Gillian
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #201
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,075
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.41%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
695
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 25, 2022
Added:
Aug 17, 2010
Wants:
  92
Gots:
  220
SCORE
93
Outstanding
GillianGillian
Notes: Formerly Scully

White Pepper Strawberry Saison
After a free rise fermentation with our Saison yeast strain, we add crushed white pepper, mashed fresh Michigan strawberries and Local Farmer's market honey to create a dry, drinkable yet complex Saison variation.

Named in honor of Gillian Anderson who worked at Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago, IL while a student at DePaul University.

25 IBU
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Rated: 3.79 by EMH73 from New York

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle, 2017 vintage, into a chalice. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with no head but lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Floral and fruity aroma (lime, lemon, strawberry, cranberry, apple). Taste mostly follows, strawberry, some honey sweetness, just a bit of wild funk to give it some depth but keep it very drinkable. Medium-light bodied, very crisp and carbonated.
Dec 24, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Found a four pack of this beer recently at grocery store in New Mexico. Poured into a tulip glass. Fairly clear golden yellow color with brief effervescent head and little lacing. Honey sweet smell and taste with lime, lemon, grass and some funk. Sneaky beer with high ABV but very easy to drink. Slightly tart finish. Really enjoying the four pack.
Oct 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.32 by Brob245 from Missouri

Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by Dfeinman1 from Florida

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. Bottle dated Feb. 21, 2017.

Quick pour resulted in 5 mm fine white head which quickly dissipated. No lacing. Hazy orange amber. Light sediment.
Wonderful strawberry, light floral, and brett scents.
Prominent strawberry, along with Brett, honey, light pepper zing.
Light, bright feel, dry finish. No heat from the ABV.
Refreshing saison, great for warm weather sipping.
Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by LennyBound from Illinois

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Goose Island Beer Co. "2017 Gillian"
$6 / 5 oz. @ Goose Island Brewhouse Philadelphia on 06/02/18

Notes: Slightly hazy. Deep golden beneath a bright white head. Sweetish, fruity, floral aroma. Some strawberry actually comes through. Sweetish to sweet in the taste. Golden malt. Not that funky. Moderate to median bitterness balances it. Mild oaky dryness in the finish with some sweetish malt and strawberry lingering. Medium to medium-light in body. Gently crisp.
Feb 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.64 by Vylo from New Jersey

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by caffeinelogic from New York

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.36 by ChicagoShakeAndBake26 from Illinois

Dec 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.55 by henrikb from Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by brendanbeer from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is another great option in the wild ale line from Goose Island. I'm having the 2018 vintage. It's a beautiful color with a light fizzy head. Up front is the white pepper, which provides a good bright kick and a little bitterness which surprisingly compliments the fade into strawberries. Fresh strawberries is the dominant mid-palate taste, which isn't overly sweet, and balanced by a lot of carbonation. The ending note is honey, not thick, or strong, just subtly sweet and a nice way to finish a bright and exciting ride of flavor. This is probably my favorite wild ale from them so far, along with the raspberry one. There's a pleasant bitterness that lingers with the strawberries which lends some complexity to the bubbly treat.
Thanks and cheers!
Jul 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.47 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jun 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Large capped bottle, 765 ml. "bottled on 15FEB16" "Develops in the bottle over 5 years"

Pours hazed, lighter amber, with a soft orange hue. Lifts a lasting khaki cap. slowly fading to a thicker film and leaving slippery strands and bits of lacing.

Faint floral, sweet and perfume notes on the nose.

Simply over the top delicious offering, deeply flavorful, complex and highly enjoyable. Notes of yeasty funk, earthiness, crisp and tart lime, fruity berries. Super yeasty and nutty final pour.

Thank you to the bottle shop for aging this one nicely for over 4 years for customers like me...drinking great and well worth the $8.99 (!) it was marked down to.
May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has a strawberry, honey and Brett hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a well balanced strawberry, honey and Brett sour flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Saison
Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle. Bottling date marked on label as '21FEB17'.
Cloudy, deep gold colored body. Minimal fizzy head dissipates rather quickly. No lacing. Active surface.
Aroma of yeast funk and strawberry. Overall has a sweet smell.
Taste has lots of funk, mixing in leather, rubber eraser, and horse blanket. There is a sweetness from the honey and a fruitiness from the strawberry. The funk wins out in the end. The end is dry, with pepper.
Medium mouth feel. Excellent carbonation which bubbles in the mouth.
Interesting concoction of a saison with honey and berry.
Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a murky, but semi clear golden color. 3 finger white foamy head. The retention isn't the best, and it forms a nice fomay ring around the glass.
The nose hit me as I opened the bottle, and looking at it from a distance. It's wild and quite funky smelling. Up close it is like a sweet, but yet, wild and funky. Very pleasing.
The taste is kinda sweet. I was expecting more wild and funky based on the nose. It is, but more sweet that I was expecting. There's a lot more going on with this beer than I can accurately describe.
Bubbly, and champagne feeling. It's a 9% beer, but not feeling like it.
Wild and funky ale. Damn tasty, and recommended.
Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Strawberry, pepper, and honey permeate this barrel aged beer. It’s a bit sweet and also has some good complexity. Effervescent with a golden color to it.
Sep 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Sep 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by dansmcd from Australia

Aug 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Aug 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.62 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Jun 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Had this on 2019-06-21 in Columbia, PA from a 750ml 2016 bottle.


Pale orange with little head. Belgian yeast, strawberry, light wine barrel and touch of white pepper. Light body and effervescent.Very dry. No way to tell it is 9.5% ABV. Enjoyed it.
Jun 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.82 by RollDamnTide from Florida

May 26, 2019
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle bottled in February of 2017

Appearance - dark golden amber color with white head

Smell - apple cider, pear, strawberry , white wine, vinegar

Taste - Cider like, apple, pear, strawberry, lime, white wine, vinegar

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, tartness upfront, wine and cider qualities in the middle, moderately sour on the finish, dry finish

Overall - decent wild ale here, would be great on a hot summer's day

Price Point - $2.50/12 oz single
Apr 08, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 9/12/13; drank 8/16/14 @ the Palace.

Murky mango hue.

Fizzy white head which quickly dissipates; no lace.

Funk, strawberry & mango nose. Nice!

Medium mouthfeel.

Strawberry, mango & mild pepper heat up front; a dry soda/champagne finish. Unique & effervescent.
Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 21 Feb 2017, so just over 2 years of bottle age.

The bright clear golden amber colored beer is poured gently out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that begins to visibly recede to a cap and then a ring and an irregular island of foam while leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some scattered small patches of foam, most of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some light tartness along with some strawberry and some light floral character up front. In the background there’s a touch of barnyard funk and some light white pepper notes.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some light but definite strawberry tartness blending well with some sweetness from the malt. The other flavors include some floral notes, a bit of funk and some white pepper, but no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and lightly prickly with the moderate persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness, the floral, the strawberry and most of the tartness recede to leave the long dry finish showing some light tartness, a bit of funk and some white pepper notes.

Overall the aromas/flavors are fairly complex and enjoyable in that none of them dominate the others and each shows in its own way. I’ve enjoyed drinking this unusual beer and I’m glad there is another resting quietly in the fridge.
Mar 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by stephenlee from England

Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 06, 2019
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 822 ratings