off slightly tart and vinous with some mild lemony notes in the nose and some mild citrus acidity. The background develops into a delicious mildly earthy and grainy saison base that seems dry and woody. There are some flowery and slight fruity notes to the nose with mild hints of unripened peach. There are some nice slightly sugary and ripened peach notes (4.5).

Flavor is very delicious. Dry notes of white wine and some great oaky and dry woody notes. Musty and funky wood notes with some great barnyard yeast notes. Nice sharp tartness comes up along the middle of the brew with notes of unrippeeend peach and some mild offsetting ripened peach sweetness. Slight lemony notes are present in the tartness but it is kept dry and grainy. As the brew warms the vinous notes shine more mixed in with delicious slight sweet peach notes. The woody dryness is even more pronounced and each sips requires another one. There is a delicious crisp and clean mouthfeel that is light and dry. The carbonation is lively like a bottle of champagne. (4.50) (4.75)

Overall. This has to be my favorite GI sister. Delicious mild peach notes with great musty and funky yeast notes along with some good dry wood notes. Good base saison notes that work so well with the delicious notes of the peach and the Brett funk and tartness (4.75)

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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip. 2016 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Slight finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A tart, fruity, and spicy Belgian style aroma with a scent of brett, fruit, and wine. Belgian yeast with a scent of peppers, clove, and farmhouse funk. Big scent of wild brett lacto yeast. Wine barrel hints of tannins, white grapes, and oak. Good scent of peaches along with other fruit hints of green apple, apricot, orange, pear, and lemon. Malt hints of cracker and straw. A very nice wine like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, fruity, and spicy Belgian farmhouse style taste with notes of brett, fruit, and wine. Belgian yeast with notes of peppers, clove, and farmhouse funk. Big presence of wild brett yeast with some good funk. Good white wine barrel presence with notes of white grapes, oak, and tannins. Lots of fruit notes with some peaches, green apple, pear, orange, apricot, and lemon. Malt notes of straw, grains, and cracker. A very good tart and fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Tart and juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good spin on a Belgian style Saison. Good blend of yeast, spices, fruit, and wine barrel notes. Pricey but very well done.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +9%

(Served in a chalice)
2013 vintage
A-4 This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow body with a sea of microcarbonation and a sticky white film of snow white head.

S- 4.5 The light stone fruit pit aroma has notes of Brett white cheese rind and a dry woody gentle french oak quality with a dry green mango and pine note in the finish. There is the paper straws aroma of oak that comes through as it opens.

T- 4.5 The nice soft tartness is lactic with some full brett flavor of cheese rind and saison ester fruity qualities. There is some soft white wine flavors in the finish with a nice full but soft oak flavor lingering.

M- 4.5 The medium mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- 5.0 The nice white wine character in the aroma is delicate with great brett character blending in and strong support from the fruity saison yeast and peach notes. This is a delicious beer that didn't last long on a cool summer evening.

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Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 765 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled on August 6, 2013 so almost a year ago.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, translucent peach/gold color and leaves a couple fingers of white, fluffy head, which slowly fades to a white layer atop the beer, leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemon zest, fresh peaches, grape skins, grapes, grassy funk. Nice balance of funk, sour, fruit. Pleasant and refreshing aroma.

Taste: Sour lemon zest, fresh peaches, grapes, a bit of hay-grass funk. The peach and the sour are a little bigger than in the aroma, but are still well balanced in the flavor. Definitely some white wine influence in here - a bit dry towards the end. Nice and very drinkable.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with an interested fairly heavy, foamy-feeling body. Finishes a little dry and a little sour.

Overall: The peaches play nicely in the background of this slightly funky/sour/white wine influenced beer. Well balanced and quite drinkable, this is a tasty, well crafted farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a half inch of white head. The aroma brings white wine, peaches, brett, white grapes, oak. Smells nice. Tasty peaches. Mellow and smooth on the palate. A delicate sweetness. Fruit and white wine. Grape skins with a touch of funk. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of macher0
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This did not last long in the cellar.

Bottle to snifter.

A. Light straw. A little cloudy. Poured a healthy fine bubble egg shell head. Retreats slowly to a thin film and rim. Very nice laces. Straight line updraft of bubbles.

