Halia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
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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 StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

easily one of goose islands best, halia is a wild belgian saison type aged in wine barrels with peaches. im guessing chardonnay barrels here, the acid is right on for that, as is the body infused into an otherwise rather light wheat based brew. great color, hazy burnt yellow color, shining bright brass when i hold it west towards a setting sun, crowned by just less than an inch of frosty white lace. the nose is peachy, awesomely so. a million peach beers taste fake or no fruit at all, this is right on, juicy and ripe, and the effervescent carbonation tickles my nose, a welcomed addition and improvement over some others in this series, wine tannins are there, white for sure, and the saison yeast and brett complex is remarkably more tart than anticipated. the flavor too has a great tartness to it, low on acid, but high in pucker. the peaches stay strong from the nose to the flavor too, especially in the finish when their sweetness and softness is front and center. wine barrel character is enormous, sharp but also mellow from the oak, a nice dichotomy of textures. finally, the proportionality of it all is what impresses me the most. not too much peach, not too little. dead on between wild ale yeast and saison or belgian yeast. not too much barrel, but certainly prominent time in them. a great balanced and interesting beer, that seems perfect for the first real warm night of the season. maybe overpriced, but i like this a whole lot, and appreciate the extra 15ml in these bottles, that last sip really is sweet!

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness from the brett are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off sour but also has notes of whitesome hints of peaches.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be saison that is easy to drink and has lots of interesting complexities, neither of which are too strong.

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with a thin aired head.
Light aroma, peaches just shows up randomly when it warms up. Notes of funky lemony sourness.
Flavor of white wine, pear, green apples, lemon, funky yeast and just a bit of white pepper. Again no peaches. Barrel aging is quite subtle. Very dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
Good beer even though I was expecting more peaches. In my mind I was singing: I am going to the country and eat a lot of peaches...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Luckily for my poor ass, VDubb's brother was willing to share this bottle with us. Good man. It pours a partly-hazy gold topped by over a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises white grape must, mildly-funky citrus, cracked wheat, light Belgian yeast, and a touch of black pepper deep in the background. The taste basically mirrors the smell, though with more funk, mostly growing on some faded fruit that they tell me is a "peach". Sure, whatever you say, he says, nodding condescendingly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, there isn't enough flavor (especially in the peach department) here to warrant the price tag. In the end, it comes across as a week, lightly Brett-ed, lightly fruited saison. Not a bad beer, but a thoroughly disappointing one.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful yellow/ golden body with a pure white head that settles down,displaying nice lacing.
Smells funky of old furniture and some perfume. Slight white wine grape scent.
Tastes refreshing but is quite tart, and the flavors pick up on the farmhouse funk from the nose, but in a sour fashion with white wine grape and lemon being the fruit presence. Old leather antiques, but this is not harsh. It is well- rounded in its own right. Crisp, medium bodied and with a bite at the end that juggles sour with sharper perfume. Interesting. I love farmhouse ales/ saisons. While I'm not sure why it was about $20.00 for this bottle (very limited?), it is quite good.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pricey offering from GI for sure but one I wanted to try along with Lolita...

Its 80 here today and I need something refreshing...

Aromas of funk and wood...a little Brett... tinges of peach here and there but mostly citrus notes... smells rather intriguing...

Burst of peach sweetness mingled with a dry sourness and some of the funkiness of the Brett... dead dry on the finish and im guessing that's the Brett... not overly sour which im glad of... farmhouse ale would describe this one quite accurately for sure...

A little funky, a little sour, some sweetness from the peaches... a nice blend here for sure...

The $ is a little too steep for a regular purchase and while this is a good, im not sure it warrants the $27 I laid down for it... might be worth picking up a bottle to age though....

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Photo of dapperslapper
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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 deadonhisfeet
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 batch poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is clear, golden in color, and sports two fingers of snow white head. Pretty good retention and decent lacing for such a sour beer. The nose is all vinegar, sour apples, dry white wine, and a slight trace of barnyard funk. No peaches.

Light body and firm feel. The beer has a mild sour flavor and nice fruity backbone and a dry finish. Up front, I get a crisp, soda-cracker wheatiness along with sour notes of lemon zest and apple cider. The sourness is not at all overwhelming. Rather, it accompanies the graininess and allows the peaches and brett to contribute a few of their attributes to the overall flavor. On the back of the palate, the beer dries out considerably and leaves you with rough metallic tannins on your palate. Very refreshing.

I bought this bottle several months ago and put it aside until springtime. I am definitely digging this beer from Goose Island. It's not a sour bomb at all, Instead, it is quite gentle and agreeable. The flavor is a bit on the light side and I feel it could use more fruit (especially peaches), but nonetheless an excellent offering. Unfortunately, the price makes it unlikely I shall revisit this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle into tulip, bottled on 8/12/2013. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart peach, pineapple, lemon, pear, apple, white wine, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of peach, yeast, brett, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of tart peach, pineapple, lemon, pear, apple, white wine, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart peach, pineapple, lemon, pear, apple, white wine, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of tart peach, yeast, brett, and moderate malt flavors; with a great fruity/spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome brett fruited saison. All around great complexity and balance of peach, yeast, brett, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/9/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, peach, funk, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour peach, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, but I am not getting any barrel aged characteristics other than wood.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy golden with a good-sized white head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Very nice smell. Light fruits, peach, a notable Brett scent, suggesting some tartness. Yeast and a malty scent.

