Halia | Goose Island Beer Co.

HaliaHalia
BA SCORE
4.15/5
951 Ratings
HaliaHalia
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
Ranking:
#1,562
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
951
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
227
Trade:
26
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 951 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Aisha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RDW
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gilgar
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmf5581
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azpittil57
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxPowers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

First had poured from 25.87-oz. bomber, label stamped bottled on "02FEB16," into tulip. This newly-released Halia, fermented with peaches in wine barrels, drinks somewhat like an excellent dry Vermont cider. It will be interesting to see if cellaring adds complexity.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Ristaccia
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmamay22
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow. White fizzy cap fades fairly quickly to a thin collar. Strong scent of lactic acid. Clean lactic acid. No acetic or other off scents. Mildly fruity with a touch of vanilla. Some mild rustic notes possibly from Brett.

The flavor has a fairly assertive lactic acid that creates a puckering and warming sensation. Again, clean acid profile. Lemon pith and orchard fruit with a mildly sweet honey and vanilla tone. Finishes dry with more lactic acid. Lingering hint of strawberries, but it's subtle. Mouthfeel is light with effervescent carbonation. Acidity provides a warming impression.

Overall enjoyable, but a little heavy on the acid. The acidity may be dominating some of the more complex tones of the oak, fruit and brett.

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

Photo of Redsunsx01x
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

On tap at Barrel Republic Pacific Beach on 07/29/16.

Light texture and tart with nice peach accents.

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Photo of runeatdrink
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hardy008
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale gold with a two finger white head which fades quickly, leaving a small collar of foam. The aroma has tart peaches, Brett, oak, and tannin's.

Tastes like it smells. More tart than sweet, but not overly tart. Does not have as much of the peppery taste or funk as some of the best Saisons. The tart peaches overpower everything else. Neutral wine barrels were used, and it shows. There is not the taste of any one specific type of wine.

Medium bodied with higher than average carbonation. A good, but not great Saison.

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

Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 951 ratings
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