Gillian
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #195
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,063
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.41%
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
823
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 27, 2023
Added:
Aug 17, 2010
Wants:
  92
Gots:
  220
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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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 bottle.

A - Poured out a dark orange body, with red highlights, minimal white head in the pour quickly fades to nothing, and no lacing at all.

S - Slightly funky fruit, the strawberry definitely present, with a spicy note, and a pungent acidic bite on the nose.

T - Fruit open, a hint of earthiness, followed quickly by moderate acidity over the middle, and a grassy, farm funkiness along with a resurgent strawberry element in the finish.

M - Prickly carbonation, fairly light body, and a quick fade on the close.

O - This is a wild child, certainly, but with farm and earth that couples nicely with the fruitiness and drinkability you might hope for from the description. For as big as it is, this is complex, subtle, and satisfying.
Jul 27, 2023
 
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
Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 823 ratings