Sofie Paradisi | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a thick white head forming on the pour. Recedes slowly to a thick cap that leaves tons of soapy lace down the glass.

S: Huge grapefruit. on the nose. A ton of bright zest and intense flesh. The sweetness of the grapefruit is captured and it doesn't impart any tart or acidic notes. The base is only mildly present in the nose.

T: The grapefruit is much subdued in the taste which is a slight disappointment. The base saison is much more prevalent with some light peppery notes and fruity esters. Sweet wheat notes with some light zesty grapefruit. Mild pithy bitterness.

M: Very light and crisp with a medium high carbonation. Great drinkability. Zesty sweet finish.

O: The nose was fantastic, but the taste was lacking that grapefruit pop and was not all that different from regular Sofie. Having said that I still enjoyed this beer and would gladly have it again.

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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a snifter at Foundry On Elm, Somerville, MA
Served in a snifter
Big thanks to T.J. from Goose Island for treating me to a glass of this.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, orange-tinged straw yellow. A short-lived, thin white film topped the liquid. No lacing whatsoever.

Lots going on in the aroma. Crisp, fruity and sweet with a hint of lemony tartness. Strong Belgian yeastiness. Slightly wheaty. Ruby red grapefruit was noticeable. Subtle white wine notes came through from the barrel aging.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose except that it contained hardly any grapefruit. Pale malts anchored the beer. Good dose of Belgian yeastiness. Fruity and sweet for the style. Peppery. Lots of tart, wheaty notes. Hints of dry white wine came through on the back end and in the crisp, bone dry finish. There was a slight glassy hop presence as well.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Super slick, creamy and smooth with an ultra fine and plush effervescence. The liquid turned into a silky, tongue blanketing froth when it hit my palate.

Goose Island's Sofie Paradisi is an even more punchy and flavorful rendition of their already solid Sofie saison. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this on-tap.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32 oz. growler poured into a flute.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden orange. No head. Thin collar.

Smell - A bucket of grapefruit and some white wine notes. Not much else comes through.

Taste - Even more grapefruit. I suppose it's more subtle than the nose, but still a dominant flavor. A bit of grain and yeast. The barrel is lost though.

Mouthfeel - Clean beer. Low alcohol. Easy to drink.

Overall - I can't remember what Sophie tasted like, but if this is an augmentation of it's flavors, it must have tasted like nothing.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Acquired via trade
Thanks, mwgroove23!

Cloudy golden. Creamy, large, near-white head. Fairly sticky.

Sweet and juicy grapefruit aroma with some mild grass and yeast. The aroma comes together nicely.

Nice combination of grapefruit and mild funk, earth, and grass. Nice.

Medium bodied, creamy carbonation.

Very tasty.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to find this at Spitzer's in the Lower East Side, NYC.

The beer comes in a hazy yellow color.

The aroma has grapefruit and hay funk. You definitely get the Brett. There's lots of just fresh fresh grapefruit.

The flavor follows with a bitterness, a bit of wheat. The flavor of grapefruit is less like juice, but more of peel and that really bitter pith. There's also a bit of pepper spice and also that sour funk.

The finish is light and easy drinking.

This beer is a huge improvement from Sofie, which I didn't really care for. The bitterness and grapefruit pop really makes this amazing. You really do taste the actual grapefruit they put into this. My favorite saison so far.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow color, topped with an inch of white head, very good retention, some lacing.

S- Really awesome grapefruit aroma, not in a bitter way, just pure, amazing fruit juice. Also some yeasty, black peppery saison aromas, along with oak, grape, and vanilla. This smells really, really good.

T- Follows the aroma with the regular Sofie flavors, yeast, a bit of pepper, towards the finish the grapefruit takes over, and again is juicy, vibrant and delicious. There's also a great vanilla flavor that complements everything here perfectly. Also some subtle oak and white grape flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry.

O- This is a delicious beer and a great idea that was executed perfectly. The grapefruit and vanilla flavors work wonders with Sofie. Damn tasty stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint.

Pale lemon and a nice crystal cloudy character body. Real nice slow rising carbonation wih a creamy two finger head presented. The head falls slowly and leaves a nice collar. I wish this was in a tulip.

Nose is pretty much closed. Theres some soft estery yeasty like sticky quality but not much else.