S. Very pleasant. Sour yeast and lacto. Light malts. Lemon and peaches. Funk.

T. Ohh ya more funk. Moderate tartness. Sour yeast, sour bacteria, neutral oak, syrupy peaches, with a little light malts.

M. Very smooth, high carbonation, light body. Thin.

O. Very similar carbonation level, viscosity, sour level, and overall feel to the older sisters. The peaches are subtle but apparent. Totally worth the price and highly recommended. I feel this is excellent where it's at in the aging process. If age brings out the peaches, then I hope the feel doesn't change. I'm glad I enjoyed it on a playoff weekend. This is certainly a bomber one can take to the head.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with hab11.

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow peachy dream sunset color with a few pieces of papers worth of brilliant white head that very quickly dissipates. Very decent carbonation with no danger of exploding.

S: Wow was not expecting this brett bomb. Very balanced brett presence with noticeable peach in the background. Faint but noticeable vanilla oak tannins as well.

T: Wow candied peach with brett. Very up front intense flavor of peach candy, followed by a nice lactic acidity with a great tartness. Almost cloying and will definitely age quite nicely but drinks very well right now. Big fan. Would have liked a second or even third bottle to age for a year or two. Bigger gulps reveal more pronounced oakiness without overpowering the great tart acidity or peach nectar.

M: Carbonation has largely subsided taking away from what could have been a tasty mimosa like beverage. I enjoy the amount of sweet and sour though.

O: Found this at a very reasonable price and for the price would definitely purchase again but sadly it was a one day bargain. Almost too sweet, just on the cusp but so much brett c. that I can forgive that. More time in the cellar would definitely benefit this beer. Overall very pleased.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

765mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- A big nose of white wine and peaches/apricots. Subtle dry oakiness and funk. Superb combo of wine barrel and fruit in this.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. Great combination of wine barrel and peach/apricot-like fruits; almost becomes like pineapple as it warms and opens up. Bits of tartness.

(M)- A nice carbonation level meets a very harmonious wine barrel fruit profile. Not overly complex, but very refreshing and vibrant.

(O)- A great wine barrel aged fruit beer if there ever was one. Just a touch of funk and tartness to make this stand out.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at The Beer Store in Southampton, enjoyed chilled in a wine glass, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is a sunny golden with haze like peach juice with small white head and very fine bead with lace that sticks in spots. The aroma is very enjoyable with nice lactic scent up front with a mild fruit aroma wiht light peach type odor with mild sweet note and subtle oakiness from the wine barrel. The feel has a mild prickly carbonation with slight sour entry and moderately sweet middle and light woody texture rounding it out.

The flavor is excellent a lot of tangy tropical fruit flavor with light peachy taste and mellow white wine aspect adding to the slight sourness of wild yeast with some nice citrus elements and a very tasty wine barrel element adding to the complexity - a very nice blend of peach with the sour ale flavor and only a hint of alcohol in the finish with the tangy lemony aspect lingering. Overall I consider this delicious and drinkable with enough sourness without becoming to acidic to drink more than 1 glass.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 765 mL bottle into cervoise. Bottle #1547. Bottled on 06AUG13.
A: Pours a clear light lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 1-2 inch white bubbly head...almost champagne-like.
S: Mild farmhouse funk, citrus, peaches, and a vinous note (akin to ice wine).
T: Chardonnay, farmhouse funk, and peaches (note: the peaches are fairly subdued) hit first. White pepper, soft cream, tart berries, and sweet citrus follow. Mild brett notes throughout.
M: Absolutely love the feel on this one. Effervescent tingle from the carbonation a la champagne with alternating sweet, tart, and sour notes dancing on the palate. Light-medium body. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too...more tart and sour here.
D: Really enjoyed drinking this one. Starts out strong and only gets better from there. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Even decently sessionable with a reasonable 7.5% ABV. Goose Island knocked it out of the park with this one!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter tartness present. Slight peach flavor. Smoother easy to drink sour; not overly sour. Lower carbonation. Enjoyable refreshing peach ale. One of my favorites from Goose.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely. A nice pale orange body, white head. Nose hits with acidity along with the expected peach notes, and some grape and woody hints. The taste emphasizes the wine element, and the peach is largely in the background, but I have no reservations about that, because the result is a delicious, tart, deeply satisfying experience.

