Gillian | 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): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gillian - Saison with Strawberry, Honey, and White Pepper

Alias of Scully: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1549/61122

Added by Jason on 08-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
718
Reviews:
87
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
214
For Trade:
32
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Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike_in_NH
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 in a stemed tulip. Crisp, clean, attractive with an oddly addictive funk. Most addiction will cost you and this will too but it's worth it!

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Photo of Gus_13
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden in color with a white head full of tiny bubbles. Decent retention but did fade as I drank the glass.

Flavor is tart with a touch of strawberry character and a hint of the pepper. White pepper has a distinct flavor and you definitely pick up some hints of it.

This beer does not drink like 9.5% and could be very dangerous. One of the few beers I pick up every year from them other than Sophie. Not 100% sure it's worth the price of entry but it is a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765 ml bottle, 2016, poured into chalice

A- A fairly clear golden yellow with a small white head.

S- Tart strawberries, some honey, touch of peppercorns and funk, oak, brett, some wine

T- Tart strawberries, brett, some peppercorns, some barnyard funk, some oak, touch of honey.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid strawberry sour, worth trying.

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Photo of sjrider
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gehille
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dustin22martin
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbgratz
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattboyer182
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Gillian
750mL bottle into a tulip
2016 vintage


A: Pouts a golden color, very hazy nearly opaque, small bright white head builds and dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing. 4

S: Aroma is quite fruity with tons of strawberry notes, prominent funk with burnt plastic and a pungent barnyard character. Its tart and sweet, a bit oaky, very subtle peppery spice. There is a ton going on on the nose here, its very nice. 4.5

T: Taste is super tart, in a good way. It has a puckering sourness, which is great. Its fairly funky as well. Lots of oak. Some citrus notes. Not much fruit at all, subtle strawberry. Faint vinegary wine notes, but overall vinous characters are mild. Exceptional. 4.75

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation is very high but appropriate, ABV which is high for the style is remarkably well masked and drinkability is excellent. 4.75

O: Overall this is a terrific beer. The high price tag makes it a rare treat, but it's worth it. 4.5

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bouncepass
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What fun, nose hits all the ingredients promised, honeyed strawberry shortcake with a light bit of pepper. Palate follows suit, sweet, strawberries unmistakable, maybe a light Brett bitterness in the finish. Don't overthink this one - it's just good, fun indulgence.

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Photo of mush
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz draft pour into a snifter shows a hazy gold body with a slight ring of bubbles and lacing.
Aroma is strawberry/banana and a touch of sour.
Flavors include the above.
Clean feel and dry finish.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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