Sofie Paradisi
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #77
Ranked #1,404
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: Sofie, as you have come to know and love her, is a saison brewed with orange peel and aged in wine barrels. Keep citrus in the family, Paradisi uses grapefruit. 60% ale aged in barrels with grapefruit, 40% ale.
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Photo of seedyone
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/05/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC, on tap. Grapefruit? Really? First impression tends in another direction. Lack of astringency for one. Taste is nice & refreshing & since I think grapefruit is way far away from the usual 'citrus' profile, I have to say this was a pleasant surprise. If it's hot outside, give this a have a friend. Ilinois??...really?

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some place called Teller's. $7.50 for a 10oz glass. Orange color, short head. Aroma is brett, citrus, actually pretty good. Flavor is very citrusy, hints of brett, not much as far as the wine barrel but maybe that is all represented in the fruitiness. Either way this was a good choice, maybe I need to revisit the regular Sofie.

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Photo of corby112
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with banana-like hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Good retention with steaks of soapy lace left behind.  Visible carbonation bubbling up as well.

Musty farmhouse aroma with earthy oak, zesty spice, banana bread, citrus rind and vinous light fruit.  Subtle dry oak/toothpick complimenting the earthy saison character.  Nice peppery spice presence with some coriander and clove in there.  Vinous light fruit notes with light grape and white raisin.  Sweet citrus pith with lemon peel/juice and grapefruit.  Was expecting more grapefruit in the nose but I'm pickin up more funk, wine and lemon.  

On the lower end of medium body with soft carbonation that's perfect for the style.  Mouthfeel is very nice and the flavors are complex yet nicely balanced.  Peppery spice up front with musty brett/farmhouse funk and a very strong citrus presence that lingers over the bread/yeast, light fruit and dry oak into a sweet, slightly dry finish.  Grapefruit is much stronger than in the nose and nicely compliments the vinous barrel and lighter fruits.  Nice white white presence with light grape and golden raisin but the barrel/oak is very faint.   Complex and very flavorful yet it's light and easy to drink.  ABV is invisible.  A lot of really nice flavors bouncing off of each other.  Each sip reveals something different and everything blend together very well.  The grapefruit juice/rind is a really nice addition to an already great beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/29/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, bananas, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong citrusy grapefruit flavor. Then some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and there’s a thin malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but the extra grapefruit over-powers the Saison qualities.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White head. Pale yellow gold in color.

Flavor is pretty much sofie with grapefruit. Orange peel and lemon zest. Coriander and spice. Brett and some funk. Not sour at all. Not acidic.

Mouthfeel: clean and smooth. Light bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a white wine flavor.

Overall, a really easy drinking beer. Lots of great flavors.

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Photo of mynie
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’ve complained before about how Sofie has gone downhill—it was livelier upon its initial, limited release, with bigger nodes of brett and a grassier finish. When it got a wider release it was like a super fizzy witbier with mild brett nodes. The draft version is especially tame, because apparently I prefer my saisons to be a little musty and light-struck.

But here they add grapefruit and angel sputum and the result is just boffo. A crisp, dry, and excessively unflawed (that is, excessively bland) saison is complicated up juuust enough to make it one of the year’s best beers.

Sofie is an excellent “blank pallet” beer, like Huna or Prairie’s Noir. Only instead of having to amp it up by mixing peppers and chocolate and other sorts of unholy flavor combinations that before the advent of those Japanese “Doritos Twist” bags were unfathomable. But, jeez louise guys, do we really want to get to Doritos-level stupid with our beer flavor combinations? Doesn’t it make more sense to stop fruit and bacteria?

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Photo of rodlavers
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this one for some time now, popped into Kelly's Pub in Chicago with a special feeling it might be my day. Well, it was/is.

Served on tap, into a snifter. Light, half-finger white head, dissipates quickly. Clear light orange/yellow, like apple juice. Looks like a slightly darker champagne.

Smells like apple and very light grapefruit. Increases the wine aspect of this beer.

Taste is similar. Classic Sofie, with a twist of grapefruit and light apple. Perhaps a hint of nuttiness in there as well.

Feels smooth and dry. Drinkable.

Overall very impressive. Glad I tried it, not sure which I like better, Paradisi or regular. Cheers.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at New Bohemia in Minneapolis, 16 July 2013.

Looks like champagne. Pours pale golden yellow, 100% clear. Thin streams of visible carbonation. One finger white head, good retention and amazing lacing. Very nice.

Smell is funky and crisp. Like Sofie with a citrus twist - fantastic. Earthy, pure, and a nearly perfect funkified saison, balanced so well by that citrusy swizzle.

Taste is clean, grainy, mildly funky. Drifting to bitter but gentle grapefruit bite. Doesn't bring the variety, balance, or awesomeness that the smell does, but it's pretty darn good.

Feel is clean, light, with prickly carbonation. Lasting and fading in just the right way, a slow roll down the ramp.