Palate though opens and provides a wonderful experience. Juicy and farmhouse fruity with a lush malt character. Quenching mild soft sour in the mid palate with a wonderful juicy fruit finish. Perfect balance of pepper brett and sweet soft melon and tropical fruit hints. Zesty citrus oils mix with the pepper like brett finish. Mouthfeel is super juicy and rich, soft carbonation, killer fruit (whatever it is, ok grapefruit) character. It feels like I am biting right into its flesh, wonderful fleshy grapefruit.

Overall this is a great take on regular Sofie. This is a total killer summer beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
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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Photo of fdig23
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Railroad Street, Linfield, PA

Appearance: Vibrant golden orange with a tiny pure-white head.

Nose: Sweet sugared-coated fresh grapefruits, a lemony tartness, and sharp pine-like floral note are rounded out with a good bit of creamy vanilla oak. Very nice.

Taste: Grapefruit, several ways. There's a slight sourness like eating a spoonful of fresh grapefruit, but predominately a sticky sweet grapefruit water ice flavor present with a healthy serving of vanilla. Light toasty oak rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, if a bit heavy.

Overall: Really original and delicious beer here. Haven't tasted anything even close to being similar.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a perfect beer for the summer, the grapefruit added to the mix really comes though in a refreshing and delicious way! Thanks to Darrell durwoodx for sharing this growler.

The beer is mostly clear in the body with a golden adjunct lager sort of golden color with a ring of bubbly head and some lacing.

The smell opens up with tons of fresh citrus rind, it reminds me a lot of a summery craft cocktail with maybe some absinthe and a fresh orange or grapefruit rind cut into it. Slight funk with a touch of sweetness, little bit of vanilla as well, very nice.

The taste follows suit and adds in some easy straw malt and more of a strong taffy sweet yeast note. Nice citrus, twist of vanilla bean, touch of pepper and butter from the funk and the white wine barrel. The white wine carries over into the taste and feel very well it is very sophisticated.

Nice feel, good carbonation decent body overall, drinks real easy. Overall a really nice and elegant composed beer from goose island, another winner from GI.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Congregation Ales in Long Beach.

Appearance: Pours a light, clear straw color with light to moderate carbonation. About 1" of white head forms and has very nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Lush citrus and some florals hit immediately. Some definite brett funk as well as a bit of wine barrel show as well. The brett doesn't seem to add any sour component, just purely funk. The added citrus component to the base Sofie just about knocks this out of the park for me.

Taste: Huge juicy grapefruit and orange rind hit first. These are mostly sweet, but add a slightly bitter component as well on the back end. Some funk comes out in the middle and back end. I don't get much barrel if any. Super impressed with this beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation, and the finish is semi dry with some brett funk flavors. Just about right. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had in a while. Definitely a non-traditional saison, but the added citrus component really makes it drinkable and delicious. Had 3 glasses and would have had more if time allowed. Very good beer, and a nice improvement on the base beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Whole Foods in Alaexandria, VA.

The beer is light golden with a small, white cap. The aroma brings tropical fruit, floral hops, saison yeast, and more. Wine barrel and grapefruit character just shine in the flavor. Oh my. Ridiculously tasty. Juicy and refreshing, teeming with flavor. Well beyond the quality of the standard Sofie. I ordered three pints and two growlers to take home. Highly recommended.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pint at WF Alexandria.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin foamy white head that fades to a thin collar, no lace. Aroma of grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind, white wine, oak barrel, light pepper spice. Medium thick body, well carbonated, slightly bitter fruity finish with a dry neutral oak woodiness. Flavor is a well integrated blend of pithy grapefruit juice, red flesh and membrane with typical spicy Sofie Belgian yeast and white wine. I still don't like Sofie, but this was pretty great. But so are grapefruits and wine.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GI Belgian Beer Fest. Served in a taster pint glass. I'm under the impression that special Sofie variants are 100% barrel-aged.

A - Looks like Sofie. White foam settles to a thin ring and some haze, but minimal lace. Hazy, almost neon, yellow body.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma, with notes of lemons, white wine, a touch of oak, and even more grapefruits. It's like super-awesome grapefruit juice with a bit of oak-aged saison blended in.

T - Taste has a bit more beer character to it, but again it's mostly grapefruit. Doesn't quite pop as much as the aroma, but still highly enjoyable. There's some oak, citrus, stone fruit malts, peppery yeast, and white wine in the periphery.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium body, and a slightly tannic and sticky finish.

D - Superb stuff - I would go out of my way to have this one again, as it's a fantastic beer. I really liked the test batches for Sofie and this gets back to that vein of experimentation. I had at least three pours of this one, and it was my pick for best in show.

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