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 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 Fcolle2
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden in color with a thin fizzy white head. Aromas of musty peach light oak barrel and vinegar wine aromas. More light musty peach vinegar and wine barrel.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 22 oz. bottle.

Was hoping for more sour peach but fell a bit short. Smell was really good and the taste was adaquite. Tart but not sour. Some nice funk and finished clean. Would have again but the price is a bit steep. Would seek out others but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a complex beer that hits the senses on multiple fronts. The peaches appear along with the barrel flavor as it warms. The smell just wafts out of the glass, and people who are not a fan of this style still like the aroma. I passed on this for a long time because it is relatively easy to get for me, but glad I finally grabbed it.

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Photo of Shumania
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wine bottle dated 8/6/13 poured into Goose Island wine glass

A: hazy orange with lots of bubbles, small head

S: yeasty, citrus, tangerine, peaches

T: good acidity for a sour punch, more citrus notes, peach, slight oak

M: medium body with lots of bubbles to make it lighter

Really nice sour beer

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Photo of Justin82
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2 year cellared 750ml into a red wine glass
Look: Translucent light golden yellow, takes a hard pour to get a half inch head that recedes to nothing almost immediately
Aroma: Brett funk up front, very slight sweet peach undertones, white grapes come thru with warming
Taste: Tastes very much like it smells, the brett comes thru delicately in a tart manner with a slight funk and pineapple flavor, certainly not overwhelming. Pick up more wine flavors than peach
Feel: Light body. Slightly less carbonated than i would've preferred, but still very pleasant. Very dry, swallows like wine. Pucker from tannins
Overall: Delicious. If your a fan of saisons with brett (and i am) this is fantastic. Saison, wild, and wine characteristics work together to really exceed the sum of their parts.

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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 Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. Pours a hazy straw gold with a frothy, half inch, bright white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose suggests light stone fruit and a lactic character. Taste consistent with nose - the qualities present in the nose are soft and blend nicely and there's an easy tartness to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation. Pleasantly tart without being overly assertive. Overall, a pleasantly nuanced farmhouse - quite refreshing, but the price point is a bit too high for general consumption.

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Photo of GSSW88
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice unfiltered hazy light golden yellow with a small white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Scent is a nice lactic smell, peachy stone fruit. Taste is fantastic! First hits you with a nice but not overbearing tartness, then a nice subtle peachiness, stone fruit, slight pepperiness, then comes the barnyard funkiness! I love a good funky beer. Very bretty this beer is. Mouthfeel is nice with very nice carbonation, not overly carbonated, but just enough to be very refreshing. I have another Halia that has been aging for a year now, got it last summer. Plan to crack it open next year and compare it! Very good beer and I highly recommend it. Haven't had a sister that I didn't enjoy!

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Photo of Hop_God
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Golden yellow. Hazy. light tartness.leaves you coming back for another sip. Peach and some under ripe apricots. Subtle peach on the finish. Crisp mouth feel. Brilliantly done.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I could drink this all day. Super light, subtly peachy, mildly tart. Delicate vinous notes and some barrel. Feels like a wine cooler and drinks like juice. Beautiful.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into chalice

