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Sofie Paradisi | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 08-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,123
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
457
pDev:
8.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
10
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Funky classic Brett 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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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an inch of foam capping the amber colored liquid; decent lacing action

Smell: A little closed though I can pick up some oaky wine and grapefruit elements as well as the Brett

Taste: The tart flavors prevail, up front, with the grapefruit, lemon and the Brett; in the middle, the vinous oaky and vanilla elements add complexity with the Brett returning in the finish to dry out the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp, with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A really supurb beer; Goose Island at its best

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/15/13 notes. had 2-8 oz. pours of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC because I liked it so much.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright yellow-golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation. Looks like a nice saison.

s - Smells of sour grapefruits, white wine, citrus, sour fruits, oak, orange, brett, lemon, floral hops, some pine hops, and light vanilla and earthy notes. Amazing nose; just a ton of fresh citrus, white wine, and sour fruits to it. I loved this nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus, sour lemon, oak, white wine, vanilla, floral hops, earthy notes, oranges, and light pepper. Very nice taste; not quite as sour or citrusy as the nose, but really nice still.

m - Medium bodied saison and low carbonation. Very easy to drink and smooth; could drink a ton of this one.

o - Overall I think Sofie is a pretty good beer, but Sofie Paradisi is a great one. I absolutely loved the nose on this one; one of the best smelling saison's I've had, and while the taste fell off a tiny bit, it was still quite good, and it's very easy to drink. I'm really hoping they make this one more often because I would buy it all the time.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Sofie Paradisi from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 457 ratings
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