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Photo of donspublic
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into sniffer, light half finger creamy head recedes to a rim along the glass, nice lacing. Clear light golden to look at, nice carbonation. This is a beast of a peach beer. I am somewhat congested and it still comes thru, not picking up any brett characteristic on the nose. Taste is tart on the start with the peaches taking over. Finishes with a dry tart finish. Nice acidity, this is a great beer wish the price point was so high.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw gold with some haziness. 1 finger white head bubbles off fairly quick. Some small amount of spiderweb lacing.

Wine barrel on the nose to start. Chardonnay-like with some oak barrel and brett funkiness. Peach is light but noticeable. Very light malt.

Lots of brett funk on the tongue with a rather tart aspect as well. Light peach with a bit more tartness. White grape, oak, lemon, and some melon. Light malt, cracker-y. Some pepper notes. Something lightly floral.

Light body with medium carbonation. Good tart/funk mix. Strong lingering barrel notes with a light peach undercurrent.

Really superb wine barrel aged saison. Smooth peach complements.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to Jackie O's tulip...

A. Pours a hazy, golden honey color. Good two fingers of eggshell white head emerges and settles to a half finger. Thick lacing on the edges of the glass leaving a nice sheen of suds. The color on this is vibrant. Very nice-looking farmhouse.

S. Peaches, breadiness, apple skin, grape skin, some earthiness, and bright, acidic, wine-like notes. Really sexy nose on this, with a strong peach presence that asserts without dominating. If you blindfolded me, I'd guess I was smelling a nice Sauvignon Blanc. It's fruity, dry, and just a touch funky. Excellent.

T. Ripe peaches, earthy peach skin, white grapes, mild barnyard funk, a dry, semi-sweet finish. I really like this. It's sweet, yet dry...bright, yet earthy. Very nice balance and great flavors. High marks.

M. Finish might be just a touch yeasty/dry. Otherwise, everything it well-balanced and delicious.

O. This is an excellent beer and I'm glad I sought it out. Is it worth $25 for a bottle? I'm not sure any beer is worth that, but I can tell you I am happy with my purchase. It's a very well-crafted saison that has been aged with love in wine barrels and given a nice does of earthy, acidic peaches. It's outstanding, and worthy of your attention.

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Photo of mverity
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Proof. Poured into a Goose Island wine-style glass. Slight haze to this beer. Color is like the skin of a lemon. Yellow/gold with a twinge of straw. Tons of bubbly white head that held about a minute before fading into a thinner head and medium collar. Lots of lacing. Aroma is like dry earth, faint barnyard funk, a healthy amount of peach is noticeable, but not at all overpowering. Taste is delightful: peachy farmhouse goodness. Dry/tart yeast. Earthy/floral hops. Simply divine. Nice high carbonation and medium-low body really make this fun to drink.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mae pours a hazy, pale, straw yellow with a thin whisp of bubbles and white foam. Looks like a Saison.

The nose is slightly acidic with a touch of wild funk. Notes of wooden peach basket, tropical citrus, lychee flesh, and rolled, cut lemons are popping out.

The taste follows the nose, but is much brighter. Peach skins and pits, white wine grapes, lychees, yellow citrus. Also, tart, sharp minerals that lend a salty element. I also pick up a slight buttery pretzel dough note. It's extremely dry and quenching. The acidity really builds up after each sip. Awesome stuff, very close to New Belgium's Tart Lychee, but a bit more sour.

Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Mae is a great wild ale. I really hope we see it again in the future.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Halia pours a light bodied, opaque bright yellow in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It looks very similar to Temptation or Beatification in the glass. The nose offers aromas of acidic tartness, a touch of butter ala oak influence, and moderate tannic peach skin. It smells fantastic. The oak influence definitely stands out. The beer drinks light and smooth with a wonderful, slightly rich and buttery mouthfeel ala an oaked California Chardonnay or an aged Russian River Temptation. The flavors are very well rounded. There is a nice tannic tartness from the peaches and the beer has the perfect level of acidity. The brett is present in the near perfect amount. It all goes together so well. The drinkability for this beer is very high, further increasing its appeal. Overall this is an exceptional sour. Juliet has long been my favorite Goose Island sour but I've been longing for Goose to do a blond sour that I can get behind. That sour is Halia.

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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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