Halia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Formerly known as Mae.

Added by sidetracked on 04-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
942
Reviews:
149
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
220
For Trade:
26
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Photo of Prost76
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramerican
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 10Crumra
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nat1975
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraFlight
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear straw with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like tart white wine vinegar, with some funky oak and sour apple and a hint of sweet peach.
T: It tasted like tart vinegar and metallic minerals, with some sour apple and funky oak and unripe apricot. It had a clean, lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very carbonated like champagne. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a nice sour, but the scent and taste didn't have as much peach or complexity as I hoped. The body was fitting, but the finish was a little harsh, so it was better to sip. A fine brew, but not top tier for the style, and ultimately forgettable.

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

Pours an effervescent & slightly chill-hazed gold and a finger of pearl colored head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Grassyness & pears; A little must & funk as this warms, white grapes & green melon

T: Follows the nose, some golden delicious apple & tart peach up front. Tartness & sourness mix with peach & pear & a little lemon as this warms. Finishes tart with lemon & peach & little vinegar acidity late with pineapple saving the day!

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

Good offering, not too extreme, except the price, well worth a go though...

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Photo of Bammer21
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler pours a mostly clear gold color with a fair cap of white head, decent retention and a smattering of lace.

Rubbery brett, green grapes, Smartees candy and a nice sourness. Smells very good.

Taste is excellent as well. The white wine really shines and the peaches are a nice complement, though I dont think I would be able to pick them out blind. Sour level is about 6.5, maybe 7/10 The brett leave a bit of an odd finish that is a little distracting, but a minor complaint. Id drink this again for sure, but dont think Id want to drop 20+ bucks on a bottle.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aisha
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RDW
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gilgar
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmf5581
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azpittil57
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden straw color, very thin ring of foam lace at the crown with a persistent champagne carbonation. Aroma has the typical GI "sisters" lacto-yeast funk uptop, with undernotes of grape must & oak. I was dissapointed with lack of discernible peach considering that's one of the main ingredients.

You can pick that note up a little better on the tongue, but it is still rather faint. Lots of tart yeast upfront, with more of the oak / wine flavors with that dabble of peach & dry champagne yeast. The tart fades quickly & it finishes semi-dry, which I prefer versus some enamel destroying sour bombardment. It does it's just and doesnt overstay its welcome (unlike in Lolita). The supporting flavors aren't mind-blowing but it melds nicely & is a very drinkable, refreshing sour. It has a vigorous carbonation & tongue tingling throughout.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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