This beer is an amazing combo of funk and crisp. Full of flavor, varied and complementary. Outstanding, and right up there with, and just surpassing, but different from, regular Sofie.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

stopped by my local bottle shop to nab some goodies on my way home from an extended day of work and to my surprise, saw this gem up on the growler station so nabbed a 16oz fill. enjoyed from a brewpub snifter.

a - through the growler, the beer looks like some sort of citric juice with a murky semi transparent yellow orange. looked the same in the glass. thin bubbly head that didn't last long leaving nary a trace of its once prominent cap on the surface of the brew.

s - white wine on sofie. WOW. smells like a match made in heaven. really nice orange peel and grapefruit with the wood.

t - yum. really nice pair of beer and barrel. the wine adds a bit of a vinous sting on the finish. not sure if brett was added as some reviewers suggest, but it sure feels like there is some in there on the flavor which gives the beer a crispness ala crooked stave.

m - prickly, almost over carbonated.

o - overall a really nice treatment on sofie. this had come around town and i thought i had missed it, but was really excited to stumble upon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wine, grapefruit, and slight Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice wine and Bretty presence.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is cloudy, very pale gold. Smallish white head, gone fast.

Lots of light fruit in the nose, tropical. Lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit. Brett with a bit of cherry. Nice.

Taste is really good. The brett seems more pronounced than the regular version to me, giving a tart funkiness. Light fruit flavours, mainly grapefruit. Finish is quite dry. The grapefruit really lends a different dimension to an already great beer. Yum!

Light bodied, moderately carbonated, very refreshing. Brett results in a slight astringency.

Overall. terrific! Really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of nootch23
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice evenly gold color with little to no carbonation.

S - nice fruity smell of grapefruit with the dankness of the hops. very little wine scent to this which surprises me.

T - the grapefruit notes are front and center on this one. pretty sweet tasting saison. the wine flavor is underneath but kept underneath the fruit. Tiny bitterness lingers off to the side of the mouth but not a big presence. Very light and smooth drinking beer.

M - pretty nice mouthfeel on this one. A little dry finish but not much. The wine and fruit flavors linger, which for me is the highlight of this beer.

O - one of the most enjoyable saisons I've had. Very light to drink which makes it a perfect summer beer. I love how the wine flavor is more of a supporting character taste to this and the grapefruit is more of the headliner. A great balance to both flavors. Very smooth to drink.

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Photo of mjm47
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Consumed from a 16 oz plastic cup at Pitchfork. Perfect. Beating the heat on a 90 degree day with rock and roll in the background. A little sweet but it has a nice crisp finish. Can't really taste the grapefruit all that much, but thoroughly enjoyable on a hot day.

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Photo of mahak213
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler pour filled this afternoon-

Appearance- Bright, golden yellow, completely clear, with a thin white head that fizzled away very quickly, not leaving any lace or rings around the edges of the glass.

Smell- Sweet grapefruit and fruity yeast dominate, with maybe just a touch of vinous character.

Taste- Very similar to the nose, huge grapefruit and citrus, a slight lemon tang, big fruity yeast esters. Slightly earthy to balance out the huge fruit presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, incredibly easy to drink

Overall- Very happy I came across this. Of course Sofie is good, but Paradisi is just on the next level.

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Photo of jegross2
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Sofie Paradisi from Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This is their year-round saison aged with grapefruit.

Score: 90

Tap pour served in a 16 oz pint glass and enjoyed on 06/09/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a dull yellow color with a think layer of fizzy white head that settles to a broken ring around the glass. Poor lacing, bad retention. 3/5

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon, touch of oak and a hint of funk. Weizen-like notes. A touch of banana, and fruity wheat beer like notes. Smells like slightly funky grapefruit juice. 4/5

Taste: Grapefruit with a light funky twist. Very juicy and light on the palate, like a fermented/old juice. Belgian yeast fruitiness, hint of lemon, and a dash of pepper towards finish. Finishes with fruity yeast and grapefruit flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Super juicy mouthfeel. Light bodied, spot on light but fizzy carbonation. Light citrus sweetness with a hint of counterbalancing earthiness. 4.25/5

Overall: A refreshing and juicy summer beer. I am not a fan of the style generally, but this variant had a nice "mass appeal" to it due to heavy "grapefruiting" -- think of it as fermented grapefruit juice. If something like that appeals to you, give it a whirl.

Cost: $8 for a 16 oz pour.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Style: Fruit Beer/Saison

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Craftsman Table and Tap; Middleton, WI

Pour: Golden pour with a thick pillowy head.

Aroma: Yeast, grapefruit, earthiness

Flavor: A bit of oak, grapefruit, yeast, a bit peppery rating: 97

Beeradvocate rating: 95

Overall: A-

My recommendation: A perfect summer beer. Really would love to get my hands on a few bottles of this. Terrific brew!

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a touch of orange, light haze. Tight layer of lasting foam on the surface that leaves behind a bit of delicate lacing.

Classic Brett funk aroma of horseblanket, leather, and a light spiciness. Brett seems to have overpowered the fruit here.

The grapefruit is present in the taste, not in a big way, but it's there lurking under more Bretty yeast-derived flavors. Dry and tangy, a bit of wet hay, leather, and general wild yeast funkiness. Citrus peel, a light citric acid note, though it's not especially sour or tart. Not much barrel character, the yeast carries the flavor. Pleasant and drinkable, though i'm not sure about a night of sessioning these. Good in a 1-2 serving scenario.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Hazy/cloudy that is a golden yellow with ok lacing.