Taste is nice, but not on the level of the nose. The peaches come through even more strongly and are really the centrepiece of the beer. The Brett provides a bit of a dryness, but there is only a minimal tartness. Other fruit flavours are present, including a bit of apple. The fruit flavours, combined with the effervescent body, are reminiscent of champagne.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated but not in an irritating way. Dryer than expected given all the fruit sweetness.

Overall, good. The nose is the standout and had me expecting a truly first rate beer. Instead, it is just a very good beer. Still quite happy to drink it - but it is not worth the high price tag.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Islands' Halia, saison aged in wine barrels with peaches. Supposedly, lots of peaches. 7.5%.

A: A little over half a finger of head. Hazy yellow. Bright towards outsides, deeper and duller towards the center.

S: Definitely more peach aroma than a peach wheat beer would have. Fruit fades quickly, leaving behind peach skin and pit notes. Some acidity

T/MF: Very crisp and cool. Almost champagne-like sparkle. Peach is light, leaning more towards skin and pit. Very dry, but it seems to work better for this beer than it might a wheat. Pit bitterness in the background.

This seems like a step up for wheat beer fans, but not nearly worth the $22 price tag, to me. I blame AB for that...

Poured from a 765mL(?!) bottle, into Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow gold with coarse, rapidly settling head. Thin lacing. Aroma is tart, lactic, quite funky, oaky, barnyard. Flavor is acidic, mildly tart, fruity, peach, apricot, with a buttery, oak finish. Citrus, fruity, moderate oak aftertaste. Vinous and mildly herbal. Soft to moderate carbonation, light body. An oaky, buttery, moderately vinous sour. Quite good.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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 mwilbur
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
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 snaotheus
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765ml bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Fridge temp, maybe 40 F. Bottled on: 1518 06 Aug 13. Some sediment left in the bottle, some poured into the snifters.

Pours cloudy, yellow, with a very creamy looking head. Unbelievable retention. Lots of very fine carbonation. Smell is vegetable, maybe unripe peaches. Something dank, perhaps. Maybe something peppery.

Taste is sour, fruity. Vague. I can't pick much out, but there's something tasty about this. I think I get a lot of the peach from the flavor. In fact, a lot from the aftertaste, it's peaches and cream, or maybe creamsicle/orange creamy flavor. Very interesting, and quite nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but dry. I like this.

My wife, on the other hand, is not a fan. And she loves sours.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours clear, slightly hazy straw color with a small fizzy white head with short retention

S- lots of yeasty funk up front, some raw doughy bread notes, subtle peach, hay, earthy notes, oak and white wine

T- the peach is more noticeable on the palate with some nice funky yeast mixed in. White wine flavors mesh in around mid-palate with traditional saison flavors. The close brings grapefruit and peach gummy rings

M- medium body with low carbonation, nearly flat mouthfeel and slick finish

O- Just enough funky Brett, but still lets the traditional saison flavors come through

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Photo of Beerlover
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Second beer I've had of the sister series from goose island. Hazy golden yellow with a ton of bubbles, looks like champagne, a half inch slowly dissipating white foamy head. Smells very funky/yeasty, with some mild peachy fruit aromas. Taste is very tart! Pretty good if you like sours but very rich, the peach is there but kind of hidden, was hoping for more peachiness. Good beer from a great brewery but for the price I don't think i'll try this one again. If you can split the cost one this one with one or two other people then it would be well worth it considering it's just too tart to take on one your own.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle grabbed during the holidays and poured for the Super Bowl. Pours a very light yellow color with big white frothy head. Aroma is lots of sour vinegar and hearty sweet peaches in the background. Flavor is smooth and sweet peaches, very light touched here, behind big sour vinegar flavors and bretty funk and plenty of dry bite at the end. The mouthfeel is light and nearly spritzy, lots of carbonation bite, but very easy drinking. A nice light sour beer that goes nicely in the family of ladies. Enjoyed this more than Gillian by a good margin.

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Photo of ikantspel
2.52/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a duvel tulip
Bottled on 8.9.13

Pours a lager golden color with a small white head, small but thick lacing on the glass

Barnyard funk, apples, cranberries, dry wood

Starts off very tart, mellows into grapes, peach, and banana

Kinda was expecting more for they style, not sure it represents it right

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Photo of mverity
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale and hazy straw color. It has an aggressive tall white head that quickly subsides leaving behind some spotty lacing.

The Brett smells tart and funky. There's a light whiff of peaches and white grapes.

The peaches, wine barrels, and Brett meld together nicely. White sweet tarts and vinous.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Tart. Light body with effervescent carbonation.

I really dig this beer. It's not a great representation of a saison to style but it really showcases the Brett and fruity qualities.

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Photo of macher0
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pale golden and effervescent beer beneath a fluffy sea-foam white head; lacing sheets and streaks galore

S: white wine and dry oak, stale air and wet grassy fields; hints of sweeter orchard fruit

T: juicy pale fruit and hints of funky brett; wine barrel oak and pinot grigio; floral with bright herbs

M: medium bodied and fuzzy, but crisp and tart; yeastiness pronounced on finish, accompanied by a slight drying

O: an excellent ale - peaches added a nice, understated fruitiness, the wild yeast was balanced and kept things earthy and tacky; elevation of ale via wine barrel aging on-point. Recommended.

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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
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