Pale yellow with carbonation, white foam cap

Aroma of tart peaches

Tart with peach notes taste, Brett

Nice tart beer

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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 Hab11
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed with 3 lions from a 750 ml bottle. 7.8 ABV Golden yellow, slight quickly dissipating head, minimal to no lacing, slightly resinous. Lots of Carbonation jumping up from the side of the glass.
Smell: Bret, Peach, slightly lemon grass smell.
Taste: Bret and candied peach, simple syruped candied peach. Almost overpowering with sugar and peach. Tart.
Feel: effervescent up front smooth like caramel or chocolate syrup in the back. No aftertaste. Very nice throughout the pallet.
To much alcohol to be crushable, super sweet and plenty of Bret funk. To me it needs something to balance it but I feel it did what it was trying to accomplish. Need to get and age one, see how it mellows.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pale yellow with a slight haze and a white head with some larger bubbles. Nose is very nice, well balanced wood presence with a nice peach balance and clean dusty bret. Taste is a bit sweeter, strong dry oak presence with notes of vanilla. Peach is very strong, gets a touch sweet, a touch. Well balanced bret, dusty and light farmhouse notes. Lighter body, very dry finish with an assertive carbonation.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer. Has that horse barn aroma like a good lambic style beer. Taste is slightly sweet from the peach. Get a light wine and oak flavor. The barnyard taste also comes through. Tasty.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy straw yellow, fair amount near white head leaves pretty quick, lots of cling. An inviting lookin beer.

S - Funk and sour dominate. I get an almost juicy fruit wafting through it.

T - Yes. Hits the back of my mouth with sour and spreads forward. Tangy. Nice sweet subtle finish at end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and balance.

D - Could definitively do a few of these.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Four Season's Liquors - Morris, IL

Bottled: 8/12/13

Halia is appropriately colored. It glows in its hazy peachiness with swirls of carbonation rushing to the surface. The head comes to a snap, crackling, pop a finger high and slowly fizzles to a chunky ring and island of foam. The ring is bolstered by the active carbonation and leaves patchy lacing in its wake.

The nose is enticing to say the least. The peach is soft but ripe and mingles well with a lactic yogurt quality. Fruit on the bottom. An intriguing minerality wafts from the glass that brings to mind wet stone. The yeast brings forth the mouthwatering orchard fruitiness so important in saisons. A soft peach sweetness rounds it all out with peripheral mustiness.

Halia is another Goose creation that manages to bring all sorts of components together into one happy, balanced, even handed beverine. Peach, both tart and sweet, gets things moving. orchard fruits flash through the middle along with that aforementioned minerality. The orchard fruitiness is bright and juicy. The swallow accentuates the tartness but it never exceeds approachable levels. Very good.

The body leans toward the lighter side of the spectrum, as a saison should. My only minor gripe is that the carbonation does quite have the frothiness of the best in style but it is lively. The tartness is soft but manages to invade every nook & cranny. I could drink mass quantities of this beer.

Halia is a damn fine beer. It's juicy, bright, and approachable to the point I can't see anyone disliking it whether into beer or not. Drinkability is absurdly high while there's enough tartness to make it totally refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Look: Hazy golden straw with a minimal head that lines the glass. Lots of legs on this one with a mix of big a small bubbles. Looks like champagne rather the beer.

Smell: Pungent sweet peach explodes from the bottl.! Can smell it from a few feet away. Getting tart Belgian funk, lemon, candied peaches, white wine, straw, sourdough bread, nectarines, and more peach.

Taste: Huge sour hits the tongue followed by, tart lemon, sourdough yeast notes, white peppercorn, sweet white wine, huge sweet and tart peach notes, white nectarines, and more funk on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and dances on the tongue like a fine champagne. The bodied fills out after the tart punch but still dances on the tongue. Wets the palate at first but the finish is easily one of the best parts of this amazing brew as it finishes quite dry but leaves behind the sweet peach and white wine notes to linger on the tongue. No hint of alcohol.

Overall: Outstanding brew. The big sour funk punch works seamlessly with the white wine and peach notes to make one hell of tasty American sour. The dry finish really sells this guy by leaving the fruit and wine notes buzzing on the tongue! Letting you really enjoy the complex flavors of this beer after every sip!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765 ml bottle, 2013 Vintage, stamp on label says bottled on 0733, 12AUG13. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head that fizzled away quickly. However, there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, peaches, white wine, oak, and some funk. I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some green grapes/grape skin. It's also nice and tart. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's refreshing, a bit coating, and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, but it's pricey at $20.99 a bottle. Definitely worth trying!