S: Fruity esters with a sour funk, just like a farmhouse.

T: Quite good and complex, even for a saison. It has a mild citrusy aftertaste. There is a nice hint of sweetness to it, that is probably from the grapefruit.

M: Very carbonated and crisp.

O: This was my first GI beer, and saison (I believe). So, I set the bar high by having one of their top beers first. Can't wait to have their other stuff. Delicious!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler, courtesy of jmarce, poured into a 668 tulip. Thanks Jason!

A: Clear deep gold body under a towering head of fine white froth. Good retention and lace. Lovely.

S: Luscious grapefruit, lemon, banana, and vanilla. Some grassiness in the background. Awesome.

T: Fruity up front, with big citrus and banana. Spicier midway through, and richly oaky toward the end. Vanilla on the aftertaste, along with some dry earthiness. Delicious.

M: Spritzy, frothy, and a little thinner than would be ideal.

O; A few of the people I shared this growler with found the heavy banana distracting, but I enjoyed every bit of the fruitiness. The sweet fruit balanced with the vanilla oak made for a decadent, dessert-like experience that was really enjoyable - although not much like a Saison. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance.


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Photo of weonfire
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Hopleaf in a 12oz tupil in Chicago, IL.

A - Translucent, pale golden, soft white head - dissipates quickly leaving some just around the rim, constant carbonation rising.

S - Tropical fruit, floral, sour cherry, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, raspberry

T - Sour cherry/cranberry/raspberry, funky brett, belgian yeast, tart white grape.

M - Crisp champagne taste. VERY highly carbonated, bubbly on the tongue & stomach - very light but not very frothy.

O - Much different that original sofie. was not expecting the strong sour cherry/cranberry/raspberry/funky brett. almost a berliner weisbeir. a shade darker but similar carbonation and crispness/sharpness. But mostly didn't get enough of the belgian yeast which was really nice in sofie. Certainly enjoyed tho- but not as good as the Original.

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

The is a very good interpretation of the style. Served on tap at a local fundraiser, the beer was served in a plastic cup. In appearance, it was a golden orange color with a modest bubbly head. As one might expect for the style, the carbonation was rather aggressive. This smelled like a summer beer as it had a nice summer citrus-like aroma. The initial impression was the sour nature of this saison. One detects peach skin, orange rind, and dry barnyard funk. The dry aftertaste is where the aftertaste leaves you. It is a nice refreshing finish on an easy drinker. The carbonation brushes the sweetness away fairly quickly, but this is to be expected for the style. I had this twice at the event, and would definitely do it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #700!!!

poured into tulip glass by the staff at olympic tavern.

11oz pour for $7

Appearance: straw yellow bodied beer that is both hazy and almost looks like is has a faint glow to it. Thin cap of white head that quickly drops to no head. Not much lace to speak of.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, wet hay, lemon peel, white grapes, a hint of brett and earthiness. The nose seems fairly subdued.

Taste: Juicy grapefruits and lots of them. Lemon zest and white wine. Brett, oak, and white grapes hanging around in the background. Wet hay and wheat malt. Hint of white pepper and slightly fruity yeast. Finishes with more juicy grapefruit. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation levels that sit at the lower end of moderate. The beer is so effortlessly drinkable; drinks like its 4% abv. It feels soft, delicate and juicy on the palate. Clean and refreshing beer. great hot day beer choice.

Overall: Goose Island really did a fantastic job of capturing the grapefruit flavor profile of this beer. It really tasted exactly like fresh ruby red grapefruit flesh. I really enjoy Sofie and Sofie Paradisi is even better! Really impressed by this beer. Wow! I had 2 pours of this beer it was rediculiously enjoyable.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a tulip.

A - Lovely golden yellow with hints of orange. About a fingers worth of bright white head.

S - Grapefruit, brett funkiness, mild citrus qualities and tartness. Awesome smell!

T - Extremely similar to the nose, but increased in much magnitude. Quite tart and tastes really fresh. Very complex and some the best flavors I've tasted in a saison.

M - Great carbonation and light to medium mouthfeel. Works with the style and the respective beer well.

O - Brett does awesome things to beer and this is an amazing example. Goose Island really hit the nail on the head with this beer and I hope they make an attempt to bottle it!

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Photo of denver10
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent golden yellow with a off white head. Aroma is sweet and floral, a bit tannic, and some decent grapefruit rind. Flavor starts off sweet and floral, providing some of the wine tannins from the barrel, then comes in the grapefruit providing some great juiciness and its rind. A crips, thinner, active mouthfeel. Overall, great beer here and better than the original.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into stemmed wine glass at Mekong in Richmond Virginia. Golden hay color with very little head. Great citrus grapefruit and brett/funky aromas with a bit of grass or hay. Awesome citrus and peppery spice saison flavor...slightly funky. Huge white wine vineous finish. White wine meets grapefruit meets funky saison. Awesome. Really easy to drink and just a great brew all around.

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Sofie Paradisi from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 460 ratings