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.

Formerly known as Mae.

Added by sidetracked on 04-24-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle (1 pint 9.87 fl oz), with bottled on date August 12, 2013 printed on the back label. An interesting and hard to find beer from Goose Island Beer Co. Both stores in my area with this beer sold out within hours. "Ale aged in wine barrels with peaches". "Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years". Well tragically, this particular bottle will never live to see it's developments.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a light murky golden yellow colored body with three fingers of fluffy lively white foam. Some bubbles rushing topside. Looks very nice indeed.

S - Mmm, the smell is very nice and complex. Fruity yeast-derived pineapple, some white grapes from the wine barrel, peaches, apple juice, crisp wheat and malt presence, some soft leathery smell, some pond water, and I think I might even be experiencing what some would describe as "horseblanket".

T - Ah yes, the first sip brings a bit of a sour pucker, but after that it begins to mellow out a bit. Crisp champagne like yeast qualities, some white grape, apple juice, pear, funky yeast, and a hint of wheat. Lightly tart and citric, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Lighly tart and a bit dry on the finish.

Overall, a decent enough beer, but I was hoping for more sour, and this is definitely not worth $30 a bottle. Very good, and highly drinkable, but for thirty dollars I was expecting a bit more amazement. Recommended; I would undoubtedly drink this again if it were not for the price tag.

Goose Island Halia ---4/5.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Micro Brew Review in Oak Park. Pours a hazy gold with pillowy white head and heavy lace present. The aroma is peach forward with ripe peach flesh paired with moderately acidic notes and a bit of oak. A small amount of tart cherry Taste features an initial tartness which is followed up by juicy notes of peach. The fruit juice quality picks up intensity towards the finish and has a clean mildly tart finish. The peppery notes that typically give saisons that spicy bite is present, but very mild. A very small hint of farmhouse yeast character is present, but is mainly overshadowed by the peach which I appreciate in this instance. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A terrific offering by Goose Island and a very refreshing and moderately sour saison. Certainly worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015: 4.25 Draft version is awesome. Oaky vanilla, ripe peaches, moderate sourness. Don't age this.

2013 vintage:
Revisiting this one, found a place selling it for $18 and remembered I liked it.
Bottled Aug 6, 2013, so almost a year old at this point.

Looks and smells the same as the 2012 test batch described below. Not a hugely fruity nose or taste, but it's definitely a sour peach wild ale, not at all muddled, the peach still comes through. After almost a year in the bottle though it seems to have thinned out and attenuated a bit, very dry and very carbonated. Flavor still has plenty of peachy acid and peach pit tannins. Still quite good, but not really worth the high price tag.

appearance 4, smell 4.50, taste 4, mouthfeel 4, overall 4.50

Unlabeled, purple-waxed 22 oz. bottle, huge thanks to Dave & company for sharing this on the brewdeck at Fulton. Second time trying this, first time taking any notes on it.

Pours a lightly hazed gold, with rapidly streaming carbonation. Frothy white foam laces a little bit around the edges into a spotty sea foam pattern. Plenty of carbonation visible through the side of the glass.

Softly funky aroma of wild yeast, reminds me of Upland lambics right away. Lacto and mild Brett, minerals and damp hay, some soft peach fruitiness bleeds through behind it.

Tart and crisp with zesty carbonation, it has a certain depth to it, and not just a one-note sour ale. Peach pit with bits of clinging flesh, wild yeast elements, light acidity. A touch more oak presence in here would be nice. Crisp with a pleasant dry finish that triggers the salivary glands. Light bodied and refreshing. It would be easy to finish a bottle solo, hope they release this eventually.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Alex, thanks! Snifter.

A: Transparent gold and bright with a finger of white foam. Nice color.

S: Pronounce fruity esters, reminiscent of apple, pear, and pineapple. Peaches are evident. I get some wheat and biscuit with brackish notes. Leather blends with oak. Tartness is light, and lactic notes are evident.

T: Lightly floral, with pronounced apple and pear. Peppery phenols are light. I get a little pineapple and a good amount of peach with oak and a little leather. The beer is light tart with a lower moderate lactic sourness.

M: Light in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A nice Saison/Wild Ale. It's more Saison than Wild Ale.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 978 ratings