Halia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Belgian Saison

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.

Formerly known as Mae.

Added by sidetracked on 04-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,105
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
987
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
Wants:
85
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236
Trade:
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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage Pours a light yellow/golden hue with a fluffy white head. Smell and taste were white fruit and peach mixed with white wine and slight sour fruity esters. Mouth sweet and fruity with mild funk peach not as prominent as i would like. A wine and champagne saison to me very easy to drink.

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Photo of StormAles
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pirmannt1
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WynnO
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Beer Co. "Halia"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 14JAN2017 0822 7.7% ALC/VOL"
$8.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label, nice bottle - Goose Island's packaging has certainly improved. It's poured for me a surprisingly short head of bright white that faded almost immediately. The body is hazy and golden. The aroma smells of Brettanomyces (mustiness, light mineral, some sharpness, light wet straw), oak, and soft golden fruit. The flavor affirms that with a bright tartness, soft chalky minerals, fruitiness (a hint of lemon, apple, and peach), drying oak, and a moderately grainy-sweet golden maltiness. It finishes dry, fruity, and lightly grassy and spicy. It's light bodied, maybe light-medium, and gently crisp more due to its acidity than its moderate carbonation. Although it's not that bold it remains fairly complex, and quite refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of hophugger
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2013

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light gold topped by a dense two finger white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of light sourness, fruity esters with some orchard fruit notes and some nice peach aroma.
T: Taste is some light acidity with some nice horseblanket and barnyard notes with a hint of baind aids. Still some nice peach flavor as well. Swallow is more light sourness with some lingering peach flavor.
M: The beer has a moderate amount of heft on the palate. The level of carbonation is a little prickly and the beer is very effervescent. The beer also finishes on the dry side due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavors and complexity. It has held up well over time and could probably have gone a little bit longer. Very enjoyable and worth a try if you can stomach the price.

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Photo of xiaoxiong623
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rickski1981
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Albertdidz
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stanale
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color, almost akin to a chardonnay in color. Fine, soda-like carbonation with no head retention.

Aroma is incredibly funk-forward. The beer doesn’t exude sourness, but some lactic notes are present. Lots of wine-barrel character, some melon, citrus peel, and some baking soda.

Taste is incredibly meaty; an umami bomb. Very funky beer that is dominated by beef jerky, hoarse blanket, and general barnyard characters. A more tame lactic character comes forth near mid-sip, which does break up the funk nicely. Out of all the sister beers tasted, this is the least sour and most funky. White wine barrel and perhaps a bit of green grape character are introduced near the conclusion of the sip. A buttery note finishes the sip. While there is not an overabundance of peach, actually it is quite lost, I do get more of a fermented peach skin.

Overall, this is a unique beer. I have tried all of the sister beers in the past, but I didn’t formally review them. I am re-trying them now that they are in the smaller format and more easily accessible on tap. From my memory a few years ago, this was my favorite variant. Years ago, I hated sours, now I love them. Perhaps, I enjoyed the beer most, as it is the least sour. Regardless, I am glad I re-reviewed this beer. I am not impressed, especially at the price point. Strange combination of flavors that don’t meld all that well. The beer needs more tartness and more peach character. I see it pairing well with a pan seared trout with grapefruit salad and roasted green beans. It gets a 81/100.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of apeschel
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 987 ratings