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Gillian | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.16/5
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738 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,544
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
738
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
214
Trade:
31
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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of leantom
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Kmkapalka
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. It was very sour.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 epyon396
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rated to the saison style.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheOakKing
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krl2112
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neurobate
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a strawberry beer, this was very nice

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Photo of paleoplant
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwalters
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike_in_NH
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +1.2%
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 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 738 ratings
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