Gillian
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #117
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,110
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
797
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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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
Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 797 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage bottled Feb. 2016 and poured a spot over two years later. Pours hazy golden-amber with a tall fluffy head that falls quick and leaves some spotty lacing. Nose is big and complex. Smell that acidity and the fruity/floral aspect right off the bat, with some funky tones to it too. Taste is first sour, then sweet, then dries out nicely, but the more nuanced flavors come almost in waves. You get classic saison, then sour, then floral honey, then strawberries, then the pepper really comes through, and that kinda complexity is really enjoyable. Feel is average for the style. Smooth carb, medium body, good stuff. Overall, good stuff through and through. Wish I’d had a fresh bottle for comparison, but maybe age brought out some complexity, not to mention it had sat on the shelf so long, I got to buy it at cost, and there is no way I’d have shelled out 25 dollars for AB/InBev product. All in all, if you can get this at a decent price, I’d highly recommend.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a medium size white head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart and acidic notes with some light fruity notes. Taste is also a mix of tart and acidic notes with light vinous feel with some subtle fruity undertones. Body is somewhat fuller than average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but unfortunately acidic notes are overwhelming and limits the flavours profile.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/2/18: 765 ML Bottled 3/29/15, multiple pours into Goose Island Chalice. Murky golden pour, heavy carbonation, thin white lacing. Very sweet aroma, strawberry, cherry, very tart. Very dry finish, taste strawberry and cherry. Thin texture, carbonation holds, easy drinking. Overall very good offering.

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Photo of Buck89
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source. A slightly hazy golden amber color with a small off white head. Killer aroma on this one: Oak, red wine, berries, and a faint funky aspect. The taste followed with all of the above. Really impressed with the wine barrel aspect. Dry finish with a bit of heat. Very interesting and fun beer.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a lovely rose tinted, hazy straw-amber. Has a white head and acceptable retention when poured vigorously.

S) The nose is loaded with ascetic funk, sharp and tart acidity, wild strawberry, deep black cherry, and slight notes of chasis. It is absolutely lovely and the acidity tingles the nose.

T) Everything in the nose is on the tongue, with a very dry finish, and a bit of the white pepper spice. It is absolutely lovely.

F) Has a creamy mouthfeel for the style, decent body, high carbonation. No complaints.

O) I'm actually really surprised with how solid this brew is. Paired with a fromage d'affinois, was a lovely experience.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste: tart, sour, funky fermented strawberries, wine barrel notes, acidic, wild yeast. Big fruity, woody, boozy nose. Golden/honey hue, mostly unfiltered, with white foam head and delicate lace. Full body. Vinegar sour mouthfeel was a bit much for my palette.

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Photo of Ri0
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into short stemmed wine glass. Color is hazy, deep gold with a fizzy 2 finger white head that quickly fades away. Aroma is fruity with strawberries, apricot and pear juice. There is some light yeast and funk. Flavor is sweet and tart with the strawberries and honey. Finishes with some wet hay, yeast funk, and hints of spice from the pepper. Feel is very light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. Enjoyable and flavorful Saison.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is really fruity with strawberry, citrus notes and yeast funk. Taste is tart, fruity, funky with farmhouse cellar notes. Medium body and carbonation. Quite well integrated ABV.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, but still sparkling, with an apricot-orange hue. No head.

Smell is apricot, strawberry, orange and peach with a little oaky funk.

Taste is quite sharply sour, but also balanced by funky brett, which is bringing horse blanket, hay and that funky strawberry that seems to emerge in these sorts of beers. However, it's not as funky as some of the other wild strawberry beers I've had, like Jester King's or Cascade's--this is a bit more well-made.

Body is medium, crisp and highly carbonated, closing in on champagne levels, with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of leantom
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. A little artificial and spritzy - but still good. Here goes:

A: Very spritzy. That is, the head quickly deteriorates, leaving no lacing. However, the body is a beautiful, cloudy orange-yellow. It looks very nice when held up to a light.

S: Lots of apricot and strawberries - a very fruity concoction, judging by the smell. Though simple, it's rather lovely.

T: On top of the apricot and strawberries - which dominate - there's also pear and sour lemon. In general, the sourness is very lip-puckering. I like it a lot, but it's not for everyone. In general, this is a fruity drink fit for a warm summer day.

F: Light and spritzy.

O: A good brew. Very novel and interesting, at least to me.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2013

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light golden orange topped by a finger of dense white head that fades quickly leaving no trace
S: Smells of barnyard, horseblanket, strawberries and some hints of pepper
T: Taste is juicy strawberries up front with a huge dose of horseblanket, band aids and barnyard along with some peppery notes. Honey sweetness as well at times. Slight tartness but definitely not sour. Swallow is more peppery notes, strawberries, band aids, and horse blanket.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick mothfeel. Carbonation is nice and effervescent and the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is one very nice saison. Great flavors and complexity but i feel like the base beer is hidden. The yeasty farmhouse notes have taken over. The adjuncts are still there as well. Maybe this tastes different when fresh but I can't complain with how it tastes at four years old.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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 larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 zac16125
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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 GrumpyGas
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 22nd 2016.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a small and quickly receding head of foam.

Smells like wine infused with Brett. Strong Brett.

Brett and tartness rule with some honey like sweetness interspersed throughout. Tasty.

Very lively carbonation.

A very good sister.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Added from previous notes from the first release:

T: Tart, sweet strawberry, earthy funk, plastic/rubber, honey, peppercorn, champagne, too expensive to get often

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Photo of donspublic
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a shaker pint (yeah full 16 for $7 love Kroger) 1/2 finger head recedes rather quick to a pool. Pale golden in the glass, nor far from being clear. Smells of lactic, peaches. Taste initially of muted peach, somewhat tropical. This is a beautiful beer, great mouthfeel, carbonation, the works. Not much Belgian esters but that is ok.

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

Golden color (or maybe a shade darker than that). Stonefruit and bright strawberry notes in the smell. A great (high) level of sourness in the taste. Some vineousness. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Very good.

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