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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 fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Straight pour from a 1 pint, 9.87oz/765ml pry-off bottle to a teku. There’s also a packaging date of August 6, 2013 printed in black ink near the bottom-left corner of the back label (“BOTTLED ON: 0830 06AUG13”), which would make this bottle just over a year old (53 ½ weeks, more or less). Been looking forward to this one for a while now!

Appearance (4.5): Nearly three fingers of bone-white, crackling foam rise off of the pour easily, dying down at a moderate pace (especially for the style), showing overall pretty good retention including scattered suds, a wide but thin film at the surface forming thin, arcing collars, and a thick, crackly cap which dies down on the surface of the body. Which, by the way, is a glowing, nearly clear, light golden body with honey-orange highlights.

Smell (4.25): Quite a bit of mixed acidic tones coming through right off the bat—a little lactic tang, moderate acetic strength without coming off as vinegary, and light citric acid married to the fruit aromas—but they get out of the way for the fruit and other elements. Peach flesh, light passion fruit, underripe kiwi, oaky chardonnay, and a nice layer of peach juice underneath fills out the aroma.

Taste (4.5): Sharp citric and tangy lactic acid jump out in front and hang out at the top of the palate from start to finish (more on that later). Underneath it, a very, very tasteful acetic character mingles with tart and juicy orange and peach flavors, a mellow, oaky layer (think chardonnay), vinous mineral notes (think pinot grigio), and light melon flavors. There’s some very minimal malt character left here, but at this point it’s widdled down to some dry common crackers and a little dry hay and straw after interacting with the primary yeast, I’d guess. The finish is long, citrusy, very tart without being bitter, and drying. Tart, lean, complex, and thoroughly pleasant from start to finish—and no sign of ABV.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Not surprisingly, considering the style, the carbonation really dominates the feel, offering a moderately sharp prickle as it fills up all spaces with coarse, but friendly bubbles as it foams up and washes out. The body, meanwhile, is lean, dry, far lighter than medium-weight, and juicy without being syrupy. It finishes dry, to be sure, but certainly not parching.

Overall (4.25): Hell of a beer. The price is a little prohibitive, unfortunately, but forgetting that, it’s a great example of why sours are still the future of craft beer. Any wine lover should be able to appreciate this beer, in addition to the beer geeks already in the know, and it feels like a crowd pleaser for anyone with a discriminating palate (and plenty of folks less interested in such things, too). My only gripes are that the mouthfeel could be smoother, the oak could be more understated, and the fruit could pop a little more. But the sour dynamics are spot-on, it drinks like a champ, and is as refreshing as a cold shower in the tropics. Love it.

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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 NuclearRich
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12Aug13 stamped on the label, drank today. poured from the bottle into my favorite HF stemmed glass.

A. Medium haze, pale straw color, tiny lazy bubbles form a fluffy white cloud that retains well and laces great.
S. Definitely full of white wine barrel and brett. Really lacking the peach that is advertised and expected.
T. Lightly tart, white wine, grape skins, lemon, a little oak, a bit of horsey brett but the brett seems to be adding a general light funk and that lemon flavor. Again, missing any hint of peach.
M. Light, with a mid grade effervescence that compliments the tartness nicely.
O. Very drinkable and high quality, but I have a problem with the price tag and the false advertisement of peaches. A little less white wine and at least a discernible level of peaches would benefit it. I would definitely drink it again but I wont be looking to dole out the chedda for it.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I think it said Aug 2013 on the bottle.

Appearance. Pours a lemony gold ... lulz lemony gold. light haze, half finger of frothy white head that fades quickly to a lasting skim.

Smell. Floral peach notes, some tart juiciness, a little whit wine, and some dry oaky funk.

Taste tart peaches and a ton of woody oaky followed by that mellow toasty vanilla. Some dry white wine for sure that doesn't sit amazingly well in the aftertaste. Super serial, it's gotta sit well in the aftertaste. Yeah...

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. It's a good fruited saison but doesn't hold a candle to the PnB I've been spoiled with lately.

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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 923 ratings.
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