Gillian | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by thetomG on 08-17-2010

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3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: this is a review of Gillian; just posting here to keep them all together. Feel free to flag and have it moved; I don't care.

On tap in a Goose Island chalice at Bodega on 10/7/11

Clear, pale golden color. Poured no head, save a pinstripe ring of retention. Meh.

Clean, juicy strawberry aroma with a touch of subtle sweetness. Ghost note of grass. Pepper tones are absent at first, emerging over time. Blends nicely. Strawberry doesn't taste as strong, which is a good thing as it doesn't translate nearly as well. A bit fake with a metallic nip. Grassier with a dry floral hint. Herbal spices throughout. Pepper picks up on the finish. Lighter body. Crisp feel with ample carbonation. Though not super boozy the abv is too high for the feel. Slick and warming. Fruity esters as it warms.

Overall impression - ok, but it's all downhill from the aroma.

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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Odd beer. Advertises itself as a "Belgian farmhouse," which I take to be a saison. It is not. It is closer to a lambic. Sour taste, artificial strawberry sweet, very little carbonation for a saison. Loses its head immediately after poor. No funk, ABV too high. Color nice, tho. I'll not buy again.

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3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow with gold and orange highlights. A very acidic fizzy carbontion, somewhat boring but very to style.

There's a lot of citrus aromas. Strawberry dominates but the citric notes bring out hints of orange, pineapple, and passion fruit.

I'm not a big fan of strawberry, but thankfully the mix of light pepper, strong acidic notes, and a relatively minimalist malt bill keeps this pretty exciting.

Sour yet carbonated well enough to keep it interest. The 9.5% is very hard to notice.

Two major flaws with this beer. The price is high. The bottle is annoyingly large. I hope this is a beer that's WELL distributed otherwise opening this means 10 others aren't going to get it, really who makes a damn 765 ml sour? Put it in an 11.2 oz bottle or something!

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3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev -18%
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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3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on April 27th, 2015 from a bottle dated "12SEP13", so it has aged in my beer fridge for 17 months. Poured into a snooty Teku glass.

Beer is a clear rich medium golden with plenty of active carbonation. Smallish white head dissipates rapidly. Lots of cloudy yeast when you get close to the the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is mainly pepper with a dash of white wine character. Too much pepper.

Flavor is likewise dominated by pepper, though there is also peach and white grape. Moderately tart without crossing the threshold into actual sourness. No/low bitterness. Fairly simple flavor profile. Slightly warming after a few sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little spritzy. Tingly if held on the tongue for a few moments.

Overall, this is a unique and interesting beer that suffers from too much pepper flavor. I paid $31.99 for this bottle when new, and that was certainly too much. Won't be buying this again.

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Gillian from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 769 ratings