Halia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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.

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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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Halia from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 983 ratings